Access to Cracow- private tours & transfers 2011-2021
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It is a world class monument, featuring among twelve objects on the UNESCO's World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.
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drop off at the hotel or anywhere else in the old town of Krakow.
Pick up from your hotel, transfer to Wadowice
In Wadowice you can visit:
John Paul II's Family House Museum
Virgin Mary Offertory Minor Basilica- In this church Karol Wojtyła received his First Communion and the sacrament of confirmation
Town Square- John Paul II's Square
John Paul II Statue
Transfer to Kalwaria.
Visit monastery of the Bernardines in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska- entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Transfer to Krakow.
In Krakow you will visit a place which was very important for John Paul II:
Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow- Lagiewniki
The "Be Not Afraid" John Paul II Center in Krakow
Place where St Sister Faustina Kowalska of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy lived and died
Drop off at your hotel or wherever you wish to in Krakow.
"In Wadowice everything started..." John Paul II
The tour begins with a visit to Wadowice, the home town of Karol Wojtyła, later to become Pope John Paul II. He was born in Wadowice, where he also spent his school years.
The museum is located in the Wadowice main market. In the former family house of Karol Wojtyła, the museum of John Paul II has been opened to the public since 9th April 2014.
The exhibition tells the story of a man who grows up in a small town in Poland. The museum commemorates Wojtyła's life and his work in Poland until he left Krakow for the Vatican in 1978.
The heart of the Museum is the flat rented by the future Pope's parents since 1919. Wojtyła's family rented two rooms with a kitchen on the first floor. Wojtyła was born in this apartment on 18 May 1920. Wojtyła lived in this house until 1938, when he moved with his father to Krakow and enrolled at Jagiellonian University.
The museum, annually visited by about 250 thousand people from all over the world.
The first mention of an independent parish in Wadowice dates from 1470. After a fire in the 18th century, the church was expanded. At the end of the 19th century, the basilica received its present facade and towers. In 1992, by papal bull, the church was promoted to the rank of Minor Basilica. In this church, Karol Wojtyła received his First Communion and the sacrament of confirmation. In 1946, Father Karol Wojtyła celebrated his first mass here.
John Paul II Statue in front of the Minor Basilica
On 16 June 2006, on the sixth anniversary of John Paul II's last pilgrimage to Wadowice, a statue of the Pope was placed on the rock. The statue stands on a granite rock that was moved by prehistoric glaciers from the mountains of Scandinavia.
The Market Square- John Paul II Square
Between 2010- 2013, the city revitalised the market square. A new granite pavement was put in. On the flagstones of the square, 161 tablets commemorating the pilgrimages of John Paul II were installed.
When visiting Wadowice, you can try the Papal cream cakes.
Only 35 km away from Krakow, over the hills and the green valleys, in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, stands a monastery of the Bernardines. It is one of the most important centres of pilgrimage in Poland. Kalwaria is part of one of Europe's most interesting landscapes and architectural projects. Already Karol Wojtyła came here as a little boy with his father. The Sanctuary of Kalwaria was a place of prayer for John Paul II- according to his wishes:
"(...) And do pray for me here, during my life and after my death. (...)" (Kalwaria, 7 VI 1979).
Sanctuary of the Passion and of the Madonna in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Sanctuary is situated in the buildings of the monastery of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow. Very dynamic expansion of worship of the Divine Mercy was launched by the beatification of Sister's Faustina (1993) and her canonisation (2000), and also thanks to pilgrimages of John Paul II to Lagiewniki (1997 and 2002). It caused the extension of the Sanctuary and building of a new church, which was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 2002. In this place, the Pope solemnly entrusted the world to the Divine Mercy. Adjacent to the basilica is a 76- metre viewing tower.
"Be Not Afraid" John Paul II Center in Krakow
The "Be Not Afraid" John Paul II Center was established by the cardinal Dziwisz on January 2, 2006, in response to the words of John Paul II:
"(...) Be not afraid! Open wide the doors for Christ! (...)." (22.10.1978)
On October 11, 2008, the Cardinal inaugurated the beginning of the construction of the Center.
On June 11, 2011, the Cardinal officially established the Shrine of Saint John Paul II which is a part of the "Be Not Afraid" John Paul II Center in Krakow.
In 2013 in the presence of Polish Bishops, the Cardinal Dziwisz consecrated the upper part of the shrine.
Palace of the Archbishops- this is where Karol Wojtyła lived as bishop and where he stayed during his pilgrimages to Poland as Pope. Standing at one of the palace window, he conducted conversations with young people.