Auschwitz Birkenau & John Paul II one day tour - further information
Our Auschwitz Birkenau & John Paul II one day tour is a journey to places of great emotional significance. Auschwitz Birkenau, former concentration camp of Nazi Germany is annually visited by over a million people. Visit in Auschwitz Birkenau is a live history lesson that leaves everyone touched. Our John Paul tour covers places that played an important part in pope’s life – his home town of Wadowice, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, where as a young cleric, John Paul II often prayed and Lagiewniki, major shrine of Faustyna Kowalska, canonised by the pope.
Around 100 kilometers from Auschwitz is located spiritual capital of Poland- Czestochowa. If you are interested in visiting mecca of pious Catholics from all over the world, check also Czestochowa Black Madonna tours. Jasna Gora is famous since medieval ages and icon of Holy Mary is said to be miraculous.
Combined Auschwitz Birkenau and John Paul II tour is available only as a private tour. It takes approximately 9 – 10 hours. We provide door-to-door pick up and drop off, modern, comfortable Mercedes Benz vehicle and friendly English speaking driver at your disposal. Our driver will pick you up directly from your hotel. We usually set pick time between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. One-way ride to Auschwitz Birkenau takes around 1 hour 10 minutes.
In Auschwitz you can decide whether you want to have a private guided tour or join one of regular guided tours. Walking on your own comes as an alternative, however it is possible only from November to March. Standard guided tour in Auschwitz takes up to 2.5 hours. Another part of the camps, Birkenau is situated around 3 km further and this distance can be covered with our car. In Birkenau visitors spend 1 – 1.5 hour.
There are some regulations in Auschwitz Birkenau regarding visitors. The maximum size of your carry-on cannot exceed the dimension of 30 x 20 x 10 cm. Visitor are also required to behave respectfully. Taking pictures is generally allowed with a few exceptions. Wheelchair users should not experience any major difficulties while visiting Auschwitz Birkenau, but some spaces are not be accessible by wider wheelchairs. The museum provides substitute wheelchairs of size allowing to move around the grounds and buildings. If you are visiting with little children, you will not be allowed to enter some some areas with baby pushchairs. There is no limitation regarding the age of visitors to Auschwitz Birkenau, but it is not recommended to visit with children under 14 years old due to dreadful character of the place.
Next on your day tour itinerary is Wadowice. Upon request, we can arrange a lunch break on your way or in Wadowice. Lunch cost is not included in the price. We can also arrange lunch boxes to have on your way, paid additionally.
In Wadowice you will visit museum in the family house of John Paul II. Several exhibitions cover pope’s childhood, years as a young cleric, archbishop and the Holy Father. Guided tours in English are provided by the museum and take about 1 – 1.5 hour. You will also have an opportunity to take a stroll town this sleepy town. Then, our driver will take you to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, where young Karol Wojtyla often sought for solitude and prayed. The last destination is Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Lagiewniki, major shrine of Faustyna Kowalska. She was canonised by the pope, and the Sanctuary itself was visited twice by John Paul II, as well as by Benedict XIV and Francis I.
Our Auschwitz Birkenau & John Paul II one day tour from Krakow is available each day with at least a few days in advance. There are two payment methods available. You can pay online while booking our services via our website or in cash to the driver. We prefer cash payments in Polish zlotys, but we also accept Euros, Pounds and U. S. Dollars. The amount in foreign currency is calculated accordingly to current exchange rate, but our driver gives the change in Polish zlotys.
Our Auschwitz Birkenau & John Paul II one day tour is a great way to save time, trouble and money. The region of Lesser Poland is full of noteworthy landmarks, and Auschwitz Birkenau is an absolute must-see. During our John Paul II tour you will discover, what environment shaped the pope.