God is Restoring All Things

A Pilgrimage to France

May 27 - June 4, 2022

About

Join Providence College and Verso Ministries on a pilgrimage of faith, beauty, and healing. From Lourdes to magnificent French cathedrals to 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.



PLEASE NOTE: Registration for the pilgrimage is not open yet. More information and registration to come. Please contact our office at hello@versoministries.com or (574) 383-9396 with questions or if you are interested in this pilgrimage.

Trip Details

Group Type & Size

Providence College Students, Faculty, and Alumni, 30-45 pilgrims

Length

9 days, 8 nights

Accommodations

Simple

Cost

As low as

$2,465

Deposit:

$100

What's Included

Dedicated pilgrimage director, supplemented by local guides
Custom booklet for each pilgrim
Catholic Chaplain
Daily Mass
Ground transportation
Private airport transfers
All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary
Simple accommodations
Breakfast and dinner daily
Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), driver(s), and meals
Audio headsets

Itinerary

May 27
Depart U.S.
  • Depart U.S. (flights not included in the package)
May 28
Paris
  • Arrive in Paris to the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
  • Transfer to hotel for check-in, including panoramic city tour of Paris
  • Visit to the Couvent Saint-Jacques and the Dominican community including Opening Mass
  • Close the evening with a charming boat cruise on the Seine River while you enjoy a Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight in Paris
  • Accommodations: Hotel Median Porte de Versailles or similar
  • Meals included: Dinner
May 29
Paris
  • Morning walking pilgrimage to Notre-Dame, Saint-Suplice, and the
  • Miraculous Medal Chapel including Mass
  • Afternoon free time for lunch and exploring the city on own
  • Group dinner at hotel before evening visit to Sacré-Cœur, including welcome by a religious sister (pending availability) and participation in overnight Eucharistic Adoration (pending availability)
  • Overnight in Paris
  • Accommodations: Hotel Median Porte de Versailles or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
May 30
Paris
  • Transfer from hotel to train station
  • Morning train ride from Paris to Lourdes
  • Upon arrival, check in to hotel, celebrate Mass, and then walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette to discover the places where she lived, including Boly Mill (birthplace of St. Bernadette) and the “Cachot” (St. Bernadette’s family home)
  • Free time to participate in the devotional practices at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (time permitting)
  • End the day with dinner and reflection, followed by praying the rosary and participating in the candlelight procession (from April to October)
  • Overnight in Lourdes
  • Accommodations: Notre-Dame de la Sarte or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
May 31
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Discover the Shrine on a walking tour, including the St. Bernadette’s and Miracles museums, and external views of Chapel of Reconciliation, the Basilica, the Grotto, and Baths
  • In the afternoon, celebrate Mass at the Grotto (pending) and free time to participate in the prayers at the Grotto, walk the way of the cross, visit the healing baths, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and much more
  • End the day with dinner and reflection, followed by praying the rosary and participating in the candlelight procession (from April to October)
  • Overnight in Lourdes
  • Accommodations: Notre-Dame de la Sarte or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
June 1
Lourdes
  • Morning meeting with Dr. Alessandro de Francisicis, MD, Head of the Medical Bureau (pending availability)
  • Hike to Bartrès, including Mass at the Church of St. John the Baptist, with lunch at parish
  • Free afternoon at Shrine to participate in devotional practices
  • Dinner and reflection, followed by praying the rosary and participating in the candlelight procession (from April to October)
  • Overnight in Lourdes
  • Accommodations: Notre-Dame de la Sarte or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
June 2
Lourdes, Toulouse
  • Morning transfer to Toulouse
  • Celebrate Mass at the Tomb of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Church of the Jacobins, including time to pray and reflect
  • Vespers with the Friars
  • Overnight in Toulouse
  • Accommodations: ibis Toulouse Gare Matabiau or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
June 3
Toulouse, Prouilhe, Fanjeaux
  • Morning visit with the Nuns at the Monastery of Notre-Dame-deProuille (pending availability)
  • Walk to Fanjeaux
  • Mass celebrated on altar used by St. Dominic at Convent St. Dominique Ste Famille (pending availability)
  • Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Toulouse
  • Accommodations: ibis Toulouse Gare Matabiau or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
June 4
Departure
  • Depart Toulouse (flights not included in the package)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

As low as

$2,465

Package Cost (without savings)

$2,665

Trip Savings

One-time savings
$200/person

Optional Add-ons

Single room supplement (limited availability)
$569/person
Travel insurance
TBD/person*
Group flight
TBD, estimated at $1,000-$1,200 per person**

“As low as” price includes one-time savings of $200 for each pilgrim.
Pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms and does not include airfare.
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.

*Travel insurance quotation provided by Providence College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management.

**Final airline taxes and fees may fluctuate until flights are ticketed (about 30 days prior to departure). 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 30 full-paying pilgrims.

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

Group Flight

  • More information about the optional Group Flight will be provided later in Fall 2021.

 

Designated arrival and departures times

  • Arrival information
    • Arrive by: May 28, 2022
    • Arrival time: TBD, dependent upon Group flight time
    • Arrival airport: Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
    • Arrival transfer: Pilgrims who arrive by the designated time will be transferred as one group from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airpor to the Paris hotel.
  • Departure information
    • Depart on: June 4, 2022
    • Departure time: TBD, dependent upon Group flight time
    • Departure airport: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS)
    • Departure transfer: Pilgrims departing on June 4 at or after the designated time will be transferred in one group to the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.

 

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?

Simple Accommodations

  • Paris: Hotel Median Porte de Versailles or similar
  • Lourdes: Notre-Dame de la Sarte or similar
  • Toulouse: ibis Toulouse Gare Matabiau or similar

 

Need to get around? Private transfers

 

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

 

Additional services

  • Half-day tour of Paris
    • Without transport – $258 per group
    • With transport – $569 per group (up to 3 pax)
  • Full-day tour of Paris
    • Without transport – $497 per group
    • With transport – $857 per group (up to 3 pax)

Please note: There is no official Extension offered for this pilgrimage.

If you would like to extend your stay or arrange a private Extension program, please contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

Deposit due upon registration – $100/person
November 8, 2021 – $400/person
December 28, 2021 – $1,500/person
Final balance due February 16, 2022 – 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 January 2021) 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.

  • 300-91 days prior to departure: $500 per person
  • 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

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 insurance. Travel insurance 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 insurance can help. Upon registration you will receive a travel insurance 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.

PEACE OF MIND

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