God is Restoring All Things

A Pilgrimage to France

June 16 - 24, 2022

About

Join Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and Verso Ministries on a pilgrimage of faith, beauty, and healing. From Lourdes to magnificent French cathedrals the faith of the saints to the world’s best food, France is a trip no Catholic would want to miss. With so much to do there, Verso has designed a pilgrimage that’s as intentional as it is infused with rich experiences.

Trip Details

Group Type & Size

Our Lady of Grace parishioners and friends, 20-45 pilgrims

Length

9 days, 8 nights

Accommodations

Standard

Cost

As low as

$3,213

Deposit:

$500

What's Included

Dedicated pilgrimage director, supplemented by local guides
Custom booklet for each pilgrim
Catholic Chaplain
Daily Mass
Transportation on private motor coach, including Lourdes-Paris train ticket
All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary
Standard accommodations
Breakfast daily at hotel, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), driver(s), and meals
Audio headsets

Itinerary

June 16
Depart U.S.
  • Depart U.S. (flights not included in the package)
June 17
Toulouse, Lourdes
  • Arrive Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and transfer to Lourdes hotel
  • Opening Mass and Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Lourdes
  • Accommodations: Mercure Lourdes Imperial Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Dinner
June 18
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Celebrate Mass at local church (pending availability)
  • Discover Shrine on walking tour, including the St. Bernadette’s and Miracles museums, and external views of Chapel of Reconciliation, the Basilica, the Grotto, and Baths
  • Spend the afternoon at the Sanctuary and take time to participate in prayers at the Grotto, walk the Way of the Cross, visit the healing baths, or receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Evening group reflection and dinner
  • Participate in the nightly Rosary and the Candlelight Procession at the Shrine
  • Overnight Lourdes
  • Accommodations: Mercure Lourdes Imperial Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
June 19
Lourdes, The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Morning Mass in local church (pending availability)
  • Explore city, including Boly Mill (birthplace of St. Bernadette) and the “Cachot” (St. Bernadette’s family home), shops
  • Free afternoon to take part in a variety of devotional practices at the Shrine
  • Evening group reflection and dinner
  • Participate in the nightly Rosary and the Candlelight Procession at the Shrine
  • Overnight Lourdes
  • Accommodations: Mercure Lourdes Imperial Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
June 20
Lourdes, Paris, Lisieux
  • Transfer to Lourdes train station and take train to Paris
  • Bus transfer from Paris to Lisieux
  • Mass at local church (pending availability) and dinner
  • Overnight in Lisieux
  • Accommodations: Grand Hôtel de l’Espérance or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
June 21
Lisieux, Chartres, Paris
  • Morning Pilgrimage through Lisieux, discover the Basilica of St. Therese, the “Buisonnets” (her childhood home), the Carmelite Convent, and the Cathedral of St. Peter
  • Transfer to Paris
  • En-route visit Chartres including Cathedral and lunch
  • Continue to Paris with panoramic city tour
  • Overnight in Paris
  • Accommodations: Mercure Paris Expo Porte de Versailles Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
June 22
Paris
  • All day visiting pilgrimage churches including Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, Sainte Chapelle, Miraculous Medal Chapel, St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart of Montmartre
  • Overnight in Paris
  • Accommodations: Mercure Paris Expo Porte de Versailles or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
June 23
Paris
  • Choose your adventure – free day
  • Closing evening Mass and Farewell dinner in a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Paris
  • Accommodations: Mercure Paris Expo Porte de Versailles Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
June 24
Departure
  • Depart Paris (flights not included in the package)
  • Meals included: Breakfast
(extension)July 24
Paris
  • Spend a free day exploring Paris on your own – you could choose to climb the Eiffel Tower, tour the Louvre Museum, or walk the Seine River, your options are endless
  • Overnight in Paris
  • Accommodations: Mercure Paris Expo Porte de Versailles Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast
(extension)July 25
Paris
  • The day and city are yours to explore at your leisure on your own – you could explore the City of Lights or head to the Palace of Versailles to explore the grand rooms and beautiful gardens, or put on your walking shoes and search for the best crepes and secret side streets
  • Overnight in Paris
  • Accommodations: Mercure Paris Expo Porte de Versailles Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast
(extension)July 26
Departure
  • Depart Paris (flights not included in the package)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Led by

