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Get an up-close look at the life of John Paul II on this 5-hour tour to Wadowice, the former pope’s childhood home, from Krakow. Journey through the Beskidy Mountains, visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and explore the Archbishop’s Palace as your expert guide provides illuminating background on the beloved pope. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to Krakow.

Highlights

  • Pope John Paul II tour to Wadowice from Krakow
  • Follow in the footsteps of the beloved pope
  • Visit Wadowice, the pope's childhood home
  • Stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki
  • Visit the Archdiocese Museum in Krakow

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What You Can Expect

In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

Begin your tour in central Krakow, where your guide will pick you up from your hotel. Settle into your air-conditioned coach and head through the Beskidy Mountains to Wadowice, where Pope John Paul II grew up. See where he was born and baptized, and other places of significance before he became the archbishop of Krakow and, later, the pope.

Next, make a stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, located south of Krakow's historic Old Town. The sanctuary has become a popular place of pilgrimage to witness to the relics of St. Faustyna Kowalska, who John Paul II canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium. Explore the beautiful modern basilica consecrated by the pope in 2002, as your guide provides historical commentary and anecdotes.

Afterward, head to the Archdiocese Museum. See the home of John Paul II, known then as Karol Wojtyla, where he lived while working as a theology lecturer.

Finally, visit John Paul’s last residence before departing for the Vatican, the Archbishop's Palace. There, take a look at the famed papal window, where large crowds stood in prayer and lit candles during his final days.

Your 5-hour tour will conclude with drop-off back in central Krakow.

Customer Reviews

Daniel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Christopher, our Tour Guide loves Poland and Polish History. He provided an informative chronology of Poland History. Our Guide at the St. John Paul II Museum was excellent. She demonstrated her love for JP II. Christopher provided a detailed explanation of the beautiful Divine Mercy Basilica. A Great Tour!

john s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

thoroughly enjoyed our guide was a lovely man went saturday last week was very informative would recommend this trip. our guide forgot his name nothing was too much trouble he gave us a lot of history onroute so please thank him he is a credit to you

YEEMING E L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Kinga was a fantastic guide - very knowledgeable and passionate.

snowflakes16 Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great trip out of town to the sleepier Wadowice. Was a wonderful experience for a non-Catholic. I was filled with a new understanding and respect for the great man himself after the museum tour. Managed to even try the lovely papal cream cake while waiting for our museum tour to start. Our guide was friendly and chatty, giving us a deeper understanding of daily Polish life. Clean comfortable car for our small group of four.

Patricia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I took this tour twice in 2015, and absolutely loved the experience.

For those of you who love this man, you have to go here. The town is called Wadowice, and you'll see the inside of the church where he was baptized plus the museum containing many things Karol Wojtyla, including many of his personal effects.

If you pay attention to the guide's words and intentions, you'll walk out of the museum absolutely inspired after an hour.

The gun used in the assassination attempt is on display. It was tastefully put under heavy glass in the floor near the exit.

I give this museum an A rating, because the design of the museum is phenomenal, right down to the sheer panels representing the Holy Spirit.

My guide and I skipped driving to the Sanctuary on the way back to Krakow, because that's where I was stuck in the elevator with tourists last February.

Aleksandra P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour - guides were just great.

Christopher F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful trip taking us through the whole life of John Paul. Terrific guide and lots of photographs, memorabilia and information. It's a must-do!

chee.kuan.tang

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

a very touching and uplifting experience being able to have an in depth understanding of this former pontiff. The guide patiently brought us through the 3 churches explaining the significance of each and every artefact. Most poignant of the 3 church is the one at Wadowice where we literally walk through Pope John Paul II life. A must go for visitors regardless of religion to see how humble life bring out great people.

Cuong N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Highly recommend this! I was the only one in the tour and my guide is amazing! Not only does he know the history of Poland in details, but also has a great love for 1970s music in Poland - which is amazing by the way :)

Martin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing our tour guide chriistopher was very helpful and really knolagable and helpful

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