13 Days

France Pilgrimage with Magnificat

October 19 - 31, 2019
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Marseille · Saint Maximin La Sainte Baume · Cassis · Cotignac · Le Thoronet · Cannes · Gordes · Avignon · Carcassonne · Fanjeaux · Lourdes · Saintes · Nantes · Le Mont Saint Michel · Le Tronchet · Omaha Beach · Coleville Sur Mer · Lisieux

Explore France's beautiful Catholic Shrines on this cross-country Pilgrimage. From small villages in the South of France to Paris, one of the greatest cities in the world, France is sure to take your breath away. On this Pilgrimage you will see magnificent Shrines and Churches and learn of the lives of; St. Bernadette, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Veronica and Zaccheus, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Catherine Labourne. Don't miss this incredible tour highlighting the Best Shrines of France.

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • First class accommodations: (or similar)
      ~St. Maximin la Sainte Baume: Couvent Royal
      ~Avignon: Best Western Plus Le Lavarin
      ~Lourdes: Chappelle et Parc Hotel
      ~Nantes: Best Western Plus Regate
      ~Le Tronchet: Hotel De L'Abbaye
      ~Pont-Audemer: Belle Isle Sur Risle
      ~Paris: Holiday In Saint Germian Des Pres
  • Transportation throughout including city taxes, tolls and parking fees
  • Tour Escort throughout the tour
  • Breakfast daily
  • 10 dinners
  • 1 farewell dinner including wine and water
  • 4 lunches in Cotignac, Lerins island, Saintes and Paris
  • Catholic Priest will accompany the tour throughout
  • Mass daily
  • Entrance fees : Papal Palace in Avignon, Senanque Abbey, Sainte Chapelle, Saintes Amphitheater, Le Mont Saint Michel abbey, Le Thoronet Abbey
  • Audiophones
  • Guided visit of the Louvre Museum
  • Boat ride to Lerins island
  • Boat ride in Cassis
  • Donations where needed
  • Roundtrip trip ticket cable car for Montmartre basilica
  • Organization of a private concert in the Basilica of La Sainte-Baume
  • Private concert in a church in Paris
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Accommodations:
hotel
Couvent Royal
Lourdes

3 Nights

hotel
Best Western Plus Le Lavarin
Avignon

1 Night

hotel
Chappelle et Parc Hotel
Lourdes

1 Night

hotel
Best Western Plus Regate
Nantes

1 Night

hotel
Hotel De L'Abbaye
Le Tronchet

2 Nights

hotel
Belle Isle Sur Risle
Pont-Audemer

2 Nights

hotel
Holiday In Saint Germian Des Pres
Paris

2 Nights

Not included
  • Lunches, Beverages unless mentioned Tips to your guide & driver.
Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Cancel for Any Reason Protection Plan

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

Itinerary

Day1
Saturday, October 19th 2019: Departure

Today you will depart on your overnight flight from your airport. Meals will be served onboard.

Day2
Sunday, October 20th 2019: Marseille / Saint Maximin La Sainte Baume

Arrival in Marseille Provence Airport.Welcome by your English speaking tour guide and transfer to Saint Maximin La Sainte Baume (46 miles). Lunch on your own. Arrive and settle into the Royal Convent in Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume. Possibility of Mass. The Royal Convent is an ancient convent recently turned into a 4 star hotel, which has kept the spirit of the monastery with lots of charm and comfort. Dinner and overnight stay at the Royal Convent in Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume.

Day3
Monday, October 21st 2019: Saint Maximin La Sainte Baume / Cassis / Cotignac / Le Thoronet / Saint Maximin La Sainte Baume

