THE BEST SHRINES OF FRANCE
September 06 - 19, 2018 (14 Days)
Under the Spiritual Direction of Fr. Michael Suszynski
A 14 Day Pilgrimage of the Best Shrines of France Including Lisieux (St. Therese of the Little Flower), Mont St. Michel, Normandy Excursion, Lourdes, Carcassonne, Avignon, Ars (St. John Vianney), Lyon Excursion, Paray Le Monial (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque), Nevers (St. Bernadette), Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, Chartres Excursion, Rue De Bac (Our Lady of Miraculous Medal) and many other sites in Paris.
DAY 1: DEPART USA
We depart USA en-route to Paris, with complimentary meals and beverages served aloft.
DAY 2: PARIS/ ROUEN / LISIEUX
We arrive in Paris and are met by our tour escort, who will accompany us throughout our journey. We depart to Lisieux, stopping in the city of Rouen, the capital city of Normandy. We continue to our hotel in Lisieux. This afternoon we visit the sites of St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, including the Buissonnets (her family home) and the Basilica in Lisieux. The Carmelite nun was known as “The Little Flower” and a Doctor of the Church. We will also visit the Carmelite Convent Chapel which contains the remains of St. Therese. Next, we arrive at the Basilica of St. Therese and celebrate Mass in its Crypt, where St. Therese’s parents are entombed. (B, D)
DAY 3: LISIEUX: MONT ST. MICHEL EXCURSION
This morning we depart for a long drive to Mt. St. Michel, a major place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages. The place is so-named after the eighth century Bishop of Avranches who saw St. Michael the Archangel three times in his dreams on this site. The Benedictines constructed a magnificent abbey here in 966, where we celebrate Mass. A local Benedictine community has overseen the religious activities here since 1969. Followed by a visit at the World War II Museum. Dinner at a local restaurant in Lisieux. (B, D)
DAY 4: LISIEUX: NORMANDY EXCURSION
This morning we make our way north to the Normandy Beaches, recalling the D-Day Invasion. After a visit to the museum and the memorial, we return to Lisieux for Mass at the Basilica. The balance of the day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
DAY 5: LISIEUX / PARIS / LOURDES
This morning we will celebrate Mass and transfer to Paris to board our high-speed TGV train this afternoon to Lourdes. Upon arrival in Lourdes, transfer to our hotel. Dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
DAY 6: LOURDES: WALKING TOUR
During your time in Lourdes, you will pray and meditate in yet another site of Our Lady's apparitions. Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858, and announced herself as "The Immaculate Conception", near the Grotto of Massabielle. At the first two apparitions, little Bernadette prayed the Rosary with Our Lady and left without any exchange of words. During the following apparitions, Our Lady emphasized God's love for us, penance and the necessity of performing acts of penance for sinners. Throughout your time in Lourdes, you will have the opportunity to attend Mass at the Grotto of where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette; watch a video presentation that explains, in detail, the story of Lourdes; drink water from the miraculous spring that has healed many; and submerge yourself in the healing baths. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to experience Christ's unconditional love as you meditate upon the "life size" Stations of the Cross that overlook the Grotto of Massabielle. Also, while in Lourdes, you will walk in and meditate upon the footsteps of St. Bernadette. Your group will have the opportunity to see Boly Mill, the birthplace of St. Bernadette; and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's impoverish family lived. This afternoon at 4:30PM you are welcome to participate in the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessing of the Sick. In the evening following dinner, you will have an opportunity to attend the candle light procession again and the Rosary before a restful overnight. (B, D)
DAY 7: LOURDES / CARCASSONNE / AVIGNON
After an early Mass, we depart Lourdes this morning by motor coach and make our way across southern France, stopping in the walled city of Carcassonne. We continue our journey and arrive in Avignon for the evening. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
DAY 8: AVIGNON / ARS
After a brief sightseeing tour of Avignon, we depart to Ars, site of the Shrine of St. John Vianney of Ars, Patron Saint of Parish Priests. Pope John Paul II was a pilgrim here in 1986. We visit the basilica that houses the Saint’s incorrupt body, and then continue to the Chapel of Our Lady of Ars, one of the favorite devotions of St. John. In Ars, we will celebrate Mass and offer special prayers for the priests of our Diocese. Dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
DAY 9: ARS: LYON EXCURSION
This morning in Ars we will visit the museum in honor of St. John Vianney. We then proceed to Lyon where we celebrate Mass and visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Mt. Fourviere, overlooking the city. We have some time for shopping and leisure in Lyon, then return to the hotel in Ars for dinner and the evening. (B, D)
DAY 10: ARS / PARAY LE MONIAL / NEVERS / PARIS
