Graces of France – Harvest Journeys Catholic Pilgrimages

Graces of France

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

Watch your faith come alive during this absorbing time of pilgrimage beginning with a reflective stay in Lourdes, the City of Mary. Journey on through mountainous villages and holy shrines, weaving a pilgrim trail through the glorious French countryside and the sacred villages of our faith.

Highlights

Lourdes (3 nights) • Toulouse • Rocamadour (1) • Paray le Monial (2) • Ars • Nevers • Chartres (1) • Lisieux (2) • Mont-Saint-Michel • Paris (1)

FEATURED SAINTS:
OUR LADY OF LOURDES • ST BERNADETTE • OUR LADY OF ROCAMADOUR • ST THOMAS AQUINAS • ST JOHN VIANNEY • ST MARGARET MARY ALACOQUE • ST CLAUDE DE LA COLOMBIERE • ST THERESE OF LISIEUX • ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL • ST CATHERINE LABOURE • ST VINCENT DE PAUL

Itinerary

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

DAY 1ARRIVE LOURDES

Welcome to Lourdes, the small town where Our Lady first appeared to St Bernadette in 1858.
Tonight we will join with our fellow pilgrims for a Welcome Dinner.

Lourdes overnight (D)

DAY 2LOURDES

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. We 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.

We will return to Lourdes to enjoy a peaceful afternoon to rest or 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 (BD)

DAY 3LOURDES

We aim to celebrate an International Mass this morning with pilgrims worldwide in the immense Underground Basilica of Pius X (schedule permitting) 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.

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. 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: Full immersion in the Baths is currently prohibited. The Baths have temporarily been replaced by the water gesture, a ceremony that takes visitors back to basics, followed by prayer and then venerating of the Status of the Virgin Mary.

Lourdes overnight (BD)

Day 4LOURDES VIA TOULOUSE TO ROCAMADOUR

We depart Lourdes today travelling north-east towards Rocamadour. En route we will visit Toulouse, the ‘pink city’, including the Church of the Jacobins which is also the burial site of St Thomas Aquinas, the great theologian and philosopher.

This afternoon we arrive into Rocamadour, the sacred city built stunningly against the side of a cliff.

According to legend, Rocamadour was the home of an early Christian hermit named Zaccheus of Jericho. It is believed that he died in about 70 AD and had conversed with Jesus himself. After the hermit’s death and burial in Rocamadour, and even more so after the statue of the Black Madonna was brought here several centuries later, the site became a place of pilgrimage. The shrine is accessible from the town via an elevator or the Grand Escalier, a stairway of 216 weathered steps. From the Middle Ages many pilgrims have made the climb on their knees in penance. Along the way are 14 Stations of the Cross culminating in the Cross of Jerusalem at the top.

Rocamadour overnight (BD)

Day 5ROCAMADOUR TO PARAY-LE-MONIAL

We will visit the Shrine of Rocamadour. Our group Mass will be celebrated at the Chapel of the Black Virgin where we have the opportunity also to pray before the miraculous Black Madonna statue. Other sites we will see include St Michael’s Chapel with its 12th century frescoes and St Amadour’s crypt.

Departing Rocamadour we continue our French immersion travelling on 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 (BD)

Day 6 PARAY-LE-MONIAL & ARS

This morning in Paray-le-Monial, we embark on a guided visit featuring the Chapel of Apparitions, 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 honour of St Margaret Mary’s Spiritual Director, St Claude de la Colombiere.

We then visit Ars, the village where St John Vianney, known as the ‘Cure de Ars’, was based as a holy priest and where pilgrims from all over Europe flocked to see him. We will visit the small church contained within the Basilica that the Cure built himself. View the incorrupt body of the saint and see his living quarters, as we learn of his extraordinary apostolate.

Paray-le-Monial overnight (BD)

Day 7 PARAY-LE-MONIAL VIA NEVERS TO CHARTRES

After some time at leisure this morning for personal prayer at the shrine, we farewell the city of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and journey west to the lovely town of Nevers nestled within the picturesque Loire Valley. Here we will celebrate Mass and visit the Convent of St Gildard where St Bernadette’s incorrupt body reposes and may be viewed. After she was blessed with the eighteen apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, St Bernadette retired to Nevers where she died at the age of only 35.