Breakfast at the hotel. Magnificat Prayer for the Morning. Transfer to Cassis (42 miles). Visit and marvel at the natural beauty of creation during this stop to view the calanques of Cassis near Marseille. Extending over 12.5 miles along the Mediterranean Coast, this rugged landscape, formed by a deep valley cut by a river then flooded by the sea, is known for its staggering beauty. Within the enchanting surroundings of Cassis, enjoy a glass of wine by the port, discover the coastline by boat, or walk the path that winds through Cassis. Transfer to Cotignac (62 miles). Possible lunch with the community. Between Cannes and Marseille, visit Notre Dame de Graces in Cotignac. A typical village of the Provence region, Cotignac is known for having been the site of apparitions of the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus as well as by that of Saint Joseph. These apparitions make this small village the only one in the world where the entire Holy Family has appeared! Pilgrims today can visit the sanctuary and speak to and pray with the community of Saint Jean, a dynamic renewal community of apostolic brothers and sisters. Meeting with a brother of the Saint Jean community. The sanctuary was built after the apparition of the Virgin on August 10, 1519. As he had done each day, Jean de la Baume, a shepherd in the region, began his day with prayer. One day the Virgin told him to build a church at this precise spot so that pilgrims might come in procession to receive the grace and gifts that she wanted to grant them. France became the recipient of such graces in the 17th century. After years of infertility, the royal couple, Anne of Austria and Louis XIII, went on pilgrimage to Cotignac, and Louis XIV was born soon afterwards. To give thanks and praise, King Louis XIII consecrated France to the Virgin Mary. A young King Louis XIV visited in 1660 to thank the Virgin Mary for the gift of his life. Transfer to Le Thoronet (12 miles). Midway between Marseille and Nice, visit the very beautiful Abbey of Thoronet, nestled in the green hills of the back country of Provence. Its very simplistic architecture and light make it one of the most remarkable examples of Cistercian architecture in France. As a result, the site is listed as a national historical monument. No monks have lived in the abbey since 1971. Today, the abbey has a new spiritual dimension thanks to Bishop Rey, bishop of Frejus Toulon. Under his direction, a Gregorian chant Mass is now celebrated there every Sunday. Adjacent to the abbey, visit the monastery Notre Dame du Torrent de Vie. There, a young community of contemplative and eremitic sisters of the Monastic Family of Bethlehem and of the Assumption of the Virgin, which also has a monastery in the Archdiocese of New York, welcomes you. They are a testimony to the renewal of the Faith in France. Meeting with Bishop Dominique Rey, bishop of Frejus Toulon, who is actively involved in the new evangelization. Mass in the monastery with the Sisters of Bethleem. Transfer to Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume (34 miles). Dinner at the hotel. Private concert featuring Gregorian chant in the Basilica de Santa Maria Magdalena with Jubilate Toulon Choir (Gregorian chant).Magnificat Prayer for the Evening Overnight at the Royal Convent in Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume.

Day4
Tuesday, October 22nd 2019: Saint Maximin La Sainte Baume / Cannes / Ile De Lerins / Cannes / Saint Maximin

Today you will live a special day in the desert at the wonderful abbey of Lerins. Breakfast at the hotel. Magnificat Prayer for the Morning Transfer to Cannes (50 miles). Boat ride Cannes / Ile de Lerins. Mass in the abbey. Wine tasting. Lunch at the abbey (pending). Visit the Benedictine Abbey of Lerins (with its fortified tower) on the island of Saint Honorat, south of Cannes on the Azur Coast. Here in this magnificent desert landscape, the brothers invite you to share in silent prayer and contemplation. Their relationship with the world is illustrated by the Abbey's position on the Island of Saint Honorat, near the coast but separated by the sea, enabling them to be "in the world" without being "of the world." The brothers live by the rule of Saint Benedict, which combines prayer and work. The abbey is particularly known for its production of good wines and liquors. In the 5th century, Saint Honorat was drawn to the monastic ideal and founded the community on the island of Lerina, which now bears the name of the saint. This monastery would rapidly become one of the greatest centers of Western monasticism. The abbey was a profound spiritual influence on many brothers including Saint Maxim and its founder Saint Honorat, who went on to become Bishop of Arles. They and other bishops from the abbey were greatly responsible for the conversion of Provence to Catholicism. Several well known saints spent time at the abbey of Lerins including Saint Patrick, who lived here before leaving to bring the Gospel to Ireland. Meeting with a brother of the religious community for lectio divina. Boat ride Ile de Lerins / Cannes. Transfer to Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume (70 miles). Magnificat Prayer for the Evening Dinner and overnight at the Royal Convent in Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume.

