John Paul II tour

Discover the homeland of John Paul II. Visit the places related to Karol Wojtyła: Wadowice – his home town, Cracow and Warsaw, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska sanctuary, Zakopane in heart of Polish mountains. The John Paul II tour lasts 8 days.

Day 1 – Warsaw (Warszawa)

Your trip will start in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. You will visit the Piłsudski Square, a site of mass from the first papal pilgrimage to Poland (1979). 500,000 people heard John Paul II words “Let The Spirit descend and renew the face of the earth. This earth!” Ten years later communism regime in Poland collapsed. Stroll through the streets of Old Town, listed by UNESCO , visit to churches visited by the pope. You will also see the panorama view of the city from the 30th floor of the highest building in Poland! Overnight in Warsaw

Day 2 – Niepokalanów & Częstochowa

Leaving Warsaw towards Częstochowa. Visit to the Franciscan Monastery in Niepokalanów, founded by Saint Maximilian Kolbe in 1927. In 1939 it was the biggest monastery in the World! Kolbe is a martyr from the death camp in Auschwitz-Bierkenau. During the pilgrimage in 1980 John Paul II gave the church the title of a lesser basilica. Drive to Częstochowa, famous for the Saint Mary Sanctuary – the most important of that kind in Poland. It was almost the most frequently visited city by the Pope – he was there six times during his papacy. In Częstochowa we are going to see the church with Black Madonna – a painting that is exposed to the public only for a short period every day. Overnight in Częstochowa

Day 3 – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska & Wadowice

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is a charming town with a historic Way of the Cross listed on UNESCO list. The religious center is beautifully located on the hill and enriched with small chapels. Other local attraction is a local church famous for the divine paining of the Lady. The site was visited by the Pope twice. Drive to Wadowice, hometown of Karol Wojtyła. Visit to the house where the pope was born 18th May 1920, now museum. You will try pope’s favourite cake, a cream pie (polish: kremówka), which he mentioned during his 1999 visit to the city! Overnight in Cracow

Day 4 – Cracow (Kraków)

Traces of John Paul II are to be found in Cracow at almost every turn. From 1938, when young Wojtyła came to study Polish Philology at the university, through the war period and his later pastoral duties Cracow was Wojtyła’s home. You will see pope’s address in Cracow: Franciszkańska 3 (Palace of Bishops) where he always stayed during his visits to Poland. Place became famous for late-night dialogues between the pope – standing in the window – and the crowds of people gathered in front of the building. Visit to the Old Town and Wawel Hill to see historical places related to Karol Wojtyła, i.e.: the Wawel Cathedral(where the pope was consecrated as bishop in 1958), Jagiellonian University, St Mary’s Basilica. Overnight in Cracow

Day 5 – Cracow & Tyniec

Morning voyage on Water Taxi to Tyniec, Benedictine Abbey located on the top of a hill next to Vistula river. You will see a very well preserved Baroque style defensive abbey, a quite hideaway from the city’s noise and have a chance to buy some of the food products that the Benedictines are famous for. Pope used to visit the abbey for a retreat. Visit to Rakowiecki Cementery, a burial place of pope’s family. Overnight in Cracow Day

6 – Zakopane & Ludźmierz & Niedzica

Morning drive to Ludźmierz, a small village famous for the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ludźmierz. In 1963 contemporary bishop Karol Wojtyła celebrated a coronation of a Our Lady’s statue. During the mass a staff fell out of statue’s hands and was caught just before touching the floor by Wojtyła. Many believes that Our Lady of Ludźmierz remembered that and 15 years later she helped choosing cardinal Wojtyła the new pope. The next destination will be Zakopane, known as a winter capital of Poland. It is famous for numerous valleys and mountains around it, but also for a distinguish folklore and wooden architecture. Visit to Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima built as a votive for rescuing pope’s life after the assassination in 1981. Overnight next to Niedzica

Day 7 – Niedzica & Szczawnica & Kraków

Karol Wojtyła loved nature, especially Polish mountains. If only he had some spare time he used to escape the city and visit the mountains, either alone or with a group of friends. This day you will also spend the time in the bosom of nature. You visit to Niedzica you will be rafting on a beautiful Dunajec river. The final point of rafting is in Szczawnica, a resort town, offering well-prepared ski routes and a wide range of mineral water, which you will try! Drive back to Cracow. Overnight in Cracow

Day 8 – Kraków

Transfer to the airport.