In the footsteps of st. John Paul II

Tour Number

Activity Level



Religious Heritage, Museums / Culture, Day Trip / Out of Town, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
You must be able to walk a few steps.

Maximum travelers: 8



German (basic), English (fluent)

Visit places from early life of Karol Wojtyła with a private guide

This sentimental route, covering places which were very dear to Karol Wojtyła will reveal the story of his childhood, adolescence and early career. On the way to Wadowice, we stop in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - the Poland's largest Calvary sanctuary. Next you will go to Wadowice - "the place where it all began" as the Pope referred to his hometown in 1999 during his visit here. The house he was born (in the future a great museum - some day included in this tour), basilica he was baptized and received his first communion, cake shop he was going to after school will bring the past times back and will make your experience long remembered. On return to Kraków we stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki. In this developing place of worship and pilgrimage you can pay homage to the Divine Marcy Painting and to the holly 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.


•on the way out of Kraków you will see house which belonged to Emilia Kaczorowska's family (Karol's mother) and where teenage Karol lived together with his father in years 1938-1944

•sightseeing of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monastery (Friars Franciscans) - the largest calvary sanctuary in Poland where Karol Wojtyła prayed numerous times at miraculous painting of Our Lady

•visit to the new museum in the Karol Wojtyła's (later the pope John Paul II) family house and birthplace in Wadowice. Visit in a group of up to 20 people guided by a local English speaking guide

•visit to the St. Mary's Basilica where young Karol was baptized and where he served as an accolyte

•coffee brake, chance to try a legendary cream cake (known already as the Pope's Cake)

•visit to the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki with the painting of the Merciful Christ and the relics of the first saint of the New Millennium - St. Faustyna Kowalska.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Your hotel/apartment in Kraków

End location: Your hotel/apartment in Kraków

Duration: 6 hours 30 min.

The drives to/from Wadowice depend on traffic (1-2hrs one way).


Van (opel zafira or vivaro, both air conditioned).

What’s Included

Other: •transport by air conditioned van,

•English speaking guide/driver

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 PLN - Entrance ticket to the JP II Museum (30 PLN/1person), coffee and pope's cream cake.

What’s Extra

Other: Entrance tickets to the JPII Museum in Wadowice, snacks, refreshments


I am not a licensed guide neither at Auschwitz Museum nor at the Wieliczka Salt Mine and I cannot guide inside these sites myself.

Private tour guide Grzegorz S.

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