Czestochowa The "Black Madonna" Day Tour From Krakow

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  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • 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

Follow the Eagles Nest Trail to Czestochowa to see the Black Madonna, a Gothic painting of Our Lady at the monastery of Jasna Gora. Returning to Krakow you will stop at the Renaissance Castle in Pieskowa Skala which is home to the Museum of the National Wawel Art Collections.

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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: Our Lady of Czestochowa / The Black Madonna, Czestochowa, Silesia Province, Southern Poland

Jasna Gora Sanctuary in Czestochowa
It is the holiest place of Poland and one of the worlds most iThe Monastery of Jasna Gra in Czstochowa, Poland, is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czstochowa, the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Jasna Gora, Czestochowa, Silesia Province, Southern Poland

Jasna Gora Sanctuary in Czestochowa
It is the holiest place of Poland and one of the worlds most iThe Monastery of Jasna Gra in Czstochowa, Poland, is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czstochowa, the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Zamek Pieskowa Skala, Suloszowa, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

The scenic valley of the Prdnik is dominated by Pieskowa Skaa Castle, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Poland.

Pieskowa Skaa Castle has loomed over the valley of the Prdnik for over 700 years. Founded by King Casimir the Great (Kazimierz Wielki), it was a fortress and an element in the chain of fortifications defending the trading route from Krakw to Silesia. In the 16th century, the rogue Szafraniec family turned it into a stately residence with a splendid arcaded courtyard with a loggia on the outside. The castle has survived in a nearly unchanged form, and today it provides one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance architecture in Poland. Interiors boast collections of painting, sculpture, and artistic crafts from the collection of Wawel royal castle, and an exhibition devoted to Pieskowa Skaa. A word of warning: the place is said to be haunted by the spirit of a previous owner, Krzysztof Szafraniec, a knight beheaded for brigandry in the 15th century.

Duration: 30 minutes

Itinerary:

Pieskowa Skala Castle is currently closed for refurbishment from November to March, during this time you will visit Ogrodziniec Castle instead.

Inclusions

Air-conditioned vehicle.

Live guide.

From November to April Pieskowa Skala Castle is closed for the visitors.

From November to April you will visit the castle from the outside.

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.

Entry/Admission - Zamek Pieskowa Skala

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

From November to April Pieskowa Skaa Castle is closed for the visitors. You will visit the castle from the outside.

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

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. 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 30 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 19-Nov-2017

    Pieskowa Skala castle was very picturesque through beautiful countryside. The guide was very good and gave time to visit the castle and a stop for refreshments. The Black Madonna at Czestochowa was a very uplifting experience with time to pray at the church and to view the Black Madonna close up. The food at the polish restaurant was delicious a very enjoyable trip.

  • 19-Oct-2017

    My wife grew up in a community of Polish Americans and the Black Madonna was an icon not only of the Catholic Church in Poland but of the church in her community as well. Many families had a picture of her in their homes. She wanted to see it in person. The tour was a day long drive and when we arrived a Mass was being conducted in the chapel where the picture was displayed. We had a small glimpse of the picture over several hundred people and through a metal grate. We waited to the end of the mass in the hopes that some of the people would leave but as the mass ended a cover was lowered over the painting. We understood that it would be open for viewing again at 2:00 in the afternoon but our tour could not wait for that. The only saving grace was that we were the only two people on the tour and our tour guide Bruno was delightful and we enjoyed talking with him on the trip up and back. If you are going to offer this tour you should understand when the painting will be visible.

  • 25-Sep-2017

    Could have spent less time @ Pieskowa Castle and more time @ Czestochowa/Black Madonna
    Guide was professional, knowledgeable, and helpful
    Enjoyable day

  • 17-Sep-2017

    Beautiful castle: worthwhile are the beautifully restored renaissance courtyard, the impressive paintings and sculptures collection insight and the friendly and experienced guide. The church of the Black Madonna is like a little Vatican en the shrine itself, beautifully restored. After the tour, the guide even went with us to Krakow on a voluntary basis to show us some hidden places on the market square. highly recommanded.

  • 13-Sep-2017

    While both tour destinations were outstanding and well worth a visit if a castle visit and religious shrine are your interests, we could have done without the snarky, anti-religion attitude of Andrew the tour guide. Fortunately, most of the visit to the shrine was self-guided after a brief introduction by Andrew. He should present a neutral opinion since most people taking this tour are almost certainly going for a spiritual experience. There were several museums at the site he just pointed out the entrance to. Other guides were together with other groups in the museums, offering commentary, etc. Why not with this pricey tour?

  • 12-Sep-2017

    This review may well be published because it is positive. Do not waste your time on negative reviews as it appears they are ignored.

  • 25-Aug-2017

    My experience was really very good and I recommend this tour to everyone who visit Poland! Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa is very special place and Black Madonna extraordinary! Our guide Andrew Andrej? was really nice and friendly person, his information about history of Poland was really useful! Pieskowa Skala Castle was also nice with its long history and beautiful nature. This tour was the highlight of my trip. Thank you!

  • 21-Jan-2017

    A igreja é linda e o castelo também . O nosso guia Andy foi muito esclarecedor. Sugiro que o intervalo entre os dois passeios seja menor. Ficamos quase uma hora esperando dar o horário de encontro.

  • 15-Jan-2017

    For anyone interested in pilgrimage sites, this is a must do. To see this incredible painting and see the beauty of the chapels, it's breathtaking. My guide recommended the covering of the painting at noon only occurs during winter and I'm so thankful he did! I thought it would be a cloth over it, but there were drums and a plaque lowered over it. FYI Pieskowa Skala Castle is closed on weekdays in the winter season, but it was still beautiful to see the national park from the outside. My guide was absolutely delightful and so informative about the area and history of the painting. I highly recommend this tour to anyone!!!

  • 09-Oct-2016

    Czestochowas was very crowded which cant be helped but very interesting. The Castle was nice. The tour guide was very informative and helpful.

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