• Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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.


  • 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

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I returned to Krakow a second time within the same year just to take this tour again

(Enough said?)

Laurence B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I cannot praise this tour too highly - it was hugely inspiring and uplifting.

Elizabeth N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Because of the bicycle event, Tour de Pologne, Viator's local contacts had to do some logistical reorganizing and they did it with elegance There were only two of us on this excursion and Joanna was an excellent guide. I was especially grateful to visit JPII's boyhood home and to visit the splendid museum there. I highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

fantastic and very informative for us catholics as well as for others to really want to know more about St Pope John Paul 2nd. A professional tour and informative one. Do try the cake at the place. We also did the St Faustina tour together. just fantastic.

Enrique C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

I was the only one on the tour and the experience was great. Frank was a wonderful guide and he drove me in his own car to Wadowice, John Paul II home town. We had a very interesting chat on the way and I learned a lot of things about Poland and its countryside. The museum at John Paul II birth house was really well put together and very interesting. A highly recommended tour.

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


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.


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.

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