10 Days

Our Lady Queen of Peace

Shrines of France Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: Fr. Matthew MacDonald

Group Leader: Penny Abbruzzese

Sep 13 – 23, 2020

*Optional Post Tour to Medjugorje:  -  Sep 23 – 27,2020

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Paris · Lisieux · American Cementery · Mont Saint Michel · Charters · Nevers · Paray Le Monial · Ars sur Formans · Lyon · La Salette

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 visiting Lourdes, Lisieux, Normandy, Chartres, Nevers, Paray Le Monial, Lyon, La Salette and Ars.


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Your trip includes

Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Pullman Paris Bercy Center
Paris

2 Nights

hotel
Grand Hotel De L’Esperance
Lisieux

1 Night

hotel
Mercure Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel

1 Night

hotel
Hotel Jehan de Beauce
Charters

1 Night

hotel
Hotel Troies Pigeons
Paray Le Monial

1 Night

hotel
Hotel Novotel Lyon
Lyon

3 Nights

Not included
  • Lunches, Beverages unless mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
Optional
Travel Insurance

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.

Supplemental Cancellation Protection

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.

Itinerary

Day 1, Sun, Sep 13: Depart for Paris

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

Day 2, Mon, Sep 14: 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 the Spiritual Director, Tour Escort and fellow pilgrims. Then, 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. Following this visit, we will continue to Paris for check in at your hotel, followed by some free time before a delicious dinner and an overnight.

Day 3, Tue, Sep 15: 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 Vicent de Paul Church. Our panoramic sightseeing tour, via motor coach, for your 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. Due to the tragic fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019, Pilgrims will not be able to enter the Cathedral for the near future. Pilgrims will still have the opportunity to view the Cathedral from outside, and we expect the sacred relics to be on display in a nearby church or museum. 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, Wed, Sep 16: Paris – Lisieux

Following breakfast we will 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. You will pray and reflect upon the life of the beloved Saint. After 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. Dinner and an overnight at your hotel in Lisieux.

Day 5, Thu, Sep 17: Lisieux – American Cementery – Mont Saint Michel

Upon waking up in Lisieux and enjoying breakfast, you will pray and reflect upon the life of the beloved Saint, as well as celebrate Mass. Additionally, you will tour the Carmelite Convent, where she entered in 1888, and is currently entombed in with her parents. Then transfer to Normandy Landing beaches. The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, June 6, 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German-occupied Northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allied victory on the Western Front. Continue on to visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, a World War II memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, that honors American troops who 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 Mont Saint Michel, where the Monastery of Le Mont St. Michele 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. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6, Fri, Sep 18: Mont Saint Michael – Charters

This morning, following breakfast you will head towards Charters. Upon arrival, you will have free time for lunch in the quaint town, followed by a visit to the massive Cathedral Notre Dame, which is known worldwide for the incredible stained-glass windows, created in the twelfth and thirteenth century. A World Heritage site, by UNESCO, calls the Cathedral "the high point of French Gothic art" and a "masterpiece".

Day 7, Sat, Sep 19: Charters – Nevers – Paray Le Monial

After breakfast, we depart Charters for Nevers by way of 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 some free time for lunch, we continue our travelling on to Paray le Monial, the place where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque experienced visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the 17th century. In revealing His Heart to her, Jesus said: "Behold the Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing but has been poured out totally and consumed as proof of its love". After celebrating Mass in the Shrine of Paray-le-Monial, we will start a guided visit that features the Chapel of Apparitions, the place where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque experienced visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the 17th century, the room of the relics of St. Margaret Mary, the Diorama of St Margaret and the Eucharist Museum. Other highlights include the Basilica of Sacre Coeur and the Chapel of St. Claude in honor of St. Margaret Mary's Spiritual Director. Dinner and overnight at Paray Le Monial.

Day 8, Sun, Sep 20: Paray Le Monial – Ars sur Formans – Lyon

Following breakfast you will visit the Chapel of the Visitation, where Jesus exposed His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, in the seventeenth century. These apparitions allowed St. Margaret to rest herself upon Jesus' Sacred Heart, and to experience the unconditional love for humanity. During your visit to this Holy place, you will have the opportunity to view relics of the beloved Saint, located beneath a wax figure of her. We will continue towards Ars, where we will visit the Shrine dedicated to Saint Jean Marie Vianney, the patron saint of the priesthood. In Ars, we will be able to visit the presbytery and the Basilica where we will find the incorrupt body of the Cure of Ars, and to enjoy a short documentary about his life. Following visit of Ars we will drive to Lyon, our final destination for next 3 nights.

Day 9, Mon, Sep 21: Lyon

Enjoy a nice breakfast before we start our day. Lyon stands on the site of the ancient Roman city called Lugdunum, founded in 43 BC, which was the capital of Gaul, and later, became a major Christian center. This city is filled with renowned history, culture, and architecture. This morning we will enjoy a tour of Lyon, including a visit to the Basilique Notre-Dame of Fourviere, which was built after the Franco-Prussian War when the people of Lyon had vowed to create a Marian sanctuary if their city was spared. The Basilica is a blend of Gothic and Byzantine styles with a richly decorated interior. Fourviere Hill provides a sensational panoramic outlook onto the city of Lyon. The views extend to the Croix-Rousse and the Terreaux districts, the Quartier Saint-Jean and the Place Bellecour. Remained of the day is free for prayer and reflections. Dinner and overnight in Lyon.

