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In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow
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Get an up-close look at the life of John Paul II on this 5-hour tour to Wadowice, the former pope’s childhood home, from Krakow. Journey through the Beskidy Mountains, visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, and explore the pope's family home as your expert guide provides illuminating background information. Your tour concludes with transportation back to Krakow.
  • Pope John Paul II tour to Wadowice from Krakow
  • Visit Wadowice, the pope's childhood home
  • Stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki
  • Travel with included transportation
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A professional licensed guide
Entrance ticket to The Museum Family Home of the Holy Father John Paul II in Wadowice
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Powiśle 7, 31-101 Kraków, Poland

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your tour in central Krakow, where your guide will pick you up from your hotel. Settle into your air-conditioned coach and head through the Beskidy Mountains to Wadowice, where Pope John Paul II grew up. See where he was born and baptized, and other places of significance before he became the archbishop of Krakow and, later, the pope.

Next, make a stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, located south of Krakow's historic Old Town. The sanctuary has become a popular place of pilgrimage to witness to the relics of St. Faustyna Kowalska, who John Paul II canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium. Explore the beautiful modern basilica consecrated by the pope in 2002, as your guide provides historical commentary and anecdotes.

Afterward, head to the Archdiocese Museum. See the home of John Paul II, known then as Karol Wojtyla, where he lived while working as a theology lecturer.

Finally, visit John Paul’s last residence before departing for the Vatican, the Archbishop's Palace. There, take a look at the famed papal window, where large crowds stood in prayer and lit candles during his final days.

Your 5-hour tour will conclude with drop-off back in central Krakow.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Family Home of John Paul II
After reaching the place, you will visit the Family House of Karol Wojtyla, the Holy Father John Paul II in the city of Wadowice thanks to a professional guide speaking your language. The Museum's mission is to commemorate and disseminate knowledge about the life and teachings of the Holy Father, John Paul II, whose pontificate and message occupy a special place in the Polish national heritage. Visiting the house of John Paul II will take about 1.5 hours, you will spend the next 30 minutes exploring the central square of the city from which John Paul II comes and the church where the future pope was baptized. After visiting you will sit down and relax in one of the cosy cafes and taste of the favourite cake of John Paul II. Admission ticket: included in the price Break in cafe not included in the price - approx. 15 PLN Duration: 2 ½ hours
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Santuario
You will visit 17th century Baroque Church famous for its miraculous painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Kalwaria (Polish for Calvary) - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admission ticket: free Duration: 30 minutes
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
You will visit 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. Admission ticket: free Duration: 40 minutes
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sanktuarium Swietego Jana Pawla II
You will visit the modern church - a specific place of devotion to St John Paul II in Kraków, as the precious relics of the saint are stored here. Admission ticket: free Duration: 40 minutes
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • DEPARTURE TIME You are required to contact Cracow Tours no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the time of departure on +48 12 430 07 26, +48 602 49 70 64. DEPARTURE POINT Choice of pickup from our main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow, or selected hotels in Krakow. If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, you must make your own way to the 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. PICKUP SERVICE Our pickup service is available from selected hotels in Krakow. Depending on the location of the hotel, the pickup service will be between 15–30 minutes before the tour departure time. Please enquire at your hotel reception desk regarding the pickup time and the possibility of a pickup. Please note: pickups can only be guaranteed if you book 24-hours in advance. RETURN DETAILS Original departure point. Not wheelchair accessible. 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intercrac

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow?
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The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow?
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The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "I highly recommend this tour especially those who keep Karol close to their hearts." See review

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star-5
Excellent tour!
Escape11077874591
, May 2019
Andrew was a very good and attentive guide but was flexible in allowing us time to look around on our own. He was very knowledgeable. We made an extra side trip to the Divine Mercy sanctuary which was great and much appreciated.
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Beyond amazing!
JaunBe
, Dec 2018
An experience to cherish for a lifetime. Coming all the way to Poland to visit the places of John Paul II, we couldn't find a better tour than this. Also, the tour leader, Andrew was very well informed about each place we visited and also very helpful and patient. I highly recommend this tour especially those who keep Karol close to their hearts.
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We had a great day on the first two...
laura w
, Jul 2018
We had a great day on the first two stops Wadowice and to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. The tour guide was nice and very informative. The problem came when he got to the Palace and told us the tour was over. I said No, we are supposed to go to the Museum too and he said Not on this tour. I'm not sure if he works for multiple tour companies and just got confused, but I had to show him my paperwork and force him to take us. He relented and did take us to the Archdiocese Museum, but under duress. I don't like to pay this much money and then have to tell the guides where to take me. Other than that, it was a great day.
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It was a wonderful day, and not...
Dan P
, Mar 2018
It was a wonderful day, and not surprisingly, learned a lot about PJPII. Our guide went out of his way to make sure we had the entire experience even walking us around the small town afterwards to make sure we understood what life was like then and now. Our guide was fantastic. Our day was fantastic. It was everything we'd hoped it would be, and more.
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Only my wife and I and a mother with...
michaeljegan37
, Mar 2018
Only my wife and I and a mother with daughter on our tour. We were transported by car with Krzysztof as our driver/guide. He was a mind of information and from the moment we left Krakow he was giving us information. A very enjoyable day and we would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in the life of John Paul II.
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star-5
I returned to Krakow a second time...
Patricia
, Feb 2018
I returned to Krakow a second time within the same year just to take this tour again (Enough said?)
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I cannot praise this tour too highly...
Laurence B
, Dec 2017
I cannot praise this tour too highly - it was hugely inspiring and uplifting.
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star-4
Well done for Pope St John Paul...
Anthony S
, Oct 2017
Well done for Pope St John Paul part,but no information upon visiting St Faustian shrine.
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star-5
Because of the bicycle event, Tour...
Elizabeth N
, Jul 2017
Because of the bicycle event, Tour de Pologne, Viator's local contacts had to do some logistical reorganizing and they did it with elegance There were only two of us on this excursion and Joanna was an excellent guide. I was especially grateful to visit JPII's boyhood home and to visit the splendid museum there. I highly recommend this tour.
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fantastic and very informative for...
ADRIAN N
, Jun 2017
fantastic and very informative for us catholics as well as for others to really want to know more about St Pope John Paul 2nd. A professional tour and informative one. Do try the cake at the place. We also did the St Faustina tour together. just fantastic.
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