Catholic Shrines Tour - Cosmos® Religious Travel

Shrines of France & Lourdes – Faith-Based Travel (5330)

12 Day Tour from Paris to Paris

2017 Tour Details

On this faith-based tour through France, you'll visit some of France's most important shrines, cathedrals, holy places, and historic sites. You'll overnight in Paris, the Limoges area, Lourdes, Avignon, and Nevers with time also in Lisieux, Orléans, Rocamadour, Carcassonne, Paray-le-Monial, and Chartres.

One of the many highlights of this France tour is time spent in medieval Rocamadour, one of Christianity's four holy places. Here, you'll see the Black Madonna, which has inspired pilgrims since the Middle Ages, and the Grandes Escaliers, 216 weathered steps that devout pilgrims climb on their knees in penance. Other highlights include your three overnights in Lourdes, one of the world's most visited pilgrimage places. Here, you'll visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette's birthplace. You'll also attend the international Mass and join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession—a memorable experience indeed.

No France tour would be complete without time spent in Paris. You'll have five nights in Paris, where you’ll visit the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, consecrated in 1919 and today one of Paris' most iconic monuments, and Notre Dame Cathedral. From Paris, you'll take an excursion to Lisieux, where you'll visit the Carmelite Convent, where St. Therese lived as a nun. You'll visit her family home and St. Peter's Cathedral, where her family attended Mass.

Other tour highlights include time spent in Paray-le-Monial, where Jesus revealed his Sacred Heart; Chartres, where you'll visit one of Europe's most celebrated shrines; and Carcassonne, where you'll visit the medieval fortified citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All of this and much more are included on this faith-based, value-minded France tour. Accompanied by fellow believers and a Tour Director dedicated to bringing you these inspirational places, you're sure to enjoy this spiritual vacation.
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 Tour Highlights

Headsets throughout the tour

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Lisieux, Orléans, Limoges, Rocamadour shrine, Carcassonne fortified citadel, Avignon, Paray-le-Monial, St. Gildard’s Monastery in Nevers

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Lourdes and Chartres; services of a professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Château Country, Dordogne, Burgundy

Mass:
Lourdes, Avignon

NOTES:
Departure April 10 – Good Friday in Limoges (April 14), Easter and Feast Day of St. Bernadette in Lourdes (April 16)
Departure April 10 – starts on Monday in Paris instead of Friday
Departure September 29 – St. Therese of Lisieux Feast Day in Lisieux (October 01)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Chartres Cathedral
  • Historic fortified City of Carcassonne
  • Historic centre of Avignon
  • Historic fortified city of Carcassonne

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! Check into your hotel, and in the late afternoon, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions.

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Day 2 Paris

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the city’s main sights: the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, and the Eiffel Tower (ticket not included). Visit the BASILICA OF SACRE COEUR on Montmartre Hill, where silent prayers of adoration for the Church, the world, and for peace have been offered without interruption since 1885. This is also where St. Therese started her pilgrimage to Rome in 1887. Complete your city tour by visiting awe-inspiring NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, where Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Paris. Lisieux Excursion

Travel to Lisieux and visit the CARMELITE CONVENT, where St. Therese, the “Little Flower,” lived as a nun. Therese has been a highly influential model of sanctity because of the simplicity and practicality of her approach to spiritual life. Next, visit ST. PETER’S CATHEDRAL, where St. Therese’s family attended Mass, and also visit LES BUISSONNETS, her family home. Later, attend Mass (French only), if you like, before returning to Paris.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Paris

A special visit has been included to OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL SHRINE, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830. Then, visit the ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHRINE, where you can meditate and view the reliquary of the saint who has inspired thousands of charities and volunteers.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Paris–Orleans–Limoges Area

Leave the “City of Light” this morning and head towards Orléans. Situated on the Loire River, this was once the capital of France and renowned for its associations with Joan of Arc. See her statue with your Tour Director as you walk around this historic town in the footsteps of the “Maid of Orleans.” Later, head for Limoges, famous for its 19th-century porcelain, medieval and Renaissance enamels, and its oak barrels used for Cognac production.

