Churches and sanctuaries – along the route of Polish saints
Price: from 50 € (per group)
Are you fascinated with life of Karol Wojtyla? Visit the places that Polish pope was so much connected with while studying and serving as a priest and bishop in Krakow.
We invite you on a unique journey through time during which you will visit particularly close to John Paul II places in Krakow. The Wawel Cathedral, the Franciscan Church and Collegium Maius are just some of the points of this tour. Following in the footsteps of John Paul II you will become familiar with his youth, the time of his studies and his ministry of the seminary until the moment he was elected the Head of the Catholic Church. Next we will drive to the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki where – on August 17th 2002 – he entrusted the plight of mankind to the Divine Mercy. At the end we will drop in to Nowa Huta (New Steelwork). This district was built during the communist era serving the enormous metallurgical complex created by Stalin’s decree. Karol Wojtyla supported workers of the still mill in their efforts to build a church in the district. And they succeeded. Nowadays you can admire “Ark of the Lord”. This is a very unusual church with an interesting architectural design and interior. The testimony of faith and perseverance of thousands of workers.
* guide service
* TourGuide headset (recommended for groups of 11 and more)
- Royal Cathedral - 3.2 €
The price is set individually and depends on the number of people and the type of the vehicle and varies from 50 € to 100 € per group.
Ca. 4 hours, depending on the selected options
The lobby of your hotel
The tour is available all year round. On Sundays, we suggest that you start exploring after 12 due to morning Masses. Ask first about the opening hours which change according to the season.
It is required due to big distances between particular places; we provide mini buses and coaches; the price is set individually and depends on the number of people and the type of the vehicle and varies from 50 € to 100 € per group.
People in wheelchairs cannot visit the Sigismund Bell and the crypt in Wawel Cathedral (lots of stairs and no ramps in buildings).
From the available options, you can choose interesting proposals, you can also suggest a starting time and then the final plan will be prepared. In case of doubt, please contact us and ask questions .
This is a wireless system for tour groups giving all participants in the group the opportunity to listen to the explanations of the guide in the same way regardless of the distance from him (the average transmission range is about 100 meters, and each participant has its own receiver), the system provides comfort when sightseeing and the ability to move freely in locations where silence is expected.
You will be under the care of licensed and experienced guides. We have worked with them for many years, and many surprising and unusual situations have proved that we can rely on them.
1. Wawel Cathedral (Interior Tour) - occupies a unique position in Polish history and consciousness of the Polish nation, for centuries a place of worship of St. Stanislaus. Coronations and royal burials were held here and it is the burial place of poets and national heroes.
2. The Church on the Rock (Interior Tour) - the place where St. Stanislaw died as a martyr; John Paul II was a great worshiper of St. Stanislaw.
3. The Franciscan Church (Interior Tour) - one of the most favourite churches of John Paul II; you could often see him there sunk in fervent prayers; we’ll see, among others, his favourite bench and a copy of the Turin Shroud blessed by the Pope as well as stained glass windows designed and painted by Stanislaw Wyspianski, who was also a poet, and John Paul II held a great respect for this artist.
4. Collegium Maius - the oldest building in the oldest university of Poland founded by the king Kazimierz the Great in the 14th century; John Paul II just like Copernicus was one of the most famous students of this university.
5. The Bishops’ Palace - the residence of Krakow bishops where John Paul II lived for 14 years before his departure to Rome.
6. The Ark of the Lord (Interior tour) - a church in the Nowa Huta district built during the communist era; attractive due to its very unusual and interesting architectural design and interior; the testimony of faith and perseverance of thousands of workers; John Paul II supported the creation of this church.
7. The Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy (Interior Tour) - in this sanctuary are worshiped the Image of Merciful Jesus and the relics of St. Faustina; many pilgrims from all over the world visit the convent every year; it is here where – on August 17th 2002 – John Paul II entrusted the plight of mankind to the Divine Mercy.
8. Prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy - every day at 3 pm in the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy; if you choose this option the program will be arranged so that you can participate in the prayers.