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Follow in the footsteps of St. Bernadette and learn about her devotion to the Blessed Mother. This unique pilgrimage tour offers opportunities for daily Mass and evening candlelight processions. You can also spend some time with a local spiritual expert for moments of prayer and to better understand the Holy Virgin’s message. Enjoy free time daily to walk the Stations of the Cross, pray at the Grotto, and experience the powerful Healing Baths. Meet fellow pilgrims from all over the world on this moving spiritual journey.
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The daily sequence of activities is subject to changeMass services may be in local language and venues are subject to change.April 13 departure – Feast Day of St. Bernardette in Lourdes (16 April)Daily Mass, Rosary, and candlelight processions to be attended with the group or at leisure
Transfers from/to Toulouse international airport by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach are included at set times.
Buffet breakfasts daily, 4 dinners
ARRIVE IN LOURDES, FRANCE Check into your hotel, then meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers, and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey.
LOURDES Start your experience by meeting other pilgrims by the statue of the crowned Virgin, La Vierge Couronnée, where your local spiritual expert will unveil the meaning of the message of the Virgin of Lourdes. Later, attend the [M] Pilgrim Mass. This afternoon visit the Grotto, the rock 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 candlelight Procession, which takes place every evening.
LOURDES Time for introspection and silence and the possibility to further explore on your own or follow the Way of the Cross on a wooded hillside area with other pilgrims. Attend [M] 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.
LOURDES 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 the Marian 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.
LOURDES 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.
LOURDESYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Toulouse.)
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