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- For pilgrims

For pilgrims

Anita Stanislawska - a licensed Krakow City Guide. Nr/Card No: PM/93/07, as well as an English speaking tour leader. Nr/Card No: PW/256/09.

Booking of a licensed tour guide to Krakow and its vicinity, speaking Polish, English, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Croatian, Romanian, Turkish, Greek, Czech, Slovak, Belarussian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic and so on…

Contact number: +48 602 388 200. E-mail: 
anita@cracow-guide.net

Pilgrimage in Krakow. The Sanctuary of John Paul II
The Sanctuary is situated only 8km from the centre of Krakow. Continuously built, it is still growing... First, we shall visit the lower church and the surrounding chapels. They are all dedicated to the Holy Mary and other main saints.
The most important chapel in this church is 'The Priest Chapel'. There is a headstone of the grave of John Paul II, brought from the Vatican by cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. There has been many miracles, and I have also experienced some of the miracles myself.
The lower church is a place where people pray every day to the saint John Paul II and give him thanks for His help in their life. In the main altar you will see the relic of the blood of John Paul II. There are also many interesting pictures and sculptures, of which I will tell you a lot eagerly. There will also be some time for prayer.
We shall meet the Lord in silence.

Guided Excursion to the John Paul II and Divine Mercy Sanctuaries.
During World War II, young Karol Wojtyla studied in secret at a seminar in Krakow and also worked as a forced laborer in a factory. Not far from the factory lays the grave of Sister Faustina, who in 1931 had seen a vision of Christ with red and white shafts of light emanating from his heart. Faustina recognized in this vision a sign of Divine Mercy, and from this vision a devotion to the Divine Mercy soon developed across Poland. Karol Wojtyla would often visit her grave on his way home from work, and the site soon became an important place of prayer and retreat for him. As a cardinal and later as Pope John Paul II, he helped spread the devotion to the Divine Mercy. Today, one of Catholicism’s most important pilgrimage sites, the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, is located here. Because of its importance to Pope John Paul II, his sanctuary was built nearby. It is only a 20-minute walk through the scenic grounds between the sanctuaries. On this guided walking tour, you will visit both beautiful sanctuaries and have an opportunity for prayer and reflection as well. Included: Private guided tour, transportation to and from central Krakow by either taxi or tram.

Then, we will go to the newly opened upper church. We will see the mosaics brought here from Italy. They are all worth seeing.
After that, we will visit the Archdiocesan Museum. You simply have to be there and visit this museum! We will see the reconstructed room of John Paul II, his clothes and personal objects like the Rosary, prayer-book, tissue, watch and many gifts.

The Museum is open:
Tuesday-Friday: 10:00-16:00, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00-15:00. Closed on Mondays.
The tickets cost: 3PLN/children, students, seniors;  5PLN/adults. Photo admittance: 5PLN

After visiting the Museum, we shall have a lunch in Lagiewniki. Divine Mercy.
Then we will visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy: the central part and the chapels. If you want, you can participate in the Holy Mass.
On demand, we will arrange the meeting with one of the nouns of the Divine Mercy shrine, who will tell you about the Sanctuary and the charism of the Divine Mercy. You will visit the chapel of the Divine Mercy with the relics of the noun Faustyna Kowalska. This place had been visited by Karol Wojtyla later John Paul II, during IIWW, when he was working in Solvay industries.

There will be a time for contemplation. We welcome the Pilgrims and the Visitors. God Bless You! :)

How to Dress for Your Tour.

Depending on your group size, you will either take a taxi or a tram to the sanctuaries. Generally you will visit the John Paul II Sanctuary first. Be sure to wear good walking shoes as you will make the walk between the sanctuaries. There is also much to see within each sanctuary. Please wear also modest clothes. Shorts or skirts should at least cover the knees. Shoulders should be covered as well. If the day is warm, you can bring a shawl or other clothing item to drape over your shoulders.

