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Krakow: Black Madonna of Częstochowa & Home of John Paul II

1. Krakow: Black Madonna of Częstochowa & Home of John Paul II

Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel in Kraków, then travel in an air-conditioned van for approximately 1 hour to Wadowice, the hometown of Pope John Paul II. Upon arrival, have a short break before going to the parish church on Main Market Square where the future pope was baptized. Marvel at numerous chapels, holy paintings, and the famous baptismal font as you learn about the humble beginnings of one of the greatest Poles in history.  Then, make your way inside the Family Home of John Paul II and take a tour with an audio guide available in various languages. Spend at least 1 hour and 20 minutes in the museum. Later, visit the secondary school that Karol Wojtyła, as the pope was then known, attended. Take a nice picture of the monument of the young pope. On the second half of the tour, head to the Jasna Góra Monastery in the town of Częstochowa, about 130 kilometers (around 80 miles) away from Kraków in southern Poland. Once there, explore a famous Polish shrine to Our Lady of Częstochowa, which constitutes one of Poland’s most visited pilgrimage sites.  Take a guided tour of the monastery with one of the Pauline monks who will show you the treasury filled with priceless gifts and accompany you to the chapel in the shrine. Finally, marvel at the miraculous painting of the Black Madonna and have a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Kraków.

From Krakow: Full-Day Wadowice & Czestochowa Tour

2. From Krakow: Full-Day Wadowice & Czestochowa Tour

This 9-hour tour will start with a pick-up from your hotel, hostel or apartment. After a 40 minute drive, you will arrive at the main square of Wadowice. Before you visit the Museum of John Paul II, you will see the front of the parish church of Karol Wojtyla, where little Karol was baptized and the high school he attended. A visit to the museum will take around 90 minutes after which you will have a coffee break and taste the famous papal cream cakes known as kremowka. On your arrival to Czestochowa, you will begin your sightseeing of the Jasna Gora complex together with the chapel of miraculous painting of Black Madonna. Throughout your visit, you will be guided and assisted by one of the Pauline monks who serve in the Jasna Gora Monastery. Before heading back to Krakow, have lunch in one of a local restaurants.

Half-Day Czestochowa Black Madonna Tour from Krakow

3. Half-Day Czestochowa Black Madonna Tour from Krakow

Jasna Gora Monastery is a Mecca for pious Catholics from Poland and from abroad, who come to pray to the holy image of Black Madonna of Czestochowa. In 2011, Jasna Gora was visited by 3.2 million pilgrims from 80 countries. During an approximately 7.5-hour long tour from Krakow to Czestochowa, explore the Jasna Gora Monastery and Sanctuary, visit the shrine of Black Madonna, and the Treasury with museum exhibition. Jasna Gora has been the major shrine to the Virgin Mary and the country's most popular pilgrimage destination since the 17th century. Aside from the places of worship on Jasna Gora, there is also an exhibition dedicated to the history of the place, which will tell you, among others, about the brave defense of the Monastery during the 1655 Siege of Jasna Góra. Every year, pilgrims from all around Poland come to Jasna Gora to contemplate the Passion of Christ by following the Stations of the Cross, represented by large bronze statues surrounded by beautiful greenery. Some of the pilgrims even decide to move from one station to the next on their knees. Also, every summer many pilgrims begin their journey to Jasna Gora on foot to meet there in the mid-August.

From Krakow: Częstochowa, Black Madonna and Lagiewniki Tour

4. From Krakow: Częstochowa, Black Madonna and Lagiewniki Tour

Discover two of the most important sites of Roman Catholicism in Poland on a day tour departing from Krakow. Journey to Częstochowa and the pilgrimage site of Jasna Góra Monastery, followed by a tour of the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in the Lagiewniki district of Krakow. Start with pickup from your hotel in Krakow and travel north by car to the city of Częstochowa. While here, visit the monastery of the Pauline Fathers at Jasna Góra, which is the location of the image of Our Lady of Częstochowa, also known as The Black Madonna. Hear more about this venerated image which has been credited with many miracles, including saving the monastery from an invasion by Swedish forces in the 17th century. Then, enter the Chapel of the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Jasna Góra and gaze at this icon that is worshipped worldwide. Next, travel to the Lagiewniki district of Krakow. Here, you can visit the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy, a grand basilica dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion of the Catholic faith. Learn about Divine Mercy devotion and Sister Faustina's canonization with your guide. Stroll through the large complex of stunning neo-Gothic, monastic buildings. Then, hop back in the car for the journey back to Krakow city center.

Częstochowa Black Madonna Experience with private transport

5. Częstochowa Black Madonna Experience with private transport

This personalized trip to the Jasna Góra Monastery includes picking you up from a prior determined location in a comfortable, air-conditioned car. Your English-speaking driver will drive you directly to the monastery and take you to meet your guide, who will tell you the history of the place on a 1.5-hour guided tour. The Jasna Góra Monastery is the biggest and most popular shrine to the Virgin Mary and is visited by nearly 4 million tourists from around the world every year. It is known as the Black Madonna of Częstochowa or Our Lady of Częstochowa. The icon was created in about 66 A.D. and it has been in the Jasna Góra Monastery since 1382.  The sanctuary is mostly recognized for being a place of worship but is also a place with a really interesting history. It was established in the 14th-century and was steadily expanded since then. It soon became a military fortress, which effectively defended Częstochowa’s treasures and Polish kings. After the tour is finished, the driver will take you back to your hotel or other pre-arranged location.

