Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
Meals included: 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Following in the steps of Saint Bernardette, learn about the apparition of the Holy Virgin and her message that can be read as ”God is love and he loves us as we are”. Experience the inspired atmosphere of this world-famous shrine; pray, meditate and share the experience with like-minded people. This once-in-a-lifetime faith-based holiday is surely going to leave a mark on your spiritual path.
Celebrate the International Mass with other pilgrim groups
Join the Torchlight Marian Procession, carrying a candle as a reminder of the Baptism
Visit the Roman castle of Chateau fort and hear about the legend of Charlemagne
Check into your hotel, then meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey. If time permits, start your spiritual experience with a visit to the Lourdes grotto, the simple area where Saint Bernardette witnessed the Holy Virgin’s apparitions in 1858. Light a candle and collect your thoughts in prayer as Saint Bernardette did. Later this evening, a welcome dinner awaits at your hotel.
Start your day by celebrating the International Mass (taking place on Wednesdays and Sundays), along with other pilgrim groups, After Mass, join a walking tour of the town including a visit to the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine followed by a deeper insight into Saint Bernadette's life. Visit her birthplace and her family home in Cachot and hear the story 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.
Attend the Sanctuary’s official celebrations visiting the Basilica and St Bernadette's places at your own pace with several opportunities to pray and meditate. Every evening you can join the Torchlight Marian Procession where everybody is invited to carry a candle as a reminder of Baptism. Following the procession, there is the possibility of attending the 11.00pm Mass in the Grotto.
Time for introspection and silence and the possibility to further explore on your own or follow the Way of the Cross on a steep wooded area on the hillside. Alternatively, attend Mass or meditate the Rosary at the Grotto or in the Sanctuary. Alternatively, you may choose to discover beautiful mountain landscapes of the Pyrenees on an optional excursion.
In the morning join a guided visit of the chateau fort, strategically placed at the entrance of the seven valleys of the Lavedan. The castle’s origins go back to Roman times, but 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, maybe visit the baths of the same water that the Holy Virgin asked Bernardette to “go drink at the spring and wash yourself there”.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Lourdes: Hotel Paradis
Anniversary of the first Lourdes apparition: 9th Feb 2018
Feast day of St Bernadette in Lourdes: 16th April 2018
Easter Departure: 30th March 2018
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