Day5
Wednesday, October 23rd 2019: Saint Maximin La Sainte Baume / Gordes / Avignon

Transfer to Gordes (72 miles). Mass The Abbey of Senanque is located in the heart of Provence in an extraordinarily beautiful setting highlighted by fields of lavender. One of the purest examples of early Cistercian architecture, the abbey is still in use by a community of Cistercian monks. We will enjoy a guided tour of the 12th century abbey including the dormitory, the abbey church, the cloister, the heating room, and the chapter room. As the monks say, it is the testimony of men brought together by the call of Christ to follow him more closely that gives meaning to the religious edifice." The Cistercians organize their day around three pillars: the liturgical divine offices, lectio divina, and work. The offices highlight that communal praise of and thanksgiving to God is paramount above all other activities and reminds us that even one's work is itself a praise offering. Obedient to the Rule of Saint Benedict, which indicates "they are truly monks if they live by the work of their hands," the Brothers of Senanque produce honey, essential oils, jams, beauty products, and numerous items derived from lavender-all available at the abbey store. Lunch on your own in the wonderful village of Gordes, "one of the most beautiful villages in France." Transfer to Avignon (24 miles). Visit the famous papal palace, listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Avignon was the seat of the papacy between 1309 and 1423 before it returned to Rome. The construction of the palace began in 1335. It is the largest example of Medieval Gothic construction. Two popes were responsible for directing the construction and gave the palace elements of a Christian fortress - ramparts, a keep, moats, and a magnificent chapel. Six conclaves were held here and resulted in the elections of Benedict XII, Clement VI, Innocent VI, Urban V, Gregory XI, and Benedict XIII. The papacy returned to Rome after improved relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and for political reasons. Today, the papal palace is open to all. It is also known for its famous Festival d'Avignon, one of the most important international festivals of contemporary entertainment. Magnificat Prayer for the Evening Dinner and overnight in a 4 star hotel.

Day6
Thursday, October 24th 2019: Avignon / Carcassonne / Lourdes

Breakfast at the hotel. Magnificat Prayer for the Morning in the motorcoach. Mass. Transfer to Carcassonne (148 miles). Visit the fortified city of Carcassonne, exceptionally well preserved and of rare beauty. Your visit here will give you an idea of what it would have been like to live in the Middle Ages. Situated in the south of France, not far off the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrennes Mountains, Carcassonne is known worldwide and is listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. A leisurely walk will take you through small paved streets, from the chateau to the ramparts, passing by ancient homes and the Basilica of Saint Nazaire. This rocky peak has been inhabited since the 4th century BC, and the town has been protected by ramparts since the 3rd century. First a Gallic city and then a Roman one, it became the impregnable fortress that it is today in the 13th century. This remarkable masterpiece of military architecture is well preserved. Each year on Bastille Day, the city is illuminated by a spectacular fireworks display. Lunch on your own. Transfer to Fanjeaux (18 miles). Meeting with the "Community of the Lamb." A branch of the Dominican order, the Community of the Lamb (Communate de l'Agneau in French) is the name of a young Roman Catholic religious community with two branches, the Little Sisters of the Lamb (Petites Soeurs de l'Agneau) and the Little Brothers of the Lamb (Petits Freres de l'Agneau). The Community also has a branch in Kansas City as requested by its bishop. The community is shaped both by Dominican and Franciscan spirituality, uniting the proclamation of the Gospel through preaching with commitment to the poor. The motto of the community is "Wounded, I will never cease to love." The members of the community engage in active door to door mission by going begging for their food. They also share their table with the poor, especially the homeless. They live together in small communities. Transfer to Lourdes (154 miles). Magnificat Prayer for the Evening in the motorcoach Dinner and overnight in a 4 star hotel.

