God is Restoring All Things
Pilgrimage to France
A pilgrimage to France drops you into a world of unsurpassed beauty, exquisite tastes, and a deep reminder of the great faith of the saints.
Whether it’s the moment you visit Lourdes, the grandeur of French cathedrals, or a conversation over a bottle of Bordeaux, you’ll come to believe God has always been present, and is truly restoring all things.
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the French Saints
From Our Lady of Lourdes, to St. Vincent de Paul, to St. Therese, you will hear and experience their stories in new, tangible ways you never thought possible. Go to the places that defined history, and feel the presence and life of the saints reaching out through the ages.
It almost goes without saying that visiting France would be worth visiting if only for the exquisite cuisine. Add to that magnificent French art, and the romance of French cities and architecture and a visit becomes irresistible.
God continues to rebuild, restore, and renew his people. In the midst of some of the most humbling places and stories you’ll experience, from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to Omaha Beach, you’ll come to know a God that is faithful.
(Itinerary shown does not include flights to/from pilgrimage.)
Arrive in France
From the Toulouse airport, make the scenic drive to Lourdes and check into your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow pilgrims at an Opening Mass and enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
Immerse Yourself at Lourdes
What was once a nondescript, naturally-formed grotto far outside of town, has become a final destination for millions of pilgrims – sick and healthy alike. It was famous after the visits of the Virgin Mary in 1858 to a 14-year-old peasant girl now known as St. Bernadette Soubirous.
When you visit, immerse yourself in the sacred spaces and healing waters found there. During your day, participate in the prayers at the Grotto of the Apparitions, visit the healing baths, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and participate in the candlelight procession (from April to October).
A Taste of Paris
In the morning, travel to the Pau airport and fly to Paris. In the afternoon, visit the Ile de la Cité in the historic heart of Paris for an outside view of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris and a tour of the breathtaking Sainte Chapelle. Close the evening with a charming ride on the Seine River aboard the famous “Bateaux Mouches” while you enjoy a taste of French wine and culinary traditions.
Journey with the French Saints
Discover the rich history of the French church as you enjoy a day of pilgrimage through the streets of Paris. First, head to the Miraculous Medal Chapel, the final resting place of St. Catherine Labouré and the site where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine. From there, visit the tomb of St. Vincent de Paul at the church of his namesake before enjoying lunch at a typical French Brasserie. In the afternoon, head to the highest point in Paris and discover the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre. A sign of penitence, hope, and faith, it has performed perpetual adoration for over 125 years. Join in prayer with the millions of pilgrims who have visited before you and enjoy a welcome and talk from one of the Benedictine sisters (pending availability).
First head to Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church which contains the Shrine of St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. Then, explore the hallowed grounds of the Louvre, the world’s largest and most respected art museum, as you contemplate the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and many more. Before heading to Caen for the evening, capture a photo with the Eiffel Tower to cap off your visit to Paris.
Up to Mont-Saint-Michel
The iconic Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, perched atop a tidal island off the coast of Normandy is today’s first stop. Climb the winding pathway (350 steps!) and meander through one of France’s true gems. At the Abbey, enjoy a welcome from one of the monks of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem (pending availability). In the afternoon, transfer to Omaha Beach, the most famous of the Normandy Landing Beaches, and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer to remember, commemorate, and give thanks to the many soldiers involved in D-Day and World War II.
Discover the Little Way
More awe-inspiring sites await today’s journey. First, head to the Sanctuary of Lisieux to discover the “Little Way” of St. Therese as you visit her childhood home, the Carmelite Convent, and the Cathedral of St. Peter. Then, travel to Chartres to pray in the Chartres Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic art and home to the famous Chartres prayer labyrinth.
The Royal Treatment
On this final full day head to Versailles to tour the most famous and majestic of all French chateaux, discovering the great apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and exquisite gardens. Then, drive to Paris to celebrate one final time with your fellow pilgrims as the Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
Once you register, we’ll help you prepare for the journey, logistically and spiritually. In the meantime: