Route of John Paul II

 

Route of John Paul II

 

Day 1:

Arriving to Cracow. Dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 2:

Wadowice – the birthplace of John Paul II: the Basilica where Karol Wojtyla was baptised, the Pope’s Museum (the house of Karol Wojtyla’s childehood). Kalwaria: a visit to the beautifully located St. Mary shrine (the first Karol Wojtyla’s pilgrimage destination). Cross Road stands and Rosary chapels scattered around on the hills are the most beautiful in Poland.

 

Day 3:

Cracow – a walking tour in the Old Town: the Kings’ Castle Wawel with its chambers and the Cathedral, where the Polish kings were crowned and buried, the Main Market Square (the largest in Poland) with the Cloth Hall and the tower of the former Town Hall, St. Mary Church with the famous wooden altar carved by Veit Stoss in the 15-th century, the Archbishop’s Residence with the famous “Pope’s Window”. Transfer to Cracow-Łagiewniki: a short break and time for a prayer in the modern church where during the pontificate of John Paul II developed the World centre of the cult of God’s Mercy; in the nunnery beside Saint Faustyna lived – through the graces she obtained from God she was the creator of this cult.

 

 

Day 4:

Zakopane: a walk along the Chochołowska Valley (one of Pope’s favourite place in the Tatra Mountains) or the cable-car ride to Gubałówka (one of the hills by Zakopane) and admiring a stunning view of the Tatra Mountains. Time for a prayer at the Shrine of St. Mary of Fatima in Krzeptówki (the sanctuary created to thank St. Mary for saving Pope’s life during the assassination attempt in 1981). Dinner in a regional restaurant with the regional folk music.

 

 

Day 5:

Transfer to the Pieniny Mountains, to the village of Sromowce Niżne. Hiking to Trzy Korony (Three Crowns) – the highest mount in Pieniny (982 m above sea level) and admiring a view of the Dunajec River Valley. After coming back, transfer to Sromowce Wyżne. Gentle rafting on the Dunajec River to Szczawnica through the breakthrough of Pieniny. Some rest in Szczawnica spa.

 

 

Day 6:

Częstochowa: a visit to the most popular Polish sanctuary at the Pauline monastery on Jasna Góra (Bright Mount), famous as the spiritual heart of Poland - time for a prayer in front of the miraculous icon of Black Madonna. In the area of the sanctuary there is also the monument of Karol Wojtyla’s parents and the plaque commemorating John Paul II on one of the monastery gates. Transfer towards Licheń.

 

 

Day 7:

Licheń: a visit to the St. Mary shrine - the beautifully located church of St. Dorothy from the 19-th century that previously served as the centre of the sanctuary, the located nearby symbolic Golgotha and the originally designed modern basilica (the largest church in Poland, one of the largest in the world). Licheń was also visited by John Paul II. Transfer to Warsaw.

 

 

Day 8:

Warsaw – a walking tour in the city centre: the Castle Square and the Kings’ Castle, the Old Town Market Square, the Cathedral of St. John, the Barbican, Krakowskie Przedmieście street (with the Palace of the President, the Grave of Unknown Soldier, the Church of the Holy Cross and the Victory Square – the place of the famous meeting with the Pope and his historic prayer in 1979), the Monument of Warsaw Uprising, the Monument of Ghetto Heroes, the Kings’ Baths (Łazienki Królewskie) – a walk through a beautiful park and a visit to the Palace on the Water (the former summer residence of the last king Stanisław August).

 

 

Day 9:

Transfer to Warsaw Airport.