France, Spain and Medjugorje
Spiritual Director: Juancho DeLeon
May 10-22, 2015 (13 days)
Tour cost: $ 3,490.00 plus Airline taxes $ 650.00
Paris, Nevers, Paray-le-Monial, Ars, Lyon, La Salette, Barcelona, Medjugorje
Day 1, May 10, Sunday, Departure to PARIS
Our pilgrimage begins as we leave our home town for an overnight flight to Paris. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.
Day 2, May 11, Monday, Arrival to PARIS, FRANCE
Upon arrival, you will meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in Paris. Enjoy free time to rest and relax. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Day 3, May 12, Tuesday, PARIS
Wake up in Paris and depart for mass at Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. View the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Labouret whose guardian angel led her to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin displayed a vision of the miraculous medal and, later, the green scapular. The Virgin promised bountiful graces for all who wore these. See the Church of St. Vincent de Paul. Continue the panoramic tour of this beautiful city, which includes the Champs Elysees, L’Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and a visit Notre Dame Cathedral. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4, May 13, Wednesday, PARIS, NEVERS
After breakfast we depart for Nevers by way of the picturesque Loire Valley. After taking the veil in 1867, St. Bernadette lived for 12 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. At least three times during her short life-time, she received the last Sacraments. In addition to asthma, she was gradually struck by other illnesses; among them was tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor in her right knee. St. Bernadette eventually died at the age of 35. See St. Bernadette's incorrupt body at the convent of St. Gildard, miraculously preserved since her death in 1879. Dinner and over-night in Nevers.
Day 5, May 14, Thursday, NEVERS, PARAY-LE-MONIAL, ARS, LYON
After breakfast we journey to Paray-le-Monial where we will visit the Chapel of the Visitation where Jesus exposed His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque during a number of apparitions, Reliquary of St. Margaret containing her relics, located underneath a wax figure of the saint. We continue on to the pretty little town of Ars, best known for St. Jean-Marie Vianney, the patron saint of priests. There are several sights of special importance such as: Church (Église), a 12-century church where the saint preached; Basilica (Basilique), a newer basilica built next to the church that displays the Saint‟s incorrupt body; Heart Chapel, which contains the Saint’s heart; Home of St. John Vianney preserved the way he left it; Underground Church constructed for pilgrim groups; La Providence, an orphanage founded by St. John Vianney. We continue to Lyon for dinner and overnight.
Day 6, May 15, Friday, LYON, LA SALETTE
After breakfast we depart for La Salette located in a high alpine pasture in the French Alps, La Salette is the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1846 to two shepherds, Melanie Matthew and Maximin Gird. Our Lady appeared to these shepherds crying, lamenting over the lack of observance of Sundays and the profaning of her Son's holy name. A spring forever marks the spot where the Virgin appeared and where millions of pilgrims come to in order to drink the fresh spring water and to pray. The stunning mountain scenery and lush mountain trails make La Salette one of the most spectacular pilgrimage site in France, with a beautiful Basilica built to honor the Virgin Mary. In 1996 La Salette celebrated the 150th anniversary of Our Lady's first appearance. Dinner and overnight in La Salette.
Day 7, May 16, Saturday, LA SALETTE, BARCELONA
After early breakfast and mass, we will drive to Barcelona, Spain. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
Day 8, May 17, Sunday, BARCELONA
After breakfast join a guided city tour including the famous Sagrada de Familia Church, the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, the most famous avenue in Barcelona. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
Day 9, May 18, Monday, BARCELONA, MONTSERRAT
After breakfast we travel to Monastery of Montserrat to visit the Royal basilica and view the venerated Black Madonna, which according to tradition was carved by St. Luke. We will celebrate mass here. Evening, enjoy optional Flamenco Dance Show. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
Day 10, May 19, Tuesday, BARCELONA-DUBROVNIK, MEDJUGORJE
After breakfast, we will drive to airport to catch a flight to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik airport you will be met and transferred to Medjugorje. Dinner and overnight in Medjugorje.
Day 11, May 20, Wednesday, MEDJUGORJE
After breakfast, we will celebrate Mass in English at the St. James Church. We will visit apparition Hill and climb Crizevak Mountain. In the evening we will pray rosary with villagers. Croatian Mass and Blessing of the sick will be followed after rosary. Dinner and overnight in Medjugorje.
Day 12, May 21, Thursday, MEDJUGORJE, DUBROVNIK, BARCELONA
After breakfast, we will drive to Dubrovnik. After a short visit we will take a flight to Barcelona. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
Day 13, May 22, Friday, BARCELONA, HOME TOWN
After breakfast, we will drive to airport to take a flight to home town.
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Tour price includes:
- Roundtrip airfare from Newark, NJ to Paris and return from Barcelona.*
- Roundtrip airfare Barcelona to Dubrovnik
- Hotel accommodations at tourist class hotels in Europe and apartment houses in Medjugorje with private facilities based on sharing combination of twin or triple
- Daily breakfast and dinne
- Round trip transfers from Airport to Hotel
- All entrance fees in itinerary
- Touring in the itinerary with a deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
- Daily Mass arrangements
- Baggage handling at hotels
- Only one piece of luggage per person
- Hotel taxes and service charges
- Gratuities not included
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