France & Portugal Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Fr. Alan Sanchez
Group Coordinator: Dody & Susan Foster
October 1 - 15, 2022
France & Portugal Pilgrimage
Fr. Alan Sanchez
Dody & Susan Foster
October 1 - 15, 2022
Paris (Miraculous Medal) · Lisieux (St. Therese The Little Flower) · Normandy Beaches · Mont Saint Michel · Chartres · Nevers (St. Bernadette) · Paray Le Monial · Rocamadour · Toulouse · Lourdes (St. Bernadette) · Fatima · Lisbon (St. Anthony)
Fr. Alan Sanchez
Your trip includes
- Round-trip Airfare
- All Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Accommodation at centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 2 nights: Oct 02 – 04: Hotel Pullman Paris Percy, Paris
- ~ 2 nights: Oct 04 – 06: Grand Hotel De L'Esperance, Lisieux
- ~ 1 night: Oct 06 – 07: Hotel Mercure, Nevers
- ~ 1 night: Oct 07 – 08: Hotel Trois Pigeons, Paray le Monial
- ~ 1 night: Oct 08 – 09: Hotel Beau Site, Rocamadour
- ~ 3 nights: Oct 09 – 12: Chapelle Et Parc, Lourdes
- ~ 2 nights: Oct 12 – 14: Hotel Santa Maria Jardim, Fatima
- ~ 1 night: Oct 14 – 15: Hotel Mundial, Lisbon
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Tour Escort throughout
- Wine and mineral water with dinners
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide in Lisbon, Lourdes, Toulouse, Rocamadour, Paray le Monial, Chartres, Le Mont Saint Michel, Lisieux and Paris
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Lunches and beverages unless mentioned, Tips to your guide and driver.
Providing you coverage for situations that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.
Cancel For Any Reason Waiver
A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 48 hours prior to departure.
Day 1, Sat, Oct 01: Depart Laredo – France
Depart Laredo for your overnight flight to Paris. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2, Sun, Oct 02: Arrive in Paris
Upon landing at Paris Airport, and after claiming your baggage, proceed to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. 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, proceed to Hotel for check in. Dinner and an overnight at your hotel in Paris.
Day 3, Mon, Oct 03: 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 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.
*Regretfully we will not visit the Louvre Museum, due to time limitations. However, if you wish to extend your stay in Paris, this Museum is worth it, as it is one of the finest in the world and contains pieces that emanate European art and culture.
Day 4, Tue, Oct 04: Paris – Lisieux
After 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 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 with her parent. Dinner and overnight in Lisieux.
Day 5, Wed, Oct 05: Lisieux – Normandy Beaches - Le Mont Saint Michel – Lisieux
This morning you will head west and take a day trip to the site that marks the turning point of World War II, Normandy Beach. This beach is known for the ‘D-Day landings’ where Allied troops, led by American General Dwight Eisenhower, stormed and began to defeat the Nazi army. While at Normandy, you will have the opportunity to visit the American cemetery of Omaha Beach, where many of the brave American soldiers of World War II are buried. It is encouraged to say a prayer in thanksgiving for their courage. Continue on to Mont St. 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 that 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 place of pilgrimage for those who seek Eternal Life with God. Return to Lisieux for dinner and an overnight.
Day 6, Thu, Oct 06: Lisieux – Charters – Nevers
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". You will have some free time for lunch in the quaint town of Chartres. After lunch, we will continue to Nevers. 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”. You will have some free time before enjoying a delicious meal and retiring for the evening in Nevers.
Day 7, Fri, Oct 07: Nevers - Paray le Monial
After breakfast, 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. After the visit, you will have free time for lunch on your own.
Day 8, Sat, Oct 08: Paray Le Monial - Rocamadour
This morning after breakfast we will transfer to Rocamadour, town situated atop a rocky mountain. Rocamadour was 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. Some free time in the afternoon for prayer and reflection before we get together for dinner and overnight.
