The route of Pope John Paul II
Visit the birthplace of Saint John Paul II
Wadowice and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska are the two most popular places related to Karol Wojtyła – one of the greatest Poles and the example to follow for Christians around the world. The places worth to see are:
➢ Kalwaria Zebrzydowska park with Basilica of St. Mary and chapels: Ecce Homo Chapel, Chapel of the Crucifixion and Heart of Mary Chapel.
➢ Holy Father John Paul II Family Home and Museum.
➢ Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska park with a Sanctuary in Kalwaria 14 km away from Wadowice was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the second biggest religion related tourist destination in Poland after Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa. It attracts pilgrims from all over the world. The sanctuary enters the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery of Bernardine and 42 chapels on the background of a beautiful landscape.
More about The route of Pope John Paul II
Holy Father’s John Paul II Family Home in Wadowice is placed near Kraków in southern Poland. It is a family home and birthplace of Karol Wojtyła, who was elected Pope and took a name of John Paul II in 1978. Karol Wojtyła was born in his house on the 18th of May 1920 in one of two rooms which his family rented (with a kitchen) on the first floor. After his mother’s death in 1929, Karol and his father occupied only one smaller room with the kitchen. They lived there until 1938, till both of them moved to Kraków. Nowadays the place is a museum exhibiting private family stuff such as an oven, a shelf, a table, a laundry basket and family pictures. Inside the museum, you can also find a lot of personal belongings of Father Karol Wojtyła – skis, a backpack, a cap, a prayer book and much more. Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a historical place near John Paul II Family Home. He was baptised a Catholic there (The left aisle contains a baptismal font where the future Pope was baptised) and later served as an altar boy and prayed daily before its miraculous picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Our trip starts from your hotel/apartment or any other place in the centre of Kraków at 9:00 AM. Our driver will wait for you at an agreed location. The first stop – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is placed 36km/23miles away from Kraków. After one hour (more or less) sightseeing the gardens and buildings the driver takes you to the second place – Wadowice placed 17km/10miles away from Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Here you will have a chance to see Holy Father’s John Paul II Family Home and Museum and the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can also stop for a while and try a cream puff– the favourite delicacy of the Pope. The sightseeing of Wadowice takes around two hours. After this time the driver will take you back to any place in the centre of Kraków you want – like your hotel or restaurant.
Distance of The route of John Paul II tour on google maps:
Center of Kraków
For you comfort we offer:
- Door-to-door service.
- Private car.
- Modern vehicles with child seats and air conditioning.
- English – speaking driver.
- Bottle of water on the way.
- DVD with cartoons for children.
- Payment accepted in PLN, USD, EUR or GBP.
- All the taxes, insurance, and the fuel costs included.
- Tour duration: 5 hours.
- Possibility for a short, few minutes break on the road – on request.
- The entry to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska park and Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is free. (there is no possibility to ask for an English speaking guide)
- Price for all entry tickets to Holy Father’s John Paul II Family Home and Museum and English(optionally, Italian or Spanish) speaking guides: Group of up to 10 people costs 30 PLN per person; group of more than 10 people costs 25 PLN per person.
We assure you that the day spent on the tour The route of Pope John Paul II will allow you to get closer to the character of Saint John Paul II.
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