Krakow: Day Trip to Częstochowa

6. Krakow: Day Trip to Częstochowa

Visit the basilica and monastery located in the city of Jasna Góra and discover the holy relic of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa. Częstochowa is one of the most important centers of religious worship in Poland, it is regarded by many as Poland's spiritual capital and for hundreds of years, it has been a site of pilgrimage for Poles. High on the mountain top, the monastery holds the most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary in Poland and it is home to the Black Madonna painting - rumored to have been painted by St. Luke on a tabletop built by Jesus. The Black Madonna, depicting the Mother of God with the Christ Child, is believed to have miraculous powers by those who visit her. It is also possible to reserve a private guided tour on request.

From Kraków: Wadowice + Częstochowa Black Madonna

7. From Kraków: Wadowice + Częstochowa Black Madonna

Wadowice is a small city situated 50 km from Krakow. Here Karol Wojtyła, the future Pope John Paul II was born. The tour includes a visit to the Family Home of John Paul II, now a museum which provides exhibits of the future Pope's domestic life. The next place is Basilica of the Offering of the Blessed Virgin Mary- an ornate Church where Karol Wojtyła was baptized and confirmed.  Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, this pilgrimage town founded in 1601, is best known for the Bernardine (Grey Friar) Monastery and its complex of 42 Chapels and Churches. Oficially called the Cultural & Landscape Complex of Monastery and Pilgrimage Park of the Bernardine Fathers, this amazing place was added to the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 1999. Be sure to visit the 17th century Baroque Church famous for its miraculous painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Kalwaria (Polish for Calvary). Visit the basilica and monastery located in the city of Jasna Góra and discover the holy relic of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa. Częstochowa is one of the most important centers of religious worship in Poland, it is regarded by many as Poland's spiritual capital and for hundreds of years, it has been a site of pilgrimage for Poles. High on the mountain top, the monastery holds the most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary in Poland and it is home to the Black Madonna painting - rumored to have been painted by St. Luke on a tabletop built by Jesus. The Black Madonna, depicting the Mother of God with the Christ Child, is believed to have miraculous powers by those who visit her.

Czestochowa Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

8. Czestochowa Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Czestochowa with very knowledgeable private guide on a walking tour of the historic city center. The city is mostly known for the famous Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora, which is the home of the Black Madonna painting. But your guide will show other interesting sights hidden in this city. During 2-hours tour you will see many interesting sights. Enter an impressive Cathedral of the Holy Family with one of the biggest organs in whole Poland, a charming Brass Palace, an Old Merchant House. You will also visit the Town Hall and the beautiful Church of St. James. Follow your guide to see small but charming Market Square with tenements. During your walk guide show you Adolf Franke's House and memorial to the ghetto victims. To see more in Czestochowa choose 3-hours option. Look at rounded-shape Orthodox church and Monument to the Fallen for the Homeland. Walk through one of the most beautiful parks in Czestochowa - Staszic Park. You will find some monuments and interesting museums. Admire the charming Gothic sanctuary located on a hill. In special 4-hours program you will visit Jasna Gora. Jasna Gora is the most important place for Catholics in Poland. But it’s also place with one of the most beautiful sacral buildings. See magnificent Pauline Monastery that will delight you with the architecture. The greatest treasure is the Miraculous Image of the Mother of God and you will see it with your own eyes. It’s place for many pilgrims around the world. It’s also related with important historical facts which your guide will tell you.

From Krakow: Czestochowa - The Black Madonna

9. From Krakow: Czestochowa - The Black Madonna

Our tour takes you to a place which receives around 5 million visitors a year (including over 150,000 pilgrims on foot). After arriving at the monastery, we will visit the chapel of the miraculous painting of the Black Madonna, which is the embodiment of the attachment to the Cult of Mary so typical of the Catholic faith in Poland. Next we visit the Basilica, which is the main church of the monastery. You can also visit the 600th-Anniversary Museum and the Treasury on your own, if you wish, or attend Mass while others on the tour have a break for lunch and a visit to a souvenir shop.

Wroclaw: Czestochowa Day Trip to View the Black Madonna

10. Wroclaw: Czestochowa Day Trip to View the Black Madonna

Starting in the city of Wroclaw, journey to Czestochowa and admire the Polish countryside whilst on the 3-hour drive. Upon arrival at Czestochowa, visit the city’s famous Monastery, one of the most important locations in the lives of Polish Catholics. Take yourself on a self guided tour of the Monastery, or hire a local guide to teach you all about the rich history of the site. At the Monastery, marvel at the world-famous Black Madonna, which is shrouded in numerous legends of its origins. Some say the icon was painted on a cedar table-top from the house of the Holy Family by St. Luke, whilst other tales tell of its discovery in Jerusalem in the year 326 by St. Helena who brought it to Constantinople and presented it to her son, Constantine the Great. Wander around this iconic landmark and learn about the Catholic faith and how it has impacted the history of Poland. Decide for yourself which tales to believe about the origins of the Black Madonna and experience the unique religious atmosphere at this sacred location.

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What people are saying about Częstochowa

A very moving experience both on the site of Tchestokowa and at the monastery of the very famous Saint Faustina, whose modest room and modern church invested with great spirituality are discovered. 2 exceptional places to visit for any Christian around the world. Our guide Miłosz was of unparalleled kindness and availability. I hope you meet him!

The trip was excellent. Driver was very helpful and friendly, ride was very enjoyable. And the tour guide was great as well. Overall we really enjoyed this excursion and are grateful for everything. Thank you!

Excellent. Great to see and Polish country side and The Black Madonna tour was great. I learned a lot about Polish history.