Day 9, Sun, Oct 09: Rocamadour - Toulouse – Lourdes
This morning, you will awaken feeling well rested! Following breakfast, transfer to Toulouse. This Southern French city was once a Roman colony and is home to numerous religious and historical treasures. While here, you will have the opportunity to view many of these rare artifacts such as twenty historical pipe organs, and the burial place of St. Thomas Aquinas at the St. Sernin Basilica. As one of the finest Romanesque Churches in France, its exterior is constructed of red brick, with decorative accents of white stone. Following your visit to this magnificent Church, continue south to Lourdes. Enjoy a beautiful panorama on the way to Lourdes. Upon arrival, check into Hotel and enjoy delicious dinner. You will have free time to pray the Rosary and to attend the candlelight procession, guided by the Most Holy Rosary. Following this prayerful experience, you will return to your hotel for an overnight.
Day 10 and 11, Mon and Tue, Oct 10 and Oct 11: Lourdes
During your stay in Lourdes, you will have time to pray with your fellow pilgrims from around the world. 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 Boly Mill where St. Bernadette was born, and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Berna-dette'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. 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 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. Dinners and overnights in Lourdes.
Day 12, Wed, Oct 12: Lourdes – Fatima
After breakfast, we will leave for Toulouse Airport for a short flight to Lisbon. Upon arriving in Lisbon, collect your luggage and embark on a scenic drive to Fatima. On the way will stop in town of Santarem for Mass at St. Stephens Church, and to venerate the 13th century Eucharistic Miracle. Continue to Fatima, a Hamlet of Aljustrel, the birthplace and home of the three shepherd children. Check-in to your hotel, and then relax or explore before dinner.
Day 13, Thu, Oct 13: Fatima
Today will surely be a memorable experience, as you pray and meditate upon one of Our Blessed Mother's apparition sites. Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia (age 10), Jacinta (age 7), and Francisco (age 9). These apparitions occurred monthly from May until October of 1917. Historically, as the entire world was in true turmoil, Our Lady's most prominent message during this time was to pray for world peace. The destruction of the world at that point in history was also mentioned by Our Lady in her messages of Fatima, and more specifically, in her second secret to the children. Our profoundly reflective day begins with a visit to the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. This simple, yet modern, chapel is the site where the Virgin Mary first appeared on May 13, 1917. Continue with a visit to the stunning neoclassical Church, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. This Sacred space contains the tombs of St. Francisco, St. Jacinta, and Sister Lucia. View the monument that commemorates the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the square. Due to Our Lady's consistency in Her messages to pray the Rosary, this Basilica also features fifteen altars, dedicated to the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. While in the Basilica, you will be able to feel, through the Love of Our Lord and Lady, the many graces that were received here. Visit the Museum with the exhibition: Fatima: Light and Peace. Continue with a visit to the Holy Trinity Basilica. After free time for lunch, we will experience Christ's unconditional love by participating in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra. The "Sacred Way" marks the path taken by the shepherd children of Fatima to their first apparition with Our Lady. It is composed of fifteen small chapels in commemoration of the Passion of Our Lord. The fifteenth station, the Resurrection, can be found close to the Chapel of Calvary, dedicated to St. Stephen, King of Hungary. The day ends with a visit to Valinhos, the site of Our Lady's August 1917 apparition and the first and third apparition of the Angel. Your night will conclude with private devotions, and a candlelight procession, requested by Our Lady (1917). Enjoy dinner and a comfortable night's rest in Fatima.
Day 14, Fri, Oct 14: Fatima – Lisbon
Following breakfast we will transfer to Lisbon and enjoy panoramic tour which will include St. Jerome's Monastery, built to give thanks to the Virgin Mary, we will drive by the Belem Tower and many landmarks including the 25th of April Bridge, Basilica of the Star, and the Marquee of Pombal Square. Our last stop will be St. Anthony's Church. Patron Saint of lost things is best known as St. Anthony of Padua (Italy), but he was born and baptized here in Lisbon, Portugal. The Church where we will celebrate Mass is built upon St. Anthony's birth. Farewell dinner and overnight in Lisbon.
Day 15, Sat, Oct 15: Lisbon – USA
After an early breakfast and whole-hearted farewells, you will transfer to the Lisbon airport for return flight(s) home.
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About your trip
- Paris (Miraculous Medal)
- Lisieux (St. Therese The Little Flower)
- Normandy Beaches
- Mont Saint Michel
- Nevers (St. Bernadette)
- Paray Le Monial
- Lourdes (St. Bernadette)
- Lisbon (St. Anthony)
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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