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Day 6 Limoges Area–Rocamadour–Lourdes

This morning, stop in medieval Rocamadour, known for its inspirational cliffside setting and for being one of Christianity’s four holy places, along with Jerusalem, Rome, and Santiago de Compostela. On the agenda is a visit to the Rocamadour SANCTUARY, including the GRANDES ESCALIERS, 216 weathered steps leading to the top of the rocky plateau on which the CHAPELLE DE NOTRE DAME, with its venerated Black Madonna statue, is located. Even today, devout pilgrims make the climb on their knees in penance. Immediately adjacent is the ST. SAUVEUR BASILICA. Later, travel to Lourdes, one of the world’s most visited places of pilgrimage, and visit the GROTTO where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858 to bring her message to the world that God loves each of us as we are. For a memorable experience, join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession.

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Day 7 Lourdes

Start the day in prayerful contemplation at the international MassMass Mass. Then, a Local Guide will bring Bernardette’s story to life during a walking tour that visits OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE and ST. BERNADETTE’S BIRTHPLACE and FAMILY HOME. You may wish to experience the powerful healing baths or attend the Blessing of the Sick.

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Day 8 Lourdes

Today is at leisure to further immerse yourself in the mystical atmosphere of Lourdes or to join an optional excursion to the nearby Pyrenees.

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Day 9 Lourdes–Carcassonne–Avignon

On the way to Avignon, stop first at the medieval FORTIFIED CITADEL of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, continue to Avignon, and enjoy a walk to the Palace of the Popes (entrance not included), 14th-century residence of the papacy.

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Day 10 Avignon–Paray-Le-Monial–Nevers

Following morning MassMass Mass in Avignon (French only), travel to Paray-le-Monial, home to the CHAPEL OF THE APPARITIONS, where Jesus revealed his Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Spend a few moments in prayer at the BASILICA OF THE SACRED HEART, then continue to Nevers.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Nevers–Chartres–Paris

Visit ST. GILDARD MONASTERY in Nevers, where St. Bernadette spent her life as a nun. Spend time in prayer at the chapel where her miraculously incorrupt body has its final resting place. Continue to Chartres and meet your Local Guide for a visit of the CATHEDRAL—a masterpiece of gothic architecture, one of Europe’s most celebrated shrines, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its venerable history and exquisitely preserved architecture lend it an atmosphere of awe and holiness. Return to Paris for a final overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

CLARA CRAWFORD

Years of Experience: 5

It would delight me to show you France - the most visited country in the world. This is a place of enormous variety in its history, natural beauty, and the magic of Paris! Add to this the fantastic food, wonderful wines, and musical language and you'll truly fall in love with the country and its people!

Tour Director - CLARA CRAWFORD

 Accommodations

PARIS Ibis La Villette (ST)
PARIS Novotel Porte D'orleans (ST)
LIMOGES Ibis Nord Limoges (ST)
LOURDES Christina (MF)
LOURDES Sainte-Rose (ST)
AVIGNON Ibis Styles Avignon Sud (ST)
NEVERS Kyriad Centre (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Paris
Lourdes

Paris

Mona Lisa's Smile and the Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa's Smile and the Louvre Museum

Once a royal palace and now a museum housing one of the most famous art collections in the world, the Louvre is yours on a guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Montparnasse Tower and Cruise

Montparnasse Tower and Cruise

Your guided one-hour "La Promenade" Seine cruise starts from the Port de la Bourdonnais. Before or after the cruise, you will ascend the Montparnasse Tower by taking the fastest lift in Europe to enjoy a 360° panoramic view of the city.

Price Range: $

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Enjoy a memorable four-course dinner plus a breathtaking orientation drive of the city.

Price Range: $$

Lourdes

Gavarnie and the Pyrenees

Gavarnie and the Pyrenees

Enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage Site set in the natural landscape of the Pyrenees.

Price Range: $

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