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Katowice: Private City Tour with Stories & Viewing Points

1. Katowice: Private City Tour with Stories & Viewing Points

Be greeted by your guide at the hotel and invited for the fully private sightseeing. It's high time to explore Katowice – the capital of Upper Silesia. It is one of the most underrated tourist cities in Poland. Once the center of the biggest coal basin in Poland. Today a bustling city, the center of cultural and business life. Every year, numerous sports and cultural events, conferences and concerts take place here. In 2015 Katowice was officially made a UNESCO City of Music as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative. Start your tour in the Market Square - one of the city's landmarks. On a way see a renovated old train station and Silesia Theatre. Go towards the Culture Zone consisting of: the Spodek (UFO shape arena), the International Congress Centre, the seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Silesian Museum. The museum is located on the site of the former "Katowice" mine and its main symbol is the tower of the Warszawa II shaft (the observation tower). All these buildings are architectural gems that have received multiple awards for their unique design. Finaly explore Nikiszowiec - the historic workers' housing estate of Katowice. This district is famous for its characteristic red brick mining buildings. Enjoy the most important places and learn from your guide what else you can discover on your own after this tour.

From Krakow: Częstochowa "Black Madonna" Day Tour

2. From Krakow: Częstochowa "Black Madonna" Day Tour

Discover the religious history of Częstochowa and admire the famous "Black Madonna" on this full-day tour. Enjoy convenient transport and an exclusive guide to the Częstochowa Pauline Monastery. This historic tour includes the beautiful Chapel of Our Lady of Jasna Góra, which houses the icon of the Black Madonna, and the majestic Church of St. Cross. Gaze at these ornate religious treasures and marvel at the defensive structures surrounding the monastery, such as the imposing gates and bastions. After visiting the monastery, you can take some time to walk around the city, visit the souvenir shop, indulge in private prayer or have a meal.

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

3. 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.

Wroclaw: Czestochowa Day Trip to View the Black Madonna

4. Wroclaw: Czestochowa Day Trip to View the Black Madonna

Starting in the city of Wroclaw, journey to Czestochowa and admire the Polish countryside whilst on the 3-hour drive. Upon arrival at Czestochowa, visit the city’s famous Monastery, one of the most important locations in the lives of Polish Catholics. Take yourself on a self guided tour of the Monastery, or hire a local guide to teach you all about the rich history of the site. At the Monastery, marvel at the world-famous Black Madonna, which is shrouded in numerous legends of its origins. Some say the icon was painted on a cedar table-top from the house of the Holy Family by St. Luke, whilst other tales tell of its discovery in Jerusalem in the year 326 by St. Helena who brought it to Constantinople and presented it to her son, Constantine the Great. Wander around this iconic landmark and learn about the Catholic faith and how it has impacted the history of Poland. Decide for yourself which tales to believe about the origins of the Black Madonna and experience the unique religious atmosphere at this sacred location.

Katowice Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

5. Katowice Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Discover Katowice, located on the richest land in all Poland, on a walking tour of the city. Find out how underground there are deposits of many valuable minerals, precious metals and much more. Thanks to this, years ago, this small city developed - rapidly growing into a big town which is now rich in culture and history. Follow your guide on this 2-Hour Old Town Walking tour and discover what interesting highlights Katowice has to offer. Start from the Silesian Theatre where many of the finest performances take place. Then, walk down to see the fantastic Monument to the Scouts of September which symbolizes the sacrifice of the young scouts who fought during World War II. Reach the Cross Market Square and admire the Goldstein Palace and Philharmonia. After this, pass the peaceful Square of Miszkolc Friends and discover Silesian Insurgents' Monument as you listen to its fantastic story. Finally, reach the pride of Katowice - Spodek. See more by upgrading your tour to the 3-hour option. Visit all of the above sights then head on to explore the District of Culture, (including Spodek), the innovative International Congress Center and the fantastic National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio. Next, walk down to see the very stunning and magnificent St. Mary's Church by walking along Mariacka Street.  Alternatively, choose the 4.5-hour sightseeing program which also passes by the Cathedral of Christ the King which is another symbol of Katowice city. This option includes the extraordinary occasion to see a great panorama of Katowice with ride up to the viewpoint at the Silesian Terrace. Also, see also the marvelous buildings at the Academy of Music and the Monument of Jozef Pilsudski - an iconic Polish hero.