Departing Nevers, we travel on to the great Cathedral city of Chartres where upon arrival we will enter inside the magnificent thirteenth-century Chartres Cathedral. This is 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”.

Chartres overnight (BD)

Day 8 CHARTRES TO LISIEUX

As we leave Chartres, we continue by road to the saintly village of 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’.

This afternoon 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, where we will celebrate our memorable Mass.

Lisieux overnight (BD)

Day 9 MONT-SAINT-MICHEL DAY

What looks like a castle out of a fairy tale is actually one of Christianity’s major pilgrimage sites. Surging from an infinite expanse of sand and waves, Mont-Saint-Michel is a marvellous work of both nature and mankind. In 1979 it was the first location in France to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today more than two million pilgrims and visitors travel to behold this awesome work of the Middle Ages, the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel.

On arrival this morning, we will meet our guide for an amazing tour of the holy island.
A climb up the steep narrow flight of steps called the Grand Degré is a prelude to the tour of the abbey. Once we have admired the construction, we can contemplate the incomparable beauty of the bay by going back down via the rampart walk. A highlight of our visit here will be the Benedictine Abbey, which during the French Revolution was turned into a prison. We plan to join the community here for an inspiring chanted Mass. During our tour we will also see the Chapelle de Notre Dame sous Terre (Underground Chapel of Our Lady). It was built in the late 10th century in the very place that St Aubert erected the oratory in the 8th century.

Return to Lisieux for some free time before dinner.

Lisieux overnight (BD)

Day 10LISIEUX TO PARIS

Departing Lisieux this morning, we proceed directly to Paris, the ‘City of Lights’.

While Paris is renowned for housing some of the world’s greatest treasures, we will come to discover too the spiritual riches on offer to pilgrims in this amazing city of contrasts.

Our afternoon sightseeing tour will encompass some of the city highlights including the awesome Sacre Coeur, built from 1875 to 1914, and one of the most imposing Basilicas in the Christian tradition. We continue on our pilgrimage through Paris with a special visit to the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Finally we come to the Daughters of Charity in the Rue du Bac. This is the site where Our Lady appeared to Catherine Laboure in 1830, with the first Miraculous Medal being struck in 1832. Her incorrupt body lies under the altar of Our Lady in the chapel here and adjacent to the altar of St Vincent de Paul displaying his incorrupt heart.

Paris overnight (BD)

Day 11DEPART PARIS

Our pilgrimage concludes this morning after breakfast.
(B)

 All tour inclusions and order of daily arrangements remain subject to change due to any unforeseen circumstances, which may arise, or at the discretion of the tour leadership.

Dates & Prices

Dates
Chaplain
Tour Cost
17 – 27 September 2024
Fr Denis O’Bryan
AUD $5590*
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GF2402
17 – 27 September 2024
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Dates

17 – 27 September 2024

Chaplain

Fr Denis O’Bryan

Tour Cost

AUD $5590*

Tour Code

GF2402

Single Room

AUD $1480 Supplement

Start

Lourdes

Finish

Paris

Prepaid Tipping

AUD $198 per person

17 – 27 May 2025
TBA
AUD $TBA*
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GF2501
17 – 27 May 2025
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Dates

17 – 27 May 2025

Chaplain

TBA

Tour Cost

AUD $TBA*

Tour Code

GF2501

Single Room

AUD $TBA Supplement

Start

Rome

Finish

Venice

Prepaid Tipping

AUD $TBA per person

17 – 27 September 2025
TBA
AUD $TBA*
More info
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GF2502
17 – 27 September 2025
More info

Dates

17 – 27 September 2025

Chaplain

TBA

Tour Cost

AUD $TBA*

Tour Code

GF2502

Single Room

AUD $TBA Supplement

Start

Rome

Finish

Venice

Prepaid Tipping

AUD $TBA per person

*Per person, twin share 

Costs are based on prices as at December 2023 and must remain subject to possible change in the event of significant exchange rate variations, hotel changes or minimum group size factors beyond Harvest’s control. Refer to Harvest Terms & Conditions for more details.

