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The Saint John Paul 2nd Trail – Krakow, Beskidy and the Tatras individual walking trip


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Day 1 Arrival to Krakow


Accommodation in a hotel in Krakow, city related to John Paul 2nd. His youth spent here, studying at the Jagiellonian University has strongly influenced his personality. Many university buildings here are marked by boards reminding of the Pope.
From 1949, he was provost in Saint Florian parish in Krakow. He taught ethics at the Jagiellonian University. At the age of 38, he became the youngest bishop in Poland.
Traditionally, the seat of the bishop of Krakow is Wawel Hill and the Wawel Cathedral , dominating the landscape of Krakow.
Accommodation in Krakow.

Day 2 Train journey to Wadowice


In the morning you will board the so called “John Paul 2 Train”, which links most interesting towns related to John Paul 2nd. The journey's destination – Wadowice is the birthplace of John Paul 2nd. His former house, now turned into museum allows you to see photographs and objects from Wojtyla’s youth. In the afternoon you will begin your first walk towards Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a town of about 4400 inhabitants, which was named after the religious complex (calvary) founded by Crown Marshal Mikołaj Zebrzydowski. The complex, known as the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska park, a Mannerist architectural and park landscape complex created in the 17th century was added in 1999 to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The calvary was frequently visited by the future pope and his father.

It is today one of most important pilgrimage destinations for the Catholics. Several meetings with local population were held here during John Paul 2’s numerous visits to his home country.

 
 


Accommodation is planned in a pension close to the calvary complex.

 

Day 3 Babia Gora National Park


Morning half hour transfer will take you south to Babia Gora National Park, further along the John Paul 2 trail. The park encompasses the area around the highest peak of Beskidy – Babia Gora (1725 metres). The range is protected because of its unique flora and fauna, including brown bear and lynx.
The trail reaches the peak along a ridge with dwarf mountain pine (pictured) on both sides of the path.
In the afternoon you will descend to the village Zawoja, a lively settlement on the foothills of Babia Gora.

Accommodation in Zawoja.

Day 4 Zakopane and West Tatras


After car transfer in the morning you will begin your walk along one of most beautiful Tatra valleys with karst formations created by flowing water on both sides of the trail. Your walk will end in Zakopane, a lively resort located at the foothills of the highest part of the Carpathians with highest peak reaching 2655 metres.
Accommodation in Zakopane.
 

Day 5 The heart of the Tatra National Park


After breakfast you can choose a variety of walks ranging in difficulty and length.
Among others is a trail passing Kalatowki Meadow, with views of the main ridge of the Tatra Mountains. The meadow was a beloved spot of John Paul 2, a place where he lead his students while he worked as ethics and philosophy lecturer in Krakow after the Second World War.
Accommodation in Zakopane.
 

Day 6 Gorce National Park


Not far from the Tatras and Zakopane lies another group of mountains called Gorce. Your walk will start in the town of Nowy Targ, where the Pope delivered a holy mass for the local highlanders in 1979. The event gathered 4 million participants and was later considered to have started gradual changes in Poland which eventually lead to fall of communist regime 10 years later.
From Nowy Targ you will ascend to the peak of Turbacz (1315 metres), following the John Paul 2 trail. Your accommodation is planned in comfortable mountain chalet with view of the highest peaks of the Tatras and other mountain ranges.
Accommodation in mountain chalet on Turbacz.

Day 7 Debno church and Krakow


After breakfast you will descend to Knurowska Pass and further to the valley of the Dunajec river. Your destination will be the village of Debno, location of 15th century wooden church listed by UNESCO as world heritage because of its remarkable wall paintings.

From here you will be transported back to Krakow, where you can once again explore this historic city, and visit again sites and locations related to the pontiff of John Paul 2.
Accommodation in Krakow.
 

Day 8 Departure


Return trip home or extension of stay in Krakow.

Price

Price per person from 480 EUR

Services included in package price

- Accommodation for 7 nights
       Krakow – 3* hotel
       Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Pension
       Zawoja – 3* hotel
       Zakopane – Pension
       Turbacz – mountain chalet
- 4 private car transfer as per the itinerary
- Luggage transport between hotels – with exception of day 6 (luggage will be transported directly to day 7 accommodation)
- Maps and travel materials
- Train ticket from Krakow to Wadowice
- Entrance ticket to John Paul 2 museum in Wadowice
- 24h emergency phone
- Weather forecast by text message daily