It’s my most requested itinerary, and after more than a year, I’m leading another Catholic Traveler pilgrimage to France. This time we’ll visit the Shrine of Lourdes, the tombs of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint John Vianney, Saint Bernadette, Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Theresa, and even Zaccheus of Jericho. We’ll pray in the spot where Jesus revealed His Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary and the spot where Our Lady gave us the Miraculous Medal through Saint Catherine Labouré. It’s going to be an amazing pilgrimage.
October 14th – 23rd, 2016
Three nights in Lourdes, one night in Rocamadour, one night in Paray-le-Monial, and three nights in Paris.
How many people?
Small group. Only 22 people!
- Roundtrip airfare;
- accommodations for 8 nights in centrally located hotels;
- ground transportation;
- breakfast daily, plus seven additional meals;
- wine with meals;
- entry fees and guided tours;
- all tips;
- and so much more.
May I book my own flights?
Of course! The ground-only cost is $2,900. You are just responsible for getting to Lourdes to begin the trip.
May I extend my stay?
I would love for you to extend your stay and explore more of France! You can arrive early or depart late and I’ll help with as much, or as little, as you want.
Friday, October 14th
Air France 37 departs JFK at 6:25 p.m.
October 15th – 17th
Your flight arrives Paris ORY at 7:45 a.m. Air France 6118 departs ORY at 11:45 a.m. and arrives Toulouse TLS at 12:55 p.m. After a brief layover in Paris, you’ll fly south to Toulouse and drive to Lourdes. We’ll ease into France in this most holy place located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Here you’ll have a chance to bathe in the healing baths, drink from the miraculous spring, and pray the Stations of the Cross. We’ll also participate in the candlelight procession. You’ll have plenty of time free for prayer and reflection. For the next three nights we are staying just outside the Shrine at Grand Hotel Moderne.
Tuesday, October 18th
This morning we’ll return to Toulouse to visit the tomb of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Then we’ll continue to the town of Rocamadour. Here we’ll see the tomb of Zaccheus and visit the Black Madonna which has healed people and led to conversions for centuries. Dinner and overnight in Rocamadour. We are staying at Hôtel Beau Site.
Wednesday, October 19th
This morning we’ll travel to Ars to visit the tomb of Saint John Vianney. We’ll celebrate Mass before his incorruptible body and tour his home. Then we’ll head to Paray-le-Monial where we’ll visit the tomb of Saint Saint Margaret Mary and the place where Jesus reveal His Sacred Heart. Dinner and overnight Paray-le-Monial. We are staying at Hotel Basilique.
Thursday, October 20th
Today we head north to the City of Lights, Paris. First we’ll stop in Nevers to visit the incorruptible Saint Bernadette. Dinner and overnight in Paris. We are staying just a few minutes from the Eiffel Tower at Hotel Muguet.
Friday, October 21st
We’ll have a guided walking tour of Paris this morning. We’ll visit Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Saint-Sulpice. We’ll visit the tombs of Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Catherine Labouré. You’ll have the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.
Saturday, October 22nd
This morning we’ll travel to Lisieux to visit the tomb of Saint Thérèse and her newly canonized parents, Louis and Zelie Martin. We’ll have Mass here before returning to Paris. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Sunday, October 23rd
With an afternoon flight, we’ll celebrate Mass together, and you’ll have the morning free to explore Paris. Air France flight 10 departs CDG at 4:50 p.m. and arrives JFK at 7:15 p.m.
Your deposit reserves your spot.
September 1st, 2016: Final payment is due. Photocopy of your Passport is due – picture page only – can be emailed. Any special dietary or medical requests is also due at this time.
$3,900 per person
$1,000 deposit secures your spot. Tour deposit is fully refundable for 14 days from the time you make your deposit.
Final payment of $2,900 is due September 1st, 2016. Final payment is nonrefundable.
This cost is for double occupancy. Traveling alone? No problem! You’ll have a chance to ‘meet’ the other solo travelers before the trip and pick a roommate. This usually works out well. If you really prefer to have your own single room, there is a single supplement of $800.
If you think there is any chance you may need to cancel, I recommend you purchase travel insurance.
Many people go through InsureMyTrip.com. A Cancel for Any Reason plan will let you, well, cancel for ‘most’ any reason. Most plans should allow for at least a 75% refund should you need to cancel at any time before departure. Please review all your options to be sure the plan you pick is best for you.
Is this tour for you?
Please review the following before committing to this trip!
You must be able to carry your own luggage.
You are responsible for your luggage and getting it from the plane to the bus and the bus to your hotel room. We will not have porters on this trip, so keep that in mind when deciding how many pairs of shoes to bring! Here’s a post I wrote about packing.
You should be in good physical shape.
We will do a lot of walking, much of it outside. We will cover several miles on most days.
You must be flexible!
This is the Europe, things may close without notice, a protest could spring up without warning. But, it’s not all negative, great things come up unexpectedly as well. Being flexible is the key for happy travels!
Pre and post trip planning
If you are planning to arrive a few days early or stay a few days after the tour ends, I’ll help you with your itinerary.
Roundtrip air from JFK
October 14, 2016
Air France 37 departs JFK at 6:25 p.m.
October 15, 2016
Air France 37 arrives ORY at 7:45 a.m.
Air France 6119 departs ORY at 11:45 a.m., and arrives TLS at 12:55 p.m.
October 23, 2016
Air France 10 departs CDG at 4:50 p.m., and arrives JFK at 7:15 p.m.
Breakfast daily plus 7 additional meals
As always, water and unlimited wine is included with our group meals – not at breakfast!
All group ground transportation
We’ll be traveling in a private motor coach.
Full time service of a tour director
Visiting new countries can be intimidating! That’s why you will have an experienced Catholic American tour director (me!) with you at all times.
Local guides, per itinerary
We will have a local guides join us periodically throughout the pilgrimage.
No hidden costs
If we do it as a group, it’s included in the price! You are responsible only for the meals you have on your own, souvenirs you wish to buy, and anything you want to do in your free time. Tips, taxes, drinks with meals? Already included!
Once we receive your deposit, your tour price will not go up!
All tips for group meals, guides, and drivers
Would you believe that many tour companies require you to tip as you go? Not only does that add to the advertised sticker price of a tour, it’s also a huge hassle to you! No need to worry about that here. Tips are already included and we take care of that behind the scenes.
Entry fees and tours
All entry fees and tours to our included group activities.
Plan your trip with your traveling companions before you leave! We set up private Facebook groups for each tour to give you a chance to meet before you meet!
We have a lot planned, but time on your own is important. We take our time in churches to give you the opportunity for prayer and reflection. We also include free time for you to explore, shop and relax on your own.
Use the form below to sign up for this pilgrimage. If you have any questions, you can email or call 404.330.9913.
Terms and Conditions
What you are getting by signing up, how much walking you will be doing, what happens if something changes in the itinerary, making your final payment, how we can send you home if you misbehave… and more!
You’ll be able to pay by credit card or check. Payment info will be emailed to you once you sign up.