7 Day Normandy and Lourdes


DAY 01: NORTH AMERICA / EUROPE.  Tour members will gather at the ticket counter at the airport two hours prior to the departure to Europe.

Day 02: ARRIVAL IN PARIS, FRANCE / NORMANDY:  Upon arrival in Paris, we drive to Normandy.  This day is devoted to the powerful sites of D-Day. We drive to Arromanches. See the impressive artificial harbors built by the Allies, which are still in place after almost sixty years. The excellent Musee Du Debarquement recreates this incredible undertaking, which allowed more than 200,000 soldiers to come ashore during the largest military operation in history. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight

DAY 03:  NORMANDY:    After breakfast, we drive on the Normandy highway to Giverny to visit Claude Monet’s museum. In addition to the painter’s house, the visit also includes a tour of his workshop and a stroll in the gardens (the famous Japanese bridge and the "Nympheas"). Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. 

DAY 04: NORMANDY / PARIS / PAU / LOURDES:   This morning we drive to Paris for our connecting flight into Pau.  From Pau, we bus over to the beautiful town of Lourdes.  Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. 

DAY 05:  LOURDES:  Today we begin with a visit to the Grotto. Our walking Pilgrimage will take us to Boly Mill (the birthplace of St. Bernadette), the Cachot (the former jail, where she lived during the apparitions) and the local parish church.  The afternoon is free for personal devotions to Our Lady of Lourdes including, for those who wish, the legendary, healing waters of the miraculous Lourdes spring. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. 

DAY 06: LOURDES:  This morning, we begin with a private Mass at the Grotto. The rest of the day is free for pursuits on our own.  Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 07: LOURDES / PAU / PARIS / USA. This morning after an early breakfast, we bus to Pau and fly back to Paris.  We then board our international flight back to USA - the end of a most enjoyable pilgrimage.