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 the Lourdes baths, 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 in the magnificent French art and the romance of French 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.)
Welcome to France
Your pilgrimage journey begins on day one when you depart from your home airport en route to France. When you arrive at the Toulouse airport the next day, 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
Made famous following the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1858, The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is a much beloved location of pilgrims worldwide.
After attending morning Mass, enjoy a guided tour of the Shrine, along with visiting both the St. Bernadette’s Museum and the Museum of Miracles. On your way through the Shrine, catch external glimpses of the Chapel of Reconciliation, the Basilica, the Baths, and the Grotto. 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. As the day comes to a close, reflect on the day’s events over dinner before praying the Rosary and participating in the Shrine’s candlelight procession (from April-October).
The Footsteps of St. Bernadette
Celebrate Mass before walking in the footsteps of St. Bernadette—the young girl whose visions of Mary inspired the construction of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. After a morning getting acquainted with some of the places where St. Bernadette lived, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a variety of devotional practices at the Shrine. End the day with dinner and reflection, followed by praying the Rosary and participating in the candlelight procession (from April to October).
Dive Into French Culture
Following a flight from Pau to Paris, make your way to Bayeux—a city which boasts a fabulous historic center as well as its world-famous, UNESCO-listed tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Along the way, appreciate the sights and sounds of the region and stop at the beautiful Chateau du Breuil castle to savor the taste of calvados, a variety of brandy made from apples or pears. Once you arrive in Bayeux, take an evening to yourself as you explore and admire the region’s ornate first-century architecture.
A Day to Reflect
After morning Mass, visit Normandy, France. Stand on the shores of Omaha Beach and take a moment to commemorate the noble sacrifices of the many individuals who bravely served their country during World War II. As you travel to the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, you’ll have the opportunity to honor and show gratitude to those who lost their lives during World War II. Spend the night in Caen before heading to Lisieux the next morning.
From Lisieux to Paris
Travel to the Sanctuary of Lisieux where you’ll have a chance to visit the second most visited pilgrimage site in all of France—the Basilica of St. Thérèse. See the beloved saint’s childhood home, the Carmelite Convent, and the Cathedral of St. Peter. Take time to pray at her relics as you appreciate her faithful Little Way. In the afternoon, travel to Paris and enjoy a panoramic bus tour of La Ville Lumière—the City of Lights. Finish the evening floating down the Seine River while savoring French wine and other culinary delights.
The Heart of Paris
Wake up and head to the Ile de la Cité—the historic heart of Paris—for an external view of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris and tour Sainte-Chapelle where you’ll get to experience the grandeur of 13th-century stained glass. Continue the pilgrimage through Paris as you visit the tomb of St. Catherine Laboure at the Miraculous Medal Chapel and the remains of St. Vincent de Paul in the Church dedicated to his honor. Afterwards, head to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, Sacré-Cœur, and get the chance to be welcomed by one of the Benedictine sisters. Participate in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
A Final Day in France
Spend a day on your own exploring the city of Paris. Travel to Montmartre, tour the Eiffel Tower, or ascend to the top of Arc de Triomphe. Wander along the “world’s most beautiful avenue,” the Champs-Élysées, or marvel at the French art within the Musée d’Orsay. Whatever you decide, it’ll be well worth it. Finish the day off with Mass, closing reflections, and a Farewell Dinner at a local French restaurant. As you eat your final meal with fellow pilgrims, let the food and conversation warm your spirit one last time. Wake up refreshed the next morning, ready to begin your journey back towards home.
Optional Extension — Further into France
For those wanting to stick around just a little longer, step further into the world of France with this three-day extension.
Experience more French history with a trip to Versailles to see one of the most famous and majestic of all french Chateaux—the Palace of Versailles. From lavish furnishings to lush gardens, step into the overwhelming elegance of this royal residence. Then, with a trip to Champagne, you’ll get a taste of the fine wine that is exclusive to this region, along with a visit to Reims and its gorgeous cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
- Professional English-speaking local guides in Versailles, Champagne and Reims
- Private transportation
- All tickets and activities for included activities listed on itinerary
- Standard accommodations
- Breakfast daily at hotel, two lunches, and vineyard tour and wine tasting
Visit to Versailles
The Palace of Versailles has played a major role in the unfolding of history. This former French royal residence and center of French government is the location where a number of major world treaties have been signed – Peace of Paris 1783 and the Treaty of Versailles 1919, among others. Today it is a national landmark and is listed as a World Heritage Site. Spend a half day admiring the abundance of beauty as you discover the great apartments, stroll through the gardens, and make your way through the famous Hall of Mirrors. Then, return to Paris for time to explore on your own.
Champagne and Cathedrals
Journey through the French countryside on your way to the world renowned vineyards of the Champagne Region. Taste the world-famous Champagnes exclusive to this location. In the afternoon, take a trip to Reims where you’ll visit the widely-renowned Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Famous for its use in French coronations, this cathedral has been restored multiple times over the course of history and is currently the seat of the Archdiocese of Reims.
Enjoy one last Parisian breakfast before departing for the airport. As you say goodbye to this lovely country, you’ll find that reflecting on your time here will always be dotted with evidence of God’s restoration in both individuals and nations.
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