Wadowice – Following the footsteps of Pope John Paul II
(Duration time: 5-7 hours)
Follow us to the birthplace of Karol Wojtyła who eventually became the Pope of the Catholic Church after the Second Papal Conclave of 1978. This tour is a unique opportunity to visit his hometown and places connected to his life such as Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and Łagiewniki Sanctuary. Get to know his humble beginnings at the Museum of John Paul II located in his family house and taste the iconic cream-cakes at the local bakery.
During our journey to Wadowice you will get a chance to view the peaks of the Pope’s beloved Beskidy Mountains where he used to hike.
We will begin our tour with visiting John Paul’s favourite Sanctuary. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (a Calvary), i.e. Roman Catholic monastery and the trails of the Passion of Christ were modeled on the Calvary outside the city walls of Jerusalem, where Jesus Christ was crucified. This national Historic Monument is the only Calvary in the world added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Next we will reach Wadowice, the hometown and birthplace of Pope John Paul II. This beautiful town was referred to as “the place where it all began” during Pope’s visit in Poland in 1999 year. Wadowice is situated 50km away from Kraków, and its history dates back to the 13th century. We will discover here the dearest to Karol Wojtyła places of his childhood and adolescence:
- the family home of Pope John Paul II, turned into a museum which preserves an original structure of the building and presents a collection of objects that belonged to the Pope’s family
- parochial church – the Basilica of Virgin Mary"s where Pope was baptized
- local confectionery to taste Pope’s favorite “Kremówka” (cream-cake)
On the way back to Kraków we will stop in John Paul II Center - the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki. This impressive modern Basilica which was consecrated by the Pope himself in 2002 is famous for its relics. That is the blood covered cassock of John Paul II, blood of John Paul II placed in the glass altar, and 2 crosses that accompanied Pope during his pontificate. If you wish may also pay tributes to the relics of St. Faustyna Kowalska, who was canonized by John Paul II. The complex was one of the places hosting the latest World Youth Days events.
What can you expect:
- Pick-up and drop-off to your hotel or any other location within Krakow
- Our punctuality
- High standard, air-conditioned buses or comfortable private cars
- Professional, English-speaking drivers and guides
- Individual approach to our clients
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