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The Best Shrines of France Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Fr. Luke Fletcher, C.F.R.
Sept 24 - Oct 4, 2018
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from New York or from your desired Airport
- Fuel Surcharges and Airport Taxes
- Centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 2 nights: Sep 25 - Sep 27 | Grand Hotel Moderne or Chapelle et Parc, Lourdes
- ~ 1 night: Sep 27 - Sep 28 | Hotel du Chateau, Rocamadour
- ~ 1 night: Sep 28 - Sep 29 | Hotellerie des Trois Pigeons, Paray Le Monial
- ~ 1 night: Sep 29 - Sep 30 | Hotel Mercure, Nevers
- ~ 2 nights: Sep 30 - Oct 02 | Grand Hotel de l'Esperance, Lisieux
- ~ 2 nights: Oct 02 - Oct 04 | Hotel Pullman Paris Bercy, Paris
- Professional local Tour Escort throughout
- Local guides in Lourdes, Toulouse, Rocamadour, Paray-Le-Monial, Chartres, Mont St. Michel, Lisieux, and Paris
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine with Dinners
- Transportation by air-conditional motor coach
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Hotel taxes and service charges
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches unless mentioned, beverages. Tips to your guide and driver.
Mon, Sept 24: Depart US - Lourdes
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.
Tue, Sept 25: Arrive Lourdes
Upon arrival at the Pau Airport, retrieve your luggage and enter the Arrivals Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. Embark on a scenic drive to Lourdes. Check in to your hotel and relax or explore before dinner. Following dinner, you will have free time to pray the Rosary and to attend the candlelight procession. These processions are lit by candlelight and guided by the Most Holy Rosary. Following this prayerful experience, you will return to your hotel for an overnight.
Wed, Sept 26: Lourdes
Today you will wake up in a small town that is nestled within the Pyrenees Mountains. During your time in Lourdes, you will pray and meditate at the site of one of Our Lady's apparitions. Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858 and announced herself as "The Immaculate Conception" near the Grotto of Massabielle. At the first two apparitions, little Bernadette prayed the Rosary with Our Lady and left without any exchange of words. During the following apparitions, Our Lady emphasized God's love for us, penance, and the necessity of performing acts of penance for sinners. Throughout your time in Lourdes, you will have the opportunity to attend Mass at the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette; watch a video presentation that explains, in detail, the story of Lourdes; drink water from the miraculous spring that has healed many; and submerge yourself in the healing baths. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to experience Christ's unconditional love as you meditate upon the "life size" Stations of the Cross that overlook the Grotto of Massabielle. You will walk in and meditate upon the footsteps of St. Bernadette. Your group will have the opportunity to see Boly Mill, the birthplace of St. Bernadette and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's impoverish family lived. Following dinner, you will have an opportunity to participate in the candlelight procession before retiring for the evening.
Thu, Sept 27: Lourdes - Toulouse - Rocamadour
This morning, you will wake feeling well-rested! Following breakfast, transfer to Toulouse. The southern French city was once a Roman colony and is home to numerous religious and historical treasures. While here, you will have the opportunity to view many of these rare artifacts such as twenty historical pipe organs, and the burial place of St. Thomas Aquinas at the St. Sernin Basilica. As one of the finest Romanesque churches in France, its exterior is constructed of red brick with decorative accents of white stone. Following your visit to this magnificent church, continue north to the town situated atop a rocky mountain, Rocamadour. Upon arrival in Rocamadour, you will enjoy a delicious meal and restful overnight.
Fri, Sept 28: Rocamadour - Paray-Le-Monial
This morning you will awaken in the town that overlooks the Alzou Valley and was the home to the early Christian hermit, Zaccheus of Jericho. During your time at this sacred destination, you will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Rocamadour, a place of miraculous conversion. It is comprised of numerous religious structures and chapels that are centered on a statue of the Virgin Mary and the tomb of Zaccheus. After your visit to the place of healing, your journey will continue to Paray-Le-Monial for dinner and overnight.
Sat, Sept 29: Paray-Le-Monial - Nevers
You will begin your day with breakfast. Then attend the celebration of the Mass, with some free time for prayer and reflection afterward. Visit the Chapel of the Visitation, where Jesus exposed his Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th century. During your visit to this holy place, you will have the opportunity to view relics of the beloved Saint that are located beneath a wax figure of her. Following free time for lunch in Paray-Le-Monial, we will drive to Nevers via the picturesque Loire Valley. Nevers is where St. Bernadette lived for twelve years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. St. Bernadette received the last sacraments three different times and eventually passed away in 1879, at the age of thirty-five. Visit the Convent of St. Gildard, before enjoying a delicious meal and retiring for the evening in Nevers.
