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  • 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-yearold Thérèse before she was immediately cured of a severe illness.
    Come to breathtaking Mont-Saint-Michel and be inspired by the prayerful beauty of the great Abbey built in the honour of St Michael the Archangel.

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 Spanish & French countryside and the sacred villages of our faith.

Graces of France Itinerary

11 Days / 10 Nights: Lourdes (3 Nights) • Manresa • Montserrat (1) • Barcelona (1) • Lyon • Ars • Paray-le- Monial (2) • Taize Community • Nevers • Chartres (1) • Lisieux • Mont-Saint-Michel (2) • Rouen • Finish Paris
 

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Time out – Planned site for extended opportunity for prayer & reflection

DAY 1ARRIVE LOURDES

Welcome to Lourdes, the small town where Our Lady first appeared to St Bernadette in 1858.

Lourdes overnight (D)

DAY 2LOURDES

We 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.

Optional Blessed Sacrament Procession and evening candlelight procession.

Mass Setting: International Mass at Lourdes

Lourdes overnight (D)

Day 3LOURDES

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 t submerge themselves in the healing waters.

Mass Setting: Lourdes Grotto

Lourdes overnight (D)

Day 4LOURDES TO MONTSERRAT (VIA MANRESA)

We farewell Lourdes and continue south into Spain and onto the town of Manresa for Mass where St Ignatius came on retreat for 11 months between 1522 and 1523 actual cave where his life and spirituality developed. We then arrive into stunning Montserrat. The stunning mountaintop 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.

Time permitting, before dinner we will take the opportunity to join the Benedictine monks in the Basilica for evening Vespers.

Mass Setting: Manresa Cave

Montserrat overnight (D)

Day 5MONTSERRAT & BARCELONA

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.”

Board the Santa Cova funicular railway and after a short ride, we come to the Chapel where the image of Our Lady of Montserrat was found by young shepherds in the 13th century. We take time here at the Holy Cave for prayer and reflection.

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.

In the afternoon we will travel to Barcelona, a city synonymous with art, culture and faith. See Antonio Gaudi’s inspiring La Sagrada Familia Basilica, the most visited landmark in Barcelona.

Mass Setting: Montserrat Basilica

Barcelona overnight (D)

Day 6LYON • ARS • PARAY-LE-MONIAL

Fly to Lyon in France this morning to visit the stunning Fourviere Basilica, and admire a wonderful view over the entire city of Lyon. Journey 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. 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.

Mass Setting: Ars Basilica

Paray-le-Monial overnight (D)

Day 7PARAY-LE-MONIAL & TAIZE

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.

Mass Setting: Chapel of Apparitions

Paray-le-Monial overnight (D)

Day 8VIA NEVERS TO CHARTRES

We 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. 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.

Mass Setting: Nevers Convent Chapel

Chartres overnight (D)

Day 9CHARTRES • LISIEUX • MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

Journey west today to Lisieux, one of the world’s favourite 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.

Departing Lisieux we journey west to Normandy and the lovely island of Mont-Saint- Michel. From the Middle Ages people have flocked to the abbey and were so struck by its beauty that they called this place “The Wonder Island”. Today it continues to be a major cultural and pilgrimage centre.

Mass Setting: Carmelite Chapel

Mont-Saint-Michel overnight (D)

Day 10MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

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.

Enjoy some free time this afternoon.

Mass Setting: Benedictine Abbey

Mont-Saint-Michel overnight (D)

Day 11VIA ROUEN • DEPART PARIS

Depart Mont-Saint-Michel this morning and journey east to visit Rouen where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in the marketplace on 30 May 1431. Continue east to Paris our homebound or ongoing flights. (B)

Dates & Prices

2020 Dates & Prices*
2021 Dates & Prices*

Dates
Chaplain
Tour Cost
18-28 May
Fr Ron Murphy
AUD $4990
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GF0120 (OB)
18-28 May
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Dates

18-28 May

Chaplain

Fr Ron Murphy

Tour Cost

AUD $4990

Tour Code

GF0120 (OB)

Single Room

AUD $1230

Supplement

Air & Tour

from AUD $7190

per person

Start / Finish

Lourdes / Paris

Prepaid Tips

AUD $14 p/day

per person

18-28 Sep
Fr Adrian Sharp
AUD $4990
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GF0220 (OB)
18-28 Sep
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Dates

18-28 Sep

Chaplain

Fr Adrian Sharp

Tour Cost

AUD $4990

Tour Code

GF0220 (OB)

Single Room

AUD $1230

Supplement

Air & Tour

from AUD $7390

per person

Start / Finish

Lourdes / Paris

Prepaid Tips

AUD $14 p/day

per person

17-27 Oct
Fr Paul Chandler
AUD $4890
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GF0320
17-27 Oct
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Dates

17-27 Oct

Chaplain

Fr Paul Chandler

Tour Cost

AUD $4890

Tour Code

GF0320

Single Room

AUD $1230

Supplement

Air & Tour

from AUD $6990

per person

Start / Finish

Lourdes / Paris

Prepaid Tips

AUD $14 p/day

per person

Dates
Chaplain
Tour Cost
17-27 May
TBA
AUD $5190
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GF0121
17-27 May
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Dates

17-27 May

Chaplain

TBA

Tour Cost

AUD $5190

Tour Code

GF0121

Single Room

AUD $1290

Supplement

Air & Tour

from AUD $TBA

per person

Start / Finish

Lourdes / Paris

Prepaid Tips

AUD $14 p/day

per person

17-27 Sep
TBA
AUD $5190
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GF0221
17-27 Sep
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Dates

17-27 Sep

Chaplain

TBA

Tour Cost

AUD $5190

Tour Code

GF0221

Single Room

AUD $1290

Supplement

Air & Tour

from AUD $TBA

per person

Start / Finish

Lourdes / Paris

Prepaid Tips

AUD $14 p/day

per person

17-27 Oct
TBA
AUD $5090
More info
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GF0321
17-27 Oct
More info

Dates

17-27 Oct

Chaplain

TBA

Tour Cost

AUD $5090

Tour Code

GF0321

Single Room

AUD $1290

Supplement

Air & Tour

from AUD $TBA

per person

Start / Finish

Lourdes / Paris

Prepaid Tips

AUD $14 p/day

per person

* Costs are based on prices as at August 2019 and must remain subject to possible change in the event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare, tax & hotel changes or minimum group size factors beyond Harvest’s control. Refer to Harvest Terms & Conditions.
(OB) Oberammergau 2020 optional add-on available
NB: Indicative prices for 2021

What's Included
  • ACCOMMODATION & MEALS: Based on Superior Standard / 4-Star accommodation • Most meals
  • 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 Tour Wallet
What's Not Included
  • Other meals not listed
  • Passport and Visa Costs (if applicable)
  • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Travel insurance - ask Harvest about its preferred World Assist Travel Insurance
  • Prepaid Tips
  • “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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