Spiritual Director: Fr. John Boll
Group Coordinator: Karen Chappelear
May 26 - June 5, 2020
Your trip includes
- Round-trip Airfare
- All Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Accommodations in first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 2 nights: | Grand Hotel De L'Esperance, Lisieux
- ~ 4 nights: | Hotel Pullman Paris Bercy Center, Paris
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Tour Escort
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Wine with dinners
- Assistance of a professional local Christian guide(s)
- Headsets during sightseeing
- Mass daily
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Beverages unless mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver, Items of a personal nature.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020: Depart for Lourdes
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Arrive Lourdes
Upon arrival, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Embark on scenic drive to Lourdes. Check-in to your hotel, and then relax or explore before Mass and 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.
Thursday - Friday, May 28 & 29, 2020: Lourdes
During your time in Lourdes, you will pray and meditate in a site 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. During 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. Also in Lourdes, 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 impoverished family lived. Each evening following dinner, you will have an opportunity to attend the candlelight procession and the Rosary, before a restful overnight.
Saturday, May 30, 2020: Lourdes - Paris - Lisieux (St. Therese - the Little Flower)
Today, you will enjoy breakfast before departing for the airport and your short flight to Paris. Upon arrival you’ll depart for Lisieux. According to Pope Pius X, St. Therese of Lisieux 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. During your visit, you will see the beautiful Basilica of St. Therese, and the magnificent mosaics and stained glass that are contained within. We will celebrate Mass and enjoy dinner and an overnight at your hotel in Lisieux.
Sunday, May 31, 2020: Lisieux - American Cemetery – Mont St. Michele - Lisieux
Upon waking up in Lisieux and enjoying breakfast, you will pray and reflect upon the life of the beloved Saint and celebrate Mass. After Mass and following the visit to the Basilica, you will have the opportunity to view relics, clothing and personal objects of St. Therese, when you visit her family home, Les Buissonets. Additionally, you will tour the Carmelite Convent, where she entered in 1888, and is currently entombed in with her parents. This afternoon, you will transfer to Normandy’s Landing beaches. The Normandy landings were the landing operations that took place on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) by the Allies, of Normandy, during World War II. As the largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German occupied Northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allies' victory on the Western Front. Continue on to visit The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, a World War II cemetery and memorial in Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, France, honoring the American troops that died in Europe during World War II. Many of the brave American soldiers of World War II are buried here, and it is encouraged to say a prayer in thanksgiving for their courage. We’ll continue to Mont St. Michele, considered to be one of Europes most unforgettable sights. It’s located in the bay where Normandy and Brittany merge and the island draws attention from great distances. The story of how the mount turned into a great place of Christian pilgrimage is colourful. Aubert, bishop of the nearby hilltop town of Avranches early in the 8th century, claimed that the Archangel Michael himself pressured him into having a church built atop the island just out to sea. The dukes of Normandy, followed by French kings, supported the development of a major Benedictine abbey on the Mont St. Michele. Magnificent monastic buildings were added through medieval times. Other fine buildings went up along the steep village street, now converted into museums, hotels, restaurants and boutiques for today’s tourists to discover and enjoy. Return to Lisieux for dinner and overnight.
Monday, June 1, 2020: Lisieux - Chartres – Paris Seine River Cruise
This morning, your day begins with an early breakfast, before we depart for Chartres, known worldwide for its massive Cathedral Notre Dame, and its incredible stained glass windows from the 12th and 13th century. The World Heritage site, UNESCO, calls the Cathedral "the high point of French Gothic art" and a "masterpiece". We will celebrate Mass, after Mass you will have some free time for lunch on your own in the quaint town of Chartres. Later, we will continue to Paris for check in at your hotel, followed by some free time before dinner. After dinner, you’ll enjoy a Seine River Cruise and see Paris by boat; enabling you to take in the historic heart of this beautiful city of Paris. Overnight Paris.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020: Paris – Half Day Touring– The Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Chapelle
Celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, where you will view the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure. The Saint's guardian angel led her to the chapel, where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her. During apparitions, Our Lady repeatedly instructed 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 will receive special protection and abundant graces. Afterward, we’ll walk to Saint Vincent de Paul, founder of the "Congregation of Priests of the Mission", usually known as Lazarites, born in 1576 and ordained a priest in 1600. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XIII in 1729 and canonized by Pope Clement XII in 1737. Later we’ll continue to Sainte Chapelle church, thought to have some of the best original Gothic stained glass, arranged across 15 windows and depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments. (Visit to St.Chapelle is based on availability and confirmation). Return to Paris for the balance of the day at your leisure for independent activities or optional tours.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020: June 3, 2020: Half Day Touring - Sacre Coer – Saint Denis
This morning we’ll visit the magnificent, Sacre Coeur Basilica that stands atop Montmartre Hill and celebrate Mass. The Basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was originally built in 1914, as an act of penance for infidelity that France was experiencing during that time. While on your visit, in addition to the extraordinary artwork and architecture that forms the Basilica, you will see the beautiful mosaic of the Risen Christ, and the remarkable Grand Organ. We will visit the Crypt that contains the Tombs of many notable Cardinals. Time permitting, you may have the opportunity during your free time to ascend a staircase to the Dome, where you will take in a breathtaking panoramic view the city of Paris. Afterward we’ll transfer to the Basilica of Saint Denis, a large medieval abbey church in the city of Saint Denis, now considered a northern suburb of Paris. The basilica became a place of pilgrimage and the burial place of the French Kings with nearly every king from the 10th to the 18th centuries being buried there as well as many from previous centuries. Return to Paris for the balance of day at your leisure for independent activities or optional tours !
Thursday, June 4, 2020: Free day in Paris
After breakfast, we will celebrate Mass and then feel free to enjoy a day on your own in Paris! Spend some time shopping or visiting additional sights. Your tour escort will assist you with suggestions. Gather together this evening for dinner at your hotel. Overnight Paris.
Friday, June 5, 2020: Return Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, your group will leave by motor coach and transfer to the Paris airport for return flight(s) home.
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