Katowice Castle in Moszna and Plawniowice Palace Private

6. Katowice Castle in Moszna and Plawniowice Palace Private

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Katowice and travel to Moszna Castle, a historic residence built in the mid 18th century as a baroque palace. Begin the tour with an overview of the exterior of the castle. Note the unique fusion of various architectural styles, including Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance. Take a stroll through the gardens as you listen to your guide share fascinating insight into the history of the castle and the Tiele-Wienckler family that used to live there. After your introduction, head inside the castle for a look at its impressive interior. Wander through the castle’s rich chambers, including the ballroom, mirror room, great library, gallery, and the Count’s room. As you explore, get a better understanding of the castle’s former residents and what life here might have been like. Climb up to the castle’s tower to admire the fantastic views of the surrounding mountain landscapes. Later, visit the nearby village of Plawniowice, home to a magnificent palace bursting with fairytale charm. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the palace’s beautiful gardens, full of flowers, trees, and plants. Spend some time marvelling at the palace’s ornate architecture, as well as its array of sculptures and towers. At the end of a magical and insightful tour, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation.

Czestochowa: The Black Madonna Day Tour from Krakow

7. 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.

Katowice Private Polish Beer Tasting Tour

8. Katowice Private Polish Beer Tasting Tour

Sample the best Polish popular, regional, and craft beer on this private beer tasting tour in Katowice. Get an insightful introduction to the world of Polish beer history, tradition, and customs, as well as the craft beer scene in Katowice on this fun and cultural evening. During the tour, spend time only with your group of friends or family on this private experience, and enjoy the services of a guide taking care of you personally and explaining each beer that you drink. Sample beers from major Polish breweries, as well as specialty regional beers from the Silesia region and craft beers from microbreweries. At the first venue, savor a treat of Polish appetizers. Each venue you visit will provide a different experience, including a different atmosphere and selection of beers for you to choose from. This tour has 3 different options. On the 2-hour option, taste a set of 7 beers and some appetizers at 3 different venues. If you want to try more beer, opt for the 3-hour option and try 11 beers at 4 different venues with perfectly matched appetizers. Alternatively, choose the 4-hour option for the best combination of Polish beer and traditional food in 5 venues. Enjoy 13 beers and more food that you are able to eat.

From Krakow: Częstochowa, Black Madonna and Lagiewniki Tour

9. 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.

Katowice Industrial Center & Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Gory

10. Katowice Industrial Center & Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Gory

Katowice is an industrial city known for the discovery of rich coal reserves and at the same time is a real mixture of cultures: Polish, German and Jewish. It is a center of science, culture, industry, business and trade and was named a UNESCO city of music. See the sights of the Nikiszowiec area, part of the Katowice city. Enjoy a relaxing and easy transfer to Tarnowskie Gory, the city known for historic lead-ore mining. Its silver mine has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017. The visit in Historic Silver Mines starts in an interactive museum where tourists get the knowledge of methods of silver. It proceeds with going underground. The trail is 1,749 meters long; 270 meters are travelled by boats. Transfer back to Krakow.

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We had a great tour. Our drive Pavel (Paul) was very passionate and knowledgeable. He drove us very safely to both places and told us many interesting fatcs. On site we learned a lot from father Leon. We are Christians and for us whole experience was unforgettable and we would recommend the sanctuary to everyone looking for ultimate meaning. Very grateful !

A very impressive experience. Our driver made every effort for a nice trip from Wroclaw to Czestochowa. He organized a private tour in German for us and I have to say that we were able to understand and experience the history of the monastery and connections much better. Many Thanks

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.

Excellent guide. He showed us perfectly the jasna gora sanctuary explaining in detail the history of the sanctuary.