Enjoy 11 days in France. Start in Paris with a welcome dinner and guided sightseeing featuring all major sights and visits to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Shrine—where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830—and St. Vincent de Paul Shrine. During an excursion to Lisieux, visit Les Buissonnets, family home of St. Therese, and the basilica. St. Therese was known as “The Little Flower” and for her charming autobiography, The Story of a Soul. Also visit St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Carmelite Convent where she lived as a nun. Return to Paris and the next morning board the high-speed “TGV” train to Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Visit the Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home. You may wish to bathe in the healing waters, attend the “Blessing of the Sick,” or join the evening’s rosary and candlelight procession. Admire medieval Carcassonne on your way to Avignon, where a walking tour features the Palace of the Popes where the papacy resided in the 14th century. In Paray-le-Monial to visit the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Basilica of the Sacred heart; in Nevers to visit St. Gildard where St. Bernadette spent her life as a nun; and in Chartres to visit the magnificent cathedral. Return to Paris and enjoy a farewell dinner.
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PARIS: Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame Cathedral, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, and the St. Vincent de Paul Shrine.
LISIEUX: Visit Les Buissonnets, family home of St. Therese; the basilica; St. Peter's Cathedral; and the Carmelite Convent.
PARIS-LOURDES: By high-speed TGV train.
LOURDES: Guided walking tour, visit the grotto, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette's birthplace and family home; celebrate Mass.
CARCASSONNE: Walk through the medieval town.
AVIGNON: Walk to the Palace of the Popes.
PARAY-LE-MONIAL: Visit the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
NEVERS: Visit St. Gildard.
CHARTRES: Visit the cathedral.
MEALS: Full buffet breakfast (B); 5 three-course dinners (D), including special welcome and farewell dinners in Paris.
HEADSETS: Throughout the tour.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.