We depart Ars and our first stop is the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Paray Le Monial, where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque received her visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Celebrate Mass with some free time for prayer and reflection. Following Mass visit the Chapel of the Visitation, of where Jesus exposed His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the seventeenth century. These apparitions allowed St. Margaret to rest herself upon Jesus’ Sacred Heart and to experience the unconditional love for humanity. During your visit to this Holy place, you will have the opportunity to view relics of the beloved Saint that are located beneath a wax figure of her. Following free time for lunch in Paray Le Monial , we will drive to Nevers via the picturesque Loire Valle. Nevers is the site of where St. Bernadette lived for twelve years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. The Saint suffered from a number of illnesses such as asthma, tuberculosis of the lungs, and a tubercular tumor in her right knee. For this reason, St. Bernadette received “The Last Sacraments” three times and eventually passed away in 1879, at the age of thirty-five. Visit of the Convent of Saint Gildard, Also here we remember Father Thomas Frederick Price of Wilmington, the first native-born North Carolinian to be ordained a priest. Fr. Price asked that his heart be buried at Nevers near the tomb of St. Bernadette to whom he had a great devotion. After a visit we continue to Paris for dinner and the evening. Dinner at a restaurant close to the hotel. (B, D)
DAY 11: PARIS: NOTRE DAME & SACRE COEUR
This Morning we visit two of the great churches of Paris: first, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, possibly the most famous cathedral in the world devoted to the Blessed Mother; and celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacre Coeur), offering a spectacular vista of the city. We will have a panoramic sightseeing tour via motor coach to the most recognizable symbol of the city of Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Historically, the Tower's original intent was to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution but, later assisted in meteorology, telegraphy of World War I, radio, and television. Pass by the L'Arch de Triomphe, a monument that symbolizes gratitude for those who fought for France. This monument stands at the West end of the Champ-Elysees, one of the world's most famous boulevards and another one of our stops on the sightseeing tour. We will also pass by the ever famous, Louvre Museum (*** Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysées, Arch de Triomphe, Louvre Museum– no entrances included).
* This Museum is one of the finest in the world and contains a number of pieces that truly emanate not only French art but also, European culture. Your fun-filled, busy day ends with a lovely meal and a very comfortable overnight.
*Regretfully we will not visit the Louvre Museum, due to time limitations. However, if you wish to extend your stay in Paris, this Museum is worth it, as it is one of the finest in the world and contains pieces that emanate European art and culture (B, D)
DAY 12: PARIS: CHARTRES EXCURSION
Today we make an excursion to Chartres, home to Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral, long a place of pilgrimage and housing the most remarkable collection of stained glass in the entire world, illustrating the Bible and lives of the Saints. After a visit and Mass here, we return to Paris for the evening and dinner. After dinner this evening we enjoy a motor coach tour of the "City of Lights" during the night, where we will see many of Paris' landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees and Palais Garnier; Paris' beautiful opera house at night. During our tour, we will stop at the Trocadero terrace for a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower at night. Overnight in Paris. (B, D)
DAY 13: PARIS: RUE DE BAC
After breakfast, you will visit and celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, where you will view the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure. The Saint's guardian angel led her to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her. During apparitions, Our Lady repeatedly instructed the making and purpose of the Miraculous Medal as well as, the green scapular. According to the Blessed Virgin Mary, those who wear the Miraculous Medal and scapular will receive special protection and abundant graces. Following your prayerful and reflective experience at this elegant chapel, you will walk to the nearby sights of the repose of St. Louise de Marilac and St. Vincent de Paul. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the city on your last day. This evening we will enjoy a Seine River cruise and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
DAY 14: RETURN
This morning we will celebrate the final Mass of our pilgrimage and transfer to the Paris Airport for our flight back to the USA. (B)
We bid farewell to our new friends, and to a pilgrimage which will be in our hearts and memories for a long time to come!
NOTE: While no changes are anticipated, there might be occasions when certain alterations become necessary to this itinerary due to changes in airline schedules or for other reasons. All Masses are subject to final church schedules.
COST OF LAND PACKAGE : $3,095
AIR: Please call us for assistance
SECURITY DEPOSIT: $500
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $650
REGISTRATION DEADLINE & FULL PAYMENT: August 15, 2018
Hotel accommodations in 4* and Superior first-class hotels
Dinner and Breakfast Buffet daily
Tour escort from the arrival in Paris until departure
Daily Mass at Holy Sites
Entrance/Admission fees per itinerary
English-Speaking Local guides and expert Tour Director
Luxury class air-conditioned tourist motor-coach
Transfers from and to international Airports
Free Wi-FI at the hotels
Whispers for entire tour
Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person in/out hotels
Evening Cruise at River Seine in Paris
Farewell Dinner at a nice restaurant in Paris
International flights (we will assist in the purchase of airline tickets)
Gratuities for Tour Guides, Tour Director, Bus Driver, Hotel Staff
Lunch Daily (estimate $10-15)
Travel Insurance (highly encouraged
Love offering for priest (please be generous!)
Personal needs, phone calls, etc.
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