* France – Lourdes 8d : specialized DMC in pilgrimage to Paris, Lisieux and Lourdes
8 days / 500 km
Throughout the year
Reference : 15B330
Prix : 539€
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Your Pilgrimage tour with a specialized DMC from Paris to the Pyrenean town of Lourdes, taking in Lisieux, France’s second most important site of pilgrimage after the Marian city.
Welcome on arrival then transfer to Paris. Check-in to your hotel. Overnight.
D2 Paris highlights and the Ile de la Cité (20 km)
After breakfast enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Paris taking in such iconic sights as the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Grands Boulevards, the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. Visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal where the Virgin Mary appeared to the young sister Catherine Laboure. Continue your tour of Paris in the historic centre of the Ile de la Cite where you can admire the Place Dauphine square, the Sainte Chapelle Gothic chapel, the Church of St Julien the Poor – one of Paris oldest religious buildings, and Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. In the evening take to the river Seine for a magical bateau mouche boat cruise. Overnight.
D3 Saint Therese of Lisieux (420 km)
Breakfast then head for Normandy and Lisieux for a guided tour of the Basilica dedicated to Saint Therese, consecrated in 1954. Most of the interior of the church and the crypt are decorated with mosaics evoking the spiritual message of the Saint and her confidence in the infinite Love of God. Return to Paris at the end of the afternoon for your overnight stay.
D4 Versailles – Montmartre and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (60 km)
After breakfast your audio-guided tour of the Palace of Versailles includes the famous Hall of Mirrors and opulent royal apartments which reflect the reign of the Louis XIV. Free time to visit the fabulous French Gardens and park. Return to Paris. Free time to explore the historic and colourful Montmartre district and the imposing Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Dinner and overnight.
D5 Paris – Lourdes (by train or by plane)
After breakfast transfer either to the train station or airport for your onward journey to Lourdes, Catholicism’s third most important pilgrimage site after the Vatican and Guadalupe. Transfer to your hotel in Lourdes. After you have checked-in, dinner and overnight.
D6 Holy Shrines and Sanctuaries of Lourdes
Breakfast the free time to explore the Marian city of Lourdes, the Cave of the Apparitions – site of Bernadette’s visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the various different churches. After dinner, take part in the Torchlight Marian Procession which sets off from the grotto. Overnight in Lourdes.
Breakfast then a free day to explore the Marian city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast then transfer to the train station or airport.
Local coach for transfers and excursions as per itinerary
Accommodation sharing a twin/double room in 3/4 star hotels in Paris and Lourdes
7 days half-board
Seine Bateau mouche River Cruise (1h)
Tourist Guide Services: Paris (9am – 5pm), Lisieux (1h30)
Audio-guided tour of the Palace of Versailles
Entrance fees: St Therese Basilica and family home in Lisieux, Palace of Versailles
Single room (7 nights)
Transfers between 8 pm and 8am, per journey
Journey by train or plane : Paris-Lourdes