Sun, Sept 30: Nevers - Chartres - Lisieux
Following breakfast and Mass, depart for Chartres. Upon arrival, you will have free time for lunch in the quaint town, followed by a visit to the massive Cathedral Notre Dame. This Cathedral is renowned worldwide for its incredible stained-glass windows from the 12th and 13th centuries. After lunch, continue on to Lisieux for dinner and overnight.
Mon, Oct 1: Lisieux - Normandy Beaches - Mont Saint Michel - Lisieux
This morning you will head west and take a day trip to the site that marks the turning point of World War II, Normandy. These beaches are known for the D-Day landings, when Allied troops stormed the beaches to fight against the Nazis. While at Normandy, you will have the opportunity to visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. Many of the brave American soldiers of WWII are buried here and it is encouraged to say a prayer in thanksgiving for their courage. Continue on to Mont St. Michel, where the Monastery known as the "Wonder of the Western World" is located. It is surrounded by a magnificent bay that is one of the greatest tidal ranges in Europe, resulting in a breathtaking view. In 709 this Monastery was built and consecrated by Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, at the request of St. Michael the Archangel. Since the 9th century, the Abbey has been home to a monastic community. For centuries, it has been a place of pilgrimage. Return to Lisieux for dinner and overnight.
Tues, Oct 2: Lisieux - Paris
Today you will explore the life of St. Therese of Lisieux. According to Pope Pius X, St. Therese was the "greatest saint of modern times." Her extraordinary love for God and service to humanity will come alive as you walk in the great saint's footsteps. You will see the beautiful Basilica of St. Therese and the magnificent mosaics and stained glass pieces that are contained within. Following your visit to the Basilica, you will be able to view relics-the clothing and personal objects of St. Therese, when you visit her family home, Les Buissonets. Additionally, you will tour the parish of St. Therese, the Cathedral of St. Peter, and the Carmelite Convent that she entered in 1888, where she is entombed with her parents. Your tour of the Little Flower's life is concluded as you board the bus to transfer to Paris, the "City of Lights." Upon arrival in Paris, enjoy dinner and overnight.
Wed, Oct 3: Paris
Today, enjoy a full sightseeing tour of Paris. After breakfast, you will visit and attend Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, where you will see the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure. During her apparitions to St. Catherine, Our Lady repeatedly instructed her on the making and purpose of the Miraculous Medal, as well as the green scapular. According to the Blessed Virgin Mary, those who wear the Miraculous Medal and scapular receive special protection and abundant graces. Following your prayer experience on Rue de Bac, you will begin your sightseeing tour of Paris. We will visit St. Vincent de Paul Church and Notre Dame Cathedral, a perfect example of Gothic Art. Our panoramic sightseeing tour via motor coach continues on to the most recognizable symbol of the city of Paris, the Eiffel Tower. The Tower's original intent was to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution, but it later assisted in meteorology, telegraphy during World War I, and radio and TV transmissions. Next you will pass by L'Arch de Triomphe-a monument that stands at the west end of the Champs-Elysees, one of the world's most famous boulevards and another one of our stops on the tour. You will see the famous Louvre, one of the finest art museums in the world. Your fun-filled and busy day ends with a lovely meal and comfortable overnight.
Thurs, Oct 4: Return Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the Paris airport for return flight(s) home.
About your trip
She came for you and for everyone of us! 6 million pilgrims come to Lourdes each year and 10,000 visit this site daily. At the foot of the Pyrenees mountains in southwestern France, nestled between the spectacular mountain river, Gave de Pau, is Lourdes, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the World. Lourdes is the birthplace of St Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. Our pilgrimage and tour of Lourdes includes visits to the sanctuary and the Basilica of St Pius X, the world's largest underground church. Drink from the spring that the Virgin directed Bernadette to locate at the base of the grotto, which has flowed uninterrupted since 1858. Wash yourself in the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Contemplate Christ's Passion as you pray the unique three-dimensional Stations of the Cross. Attend the blessing of the sick, and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady. Daily Mass, and Mass at the Grotto on Sunday will be followed by a video presentation telling the miraculous story of Lourdes. Visit Lourdes and experience a spiritual journey from which many have claimed healing and conversion.
About Lisieux & Paris
Visit town of Lisieux, the home of St Therese whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times" Visit Paris and all its wonderful sights like Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur, see the sights as the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, and drive through the Champs Elysees. Mass at Shrine of the Miraculous Medal.