Lourdes, Paris, Nevers
9 days / 8 nights
Upon your arrival in Lourdes, transfer to your hotel. Relax, explore or attend one of the many big celebrations such as the international mass, the Eucharistic procession in the afternoon and the candlelight Marian procession every evening. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast attend Mass at the Grotto, the site where 14-year-old Bernadette reportedly experienced 18 visions of the Virgin Mary, and walk in the footsteps of St Bernadette. Since much of the history of Lourdes revolves around the story of Bernadette Soubirous and her family, a visit to Lourdes would be incomplete without a visit to the Boly Mill where the Saint was born and the “Cachot,” an abandoned prison where the Soubirous family was forced to spend a year. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the healing baths. Experience Christ’s love as you walk the life-sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto and kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedience to the request of the “Immaculate Conception.” Afternoons are usually for Blessed Sacrament Processions, while in the evening you can join the candlelight procession, carrying candles and torches, as well as a statue of the Virgin Mary and walking for around for 1.5 hours before receiving a blessing from a priest, and it is also possible to be part of the choir or rosary too. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast leave on the flight to Paris or Lyon. Upon arrival, you will meet your new guide. Travel by motor coach, through the picturesque Loire Valley, we will arrive to the town of Nevers , where St Bernadette lived for 12 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers, after taking the veil in 1867. We’ll visit as well the Saint-Gildard convent, where St.Bernadette came to live at 22 years, to admire the Saint’s incorrupt body miraculously preserved since her death in 1879. Overnight in Nevers.
After breakfast we depart for Chartres, famous for its stained-glass windows and wonderful colors dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. We will tour the Cathedral followed by free time for to explore and enjoy Chartres and it’s famed maze on your own. Dinner and overnight in Lisieux.
After breakfast we enjoy a tour of Lisieux, the home of St Therese called by Pope Pius X “the greatest saint of modern times.” Her extraordinary love for God and service to humanity comes alive as you visit the Basilica of Saint Therese, one of the biggest and most magnificent religious structures built in the 20th century. During our stay in Lisiuex a mass will be celebrated. We will stop at Les Buissonets, St. Therese’s family home, where you can see relics, clothing, and personal objects belonging to the “little flower”, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. Before leaving, we will visit the ancient Cathedral of St Peter and the Carmelite Convent. We continue on to Rouen where on the 30th May 1431, Joan of Arc was burnt at Place du Vieux Marche. We will visit the Joan of Arc museum and Rouen church. We continue on to Paris for dinner and overnight.
Wake up in Paris and depart for mass at Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. View the incorrupt body of St Catherine Labouret, whose guardian angel led her to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin displayed a vision of the miraculous medal and later the green scapular. The Virgin promised bountiful graces for all who wore these. Our sightseeing tour includes some of the most beautiful and important churches in the world such as Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur, and some of the most famous attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, L’Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs Elysees. Return to the hotel for little relaxing, dinner and overnight.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.