Snuggled away at the base of the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains in France sits the town of Lourdes. Here Bernadette, poor and obscure, was visited by Our Lady eighteen times, declaring herself the Immaculate Conception. Follow the footsteps of St. Bernadette as you visit her home, her parish church and the Grotto.
Depart USA on our international overnight flight to Lourdes. Dinner and breakfast served on board.
Arrive in Europe and transfer for our flight to Toulouse or Pau where we are greeted by our tour escort and board our deluxe motor coach to Lourdes. We arrive in Lourdes, birthplace of St. Bernadette. It is here in 1858 at the Grotto of Massabielle Our Lady appeared to the 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous calling herself the “Immaculate Conception.” Check into our hotel, balance of the day at leisure. After dinner we are invited to take part in the International Rosary Candlelight Procession (lf available). Overnight in Lourdes. (B, D)
After breakfast our morning starts with a walking tour tracing the life of St. Bernadette, which includes visits to the Boly Mills where Bernadette was born; the Locale Mill, residence of her parents; the “Cachot,” formerly used as a jail, where she lived at the time of the Apparitions; the Chapel where she received her First Holy Communion; and the Parish church containing the Font, where she was baptized. The afternoon is at leisure to pray at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary with it’s breathe taking murals or take part in the Eucharistic Devotion, Blessed Sacrament Procession, praying for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the “Healing Baths” . Tonight we are invited to participate in the International Rosary Candlelight Procession (if available). Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B, D)
Our journey tracing the life of St. Bernadette continues with a visit to the small village of Bartres, where Bernadette was sent to a wet nurse until the age of 2 and at 13 returned to Bartres to work as a farm hand. We will visit the small parish church, sheepfold and her nanny’s house. We continue to the valley of Betharram, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Betharram where many miracles took place, beginning in 1503. Bernadette frequently visited this shrine and Fr. Garicois, the priest of Betharram, listened to Bernadette’s confidences and was the only man who believed Bernadette’s accounts of the apparitions in Lourdes. It is said the rosary beads Bernadette used when praying with the Blessed Mother during the first apparition were from this shrine. St. Pius X was known for his devotion to Our Lady of Betharram. Return to Lourdes with time for personal reflection. Tonight we are invited to participate in the International Rosary Candlelight Procession (if available). (B, D)
The last two days are at leisure for all pilgrims wishing to spend personal time to meditate, pray, and reflect on the spiritual beauty of Lourdes. Again in the evenings we are invited to participate in the International Rosary Candlelight Procession (if available). Dinner and overnight. (B, D)
The day is at leisure to persue personal interests and further immerse yourself in the beauty of Lourdes. Again in the evenings we are invited to participate in the International Rosary Candlelight Procession (if available). Dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Depart for Toulouse or Pau’s airport for our return flight home, arriving the same day taking with us memories and blessings to last a life time.
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St. Bernadette of Lourdes