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In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

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Kraków, Poland

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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Get an up-close look at the life of John Paul II on this 5-hour tour to Wadowice, the former pope’s childhood home, from Krakow. Journey through the Beskidy Mountains, visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, and explore the pope's family home as your expert guide provides illuminating background information. Your tour concludes with transportation back to Krakow.
  • Pope John Paul II tour to Wadowice from Krakow
  • Visit Wadowice, the pope's childhood home
  • Stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki
  • Travel with included transportation
Begin your tour in central Krakow, where your guide will pick you up from your hotel. Settle into your air-conditioned coach and head through the Beskidy Mountains to Wadowice, where Pope John Paul II grew up. See where he was born and baptized, and other places of significance before he became the archbishop of Krakow and, later, the pope.

Next, make a stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, located south of Krakow's historic Old Town. The sanctuary has become a popular place of pilgrimage to witness to the relics of St. Faustyna Kowalska, who John Paul II canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium. Explore the beautiful modern basilica consecrated by the pope in 2002, as your guide provides historical commentary and anecdotes.

Afterward, head to the Archdiocese Museum. See the home of John Paul II, known then as Karol Wojtyla, where he lived while working as a theology lecturer.

Finally, visit John Paul’s last residence before departing for the Vatican, the Archbishop's Palace. There, take a look at the famed papal window, where large crowds stood in prayer and lit candles during his final days.

Your 5-hour tour will conclude with drop-off back in central Krakow.
Itinerary
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Krakow
Situated by the Vistula river, Krakow is the cradle of Polish culture anda characteristic urban phenomenon. It is the former capital of Poland, the place of coronation and later the burial ground of almost all Polish monarchs. For a long time it has been attracting scholars with the oldest university in the country, artists with the cultural climate and pilgrims with the sanctuaries and holy relics. Since the beginning, Kraków has also been enticing tourists with its atmosphere, monuments, and recently also the memory of Pope John Paul II. The legendary founder of the city was Prince Krak, the vanquisher of the Wawel Dragon (the effigy of the beast stands at the foot of Wawel Hill). Remnants of the oldest history of the city have been preserved in two mounds dating from the 7th century called the Wanda and Krak mounds. The first historical information about Krakow is contained in a 10th-century note of Ibrahim ibn Jakub. In the book of Muhammad al-Idrisi (dating from the 12th century) Krakow is described as a “beautiful and large city with many houses, residents, markets, vineyards and gardens.” At the beginning of the 12th century Gallus Anonymous depicted Krakow as a thriving metropolis and wrote in his Chronicles: “Krakow, the capital city, excels all Polish cities.” Krakow was founded according to the Magdeburg law (by Bolesław V the Chaste) on the 5 June 1257. district) was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites in 1978 as the first of its kind.It is important for the residents of Krakow to cultivate their traditions such as the annual nativity crib contest or the Lajkonik wandering in the octave of the Corpus Christi (June) from Zwierzyniec to the Main Market Square. Among the many eminent people connected to Krakow are the Pope John Paul II; the Nobel Prize poets Czesław Miłosz and Wislawa Szymborska; the founder of the avant-garde theatre Cricot-2, Tadeusz Kantor; the playwright Stanisław Mrozek; Stanislaw Lem – the legend of Polish fantasy writing; Stanislaw Wyspianski – a painter, poet, playwright, designer and the author of works such as the stained glass decorating the Franciscan Church; and Dr. Feliks “Manggha” Jasinski– the benefactor of the Japanese collection displayed currently in the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology funded by Andrzej Wajda.
Stop At:  
Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
This is one of the most important sanctuaries in the world: every year millions of pilgrims from various countries arrive here to contemplate Divine Mercy by the grave of Saint Sister Faustina and the Jesus, In You I Trust painting.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sanktuarium Swietego Jana Pawla II
The modern church is a specific place of devotion to St John Paul II in Kraków, as the precious relics of the saint are stored here.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Santuario
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska park is a Mannerist architectural and park landscape complex and pilgrimage park, built in the 17th century as the Counter Reformation in the late 16th century led to prosperity in the creation of Calvaries in Catholic Europe. The park, located near the town of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which took its name from the park, was added in 1999 to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Family Home of John Paul II
A modern exhibition featuring mementoes and a variety of multimedia exhibits constructs the life story of the Polish Pope.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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  • "I highly recommend this tour especially those who keep Karol close to their hearts." See review

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star-5
Excellent tour!
Escape11077874591
, May 2019
Andrew was a very good and attentive guide but was flexible in allowing us time to look around on our own. He was very knowledgeable. We made an extra side trip to the Divine Mercy sanctuary which was great and much appreciated.
star-5
Beyond amazing!
JaunBe
, Dec 2018
An experience to cherish for a lifetime. Coming all the way to Poland to visit the places of John Paul II, we couldn't find a better tour than this. Also, the tour leader, Andrew was very well informed about each place we visited and also very helpful and patient. I highly recommend this tour especially those who keep Karol close to their hearts.
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We had a great day on the first two...
laura w
, Jul 2018
We had a great day on the first two stops Wadowice and to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. The tour guide was nice and very informative. The problem came when he got to the Palace and told us the tour was over. I said No, we are supposed to go to the Museum too and he said Not on this tour. I'm not sure if he works for multiple tour companies and just got confused, but I had to show him my paperwork and force him to take us. He relented and did take us to the Archdiocese Museum, but under duress. I don't like to pay this much money and then have to tell the guides where to take me. Other than that, it was a great day.
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It was a wonderful day, and not...
Dan P
, Mar 2018
It was a wonderful day, and not surprisingly, learned a lot about PJPII. Our guide went out of his way to make sure we had the entire experience even walking us around the small town afterwards to make sure we understood what life was like then and now. Our guide was fantastic. Our day was fantastic. It was everything we'd hoped it would be, and more.
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Only my wife and I and a mother with...
michaeljegan37
, Mar 2018
Only my wife and I and a mother with daughter on our tour. We were transported by car with Krzysztof as our driver/guide. He was a mind of information and from the moment we left Krakow he was giving us information. A very enjoyable day and we would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in the life of John Paul II.
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I returned to Krakow a second time...
Patricia
, Feb 2018
I returned to Krakow a second time within the same year just to take this tour again (Enough said?)
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I cannot praise this tour too highly...
Laurence B
, Dec 2017
I cannot praise this tour too highly - it was hugely inspiring and uplifting.
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Well done for Pope St John Paul...
Anthony S
, Oct 2017
Well done for Pope St John Paul part,but no information upon visiting St Faustian shrine.
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Because of the bicycle event, Tour...
Elizabeth N
, Jul 2017
Because of the bicycle event, Tour de Pologne, Viator's local contacts had to do some logistical reorganizing and they did it with elegance There were only two of us on this excursion and Joanna was an excellent guide. I was especially grateful to visit JPII's boyhood home and to visit the splendid museum there. I highly recommend this tour.
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fantastic and very informative for...
ADRIAN N
, Jun 2017
fantastic and very informative for us catholics as well as for others to really want to know more about St Pope John Paul 2nd. A professional tour and informative one. Do try the cake at the place. We also did the St Faustina tour together. just fantastic.

Product code: 2145JP

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