Black Madonna of Częstochowa

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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.

From Krakow: Czestochowa - The Black Madonna

2. 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. On the way back we alter our route slightly to admire the most spectacular limestone rock formations typical of the Kraków-Częstochowa Uplands. This allows us to visit the only remaining castle of the so called Eagle Nest Trail at Pieskowa Skała.

Krakow: Day Trip to Częstochowa

3. 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.

From Krakow: Częstochowa "Black Madonna" Day Tour

4. 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.

Wroclaw: Czestochowa Day Trip to View the Black Madonna

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

From Kraków: Wadowice + Częstochowa Black Madonna

7. From Kraków: Wadowice + Częstochowa Black Madonna

Wadowice is a small city situated 50 km from Krakow. Here Karol Wojtyła, the future Pope John Paul II was born. The tour includes a visit to the Family Home of John Paul II, now a museum which provides exhibits of the future Pope's domestic life. The next place is Basilica of the Offering of the Blessed Virgin Mary- an ornate Church where Karol Wojtyła was baptized and confirmed.  Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, this pilgrimage town founded in 1601, is best known for the Bernardine (Grey Friar) Monastery and its complex of 42 Chapels and Churches. Oficially called the Cultural & Landscape Complex of Monastery and Pilgrimage Park of the Bernardine Fathers, this amazing place was added to the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 1999. Be sure to visit the 17th century Baroque Church famous for its miraculous painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Kalwaria (Polish for Calvary). 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.

Half-Day Czestochowa Black Madonna Tour from Krakow

8. 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.

Krakow: Czestochowa & Black Madonna Day Tour

9. Krakow: Czestochowa & Black Madonna Day Tour

Jasna Góra is one of the most renowned places of worship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and has been the most important pilgrimage center in Poland for hundreds of years. Around 5 million tourists visit every year (including over 150,000 pilgrims on foot). After arriving at the monastery, we will visit the chapel of the miraculous image of the Black Madonna, which is the embodiment of the Marian cult, and a symbol of the Catholic and Orthodox faith in Poland. Then we will visit the Basilica, the main church of the monastery, as well as the 600th Anniversary Museum and the Treasury. You can attend the Holy Mass if you wish, while other tour participants have a lunch break and visit the gift shop.

From Krakow: Czestochowa Monastery Private Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Black Madonna of Częstochowa

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 72 reviews

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 !

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

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.

The transfer excellent driver on time and available The good guides. Thanks in particular to Sister Teresina for making our visit special!

Excellent tour with a very informative tour guide/driver.