France - Fr. Justin Waltz & Fr. Jadyn Nelson (# 2032)

A Pilgrimage of French Saints

October 19-29, 2020

Must be Physically Able to Travel

Magi Travel tours require participants to be able to do a considerable amount of walking (3-5 miles per day), sometimes on uneven, rough or hilly terrain. If you have mobility issues, you must travel with someone who is physically able to assist you and they will also need to register for the trip. Magi Travel Tour Coordinators, Hosts and Tour Guides are unable to assist individual passengers with mobility issues. Please note that scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.

Daily Itinerary

Monday, October 19, 2020: USA to Toulouse, France

Optional overnight flight across the Atlantic. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

Tuesday, October 20: Arrival in Toulouse, Transfer to Lourdes

Arrival in the Toulouse Airport; meet your guide in the arrivals hall immediately after clearing immigration and customs. Board your private coach and travel to the town of Lourdes.

Lourdes is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. Over 6 million pilgrims come to Lourdes each year and 10,000 visit this site daily. Located at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains in southwestern France, nestled between the spectacular mountain river, Gave de Pau, Lourdes is the birthplace of St. Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle.

Check in to your hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in Lourdes. (D)

Grotto of Massabielle 
Wednesday, October 21: Lourdes

Our pilgrimage and tour of Lourdes includes visits to the sanctuary and the Basilica of St. Pius X, the world's largest underground church. Drink from the spring that the Virgin directed Bernadette to locate at the base of the grotto, which has flowed uninterrupted since 1858. Wash yourself in the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Contemplate Christ's Passion as you pray the unique three-dimensional Stations of the Cross. Attend the blessing
of the sick, and participate in the nightly candlelight procession. Experience a spiritual journey from which many have claimed healing and conversion.

Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Lourdes. (B,D)

Lourdes Candlelight Procession

Thursday, October 22: Fontfroide Abbey, Avignon

En route to Avignon, stop at the extraordinary Fontfroide Abbey for a guided visit of this former Cistercian monastery founded in 1093.

Avignon sits on the Rhone River in the southeastern region of Provence. From 1309 to 1377, it was the seat of the Catholic popes and it remained under papal rule until becoming part of France in 1791. This legacy can be seen in the massive “Palais des Papes” (Palace of the Popes) in the city center, which is surrounded by medieval stone ramparts.

Check in to your hotel in Avignon. Dinner and overnight in Avignon. (B,D)

Fontfroide Abbey

Friday, October 23: Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city including the Palace of the Popes.

Finish the day in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a historic village between the towns of Orange and Avignon, in France's southern Rhone Valley. It is famous for powerful, full-bodied red wines. Dinner at Le Verger des Papes in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, complete with a special wine tasting.

Overnight in Avignon. (B,D)


Saturday, October 24: Ars-sur-Formans, Villefranche-sur-Saone

Transfer to Ars-sur-Formans, the little town that became famous through the holy life and labors of St. John Vianney, its beloved pastor. He is often referred to as the “Curé d’Ars" (the parish priest of Ars). Visit the Basilica where the relics of St. John Vianney are kept.

Continue on to the 14th-century Villefranche-sur-Saone, capital of the Pays Beaujolais region. Villefranche-sur-Saone is a wonderful place for walkers, with its Rue Nationale street lined with old houses, Notre-Dame-des-Marais church
and renaissance residences.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Villefranche-sur-Saone. (B,D)


Sunday, October 25: Cluny Abbey, Paray-le-Monial, Nevers

En route to Nevers, visit Cluny Abbey, founded by Benedictine monks in 910. Its church was the world's largest church until St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was rebuilt in the 16th century. Although no longer an active monastery, it had exceptional influence at its zenith, and four monks of Cluny became popes: Gregory VII, Urban II, Paschal II and Urban V.

Continue to the Basilica of Paray-le-Monial. Paray-le-Monial is a small town in the Burgundy region of eastern France. It is the place where the Sacred Heart of Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque. The apparitions and subsequent devotion to the Sacred Heart took place in the late 17th century.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nevers. (B,D)

Cluny Abbey

Monday, October 26: Nevers, Sancerre, Paris

Following breakfast, tour the city of Nevers, a popular destination for pilgrims. Venerate the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette in the convent to which she moved from Lourdes.

Continue to Sancerre, noted for its production of wine. Sancerre is a medieval hilltop town overlooking the Loire River. Enjoy a white wine tasting during a visit of a local winery.

Travel to Paris for dinner and overnight at your hotel located on the left bank of the River Seine. (B,D)

Shrine of Saint Bernadette

Tuesday, October 27: Paris

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is one Europe's largest cities. Located in the north of France on the River Seine, Paris has the well-deserved reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. It is dubbed the City of Light. Start the day with a panoramic guided tour of Paris. In the afternoon, visit the Eiffel Tower.

The balance of the afternoon is free for personal sightseeing.

Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Paris. (B,D)

Eiffel Tower

Wednesday, October 28: Paris

Begin the day with a visit of the Shrine of St. Vincent de Paul, a priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. You will also visit the nearby Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal which houses the incorrupt body of St.
Catherine Labouré.

Continue to the Louvre for a guided visit. The Louvre is the world's largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris.

This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. End the evening admiring the illuminated monuments of Paris during a cruise on the River Seine. Overnight in Paris. (B,D)

Thursday, October 29: Departure

Transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your journey home. (B)


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Group Meals: (B) = Breakfast, (D) = Dinner

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