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Jasna Góra Monastery: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Krakow: Full-Day Wadowice & Czestochowa Tour

1. From Krakow: Full-Day Wadowice & Czestochowa Tour

This 9-hour tour will start with a pick-up from your hotel, hostel or apartment. After a 40 minute drive, you will arrive at the main square of Wadowice. Before you visit the Museum of John Paul II, you will see the front of the parish church of Karol Wojtyla, where little Karol was baptized and the high school he attended. A visit to the museum will take around 90 minutes after which you will have a coffee break and taste the famous papal cream cakes known as kremowka. On your arrival to Czestochowa, you will begin your sightseeing of the Jasna Gora complex together with the chapel of miraculous painting of Black Madonna. Throughout your visit, you will be guided and assisted by one of the Pauline monks who serve in the Jasna Gora Monastery. Before heading back to Krakow, have lunch in one of a local restaurants.

Krakow: Day Trip to Częstochowa

2. Krakow: Day Trip to Częstochowa

Visit the basilica and monastery located in the city of Jasna Góra and discover the holy relic of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa. Częstochowa is one of the most important centers of religious worship in Poland, it is regarded by many as Poland's spiritual capital and for hundreds of years, it has been a site of pilgrimage for Poles. High on the mountain top, the monastery holds the most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary in Poland and it is home to the Black Madonna painting - rumored to have been painted by St. Luke on a tabletop built by Jesus. The Black Madonna, depicting the Mother of God with the Christ Child, is believed to have miraculous powers by those who visit her. It is also possible to reserve a private guided tour on request.

Czestochowa: Jasna Góra Monastery Full–Day Tour from Krakow

3. Czestochowa: Jasna Góra Monastery Full–Day Tour from Krakow

Start from the center of Krakow, and head out on a journey to your first destination, known as the religious capital of Poland. Discover the home to the famous Pauline monastery and treasured, yet mysterious, Our Lady of Częstochowa painting, both drawing devoted pilgrims from all across the globe. Learn the incredible history of the painting, from its mysterious and ambiguous origins, to the many miracles it has been tied to over the centuries, continuing to captivate Catholics to this day. See why this monastery was so close to the heart of Pope John Paul II, and why it was chosen as the place to permanently display his bullet–torn sash after his 1981 assassination attempt. Relax during your day as friendly and knowledgeable guides help you through the rich history and maginificent culture of the area.

From Krakow: Czestochowa - The Black Madonna

4. From Krakow: Czestochowa - The Black Madonna

Our tour takes you to a place which receives around 5 million visitors a year (including over 150,000 pilgrims on foot). After arriving at the monastery, we will visit the chapel of the miraculous painting of the Black Madonna, which is the embodiment of the attachment to the Cult of Mary so typical of the Catholic faith in Poland. Next we visit the Basilica, which is the main church of the monastery. You can also visit the 600th-Anniversary Museum and the Treasury on your own, if you wish, or attend Mass while others on the tour have a break for lunch and a visit to a souvenir shop.

From Krakow: Jasna Góra Monastery & Home of John Paul II

5. From Krakow: Jasna Góra Monastery & Home of John Paul II

Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel in Kraków, then travel in an air-conditioned van for approximately 1 hour to Wadowice, the hometown of Pope John Paul II. Upon arrival, have a short break before going to the parish church on Main Market Square where the future pope was baptized. Marvel at numerous chapels, holy paintings, and the famous baptismal font as you learn about the humble beginnings of one of the greatest Poles in history.  Then, make your way inside the Family Home of John Paul II and take a tour with an accredited guide available in various languages. Spend at least 1 hour and 20 minutes in the museum. Later, visit the secondary school that Karol Wojtyła, as the pope was then known, attended. Take a nice picture of the monument of the young pope. On the second half of the tour, head to the Jasna Góra Monastery in the town of Częstochowa, about 130 kilometers (around 80 miles) away from Kraków in southern Poland. Once there, explore a famous Polish shrine to Our Lady of Częstochowa, which constitutes one of Poland’s most visited pilgrimage sites.  Take a guided tour of the monastery with one of the Pauline monks who will show you the treasury filled with priceless gifts and accompany you to the chapel in the shrine. Finally, marvel at the miraculous painting of the Black Madonna and have a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Kraków.

Czestochowa: The Black Madonna Day Tour from Krakow

6. Czestochowa: The Black Madonna Day Tour from Krakow

Discover one of the most important places of worship of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the most important pilgrimage center in Poland for hundreds of years. See the beauty of medieval monastery buildings and fortification walls, and admire the baroque basilica. After arriving at the monastery, visit the chapel of the miraculous image of the Black Madonna, which is the embodiment of the Marian cult, so typical of the Catholic and Orthodox faith in Poland. Head to the Basilica, which is the main church of the monastery, as well as the 600th Anniversary Museum and the Treasury. Attend the Holy Mass if you wish, while other tour participants have a lunch break and a visit to the gift shop.

