Follow in the footsteps of one of Poland’s most famous people, Pope John Paul II. See where the journey started for the man who became the first non-Italian Pope in more than 450 years. Sites include the Sanctuary, the Lagiewniki district and more.
What to Expect
John Paul II was the first pope from Poland and the first non-Italian bishop of Rome in 455 years. During his pontificate, John Paul II undertook a great number of trips abroad.
This visit provides the opportunity of seeing the places where the young Karol Wojtyla lived, including his hometown of Wadowice. After a visit to the Pope's House and the Basilica, visitors must not miss the famous cream cakes of Wadowice.
Another place of interest is the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, founded in the early 17th century, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sanctuary comprises a Baroque basilica with The Lady of Kalwaria miraculous picture, a monastery, and a complex of churches and chapels; all of them against the picturesque backdrop of hills and greenery.
Kalwaria is also home to John Paul II's reliquary and has preserved numerous souvenirs of his visits. Łagiewniki, the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, is a tribute to the life of St. Faustyna Kowalska. Since the 1940s, it is a pilgrimage destination visited for the famous painting which depicts the Lord's Mercy.
The life of John Paul II was in a particularly marked by the mystery of Divine Mercy which constituted an important part of his pontificate. The excursion ends under the famous "papal window" in the Archbishops' Palace.
- Professionally-guided tour
- Hotel Pick-up (from Kracow)
- Transport by air-conditioned bus
- Traditional papal cream cakes
- Tickets to the family home of John Paul II
What's Not Included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
Know Before You Go
Considering that the tour includes visits to places of worship, please ensure that you wear appropriate clothing. For other language versions, please contact the Booking Department. The price of the tour does not include a meal (except for a cream cake), so please bring a packed lunch. A printed voucher must be handed in at the beginning of the tour.
In case of cancellation, only 50% of the tour price will be refunded.