Day 1 - Depart USA
Enjoy dinner served aboard overnight flight.
Day 2 - LOURDES
Arrive in Lisbon for transfer to Toulouse by air. Upon arrival into Toulouse, transfer by motorcoach to hotel in Lourdes. There are no planned activities today. You are free to participate in the Candlelight Procession in the evening (in season). Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (D)
Day 3 - LOURDES
After breakfast, participate in the walking tour of Lourdes where we will visit the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette. These places include the Boly Mill where St. Bernadette was born, the "Cachot" formerly used as a jail where she lived at the time of the Apparitions; the Chapel where St. Bernadette received her First Holy Communion; and the Parish Church containing the Baptismal Font where she was baptized. Also, enjoy a brief orientation tour of the Basilica and orientation film on Lourdes. Once again, after dinner, please feel free to participate in the Candlelight Procession. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B,D)
Day 4 – LOURDES (OPTIONAL BARTRES)
Today is a free day in Lourdes for private devotions and Mass in the Grotto, Way of the Cross, and confession. There will be an opportunity for those who wish to take part in the Miraculous Baths.
An OPTIONAL SIDE TRIP to the neighboring town of Bartres will be made available (min of 10 participants). In Bartres, we will visit a traditional French village. This is also the town where St. Bernadette spent part of her childhood. After dinner, participate in the Candlelight Procession or simply spend private time at the "Grotto." Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B,D)
Day 5 – LOURDES / PARIS
After breakfast, depart to Paris by train. Upon arrival in Paris, group will be met by tour guide and transferred to hotel. Balance of day at leisure in the "City of Lights." Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B,D)
Day 6 - PARIS
Enjoy breakfast at hotel and then go on a half-day sightseeing tour of beautiful Paris. On your tour you will see the famous sights of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris. The group will also be visiting the Rue du Bac Chapel containing the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure and the heart of St. Vincent de Paul. Then, go around the corner to the chapel where his body rests above the main altar in a solid silver shrine covered by the goldsmith: Odiot. We will also visit Sacre Coeur. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B,D)
Day 7 – PARIS (OPTIONAL NEVERS)
After breakfast, spend day at leisure or take an OPTIONAL SIDE TRIP to Nevers (approximately $70, based on a minimum of 10 participants) to visit the convent of St. Gildard, where St. Bernadette’s incorrupt body reposes. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B,D)
Day 8 – PARIS / USA
Depart after breakfast for airport. Arrive U.S. same day. (B)
* Airfare: Roundtrip from Newark Airport.
* Transfer: transfer Lourdes to Paris by train on day 5.
* Accommodations: 6 nights accommodation in Superior Tourist Class Hotels (three star hotels)
* Meals: 6 Buffet breakfasts (B) and 6 Dinners (D).
* Sightseeing: As indicated, including all entrance fees.
* Also Included: Daily Mass, Airport-hotel group transfers, hotel tips and taxes, Luggage handling at the hotels (1 piece per person), English-speaking guide/escort throughout the itinerary, Touring by private Air-Conditioned Motorcoach.