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Cathedrals, Chateaus & Candlelight Processions

Pilgrimage to Lourdes & Other Shrines of France

Spiritual Director: Fr. Joe Petrone

Spiritual Director: Deacon Ed Horneman

Group Coordinator: Diane Horneman

September 17 - 28, 2023

DH091823

Cathedrals, Chateaus & Candlelight Processions

Pilgrimage to Lourdes & Other Shrines of France

Spiritual Director:
Fr. Joe Petrone

Spiritual Director:
Deacon Ed Horneman

Group Coordinator:
Diane Horneman

September 17 - 28, 2023

DH091823

Paris · Normandy Beaches (Lisieux)· Lisieux · Mont Saint Michel · Chartres · Chambord · Chenonceaux · Nevers · Rocamadour · Lourdes

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Paris · Normandy Beaches (Lisieux)· Lisieux · Mont Saint Michel · Chartres · Chambord · Chenonceaux · Nevers · Rocamadour · Lourdes

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.


Fr. Joe Petrone



Deacon Ed Horneman

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~2 Ni: Sep 18 - 20: Hotel Pullman Paris Bercy Center, Paris
      ~2 Ni: Sep 20 - 22: Grand Hotel de l'Esperance, Lisieux
      ~1 Ni: Sep 22 - 23: Hotel Grand Monarque, Chartres
      ~1 Ni: Sep 23 - 24: Hotel Mercure, Nevers
      ~1 Ni: Sep 24 - 25: Hotel Beu Site, Rocamadour
      ~3 Ni: Sep 25 - 28: Grand Hotel Gallia et Londres, Lourdes
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Assistance of a Catholic Tour Guide Throughout
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Local guide in Paris, Normandy, Lisieux, Mont Saint Michel, Chartres, Rocamadour and Lourdes
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary (Louvre Museum and/or Eiffel Tower is not included)
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Hotel Pullman Paris Bercy Center
Paris
hotel
Grand Hotel de l'Esperance
Lisieux
hotel
Hotel Grand Monarque
Chartres
hotel
Hotel Mercure
Nevers
hotel
Hotel Beu Site
Rocamadour
hotel
Grand Hotel Gallia et Londres
Lourdes
Not included
  • Lunches, Beverages unless mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
Optional
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Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

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Itinerary

Day 1, Sunday, September 17 | Depart the US

Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2, Monday, September 18 | Arrive Paris

Upon arriving at Paris airport, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage and then proceed to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by your driver, who will transfer you to your hotel. At your hotel, you will meet your tour escort who will accompany you during your stay. Depending upon the time of arrival, you will attend Mass at the magnificent, Sacre Coeur Basilica that stands atop Montmartre Hill. The Basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was originally built in 1914, as an act of penance for the 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. Celebrate Mass at 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 of the city of Paris. Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Day 3, Tuesday, September 19 | Tour Paris

Today, you will enjoy a full sightseeing tour of Paris. After breakfast, you will visit and 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. Following your prayerful and reflective experience at this elegant chapel, you will begin your sightseeing tour of Paris. After Mass, we will walk to Saint Vincent de Paul Church. Our panoramic sightseeing tour, via motor coach, for you to view the most recognizable symbol of the city of Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Historically, the Tower's original intent was to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution, but, later assisted in advancements in meteorology, telegraphy during World War I, radio, and television. Pass by Invalides, the L'Arch de Triomphe, a monument that symbolizes gratitude for those who fought for France. This monument stands at the West end of the Champ-Elysees, one of the world's most famous boulevards and another one of our stops on the sightseeing tour. We will make a stop at La Madeleine, with the statue of Mary Magdalene carried to heaven by angels. Then continue and pass by the Opera and the ever famous, Louvre Museum. This Museum is one of the finest in the world and contains a number of pieces that truly emanate not only French art, but also, European culture. Your fun-filled, busy day ends with a lovely meal and a very comfortable overnight.

Day 4, Wednesday, September 20 | Paris – Normandy Beaches – Lisieux

After breakfast depart Paris and transfer to Normandy 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. Continue to Lisieux for dinner and overnight.

Day 5, Thursday, September 21 | Lisieux – Mont Saint Michel – Lisieux

After breakfast we will travel to Mont St. Michel, where the Monastery of Le Mont St. Michel is located, also known as, "The Wonder of the Western World". It is given this name because the Monastery is surrounded by a magnificent bay, which has 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 Michael the Archangel. Since the ninth century, the Abbey has been home to a monastic community, in order to ensure the continuation of a spiritual presence. For centuries, it has been a pilgrimage site for those seeking Eternal Life with God. You will continue to Lisieux, where 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. Dinner and an overnight at your hotel in Lisieux.

Day 6, Friday, September 22 | Lisieux – Chartres

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. Tour the Carmelite Convent, where she entered in 1888, and is currently entombed in with her parents. We’ll 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". Although the labyrinth is partially obscured by chairs, it is traditionally uncovered every Friday from 10 am to 5 pm from Lenten season to the “day of the saints,” the 1st of November. Pilgrims have indeed been coming to Chartres to walk the famous labyrinth for thousands of years now, as you will do today. The Labyrinth set into the floor stones in the nave of Chartres Cathedral may be the world’s most recognized and famous path, yet it is surrounded in mystery. There have been many theories and elaborate mythology surrounding the original construction of the labyrinth. It is most likely constructed in the first decades of the 13th century, but no one knows for sure exactly when the labyrinth was made, as no documents have yet been found, and little is known about the builders. Dinner and overnight in Chartres.

Day 7, Saturday, September 23 | Chartres – Chambord – Chenonceaux - Nevers

After breakfast, we’ll depart Chartres and travel through the Loire Valley into Chambord. We’ll see Chateau de Chambord, built by Francis I as a royal hunting lodge and later became the largest Renaissance castle in the Loire Valley. We’ll continue to the small village of Chenonceaux, a lovely village for a stop on our way to Nevers. We’ll arrive in Nevers for dinner and overnight.

Day 8, Sunday, September 24 | Nevers - Rocamadour

After breakfast, we will visit Nevers in the Picturesque Loire Valley. Nevers is the site where St. Bernadette lived for twelve years, as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. The Saint suffered from a number of illnesses such as asthma, tuberculosis of the lungs, and a tubercular tumor in her right knee. For this reason, St. Bernadette received "The Last Sacraments" three times and eventually passed away in 1879, at the age of thirty-five. After our visit, we’ll continue thru the countryside into Rocamadour for dinner and overnight.

Day 9, Monday, September 25 | Rocamadour – Lourdes

We’ll visit Rocamadour built into the cliffside where houses, roofs and churches appear to be part of the rock surrounding this town. Over time, pilgrims crossed Europe to come and pray here. The village housed the relics of Saint-Amadour, a famous hermit who sought solitude in Rocamadour, and the much venerated sanctuary of the Black Virgin. See the Notre-Dame chapel (Lady Chapel) where you’ll see the Black Virgin, a slim, elongated silhouette in black wood, and standing guard over the sanctuaries and village. Enjoy a beautiful panorama you will find here before continuing to Lourdes for dinner and overnight.

Days 10 & 11, Tuesday & Webnesday, September 26 & 27 | Lourdes

Over the next two days, you will stay in this small town nestled within the Pyrenees Mountains. 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, Thursday, September 28 | Lourdes - U.S.

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About your trip

  • Lourdes (St. Bernadette)
  • Paris (Miraculous Medal)
  • Lisieux (St. Therese - The Little Flower)
  • Chartres
  • Lyon
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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