May 18 - 27, 2024
Join Fr. Chris Stanish on a Pilgrimage to France
Embark on a Catholic pilgrimage with Fr. Chris Stanish to explore the spiritual treasures of France. Begin in Rouen and see where Joan of Arc would change the history of France. Followed by Omaha Beach, a place of reflection and remembrance. Embark on an excursion to beautiful Mont St. Michel, reachable during low tide. Continue your journey to Lisieux, where you'll discover the life of St. Thérèse at her family home. Then, on to Paris to visit the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur atop Montmartre and the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal to honor St. Catherine Laboure. Finally, experience the miraculous waters of Lourdes, where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This pilgrimage promises enlightenment, reflection, and deep connection to Catholic heritage in the heart of France.
• Round trip scheduled commercial economy air from Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) & Toulouse (TLS) to Chicago (ORD) (including fuel surcharges and government - imposed fees of $300 as of August 2023; final amount subject to change)
• Eight (8) nights accommodations at 4-star hotels
• Three (3) nights in Caen
• Three (3) nights in Paris
• Two (2) nights in Lourdes
• Continental breakfast daily
• 5 dinners, including a welcome and farewell dinner
• 2 glasses of wine included with all dinners
• Luxury motor coach for airport transfers in France and specified sightseeing
• Local tour manager while in France
• Tour manager from the USA
• Local guides according to the itinerary
• Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
• Hotel & city taxes and porterage for 1 piece of luggage
• Whisper sets
• Gratuities payable to tour manager, guides, and drivers
PILGRIMAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Airport transfers for travelers not on group flights
• Meals not specifically identified
• Beverages with meals unless specified
• Other personal expenses
• Items not specifically mentioned above
EXCITING DETAILS TO COME
• “Tour is Confirmed” Email | Sent when the minimum number of travelers has been met and no later than 90 days prior to departure
• Flight Information Email | Sent approximately 90 days prior to departure
• Hotel Information Email | Sent approximately 45 days prior to departure
• Final Travel Document Mailing | Sent approximately 10 days prior to departure
Day 1: Saturday, May 18 - Depart USA
Depart the USA for Paris, France via overnight flights.
Day 2: Sunday, May 19 - Paris | Rouen | Caen
Upon arrival at the Paris airport, you will be met by your European tour manager and driver. Travel to Rouen, a medieval gem once Normandy’s capital. See the place where a young girl by the name of Joan of Arc would change the history of France. Celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Joan of Arc, followed by leisure time for lunch on your own. Journey to Caen and conclude the day with a welcome dinner. Overnight in Caen.
Day 3: Monday, May 20 - Omaha Beach
Embark on your first full day, starting with Mass at Bayeux’s Cathedral of Notre Dame de Bayeux. Continue to Omaha Beach, used by the American troops during the D-Day landings of 1944. At Colleville-sur-Mer’s American Cemetery, reflect on sacrifices made and honor fallen soldiers. Back in Caen, enjoy an evening to experience dinner on your own. Overnight in Caen.
Day 4: Tuesday, May 21 - Mont St. Michel
Today, enjoy an excursion to see the unique beauty of Mont Saint Michel. Perched on a rock in the Gulf of Saint-Malo, it is one of the most famous abbeys in the world. Mont Saint Michel transforms into an island fortress when the tide is high, while the pathway to the mainland is only open and reachable when the tide is low. Celebrate Mass at the Abbey of Mont St. Michel, followed by an afternoon calvados tasting. Return to Caen for dinner on your own and overnight.
Day 5: Wednesday, May 22 - Lisieux | Paris
Check out of the hotel and depart Caen for Lisieux to explore St. Therese’s life with a visit to the Cathedral of St. Peter and her family home, Les Buissonets (pending hours of operation). View relics, clothing, and personal belongings of the Little Flower. Pay homage to the Virgin Mary statue who smiled at St. Therese and cured her illness. Pray with the Carmelite sisters in the Carmel Chapel, just as St. Therese did before she died in 1897, then celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Lisieux. Following your Lisieux visit, journey to Paris for a panoramic bus tour of the “City of Light,” taking in iconic sites such as Champs Elysees, the Arch de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Check into your Paris hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in Paris.
Day 6: Thursday, May 23 - Paris
This morning, celebrate Mass at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. Witness the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure, who was led by her guardian angel to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin displayed visions of the miraculous medal and green scapular. Explore the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, followed by lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit the renowned Louvre Museum. The rest of the day is free for leisure. Enjoy dinner on your own and overnight in Paris.
Day 7: Friday, May 24 - Paris
Experience a morning of exploration in the Montmartre Quarter. Visit the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, where perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has occurred since 1885. Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. End the day with a Seine River cruise and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Paris.
Day 8: Saturday, May 25 - Lourdes
Take the TGV bullet train from Paris to Lourdes, known for its connection to the life of St. Bernadette. Celebrate Mass in a Lourdes chapel, followed by a group dinner. Join the optional evening candlelight procession. Overnight in Lourdes.
Day 9: Sunday, May 26 - Lourdes
Start your day with Mass at the Grotto. Then visit Boly Mill, where St. Bernadette was born, and the “Cachot,” an abandoned prison where St. Bernadette’s family lived. Pray for the sick, drink from the miraculous spring, or experience the healing baths with pilgrims worldwide. Experience Christ’s love as you walk the life-sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. The remainder of the day is dedicated to personal devotions. Savor a celebratory farewell dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 10: Monday, May 27 - Return to USA
An early morning transfer will take you to Toulouse for return flights home.
Itinerary is tentative and subject to change
PRICES STARTING AT
$5,629 - Price per person, double occupancy
*This price reflects a $100 per person Early Booking Discount for deposits received before 10/1/2023 and an $165 per person Check Discount for those paying the remaining balance by check after the initial deposit.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT +$1,000
LAND ONLY REDUCTION - $1,100
Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) travel protection is highly recommended.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND CANCELLATION TERMS
Deposit: $500 per person due upon registration
Second Deposit: $1,250 additional due 150 days prior to departure (12/20/23)
Final Payment: Balance due on or before 90 days prior to departure (2/16/23)
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