- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Live Audio Headsets
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Learning Opportunities
- Study Guide
- Visas (U.S. Citizens)
Day 1 Depart USA
Depart on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Lourdes
Fly into an airport near Lourdes, where our representative will greet you and escort you to your Lourdes hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Lourdes
Today you will celebrate Mass in one of the chapels here at the Sanctuary. Then enjoy a walking tour of the Sanctuary grounds and then to the homes of Bernadette and her family. Included in the sites seen are the Boly Mill (St. Bernadette’s Birthplace) and the Cachot (The family home during the time of the appearances). Also see the parish church where St. Bernadette was baptized.
Day 4 Lourdes
This morning, participate in “The Footsteps of St. Bernadette” with a visit to the village of Bartres, a childhood home of the Saint and her family. Return to visit the shrine area and tour the three basilicas. Celebrate Mass in one of the chapels here at the Sanctuary.
Day 5 Nevers (convent of St. Gildard)
Cross from the south of France to Nevers. Here we will visit the Convent of St. Gildard, where St. Bernadette served as a Nun the last 13 years of her life. Her incorrupt body can be seen in the side chapel. Celebrate Mass here and then check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Chartres
We will travel this morning to Chartres. The Cathedral of Notre Dame of Chartres contains a tunic that belonged to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Sancta Camisia. This garment was a gift to the church by Charlemagne upon his return from the Holy Land. The Cathedral was begun in 1145 and became a popular pilgrimage site in the 12th Century. Celebrate mass here.
Day 7 Lisieux and Rouen
We’ll visit Lisieux and the Basilica of St. Therese. The second most visited pilgrimage site in France after Lourdes, St. Therese served her simple and spiritual life at the Carmelite Order here, and her writings have gone on to inspire millions. Then journey to Rouen. Claude Monet made this cathedral internationally famous with his paintings in the late 19th century. Also here is the Church of Saint Maclou and the Tour Jeanne d’Arc, where Joan of Arc was threatened with torture in 1431. Celebrate Mass at one of the Churches here. Finish the day in Paris for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Paris (Miraculous Medal, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, Saint Denis, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees
This morning, we’ll celebrate Mass at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal on Rue de Bac. St. Catherine was visited by Mary three times in 1830 that encouraged a revival in devotion to the church. She served the poor of Paris for 46 years, and when her body was exhumed, it was found incorrupt. The Miraculous Medal is based on a design given by Mary to St. Catherine. Then we’ll head to the Ile de la Citie, home to Notre Dame. This 850 year old Gothic Cathedral remains the center of the French and their faith. From here, we’ll visit Saint Chapelle, the private chapel of kings illuminated with streams of colored light through towering stained-glass windows. Then we will journey across the Seine to the Chapel of St. Vincent de Paul. Then we’ll head north through the city past the Place de la Concorde (once home to the guillotine in the French Revolution) to La Madeleine, containing a relic of Mary Magdalene. This picturesque church serves as a popular wedding venue. Then take a ride up the funicular to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. This cathedral looks out over Paris from the place where St. Denis was martyred. While here, wander the art shops and stores that line the streets here. Dinner on own.
Day 9 Paris On Own
Today is yours to explore and shop in Paris. From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre to a cruise along the Seine to the shops of the Champs Elysees, Paris is yours to experience. Dinner on own.
Day 10 Return to USA or Normandy Extension
Return to USA on your international flight or join your Normandy Extension.
Enhance Your Journey
Oct. 12 – Normandy Beaches This morning, you’ll head for the beaches of Normandy, where on June 6, 1944, Allied forces began the invasion of Europe to liberate it from the grip of Nazi Germany. Visit the D-Day Museum and the cemeteries. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Oct. 13 – Mont St. Michel This morning you’ll journey to Mont St. Michel, an Island consecrated in 708. It was one of the first places of cult for the Archangel Michel with the Gargan’s Mount. The abbey presents a big panorama of the medieval architecture from the XI to the XVI th century. Celebrate Mass here on this peninsula / island. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Oct. 14 – Bayeux and Paris You will travel this morning to Bayeux. The Bayeux Tapestry, created for William the Conqueror to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 is on display here at a local museum. Notre Dame de Bayeux, built in 1077, was its original home. Return to Paris for time on own this evening.
Oct. 15 – Return home
October 3, 2019From $4698*