SHRINES OF EUROPE
FROM PARIS TO ROME
DAY 1 – Depart
Flight to Paris. Meals served in-flight
DAY 2 – Paris
Upon arrival to Paris you will be met by your guide and transferred to hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 – Paris
Mass at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal where our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830. Venerate the relics of “the father of the poor” St. Vincent De Paul in the nearby shrine. Orientation tour of Paris. Visit the Magnificent Notre Dame the masterpiece of gothic style. Ovrnight and dinner in Paris.
DAY 4 – Lisieux
Depart for Lisieux, the home of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Guided tour of Lisieux include Buisonnets, “Little Teresa’s” home . Mass in the Carmelite Chapel where St. Therese’s effigy can be viewed. In the afternoon excursion to Omaha Beach area where we visit the American Cemetery. Return to Lisieux for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 – Nevers
Depart for Nevers where, after taking the veil in 1867, St Bernadette lived for 12 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. See St Bernadette's incorrupt body at the Convent of St Gildard and celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight in Nevers
DAY 6 – Paray le Monial – Ars
Depart for Paray le Monial, cradle of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Mass in the Chapel of the Apparitions, where the Sacred Heart of Jesus appeared to St Margaret Mary Alacoque and which contains her remains. Transfer Ars. Visit the parish of St. John Vianney, the Cure fo Ars. Explore the Cure’s living quarters. Dinner and overnight in Ars.
DAY 7 – Lourdes
After morning Mass transfer to Lourdes, where Our Lady appeared to St Bernadette in 1855 near the Grotto of Massabiele. Settle into your hotel for 3 nights accommodation. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
DAY 8 – Lourdes
Whilst in Lourdes we celebrate Mass at the Grotto, we pray for the sick and drink water from the miraculous spring. Submerge yourself at the baths and visit the places connected with St Bernadette. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
DAY 9 – Avignion
After Mass morning departure for Avignon. The city, which became a second Rome with the arrival of the popes in the 14th Cen tury. Stroll around the city to see the cathedral, Popes’ Palace, and the legendary St Bénezet Bridge. Dinner and overnight in Avignon.
DAY 10 – Turin
The pilgrimage continues to Turin. Visit the Cathedral & the Holy Shroud and celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight in the area of Turin.
DAY 11 – Siena
Transfer to Siena, the birthplace of Saints Catherine and Bernadine and Italy's loveliest medieval city. Sightseeing of Siena takes you to the Basilica of St Dominic where we venerate the incorrupt head of St Catherine and celebrate Mass. Continue to the Cathedral and Piazza Del Campo. In the afternoon transfer to Assisi for dinner and overnight.
DAY 12 – Assisi
Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St Francis. Explore the burial place of the Patron Saint of Italy and the Basilica of St. Clare. Here you may kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St Francis, asking him to rebuild His church. Visit St Mary of the Angels Basilica where St Francis spent most of his life. Here we see the Portiuncola, the rose garden, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
DAY 13 – Assisi - Rome
Transfer to Rome. Orientation tour of the city before you settle for 3 nights accommodation in the eternal city.
DAY 14 – Rome
Morning Mass will be celebrated at the catacombs of St. Calixtus. Continue to St. Paul Outside the Walls the burial site of the apostle of Gentiles. Visit St John Lateran and proceed to Scala Sancti, the Holy Stairs that Jesus had climbed before being sentenced to death. Continue on to Mary Major, the first Marian shrine in the Catholic Church. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
DAY 15 – Rome
Attend the Papal General Audience at the Vatican and receive the Blessing of the Holy Father. After lunch break Mass celebrated at the Santo Spirito, Divine Mercy Center in Rome. Afternoon guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica.
DAY 16 – Departure
Transfer to the Airport for your return flight.