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Saints of France 2019/2020

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.

8 Days / 7 Nights: Lourdes (3) / Lyon / Ars / Paray-le-monial (2) / Taize / Nevers / Chartres (1) / Lisieux (1) / Optional Paris Stay (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 14-year-old Bernadette in 1858. This evening we join with fellow pilgrims over a warm Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: LOURDES (BD)
We joyfully celebrate an International Mass this morning with pilgrims worldwide in the immense Underground Basilica of Pius X, followed by a trip to the little village of Bartres. Here in the mountains, we’ll explore the actual town where St Bernadette spent her youth and visit the Sheepfold where she would tend her flock as well as her local Parish Church where she spent many hours deep in prayer. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon to wander across the narrow pavements in this beautiful valley town before dinner. This evening we have the option of joining a memorable candlelight procession .
Mass Setting: Underground Basilica of Pius X

Day 3: LOURDES (BD)
Celebrate a beautiful group Mass at the Grotto before our guided walking tour of Lourdes including the Sanctuary area: Upper & Lower Basilicas, the Grotto and the Baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have transpired. We continue our exploration of all the main sites associated with St Bernadette including her birthplace at the Boly Mill, the original parish church and the Cachot (prison) where her family were forced to live during the time of the apparitions. Make the most of your free afternoon taking the opportunity to immerse in the miraculous Baths and pray for the sick. Optional Blessed Sacrament Procession and Blessing of the sick before a final evening candlelight procession after dinner.
Mass Setting: Grotto of Lourdes

Day 4: LYON / ARS / PARAY-LEMONIAL (BD)
After flying into Lyon this morning (cost incuded), we rise above the city to the stunning Fourviere Basilica built in thanksgiving to Our Lady for her protection of the city during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. We travel on to the little village of Ars nearby where pilgrims from all over Europe flocked to see the humble St John Vianney. We will view his incorrupt body in the small church he built himself, now contained within the magnificent Basilica and celebrate Mass in this moving place. Soon we find ourselves in Paray-le-Monial where St Margaret Mary Alacoque experienced visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Mass Setting: Basilica in Ars

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

Day 5: PARAY-LE-MONIAL & TAIZE COMMUNITY (BD)
After breakfast we set off for Taize, the tiny hillside community Pope John Paul II referred to as ‘that little springtime’ and to which young people all over the world are drawn. We join them for midday prayer which is sung beautifully in the great candlelit church. Upon our return to Paray-le-Monial, we enjoy a guided visit to several remarkable sites including the Chapel of Apparitions for Mass, the relics of St Margaret Mary and the glorious Basilica of Sacre Coeur.
Mass Setting: Paray-Le-Monial

Day 6: VIA NEVERS TO CHARTRES (BD)
We bid farewell to the city of the ‘Heart of Jesus’ and journey to the town of Nevers nestled within the picturesque Loire Valley. After being blessed with 18 apparitions of Our Lady, St Bernadette retired to this small town and died at the early age of only 35. We will have the opportunity to pray before her incorrupt body housed in the tranquil Convent of St Gildard. Onward to the city of Chartres we travel where we are swept away by the magnificent Chartres Cathedral with its dazzling blue stained-glass windows presenting a vision of the heavenly city that awaits us, and precious Holy Veil, said to be worn by the Blessed Virgin Mary when she gave birth to Jesus. We will also examine the most famous labyrinth in the world constructed in 1200.
Mass Setting: Convent Chapel, Nevers

Day 7: CHARTRES TO LISIEUX (BD)
We travel west today to Lisieux, home of St Thérèse, the ‘Little Flower’, whom Pope Pius X called ‘the greatest saint of modern times’. Today we enjoy a pilgrimage tour of Lisieux visiting the family home of St Thérèse at Les Buissonets, and the peaceful Carmelite Convent Chapel which she entered when she was just 15 years old. We’ll view its fascinating reliquary of the saint and visit the impressive Basilica of St. Thérèse. Spend the afternoon soaking up the sophistication of this town from its culinary delights to its historic Château’s.
Mass Setting: Convent Chapel, Lisieux

Day 8: DEPART PARIS (B)
Our unforgettable pilgrimage comes to an end this morning after breakfast together.


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

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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)
Call us for full itinerary & costing

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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cost
Tour Code
Tour Begins: Lourdes
Tour Ends: Paris
Twin Share
Single Room
 
SF0119
17 May 2019
25 May 2019
AUD $3790
AUD $760
SF0219
25 Jun 2019
02 Jul 2019
AUD $3690
AUD $760
SF0319
17 Sep 2019
24 Sep 2019
AUD $3690
AUD $760
SF0419
17 Oct 2019
24 Oct 2019
AUD $3590
AUD $760
SF0120
18 May 2020
25 May 2020
AUD $3890
AUD $780
SF0220
23 Jun 2020
30 Jun 2020
AUD $3790
AUD $780
SF0320
17 Sep 2020
24 Sep 2020
AUD $3790
AUD $780
SF0420
17 Oct 2020
24 Oct 2020
AUD $3690
AUD $780
TIPPING MADE EASY: $10 per person/per day.
AIR & TOUR PRICES FROM: AUD $5580


 
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