Lourdes from the UK
Lourdes is a place of universal meeting and sharing, prayer and celebration of life
Download Brochure: Pilgrimage Tours from UK
The origins of the pilgrimages to Lourdes began when Bernadette Soubirous reported the first of 18 visions of Our Lady on 11 February 1858. Since then, Lourdes went from being a small village in the Pyrenees to becoming the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in Europe. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, where the sacred grotto and the two Basilicas are located, embraces 22 places of worship and numerous facilities for the pilgrims and the sick, as well as the spring that began to flow from the spot dug by Bernadette on Our Lady’s instructions.
Joe Walsh Tours have been organising pilgrimages to Lourdes since 1961, with early pilgrims travelling by bus and boat before flights were introduced shortly afterwards. We currently offer departures from various airports in the UK, including Liverpool
, East Midlands
, Leeds Bradford
. Pilgrims can choose from 4 to 7-night pilgrimage packages
, all of which are led by a Spiritual Director and coordinated locally by our highly experienced team of representatives.
A typical Lourdes pilgrimage package includes:
» Direct flight from UK to Tarbes-Lourdes Airport and return
» Return airport transfers in Lourdes with guide assistance
» Hotel accommodation for the selected number of nights
» Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
» Full programme of religious ceremonies and special masses
» Guided tours and social evenings
» Full assistance of Joe Walsh Tours guides and representatives
In addition to our extensive selection of charter flights, we also offer group pilgrimage packages based on scheduled services from various airports in the UK to Lourdes, Toulouse, Biarritz and Carcassonne.
If you prefer to travel by coach, we offer a selection of overland options in conjunction with the Diocese of Notthingham and the Welsh National Lourdes Pilgrimage.
For additional information, please call one of our Lourdes Pilgrimage Specialists:
» Liverpool 0151 909 2871
» Manchester 0161 820 8790
» London 0203 468 0617
» Cardiff 0292 000 3865
» Glasgow 0141 530 5060
» or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Walsh Tours Team
While on pilgrimage, you will be looked after by our highly professional team of representatives who will always be at hand to provide local support and ensure that your pilgrimage runs smoothly from start to finish. Our Lourdes team is led by our senior representative, Fionnuala Brua, who has lived in Lourdes and worked with pilgrim groups for multiple years. Our Lourdes office is managed by Caroline Trainor who assists Fionnuala in all aspects of the operation. Fionnuala, Caroline and the whole team have an immense knowledge of the religious sites and their environs and will make sure that you have a truly enjoyable pilgrimage.
Our full pilgrimage insurance booklets are available to download below.
Download Travel Insurance Booklet for Pilgrimage Tours from Ireland (12 pages)
Download Travel Insurance Booklet for Pilgrimage Tours from the UK (12 pages)