† Round-trip air from Boston † Airport taxes & fuel surcharges † Centrally located first class hotels (3 star in Lisieux): (or similar)
~ 2 Nights: Hotel Moderne - Lourdes
~ 1 Night: Grand Hotel De L’Esperance - Lisieux
~ 1 Night: Hotel Saint Gabriel - Le Mont Sant Michele
~ 2 Nights: Hotel Trois Pigeons - Paray Le Monial
~ 2 Nights: Hotel Mercure Bastille - Paris † Transfers as per itinerary † Breakfast and Dinner daily † Wine with dinners † Assistance of a professional local guides throughout † Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary † Mass daily & Spiritual activities † Luggage handling (1 piece per person) †Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Day 1: Wednesday - April 6th - Depart Boston
Depart Boston for your overnight flight to Europe. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2: Thursday - April 7th - Pau Airport – Lourdes
Upon arrival in Europe you will connect with your flight to Pau airport. Upon arrival you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. You will be escorted to the vehicle which will then take you on your scenic drive to Lourdes. Upon arrival you will check in to your hotel and relax or explore before dinner. Following dinner you may choose to participate in the candlelight procession before retiring for the evening.
Day 3: Friday - April 8th - Lourdes
Today you will have time to pray with your fellow pilgrims from around the world. During your trip you will have an opportunity to: Attend Mass at the Grotto, watch a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. See Boly Mill where St. Bernadette was born, and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's impoverished family lived. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the healing baths. Experience Christ's love as you walk the lifesized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedience to the request of the "Immaculate Conception." The evening is free for optional Blessed Sacrament Procession before dinner. Your role in the universal church will have new meaning as you join the candlelight procession and group rosary.
Day 4: Saturday - April 9th - Lourdes – Paris Airport - Lisieux
After an early breakfast we make our way to Lourdes or Pau Airport for our short flight to Paris. Upon arrival, we depart for Lisieux where we will enjoy a tour of the home of St. Therese whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times." Her extraordinary love for God and service to humanity comes alive as you visit the Basilica of Saint Therese, one of the biggest and most magnificent religious structures built in the 20th-century. While in Lisieux, Mass will be celebrated. We will stop at Les Buissonets, St. Therese's family home, there on display are relics, clothing, and personal objects belonging to the "little flower" Before leaving, tour the ancient Cathedral of St. Peter and the Carmelite Convent.
Day 5: Sunday - April 10th - Lisieux – Mont Saint Michele
This morning we head West to the Normandy beaches, best known for the "D Day landings". Visit the enormously impressive American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Later continue to Mont Saint Michel. This morning we visit the incredible Abbey at Mont Saint Michel. It was here that St. Aubert, Bishop of d'Avranches, founded the first oratory after 3 successive appearances by the Archangel Michael. Consecrated in 709, the church has attracted both the curious, and pilgrims from all over the world. Since the 9th century, the Abbey has been home to a monastic community, ensuring the continuation of a spiritual presence. Dinner and overnight in Mont Saint Michele.
Day 6: Monday - April 11th - Mont Saint Michele – Paray Le Monial
After breakfast, we journey via the Loire Valley to Paray-le-Monial where we will visit the Chapel of the Visitation where Jesus exposed His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque during a number of apparitions, Reliquary of St. Margaret containing her relics, located underneath a wax figure of the saint. Enjoy dinner and overnight in Paray le monial.
Day 7: Tuesday - April 12th - Paray le Monial – Ars – Paray le Monial
This morning we continue on to the pretty little town of Ars, best known for St. Jean-Marie Vianney, the patron saint of priests. There are several sights of special importance such as: Church (Église), a 12th-century church where the saint preached; Basilica (Basilique), a newer basilica built next to the church that displays the saint's incorrupt body; Heart Chapel, which contains the saint's heart; Home of St. John Vianney preserved the way he left it; Underground Church constructed for pilgrim groups; La Providence, an orphanage founded by St. John Vianney. Return to Paray le Monail for dinner & overnight.
Day 8: Wednesday - April 13th - Paray le Monial – Nevers – Paris
After lunch we will depart for Nevers by way of the picturesque Loire Valley. After taking the veil in 1867, St. Bernadette lived for 12 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. At least three times during her short lifetime, she received the last Sacraments. In addition to asthma, she was gradually struck by other illnesses, among them was tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor in her right knee. St. Bernadette eventually died at the age of 35. See St. Bernadette's incorrupt body at the convent of St. Gildard, miraculously preserved since her death in 1879. We continue on to Paris; “The City of Light”. Upon arrival we will visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica for Vespers by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Dinner & Overnight Paris.
Day 9: Thursday - April 14th - Paris
After breakfast we depart for our tour of Paris. We will begin with Holy Mass at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. View the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Labouret whose guardian angel led her to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin displayed a vision of the miraculous medal and later the green scapular. The Virgin promised bountiful graces for all who wore these. Next we depart on our sightseeing tour which includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, the and Champs Elysees. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner before returning to our hotel.
Day 10: Friday - April 15th - Paris – Paris Airport - Boston
After breakfast, we transfer to Paris Airport for our return flight home. Though our pilgrimage has come to an end, memories, blessings and graces will last a lifetime
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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.