2017: Shrines of France & Lourdes - Faith-Based Travel (5330)
12 days from Paris to Paris
PARIS Novotel Porte d'Orleans (F) or Ibis La Villette (ST)LIMOGES AREA Ibis Nord (ST) LOURDES Quality Christina (ST) or Sainte Rose (ST)AVIGNON Ibis Styles Avignon Sud (ST) NEVERS Kyriad Centre (ST)
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2017
- 12 Days
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|Day 1||Paris||Welcome to Paris! Check into your hotel, and in the late afternoon, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions. (D)|
|Day 2||Paris||Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the city's main sights: the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Champs-Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower (ticket not included). Visit the BASILICA OF SACRE COEUR on Montmartre Hill, where silent prayers of adoration for the Church, the world, and for peace have been offered without interruption since 1885. This is also where St. Therese started her pilgrimage to Rome in 1887. Complete your city tour by visiting awe-inspiring NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, where Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909. (B)|
|Day 3||Paris||Travel to Lisieux and visit the CARMELITE CONVENT, where St. Therese, the 'Little Flower,' lived as a nun. Therese has been a highly influential model of sanctity because of the simplicity and practicality of her approach to spiritual life. Next, visit ST. PETER'S CATHEDRAL, where St. Therese's family attended Mass, and also visit LES BUISSONNETS, her family home. Later, attend Mass (French only), if you like, before returning to Paris. (B)|
|Day 4||Paris||A special visit has been included to OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL SHRINE, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830. Then, visit the ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHRINE, where you can meditate and view the reliquary of the saint who has inspired thousands of charities and volunteers. (B)|
|Day 5||Limoges Area||Leave the 'City of Light' this morning and head towards Orleans. Situated on the Loire River, this was once the capital of France and renowned for its associations with Joan of Arc. See her statue with your Tour Director as you walk around this historic town in the footsteps of the 'Maid of Orleans.' Later, head for Limoges, famous for its 19th-century porcelain, medieval and Renaissance enamels, and its oak barrels used for Cognac production. (B,D)|
|Day 6||Lourdes||This morning, stop in medieval Rocamadour, known for its inspirational cliffside setting and for being one of Christianity's four holy places, along with Jerusalem, Rome, and Santiago de Compostela. On the agenda is a visit to the Rocamadour SANCTUARY, including the GRANDES ESCALIERS, 216 weathered steps leading to the top of the rocky plateau on which the CHAPELLE DE NOTRE DAME, with its venerated Black Madonna statue, is located. Even today, devout pilgrims make the climb on their knees in penance. Immediately adjacent is the ST. SAUVEUR BASILICA. Later, travel to Lourdes, one of the world's most visited places of pilgrimage, and visit the GROTTO where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858 to bring her message to the world that God loves each of us as we are. For a memorable experience, join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession. (B,D)|
|Day 7||Lourdes||Start the day in prayerful contemplation at the international [M] Mass. Then, a Local Guide will bring Bernardette's story to life during a walking tour that visits OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE and ST. BERNADETTE'S BIRTHPLACE and FAMILY HOME. You may wish to experience the powerful healing baths or attend the Blessing of the Sick. (B)|
|Day 8||Lourdes||Today is at leisure to further immerse yourself in the mystical atmosphere of Lourdes or to join an optional excursion to the nearby Pyrenees. (B,D)|
|Day 9||Avignon||On the way to Avignon, stop first at the medieval FORTIFIED CITADEL of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, continue to Avignon, and enjoy a walk to the Palace of the Popes (entrance not included), 14th-century residence of the papacy. (B,D)|
|Day 10||Nevers||Following morning [M] Mass in Avignon (French only), travel to Paray-le-Monial, home to the CHAPEL OF THE APPARITIONS, where Jesus revealed his Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Spend a few moments in prayer at the BASILICA OF THE SACRED HEART, then continue to Nevers. (B)|
|Day 11||Paris||Visit ST. GILDARD MONASTERY in Nevers, where St. Bernadette spent her life as a nun. Spend time in prayer at the chapel where her miraculously incorrupt body has its final resting place. Continue to Chartres and meet your Local Guide for a visit of the CATHEDRAL-a masterpiece of gothic architecture, one of Europe's most celebrated shrines, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its venerable history and exquisitely preserved architecture lend it an atmosphere of awe and holiness. Return to Paris for a final overnight. (B)|
|Day 12||Paris||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
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