Group Leader
Jake Teitgen
Noblesville, IN
Jake Teitgen is the Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Communications at Our Lady of Grace. He has been an OLG parishioner since 2008. Jake married Alicen in 2009 and they have four children - Julia, Genevieve, Tobias, and Damien. In addition to his work as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Communications, Jake is also a part of the Haiti Ministry, Jail Ministry and is a liturgical minister. Jake decided to start working at Our Lady of Grace following college graduation and spending some time as a summer servant at Bethlehem Farm. He applied to work at the parish at the encouragement of a friend and because he believed youth ministry was a long-time vocation of his. Jake’s favorite things about Our Lady of Grace are the parish’s commitment to service and the vibrant youth ministry students, volunteers, and families who have become many of my closest friends.

Pricing

As low as

$3,213

Package Cost (without savings)

$3,513

Trip Savings

Early bird (first 20 pilgrims to register)
Save $200/person
Pay balance by check
Save $100/person

Optional Add-ons

Single room supplement (limited availability)
$544/person
Travel protection
Price calculated during registration*
Optional Group flight
TBD/person**
Optional Paris extension (June 24-26)
$691/person
Extension single room supplement (limited availability)
$209/person

“As low as” price includes savings for early bird and pay balance by check.
Pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms and does not include airfare.
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.

*Travel protection price is calculated based on the age of the traveler and the total package cost.

**Final airline taxes and fees may fluctuate until flights are ticketed. Any excess fees levied by the airlines beyond the original total price at time of booking will be the responsibility of each pilgrim.

Rates assume a minimum of 20 full-paying pilgrims.

  • Airfare (available as optional add-on)
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Meals while traveling, as well as 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Drinks at meals
  • Recommended travel protection (optional add-on)
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

Designated arrival and departures times

  • Arrival information
    • Arrive by: June 17, 2022
    • Arrival time: TBD, time-dependent on Group Flight time
    • Arrival airport: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS)
    • Arrival transfer: Pilgrims will be transferred in groups according to arrival time from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport to the hotel.
  • Departure information
    • Depart on: June 24, 2022
    • Departure time: Anytime on June 24, 2022
    • Departure airport: Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG)
    • Departure transfer: Pilgrims departing on June 24 will be transferred to the airport in groups according to departure time.
  • Extension departure information
    • If you have elected to add on the Extension package, please arrange your departing flight plan according to the following information.
      • Depart on: June 26, 2022
      • Departure time: Anytime on June 26, 2022
      • Departure airport: Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG)
      • Departure transfer: Pilgrims departing on June 26 will be transferred to the airport in groups according to departure time.

 

Want to arrive or depart outside of the designated times?

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designated times, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times are not included in the package pricing.
  • Private transfer information and pricing can be found in the Additional Information section below.
  • Need to book a private transfer? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

 

Want help arranging your flights?

Standard Accommodations

  • Lourdes: Mercure Lourdes Imperial Hotel or similar
  • Lisieux: Grand Hôtel de l’Espérance or similar
  • Paris: Mercure Paris Expo Porte de Versailles Hotel or similar

 

Need to get around? Private transfers

  • Private transfer from Toulouse airport to Lourdes hotel/city center – $497 per transfer (up to 8 pax)
  • Private transfer from Pau airport to Lourdes hotel/city center – $238 per transfer (up to 8 pax)
  • Private transfer from Tarbes airport to Lourdes hotel/city center – $137 per transfer (up to 8 pax)
  • Private transfer from Paris hotel to Paris airport – $186 per transfer (up to 8 pax)
  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times at the designated airport, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times and locations are not included in the package pricing.
  • Need to book? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

 

Arriving early or staying late? Pre-stay and post-stay options

 

Additional services

  • Half-day tour of Paris (4 hours)
    • Without transportation – $258/group
    • With transportation – $569/group (up to 3 pax)
  • Full-day tour of Paris (10 hours)
    • Without transportation – $497/group
    • With transportation – $857/group (up to 3 pax)
  • Please note: Tips, meals, and entrance fees are not included in price

Paris Extension
June 24-26, 2022 (3 days / 2 nights)

Price: $691/person in double occupancy room
Rates assume a minimum of 4 full-paying pilgrims; pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms.

Single room supplement: $209/person
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.

