John Paul II Heritage Tour

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See three of the most important Catholic pilgrimage destinations (Wadowice – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Lagiewniki) in Poland – all in one day!
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Duration: 6-7 hours
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Available languages: English, Polish
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Free Hotel Pickup
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Free lunch

John Paul II Heritage Tour

Experience the incredible divine atmosphere while visiting the most prominent Catholic landmarks related to the life of pope John Paul II. Empower your faith and explore historic pilgrimage destinations: Wadowice, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and Łagiewniki, all in one day. 

MrShuttle - a recipe for comfortable and carefree travelling

MrShuttle means comprehensive services, thus, we take care of troublesome travelling aspects such as the purchase of entry tickets and insurance. Apart from that, we prepare delicious and diversified lunch boxes tailored to your dietary requirements. Thanks to it, you won’t be forced to visit subsequent Catholic pilgrimage destinations as hungry as a hunter. Door-to-door transportation indicates that we’ll pick you up and drop off at a preferred location. Forget about having to catch a bus or pay extra money for a taxi.

We understand that Polish is a complex and not particularly popular language, consequently, we do our best to facilitate communication between tour members by providing an English speaking driver that will be more than happy to assist you while visiting the John Paul II Museum in Wadowice. 

First stop - the John Paul II Museum in Wadowice

Although the tour usually starts with visiting the town of Wadowice, we strive to live up to the expectations of our clients, therefore, in special circumstances, it’s possible to alter the itinerary. 

When thinking about the life journey of the pope, it’s unimaginable not to mention Wadowice where Karol Wojtyla spent his childhood and youth. The classic scenario assumes that our tour begins with a visit to the John Paul II Museum located in the family home of the Wojtyla’s family.

After seeing what the pope’s life looked like almost a hundred years ago, our guide will take you to a local church where John Paul II was baptised. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to reflect on your choices and experience a deep connection to the faith.

Conclude this part of the tour by devouring the iconic “kremówka” cake frequently referred to by the pope. Wadowice offers the finest and most traditional sweets of this type and if you appreciate Karol Wojtyla’s sense of humour, you must have heard about his frequent trips to confectionaries.

Second stop - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska surrounded by mystical pathways

The Kalwaria Zebrzydowska park is our second stop on the tour. As the mom of John Paul II passed away when he was a kid, the boy was raised by a father who would frequently take him to Kalwaria. The complex dates back to the XVII century and was awarded a World Heritage Site label by UNESCO in 1999. 

Kalwaria can boast the longest Way of the Cross with 28 stations that attract even 2 millions pilgrimages a year. Apart from that, you can devote an hour spent there to reflection in 42 chapels named after the places in Holy Land and Jerusalem. It’s an ideal heritage site to reinforce your faith and contemplate the life journey of the pope.

The last stop - Łagiewniki and the honoured Sanctuary of Divine Mercy

The astonishing Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki, Kraków is our last stop. This Roman Catholic basilica is the resting place of Faustyna Kowalska who was canonized in 2000. 

The building originally housed the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy monastery founded in the XIX century. When the remains of sister Faustina were moved there in 1966, cardinal Karol Wojtyla designated the church as a shrine.

The sanctuary is renowned for the original Image of the Divine Mercy painted by Adolf Hyła on the basis of the devotion initiated by saint Faustyna. The author wanted to express his gratitude for the survival during World War II which makes visitors realize that there are even more reasons to reevaluate their lives and appreciate boundless opportunities.

Once you finish your quiet time, you can go to Faustina’s chapel at the Sanctuary and climb the tower to admire breathtaking views. On a clear day, it’s even possible to observe the Tatra mountains. 

After such a spiritual tour, MrShuttle will take you directly to your hotel, apartment or other indicated location where you can conveniently relax and prepare for other eventful days.

The oldest Polish Calvaries dating back to the XVII century

MrShuttle nurtures tradition and cares about clients. That’s why we provide affordable services and tours that enable exploring the most significant monuments and religious sites.

Taking into consideration that Poland is one of the most Catholic countries in the world, we couldn’t forget about offering a John Paul II heritage tour that comprises a visit to the oldest Calvaries on Polish soil. 

For all believers, it’s an ideal opportunity to follow the steps of Karol Wojtyla, reflect on life, meet people who share the same values and taste local treats popular across the world. Thanks to our organizational skills, you’ll be able to see all prominent landmarks in Wadowice, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and Łagiewniki just in one day!

Our tour is an ideal option for everyone willing to discover historic pilgrimage destinations in southern Poland in an attainable and compact way.

Still not convinced? Check out the brief summary of the tour itinerary and reasons proving it’s worth choosing services offered by MrShuttle!

Trip Itnerary

  • 1
    Hotel pickup

    You’ll be picked up from the indicated destination between 8:30 am. and 9:30 am.

  • 2
    John Paul II Museum

    Our first stop is the John Paul II Museum, where you’ll have 1 hour to explore everything with the assistance of an audioguide.

  • 3
    Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

    Next, we’ll go to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, where you’ll also spend 1 hour and learn about the most prominent local landmarks like The Way of the Cross.

  • 4
    Łagiewniki - Sanctuary Divine of Mercy

    We’ll finish the tour in Łagiewniki, where you can devote 1 hour to admire the most popular version of The Image of the Divine Mercy painted in 1944 by professor Adolf Hyła.

  • 5
    Transfer and hotel drop off

    Finally, we’ll drop you off at the preferred location, where you’ll be able to rest after the eventful day.

Please note that all times are approximate and depend on traffic conditions and guides availability.

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    I am impressed with Krakow Shuttle because of ease in making reservations and instant confirmation. What I really like about them is that I have the option of paying upfront online during reservation or just giving the payment to the driver. this is very important because it does not tie you up especially when plans change.I would especially commend our driver Maciej. He is very pleasant, professional, fun, speaks English very well, and knows a lot of things - like where to buy Polish Pottery, amber, and authentic Polish Restaurants.I would like to thank Krakow Shuttle for a wonderful experience in Krakow!

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More reasons why you should use our services:

We have invented this tour on the market and we are the best in it.

Our services are available four days a week: on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. This flexibility gives enormous possibilities to all tourists, as thanks to our offer they can tailor the day of the John Paul II heritage tour to their busy agendas.

Hotel pickup included

Forget about problems with transportation. Our door-to-door services mean that we’ll pick you up and drop you off at the indicated hotel or apartment. We do our best to travel in small groups to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and gets to the destinations on time.

English speaking tourist driver assistance

The driver who speaks English will be ready to assist you during the remaining parts of the tour in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Łagiewniki.

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Lunch included

Our company strives to take appropriate care of all clients. Therefore, we provide lunch boxes that will help you recharge batteries when exploring calvaries on Polish soil. Taste our nourishing chicken salads or cheese sandwiches. For all the sweet tooths, we have prepared delicious chocolate wafers. Don’t worry about beverages, as we offer water as well. If you have other preferences, inform us about them when filling out the booking form and enjoy our vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options.

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Please note that a few days during the year when the John Paul II heritage tour doesn’t take place. These days include the 25th of December, 1st of January, 15th of August, Holy Saturday afternoon and Easter Sunday.

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