THE HOMETOWN OF KAROL WOJTYŁA

“Everything started here, in this town, in Wadowice” – these were the words of John Paul II referring to his hometown in conversation with its inhabitants on 16th June 1999 during his last pilgrimage to Wadowice. A trip in the footsteps of the man whose life inspired and was followed by millions of people from all around the world allows the participants to go back in time to the childhood and young years of Karol Wojtyła, as well as the subsequent period of his priesthood. The trip includes a visit to the famous Town Square, with which young Lolek Wojtyła was closely involved. This is the location of his family house (now the John Paul II Family Home Museum), of the parochial church where he was baptised and of the common school he attended (now the Magistrate). The journey in the footsteps of the Holy Father includes a tasting of delicious cream pies – the Pope’s favourite pastry made of two layers of puff pastry filled with creamy buttercream. The tour route is surrounded by the sights of glorious Beskid summits – the Pope’s beloved mountains, through which he made solitary treks. The price includes transport by a private car. Wheelchair users are provided with transport by a specially adapted car. With a view to providing the participants with maximum comfort, we may lend you a wheelchair free of charge.

Available tour languages:
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Price list

Sample price per person

Group of 5 people 230 PLN

The price includes

  • pick-up from any place in Krakow
  • private transfer by a vehicle adapted for persons who use standard wheelchair
  • 70-minute group guided tour in the John Paul II Museum
  • private tour leader assistance

Important information

1.This is a private tour (organised on request).

2. Tour duration: approx. 7 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. 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.

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

6. In case you have any questions, would like to book the tour or purchase another tour for the disabled, please contact the Product Department (seekrakow@seekrakow.com).

More about the tour

Wadowice is a town situated where the Maków Beskids meets the Little Beskids and the Silesian Foothills. The central part of the town, the Town Square, is associated mainly with the young years of Karol Wojtyła and his family due to the close proximity of their home to the Virgin Mary’s Offertory parochial church located in the Town Square. The family had a view on the church wall and the sundial with an inscription “Time flies, eternity waits” when Karol was born on 18th May 1920. On the Holy Father’s 64th birthday, his family home was officially opened to pilgrims and tourists as the Holy Father John Paul II Family Home Museum, commemorating the life and activity of John Paul II in Poland before he was elected Pope. The museum is fully adapted to the needs of wheelchair users with elevators and ramps. The specially designed route includes milestones in Pope’s life with disabled persons access. The tasting of creamy pies loved by Pope will be held in one of the best pastry shops in Wadowice with disabled persons access.

The trip is organised upon request. Should you have any questions or wish to book a tour, please contact the Product Department at seekrakow@seekrakow.com.

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