Summary – “Following in the footsteps of the man, the saint, the legend”
The name Karol Wojtyla may not stir much in many people, but he is one and the same person as the man who is regarded as one of the most influential and important polish men of our generation. He is of course better known as the first non Italian in over 400 years to rise to that of Pope. He is also better known as Pope John Paul II.
In John Pauls earlier days, he was the Archbishop of Krakow, something that residence of Krakow can be very proud of. It is because if this, that many people make the pilgrimage to Krakow in order to see places connected with the now deceased Legend.
This wonderful tour follows in the footsteps of the great man, and show where he lived as a student, his house as a young bishop. On to where he celebrated his first public mass and a visit to his local parish church.
The tour then leaves the confines of Krakow and embarks on a journey to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki. It was dedicated to St Faustina Kowalska and formerly the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – a UNESCO landmark and pilgrimage site dear to Pope John Paul II.
The tour also visits the baroque Bernardine monastery and the quite wonderful Via Dolorosa (the Stations of the Cross), another UNESCO landmark which comprises of a long sequence of chapels set in the countryside.
Finally the tour reaches Wadowice, the place the Pope grew up. You’ll see the parish church, the local shops he frequented as a boy and even the pitch he used to play football in. (Please note, there is a small museum here, but with no advance bookings, it is down to luck if there will be long queues)
Duration: 6 hours
Prices start from 39 GBP per person
(Based on 8 people)
Included in the price
• Guide services
• All entrance fees
• Private transfers
Full return transfers are included.