13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

SHRINES OF FRANCE TOUR

La Salette - Loire Valle - Lourdes - Lyon - Nevers - Paris
Starting from $2,800.00

SHRINES OF FRANCE TOUR

INCLUDES
  • Roundtrip transfers within France by private A/C Motor Coach including handling & Porterage.
  • Domestic flights within France: Lyon / Toulouse - Lourdes / Paris
  • Aug 01-05 Paris: Hotel Ibis La Villette Cité des Sciences***
  • Aug 05-06 Nevers: Hotel Mercure Pont de Loire****
  • Aug 06-07 Lyon: Hotel Ibis La Part Dieu Les Halles***
  • Aug 07-08 La Salette: Pilgrim Guest House
  • Aug 08-11 Lourdes: Hotel Chapelle et Parc****,
  • Meal plan: 11x breakfast buffet, 3x dinner in hotel, 1x Seine dinner cruise, 1x dinner at restau-rant 58 at Eiffel Tower
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and excursions including English-speaking tour guide throughout)
  • All entrance fees according to itinerary
  • Porter fees hotels in/out (1 piece per person)
  • Head-set system for better guiding experience.
EXCLUDES
  • Travel insurance
  • Donations to lectures etc.
  • All extra and personal expenses
  • Tips for drivers (Euro 3 per day and person), hotel staff (Euro 2 per day and person), step-on guides (Euro 20-30 per group) and guide (Euro 3 per person per day)
  • International Airfare (Please contact us for details)
ITINERARY
Day 1 - JULY 31- DEPARTURE FROM USA

Departure from USA. If you are booking your own air, please check with us first to make sure you book the correct arrival & departure time in order to provide you with the correct transfers upon arrival & Departure.


Day 2 - 1ST AUGUST ARRIVAL

Upon our arrival in France this morning at Paris Airport we will be met by our guide and driver. We celebrate the Holy Mass at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. View the incorrupt body of St Cathe-rine 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. After lunch on our own we transfer to the hotel and check in. Remainder of the day is for free. In the evening we enjoy our welcome dinner cruise on the Seine River. B, D


Day 3 - 2ND AUGUST PARIS

This morning our sightseeing tour of Paris include some of the most beautiful and important churches in the world such as Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur, We view the major sights as L'Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides and drive through the Champs Elysees. Enjoy other sights on this mostly panoramic tour. B


Day 4 - 3RD AUGUST PARIS - VERSAILLES

Today we tour the Louvre Museum and view the most famous painting in the world - Mona Lisa. Afterwards, we will have an excursion to nearby Chateau de Versailles: one of the most impressive European buildings of historical importance. Visit on a guided tour the rooms of King Louis XIV. The palace was the center of the political power in France from 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the beginning of the French Revolution in October 1789. We return to Paris. B


Day 5 - 4TH AUGUST LISIEUX (400KMS)

After breakfast we travel northwest by motor coach to the town of Lisieux, 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 come alive as you visit the Cathedral of St Peter, the Basilica Ste. Thérèse and Les Buissonets, her family home. On display are relics, clothing, and personal objects belonging to the "little flower." View the statue depicting the Virgin Mary who smiled at St Therese during an ecsta-cy before curing her illness. Combine your prayers in the Carmel Chapel with those of the Carmelite sisters, just as St Therese did before her death in 1897. Return to Paris. B


Day 6 - 5TH AUGUST NEVERS (240KMS)

Leave by motor coach for Nevers by way of the picturesque Loire Valley. After taking the veil in 1867, St Bernadette lived for 22 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. At least three times during her short life-time, she received the last Sacraments. She was gradually struck by other illnesses as well as asthma: among them, tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor on her right knee. St Bernadete 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. Dinner and overnight in Ne-vers. B, D


Day 7 - 6TH AUGUST PARAY LE MONIAL - ARS - LYON (280KMS)

We start our day, head to Paray le Monial and visit the hometown of the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 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 un-derneath a wax figure of the saint. Next we head to the pretty little town of Ars where St Jean-Marie Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, spent a great part of his holy life giving powerful sermons and spending up to 20 hours a day in the confessional, sleeping only two hours a night. People con-tinuously flowed into Ars from every part of France seeking his spiritual guidance and healing. The charity and love for people of this simple curate of Ars became famous all over the Christian world. He died in 1895 and his incorrupt body lies in repose, along with many relics from this saint who was can-onized in 1925. We continue to Lyon, where wl will overnight and have dinner. B, D


Day 8 - 7TH AUGUST LA SALETTE (265KMS)

Transfer to La Salette located in a high alpine pasture in the French Alps. La Salette is the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1846 to two shepherds, Melanie Matthew and Maximin Gird. Our Lady appeared to these shepherds crying, lamenting over the lack of observance of Sundays and the pro-faning of her Son's holy name. A spring forever marks the spot where the Virgin appeared and where millions of pilgrims come to in order to drink the fresh spring water and to pray. The stunning mountain scenery and lush mountain trails make La Salette one of the most spectacular pilgrimage sites in France, with a beautiful Basilica built to honor the Virgin Mary. We will celebrate Mass at the Basilica. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. B, D


Day 9 - 8TH AUGUST LYON - LOURDES (350KMS)

After Mass at Notre Dame De La Salette, we depart for Lyon airport where we will board our 1 hour flight to Pau or Toulouse Airport. Upon your arrival in Pau or Toulouse transfer to Lourdes to your hotel. Relax or explore before dinner, followed by a candlelight procession before retiring. Dinner and overnight. B, D


Day 10 - 9TH AUGUST LOURDES

We will celebrate Mass at the Grotto, enjoy a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of St Bernadette. Dinner and overnight. B, D


Day 11 - 10TH AUGUST LOURDES

See Boly Mill where St Bernadette was born and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's impoverished family. 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. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedi-ence to the request of the "Immaculate Conception." Evenings are for Blessed Sacrament Procession before dinner. Your role in the universal church will have new meaning as you join the candlelight pro-cession and group rosary. Dinner and overnight. B, D


Day 12 - 11TH AUGUST PARIS

Today we will fly back to Paris. In the late afternoon we tour the Eiffel Tower, the most famous land-mark of Paris. We climb the steps up to the roof or take the elevator to see the fantastic panorama of the city. Afterwards we celebrate our farewell dinner over the rooftops of this magnificent metropolis. B, D


Day 13 - 12TH AUGUST DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport Charles de Gaulle and flight back to the USA.


Notes
  • $500 non refundable deposit due at the time of booking (Spaces are limited for this tour)
  • Final Payment due 90 Days prior to departure.

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