Shrines of France | Lourdes, Rocamadour, Nevers and Chartres

  • 2 October 2023
  • 6 Nights
  • 895 Per Person
  • Dublin
  • France

The Shrines of France pilgrimage is one of our clients’ favourites, taking pilgrims to some of France’s most special sanctuaries, including Lourdes, Rocamadour, Nevers and Chartres.

We will start our pilgrimage in Lourdes where our team of representatives will welcome the group and guide us for a couple of days. A full religious programme has been organised for your time in Lourdes, giving your the to take part in the Blessing of the Sick, the Blessed Sacrament and the Torchlight Processions.

You will also enjoy fully guided tour visiting places associated with St. Bernadette, including the Boly Mills, Le Cachot, the Hospice, the Parish Church and the Cemetery and a guided walking tour of the Grotto Domain visiting the Grotto, the Baths, the Basilicas and the Stations of the Cross.

From Lourdes, we will travel to Rocamadour, a place of faith and pilgrimage for 900 years, set amid dramatic landscape and suspended dramatically over the gorge of the river Alzou.

In 1166, the miraculously preserved body of St. Amadour was discovered close to a little chapel, giving a new impetus to the pilgrimage and inspiring the daring construction of 7 churches and a monastery clinging to the cliff face just above the town.

In Rocamadour we will visit the monastic city, attend mass and visit the church of the Black Madonna and the Miraculous Bell.

The Shrines of France pilgrimage continues then with a visit to Nevers, where St Bernadette Soubirous joined the Sisters of Charity at St. Gilard in Nevers in 1866.

She remained here for 13 years until she died on 16 April 1879, at the age of 35. Her body, which had been buried in the chapel garden, was discovered intact in 1909 and in 1925 it was transferred to rest in a shrine in the Chapel of St. Gilard.

In Chartres we will visit Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral, a place of sacred art housing a vast collection of religious art works as well as the Holy Tunic of the Virgin given by Charles the Bald to the Cathedral in 876.

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Shrines of France | Lourdes, Rocamadour, Nevers and Chartres

The Shrines of France pilgrimage is one of our clients’ favourites, taking pilgrims to some of France’s most special sanctuaries, including Lourdes, Rocamadour, Nevers and Chartres.

We will start our pilgrimage in Lourdes where our team of representatives will welcome the group and guide us for a couple of days. A full religious programme has been organised for your time in Lourdes, giving your the to take part in the Blessing of the Sick, the Blessed Sacrament and the Torchlight Processions.

You will also enjoy fully guided tour visiting places associated with St. Bernadette, including the Boly Mills, Le Cachot, the Hospice, the Parish Church and the Cemetery and a guided walking tour of the Grotto Domain visiting the Grotto, the Baths, the Basilicas and the Stations of the Cross.

From Lourdes, we will travel to Rocamadour, a place of faith and pilgrimage for 900 years, set amid dramatic landscape and suspended dramatically over the gorge of the river Alzou.

In 1166, the miraculously preserved body of St. Amadour was discovered close to a little chapel, giving a new impetus to the pilgrimage and inspiring the daring construction of 7 churches and a monastery clinging to the cliff face just above the town.

In Rocamadour we will visit the monastic city, attend mass and visit the church of the Black Madonna and the Miraculous Bell.

The Shrines of France pilgrimage continues then with a visit to Nevers, where St Bernadette Soubirous joined the Sisters of Charity at St. Gilard in Nevers in 1866.

She remained here for 13 years until she died on 16 April 1879, at the age of 35. Her body, which had been buried in the chapel garden, was discovered intact in 1909 and in 1925 it was transferred to rest in a shrine in the Chapel of St. Gilard.

In Chartres we will visit Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral, a place of sacred art housing a vast collection of religious art works as well as the Holy Tunic of the Virgin given by Charles the Bald to the Cathedral in 876.

