From Krakow: Full-Day Wadowice & Czestochowa Tour
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- Duration: 10 hours
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.
We had a wonderful tour. We had wonderful tour guides, Father Roman, and Marek. They were very knowledgeable and accommodating to us and we would recommend the tour and these gentlemen to everyone. We learned and enjoyed so much.
The culture of eating has strong roots among Polish people. Throughout this experience, your professional guide will show you the best dishes from Polish cuisine in two, three or four carefully chosen local venues. At these places, you will have the opportunity to try, compare, and choose which flavors from a rich range of traditional dishes you like the most. At the same time, get to know Czestochowa better with a guided walking tour around its highlights. Choose a 2.5-hour tour to try a basic set of food in 2 places. This includes different kinds of dumplings, Polish meats, and other specialties. You also receive one soft drink and cake as well as coffee/tea. During the 3.5-hour food tour, taste traditional Polish food at 3 venues. This includes 3 kinds of dumplings, different kinds of polish meats, and traditional soup. you also receive one soft drink or beer as well as a cake and c...
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. On the way back we alter our route slightly to admire the most spectacular limestone rock formations typical of the Kraków-Częstochowa Uplands. This allows us to visit the only remaining castle of the so called Eagle Nest Trail at Pieskowa Skała.
The guide Andrzej was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Provided us with insight into historical context of events that shaped Poland. Superb and highly recommended tour.
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.
Depart Krakow and travel by bus to Ojców National Park to marvel at the limestone rock formations of the Jurassic age, including the remarkable 25-meter tall limestone column known as Hercules' Club. Discover some of the caves inhabited by 17 species of bats. See the Renaissance castle on the limestone cliffs of Pieskowa Skala as part of a defensive chain built by King Kazimierz Wielki in the middle of the 14th century. Follow part of the famous marked Trail of the Eagles’ Nests that links 25 medieval castles between Częstochowa and Krakow. Benefit from the services of an amazing guide for 4 hours to make your trip unforgettable. Get off the beaten path and discover parts of the park that most tourists never see.
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). Visi...
The day before our tour, the local tour operator contacted us to let us know that as a result of a large number of tour participants, our tour of JPII’s boyhood home is canceled. The local tour operator made accommodations for other sites. We wish we would have had much more notice of this cancellation. Otherwise, we might have been able to book another day. Unfortunately, this was our only day available for this tour. This entire booking only provides transportation. No guide at any site is included. Although our driver was safe, engaging, and courteous, at one point we felt like we had been abandoned after lunch. We were not in our home country. We do not speak the local language. Our van was not where it was when we left it. The driver went to the other side of the restaurant for petrol. He did not say he was doing so. For a couple minutes, we were quite worried about how to get to our hotel which was over two hours away.
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 effectiv...
Jasna Góra is one of the most renowned places of worship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and has been the most important pilgrimage center in Poland for hundreds of years. Around 5 million tourists visit every year (including over 150,000 pilgrims on foot). After arriving at the monastery, we will visit the chapel of the miraculous image of the Black Madonna, which is the embodiment of the Marian cult, and a symbol of the Catholic and Orthodox faith in Poland. Then we will visit the Basilica, the main church of the monastery, as well as the 600th Anniversary Museum and the Treasury. You can attend the Holy Mass if you wish, while other tour participants have a lunch break and visit the gift shop.
After getting picked up from your hotel in Krakow, travel to the sacred city of Czestochowa. Enjoy a guided tour of the city's highlights with your licensed guide. See the beautiful Town Hall and Church of Saint James. At the Cathedral of the Holy Family, admire one of the biggest church organs in Poland. Afterward, pay a visit to the magnificent Pauline Monastery and admire this sacred site's breathtaking architecture. Later, stroll through the green heart of the city, Staszic Park, to reach the pilgrimage site of Jasna Gora. Enjoy a guided tour of the monastery's vast array of chapels and basilicas and witness the iconic Black Madonna painting with your own eyes. After your tour, enjoy some free time to relax and soak up the energy of this incredible site. Stop for lunch and some shopping in the city before heading back to your hotel in the evening.
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 accredited 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...
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We had a great tour. Our drive Pavel (Paul) was very passionate and knowledgeable. He drove us very safely to both places and told us many interesting fatcs. On site we learned a lot from father Leon. We are Christians and for us whole experience was unforgettable and we would recommend the sanctuary to everyone looking for ultimate meaning. Very grateful !
We have enjoyed visits to Wadowice and Czestochowa during the last day of our trip to Krakow, on several occasions we have been excited about what we were seeing. The trip organization has been perfect, they even left us at the airport 2 hours before our flight when we returned from the trip. Highly recommended!
The transfer excellent driver on time and available The good guides. Thanks in particular to Sister Teresina for making our visit special!
Excellent guide. He showed us perfectly the jasna gora sanctuary explaining in detail the history of the sanctuary.
Excellent tour with a very informative tour guide/driver.