Duration: 8 hours 50 minutes Overview: Our tour takes you Czestochowa which receives around 5 million visitors a year (including over 150 thousand pilgrims on foot). After arriving at the monastery, visit the chapel of the miraculous painting of the Black Madonna, which is the embodiment of the attachment to the Cult of Mary so typical of the Catholic faith in Poland. Next visit the Basilica, which is the main church of the monastery. You can also visit the 600th-Anniversary Museum and the Treasury on your own, or attend Mass while others on the tour have a break for lunch and a visit to a souvenir shop.
On the way back, admire the spectacular limestone rock formations typical of the Krakow-Czestochowa Uplands and visit the only remaining castle of the so called Eagle Nest Trail at Pieskowa Skala. The Trail is named after a chain of 25 medieval castles perched high on the rocks which the trail passes by between Czestochowa and Kraków.
Holy Father Pope John Paul II and Sister Faustina
Duration: 5 hours Overview: Your guide and vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for this pilgrimage themed tour. First visit the Lagiewniki district of Krakow, famous 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". The church became a destination for numerous pilgrims to pray in front of the miraculous likeness and Blessed Faustyna's tomb.
Also visit the UNESCO Site of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. There is a famous Way of the Cross with 42 chapels illustrating the Christ's passion. Among other historic sites are: the 17th century church and the monastery of Friars Observants and the famous, reportedly miraculous picture of Our Lady of Kalwaria. Finally, arrive in Wadowice the town where Pope John Paul II was born to visit his family house and parish church dating back to the 15th c. Your guide and vehicle will return you to your hotel in Krakow.
In The Footsteps of John Paul II
Duration: 5 hours Overview: Your tour begins with a visit to Wadowice, "the place where it all began" as the Pope referred to his hometown in 1999 during his visit here. See the places dearest to Karol Wojtyla during his childhood and adolescence, including the parish church where he was baptized and the house where he was born.
On the way back, stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki where you can pay homage to the holy relics of St. Faustyna Kowalska, who was canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium by John Paul II and admire the impressive modern basilica consecrated by the Pope in 2002. Then travel to the foot of the Royal Castle to visit the Archdiocese Museum to see the flat where Karol Wojtyla lived while working as a lecturer of theology. Finally, visit the Archbishop's Palace which was Wojtyla's last residence before leaving for the Vatican in 1978.
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