Itinerary

• Direct flight from Dublin to Lourdes
• 3 nights in Lourdes; Hotel Agena or similar
• 1 night in Rocamadour
• 1 night in Nevers
• 1 night in Chartres
• Daily breakfast and evening meal served at hotels; lunch also included in Lourdes
• Luxury air-conditioned coach for all transfers and tours
• Direct flight from Tours to Dublin

TOURS
• Full religious programme organised by Joe Walsh Tours and led by Spiritual Director
• Guided tour of the Grotto Domain in Lourdes visiting the Grotto, Baths, Basilicas and Stations of the Cross
• Guided walking tour of Lourdes visiting places associated with the life of St. Bernadette
• Visit to the monastic city in Rocamadour, Church of the Black Madonna and Miraculous Bell
• Guided visit to the Convent of St Gildard in Nevers where you will attend a Mass, have the opportunity to see the body of St Bernadette and walk in her footsteps through the gardens
• Visit to the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal at the headquarters of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, followed by the opportunity to see the body of St. Vincent de Paul at Maison-Mere
• Visit to Chartres Cathedral

DAY 1-3 LOURDES

Today you will travel from Dublin to Lourdes. Upon arrival you will be met by Fionnuala Brua, Caroline Trainor and their team of representatives and transferred by private coach to your hotel in Lourdes.

The transfer time to hotels in Lourdes is approximately 25 minutes. A brief introduction of the pilgrimage programme will be provided during the transfer. Your accommodation includes breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.

The origins of the pilgrimages to Lourdes began when Bernadette Soubirous reported the first of eighteen 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 twenty-two 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.

A full religious programme has been organised for your time in Lourdes. You will have the opportunity to take part in the Blessing of the Sick, the Blessed Sacrament and the Torchlight Processions.

You will also enjoy fully guided tour visiting places associated with St. Bernadette, including the Boly Mills, Le Cachot, the Hospice, the Parish Church and the Cemetery and a guided walking tour of the Grotto Domain visiting the Grotto, the Baths, the Basilicas and the Stations of the Cross.

Should you require any specific information regarding the programme of activities organised for your time in Lourdes, please contact the Joe Walsh Tours representative who will be available at your hotel during the day.

DAY 4 ROCAMADOUR

After breakfast we will travel to Rocamadour. Set amid a dramatic landscape and suspended majestically over the gorge of the river Alzou, this village has remained a place of faith and pilgrimage for over 900 years.

In 1166, the miraculously preserved body of St. Amadour was discovered close to a little chapel, giving a new impetus to the pilgrimage and inspiring the daring construction of 7 churches and a monastery clinging to the cliff face just above the town.

Today we will visit the monastic city, attend mass and visit the church of the Black Madonna and the Miraculous Bell.

DAY 5 NEVERS

After breakfast the group will travel to Nevers, where St Bernadette Soubirous joined the Sisters of Charity at St. Gilard in Nevers on 7 July 1866.

She remained here for 13 years until she died on 16 April 1879, at the age of 35. Her body, which had been buried in the chapel garden, was discovered intact in 1909 and in 1925 it was transferred to rest in a shrine in the Chapel of St. Gilard.

We will attend mass and visit the Convent of St. Gildard, see the body of St. Bernadette and walk in her footsteps through the convent gardens before continuing to our hotel for check in and dinner.

DAY 6 CHARTRES

After breakfast the group will travel to Chartres, a traditional place of pilgrimage for many centuries that converted to Christianity around 45 AD.

The highlight of today is our visit to Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral, a place of sacred art housing a vast collection of religious art works as well as the Holy Tunic of the Virgin given by Charles the Bald to the Cathedral in 876.

We will celebrate Mass and have free time to explore the Cathedral area before checking into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7 CHARTRES AND TOURS
We depart after breakfast for Tours Loire Valley Airport for our direct return flight to Dublin.

• Prices per person sharing twin/double rooms with private facilities
• Airport taxes and charges applicable at the time of booking are included in the price
• Luggage allowance included per person and subject to airline’s conditions
• Payment terms: deposit €300 per person plus insurance premium; balances 12 weeks before departure
• Lourdes city tax currently €1.50 (3-star) and €2.10 (4-star) is extra payable locally directly to hotels
• Passengers must comply with health and safety protocols in place at the time of travel
• Bookings are subject to the terms and conditions

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