Tour Detail

The Shrines and Saints of France

Itinerary

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Day 1 New York, USA

We depart on our international flight. Dinner and breakfast served on board. (D)

Day 2 Paris

Arrive in Paris, the "City of Lights", in the morning. We stop at the Rue du Bac Chapel for Mass en route to our hotel. Here view the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure. Our Blessed Mother appeared to this charity nun in 1830 to introduce the devotion of the Miraculous Medal. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B, D)

Day 3 Paris

Enjoy a panoramic city tour of beautiful Paris including the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore and enjoy Paris on our own. This evening take an optional cruise on the Seine (at an additional cost). Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B, D)

Day 4 St. Michel Mont

Early morning departure for Lisieux, the town associated with St. Therese of the Child Jesus. We visit the places relating to the life of St. Therese including the Basilica built in her honor. Continue to Mont St. Michel, a sanctuary built to honor St. Michael, the Archangel. Dinner and overnight in Mont St. Michel. (B, D)

Day 5 St. Michel Mont

Begin the day with a visit to the magnificent Abbey of Mont St. Michel perched on a rocky island in the gulf of St. Malo. Time is left for independent exploration of this beautiful area. Dinner and overnight in Mont St. Michel. (B, D)

Day 6 La Rochelle

Depart for Pontmain, where Our Lady appeared surrounded by 43 stars to four children on January 17, 1871 asking them to pray the Rosary. The prayers were answered, stopping the westward sweep of the German armies. In gratitude, the French built the Basilica of Our Lady of Pontmain. Continue to St. Anne d'Auray, to visit the Basilica of St. Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary. Enjoy a scenic ride along the Atlantic coast to La Rochelle for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 7 Rocamadour

We continue to the Bordeaux and Perigord regions, home of excellent wine and fine food. Then on to Rocamadour, the shrine perched between earth and sky. Dinner and overnight in Rocamadour. (B, D)

Day 8 Lourdes

The shrine of Rocamadour is no ordinary place. It dates to the 12th century. There are seven churches and a monastery clinging to the clifface above the town. Within one church sits the Black Virgin. Continue to Lourdes, one of the greatest pilgrimage shrines in the world. In 1858, at the Grotto of Massabielle, the Blessed Mother proclaimed to a young sickly child named Bernadette Soubirous,"I am the Immaculate Conception." Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B, D)

Day 9 Montpellier

Participate in a walking tour of Lourdes visiting places associated with the life of St. Bernadette. They include the Boly Mills, the Cachot, the Chapel where St. Bernadette received her First Holy Communion and the parish church containing the font, where she was baptized. Afternoon is free for private devotion or to participate in the Miraculous Baths. Late afternoon,drive to Montpelier. Dinner and overnight in Montpelier. (B, D)

Day 10 Paray Le Monial

Begin the day with a journey to Ars. Home to St. John Vianney, the patron saint of priests. We view his incorrupt body, visit his parish church and his home. Continue to Paray le Monial, home to the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. God chose St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to be the instrument to lead the world back to Christ. Dinner and overnight in Paray le Monial. (B, D)

Day 11 Paris

After Mass this morning, depart for Nevers to view the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette and visit the convent in which she spent her last years. Continue to Paris for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 12 New York, USA

Depart to the airport after breakfast for the return flight to USA. (B)

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