Day7
Friday, October 25th 2019: Saturday, October 26th 2019: Lourdes

Breakfast at the hotel. Magnificat Prayer for the Morning in a chapel of the sanctuary. Today, we begin our pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at the doorway to the Pyrenees. Known throughout the world, here the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette, the uneducated shepherdess, announcing herself as the Immaculate Conception. Today, the grotto is a place of prayer for all the pilgrims who flock here, many seeking cures for the sick. Many miraculous healings have been documented by the church. Both physical and spiritual healings continue to this day. The Museum of the Miraculously Healed and the Office of Medical Observations within the confines of the sanctuary attest to the authenticity of the miracles. You can walk in the footsteps of Bernadette and visit the places where she lived such as the Boly Mill, where she grew up in the abandoned one room prison where her family was forced to move when they became impoverished. The shrine offers the possibility of deepening one's relationship with the Virgin Mary. Opportunities to participate in a time of prayer at the grotto of the apparitions, walk the Way of the Cross, go to the baths, see a movie about the story of Saint Bernadette, and go to confession. Pilgrims can take some water from Lourdes for friends or for themselves. The story of Our Lady of Lourdes begins with a young girl, Bernadette, who was born in 1844. In spite of a very difficult life, she received a special grace. After her father, a miller lost his business, Bernadette lived in a former prison with her parents, her sister, and her three brothers. She once said, "It is because I was the poorest and the most ignorant that the Holy Virgin chose me." On February 11, 1858, and on several subsequent occasions, that the Virgin appeared to and revealed messages to Bernadette. Following the Virgin's instructions, Bernadette uncovered a spring from which water with healing powers has been flowing for over 150 years. Bernadette later entered religious life in Nevers. Today, Lourdes is the third most visited pilgrimage site in the world today and the second most visited town in France after Paris. Mass. Lunch on your own and free time in the afternoon. Magnificat Prayer for the Evening in a chapel of the sanctuary. Dinner and overnight in a 4 star hotel.

Day8
Saturday, October 26th: Lourdes / Saintes / Nantes

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Saintes (226 miles). Visit the new community of "The Apostles of Life," founded by the famous Father Marie Angel Carre, dedicated to the new evangelization of young people and families. This community was accepted by Bishop Georges Colomb, Bishop of Saintes and former Superior of the Foreign Missions of Paris. Mass in the chapel of the community. Lunch with the Apostles of Life. Transfer to Nantes (148 miles). Dinner and overnight in a 4 star hotel.

Day9
Sunday, October 27th: Nantes / Le Mont Saint Michel / Le Tronchet

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Omaha Beach (100 miles). On June 6, 1944, tens of thousands of American, English, Canadian, Scottish, and French soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy to free France from the Nazi stranglehold. Thousands of young soldiers died that first day in the name of liberty, a sacrifice that defines greatness in the human spirit. The coast of Normandy still bears the indelible scars from that event. Walk on the beach. Lunch on your own. Transfer to Coleville sur Mer (3 miles). Visit the American Cemetery, where these young soldiers are buried. Prayer time in the chapel of the American Cemetery (N.B.: Seating is limited to 25.) Transfer to Lisieux (71 miles). Visit to the sanctuary of Lisieux. Visit the basilica and watch a movie about the life of Saint Therese, doctor of the Church and called "the little Therese" by the pilgrims who appreciate her gospel simplicity. Visit to the "Buissonnets," the family home where Saint Therese spent her childhood. Visit the Carmelite convent where she remained cloistered until her death. Pray near her relics at her shrine. Guided Eucharistic adoration in the carmel. Born in Alencon, Therese spent more than 10 years in Lisieux in the house called "les Buissonnets." At the age of 15, she told her father of her desire to become a Carmelite nun. She traveled all the way to Rome with him to make the request directly to Pope Leo XIII and became a Carmelite two years later. At the request of the prioress she began the autobiographical "History of a Soul," which she completed before her death at 24. Therese was quickly beatified and canonized at the request of her worldwide readers. Healings have been experienced among those who come to pray at her tomb. An enormous basilica was built to welcome the crowds coming from the four corners of the world after discovering her "little way" to holiness. Saint Pope John Paul II came to pray here during his trip to France in 1980. Today, pilgrims can come to pray for the intercession of this saint who promised to spend her time in heaven doing good on earth. Visit to Saint Peter Cathedral where the Martin family attended Mass regularly. Transfer to your hotel in Lisieux or to Pont Audemer (22 miles) or to Rouen (60 miles). Magnificat Prayer for the Evening in the motorcoach. Dinner and overnight in a 3 star hotel if you stay in Lisieux or in a 4 star hotel if you stay in Pont Audemer or Rouen.

