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|Itinerary at a Glance
Lourdes & Paris
|5||Lourdes & Paris|
|7||Paris, Chartres & Paris|
|Highlights||Lourdes Shrine, Chartres, Notre Dame and Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Paris|
Join us for this very special and moving journey to Lourdes, France. Even if you’ve been here before, your faith will be renewed by the miracles that have occurred in this town. Worship at the cave where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette, join a stirring candlelight procession, immerse yourself in healing baths, and learn about the extraordinary life of St. Bernadette. You also have an opportunity to celebrate Sunday Mass in the magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady in the town of Chartres, and honor the Cathedral’s most invaluable relic, the Sancta Camisa, said to be the tunic worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ's birth. End your trip with a visit to the most sacred sites of Paris, including Notre Dame and the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. At our incredible prices, you have no reason to hesitate booking your spot on this remarkable journey!
Day 2: Lourdes. Welcome to Lourdes, the oldest Marian shrine in Europe! After going through customs, transfer to your hotel next to the shrine for check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure until meeting other members of the group for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3: Lourdes. In 1858, Lourdes was just a sleepy market town. Then the Virgin Mary appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl. The apparitions turned the town into the world’s most evocative and popular pilgrimage site, and in 1933 Bernadette was canonized. Start your day by exploring the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, the centerpiece of which is the cave, or Grotto, where the apparitions occurred. Here too are the baths in which 400,000 pilgrims seeking cures immerse themselves each year. You will also visit the underground basilica of St. Pius X, the Basilica of the Rosary, the crypt, and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (the Upper Basilica), all contained within the sanctuary. Afterwards, learn about St. Bernadette’s life at the Moulin de Boly, where she was born; the Parish Church, where she was baptized; the former prison, where she lived during the apparitions; and the hospice where she was a pupil and made her First Communion. Rest of the day is at leisure. After dinner you may wish to join the always stirring Torchlight Marian Procession, starting from the Grotto. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 4: Lourdes. Day at leisure and for individual activities. You may wish to attend Mass at one of many places of worship in Lourdes, visit St. Bernadette’s Museum, walk the Way of the Cross, attend the Blessed Sacrament Procession in the afternoon, or drink and bathe in the Holy Water that flows from a spring in the Grotto. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5: Lourdes & Paris. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Lourdes. Upon arrival to Paris, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening enjoy a Paris-by-night tour. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Paris. Today enjoy a tour of historic Paris, with a focus on Catholic sites such as Notre Dame, the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, and the Sacred Heart Basilica and St. Vincent de Paul. You will also visit landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde, and Montmartre. Rest of the day is free for you to explore this great city on your own. Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Paris, Chartres & Paris. This morning, travel to Chartres, a town nearby Paris made famous by the remarkable Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres. Here you will be able to celebrate Sunday Mass, walk the Cathedral’s great labyrinth and honor the Sancta Camisa, an invaluable relic said to be the tunic worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ's birth. Return to Paris after lunch for an afternoon at leisure. Breakfast & lunch provided.
Our journeys today will cover 120 miles and take approximately 2½ hours.
Day 8: Paris/USA. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast provided.