May 27: Our overnight flight departs for Lourdes from our local airport.
May 28: Morning arrival into Lourdes. This afternoon, we will visit the Grotto of Massabielle where the healing waters flow. Evening candlelight procession. Overnight Lourdes
May 29: This morning, Mass will be celebrated at the shrine and an excursion to Bartrès and the pilgrim’s path to Compostela, part of the Way of St. James. Afternoon at leisure in Lourdes. This evening, we attend the candlelight procession one last time in honor of the Blessed Mother… “Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!” Overnight Lourdes
May 30: Following morning Mass, we bid farewell to Our Lady, but with the consolation that she’s always with us as we continue our pilgrim way, for no pilgrim ever leaves Lourdes untouched by Mary. We’re off to Paris by flight. Upon arrival into Paris, we will travel northwest to Lisieux. We’ll visit the home and Carmelite Monastery of St. Thérèse, the “Little Flower.” Overnight Lisieux
May 31: After Mass in the Basilica at Lisieux, we’ll depart for a full day excursion to visit Omaha Beach, where allied troops landed on D-Day, along with a visit to the island town of Mont St. Michel. This evening, we will visit a French winery (TBA) for a special wine tasting and dinner. Overnight Lisieux
June 1: We will say farewell to Lisieux as we make our way back to the beautiful city of Paris. Our tour escort will give us an overview of the City of Light, where we’ll see the Champs-Élysées, the Seine River, Les Invalides, and the Eiffel Tower. Before checking into the hotel, we will visit the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal on the Rue de Bac. Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Labouré and asked her to have a medal made with the inscription,“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”. Overnight Paris
June 2: Today will be spent at our own leisure. Our tour manager will provide us with recommendations on sites to visit, as well as cafes and restaurants to dine at. Overnight Paris
June 3: Following breakfast, we will celebrate Mass in the Romanesque and Byzantine Sacré-Coeur Basilica on top of Montmartre Hill. We’ll visit the Gallery of the Kings, its many chapels, and the Rose Window. We’ll also visit the famous Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, an architectural marvel, standing on the site of an early Christian basilica which, in turn, had been built on the site of a Roman-era temple. This afternoon, there will be leisure time to visit the Latin Quarter and Luxemburg Gardens. We will all gather for a farewell dinner this evening. Overnight Paris
June 4: With a deeper love for Mary, gratitude to God and wonderful memories of our pilgrimage, we return to Paris to board our plane for our flight home.