Included
  • ACCOMMODATION & MEALS: Based on Superior Standard / 4-Star accommodation • Meals as specified in Itinerary
  • TOURING & TRANSPORTATION: Deluxe Air Conditioned Coach touring • Professional Pilgrimage Escort / Local Guides • Sightseeing and Entrance Fees
  • OTHER: Fully Escorted by Pilgrimage Chaplain • Porterage at hotels • Harvest Backpack, Pilgrims Journal and Travel Wallet
Not Included
  • International Airfares
  • Other meals not listed
  • Passport and Visa Costs (if applicable)
  • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Prepaid Tipping
Optional 7-Night Pre-Tour

Mary & the Saints Pilgrimage: Lisbon to Lourdes

Lisbon (1 Night) / Fatima (3) / Alba de Tormes / Avila (2) / Segovia / Caleruega / Santo Domingo de Silos (1) / Loyola / Lourdes

Our Lady of the Rosary, Fatima
Segovia. Ancient Roman aqueduct

DAY 1ARRIVE LISBON

Welcome to Lisbon. Join with fellow pilgrims this evening for a Welcome Dinner.
Lisbon overnight (D)

DAY 2LISBON VIA SANTAREM TO FATIMA

This morning we will meet with our local guide and enjoy a tour of Lisbon city. Our first stop will be St Anthony’s Basilica where we will celebrate our group Mass. Despite what his title might otherwise suggest, ‘Anthony of Padua’ was born and grew up in Lisbon and today remains the patron saint of lost articles. 

Visit the World Heritage listed Jeronimo’s Monastery dating back to the 16th century with its stunning combination of flamboyant Gothic, Moorish and early Renaissance influences; see nearby Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. See Europe’s longest suspension bridge and view the inspiring Statue of Christ the King pointing the way north to Fatima.

En route to Fatima we will visit the Holy Miracle Church of St Stephen at Santarem containing the oldest recorded Eucharistic miracle.

We arrive at Fatima where in 1917 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three peasant children as ‘a lady in white’.

Fatima overnight (BD)

Day 3FATIMA & SURROUNDS

This morning we will walk and pray the Stations along the beautiful Way of the Cross (the Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary which overlooks all of Fatima. Continue to Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison before we proceed onto the little village of Aljustrel to visit the homes where the children lived. Enter the original parish church and see the Baptismal font where the children were baptised.

Afternoon at leisure.

Tonight, the Anniversary Vigil ceremonies begin with an international rosary followed by a candlelight procession and concelebrated Mass on the steps of the Rosary Basilica. From midnight to dawn an optional all-night vigil is held for the spiritual enrichment of pilgrims.

Fatima overnight (BD)

Day 4FATIMA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

We awake to the sound of pilgrims from all over the world en route to the morning’s Anniversary celebrations. Commence with a Rosary followed by the procession of Our Lady’s statue to the altar on the steps of the Basilica. Celebrate the International Anniversary Mass followed by the Blessing of the Sick and Consecration. The ceremonies will close around midday with the touching ‘Adios’ spectacle.

We will then enjoy a tour of the Square (the largest in Christendom) including the site of the Apparitions, Rosary Basilica with the Tombs of the visionaries, the Museum, Blessed Sacrament Chapel and other main sites.

Afternoon at leisure in Fatima.

Fatima overnight (BD)

Day 5FATIMA VIA SALAMANCA & ALBA DE TORMES TO AVILA

After breakfast we farewell Fatima and journey inland through Portugal before crossing into Spain and on through Salamanca, known as the ‘Golden City’ owing to the colour of its historic sandstone buildings.

Later we arrive at Alba de Tormes, the little village where St Teresa died. Her incorrupt heart and arm are enshrined and displayed here at the Carmelite convent. Here too we enter the convent for Mass, where St John of the Cross lived and who companioned St Teresa in her spiritual walk.

