About 35km (40-50mins by car) from Kraków, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is conveniently located directly on the way to Wadowice (JPII's hometown), which is just another 14km/20mins beyond the complex.
Visiting can be done individually at any time, but large groups must notify the sanctuary of their arrival in advance. It is perhaps more worthwhile for foreigners to visit with a guide; several tours are available (ranging from a 45min tour of the sanctuary, to 5hr tours of the pilgrimage routes) in English, French, German and Italian, but all must be arranged at least four days in advance (Polish tours require 1 day advance notice). To organise a guided tour call 33 876 63 04. Tours are free, but donations are welcome.