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Poland’s spiritual heartland is not just for the faithful. The Monastery of Jasna Góra is the country’s national shrine and one of the highlights of the region. Following an influx of resources from the EU, renovations have been working their way up the main thoroughfare towards the monastery, adding new pride to ancient reverence.

During pilgrimage times – particularly the day of Assumption on 15 August – hordes of devotees become a main attraction for people-watchers, and a deterrent for crowd-weary wanderers.


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$79.92 Cultural & Theme Tours

Krakow to Pieskowa Skala, Czestochowa, Jasna Gora on Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Cracow Tours, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandSituated 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 depictedKrakow 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 HeritageSites 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 theCorpus 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: Our Lady of Czestochowa / The Black Madonna, Czestochowa, Silesia Province, Southern PolandJasna Gora Sanctuary in Czestochowa It is the holiest place of Poland and one of the world’s most iThe Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, Poland, is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Jasna Gora, Czestochowa, Silesia Province, Southern PolandJasna Gora Sanctuary in Czestochowa It is the holiest place of Poland and one of the world’s most iThe Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, Poland, is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Zamek Pieskowa Skala, Suloszowa, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe scenic valley of the Prądnik is dominated by Pieskowa Skała Castle, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Poland.Pieskowa Skała Castle has loomed over the valley of the Prądnik 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 Kraków 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 Skała. 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

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Krakow to Czestochowa Historical Tour with Black Madonna Visit

Take this 6-hour scenic tour of Częstochowa in Silesia, famous for its magnificent Pauline Monastery at Jasna Góra. See the miraculous painting of the Black Madonna, a shrine to the Virgin Mary, widely venerated and credited with many miracles.Located on the Warta River, and with a history that dates back to the 11th century, Częstochowa was subject to a month-long siege by Swedish forces in the 17th century. A small group of monks fought off the Swedes and managed to save their sacred icon.The monastery was founded in 1382 by Pauline monks, who came from Hungary at the invitation of Władysław, Duke of Opole. Tour the historic complex, and Poland’s most important shrine, with a guide who will provide an historical outline of the building and icon of Black Madonna.

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Private Transfer from Krakow to Warsaw

Meet your English-speaking driver at your accommodation in Krakow at the arranged pick-up time and enjoy a smooth transfer to your destination in Warsaw.The transfer is done via the E77 route, which goes through Kielce (PL) and Radom (PL). The distance between Krakow and Warsaw is ~300 km and the total duration of the transfer without counting stops is around 4 hours. It is also possible to take another route and add a stop at Częstochowa, where you can visit the Monastery in Jasna Góra, home to the painting of the Black Madonna.All our cars are equipped with air conditioner and heating system, and have enough space for the luggage of an 8-person group.

$46.47 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Transfer from Warsaw to Krakow

Meet your English-speaking driver at your accommodation in Warsaw at the arranged pick-up time and enjoy a smooth transfer to your destination in Krakow.The transfer is done via the E77 route, which goes through Radom (PL) and Kielce (PL). The distance between Warsaw and Krakow is ~300 km and the total duration of the transfer without counting stops is around 4 hours. It is also possible to take another route and add a stop at Częstochowa, where you can visit the Monastery in Jasna Góra, home to the painting of the Black Madonna.All our cars are equipped with air conditioner and heating system, and have enough space for the luggage of an 8-person group.

$335 Cultural & Theme Tours

Czestochowa Trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Our Lady of Czestochowa / The Black Madonna, Czestochowa, Silesia Province, Southern PolandWe start from your hotel in KrakówDuration: 15 minutes

$84.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Castles Tour by The Eagles Nests Trail, private tour from Krakow

During our one-day trip you will have a chance to see some amazing mediaeval buildings as well as some picturesque landscapes of the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland.The Trail of the Eagles’ Nests is a tourist route running through the Małopolskie and Śląskie Voivodeships. It starts in Krakow and terminates in Częstochowa and has a span of 164 kilometers. The route’s name comes from the ruins of the castles and strongholds lying along it. They are called “Eagles’ Nests” due to their location on rocks, some of which are 30-meters high.Itinerary: Kraków - Ojców - Pieskowa Skała - Ogrodzieniec - Mirów - Bobolice - Kraków.

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