• Location: Kraków, Poland
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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Stand before one of Poland’s most venerated Catholic icons with this 6-hour tour from Krakow to Częstochowa, home of the sacred Black Madonna painting. Travel to the Silesia province for a guided tour of the medieval Jasna Góra monastery, where you’ll hear the legends of the Pauline monks who founded the site in the 14th century and have preserved its legacy throughout the centuries, despite a Swedish invasion and other hardships.

Highlights

  • Half-day tour from Krakow to Częstochowa
  • Travel to the Silesian voivodeship, or province
  • Learn the long and celebrated history of the medieval Jasna Góra monastery
  • See the venerated Black Madonna painting, one of Poland's most visited icons
  • Makes an easy day trip from Krakow

What You Can Expect

Meet your guide at either your Kraków Hotel or a centrally located meeting point, and travel by bus roughly 2 hours to reach the city of Częstochowa. Located on the banks of the Warta River, this town in the Silesian voivodeship, or province, has a long history that dates back to the 11th century.

Enter the beautiful monastic complex of Jasna Góra with included admission, and learn about the medieval site’s history from your guide. Founded in 1382 by an order of Pauline monks who emigrated from Hungary at the bequest of Duke Władysław, Jasna Góra is today one of Poland’s most important pilgrimage sites. Hear how the monastery has survived throughout the centuries, even triumphing over a month-long Swedish invasion against all odds in the 17th century.

See the famous Black Madonna painting and shrine, whose origins are shrouded in mystery and legends. Listen to accounts of miracles attributed to the icon, leading to its widespread veneration and recognition by three different popes. Relax on the ride back to Kraków in the afternoon, where the 6-hour tour concludes with drop-off back at your original departure point.

Customer Reviews

Daniel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide, Kasha is wonderful. Her English is clear and so is her love for Mary. Fr. Simon provide a very interesting behind the scenes Tour. The Black Madonna and the Jasna Gora complex is well worth the visit.

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