From Krakow: Czestochowa Monastery Private Tour

7. From Krakow: Czestochowa Monastery Private Tour

Visit the heart of Polish Catholicism at Czestochowa, world-renowned for the famous Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora. Home of the Black Madonna painting and shrine of the Virgin Mary, it is the third most popular pilgrim site in the world for Catholics. The 6-hour private tour from Krakow travels to Czestochowa on the Warta River, where you will explore the monastery sites, including the hilltop monastery itself, with its commanding belltower. Discover rich displays of votive offerings in the Treasury, including rosaries and scepters, dedicated to the Black Madonna from the 14th century to the present. The national shrine of Poland, the monastery was built in the 17th century, and during your trip you will see an exhibition devoted to the Monastery’s history. But the tour highlight is a visit to the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa in the Chapel of the Black Madonna. Then, explore the delightful grounds, where 14 Stations of the Cross are represented by bronze statues that are the focus of pilgrims every year, some moving from one station to the next on their knees.

Częstochowa Black Madonna Experience with private transport

8. Częstochowa Black Madonna Experience with private transport

This personalized trip to the Jasna Góra Monastery includes picking you up from a prior determined location in a comfortable, air-conditioned car. Your English-speaking driver will drive you directly to the monastery and take you to meet your guide, who will tell you the history of the place on a 1.5-hour guided tour. The Jasna Góra Monastery is the biggest and most popular shrine to the Virgin Mary and is visited by nearly 4 million tourists from around the world every year. It is known as the Black Madonna of Częstochowa or Our Lady of Częstochowa. The icon was created in about 66 A.D. and it has been in the Jasna Góra Monastery since 1382.  The sanctuary is mostly recognized for being a place of worship but is also a place with a really interesting history. It was established in the 14th-century and was steadily expanded since then. It soon became a military fortress, which effectively defended Częstochowa’s treasures and Polish kings. After the tour is finished, the driver will take you back to your hotel or other pre-arranged location.

Half-Day Czestochowa Black Madonna Tour from Krakow

9. Half-Day Czestochowa Black Madonna Tour from Krakow

Jasna Gora Monastery is a Mecca for pious Catholics from Poland and from abroad, who come to pray to the holy image of Black Madonna of Czestochowa. In 2011, Jasna Gora was visited by 3.2 million pilgrims from 80 countries. During an approximately 7.5-hour long tour from Krakow to Czestochowa, explore the Jasna Gora Monastery and Sanctuary, visit the shrine of Black Madonna, and the Treasury with museum exhibition. Jasna Gora has been the major shrine to the Virgin Mary and the country's most popular pilgrimage destination since the 17th century. Aside from the places of worship on Jasna Gora, there is also an exhibition dedicated to the history of the place, which will tell you, among others, about the brave defense of the Monastery during the 1655 Siege of Jasna Góra. Every year, pilgrims from all around Poland come to Jasna Gora to contemplate the Passion of Christ by following the Stations of the Cross, represented by large bronze statues surrounded by beautiful greenery. Some of the pilgrims even decide to move from one station to the next on their knees. Also, every summer many pilgrims begin their journey to Jasna Gora on foot to meet there in the mid-August.

From Krakow: Częstochowa, Black Madonna and Lagiewniki Tour

10. From Krakow: Częstochowa, Black Madonna and Lagiewniki Tour

Discover two of the most important sites of Roman Catholicism in Poland on a day tour departing from Krakow. Journey to Częstochowa and the pilgrimage site of Jasna Góra Monastery, followed by a tour of the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in the Lagiewniki district of Krakow. Start with pickup from your hotel in Krakow and travel north by car to the city of Częstochowa. While here, visit the monastery of the Pauline Fathers at Jasna Góra, which is the location of the image of Our Lady of Częstochowa, also known as The Black Madonna. Hear more about this venerated image which has been credited with many miracles, including saving the monastery from an invasion by Swedish forces in the 17th century. Then, enter the Chapel of the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Jasna Góra and gaze at this icon that is worshipped worldwide. Next, travel to the Lagiewniki district of Krakow. Here, you can visit the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy, a grand basilica dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion of the Catholic faith. Learn about Divine Mercy devotion and Sister Faustina's canonization with your guide. Stroll through the large complex of stunning neo-Gothic, monastic buildings. Then, hop back in the car for the journey back to Krakow city center.

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4.7 / 5

based on 64 reviews

The company contacted us at every moment to let us know at what time and exact place of pick up (in front of the hotel we were staying). The driver was always on time and was very nice and approachable. He offered many places to eat and try. Also to buy souvenirs. The visit was incredibly, can’t wait to go again

Excellent service from our guide Paul, it was a great experience to visit these places, we also tried the favorite dessert of Pope John Paul II. The Jasna Gora monastery was an impressive moment of faith. Paul picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel again, very punctual.

Kamil my driver/ guide was excellent; very informative on the St. John Paul II Museum and the parish church in Wadowice and on Czestochowa, Also, very interesting conversation throughout the day.

Chris was super nice and accommodating. Great trip with attention to the customer

Excellent tour with a very informative tour guide/driver.