Day10
Monday, October 28th: Le Tronchet / Omaha Beach / Coleville Sur Mer / Pont Audemer

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Omaha Beach (100 miles). On June 6, 1944, tens of thousands of American, English, Canadian, Scottish, and French soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy to free France from the Nazi stranglehold. Thousands of young soldiers died that first day in the name of liberty, a sacrifice that defines greatness in the human spirit. The coast of Normandy still bears the indelible scars from that event. Walk on the beach. Lunch on your own. Transfer to Coleville sur Mer (3 miles). Visit the American Cemetery, where these young soldiers are buried. Prayer time in the chapel of the American Cemetery (N.B.: Seating is limited to 25.) Transfer to Lisieux (71 miles). Visit to the sanctuary of Lisieux. Visit the basilica and watch a movie about the life of Saint Therese, doctor of the Church and called "the little Therese" by the pilgrims who appreciate her gospel simplicity. Visit to the "Buissonnets," the family home where Saint Therese spent her childhood. Visit the Carmelite convent where she remained cloistered until her death. Pray near her relics at her shrine. Guided Eucharistic adoration in the carmel. Born in Alencon, Therese spent more than 10 years in Lisieux in the house called "les Buissonnets." At the age of 15, she told her father of her desire to become a Carmelite nun. She traveled all the way to Rome with him to make the request directly to Pope Leo XIII and became a Carmelite two years later. At the request of the prioress she began the autobiographical "History of a Soul," which she completed before her death at 24. Therese was quickly beatified and canonized at the request of her worldwide readers. Healings have been experienced among those who come to pray at her tomb. An enormous basilica was built to welcome the crowds coming from the four corners of the world after discovering her "little way" to holiness. Saint Pope John Paul II came to pray here during his trip to France in 1980. Today, pilgrims can come to pray for the intercession of this saint who promised to spend her time in heaven doing good on earth. Visit to Saint Peter Cathedral where the Martin family attended Mass regularly. Transfer to your hotel in Lisieux or to Pont Audemer (22 miles) or to Rouen (60 miles). Magnificat Prayer for the Evening in the motorcoach. Dinner and overnight in a 3 star hotel if you stay in Lisieux or in a 4 star hotel if you stay in Pont Audemer or Rouen.

Day11
Tuesday, October 29th: Pont Audemer / Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Mass. Transfer to Paris (127 miles from Lisieux, 101 miles from Pont Audemer, 84 miles from Rouen). Pilgrimage to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, where several apparitions of the Virgin Mary took place in 1830. After several apparitions from both Saint Vincent de Paul and Christ, Catherine Laboure had the joy of speaking three times with the Virgin Mary from July to December 1830. The young novice of the Daughters of Charity was awakened in the middle of the night and invited to go to pray in the community's chapel. It was there that the Virgin appeared for the first time. The Virgin asked her to offer to the world a medal for which she gave the details. This object, simple but full of symbolism, profoundly affected the Parisian spirit when the city was hit with a terrible epidemic of cholera in 1832. The daughters of Charity distributed the first medals. Healings and conversions increased significantly. The sisters were overwhelmed by requests for the medal that Parisians soon began calling "miraculous," the name it still bears today. These apparitions to Saint Catherine Laboure are recognized by the Church. It remains a very spiritual place of peace and silence in the heart of Paris. Here, one traditionally invokes the Virgin Mary with this prayer: "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." One can also learn about the life of Saint Catherine Laboure and receive a Miraculous Medal as a gift from the Daughters of Charity. You can pray in the location of the apparitions or in front of Saint Catherine's reliquary. Just a few blocks away from the chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, visit the chapel and relics of Saint Vincent de Paul. At this chapel, pilgrims may pray to Saint Vincent, who is often called the "Apostle of Charity." Saint Vincent de Paul was born in 1581 and had a lifelong concern for the poverty stricken. Ordained a priest in 1600, he organized a group of well to do women in a ministry to the penniless and the sick. He also ministered to slaves and peasants. He was the founder and superior of the community of Lazarists, a group of priests whose apostolic mission is in rural areas. He also founded the Daughters of Charity, as well as a mission seminary which formed many priests who served in Madagascar. Until his death in 1660, he led many projects for the poor in Paris and was proclaimed a saint by Pope Clement XII on June 16, 1737. Meeting with Fleur Nabert, Catholic artist (exact place to be determined). Lunch with Pierre Marie Dumont (founding publisher of Magnificat) in a private area of the restaurant of La Madeleine Church. Visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre and experience an amazing view of Paris. In 1870, war broke out between France and Germany, and France was invaded. The idea took hold that the ordeals incurred by France were due to its spiritual faults rather than only political ones. This gave birth to the construction of a basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This project was seen as atonement and also as a force of hope and spiritual renewal. Parisian and French Christians pledged to establish perpetual prayer at the basilica in exchange for the protection of Paris. In 1872, the Archbishop of Paris approved the project and chose the hill of Montmartre for the site. The funds for its construction were raised through donations-often modest - from people all over France. Donors' names are engraved in the stone of the basilica. For over a century, Parisians and pilgrims from all over the world have maintained the continuous prayer. Montmartre is a hill overlooking Paris north of the river Seine. It is a lively neighborhood well known for its ideal location, the romantic charm of its small streets, and for the many artists who took up residence there at the end of the 19th century. Its name comes from Saint Denis, the first Bishop of Paris, who died as a martyr in the 3rd century. Tradition holds that he and his companions died here inspiring its name, Montmarte, "the mount of martyrs." Mass. Concert in Saint Pierre de Montmartre Church (location TBD) Dinner at La Bonne Franquette, typical French Brasserie of Montmartre. Dinner and overnight in a 4 star hotel.

