John Paul II Home and Wadowice Tour
What is included in John Paul II Home and Wadowice Tour
- Instant confirmation
While making a reservation, after the payment is complete, you will get an instant confirmation of your order on your screen. Contact information and detailed arrangements will be sent to you via e-mail.
- Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz minibus
Cracow4you offers door-to-door pickup and drop off. We provide luxury Mercedes-Benz cars to guarantee high comfort of transfers.
- English-speaking driver
All of our drivers are fluent English-speakers. They will take care of you during the whole duration of the John Paul II tour.
- Entrance fees
The price of the Wadowice – John Paul II Tour covers all entrance fees.
- Transport insurance & all fees
The price of the Wadowice – John Paul II Tour includes transport insurance and VAT.
John Paul II Home and Wadowice One Day Tour Packages
The John Paul II Home and Wadowice Tour is available only in Private option.
the most comfortable option with full service.
- Up to 150 euro per person
- • 6 h duration time
- • Transportation by Mercedes-Benz van or limousine
- • Door-to-door pickup from
- • Private executive vehicle only for you
- • Personal attention of a fluent English-speaking driver
- • The shortest time of the transfer due to the lack of pickups
- • Insurance
- • Maximum engagement and attention
John Paul II Home and Wadowice One Day Tour from Krakow
The John Paul II tour to the Pope’s hometown is oriented towards showing the sites that played crucial roles in the life of Pope John Paul II.
Cracow4you offers the Wadowice tour only in private option with the flexible starting time and duration. You will be picked up from your hotel. We provide new, comfortable and luxury Mercedes-Benz vehicles to make your trip enjoyable and pleasant. All our drivers are fluent English-speakers. They will happily answer all of your questions and take care of you during the whole duration of the John Paul II tour.
During the Wadowice – John Paul II Tour with Cracow4you, you will visit the birthplace of Karol Wojtyła (who later became the Holy Father John Paul II), the house at Kościelna Street number 7, in Wadowice. Karol Wojtyła spent all his childhood and youth in one of the apartments in this house. The house was turned into the museum, with the apartment of Wojtyła family being the heart of it. Later you will visit Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, where the Bernardine Sanctuary is placed. Pope John Paul II often visited the Sanctuary and used to pray here when he was a cleric. Then you will be taken back to Krakow, where you may visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy or Sanctuary of John Paul II, both placed at Łagiewniki. Both sites play an important role in the lives of Polish Catholics and are a famous place for pilgrimages.
Afterwards you will be dropped off at the designated place.
Wadowice – John Paul II Tour - The Sites Regulations
Museum Family Home of the Holy Father John Paul II:
- Free cloakroom for the visitors at the entrance
- No big luggage allowed
- No sharp or dangerous in any other way objects are allowed
- Touching the exhibits is forbidden, except for the multimedia elements
- No eating, drinking or smoking is allowed
- Taking photos or filming video material is forbidden.
At Bernardine Monastery at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and the Sanctuaries in Łagiewniki, it is required to display appropriate behaviour and show respect to the sacred places.
John Paul II Home and Wadowice Tour - Our regulations
- In case of canceling the tour 24 hours prior or earlier, you get a full refund
- If you cancel the tour within 24 hours before it starts or fail to attend it, no refund is due
- You are requested to arrive at the chosen pickup point 5 minutes before the departure time
- Minor delays are possible due to the traffic conditions
- If your pickup point is located at Kazimierz or the city centre, you may be asked to take up to 5 min walk to the vehicle
- In case of any questions or issues, you can ask your driver for the assistance. Or call our central office. You will get the necessary contact information via e-mail after you book a tour
John Paul II Home and Wadowice Tour - FAQ
- How long is the John Paul II tour?
The John Paul II tour is highly personal. We evaluate that the average length of the tour is 6 hours. But the duration depends on the amount of time you wish to spend at each of the locations.
- What to wear?
Dress in comfortable clothes. At the same time, your attire should be modest. We recommend choosing clothes that cover your shoulders and knees no matter the sex.
- Is the Wadowice tour available with children?
Yes, the Wadowice – Jonh Paul II Tour is available with children.
- Is the Wadowice – Jonh Paul II Tour available for the persons with mobility impairments?
Yes, the Wadowice – Jonh Paul II Tour is available for the persons with mobility impairments. Most of the sites are available for wheelchairs. Please contact the main office for the details.
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All of the payments are included in the final tour price.
We offer luxury Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
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John Paul II Home and Wadowice One Day Tour from Krakow
The Wadowice – John Paul II Tour trails the life journey of the Holy Father John Paul II. Pope John Paul II was one of the most significant persons in world history and one of the most crucial figures for the Christian world. He was born in Wadowice, a small town situated 50 km from Krakow. Visiting Krakow is a unique opportunity to trace his life and learn more about his story!