Day 10, Tue, Sep 22: Lyon – La Salette – Lyon

After breakfast, we depart for La Salette located in a high alpine pasture in the French Alps. La Salette is the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1846 to two shepherds, Melanie Matthew and Maximin Gird. Our Lady appeared to these shepherds crying, lamenting over the lack of observance of Sundays and the profaning of her Son's holy name. A spring forever marks the spot where the Virgin appeared and where millions of pilgrims come, in order to drink the fresh spring water and to pray. The stunning mountain scenery and lush mountain trails make La Salette one of the most spectacular pilgrimage sites in France, with a beautiful Basilica built to honor the Virgin Mary. In 1996, La Salette celebrated the 150th anniversary of Our Lady's first appearance. We return to Lyon for dinner and overnight.

*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.


Day 11, Wed, Sep 23: Lyon - USA

This morning, you will begin with breakfast and continue with a transfer to the Lyon airport for your return flight(s) home.

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2020 Dates & Prices

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Sep 13
Sunday
Sep 23, 2020
Wednesday
Sep 14
Monday
Sep 23, 2020
Wednesday
Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $1,099.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)




Post Tour to Medjugorje:

September 23 – 27, 2020

  • Centrally Located First Class Hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 3 nights: Mate’s House, Medjugorje
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional local guide Throughout
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees
  • Catholic Priest for Spiritual Direction
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & Portfolio of all travel documents



Post Tour to Medjugorje

*All pricing is per person

Post Tour to Medjugorje (Per Night) $699.00 (USD)

Private Room - Post tour to Medjugorje (Per Night) $120.00 (USD)


Itinerary
Day 10, Wed, Sep 23: Dublin – Medjugorje

After breakfast transfer to Dublin Airport for your flights to Medjugorje. Upon arrival, you'll also be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver who will then take you on the 2 1/2 hour drive by private coach to the village of Medjugorje. Guide will be with your throughout your stay. Once there, you'll meet your fellow pilgrims and your spiritual leader and be introduced to your host family in whose modern and comfortable house you will be staying for the next four nights.

Days 11 to 13, Thu – Sat, Sep 24 – 26, Medjugorje

The most beautiful features of Medjugorje are its simplicity and peace. While in Medjugorje, you may experience your faith grow, and share in the faith journey of pilgrims from all over the world. A local guide will accompany your group throughout your stay in the village.

Some activities that will accompany you in your spiritual journey:

Attend Daily Mass: Each morning at 10:00 AM, your group will assemble at St. James Church for Mass (English-Speaking). At the end of each Mass, regardless of language, there is a blessing of the religious articles that you have with you.

On Feast Days and Sundays: English Mass is at 12 PM.

Climb Apparition Hill: This mountainous hill is where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. At the base of this hill is a Blue Cross, where it is said Our Lady appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the alleged apparitions. While climbing, your group is invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times for each decade of the Rosary. At the top of the hill, you will witness the exact location of the first alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries, and enjoy private time for prayer.

Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain): In 1933, the villagers built a 30' high cross atop a mountain to commemorate Jesus' passion and death on the cross. Your group will have the opportunity to climb this mountain, and venerate that very cross. While climbing, your group is invited to pray the Stations of the Cross (to meditate on Jesus' suffering Road to Calvary), pausing fifteen times for each Station.

Apparitions: Each evening at 5 PM or 6 PM (depending on daylight savings time), your group will join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje in saying the Rosary, as all anxiously await the alleged arrival of Our Lady to the visionaries. Following the apparition, at 5:40 PM (6:40 PM during Daylight Savings Time), feel free to stay at St. James Church and attend the Croatian Mass. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Our Lady has always called us to be close to her Son. For this, you will have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament at the altar outside of St. James Church. Adoration is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays; Veneration of the Cross is held on Fridays inside the church. Additionally, there is an Adoration Chapel on the grounds of St. James Church, where Adoration is held in the afternoon hours.

Meetings with the Visionaries: Pending their availability, your guide will arrange meetings with the visionaries at their homes.

Visit to the Community of Cenacolo: You will have the opportunity to visit the community of Cenacolo, founded by the Sisters of Charity, for young men and women who have taken a wrong path and are on the road to recovery. You will be able to listen to their inspirational words about their journeys back to Jesus Christ.

Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: The bronze statue of the Risen Christ is located on the grounds of St. James Church. Many pilgrims sit and pray on the benches surrounding this peaceful statue. This statue miraculously seeps droplets of water at all times of the day, out of Christ's right knee.

Day 14, Sun, Sep 27: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, your group will leave by motor coach for Dubrovnik, Split or Sarajevo Airport for return flights home.

