Pilgrimage to France – September 23, 2024

Paris | Lisieux | Nevers | Chartres

France is a unique destination - rich in faith, culture, and history. From Notre Dame to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, our Blessed Mother is revered throughout the country. The town of Lisieux, the origins of the Sacred Heart devotion, Chartes Cathedral, and countless other key moments, locations, and people are woven together in a beautiful tapestry that makes up the Catholic influence on France.
A Truly Catholic Pilgrimage
Date:
9/23/2024
Duration:
12 Days
Departure:
Indianapolis
Activity Level:
Level 2 - Moderate
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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | September 23 | Depart USA

Our pilgrimage begins as we depart on our overnight flight to Paris. Meals and refreshments will be served aloft.

Day 2 | September 24 | Paris / Lisieux

Upon arrival in Paris this morning we will be met at the airport by our guide. This morning we drive to Lisieux, the home of St. Therese the “Little Flower of Jesus” to visit the home where she lived as a child, the Carmelite Convent where she was a nun, the Basilica of St. Theresa for Mass, and Cathedral of St. Peter. (D) Overnight Lisieux

Day 3 | September 25 | Lisieux

This morning will be dedicated to exploring the sites associated with the heroic events of D-Day – June 6, 1944. After Mass in Lisieux we will drive along the Normandy coast to St. Laurent to visit the National Cemetery and Omaha Beach, one of the sites where the Allies came ashore on D-Day. Continue to Bayeux, the first town to be liberated by the Allies in 1944. Here we will visit the former seminary, now a museum housing the world-famous Bayeux tapestry depicting the epic story of William the Conqueror. Afterwards, we return to Lisieux for dinner and overnight. (B, D) Overnight Lisieux

Day 4 | September 26 | Lisieux / Le Mans / Tours

This morning we depart Lisieux and head to Le Mans, which has great significance for Indiana and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as the home of Holy Cross congregation (who founded Notre Dame) and the Sisters of Providence and their founding of St Mary of the Woods, as well as the home for St. Theodore Guerin before being sent to Indiana. We will pray at the Cathedral of St. Julien and have Mass at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence beneath a beautiful stained-glass window display. Continue to Tours for dinner and overnight. (B, D) Overnight Tours

Day 5 | September 27 | Tours / Nevers

This morning we visit the Basilica of St. Martin before departing for Nevers. Spend the afternoon in Nevers where we will visit the Convent of St. Gildard to view the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette. Here the Saint spent her life in prayer and solitude following the apparitions of the Blessed Mother to her in Lourdes. (B, D) Overnight Nevers

Day 6 | September 28 | Nevers / Chartres / Paris

After breakfast we proceed to Chartres, home to what most believe to be the greatest Gothic cathedral in Europe. The stained-glass windows of this Cathedral are world-renowned. Over 150 windows illustrate biblical stories and daily life in the 13th century. After plenty of prayerful time exploring the cathedral, we continue to Paris, our home for the next three nights. Enjoy a brief overview of the city before checking into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D) Overnight Paris

Day 7 | September 29 | Paris

Our first pilgrim stop today will be to the Shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul where the saint’s body is on display in a reliquary. We will celebrate Mass here and consecrate the rest of our pilgrimage to his intercession. From there we go to the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal at Rue de Bac where Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830 and where she is buried and end our day at the imposing Saint-Sulpice. The remainder of the day free, including time for dinner on our own. (B) Overnight Paris

Day 8 | September 30 | Paris

Today we begin at Notre Dame Cathedral, in the spiritual heart of Paris. Just a few blocks away on the same little island in the Seine is Sainte-Chapelle, built in 1248 to house the Crown of Thorns, and is one of the world’s most captivating array of stained-glass windows. After lunch, we will see Saint-Etienne du Mont which still contains a rarely seen medieval Rood Screen that marked the separation between the sanctuary and the nave much like an Eastern Orthodox Iconostasis. Across the street, we will tour the French Pantheon, modeled after the one in Rome. Originally a church in honor of St. Genevieve, this massive structure now serves as a mausoleum where honored Franks are buried including Voltaire, Rosseau, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, and Alexander Dumas. Our final stop today is La Madeleine, a neo-classical church built in honor of Mary Magdalene. (B, D) Overnight Paris

Day 9 | October 1 | Paris / Lourdes

After breakfast, we will board the high-speed train to Lourdes, one of the great pilgrimage shrines in the world. On the train, we will have some time for some group discussion and processing, enjoying the passing countryside, or catching up on sleep. It was in Lourdes, where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858 proclaiming herself the “Immaculate Conception”. This peaceful village is also known for its healing waters. This evening, join hundreds of other pilgrims in the Blessed Sacrament Procession and Candlelight Procession that has endured since 1863. Lourdes will be our home for the next two nights. (B, D) Overnight Lourdes

Day 10 | October 2 | Lourdes

Bask in the grace of Lourdes all day as we have Mass at the Grotto of Massabielle, where Our Lady first appeared to St. Bernadette and had her dig for the spring that is now known across the world for its many miracles of healing. We also visit the humble home where St. Bernadette lived during the apparitions. Tonight, we join again the candlelight procession with thousands of other pilgrims in prayer and song. (B, D) Overnight Lourdes

Day 11 | October 3 | Lourdes

Enjoy a full day on your own in the peaceful setting of Lourdes. Visit a place we saw yesterday, explore somewhere new, or just sit in awe and wonder and contemplate the events that happened here and the miracles that still occur. Enjoy a farewell dinner together before we participate one last time in the evening pilgrim activities. (B, D) Overnight Lourdes

Day 12 | October 4 | Lourdes / Pau / Paris / USA

Today marks the end of a marvelous experience as we transfer to the airport for the return trip home, filled with memories and graces of this pilgrimage that will last a lifetime. (B)

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What's Included

  • Daily Mass at holy sites
  • Roundtrip economy class airfare from Indianapolis on Delta Airlines/Air France
  • 10 nights’ accommodation, including taxes and service charges
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage at airports and hotels
  • Land transportation by private deluxe motorcoach
  • Knowledgeable, friendly, Catholic/Christian guides; whisper headsets; deluxe motor coach transportation to holy sites; all entrance fees listed on itinerary
  • Breakfast and dinner (excluding drinks)
  • Farewell dinner on day 11

*Pricing Information

The total pricing is based off the following components:
Base price:
$4,865
Air taxes/fuel surcharges:
$556.30
Gratuities:
$170
See brochure for information about single rooms and/or land-only pricing.

Please note: Air taxes/fuel surcharges and gratuities are subject to change and will be updated on the final invoice. The final invoice will be emailed to you approximately 3 months prior to departure.
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Testimonials

Read what other pilgrims have shared about their experiences with Tekton Ministries.
You can view more testimonials here.
France
"This was our second pilgrimage with Tekton and we have experienced so many beautiful sites! Our guides have gone above and beyond! We have been blessed with our prilgrimages!"
Michael W.Pilgrim from Morrisonville, NY
France
"The experience has changed me in a way that is difficult to explain. I have told my friends and family that taking a pilgrimage is something everyone should do if they want to experience an increase in faith and understanding of what God wants from us."
Emma P.Pilgrim from Leeds, AL
France
"The pilgrimage was fantastic, there is no way to experience so much without taking the trip through a tour service. I was absolutely amazed at how much we were able to see and do. The day we arrived we were quickly on our way to all the scheduled stops for day 2. Very impressed from the very start."
Emma P.Pilgrim from Leeds, AL