Czestochowa, Poland
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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 2 more


Explore the pilgrimage destination of Czestochowa on this day trip departing from Krakow. Admire the famed ‘Black Madonna’ painting with a visit to the Jasna Gora monastery. While at the monastery, you’ll also tour the Miraculous Picture Chapel and the Basilica. Afterward, venture along the historic Trail of the Eagles’ Nests and stop in Pieskowa Skala to visit the 16th-century castle.
  • Day trip to Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa from Krakow
  • See the famous 'Black Madonna' painting at Jasna Gora in Czestochowa
  • Stop in Pieskowa Skala to visit a 16th-century castle
  • Travel along the historic Trail of the Eagles' Nests
Your day trip will begin with pickup from your select hotel in Krakow. Journey first to the city of Czestochowa, home to the monastery of Jasna Gora, which holds the revered Black Madonna, a Gothic painting that has drawn pilgrims from around the globe for centuries. While there, you'll also see the Basilica and the Miraculous Picture Chapel.
Pause your sightseeing with some lunch and free time to peruse the local shops, if you choose. You can also use this break to explore the city independently.
After reuniting with your group, venture back to Krakow along the Trail of the Eagles’ Nests, a marked route of 25 watchtowers and castles. As you travel along the trail, stop in Pieskowa Skala to see a Renaissance castle. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pradnik River, the 14th-century structure is now home to the Museum of the National Wawel Art Collections.
After a day of exploration, your trip will conclude with transportation back to Krakow.


Pieskowa Skala Castle is currently closed for refurbishment from November to March, during this time you will visit Ogrodziniec Castle instead.


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, Nov 2017

Pieskowa Skala castle was very picturesque through beautiful countryside. The guide was very good and gave time to visit the castle and a stop for refreshments. The Black Madonna at Czestochowa was a very uplifting experience with time to pray at the church and to view the Black Madonna close up. The food at the polish restaurant was delicious a very enjoyable trip.

, Oct 2017

My wife grew up in a community of Polish Americans and the Black Madonna was an icon not only of the Catholic Church in Poland but of the church in her community as well. Many families had a picture of her in their homes. She wanted to see it in person. The tour was a day long drive and when we arrived a Mass was being conducted in the chapel where the picture was displayed. We had a small glimpse of the picture over several hundred people and through a metal grate. We waited to the end of the mass in the hopes that some of the people would leave but as the mass ended a cover was lowered over the painting. We understood that it would be open for viewing again at 2:00 in the afternoon but our tour could not wait for that. The only saving grace was that we were the only two people on the tour and our tour guide Bruno was delightful and we enjoyed talking with him on the trip up and back. If you are going to offer this tour you should understand when the painting will be visible.

, Sep 2017

Could have spent less time @ Pieskowa Castle and more time @ Czestochowa/Black Madonna
Guide was professional, knowledgeable, and helpful
Enjoyable day

, Sep 2017

Beautiful castle: worthwhile are the beautifully restored renaissance courtyard, the impressive paintings and sculptures collection insight and the friendly and experienced guide. The church of the Black Madonna is like a little Vatican en the shrine itself, beautifully restored. After the tour, the guide even went with us to Krakow on a voluntary basis to show us some hidden places on the market square. highly recommanded.

, Sep 2017

While both tour destinations were outstanding and well worth a visit if a castle visit and religious shrine are your interests, we could have done without the snarky, anti-religion attitude of Andrew the tour guide. Fortunately, most of the visit to the shrine was self-guided after a brief introduction by Andrew. He should present a neutral opinion since most people taking this tour are almost certainly going for a spiritual experience. There were several museums at the site he just pointed out the entrance to. Other guides were together with other groups in the museums, offering commentary, etc. Why not with this pricey tour?

, Sep 2017

This review may well be published because it is positive. Do not waste your time on negative reviews as it appears they are ignored.

, Aug 2017

My experience was really very good and I recommend this tour to everyone who visit Poland! Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa is very special place and Black Madonna extraordinary! Our guide Andrew Andrej? was really nice and friendly person, his information about history of Poland was really useful! Pieskowa Skala Castle was also nice with its long history and beautiful nature. This tour was the highlight of my trip. Thank you!

, Jan 2017

A igreja é linda e o castelo também . O nosso guia Andy foi muito esclarecedor. Sugiro que o intervalo entre os dois passeios seja menor. Ficamos quase uma hora esperando dar o horário de encontro.

, Jan 2017

For anyone interested in pilgrimage sites, this is a must do. To see this incredible painting and see the beauty of the chapels, it's breathtaking. My guide recommended the covering of the painting at noon only occurs during winter and I'm so thankful he did! I thought it would be a cloth over it, but there were drums and a plaque lowered over it. FYI Pieskowa Skala Castle is closed on weekdays in the winter season, but it was still beautiful to see the national park from the outside. My guide was absolutely delightful and so informative about the area and history of the painting. I highly recommend this tour to anyone!!!

, Oct 2016

Czestochowas was very crowded which cant be helped but very interesting. The Castle was nice. The tour guide was very informative and helpful.

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