In The Footsteps Of John Paul II From Krakow

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:35 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Powiśle 7, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point
    Choice of pickup from our main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle street, across from the Sheraton .. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

While in Poland don't miss your chance to visit Wadowice - childhood home of John Paul ll. Travel through the stunning Beskidy mountain range, pay homage to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, visit a centre dedicated to the life and work of Pope John Paul II - the "Have No Fear!" John Paul Centre, and visit theSanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowskaon this intriguing tour from Krakow.

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Itinerary
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Pass By: Cracow Tours, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

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, Krakw 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 Bolesaw 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 Czesaw Miosz and Wislawa Szymborska; the founder of the avant-garde theatre Cricot-2, Tadeusz Kantor; the playwright Stanisaw 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, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

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

Stop At: Sanktuarium swietego jana pawla ii, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

The modern church is a specific place of devotion to St John Paul II in Krakw, as the precious relics of the saint are stored here.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Santuario, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

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

Stop At: Family Home of John Paul II, Wadowice, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

A modern exhibition featuring mementoes and a variety of multimedia exhibits constructs the life story of the Polish Pope.

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off (designated centrally located Krakow hotels only).

If you are interested in complementary hotel pickup, please make sure to contact the supplier

no later than 24h prior to your tour.

Roundtrip transportation is available from designated centrally located Krakow hotels.

Pls arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

You are required to wait at the reception 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.

If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced,

you must make your own way to main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street,

across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow.

Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

Air-conditioned vehicle.

Live guide.

Entry/Admission - Family Home of John Paul II

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Roundtrip transportation is available from designated centrally located Krakow hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation. You are required to wait at the reception 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.

If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, or you do not confirm the pickup time & location, you must make your own way to main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-Jul-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.

  • 07-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.

  • 17-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.

  • 29-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.

  • 23-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.

  • 11-Feb-2018

    I returned to Krakow a second time within the same year just to take this tour again

    (Enough said?)

  • 05-Dec-2017

    I cannot praise this tour too highly - it was hugely inspiring and uplifting.

  • 01-Oct-2017

    Well done for Pope St John Paul part,but no information upon visiting St Faustian shrine.

  • 31-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.

  • 20-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.

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