Sanctuaries in Krakow and around 
►9.00 we start from your hotel ....
~~10.00 - 10.30 Wadowice, place of birth od Karol Wojtyla, John Paul II later.
►11.00 JPII house visiting with an English speaking tour (around 70 min.) 
Basilica visiting + JPII cake tasting :). There is a nice story connected with.!
Wadowice - Town about 50 km far from Cracow. Famous because of the House of birth of the pope John Paul II, Koscielna 7 street, opened 9am-1pm; 2pm-6pm. For tourists needs the expostion was created. Not many things from Wojtyla’s house left. The exposition is filled with private things of John Paul II, photograms from papal visits in Wadowice. Every year House of Birth Of the pope John Paul II is visited by approximately 200 000 people. Basilica of the offertory of NMP, John Paul II square. In this church particular worship is for picture of God’s Mother Incessant Help from the XIXth century, hanged in the chapel of Crucified Jesus. Chapel is separated by crate with papal crest and his pontifical believing - Totus Tous (All Yours). At noon from the Tower you can hear melody of Ave Maria... 
 
►12.00 Then we are driving to Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and visiting there Sanctuary and the cloister. 
We eat lunch there because there is no other place with 'dumplings' - 'pierogi', Polish style, with seasonl forest fruits [during summer of course :)
Sanctuary of Calvary God’s Mother - 38 km from Cracow. The development of the city is connected with pilgrimages to the convent. Mountain of Crucifixion, the founder decided to build a chapel of Christ’s Grave and near, small chapel of Bernardines, who are to be guardians of those chapels. Later Kalwaria used to be similar to Jerusalem. There is a path of Lord’s Pain from chapel to the Grave of Christ. I encourage you to watch Mystery of Lord’s Pain in Great Friday and in Day of falling asleep of God’s Mother, 15th of August and if you want to concentrate on prayer in silence then it is better to come to Kalwaria in a week-day.
 
►14.00 going to Łagiewniki Divine Mercy.
15.00 Chaplet of Divine Mercy + visiting Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
16.30 JPII Sanctuary visiting !!! Saint's blood relics; plate from the tomb in the Vatican; New Basilica and Shrine dedicated to JPII.
►Museum of John Paul II is possible to visit too.
~~17.30 going to the hotel

Extra one full day trip to 
Czestochowa – Spiritual capital city of Poland 
It is the sanctuary of God’s Mother from Czestochowa called Black Madonna. Thousands of people from all over the world come here to see the painting : ”Black Madonna” famous for its miracles.  
Some advice: 
•If you visit Warsaw firstly, then it will be more comfortable for you to go from Warsaw to Niepokalanow - St. Maksymilian Kolbe. and then Czestochowa and in the evening will be in Krakow. 
•You can hire a car with or without driver. 
•In sanctuary it is possible to hire a guide. 
•In sanctuary a suitable dress is obliged. 
Opening hours except big celebrities: 
New Year’s Eve, Easter, Christmas Eve, God’s Body and All Saints. 
•In summer - 8.00am - 7.00pm (01.V - 15.X) 
•In winter - 8.00am - 5.00pm (16.X - 30.IV)

How to Dress for Your Tour.

Depending on your group size, you will either take a taxi or a tram to the sanctuaries. Generally you will visit the John Paul II Sanctuary first. Be sure to wear good walking shoes as you will make the walk between the sanctuaries. There is also much to see within each sanctuary. Please wear also modest clothes. Shorts or skirts should at least cover the knees. Shoulders should be covered as well. If the day is warm, you can bring a shawl or other clothing item to drape over your shoulders.

Guided Excursion to the John Paul II and Divine Mercy Sanctuaries.

During World War II, young Karol Wojtyla studied in secret at a seminar in Krakow and also worked as a forced laborer in a factory. Not far from the factory lays the grave of Sister Faustina, who in 1931 had seen a vision of Christ with red and white shafts of light emanating from his heart. Faustina recognized in this vision a sign of Divine Mercy, and from this vision a devotion to the Divine Mercy soon developed across Poland. Karol Wojtyla would often visit her grave on his way home from work, and the site soon became an important place of prayer and retreat for him. As a cardinal and later as Pope John Paul II, he helped spread the devotion to the Divine Mercy. Today, one of Catholicism’s most important pilgrimage sites, the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, is located here. Because of its importance to Pope John Paul II, his sanctuary was built nearby. It is only a 20-minute walk through the scenic grounds between the sanctuaries. On this guided walking tour, you will visit both beautiful sanctuaries and have an opportunity for prayer and reflection as well.

Included: Private guided tour, transportation to and from central Krakow by either taxi or tram.

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