Spiritual Director: Fr. Roy Tvrdik, SMM
October 2 - 13, 2020
Paris · Normandy · Lisieux (St. Therese - the Little Flower) · Mt. Saint Michel · Saint Laurent sur Sevre · Bordeaux · Lourdes (St. Bernadette)
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.
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 3 Nights: Oct 3 - 6: Pullman Paris Bercy Center, Paris
- ~ 2 Nights: Oct 6 - 8: Grand Hotel de L'Esperance, Lisieux
- ~ 2 nights: Oct 8 - 10: Chateau de la Barbiniere, Saint Laurent sur Sevre
- ~ 1 night: Oct 10 - 11: Novotel Bordeaux Centre, Bordeux
- Transfers by air conditioned motor coach
- Tour Escort Throughout
- Breakfast & Dinner daily
- Glass of wine with dinner
- Sightseeing with professional local guides in Paris, Lisieux, Mt S Michel, Saint Laurent sur Sevre, Bordeux and Lourdes
- Mass daily & Spiritual Activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Beverages unless mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
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.
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.
Day 1, Oct 2, Fri: Depart USA to France
Depart for your overnight flights to Paris.
Day 2, Oct 3, Sat: Arrive Paris
Arrive Paris and transfer to your hotel. You'll be met at the airport by your guide who will assist you upon arrival. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Day 3, Oct 4, Sun: Paris - Sightseeing 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. 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.
Day 4, Oct 5, Mon: Paris - 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 leisure.
Day 5, Oct 6, Tue: Paris - American Cemetery - Lisieux (St. Therese - the Little Flower)
Today, you will depart Paris and travel to visit the American Cemetery and visit 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. Dinner and overnight in Lisieux.
Day 6, Oct 7, Wed: Lisieux - Mt. Saint Michel - Lisieux
Today we'll depart Lisieux and travel to Mt. Saint Michel, considered to be one of Europe's 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 Saint Michel. 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.
Day 7, Oct 8, Thu: Lisieux - Saint Laurent sur Sevre
Upon waking up in Lisieux and enjoying breakfast, you will pray and reflect upon the life of the beloved Saint and celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Therese. 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. After Mass and following the visit of the Basilica, where the remains of her parents, Saint Louis and Zelie Martin are preserved in the Crypt, 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. After having had free time for lunch on your own, you will depart Lisieux and Normandy to head towards Saint Laurent Sur Sevre in the region Pays de la Loire. Here, you will know the life and great achievements of Saint Louis de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise Trichet. It is the strong devotion of the Saint to the Blessed Virgin Mary and his practice of praying the rosary that influenced many Popes, among whom St. John Paul II. According to his Apostolic Letter "Rosarium Virginia Mariae", the pontiff's personal motto "Totus Tuus" was inspired by St. Louis' doctrine on total consecration to the Virgin Mary. Enjoy a pleasant dinner and a restful night. Popes, among whom St. John Paul II. According to his Apostolic Letter "Rosarium Virginia Mariae", the pontiff's personal motto "Totus Tuus" was inspired by St. Louis' doctrine on total consecration to the Virgin Mary. Enjoy a pleasant dinner and a restful night.
Day 8, Oct 9, Fri: Saint Laurent sur Sevre
After breakfast, your day will focus on the life and achievements of Saint Louis de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise Trichet. Saint Louis de Montfort was born in Montfort sur Meu, studied in Paris at the seminar of Saint Sulpice and then was assigned to the diocese of Nantes. While he was there, he came to know Blessed Marie Louise Trichet and a fruitful friendship started in helping the poor. It is during this period, that he found the Company of Mary with the approval of Pope Clement XI and started to preach missions and retreats under the protection of the Blessed Virgin. Praying and preaching the rosary became the main focus of his missionary life and of his writings. The Saint is considered as one of the early writers in the field of Mariology. His most famous works regarding Marian devotion are contained in "Secret of the Rosary" and "True Devotion to Mary". It is here in Saint Laurent sur Sevre where he came, already quite sick, to start his missionary work in the city and where he died. Ans it is in the Basilica to him dedicated that he is buried. In the same Basilica it is also where Blessed Marie Trichet is buried, having died exactly 43 years on the same day as Saint Louis de Montfort. You will spend the rest of the day in this beautiful town full of history that turns around the life of Saint Louis de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise Trichet. Dinner and overnight in Saint Laurent sur Sevre.
Day 9, Oct 10, Sat: Saint Laurent sur Sevre - Bordeaux
After breakfast, you will depart, travelling further South to reach the city of Bordeaux. Upon arrival you will have some free time for lunch on your own before starting to know better this beautiful city, center of a major wine growing and wine production region. Bordeaux remains a prominent powerhouse and exercises significant influence on the world wine industry and in France it's the sixth biggest city. History of Bordeaux starts with the Romans and develops all through the centuries, especially in 1700 and 1800. Its development is strictly bound to its territory, the area of wine production, but also to the important harbor, which in 2007 was proclaimed World Heritage as "Port de la Lune". In the city, you will be able to appreciate also marvelous churches in Gothic style, like the Basilica of Saint Michael or the Cathedral of Saint Andrew or the Romanesque Church of the Holy Cross, once part of a Benedictine Monastery. Optionally, we will be able to visit a vineyard, learning what makes this region so important for wine production, the required characteristics of the ground and the production method that take the wines produced here among the most famous. During this experience you will visit the estate, the winery where production and preservation happens and then enjoy some wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in Bordeaux.
Day 10, Oct 11, Sun: Bordeaux - Lourdes
After an early breakfast, we will leave this beautiful city and proceed further South towards the Pyrenees where our destination will be Lourdes. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 11, Oct 12, Mon: 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.
Day 12, Oct 13, Tue: Lourdes - Departure
We'll depart to the airport for our return flights home with memories for a lifetime.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of places to be visited. Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visits.
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About your trip
- Lisieux (St. Therese - the Little Flower)
- Mt. Saint Michel
- Saint Laurent sur Sevre
- Lourdes (St. Bernadette)
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.