St Marys, Kraków
In the Footsteps of Pope John Paul II
From a base in Kraków, a city which has strong connections with Pope John Paul II and the only city in the world that includes places that cover almost his entire life; pilgrims can follow in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II and visit his former residences, churches that marked his history and the Bishop's Palace, where he resided on each of his pilgrimages to Kraków.
Bishops Palace • Wawel Cathedral • Wadowice • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima
Day 1 Fly to Kraków where you will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2 Take a guided tour of the city, including the Bishop's Palace in which the Holy Father Pope John Paul II resided during his pilgrimages to Kraków; St. Mary's Church where John Paul II used to give sermons and listen to confessions and Wawel Cathedral where Bishop Karol Wojtyła used to go to sing Christmas carols.
Day 3 Visit Wadowice, hometown of Karol Wojtyła; see the Basilica and the old building of his secondary school; visit Pope's Family House, a museum of his life and work; and drop in at St. Peter's Church to try child Pope's favourite cakes. On the way back to Kraków pray at the Shrine of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which he visited many times and stop off at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki.
Day 4 Travel to Czestochowa, where John Paul II stayed six times. Jasna Góra 'Bright Mount' is the most important Marian shrine in Poland; its focal point is the chapel and its miraculous icon of the Black Madonna.
Day 5 Visit Zakopane, in the Tatra Mountains. Take a funicular train ride to the top of Mount Gubałówka and enjoy a panoramic view. Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima built as a votive offering of thanks for saving the Pope's life after an assassination attempt in 1981.
Day 6 Today visit the village of Mogiła and its Cistercian Monastery, which the Pope visited in 1979. Pray in the Ark of the Lord Church in Bienczyce, constructed with the help of Karol Wojtyła and the people of Nowa Huta.
Day 7 Transfer to Kraków airport for the return flight to the UK.
All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer
This modern and comfortable hotel is situated in the very heart of Kraków, less than five hundred yards away from the Market Square, the town's historical and cultural centre. The major sights and attractions of Kraków Old Town and those of the Jewish Quarter are only a short distance away. All rooms have private facilities, television, telephone, Wi-Fi and hairdryer.
• 3 star • 231 rooms
• Central location
Your tour includes:
• Flights between the UK and Kraków
• 6 nights half board in Kraków
• Coach travel/excursions/admissions as detailed in the itinerary
• English speaking guides
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