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!!!
Anyone visiting Poland needs to go to Czestochowa.
Wish we could have left earlier to catch the mass at 11:00
Our tour was very good. The only downside was that we could not visit pieskowa castle due to restoration work underway. The operator had been up front months ago at the time we booked which was the classy way to handle this. The Jasna gora monastery was quite impressive. Be sure to see the treasury, arsenal and the museum is in addition to the basilica and icon.
Another excellent day. The guide once more being very knowledgable and handling the organisation of the day extremely well.
Our tour guide Mr. Andrzej was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We were very surprised that our tour ended up being a private one! And the castle was such an excellent bonus side trip. Even if you speak the language like I do, I still recommend this trip so that you can learn things while you travel comfortably and stress free.
Very nice tour. Guide was personable knowledgeable and extremely helpful even to the point of helping to order lunch items and show us some hidden parts of Krakow when we returned. Very much recommended.
Lazy traveller Australia
Love the day trip and the guide is very knowledgeable.
The guide was very knowledgable. His English was perfect, and he was very nice. The tour was a wonderful experience. I suggest it to anyone who is interested in visiting Poland.
Absolutely beautiful and very well organised. Our guide Andrzej was very well informed and a wonderful guide. Czestochowa is beautiful and we got there in time to see the unveiling of the picture in the church, a beautiful moment. Would definitely recommend going there!!
John B USA
The highlight of the tour was the Nun lead tour of Czestochowa and seeing the Black Madonna. Meanwhile our Viator guide went home while we were touring the shrine and brought us back home made cookies. We loved the Poles and Poland.
Fabulous tour. Our tour guide was Krystof, so knowledgeable, perfect gentleman, fun day together.
George X Malta
A wonderful day out. At the black Madonna there is so much to see. A placeof prayer for us catholics. Time was short, though our wonderful guide granted us another half an hour on our request. At the Castle we could have saved time to spend at Cztochowa.
Bryan T Netherlands
The driver Andrew was very informative.
You get plenty of time ate the black madonna.
In the castle you get a good insight on the work of arts. Especially if the tourguide i very passionate about the object their.
This was a fantastic trip.Pieskowa Skala Castle is a definite must for all travellers. It's a beautiful place.Czestochowa is a fantastic spiritual place and the black Madonna worth the trip alone.A nun was our tour guide and she was amazing.The only down side was the maroon coach and the inadequate knee room .
Anthony C USA
Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guide. Art in Pieskowa Castle exceptional
Craig B USA
This was a very good tour. There were 6 people in our group and the driverguide was excellent. I strongly recommend this tour if your are religious or want to see an aspect of Polish Catholicism. However, be warned that it is a two hour drive to Czestochowa and two hours back. In a car, it was a bit cramped. Our guide gave us lots of information about Poland and Polish history on the ride to and from Czestochowa. Czestochowa was very crowded with lots of pilgrims. We spent three hours there. two hours with the guide and one hour on our own The visit to Pieskowa Skala castle was about an hour long.
Laina M Israel
At the last minute we decided to rather do the trip to the Tatra mountains because it was thought there would not be that much to see on this trip seeing as though the castles were ruins. We were expecting to go by coach but went by car with a wonderful guide who had been a school teacher with a great depth of knowlege and love of Polish history which really enriched this experience. We went to Zagapone and visited villages with 800 year old wooden houses that look brand new, as well as the studio of a famous mountain sculptor and bought some lovely items. Went around a unique cemetary - very unusual headstones maximising use of wood from the area. Visited a large open market and would have gone up in the cable car would have been great as there was snow on the peaks, but it was being repaired. Rounded the trip off with lunch at a Hungarian restaurant with huge open fire place, perfect. I think November is just the right time to visit Krakow and environs when it is not overrun with tourists and one can really absorb all that is there to be found.
I booked this tour solely for the trip to monastery at Czestochowa, and I was not disappointed. In addition to the chapel with the "Black Madonna", there were three very interesting and moving museums. Then on the way back to Krakow, we stopped at an amazingly well preserved castle with an interesting decorative arts museum. What a great day!
Czestochowas was very crowded which cant be helped but very interesting. The Castle was nice. The tour guide was very informative and helpful.
It was very interesting to see the famous Black Madonna, learn its history and visit to the Pieskowa Skala castle was also good. It is nice nature around the castle and I wish we had time to walk a bit in the national park. The main drawback for me during the visit to Czestochowa is that our driver/guide showed us Black madonna with Basilica in 15 minutes he gave us a history overview on the way in the car and then we were left for 2 hrs on our own. There is not much written in English in museums. I saw nice group tours in treasury, arcenal, etc., but this was not the case for our tour. I think the tour could be improved in this aspect. Although, we had a guided tour within Pieskowa Skala Castle. I would recommend this tour only if you have plenty of time to spare, as there are many things to see in Krakow and it is a very long drive 2 hrs each way.
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