Join Lorraine's Group on a Pilgrimage to
Lourdes, Paris & Nevers
Spiritual Director: Fr. Martin F. Kern
Group Coordinator: Lorraine Echevarria Hendricks
July 22 - 31, 2023
Lourdes (St. Bernadette) · Nevers · Paris
Your trip includes
- Round-trip Air Transportation from Newark
- Fuel Surcharges and Airport Taxes
- Centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 6 nights: July 23 - 29: Grand Hotel Moderne, Lourdes
- ~ 2 nights: July 29 - 31: Novotel Eiffel Tower, Paris
- Airport Transfers by private motor coach
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Lunches in Lourdes
- Lunch at Nevers Convent
- Local Guide in Lourdes (2 half day visits: one to the shrine and one to the different sites related to Bernadette)
- Tour Escort, Daphne from Jul 29 - 31
- Assistance of a guide in Lourdes at night
- Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage Handling (one piece per person)
- Meals and beverages not mentioned, Eiffel Tower entrance fee. Tips to your guides and drivers.
Day 1, Sat, Jul 22: Newark to France
Depart Newark for your overnight flight to France. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2, Sun, Jul 23: Arrive Lourdes
Upon arriving at Pau or Toulouse airport, 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 relax or explore before dinner. Following dinner, you will have free time to pray the Rosary or 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.
Days 3 - 7, Mon – Fri, Jul 24 – 28: Lourdes
This pilgrimage was designed for those who would like to spend more time in Lourdes, to pray and reflect. The first few days will include sightseeing of Lourdes with your group, spiritual director and tour guide. The last days will be dedicated to private time for your own personal reflection and prayer. During your time in Lourdes 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 the 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 life-sized 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." Evenings are free for the 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. On one of the free days you may want to take advantage of some of the optional tours (Biarritz, Val D'Aran or Betherram) available through our local agent at a minimal additional cost.
Day 8, Sat, Jul 29: Lourdes – Paris – Nevers – Paris
Today, you will enjoy breakfast before departing for Pau or Lourdes airport for your short flight to Paris. Upon arrival in Paris, depart for Nevers by way of the picturesque Loire Valley to view the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette. 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 which were tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor in her right knee. St. Bernadette eventually died at the age of 35. St. Bernadette's incorrupt body at the Convent of St. Gildard, is miraculously preserved since her death in 1879. We will enjoy lunch at the Convent. Celebrate Mass in Nevers. In the afternoon, we will return to Paris for dinner and overnight.
Day 9, Sun, Jul 30: Paris
This morning enjoy breakfast at your hotel before walking around Paris. Visit the famed Notre Dame Cathedral which was tragically damaged in a 2019 fire. Pending construction, you may be able to enter the Cathedral. Enjoy lunch nearby before heading to St. Vincent de Paul Church and the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal where you will celebrate Mass. The Blessed Mother appeared to St. Catherine on July 18, 1830 , telling her, “My child, the good God wished to charge you with a mission… Have a medal struck after this model. All who wear it will receive great graces… Graces will abound for those who wear it with confidence.” The devotion to the miraculous medal spread rapidly and is still strong today. Finally, visit Sacre Couer Cathedral for stunning views of the city of Paris below. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and free time in the evening and overnight.
Day 10, Mon, Jul 31: Paris – Newark
Following breakfast transfer to Paris airport for your return flight to Newark.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
The itinerary 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.