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.
Headsets throughout the tourInside 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 NeversGuides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Lourdes and Chartres; services of a professional Tour Director while touring
Scenic Highlights: Château Country, Dordogne, BurgundyMass: 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 FridayDeparture 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
Transportation:Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.