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St. Bernadette in Lourdes

Trip Length

09 Days

Current Weather

Trip Type

1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

This week-long spiritual immersion in Lourdes offers visitors the chance to renew their faith with excursions to the Shrine of Lourdes, walking tours, and mass, in the beautiful scenery of southwestern France.

Join us and rekindle your faith in this unforgettable pilgrimage.

Highlights

  • Visit the Shrine of Lourdes, where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette.
  • Opportunities to participate in the International Rosary Candlelight Procession.
  • Embark on a walking tour, tracing the life of St. Bernadette.
  • Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Betharram, where many miracles attributed to the Blessed Mother took place.
  • Enjoy ample leisure time to pray in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, submerge in the “Healing Baths,” or unravel the beauty of Lourdes.

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What’s Included

  • International airfare from New York gateway
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Ground & Air Transportation
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Private motorcoach & driver
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person

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Prices & Dates

 

Prices are based on double occupancy: all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: NEW YORK, NY

Depart USA on our international overnight flight to Lourdes. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

DAY 2: LOURDES

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)

DAY 3: LOURDES

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)

DAY 4: LOURDES/BARTRES/BETHARRAM/ LOURDES

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)

DAY 5: LOURDES

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)

DAY 6: LOURDES

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)

DAY 7: NEW YORK, NY

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.
*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Essential Information & Weather

 

Weather

Though there are regional differences throughout the seasons, the weather in France mostly temperate, with temperatures remaining pleasant and mild throughout the year — a balanced mix of sunshine and rainfall.


Winters see plenty of snow, particularly in the mountainous areas where ski and winter sports thrive. On the odd occasion snow may also fall on the plains, mostly in north Loire, however this is a rare occurrence and even rarer in Paris.


Spring is typically warm and sunny as temperatures rise above 60°F in the south where you’ll see the. From about May onwards all of France begins to dress for the warmer temperatures, peaking at Summer when all of the country is bathed in sunshine. Temperatures typically range between the 70’s and 80’s.
Autumn sees the return of cooler conditions and rainfall as the country heads towards Christmas. Foliage takes shape throughout with the trees are changing colors, making for spectacular countryside drives.
For a real-time weather report: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/france

Packing List

The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten-day trip in France. Please consider the season of travel and specific destinations visited to adjust, as temperatures can fluctuate quite a bit.
• 7-9 x underwear, socks
• 2-3 x loose, lightweight trousers or skirts– one full length and one cropped pair would be ideal!
• 2-3 x shorts (in summer)
• 2 x long, loose shirts
• 4-5 x t-shirts or tops
• 2-3 evening tops

• 1-2 x sandals or flip flops for warmer-weather walking
• 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking/running shoes
• 1 x pair of more formal shoes
• 1 rain/wind-proof jacket
• 1 x umbrella and raingear
• 2-3 sweaters or other colder-weather gear
• sunglasses
• sun hat
• toiletries
• 1 x day bag
• European adapter
• Phone, camera and any other electronics needed
• passport and travel docs
• insurance

Specific packing notes for religious sites:
• Cover shoulders: avoid strapless tops, spaghetti straps tops and vests (both men and women)
• Avoid above the knee skirts and shorts (men and women)
• Avoid exposing excessive cleavage, a waist/belly or back
• Do not wear slogans or prints that may be perceived as offensive

Passports

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the Schengen area, and that you have at least two blank pages available for the entry stamp.

Visa

Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.

Currency & Exchange

The currency of France is the Euro, which breaks into 100 cents. You will be able to exchange dollars for Euros in most hotels, as well as at banks and registered money exchanges. ATMs can be found throughout the country, and most major credit/debit cards can be used to withdraw cash. Just make sure you have your pin number handy. Also, do find out what fees your bank might be charging for withdrawals and plan accordingly.

Most major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express to certain extent) are accepted, though do note that When making payments, some merchants may have a spending minimum — 10 euros for example. However, if you’re making a contactless payment, you can get away with purchases of just a couple of euros using your card.

Tipping is not obligatory, but is appreciated. Restaurants already include 15% for the servers, but feel free to add more if the service befits. At the coat check, at the bar, in the taxi, and with a tour guide – tips are more likely to be expected.

Phone & Internet Connectivity

As soon as you land at either Paris Charles-de-Gaulle or Orly airports, you’ll be greeted not only by passport control, but also by free wifi. In Paris and several other main cities, you’ll find hundreds of free wifi hotspots. Of course, you’ll also be able to log in and start surfing the web at many cafes, restaurants and hotels throughout the country. Internet connectivity on your mobile device is available throughout most of the country, but unless you have unlimited roaming, your bill may leave you a nasty surprise. If your mobile phone allows for it, and you are in need of constant connectivity, you can always purchase a local SIM card and a prepaid plan. This provides you with. Local phone number and internet access, allowing for your mobile phone to double as a modem through the mobile hotspot function. Another option that might work best is to rent out a mifi device, which create a wifi network that you and your party can use to stay connected while you’re exploring the country.

Electricity and Adapters

France the power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Dress & Modesty Norms

As expected, French dress is fashion-forward and more formal. Sorry, but Shorts and sweatpants are out. Naturally, tourists are not expected to dress this way, but arching your wardrobe closer to more fashion-forward and formal will help you blend in if that is a goal of yours.

Food & Water

Tap water in France is generally safe, held to highest European standards. Locals drink from the tap and, in fact, you’ll find public fountains available in cities such as Paris for a quick water-break. However, due to chlorine treatment, the water may not taste good for those unused to that particular flavor profile. Bottled water, of course, is widely available for purchase. If you are out for dinner, you may request a “caraffe d’eau” instead of bottled water, which can be expensive. The waiter will serve you a pitcher of tap water that is safe to drink.

As for eating in France, you can rest assured knowing that if you do get stomach issues, it’ll far more likely be due to overindulging on delectable croissants. Of course, with that said, always taking sanitary precautions and carrying basic over the counter medicine for such issues is recommended.

Timezone

France is +2 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/france

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