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Saints of France

Pilgrimage on the Footsteps of the Saints, from Lourdes to Paris.

Watch your faith come alive during this absorbing week of pilgrimage beginning with a reflective stay in Lourdes, the City of Mary. Continue on through magnificent French countryside as we are touched by the graces and places of many of the great saints of the Church.

10 Days / 9 Nights: Lourdes (3 nights) / Manresa / Montserrat (1) / Barcelona (1) / Lyon / Ars / Paray-le-Monial (2) / Taize / Nevers / Chartres (1) / Lisieux (1). Optional Paris Extension (2).
 
Saints of France Pilgrimage

 
MEAL CODE: B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
Day 1: ARRIVE LOURDES (D)
Welcome to Lourdes, the small town where Our Lady first appeared to St Bernadette in 1858. Join with fellow pilgrims this evening for a Welcome Dinner at our group hotel. Lourdes overnight.

Day 2: LOURDES (BD)
Mass this morning will be followed by a visit to the little village of Bartres, and the farm where St Bernadette was nursed and later returned in adolescence to help her foster mother. We will visit the Sheepfold and the Parish Church where she spent so many hours in prayer. We will return to Lourdes to enjoy a peaceful afternoon to rest, wander at your own pace or take the time to pray the Stations of the Cross with the life sized copper images which overlook the holy Grotto. Spend some quiet time perhaps reflecting at the Grotto with its chapel built over the place of the apparitions. Optional Blessed Sacrament Procession and evening candlelight procession. Lourdes overnight.
Mass Setting: Underground Basilica of Pius X

Day 3: LOURDES (BD)
This morning we will celebrate a group Mass at the Grotto before meeting our guide for a walking tour of Lourdes including the Sanctuary area: Upper & Lower Basilicas, the Grotto, and the Baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Continue our visit of the main sites associated with St Bernadette including the Boly Mill where she was born in 1844, the original parish church and the Cachot (prison) where the family was forced to live due to misfortune during the time of the apparitions. Free time this afternoon for a visit and prayers for the sick at the miraculous Baths where the water has continued to flow since 1858. Pilgrims may choose to submerge themselves in the healing waters, or collect the Lourdes water at the taps. During her 9th apparition to Bernadette, Our Lady said “Go drink and wash yourself at the spring”. Optional afternoon Blessed Sacrament Procession and Blessing of the Sick before a final evening candlelight procession after dinner.

Note: Washing at the baths is a personally rewarding experience and is carried out in a discreet manner with the process being very respectful of one’s privacy. Lourdes overnight.
Mass Setting: Grotto of Lourdes

Day 4: LOURDES TO MONTSERRAT (VIA MANRESA) (BD)
We farewell Lourdes early this morning as we journey through the Pyrenees, crossing the border in to northern Spain. Continue on to the town of Manresa where St Ignatius came on retreat for 11 months between 1522 and 1523. Each day he spent seven hours in prayer in a cave and then helped the sick in the village with the time he had left over. Here too, Ignatius began to develop the method for seeking God’s will and where he wrote his renowned Spiritual Exercises. We come as pilgrims to this amazing place with St Ignatius and pray in the actual cave where his life and spirituality developed. We then arrive into stunning Montserrat. The renowned 11th century sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat lies at the top of a 4,000 foot high mountain and is one of Spain’s most popular pilgrimage destinations. The shrine is home to a 12th century miraculous statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, lovingly known as the “Black Madonna”, discovered in the Santa Cova or Holy Cave. Here at Montserrat, St Ignatius kept vigil with a coarse sackcloth and a pilgrim staff. Time permitting, before dinner we will have an opportunity to join the Benedictine monks in the Basilica for the beautiful sounds of evening Vespers. Montserrat overnight.

“Words simply cannot describe the pilgrimage – you just have to go and experience it for yourself.” — Anne Burrows-Jung

Day 5: MONTSERRAT & BARCELONA (BD)
The spirit of Montserrat is a unique blend of the mountain, the sanctuary, and the life of monasticism. Around the sanctuary you will find many different banners and emblems representing various religious, cultural, social, financial and even sporting organisations.

Our spectacular day of pilgrimage begins with a visit and Mass in the Basilica, the construction of which began in the 16th century, and a viewing of the beautiful Holy Image of Our Lady of Montserrat, known affectionately as the “Black Madonna.” We will then board the Santa Cova funicular railway and after a short ride, enjoy a walk down the sacred path passing modernist sculptures of the Mysteries of the Rosary (all worked on by Llimona and Gaudi among others). Almost hanging from the rock’s edge at the end of the route is the Chapel where the image of Our Lady of Montserrat was found by young shepherds in the 13th century after seeing a bright light which led them to the grotto. We take time here at the Holy Cave for prayer and reflection before taking the funicular railway back up to the Sanctuary. Before lunch, we will take our place among the privileged to hear the heavenly sounds of the Montserrat Boys Choir (The Escolania), one of the oldest and most renowned in Europe. After lunch we will have a private guided tour of the museums. In the afternoon we will travel to Barcelona, a city synonymous with art, culture and faith. Visit Antonio Gaudi’s inspiring La Sagrada Familia Basilica, the most visited landmark in Barcelona and famous due to the fact that after more than 100 years since the foundation stone was laid it is still under construction. Barcelona overnight.

Day 6: LYON / ARS / PARAY-LE-MONIAL (BD)
This morning we will be transferred to the airport for our onward flight connections to Lyon in France. On arrival we will board our coach, journeying north to nearby Ars, the little village where St John Vianney known as the Cure of Ars was based and to where pilgrims from all over Europe flocked to see him. We will visit the small church contained within the Basilica that John Vianney built himself, view his incorrupt body and celebrate our group Mass here. From here we continue north 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”. Paray-le-Monial overnight.

