Pilgrimage to Lourdes - Faith-Based Travel


  • Europe

  • Leisurely pace

Tour : 5350

Overview

On this faith-based tour, spend five nights in Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Here, in 1858, a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary 18 times. Today, pilgrims from all over the world flock to Lourdes for its spiritual powers.

On this tour to Lourdes, you’ll learn about St. Bernadette. You’ll visit her birthplace, her family home, and the Grotto where she witnessed the apparitions. A local religious expert will explain to you Bernardette’s life and visions, and explain the miracle of the healing waters. At your own pace, you can visit the Basilica, attend the Sanctuary’s official celebrations, pray, meditate the Rosary, attend Mass, visit the Grotto, follow the Way of the Cross, and visit the baths where the Holy Virgin asked Bernadette to “go drink at the spring and wash yourself there” and that are believed to have healing waters. Every evening, you can join other pilgrims in the Candlelight Marian Procession and attend the 11 pm Mass in the Grotto.

On this spiritual journey to Lourdes, you’ll also enjoy a guided visit of Chateau-Fort, a fortified castle built during Roman times and perched on a rocky outcrop with remarkable views. With its drawbridge, watchtowers, and walls, it is now a museum telling the history and culture of the area.

Accompanied by a dedicated Tour Director and other savvy, value-minded travellers desiring an inspirational journey, this pilgrimage to Lourdes is the perfect way to reaffirm your faith.

*Please note that 2020 departures might be subject to itinerary and price changes, but by booking now, you will lock in your price. Should your booking be affected by an itinerary change, we’ll offer you the chance to change or cancel your booking with no penalty. Full itinerary details will be available in September 2019.

Highlights

Lourdes Introductory walking tour of the Sanctuary; time for prayer at the Shrine, the Grotto, and the Basilica; opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession, to attend the Candlelight Marian Procession, Mass and Rosary daily; guided visit of Chateau-Fort castle and Pyrenian arts and culture exhibition. A local expert will accompany you on some of the activities for a deeper understanding of the Marian message.

Mass Services: Daily Mass, Rosary and candlelight Processions to be attended with the group or at leisure

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

No meals included

Things to note

Special Departures: 

Anniversary of the first Lourdes apparition: 9th February 2019 

Feast day of St Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes: 13th April 2019 

 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Lourdes, France

Day
1

Check into your hotel, then meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey.

Lourdes

Day
2

Start your experience by meeting other pilgrims and your local spiritual expert by the statue of the crowned Virgin, La Vierge Couronnée, who will unveil the meaning of the message of Lourdes. Later attend the Pilgrim Mass. This afternoon, visit the GROTTO, the simple area where St. Bernadette witnessed the Holy Virgin’s apparitions in 1858. Join the Rosary (in French), take the opportunity to go to Confession, and join the evening candlelight Procession, which takes place every evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
3

Time for introspection and silence and the possibility to further explore on your own or follow the WAY OF THE CROSS on a wooded area on the hillside with other pilgrims. Attend Mass, if you wish. In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to recite the Rosary and join the afternoon Eucharistic procession (The Blessed Sacrament) in the Prairie of the Sanctuary and walk to the Basilica of St. Pius X.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
4

This morning is dedicated to visiting the complex of the Healing Pools situated next to the Miraculous Cave, where the Virgin Mary was seen and where many healings took place. Later, hear the story of St. Bernadette’s life and of her apparitions. They started on February 11th, 1858, when Bernadette Soubirous was only 14 years old. While she was in the Grotto, she experienced the apparition of a girl, dressed in white and with a blue belt around her waist, who eventually introduced herself as the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Virgin appeared to Bernadette 18 times, after which her life completely changed.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
5

In the morning, join a guided visit of CHATEAU-FORT, strategically placed at the entrance of the seven valleys of the Lavedan. The castle was originally built in Roman times but was reinforced several times over the centuries. Hear about the legend of Charlemagne and visit the exhibition about Pyrenean arts and culture. In the afternoon, spend some more time taking in the special atmosphere of Lourdes.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
6

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures: 

Anniversary of the first Lourdes apparition: 9th February 2019 

Feast day of St Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes: 13th April 2019 

 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Lourdes

Day
1

Check into your hotel, then meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey. If time permits, start your experience with a visit to the Lourdes grotto, the simple area where St. Bernadette witnessed the Holy Virgin’s apparitions in 1858. Light a candle and collect your thoughts in prayer as St. Bernadette did.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
2

Start your day with a walking tour of the town, including a visit to the Our lady of Lourdes Shrine, followed by a deeper insight into St. Bernadette’s life. Visit her birthplace and her family home in Cachot and hear the story of her apparitions. They started on February 11th, 1858, when Bernadette Soubirous was only 14 years old. While she was in the Grotto, she experienced the apparition of a girl, dressed in white and with a blue belt around her waist, who eventually introduced herself as the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Virgin appeared to Bernadette 18 times, after which her life completely changed.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
3

Attend the Sanctuary’s official celebrations visiting the Basilica and St. Bernadette’s places at your own pace with several opportunities to pray and meditate. Every evening, you can join the candlelight Marian procession, where everybody is invited to carry a candle as a reminder of Baptism. Following the procession, there is the possibility of attending the 11 pm Mass in the Grotto.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
4

Time for introspection and silence and the possibility to further explore on your own or follow the way of the cross on a steep wooded area on the hillside. Attend Mass or meditate the Rosary at the Grotto or in the Sanctuary. Alternatively, you may choose to discover beautiful mountain landscapes of the Pyrenées on an optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
5

In the morning join a guided visit of Chateau-Fort, strategically placed at the entrance of the seven valleys of the Lavedan. The castle was originally built in Roman times, but was reinforced several times over the centuries. Hear about the legend of Charlemagne and visit the exhibition about Pyrenean arts and culture. In the afternoon, spend some more time taking in the special atmosphere of Lourdes, maybe visit the baths of the same water that the Holy Virgin asked Bernadette to “go drink at the spring and wash yourself there.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lourdes

Day
6

Your tour ends today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures: 

Anniversary of the first Lourdes apparition: 9th February 2019 

Feast day of St Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes: 13th April 2019 

 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes

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