Krakow 2-Day Tour with Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa

Cultural & Theme Tours in Kraków

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St John Paul II, the pope formerly known as Karol Wojtyla, is a star in Poland, and whether you’re Catholic or not, visiting places important in his life provides an intriguing introduction to Polish culture and history. This 2-day tour uses Krakow as a base to explore Wadowice, the childhood home of the man who would become a pope and a saint, and Czestochowa, home of the revered ‘Black Madonna’ painting at the Jasna Gora monastery.
1. DayOur tour begins with a visit to Lagiewniki, which is connected with the cult of the Divine Mercy, the grave of St. Faustina Kowalska, who was canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium by John Paul II and St. John Paul II. Here you can find: the Divine Mercy Sanctuary and the “Have No Fear!” John Paul II Centre – a centre in Kraków dedicated to the life and work of Pope John Paul II, which also houses his relic: an ampoule with his blood. On the way to Wadowice – "the place where it all began" – we will visit the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999.  In Wadowice, childhood hometown of John Paul ll, previously the Krakow archbishop Karol Wojtyla, we will visit the parish church where John Paul II was baptized and the house where he was born, which is now a museum. We will end our tour at the famous "papal window", in which John Paul II used to appear to talk and sing with the youth during all his visits, and where thousands of people were praying, holding candles, in his last days.2. DayIn the city of Czestochowa is Poland's national shrine and the icon which has drawn pilgrims from across the globe for centuries.The monastery of Jasna Gora is home to the miraculous "Black Madonna", a Gothic painting of Our Lady, which after Rome, Lourdes and Mecca makes Czestochowa one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world today. Your visit to the monastery includes the Miraculous Picture Chapel and the Basilica. Also, you can visit the 600th-Anniversary Museum, the Arsenal and the Treasury on your own, if you wish, while others on the tour have a break for lunch and buying souvenirs. On the way back from Czestochowa there will be stop over in Pieskowa Skala to visit a well-preserved Renaissance Castle along the Eagle Nests Trail.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off 
  • Transportation
  • Entrance ticket to the Museum JP2 in Wadowice
  • Entrance ticket to the Pieskowa Skala Castle (from November to April Pieskowa Skała Castle is closed for the visitors. You will visit the castle from the outside)
  • Licensed guide

What’s not included

  • Accommodation
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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