Day 7: PARAY-LE-MONIAL & TAIZE (BD)
After breakfast we commence our time here with Mass in the Chapel of Apparitions, located in the Monastery of the Visitation and where most of the apparitions took place. We then set off for Taize, the tiny hillside community in which young people from all over the world are drawn. Pope St John Paul II referred to Taize as ‘that little springtime’ as pilgrims join in a common weekly programme of prayer meetings, discussion groups and meals. We join with the community for midday prayer, which is sung beautifully in the large candlelit church. Returning to Paray-le-Monial, we commence our guided visit featuring the relics of St Margaret Mary. Other highlights include the Chapel of St Claude in honour of St Margaret Mary’s Spiritual Director and the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. Paray-le-Monial overnight.

Day 8: VIA NEVERS TO CHARTRES (BD)
We farewell the city of the ‘Heart of Jesus’ and journey by coach to the town of Nevers nestled within the picturesque Loire Valley. Here we will visit the Convent of St Gildard where St Bernadette’s incorrupt body reposes and may be viewed. After she was blessed with the 18 apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, St Bernadette retired to Nevers where she died at the age of only 35. Our pilgrimage takes us on to the great Cathedral city of Chartres where we enter inside the magnificent 13th century Chartres Cathedral, a medieval architectural wonder and home to the Holy Veil, said to be worn by the Blessed Virgin Mary when she gave birth to Jesus. Pilgrims too will see the most famous labyrinth in the world, built around the year 1200 and sometimes called the "Chemin de Jerusalem" or Road of Jerusalem. Gaze upon stained glass majesty with more than five thousand figures depicting biblical stories and the lives of the saints, presenting to every pilgrim a vision of the heavenly city that awaits us. We will then check in to our hotel before dinner. Chartres overnight.

Day 9: CHARTRES TO LISIEUX (BD)
No saint in modern times has had greater claims to prayers answered than St Therese of Lisieux. Since the year 1900, pilgrims have flocked to Lisieux to visit the home and convent of this great saint whose writings have captured the hearts of millions. On July 17, 1897 as Therese was dying she said “I feel that my mission is just beginning, my work of making people love God as I love him”.

Journey west today to Lisieux, one of the world’s premier pilgrimage sites and home to St Therese, the ‘Little Flower’, whom Pope Pius X called ‘the greatest saint of modern times’. On arrival we enjoy a pilgrimage tour of Lisieux visiting the family home of Les Buissonets, the Carmelite Convent Chapel with its reliquary of the saint and St Therese’s Basilica. Lisieux overnight.

Day 10: DEPART PARIS (B)
Depart Lisieux this morning and travel into Paris for your ongoing or homebound flight connections.


“A great deepening of faith, seeing and hearing of the lives of the saints and celebrating Mass in many special places” — Stella Teg

Saints of France Map
 
Pilgrim Highlights
+ Begin perfectly with a full 3 Night stay in Lourdes and be touched by the spiritual atmosphere of Our Lady that abounds.
+ Be among the thousands of rejoicing pilgrims flowing towards the Lourdes Sanctuary during the evening torchlight spectacle.
+ Relish a two-night stay in Paray Le Monial and pray in the Chapel of the Apparitions where Jesus exposed His Sacred Heart to St Margaret Mary Alacoque.
+ Gaze upon the incorrupt body of St Bernadette during a private Mass in the town of Nevers where she joined the Sisters of Charity.
+ Be awe-struck in Chartres as you enter the magnificent 13th century Cathedral and marvel at the stained-glass majesty during our guided exploration.
+ Pray in Lisieux before the statue of the Virgin Mary that smiled at the 10-year-old Thérèse before she was immediately cured of a severe illness

pre-tour options
Visitations of Mary (7 Nights)
Assisi + Rome (7 Nights)
Rome (4 Nights)
Italy + Rome (13 Nights)

post tour options
Paris City Stay (2 Nights)
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Inclusions
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS: Based on Superior Standard / 4-Star accommodation • Most meals – 7 Dinners / 7 Full Breakfasts.

TOURING & TRANSPORTATION: Deluxe Air Conditioned Coach touring • Domestic flight travel from Lourdes to Lyon • Professional Pilgrimage Escort / Local Guides • Sightseeing and Entrance Fees • NB: Flight Paris / Lourdes included for Air & Tour Packages.

OTHER: Fully Escorted by Pilgrimage Chaplain • Porterage at hotels • Harvest Backpack, Pilgrims Journal and Tour Wallet.

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Tour Code
Tour Begins:
Lourdes
Tour Ends:
Paris
Tour Cost
(Twin Share PP)
Single Room
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Chaplain
 
SF0119
17 May 2019
25 May 2019
AUD $3790
AUD $760
Fr Patrick Vaughan.
Modified tour. Download itinerary
SF0219
25 Jun 2019
02 Jul 2019
AUD $3690
AUD $760
 
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SF0319
17 Sep 2019
26 Sep 2019
AUD $3990
AUD $990
Fr Terry Bowman MSC
SF0419
17 Oct 2019
26 Oct 2019
AUD $3890
AUD $990
Fr Dominic Popplewell
SF0120  Oberammergau Option
18 May 2020
27 May 2020
AUD $4190
AUD $1090
TBA
SF0220  Oberammergau Option
23 Jun 2020
02 Jul 2020
AUD $4090
AUD $1090
TBA
SF0320  Oberammergau Option
17 Sep 2020
26 Sep 2020
AUD $4390
AUD $1090
TBA
SF0420
17 Oct 2020
26 Oct 2020
AUD $4290
AUD $1090
TBA
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