We journey on to the historic walled town of Avila, where the atmosphere has changed little since the days of St Teresa to whom the city is dedicated. It was here that she entered the Carmelite convent and encountered many mystical experiences during her life.

Avila overnight (BD)

Day 6AVILA PILGRIMAGE

We begin our day with a visit to the Convent of Saint Teresa built over the saint’s birthplace and located just inside the South Gate of the old town. Most of the convent remains in cloister but you can see the very spot where she was born, now a chapel in the Baroque church.

We then visit Avila’s Cathedral which was started in the 12th century before entering the Monastery of the Incarnation for Mass where St Teresa’s cell can be seen as well as other relics of her life.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to soak in the prayerful atmosphere and medieval charm of this holy town.

Avila overnight (BD)

Day 7AVILA VIA SEGOVIA & CALERUEGA TO SANTO DOMINGO DE SILOS

This morning we depart Avila, travelling east by coach to Segovia, between the Eresma and Clamores Rivers. We will visit the stunning Segovia Cathedral, the last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain. Marvel too at the best conserved aqueduct of the Imperial Roman Empire. Outside the walls, we will visit and celebrate Mass at a convent adjacent to the Vera Cruz church, where the mortal remains of St John of the Cross are buried. View here the famous Alcazar.

From here we journey north to Caleruega, the home of Bl Jane of Aza and Felix Guzman and birthplace of their son St Dominic. Our guided exploration will feature the Dominican Nuns Convent, formerly the home of the Guzman family. A highlight here is the Crypt where a well marks the spot where Dominic was born around 1170. It is now the centrepiece of a chapel which is adorned with exquisite mosaics depicting scenes from Dominic’s life. Also visit the Church of San Sebastian where Dominic was baptised.

Finally today, we come to the quaint village of Santo Domingo de Silos, home to the great Benedictine Abbey famous for its beautiful Romanesque cloister and for spreading the finest tradition of Gregorian chant throughout the world.

After dinner we will proceed up to the Abbey for evening prayer.

Santo Domingo de Silos overnight (BD)

Day 8SANTO DOMINGO DE SILOS TO LOURDES

Seven times a day for over 1,500 years a sweet and sublime sound rises like a fragrance from the hills of Castille. Is it the sound of angels singing? One might be mistaken to think so. Enter the Romanesque cloisters of the sacred monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos and you will discover that this heavenly sound emanates from the Benedictine monks who became world famous after their recordings of Gregorian chant hit number one on the European pop charts.

This morning we will attend the chanted High Mass at the Abbey before visiting the adjacent Monastery and Museum.

We then rejoin our coach and set off on our travel day, journeying north to Loyola where St Ignatius was born and where he later found his conversion.

In Loyola pilgrims will have the opportunity to visit the impressive Sanctuary of St Ignatius, including the Casa Santa (Holy House) – 13th century tower house – where he was born and spent many of his early years. Visit also the ornate monastery complete with shrine and relics of the saint and a 65m dome, which can be seen from a great distance. See the sparse room where he lived and recovered from his injuries and developed his spiritual life.

Later we travel through the scenic foothills of the Pyrenees, crossing into Southern France before continuing on to Lourdes. It was in this small town that Our Lady first appeared to St Bernadette in 1858. (B)

Continue onto The ‘Graces of France’ Pilgrimage in Lourdes.

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

PRE-TOUR DETAILS
Starts / Ends Lisbon to arrival into Lourdes
Departs 10 – 17 September 2024
Cost Add-on AUD $3790 per person, twin share 
Single Room AUD $1160 supplement
Prepaid Tipping AUD $144 per person
Costs are based on prices as at December 2023 and must remain subject to possible change in the event of significant exchange rate variations, hotel changes or minimum group size factors beyond Harvest’s control. Refer to Harvest Terms & Conditions for more details.
  • “Words simply cannot describe the pilgrimage – you just have to go and experience it for yourself.”

    Anne Burrows-Jung
    Saints of France
  • 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

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