11 Days Pilgrimage to Shrines of France

France represents one of our most popular tourist destinations. An inspiring pilgrimage highlighted by a visit to the Blessed Mother’s shrine at Lourdes where the Virgin Mary appeared to a young shepherd girl… Nevers, where St. Bernadette lived after the apparitions … Lisieux, home of St. Therese, The Little Flower … the cathedral in Chartres with its impressive stained glass windows … magnificent Mont St. Michel … the lovely chateaux of the Loire Valley … the Beaches of Normandy plus unforgettable Paris and the famous Notre Dame Cathedral.

On our pilgrimage we offer a complete itinerary that includes round-trip airfare, accommodation in first-class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, all transportation, daily Mass and all under excellent organizing, leadership, and teaching from Nativity pilgrimage expert staff and Guides.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
  • Round Trip Airfare.
  • All airport taxes and Fuel SURCHARGES.
  • First-class Hotels.
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily.
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary.
  • Daily Masses. (If requested)
  • Professional local guides
  • Prices Based on Double Occupancy.
  • Tour Brochures: Special promotional brochures featuring the Pilgrimage printed for distribution by you.
  • Travel Protection Plan for Everybody on Pilgrimage is provided for FREE.
YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
    • A trip cancellation protection plan is not included and is strongly recommended.
    • Nativity Pilgrimage offers a comprehensive policy at an additional cost.
    • Passport & visa costs, if any.
    • S. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months subsequent to return date.
    • Gratuities to the tour manager, guides and driver.
    • Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, etc.)
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRIP
  • Capital: Paris
  • Language: French
  • Population: 63 million
  • Time Zone: EST plus 6 hours
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Electricity: 220V. 50Hz
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PARIS – LISIEUX – MONT-SAINT-MICHEL – POITIERS – NEVERS – PARAY-LE-MONIAL – LYON – TOULOUSE – LOURDES

ITINERARY
Day
1

DEPARTURE USA TO PARIS

Today: Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your overnight flight to Paris. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day
2

ARRIVE PARIS

Today: Upon arrival in Paris this morning we will be met at the airport by our local tour escort. We will then proceed to the Shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul where the saint’s body is on display in a precious reliquary. Then proceed to the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal at Rue de Bac where Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830.  After Mass we will then transfer to our hotel for check-in and have the remainder of the day free.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
3

PARIS

Today: We will enjoy a full-day tour of the “City of Lights”, including inside visits to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle which was built to house Our Lord’s Crown of Thorns, and Montmartre (Mount of Martyrs) with its magnificent Basilica of Sacre Coeur. On Montmartre on August 15, 1534, near the Chapel of St. Denis on Rue Antoinette, St. Ignatius of Loyola and his band of six students at the University of Paris, including St. Francis Xavier, made their first vows. We will make also outside visits to the Eiffel Tower, the Opera House, and the Arc de Triomphe.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
4

PARIS / LISIEUX / MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

Today: Following breakfast, drive through the classic Normandy countryside to Lisieux, home of St. Theresa the “Little Flower of Jesus”. Visit the home where she lived as a child and the Carmel Convent where she was a nun. After Massvisit the Basilica of St. Theresa, its Crypt, and the 13th Century Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter. Continue on to Mont-Saint-Michel, the principal shrine of the Archangel Michael.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
5

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL / POITIERS

Today: In the morning enjoy a complete visit of the Benedictine Monastery at Mont-Saint-Michel including the Church of Saint Michael. In the afternoon, drive south through the beautiful French countryside to the city of Poitiers, an important pilgrimage destination largely because of the influence of its first bishop, Saint Hillary.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
6

POITIERS / NEVERS

Today: Your morning sightseeing in Poitiers includes visits to the Saint Hillary’s Baptistry of Saint John, the church of Norte-Dame-la-Grande, and the tomb of Saint Hillary at Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand. In the afternoon drive to Nevers, where St. Bernadette spent her life as a nun following her visions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
7

NEVERS / PARAY-LE-MONIAL / LYON

Today: Following breakfast, depart for Paray-le-Monial where Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary to promote devotions through His Most Sacred Heart. Following Mass at the Visitation Chapel and a visit to the Basilica to see the tomb of Blessed Claude de la Colombiere, continue to Lyon, France’s second-largest city, dramatically sited on the banks of the Rhone and Saone rivers. This city is packed with restaurants, ranging from simple bouchons (bistros) to some of the most opulent tables in France.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
8

LYON / TOULOUSE / LOURDES

Today: This morning drive to the train station and take the train to Toulouse. After arrival in Toulouse, board our motor coach and drive to Lourdes, one of the great pilgrimage shrines in the world. It was here where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette in 1858 proclaiming herself the “Immaculate Conception”.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
9

LOURDES

Today: We will have all day to experience the special atmosphere of this beautiful town. Attend Mass at the Grotto of Massabielle, the site where the Virgin appeared 18 times. Also, visit the Basilica of Pius X (the world’s largest underground church), see the house where Bernadette lived during the Apparitions, and visit several of the sites where the miraculous cures have taken place. This evening we will participate in the Blessed Sacrament Procession and the Candlelight Procession.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
10

LOURDES / PARIS

Today: Depart Lourdes this morning by train and return to Paris.  The remainder of the day is free to discover the city of lights on your own.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
11

PARIS / USA

Today: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.