France Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | Monday, May 11: Depart for Lourdes

Depart for your overnight flight from Tulsa to Europe.
Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2 | Tuesday, May 12: Arrive Lourdes

Upon arrival in Europe you will connect with your flight to Pau Airport. Upon arrival in Pau, you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. You will be escorted to the vehicle which will then take you on your scenic drive to Lourdes. Once you arrive to check in to your hotel, you will have time to relax or explore before dinner.

Days 3-4 | Wednesday, May 13-Thursday, May 14:

Lourdes

During the next two days in Lourdes you will have time to pray with your fellow pilgrims from around the world. During your trip 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 your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the healing baths. Experience Christ’s love as you walk the life-sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedience to the request of the “Immaculate Conception.” Evenings are free for optional Blessed Sacrament Procession before dinner. Your role in the universal church will have new meaning as you join the candlelight procession and group rosary.

Day 5 | Friday, May 15: Lourdes – Paris – Lisieux (St.

Terese the Little Flower)

After an early breakfast, we make our way to Pau Airport for our short flight to Paris. Upon arrival we will visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica for Mass, time for adoration. We will then depart for our final destination of Lisieux in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 | Saturday, May 16: Lisieux – Normandy

Beaches – Paris

After breakfast, we will enjoy a tour of 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. We will also stop at Les Buissonets, St. Therese’s family home, there on display are relics, clothing, and personal objects belonging to the “little flower.” Before leaving, tour the ancient Cathedral of St. Peter and the Carmelite Convent. We continue on to the Normandy beaches, best known for the “D-Day landings”. Visit the enormously impressive American cemetery at Omaha Beach, and it is here where we will celebrate Mass. Continue on to Paris and arrive late in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 | Sunday, May 17: Paris (Half Day Tour)

After Mass, we will 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. Next we depart on our sightseeing tour which includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, L’Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees and the Louvre. Enjoy other sights on this mostly panoramic tour. This evening, dinner will be on your own, so you will have the opportunity to enjoy any Restaurant or Café that you would like to. Return to your Hotel at your own leisure, and overnight.

Day 8-9 | Monday, May 18-Tuesday, May 19:

Paris (FREE Days)

After Mass each day, the remainder of the day will be free for you to spend at your own leisure. (You will have the opportunity to return to any sights that you would like to spend more time at, example: Go up to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame etc. Or, you can make your way to the Louvre or D’Orsay Museums and take a tour. Expenses and tickets on your free day are at your own expense). Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 | Wednesday, May 20: Depart Paris – Tulsa

After breakfast, we transfer to Paris Airport for our return flight home to Tulsa. Though our pilgrimage has come to an end, memories, blessings and graces will last a lifetime.