Standard Accommodations:
Paris: Mercure Paris Expo Porte de Versailles or similar

 

Extension includes:

  • Everything as mentioned in the Core Package
  • Airport/hotel transfers (if departing during designated hours)
  • Standard accommodations
  • Breakfast daily at hotel

Extension does not include:

  • Roundtrip airfare (optional add-on)
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Meals while traveling, all lunches and dinners
  • Drinks at meals
  • Gratuities for guide(s), driver(s), and meals
  • Recommended travel protection (optional add-on)
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

 

Curious how this extension will affect your flight arrangements?

  • Please see the Flight Information section above for more information about flight arrangements.

Need to get around? Private transfers

  • Private transfer from Paris hotel to Paris airport – $186 per transfer (up to 8 pax)
  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times at the designated airport, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times and locations are not included in the package pricing.
  • Need to book? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

Staying late? Post-stay options

Deposit due upon registration – $500/person
Final balance due 120 days prior to departure – Final balance

Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.

Final package price is estimated. Prices are based on the current (as of February 2020) exchange rate of 1 Euro to $1.20 USD. Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates could affect the final pilgrimage pricing. If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted to Verso Ministries in written form and received via email or mail. Any refunds, as applicable, will be processed based on the date stamp of email or mail received. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims and fees will be charged per person per booking.

Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.

  • Within 2 weeks of deposit: Free Cancellation*
  • 91 days or more from departure: Deposit is retained
  • 90-61 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost is non-refundable
  • 60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost is non-refundable
  • 30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of trip cost is non-refundable

*Free cancellation (if deposit is made more than 180 days prior to departure)

Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, tickets, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed here. All group flight airline tickets, optional excursions, trip options, pre/post extensions, private transfers, and additional hotel nights are non-refundable 100 days or less prior to departure unless otherwise noted.

FAQ

The sooner you register for the pilgrimage, the better! Not only does registering guarantee you a spot on the pilgrimage before the departure fills up, but if you are one of the first 20 pilgrims to register you will receive the early bird discount. Also, there is no risk for 14-days after you register should you then have to cancel (must register 180 days or more prior to departure). So let’s say you register for a pilgrimage, but then realize you can no longer attend, as long as you cancel your pilgrimage within 14-days of registering and registered more than 180 days prior to the departure, then we will fully refund your deposit no questions asked. Just send us a written confirmation of your cancellation and we will take care of the rest. Plus, the sooner you register the sooner your journey begins. Register today!

There is no risk! Your deposit will be fully refunded as long as you cancel within 14-days of registering and you have registered more than 180 days or more prior to departure. With no risk, why wait? Get registered today!

Registration closes when the pilgrimage reaches the maximum number of pilgrims. If the pilgrimage is filled when you register, you will be added to our waiting list, and contacted in the event that space on the pilgrimage becomes available. Don’t miss your chance, register now and begin your journey.

We highly recommend that all pilgrims buy travel protection. Travel protection is not only for peace of mind, but helps protect you and those you are traveling with from unforeseen emergencies, which always seem to happen at the worst possible time. In the event of emergencies, both before and during your travels, as well other circumstances, like travel delay, lost baggage, missed connection(s), and much more, travel protection can help. Upon registration you will receive a travel protection quotation. If you have any questions regarding your quotation, please call the issuing company. If you need an updated or new quotation, please contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at 574-383-9396. We are happy to help!

Including optional add-ons with your pilgrimage can really add to your experience whether it is one of the optional extension or arranging an extra night stay beforehand so you are rested when the pilgrimage begins. If you would to add on any optional arrangements, as listed above, please email us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at 574-383-9396.

A pilgrimage, at its simplest, is a trip of faith. Which means a pilgrimage can be anything from a walk around your city to an encounter of Jesus in the Holy Land. For Catholics, it’s a trip of faith that people have been taking for hundreds or even thousands of years, many times in the same exact places you can visit today. It’s an opportunity to experience the spots God has made his presence known most in time and space, whether that’s where Jesus walked, where Mary appeared, or where the saints have lived and worked.

At Verso, we believe in crafting pilgrimages that offer you a view of God’s world and his work in it that you can’t get anywhere else. We believe everything from the holy sites, to the meals, to daily Mass, to your fellow pilgrims are ways God can speak to you, which means we’re intentional about it all. We also believe a pilgrimage isn’t just the days you travel, it’s how you prepare from the moment you sign up, to the days and weeks after you arrive home. Which means it’s our intention to shepherd you through the entire process — before, during, and after — so you can have the best, most transformative experience possible. We’re not just travel experts, we’re experts in Catholic pilgrimage.

