The Best Shrines Of France
Lourdes, Toulouse, Rocamadour, Paray le Monial, Nevers, Chartres, Le Mont Saint Michel, Lisieux, Paris
With 50,000 religious buildings, including 10,000 classified Protected Historical Monuments and some World Heritage of UNESCO (Lourdes,

Carcassonne, Chartres, Mont Saint-Michel, Rocamadour, Vezelay…) France is the European country with the highest variety of spiritual sites open to the public.

Pilgrim, hiker, visitor, amateur Romanesque, France has 163 shrines, the most famous cathedral in the smallest chapel… and not less than 5 routes des

Chemins de Saint-Jacques de Compostela. Search for meaning, search of spiritual values, need to recharge or simply to discover the French heritage:

whatever your needs, spiritual tourism in France fits everyone.
Day 1 Depart Canada

Depart Canada for your overnight flight to Paris.
Day 2 Arrive Lourdes

Upon arrival in Paris you will connect with your flight to Pau airport. After customs proceed to the baggage claim area, then to the exit where you will be greeted

by a local representative. You will be escorted to the motor coach which will then take you on your scenic drive to Lourdes. Upon arrival you will check into your

hotel and relax or explore Lourdes before dinner. Following dinner you may choose to participate in the candlelight procession.

Dinner and overnight in Lourdes (D.)
Day 3 Lourdes

During the next two days in Lourdes you will have time to pray with your fellow pilgrims from around the world. During your stay in Lourdes you will have an

opportunity to: Attend Mass at the Grotto, watch a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. See Boly Mill where

St. Bernadette was born, and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's impoverished family lived. Join other pilgrims from around the world as you

pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the healing baths and the evening is free for you to join the candlelight procession.

Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B.D.)
Day 4 Lourdes

Day 5 Lourdes – Toulouse - Rocamadour

After an early breakfast we make our way to Toulouse. Once an important Roman colony, Toulouse is full of religious and historical treasures. The Basilica of St.

Sernin is one of the finest Romanesque churches in France. St. Thomas Aquinas is buried in the Eglise des Jacobins. After our tour, we will continue on to Rocamadour, situated atop a rocky plateau overlooking the Alzou Valley. Rocamadour was the home of an early Christian hermit named, Zaccheus of Jericho. He died in 70 A.D. and had conversed with Jesus himself. Zaccheus was the husband of St. Veronica, who wiped the face of Jesus as he climbed to Calvary. Once we

arrive, we will take time to visit one of its most important sites: the Shrine of Our Lady of Rocamadour. A complex of religious structures centred on a miraculous

statue of the Virgin Mary and the tomb of an ancient saint.

Dinner and overnight in Rocamadour (B.D.)
Day 6 Rocamadour – Paray-le Monial –Nevers

After an early breakfast, we begin our journey to Paray-le-Monial where we will visit the Chapel of the Visitation where Jesus exposed His Sacred Heart to St.

Margaret Mary Alacoque during a number of apparitions, Reliquary of St. Margaret containing her relics, located underneath a wax figure of the saint. Upon

completion we the continue onto Nevers, where the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Dinner and overnight in Nevers. (B.D.)
Day 7 Nevers – Chartres – Deauville

After an early breakfast we will depart for a sightseeing of Nevers.. After taking the veil in 1867, St. Bernadette lived there for 12 years as a member of the

Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. At least three times during her short lifetime, she received the last Sacraments. In addition to asthma, she was gradually

struck by other illnesses, among them was tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor in her right knee. St. Bernadette eventually died at the age of 35. See St.

Bernadette's incorrupt body at the convent of St. Gildard, miraculously preserved since her death in 1879. Upon completion of the tour of Nevers we depart to

Chartres, where we will visit the famous Cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres. Not only is it one of the greatest achievements in history of architecture, it is almost

perfectly preserved in its original design and details. Its extensive cycle of portal sculpture remains fully intact and its glowing stained-glass windows are original.

It is also the only cathedral that conveys an almost perfect image of how it looked when it was built. We continue on to our final destination of the day to Deauville.

Dinner and overnight in Deauville, near Lisieux. (B.D.)
Day 8 Deauville-Lisieux - Le Mont Saint-Michel– Deauville

After an early breakfast, depart for Lisieux and upon arrival we will go on a sightseeing tour of Lisieux, the home of St. Therese whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times." Her extraordinary love for God and service to

humanity comes alive as you visit the Basilica of Saint Therese, one of the biggest and most magnificent religious structures built in the 20th-century. During our visit we will stop at Les Buissonets, St. Therese's family home, to view there on display her relics, clothing, and personal objects belonging to the "little flower." We will also visit the ancient Cathedral of St. Peter and the Carmelite Convent. Next on the agenda for the day will be a tour of Le Mont Saint-Michel and the different stages of its construction that are now classified it as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. It was here, Aubert, Bishop of d'Avranches, founded a sanctuary on Mont-Tombe, after 3 successive appearances by the Archangel Michael. Consecrated in 709, the church has attracted both the curious, and pilgrims from all over the world ever since .After having been made into a prison from the time of the French Revolution up until the time of the Second Empire, the Abbey became the responsibility of the Historical Monuments Department in 1874. Since 1969 the Abbey has been home to a monastic community, ensuring the continuation of a spiritual presence. Rightly called "The Wonder of the Western World", the Mont Saint-Michel is surrounded by a magnificent bay, which is the theatre of the greatest tidal ranges in Europe, a wonderful view on its own. Upon completion of our tour we will return to Deauville.

Dinner and overnight in Deauville, near Lisieux. (B.D.)
Day 9 Deauville - Paris

After an early breakfast in Deauville we depart for Paris. Upon arrival we will begin our day celebrating Holy Mass at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. View the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Labouret whose guardian angel led her to the

chapel where the Blessed Virgin displayed a vision of the miraculous medal and later the green scapular. The Virgin promised bountiful graces for all who wore these. After Holy Mass we will proceed to our hotel. The rest of the day is at

leisure for you to explore Paris on your own.

Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B.D.)
Day 10 Paris

After breakfast we will depart on a half day panoramic sightseeing tour of Paris, which will include the Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, the and Champs Elysees. Enjoy other sights on this mostly panoramic tour. Upon completion

we will return to our hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B.D.)
Day 11 Paris - Canada

After breakfast and check out of the hotel, we transfer to Paris Airport for our return flight home. (B.)
  • Round-trip airfare in economy class from Toronto
  • Transportation in deluxe air-conditioned motor-coach
  • Accommodation in first class hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • English speaking escort throughout tour
  • Entrance Fee to sites visited
  • Sightseeing in cities as per itinerary with local English speaking guides
  • Porterage at Hotels
  • Tourist tax in Paray-le-Monial, Nevers and Deauville per person per night.
  • Daily Mass
  • Gratuities
  • Air Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
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