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or Post Tour at hotel.
Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $1,099.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Medjugorje

*All pricing is per person

Post Tour to Medjugorje (Per Night) $699.00 (USD)

Private Room - Post tour to Medjugorje (Per Night) $120.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Medjugorje:

Sep 23 – 27, 2020

  • Centrally Located First Class Hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 3 nights: Mate’s House, Medjugorje
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional local guide Throughout
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees
  • Catholic Priest for Spiritual Direction
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & Portfolio of all travel documents

Itinerary
Day 10, Wed, Sep 23: Dublin – Medjugorje

After breakfast transfer to Dublin Airport for your flights to Medjugorje. Upon arrival, you'll also be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver who will then take you on the 2 1/2 hour drive by private coach to the village of Medjugorje. Guide will be with your throughout your stay. Once there, you'll meet your fellow pilgrims and your spiritual leader and be introduced to your host family in whose modern and comfortable house you will be staying for the next four nights.

Days 11 to 13, Thu – Sat, Sep 24 – 26, Medjugorje

The most beautiful features of Medjugorje are its simplicity and peace. While in Medjugorje, you may experience your faith grow, and share in the faith journey of pilgrims from all over the world. A local guide will accompany your group throughout your stay in the village.

Some activities that will accompany you in your spiritual journey:

Attend Daily Mass: Each morning at 10:00 AM, your group will assemble at St. James Church for Mass (English-Speaking). At the end of each Mass, regardless of language, there is a blessing of the religious articles that you have with you.

On Feast Days and Sundays: English Mass is at 12 PM.

Climb Apparition Hill: This mountainous hill is where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. At the base of this hill is a Blue Cross, where it is said Our Lady appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the alleged apparitions. While climbing, your group is invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times for each decade of the Rosary. At the top of the hill, you will witness the exact location of the first alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries, and enjoy private time for prayer.

Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain): In 1933, the villagers built a 30' high cross atop a mountain to commemorate Jesus' passion and death on the cross. Your group will have the opportunity to climb this mountain, and venerate that very cross. While climbing, your group is invited to pray the Stations of the Cross (to meditate on Jesus' suffering Road to Calvary), pausing fifteen times for each Station.

Apparitions: Each evening at 5 PM or 6 PM (depending on daylight savings time), your group will join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje in saying the Rosary, as all anxiously await the alleged arrival of Our Lady to the visionaries. Following the apparition, at 5:40 PM (6:40 PM during Daylight Savings Time), feel free to stay at St. James Church and attend the Croatian Mass. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Our Lady has always called us to be close to her Son. For this, you will have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament at the altar outside of St. James Church. Adoration is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays; Veneration of the Cross is held on Fridays inside the church. Additionally, there is an Adoration Chapel on the grounds of St. James Church, where Adoration is held in the afternoon hours.

Meetings with the Visionaries: Pending their availability, your guide will arrange meetings with the visionaries at their homes.

Visit to the Community of Cenacolo: You will have the opportunity to visit the community of Cenacolo, founded by the Sisters of Charity, for young men and women who have taken a wrong path and are on the road to recovery. You will be able to listen to their inspirational words about their journeys back to Jesus Christ.

Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: The bronze statue of the Risen Christ is located on the grounds of St. James Church. Many pilgrims sit and pray on the benches surrounding this peaceful statue. This statue miraculously seeps droplets of water at all times of the day, out of Christ's right knee.

Day 14, Sun, Sep 27: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, your group will leave by motor coach for Dubrovnik, Split or Sarajevo Airport for return flights home.

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or Post Tour at hotel.
Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)

About your trip

pilgrimage map
  • Paris
  • Lisieux
  • American Cementery
  • Mont Saint Michel
  • Charters
  • Nevers
  • Paray Le Monial
  • Ars sur Formans
  • Lyon
  • La Salette
About Great Shrines of France:

Over the course of thirteen (13) days, travel through eleven (11) towns and cities to experience the Great Shrines that France has to offer. Start in Lourdes nestled within the Pyrenees Mountains where you will visit the magnificent Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes with the opportunity to drink from the miraculous spring, submerge yourself in the healing baths, and join in the nightly candlelight procession and Rosary. Explore the life of St. Therese in Lisieux and take a somber visit to the Normandy Beaches and American Cemetery. In Chartes explore the Cathedral Notre Dame, known worldwide for its massive stained-glass window, also referred to as “the high point of French Gothic art.” Celebrate Masses in Paris at Sacre Core Basilica, and the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, and pass by famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, L’Arch de Triomphe, and Louvre Museum. Drive through picturesque Loire Valle to Nevers to tour the Convent of Saint Gilard and continue to Paray le Monial and the Chapel of the Visitation where Jesus exposed His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alcoque. Discover La Salette in a high alpine pasture in the French Alps where the Virgin Mary appeared crying to two shepherds in 1846. Conclude your Pilgrimage with visits to the Basilique Notre-Dame of Fourviere in Lyon and the Shrine dedicated to Saint Jean Marie Vianney, the saint of the priesthood, in Ars.

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