THE HOMETOWN OF KAROL WOJTYŁA

The trip to Wadowice is an occasion to learn more about the life of the Holy Father in the days of his youth spent in Wadowice. Located at the intersection of the Little Beskids, the Maków Beskids and Silesian Foothills, Wadowice is a place where Karol Wojtyła grew up, but also a striking space full of beautiful architecture and landscape. The charming market square in Wadowice with the remarkable characteristic tower of the parish church of the Offering of the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as the Family House commemorating the life and activity of John Paul II in Poland will move tourists to the day of 18th May 1920, when Karol Wojtyła was born in a flat adjoining the wall of the temple. “Time flies, eternity awaits” – these words are still inscribed on the sundial painted on the church wall visible from the room in which the Pope was born. These and many other events from the life of the Polish Pope will be told to tourists, e.g., during a sightseeing tour of the Museum Family Home of John Paul II that was opened on the 64th anniversary of the Pope’s birth. The continuation of the story will take place in the sanctuary of the Calvary – John Paul II was the only person who referred to it so frequently. The sweet culmination of the trip will be the tasting of the Pope’s favourite cake called ‘kremówka’ – and admiring the picturesque views of the Beskids – the mountains closest to the Pope’s heart.

Available tour languages:
Język en Język it Język es

Price list

Price list

Adults 235 PLN
Students 225 PLN

The price includes:

  • English (and Spanish or Italian) speaking guide
  • transportation
  • guided tour in the Museum of Family Home of John Paul II
  • Kremówka cake
  • visiting Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Important information

1.This is a regular tour (group sightseeing), but can be organised as a private tour on request.

2. Tour duration: 7–8 hours

3. Wadowice is a town located in Southern Poland, approx. 50 kilometres (31 miles) away from Kraków, where the air temperature is usually different than in Kraków. Therefore, the participants are required to bring warm, waterproof clothing (e.g. sweaters, jackets, umbrellas) and sun-protective items (e.g. hats, caps, sunglasses).

4. This is a walking tour, so the participants should wear comfortable sports shoes.

5. Due to the nature of the tour (visiting a church), the participants are requested to respect the religious feelings of others by dressing and behaving appropriately.

6. The tour includes a tasting of products (cream pie) which may contain allergens.

Timetable

  • ENGLISH (From September do October) - Wednesday, Sunday
    11.00 am
  • ENGLISH (From November to December) - Sunday
    9.00 am
  • ENGLISH (From November to December) - Wednesday
    11.00 am
  • ITALIAN (From September to October) - Sunday
    11.00 am
  • ITALIAN (From November to December) - Sunday
    9.00 am
  • SPANISH (From September to December) - Wednesday
    11.00 am

Wadowice – John Paul II Tour is unavailable on December 24th, December 31st.

More about the tour

The memorable last pilgrimage of John Paul II to Wadowice took place on 16th June 1999. On that day, talking to inhabitants who had arrived at the meeting, he described his beloved hometown in the following words: “Here, in this town, in Wadowice, everything began.” The beginning mentioned by the Pope referred to his life, whose paths were directed towards the priesthood. During the tour, tourists will visit the famous Wadowice market square, from which the view spans the most important places for Karol Wojtyła: his family home (currently the Museum Family Home of the Holy Father John Paul II), the parish church where he was baptised and the primary school he attended (today’s Magistrate). During the tour, references will be made to the aforementioned passions and moments that put a smile on the Holy Father’s face. In connection with the above, the itinerary of trip includes a tasting of young Lolek’s favourite cake – “kremówka” – the recipe of which is based on two pieces of puff pastry sprinkled with powdered sugar between which a layer of sweet cream is inserted. There will also be magnificent views of the Pope’s beloved mountains – the Beskids – into which he repeatedly made long solitary journeys. At the end of the tour, tourist will visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which was a favourite place of pilgrimage for young Karol Wojtyła as a child.

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