Day12
Wednesday, October 30th: Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Magnificat Prayer for the Morning On the Ile de la Cite, in the historic heart of Paris, visit the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, a jewel of gothic art. Visit this unique site which is still a place of rich spirituality with around twenty priests ordained each year. Construction of this splendid cathedral began in 1160 when the bishop of Paris wanted his diocese to have a new cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The first stone was laid in 1163 in the presence of Pope Alexander III. This architectural jewel, with its spectacular and enormous rose windows, met the bishop's expectations perfectly; and it became the symbol of Paris and Catholic France. Possible tour of the towers of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. Visit the Sainte Chapelle (Holy Chapel), an incomparable architectural treasure hidden on the island of the Ile de la Cite in the center of Paris. The lower portion of the chapel features bright colors and an open work while the upper portion is bathed in light flooding through enormous stained glass windows. This masterpiece was five years in the making and was built as a royal ecrin to receive the holy relics of the Crown of Thorns acquired by French King Louis IX, in an agreement he made with Emperor Beaudouin II de Courtenay in the early 13th century. In order to raise money to finance his kingdom's ventures, and after extensive negotiations in which the authenticity of the relic was verified, Emperor Beaudouin II de Courtenay sold the Holy Crown of Thorns in 1239. Two years later, King Louis IX acquired other relics of Christ's Passion, including a portion of the Holy Cross. The relics are now housed in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, just a few meters away. Lunch on your own. Cultural and spiritual guided tour of the famous Louvre museum, one of the largest and most important in the world-a French cultural sight not to be missed! Visitors from around the world come to discover the treasures in these exceptional collections. The eight galleries (Oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, Islamic art, sculptures, art objects, paintings and graphic arts) make up only a fraction of the collection housed here. The Louvre's collection boasts the world's best known pieces of art, including Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, The Wedding Feast of Cana by Veronese, and Quarton's La Pieta de Villenueve les Avignon. Located in central Paris, the Louvre was constructed as a palace in 1190 by Philippe Augustus and served as a royal residence for the Kings of France through the reign of King Louis XV. Over the centuries, each king left his own touch by adding a wing or even changing the general architectural style. In 1791, just after the French Revolution, the Louvre was decreed "a union of all the monuments of sciences and arts." It opened to the public on August 10, 1793. Today one enters through a sixty five foot tall glass pyramid-a design built at the request of President Francois Mitterand. Visit the Eiffel Tower, where we will marvel at the exterior of this iconic symbol of Paris. Its 6 million visitors each year make it, after the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the most viewed sight in all of France. Built in only two years for the 1889 World Fair, it was first called the "300 meter tower" but then took the name of its creator, Gustave Eiffel. The tower was supposed to be torn down once the World Fair was over but was happily spared as it proved itself to be useful for scientific research as a weather station and broadcast tower for radio and telephone. Farewell dinner in Brasserie.

Day13
Thursday, October 31st: Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Magnificat Prayer for the Morning. Mass. Transfer to the airport. Please note: October departure features 3 nights in Paris with no changes in the visits.

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About your trip

  • Lourdes (St. Bernadette)
  • Lisieux (St. Therese the Little Flower)
  • Mont Saint Michel
  • Chartres
  • Paris
  • Nevers (St. Bernadette)
  • Paray-le-Monial
  • La Salette
About Lourdes

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.

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