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$77.18 Cultural & Theme Tours

In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

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: Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThis 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 minutesStop At: Sanktuarium Swietego Jana Pawla II, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe 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 minutesStop At: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Santuario, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandKalwaria 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 minutesStop At: Family Home of John Paul II, Wadowice, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandA modern exhibition featuring mementoes and a variety of multimedia exhibits constructs the life story of the Polish Pope.Duration: 1 hour

$96.76 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Lagiewniki - Wadowice - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska From Krakow

This half day tour to Sister Faustina’s Sanctuary, Pope John Paul II’s home town and the Way of the Cross in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska will lead you through Pilgrimmage route of Polish most famous saints.First you will see the Lagiewniki Sanctuary in Krakow, which is well known thanks to Saint Sister Faustina, who lies in the church of St. Joseph, built in the 19th century. Faustina promulgated the worship of God’s Charity and painting "Jesus, I Trust You”. This painting is also placed in the church. Sister Faustina was blessed in Lagiewniki. The church became a destination place for numerous pilgrimages, and pilgrimages from all over Europe arrive to pray in front of the miraculous likeness and St. Faustina’s tomb.Then you vill visit the Sanctuary of Saint John Paul II in Lagiewniki - located close to the Shrine of Devine Mercy, the Have No Fear! Center is currently one of the most visited churches in Krakow. Dedicated to John Paul II, contains the relics and souvenirs of the Saint.Afterwards you will also pay visit to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - a popular destination for travellers and pilgrims. There is a famous Way of the Cross with 42 chapels illustrating the Christ’s passion. Among other historic sights, the noteworthy ones are: the church and the monastery of Friars Observants, dating back to the 17th century, as well as their rich furnishing. The famous, reportedly miraculous picture of Our Lady of Kalwaria is particularly interesting. Finally, you will arrive in Wadowice, the Town where St. John Paul II was born. You will visit His Family Home Museum and parish church dating back to the 15th century.

$91 Cultural & Theme Tours

John Paul II Heritage Tour from Krakow

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: John Paul II Square in Wadowice, Wadowice, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandSee the Basilica where Karol Wojtyla has been baptised.Stop At: Museum Family House of the Holy Father John Paul II in Wadowice, Wadowice, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandFollow the life journey of Pope John Paul the Second which started in a small town of Wadowice where Karol Wojtyla was born. Get to know his childhood and youth and all the reasons that made him the man he was.Duration: 1 hour 10 minutesStop At: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Santuario, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandFeel the atmosphere of the oldest Calvaries on Polish soil dating back to XVII century. A remote abbey stands there surrounded by mystical pathways, that remind us of the beginning of Christianity and the western culture.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandVisit Sanctuar dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion, as the resting place of Saint Faustina Kowalska, discover the reasons and consequences of deep connection that faith and religion have with the history of this country and its nation.Duration: 1 hour

$62.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Saint John Paul II Day Trip to Wadowice and Lagiewniki

This half day private half-day trip will take you to Sister Faustina’s Sanctuary, Pope John Paul II’s home town and the Way of the Cross in Kalwaria Zebrzydowsk and will lead you on the Pilgrimage route of Poland's most famous saints.First you will see the Lagiewniki Sanctuary in Krakow, which is well known thanks to Saint Sister Faustina, who lies in the church of St. Joseph, built in the 19th century. Faustina promulgated the worship of God’s Charity and painting "Jesus, I Trust You”. This likeness is also placed in the church. Sister Faustina was blessed in Lagiewniki. The church became a destination place for numerous pilgrimages. Pilgrimages from all over Europe arrive to pray in front of the miraculous likeness and Blessed Faustina’s tomb.Then you vill visit the Sanctuary of Saint John Paul II in Lagiewniki - located close to the Shrine of Devine Mercy, the Have No Fear! Center is currently one of the most visited churches in Krakow. Dedicated to John Paul II, contains the relics and souvenirs of the Saint.You will also visit the UNESCO Site of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska a popular destination for tourists and pilgrims. There is a famous Way of the Cross with 42 chapels illustrating the Christ’s passion. Among other historic noteworthy sights are: the church and the monastery of Friars Observants, dating back to the 17th century, as well as their rich furnishing. The famous, reportedly miraculous picture of Our Lady of Kalwaria is particularly interesting. Finally, you will arrive in Wadowice, the Town where St. John Paul II was born. You will visit His newly opened Family Home Museum and parish church dating back to the 15th c. - service of the local museum guide in Wadowice, - transportation by private car,

$40.66 Cultural & Theme Tours

John Paul II trail: private tour from Krakow

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Santuario, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe origins of the Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska go back to 1601, when Mikołaj Zebrzydowski, voivoda of Krakow, on Mount Żarek (in the Żar group) erected a chapel dedicated to the Crucifixion of Christ, following a model in chalk of the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. The chapel was consecrated as a church on the 4th of October 1601 by the Papal representative Klaudiusz Rangoni, and it was to serve as a place of prayer during Lent for the Zebrzydowski family.Shortly thereafter, Mikołaj Zebrzydowski decided to build a chapel dedicated to the Tomb of Christ (following the model of the chapel with the same name in Jerusalem) along with a modest convent, based on a project of the Italian Jesuit architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni, and of the Flemish architect and jeweller Paolo Baudarth. This church, dedicated to the Madonna of the Angels, was consecrated by the Bishop of Krakow, Piotr Tylicki, on the 4th of October 1609.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Museum Family House of the Holy Father John Paul II in Wadowice, Wadowice, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandIn a house at Kościelna Street, number 7, on the 18th of May 1920, Karol Wojtyła was born, who later became the Holy Father, John Paul II. The Wojtyła family, in years 1919-1938, resided in a two rooms and a kitchen apartment, on the first floor. In this house Karol Wojtyła spent all his childhood and youth.In 1984 an open papal exhibition was set up here. Since 2010 the building is under renovation, adapting the whole tenement into the museum. After opening in 2014 tourists can witness the whole life of Saint John Paul II. The heart of the museum is the apartment in which Karol Wojtyła was born and raised. Inside, there are original pieces connected with the Wojtyła Family. The Museum of the Holy Father John Paul II is a cultural institution created by the following entities: the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Malopolska Region, the Municipality of Wadowice and the Archdiocese of Cracow.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe Divine Mercy Sanctuary (Polish: Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia) in Kraków, Poland is a Roman Catholic basilica dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion, as the resting place of Saint Faustina Kowalska, canonized on April 30, 2000.[1][2]The new basilica was built between 1999–2002, and is located in the District of Łagiewniki at św. Faustyny street. Three Popes have visited the shrine and millions of pilgrims from around the world continue to visit it every year.Duration: 2 hours

$57.60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Religious Tour from Krakow to Wadowice & Lagiewniki - half day tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: John Paul II Square in Wadowice, Wadowice, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandDuring the tour you will be taken to see Wadowice and places related with the birth and life of Karol Wojtyla, future Pope John Paul II and Lagiewniki, the center of Divine Mercy with the miraculous painting of Merciful Jesus.Duration: 8 hours