Day 1 - Depart USA
Depart USA for your overnight flight to Europe. Dinner and breakfast will be
served on board.
Day 2 - Arrive Lourdes
Upon arrival in Europe you will connect with your flight to Toulouse, Pau or
Lourdes airport. Upon arrival you will find your luggage and exit the baggage
claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or
driver. You will be escorted to the vehicle which will then take you on your
scenic drive to Lourdes. Upon arrival you will check in to your hotel and relax
or explore before dinner. Following dinner you may choose to participate in the
candlelight procession before retiring for the evening.
Days 3 & 4 - Lourdes
During the next two days in Lourdes you will have time to pray with your fellow
pilgrims from around the world. During your trip you will have an opportunity
to: Attend Mass at the Grotto, watch a video presentation telling the story of
Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. See Boly Mill where St.
Bernadette was born, and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's
impoverished family lived. 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
lifesized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. Kneel in the chapel
built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedience to the request of the
"Immaculate Conception." Evenings are free for optional Blessed Sacrament
Procession before dinner. Your role in the universal church will have new
meaning as you join the candlelight procession and group rosary. (candle light
procession and group rosary April through October only).
Day 5 - Lourdes Toulouse - Rocamadour
After an early breakfast we make our way to Toulouse. Once an important Roman
colony, Toulouse is full of religious and historical treasures. The Basilica of
St. sernin is one of the finest Romanesque churches in France. St. Thomas
Aquinas is buried in the Eglise des Jacobins, and it is also the proud home of
20 historical pipe organs (more than any other city in France). After our tour,
we will continue on to Rocamadour, situated atop a rocky plateau overlooking the
Alzou Valley. Rocamadour was the home of an early Christian hermit named,
Zaccheus of Jericho. He died in 70 A.D. and had conversed with Jesus himself.
Zaccheus was the husband of St. Veronica, who wiped the face of Jesus as he
climbed to Calvary. Once we arrive, we will take time to visit one of its most
important sites: the Shrine of Our Lady of Rocamadour. A complex of religious
structures centered on a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary and the tomb of an
ancient saint. We enjoy a lovely dinner before returning to our hotel.
Day 6 - Rocamadour Paray Le Monial
After an early breakfast, we begin our journey to Paray-le-Monial where we will
visit the Chapel of the Visitation where Jesus exposed His Sacred Heart to St.
Margaret Mary Alacoque during a number of apparitions, Reliquary of St. Margaret
containing her relics, located underneath a wax figure of the saint. You will
have the remainder of the day free to spend at your own leisure. Dinner and
Day 7 Paray Le Monial Taize Paray Le Monial
After an early breakfast we depart for Taize, one of the worlds most important
sites of Pilgrimage, bringing in over 100,000 young people from all across the
world each year. The Taize Community was founded by Frere Roger in 1940 when he
pondered what it really meant to live a life according to the Scriptures. He
then began a quest for a different expression of the Catholic life. In 1940, he
purchased a small house that would eventually become the Taize Community. People
travel there each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. The
community is currently led by Brother Alois, a German-born Catholic, who had
been appointed by Brother Roger before his death in August 16, 2005. Return to
Paray Le Monial for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Paray Le Monial Nevers Chartres Le Mont Saint Michel
After an early breakfast we will depart for Nevers by way of the picturesque
Loire Valley. After taking the veil in 1867, St. Bernadette lived for 12 years
as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. At least three times
during her short lifetime, she received the last Sacraments. In addition to
asthma, she was gradually struck by other illnesses, among them was tuberculosis
of the lung and a tubercular tumor in her right knee. St. Bernadette eventually
died at the age of 35. See St. Bernadette's incorrupt body at the convent of St.
Gildard, miraculously preserved since her death in 1879. Continue on to
Chartres, where we will visit the famous Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chartres. Not
only is it one of the greatest achievements in history of architecture, it is
almost perfectly preserved in its original design and details. Its extensive
cycle of portal sculpture remains fully intact and its glowing stained-glass
windows are original. It is also the only cathedral that conveys an almost
perfect image of how it looked when it was built. We continue on to our final
destination of Le Mont Saint Michel in time for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Le Mont Saint Michel
After an early breakfast we will spend the day touring Le Mont Saint Michel and
the different stages of its construction that have now classified it as a World
Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. It was here, Aubert, Bishop of d'Avranches,
founded a sanctuary on Mont-Tombe, after 3 successive appearances by the
Archangel Michael. Consecrated in 709, the church has attracted both the
curious, and pilgrims from all over the world ever since.
After having been made into a prison from the time of the French Revolution
up until the time of the Second Empire, the Abbey became the responsibility of
the Historical Monuments Department in 1874. Since 1969 the Abbey has been home
to a monastic community, ensuring the continuation of a spiritual presence.
Rightly called "The Wonder of the Western World", the Mont-Saint-Michel is
surrounded by a magnificent bay, which is the theatre of the greatest tidal
ranges in Europe, a wonderful view on its own. Return to the hotel for dinner
Day 10 Le Mont Saint Michel Lisieux - Paris
After an early breakfast we make our way to Lisieux where we will enjoy a tour
of the home of St. Therese whom Pope Pius X called "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. While in Lisieux we will
celebrate Mass will be celebrated. We will stop at Les Buissonets, St. Therese's
family home, there on display are relics, clothing, and personal objects
belonging to the "little flower." Before leaving, tour the ancient Cathedral of
St. Peter and the Carmelite Convent. We will continue on to Paris in time for
check in, dinner and overnight.
Day 11 - Paris
After an early breakfast we depart for our tour of Paris. We will begin with
holy Mass at the 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. Next we depart on
our sightseeing tour which includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower,
L'Arc de Triomphe, the and Champs Elysees. Enjoy other sights on this mostly
panoramic tour. We enjoy a lovely dinner before returning to our hotel for a
Day 12 Paris - USA
After breakfast, we transfer to Paris Airport for our return flight home.