and Sandals Tours Christian Pilgrimages to France
of france pilgrimage Lourdes Lisieux 7 nights. Code 14
1 - shrines of france pilgrimage Lourdes Lisieux. Lourdes
Upon your arrival in Lourdes transfer to your hotel. Relax
or explore before dinner, followed by a candlelight procession
before retiring. Dinner and overnight.
2 & 3 - Lourdes Mass at the Grotto, enjoy a video presentation
telling the story of Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of
St Bernadette. 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 obedience 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 procession
and group rosary. (candle light procession and group rosary
April through October only)
4 - Lourdes - Nevers After breakfast leave on the flight
to Paris or Lyon. Upon arrival, you will meet your new guide.
We will travel by motor coach to the town of Nevers by way
of the picturesque Loire Valley. After taking the veil in
1867, St Bernadette lived for 12 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 Bernadette 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.
Overnight in Nevers.
5 - Nevers - Chartres - Lisieux After breakfast we depart
for Chartres, famous for its stained-glass windows and wonderful
colors dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. We will
tour the Cathedral followed by free time for to explore and
enjoy Chartres and it's famed maze on your own. Dinner and
overnight in Lisieux.
6 - Lisieux - Rouen - Paris After breakfast we enjoy a
tour 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 comes alive as you visit the
Basilica of Saint Therese, one of the biggest and most magnificent
religious structures built in the 20th century. During our
stay in Lisiuex a mass will be celebrated. We will stop at
Les Buissonets, St. Therese's family home, there on display
are relics, clothing, and personal objects belonging to the
"little flower." Before leaving tour the ancient Cathedral
of St Peter and the Carmelite Convent. We continue on to Rouen
where on the 30th May 1431, Joan of Arc was burnt at Place
du Vieux Marche. We will visit the Joan of Arc museum and
Rouen church. We continue on to Paris for dinner and overnight.
7 - Paris Wake up in Paris and depart for mass at Shrine
of the Miraculous Medal. View the incorrupt body of St Catherine
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. Our sightseeing tour includes
some of the most beautiful and important churches in the world
such as Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur, see the sights
as the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, and drive through
the Champs Elysees. Enjoy other sights on this mostly panoramic
tour. Return to the hotel for little relaxing, dinner and
8 - Depart from Paris Transfer to the airport for your
Visit Lourdes, the birthplace of St Bernadette to whom
Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle.
While in Lourdes drink from the spring that the Virgin directed
Bernadette to locate at the base of the grotto, which has
flowed uninterrupted since 1858. Wash yourself in the baths
where miraculous cures have taken place. Contemplate Christ's
Passion as you pray the unique three-dimensional Stations
of the Cross.
the blessing of the sick, and participate in nightly candlelight
processions requested by Our Lady. Visit town of Lisieux,
the home of St Therese whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest
saint of modern times" Visit Paris and all its wonderful sights
like Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur, see the sights
as the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, and drive through
the Champs Elysees. Mass at Shrine of the Miraculous Medal.
St. Gildard's Convent enshrines the uncorrupted body of
St. Bernadette. At the conclusion of the eighteen apparitions
of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, St Bernadette lived for 12
years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity
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.
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.
Le Monial Chapel of the Visitation. This was where Jesus exposed
His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. The Reliquary
of St. Margaret contains her relics, located underneath a
wax figure of the saint.
Lisieux is home of St Therese of the Child Jesus whom
Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times." Les
Buissonets, her family home. On display are relics, clothing,
and personal objects. Paris Shrine of the Miraculous Medal
– The incorrupt body of St Catherine Labouret.
Dame Cathedral in Paris In addition to the great architecture
of the church, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame enshrines the holy
relic, the Crown of Thorns. In 1806 the Crown was deposited
in the Cathedral. 1896 a magnificent new reliquary of rock
crystal was made for it. The Crown of Thorns was gift of the
Latin Emperor of Constantinople to Louis, King of France in
1238. The Crown now consists of circlets of rushes with no
sign of thorns. The thorns were broken off and given out as
Drive to Sardis, the capital of Lydian Kingdom which houses
one of the seven churches, and see the ruins of the largest
synagogue ever excavated. Continue to Alasehir (Philadelphia)
to see the Church of St. John. Arrive in Izmir and visit to
the Church of St. Polycarp, the oldest church in ancient Smyrna,
and the Agora. Overnight in Izmir (B, D).