The Wadowice – John Paul II Tour starts before the noon. Usually, the starting hours are set up between 8 am and 10 am to have time to cover all of the destinations. The duration of the John Paul II tour usually is around 6 hours. However, as the Wadowice tour is private, there is a possibility to establish a different starting time. Also, you are free to change the amount of time to spend at each of the locations. Please contact the central office if you need to establish extra details.
During John Paul II and Wadowice Tour you will see
- The John Paul II Museum, established in his family house
- Apartments, in which Jonh Paul II spent all his childhood and youth
- Numerous artifacts of his life
- The Bernardine Monastery at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
- The only Calvary listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki, Kraków
- The Sanctuary of John Paul II
Wadowice – John Paul II One Day Tour from Krakow
Karol Wojtyła was born on the 18th of May 1920 at the Kościelna Street number 7 at Wadowice town. The was the youngest of three children in the family. During the years of his youth, Karol Wojtyła was closely connected with the Jewish community of Wadowice.
Before the Second World War started, he moved to Krakow with his father to attend Jagiellonian University. He started to learn languages and soon discovered his talent in this field. He mastered 12 languages: Polish, Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, English, German, Esperanto, Ukrainian, Slovak, and Serbo-Croatian. He frequently used the languages he learned while being a pope.
When the future Pope John Paul II was at the age of twenty, he already lost all of his closest family. That was the time when he started to consider the priesthood. During the years of war, he attended the underground seminary in the occupied Krakow. He also helped to protect the Polish Jews from the Nazis.
After Karol Wojtyła was ordained as a priest, he led a simple life and gave lectures at the Universities in Kraków and Łódź. He gathered a group of students and young people around him for common meetings, discussions, prayers, and physical activities. He also wrote several religious theses and literary works as well as made some translations. In 1948 he was chosen to become the Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow.
In 1978 he was voted to become the Holy Father.
The Museum Family Home of the Holy Father John Paul II in Wadowice is highly modern and has numerous multimedia elements. It occupies the whole building and has 1 200 square metres. It is divided into the themed parts, which present the life of the Pope John Paul II in chronological order and illustrates his views. The heart of the museum is the flat of Wojtyła family, where the future pope was born and lived for the next 18 years.
There are numerous artifacts and relics from his life displayed at the exhibition.
The Museum also displays the original gun that was used in the attempt of assassination of John Paul II by Mehmed Ali Agca on 13th of May 1981.
You will reach the pope’s hometown after an one-hour drive. After visiting the Museum, which will take you approximately one and a half, you will be transferred to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a small town situated 15 km from Wadowice.
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Bernadine Monastery and pilgrimage park are places that were frequently visited by Karol Wojtyła to pray. While being a Pope he made several pilgrimages to the Monastery placed here. The park with the monastery is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site. John Paul II stated that this city has something engaging, maybe it is its natural beauty and close proximity to Beskidy mountains, of which he was fond. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Bernadine Monastery was an important place of establishing John Paul II devotion to the Virgin Mary.
The complex is built in Mannerist architecture style. Here, you will have an opportunity to visit the Monastery and walk along the pilgrimage park. If you wish, you may participate here in Holy Mass or pray. We recommend also to take time to admire the views on the mountains. The Holy Father, when he was younger, frequently made long solitary journeys into them.
After visiting Kalwaria Zebrzydowska you will go back to Krakow.
At your way back you may enter one of the Sacred Sanctuaries placed in Łagiewniki (or both of them).
Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki is one of the pilgrimage destinations that constantly draws the crowds. The pope visited this Sanctuary twice. In 1993 during his visit, John Paul II blessed sister Faustina Kowalska, who was canonised by the Roman Catholic Church as a saint in the year 2000. During her life, she was devoted to the Divine Mercy. After her death, she was buried at the Sanctuary.
The other Sanctuary became a place of the official cult of John Paul II from the year 2011. The place houses several important relics of the Holy Father. The most crucial of them being his blood, transported from the Clinique in Italy and placed inside the altar. Here you will have an opportunity to see the John Paul’s tombstone, brought here from the Vatican. In the Sanctuary there are also his Papal cross, chasuble and mitre, and the cassock he was wearing at the day that he was shot.
John Paul II Home and Wadowice Tour – interesting information
During the visit to the Pope’s hometown Wadowice you will have the opportunity to visit the nearby situated Church, where John Paul II was baptised, or visit the restaurant for traditional and very famous cakes called kremówki, that were favourite of the John Paul II.