We know from experience that preparing for a journey is just as important as the journey itself. Our goal is to make sure you’re physically, logistically, and spiritually ready for your pilgrimage. You’ll receive essential emails that will walk you through the process and give you ways to prepare your mind and heart for what you’ll encounter. A pre-trip webinar will make sure you are in touch with the Verso leader of the trip, can get trip-specific info, and can ask questions. We’ll send you a pilgrim kit that contains a comprehensive booklet for your trip along with some Verso swag (such as a bag, pen, and sticker) that you can bring along with you on your pilgrimage. And of course, we’re always available by phone or email if you have any questions or special needs.

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Activity Level

Easy
This trip’s activity level is easy. It’s recommended that travelers be in good health to enjoy this itinerary and be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include half or full-day itineraries with 1-3 hours of leisurely walking per day on smooth or slightly inclined terrain. The pace is more relaxed, with opportunities to rest throughout the day.

Moderate
This trip’s activity level is moderate. Travelers must be in good health and be in good physical condition to enjoy this itinerary. Travelers must be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries of 3-5 hours of walking at a normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and hills. The pace is faster and more demanding, with some breaks throughout the day.

Difficult
This trip’s activity level is difficult. Travelers must be in good health and physically fit to enjoy this itinerary. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries with up to 5-7 hours of walking at normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and steep hills. The pace is vigorous and demanding, with little down time each day.

Activity Level

Easy
This trip’s activity level is easy. It’s recommended that travelers be in good health to enjoy this itinerary and be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include half or full-day itineraries with 1-3 hours of leisurely walking per day on smooth or slightly inclined terrain. The pace is more relaxed, with opportunities to rest throughout the day.

Moderate
This trip’s activity level is moderate. Travelers must be in good health and be in good physical condition to enjoy this itinerary. Travelers must be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries of 3-5 hours of walking at a normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and hills. The pace is faster and more demanding, with some breaks throughout the day.

Difficult
This trip’s activity level is difficult. Travelers must be in good health and physically fit to enjoy this itinerary. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries with up to 5-7 hours of walking at normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and steep hills. The pace is vigorous and demanding, with little down time each day.

Activity Level

Easy
This trip’s activity level is easy. It’s recommended that travelers be in good health to enjoy this itinerary and be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include half or full-day itineraries with 1-3 hours of leisurely walking per day on smooth or slightly inclined terrain. The pace is more relaxed, with opportunities to rest throughout the day.

Moderate
This trip’s activity level is moderate. Travelers must be in good health and be in good physical condition to enjoy this itinerary. Travelers must be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries of 3-5 hours of walking at a normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and hills. The pace is faster and more demanding, with some breaks throughout the day.

Difficult
This trip’s activity level is difficult. Travelers must be in good health and physically fit to enjoy this itinerary. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries with up to 5-7 hours of walking at normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and steep hills. The pace is vigorous and demanding, with little down time each day.

Accommodation Level

Simple
For the duration of your trip, enjoy a range of lodging accommodations — from quaint guesthouses to simple-styled hotels. Discover a newfound appreciation for each of these locations which often have a unique character of their own. With your private bathroom and sleeping quarters, these locations will provide you with a clean, comfortable, and cozy place to settle into during your journey.

Standard
Venues at this level will provide you with the best accommodations at a reasonable cost. Not only will you have access to modern amenities and services, but special care is taken to ensure hotels are located in close proximity to the area’s local attractions. Expect your stay at this level to provide you with an added feeling of comfortability and convenience as you experience your pilgrimage.

Premium
Your stay at the premium level will ensure that your travel involves the opportunity to experience some of the most unique and luxurious stays that a destination has to offer. You’ll find that traveling at this level will afford you the opportunity to optimize your experience at each spot. From fine dining to scenic views, anticipate that your pilgrimage will provide you with breathtaking experiences no other location could provide.

How will I know what my stay will be like?
Each of our pilgrimage locations come with their own unique accommodations. From simple to luxurious, you can know that the care and satisfaction of each pilgrim is our greatest priority. While specific amenities will vary, we are sure that each of these handpicked locations will leave you rested, rejuvenated, and ready for each day.

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