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Pilgrimage to Lourdes - Faith-Based Travel

Offer

Price per person
from £1,077

Price based on
London Gatwick
6th Sep 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

There's no better time to book your next adventure, with low deposits of just £49pp for European holidays.

More details
  • 6 days

  • Europe

  • Leisurely pace

  • Religious touring

On this faith-based tour, spend five nights in Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Here, in 1858, a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary 18 times. Today, pilgrims from all over the world flock to Lourdes for its spiritual powers.

On this tour to Lourdes, you’ll learn about St. Bernadette. You’ll visit her birthplace, her family home, and the Grotto where she witnessed the apparitions. A local religious expert will explain to you Bernardette’s life and visions, and explain the miracle of the healing waters. At your own pace, you can visit the Basilica, attend the Sanctuary’s official celebrations, pray, meditate the Rosary, attend Mass, visit the Grotto, follow the Way of the Cross, and visit the baths where the Holy Virgin asked Bernadette to “go drink at the spring and wash yourself there” and that are believed to have healing waters. Every evening, you can join other pilgrims in the Candlelight Marian Procession and attend the 11 pm Mass in the Grotto.

On this spiritual journey to Lourdes, you’ll also enjoy a guided visit of Chateau-Fort, a fortified castle built during Roman times and perched on a rocky outcrop with remarkable views. With its drawbridge, watchtowers, and walls, it is now a museum telling the history and culture of the area.

Accompanied by a dedicated Tour Director and other savvy, value-minded travellers desiring an inspirational journey, this pilgrimage to Lourdes is the perfect way to reaffirm your faith.

At a glance

Lourdes Introductory walking tour of the Sanctuary; time for prayer at the Shrine, the Grotto, and the Basilica; opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession, to attend the Candlelight Marian Procession, Mass and Rosary daily; guided visit of Chateau-Fort castle and Pyrenian arts and culture exhibition. A local expert will accompany you on some of the activities for a deeper understanding of the Marian message.

Mass Services: Daily Mass, Rosary and candlelight Processions to be attended with the group or at leisure

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

On this faith-based tour, spend five nights in Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Here, in 1858, a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary 18 times. Today, pilgrims from all over the world flock to Lourdes for its spiritual powers.

On this tour to Lourdes, you’ll learn about St. Bernadette. You’ll visit her birthplace, her family home, and the Grotto where she witnessed the apparitions. A local religious expert will explain to you Bernardette’s life and visions, and explain the miracle of the healing waters. At your own pace, you can visit the Basilica, attend the Sanctuary’s official celebrations, pray, meditate the Rosary, attend Mass, visit the Grotto, follow the Way of the Cross, and visit the baths where the Holy Virgin asked Bernadette to “go drink at the spring and wash yourself there” and that are believed to have healing waters. Every evening, you can join other pilgrims in the Candlelight Marian Procession and attend the 11 pm Mass in the Grotto.

On this spiritual journey to Lourdes, you’ll also enjoy a guided visit of Chateau-Fort, a fortified castle built during Roman times and perched on a rocky outcrop with remarkable views. With its drawbridge, watchtowers, and walls, it is now a museum telling the history and culture of the area.

Accompanied by a dedicated Tour Director and other savvy, value-minded travellers desiring an inspirational journey, this pilgrimage to Lourdes is the perfect way to reaffirm your faith.

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Lourdes, France

Day
1

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Check into your hotel, then meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey.

Lourdes

Day
2

Start your experience by meeting other pilgrims and your local spiritual expert by the statue of the crowned Virgin, La Vierge Couronnée, who will unveil the meaning of the message of Lourdes. Later attend the Pilgrim Mass. This afternoon, visit the GROTTO, the simple area where St. Bernadette witnessed the Holy Virgin’s apparitions in 1858. Join the Rosary (in French), take the opportunity to go to Confession, and join the evening candlelight Procession, which takes place every evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
3

Time for introspection and silence and the possibility to further explore on your own or follow the WAY OF THE CROSS on a wooded area on the hillside with other pilgrims. Attend Mass, if you wish. In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to recite the Rosary and join the afternoon Eucharistic procession (The Blessed Sacrament) in the Prairie of the Sanctuary and walk to the Basilica of St. Pius X.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
4

This morning is dedicated to visiting the complex of the Healing Pools situated next to the Miraculous Cave, where the Virgin Mary was seen and where many healings took place. Later, hear the story of St. Bernadette’s life and of her apparitions. They started on February 11th, 1858, when Bernadette Soubirous was only 14 years old. While she was in the Grotto, she experienced the apparition of a girl, dressed in white and with a blue belt around her waist, who eventually introduced herself as the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Virgin appeared to Bernadette 18 times, after which her life completely changed.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
5

In the morning, join a guided visit of CHATEAU-FORT, strategically placed at the entrance of the seven valleys of the Lavedan. The castle was originally built in Roman times but was reinforced several times over the centuries. Hear about the legend of Charlemagne and visit the exhibition about Pyrenean arts and culture. In the afternoon, spend some more time taking in the special atmosphere of Lourdes.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes - UK

Day
6

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures: 

Anniversary of the first Lourdes apparition: 9th February 2019 

Feast day of St Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes: 13th April 2019 

 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


Lourdes - Paradis or Quality Christina

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