Flight to ParisRelax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America to Paris.
Day2Arrival in Paris
Meet Your GuideOur 24-hour WorldStrides Tour Director will meet us at the airport and remain with us until our final airport departure.
River CruiseExperience the perfect introduction to the beauty of Paris on a Seine River Cruise. We will pass under many graceful bridges and view important landmarks on both banks during our trip.
Eiffel Tower Ascend to the top of Paris’ most recognizable landmark, the Eiffel Tower, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. The wrought-iron tower was not meant to be permanent, and the first permit was only for 20 years. But by that time, it had proved to be a valuable communication device for radio. It is now France’s global icon and has hosted over 200 million visitors.
Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Shrine of St. Vincent de PaulVisit the Church of St. Vincent de Paul. This 19th century church holds relics of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Catherine Laboure, the young nun who witnessed the Marian apparitions that revealed the Miraculous Medal.
Cathedral of Notre DameVisit Notre-Dame Cathedral. Work began in 1163 on a spot that had been a holy shrine since Roman times. Over the centuries, the cathedral has been the scene of some of France's most momentous occasions, including the coronation of Napoleon.
Sacré CoeurVisit Sacré-Coeur Basilica, a huge white church that dominates the Parisian skyline. Construction of the church began in 1875 and ended in 1914, just before WWI. Inside, we can admire the stained glass and some of the world’s largest mosaics.
Day4Paris – Orléans – Nevers Area
Home of St. Joan of ArcVisit the Maison Jeanne d’Arc, a small museum dedicated to Orléans’s favorite mademoiselle. It is housed in a reproduction of the 15th century house where Joan of Arc stayed during her local heroics.
Walking Tour of OrleansTake a Walking Tour around Orléans with a focus on Joan of Arc, to include: the equestrian statue of Joan in La Place du Martroi; Rue Royal; Pont George V; the Cross that marks the site of the Fort des Tourelles; and the Hotel Groslot, where we will view the statue of Joan of Arc praying.
Convent Chapel of Saint GilardVisit the Convent Chapel of Saint Gilard to visit the Tomb of St. Bernadette, the visionary to the Marian apparition at Lourdes. Her body remains in an incorrupt state and is kept in a glass casket for the faithful to view.
Day5Nevers Area – Clermont-Ferrand – Rocamadour Area
Basilique Notre Dame du PortVisit of the Basilica of Notre Dame, with its richly decorated interior. The basilica was built with private funds between 1872 and 1896, in a dominating position in the city. It features fine mosaics, superb stained glass, and a crypt of St. Joseph, and contains a Museum of Sacred Art.
RocamadourRocamadour is the second most visited place in France after Mont St Michel. Once a revered Christian site, it is still a holy place for many pilgrims, especially those on the Way of Santiago de Compostela.
Walking Tour of RocamadourEnjoy a Walking Tour of Rocamadour and view the Grand Stairway, the Chapel of St. Blaise, St. Anne’s Chapel, the Basilica of St-Sauveur, the Chapel of St. John the Baptist, and the château.
Shrine of the Black MadonnaMake your way to the Shrine of the Black Madonna. Reputed to have been carved by St Amadour himself, this is a special place of devotion that attracts thousands each year.
Day6Rocamadour Area – Toulouse – Lourdes Area
ToulouseToulouse is the most important city in southwestern France, and is the country’s fourth largest metropolis. It has steadily grown since Roman times and gained wealth through its Renaissance trade routes. The old town still retains many of its historical buildings and is a wonderful place to explore on foot.
Basilique de St. Sernin
Visit the Basilique de St. Sernin in Toulouse, a stopping point for medieval pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
Lourdes Orientation TourVisit the Basilique de St. Sernin in Toulouse, a stopping point for medieval pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
GrottoSee the Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous 18 times in 1858. It is a place of beauty and thewaters that run through the Grotto are also believed to have healing powers.
Walk to the Boly Mill, where St. Bernadette was born, and to the “Cachot” which is where she was living when she saw the Apparitions.
ChapelVisit the Chapel where St. Bernadette had her first Holy Communion and the Parish Church where she was baptized. Our visit includes the Hospital Oratory.
Stations of the CrossWalk the Stations of the Cross, before participating in the Candlelight Rosary Procession. The Way of the Cross, weaves along a steep wooded area, on the hillside. Constructed by Raffl of Paris between 1898 and 1911, it is the image of the scale of the Sanctuary of Lourdes with 115 figures represented in brightly painted cast iron at 15 stations along the 1,500-meter path.
We will have some free time for shopping and exploration.
Fly HomeOur rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our guide accompanies us to the airport on our final day.