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A Special Pilgrimage to the Shrines of France!
Follow in the Footsteps of St. Joan of Arc with Fr. Walter Austin
& Visit the Normandy Invasion Beaches,
with celebrated Historian, Ron Drez, to commemorate
the 75th Anniversary Year of the D-Day Invasion
June 11-23, 2019
with Optional 3 night extension to Lourdes!

Save $300 when you Register and Pay-in-Full by Nov 1!

Proposed Itinerary

JUNE 11: DEPART USA
We depart USA en route to Paris, with complimentary meals and beverages served aboard the transatlantic flight.

JUNE 12: ARRIVE PARIS / TRANSFER TO TOURS We arrive in Paris and are met by our Catholic Journeys Tour Manager who will escort us to our private motor coach and depart for Tours admiring the beauty of the Loire Valley along the way. Dinner is at our hotel this evening. (D)

JUNE 13: TOURS / POITIERS / LOCHES
After breakfast, we will visit the Chinon Castle, an impos-ing medieval fortress housing the Museum of Joan of Arc in its clock tower. We then continue to Poitiers, where Joan of Arc met with the heads of the French kingdom and they tested the seriousness of her intentions. In Poitiers, we will have Mass and visit the 11th century Notre Dame La Grande Cathedral with its impressive Romanesque facade. We will continue on to Loches and visit the Logis Royal and the Donjon, another place where the Royal court lived during the time of the Hundred Years War. We return to Tours this evening for dinner at our hotel. (B, D)

JUNE 14: TOURS / ORLEANS
Today we enjoy a scenic drive to Orleans; the site of Joan’s largest battle against the English. Our visit of Orleans starts with the Hotel Grolot, former city hall which is now dedicated to Joan of Arc. We stop at the Hotel Jacques Boucher where she once lived and now serves as a museum. We will see the statue of Joan of Arc on the Square d’Orleans and have Mass at the Cathedral Joan attended. Return to Tours for dinner at our hotel . (B, D)

JUNE 15: RENNES / MONT SAINT-MICHEL
After breakfast we will travel northwest to Rennes, the capital city of Brittany. Here we will visit and have Mass at the Grand Cathedral, see the medieval half timbered houses and have time for lunch before continuing on to Mont Saint Michel. Dinner and overnight near Mont Saint Michel. (B, D)

JUNE 16: MONT SAINT-MICHEL / NORMANDY Enjoy an early visit to Mont Saint-Michel, a World Heritage Site and a place where the Archangel Michael appeared on three occasions. Consecrated in 709, the Abbey was made into a prison during the French Revolution, and then in 1874, it became the responsibility of the Historical Monuments Department. Now, since 1969, it has become the home to a monastic community, ensuring the continuation of a spiritual presence. Rightly called "The Wonder of the Western World," Mont Saint Michel is surrounded by a magnificent bay, which is the theatre of the greatest tidal ranges in Europe. This afternoon we will continue on to the area near the Normandy Invasion Beaches, which will be our home for the next 5 nights. (B, D)

JUNE 17: LISIEUX / ALENCON
After our visit to the museum, we make our way to Lisieux, home of St. Therese whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times." We will begin with Mass and a video at the Basilica of Saint Therese, one of the biggest and most magnificent religious structures built in the 20th-century. While in Lisieux we will visit Les Buissonets, St. Therese's family home where we will find many relics, clothing, and personal objects belonging to the "little flower" on display. We will visit “Carmel” the Carmelite Convent where St. Therese entered religious life, and pray at her tomb. We will also visit the ancient Cathedral of St. Peter before traveling to Alencon, to see the place where St. Therese was born and the church in which she was baptized. We will return to our hotel for dinner. (B, D)

JUNE 18: D-DAY INVASION TOUR
This morning we will travel to Ste Mere Eglise and have Mass in the church where American paratrooper, John Steele hung for hours overnight in the midst of enemy fire, his parachute caught on one of the sculptures of the bell tower. We will visit Le Fiere Bridge and parachute drop zone area near Ste. Marie du Mont, we’ll visit Utah Beach and the D-Day Landing Museum, we’ll see Dead Man’s Corner hear about the attack down Carentan Causeway, and on Pointe-du-Hoc. We will return to the hotel for dinner.
Note: a box lunch will be provided while touring the Normandy Beaches, June 18, 19 & 20. (B, L, D)

JUNE 19: D-DAY INVASION TOUR (continued)
This morning we will begin with a visit to Omaha Beach and Cemetery, and see the Guns at Longues sur Mer. We’ll visit Arromanches and see the remains of the Mulberry Harbor, which were temporary mobile harbors developed for unloading troops, vehicles and supplies during the Allied invasion of Normandy, considered one of the great engineering feats of World War II. We will enjoy a film about these Mulberry Harbors in the nearly Cinema Circulaire 360, before returning to our hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

JUNE 20: D-DAY INVASION TOUR (continued)
We will begin the day with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral in Bayeux, located in the heart of the historic city. It was dedicated in the presence of William the Conqueror in 1077, and it is a wonderful example of Norman and Gothic styles. We will also visit the world famous Bayeux Tapestry, which is over 70 meters long, and recounts the Conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy. It is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of medieval European art. We will visit Sword and Juno Beaches which were invaded by the British and the Canadians on D-Day, and the Pegasus Bridge which was captured by the British early on the morning of June 6, before the D-Day Invasion. (B, L, D)


JUNE 21: ROUEN / GIVERNY / PARIS
Depart for Rouen. It is here where Joan of Arc was imprisoned, tried, and burned by the English. We will visit the dungeon of the Philippe August castle now known as the Joan of Arc Tower. It is here where Joan of Arc was threatened with torture on May 9th, 1431. On the upper floors one can view various documents relating to Joan’s imprisonment and trial. We will visit the St. Joan of Arc Museum containing a series of life size wax re-creations depicting important moments in Joan’s Life and we will see the white cross on the old market square marking the place where she was burned at the stake and celebrate Mass at St. Joan of Arc Church. After time for lunch, we will continue on to Giverny to see the house and gardens of the famous impressionist painter, Claude Monet. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B, D)

JUNE 22: SHRINES OF PARIS
Today we will begin with Mass at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal on Rue du Bac. Here we will 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. Next we depart on our sightseeing tour which includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, the and Champs Elysees as well as other sights on this mostly panoramic tour. This evening we will visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, commonly known as Sacré Cœur. From here we will enjoy a lovely farewell dinner in Montmartre before returning to our hotel for our final night in France. (B, D)


JUNE 23: RETURN TO THE USA
Early breakfast at hotel followed by a transfer to the airport for our return flights to the USA. (B) (*or optional extension to Lourdes, see below)

 

Battlefields of France Pilgrimage Included Tour Features

*Roundtrip airfare from New Orleans, LA
  (Prices available from other cities.)
*10 nights Accommodations (Double Occupancy)

3 nights – Tours
1 night – Mont Saint-Michel 5 nights – Normandy
2 nights – Paris
* Breakfast and Dinner Daily
* 3 Box Lunches in Normandy
* All Tours & Airport Transfers via Private Motor coach
* Professional English Speaking Guides
* Normandy D-Day Invasion Tours designed and lead by

   renowned Historian, Ron Drez

* Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
* Flight bag & Travel document portfolio
* Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated

   with Fr. Walter Austin

Tour #: DD19 0611-CH
Tour Dates: June 11-23, 2019
Tour Price: $5,995 from New Orleans
(Prices available from other cities.)
Single Rooms available for additional $1,125 Optional Travel Insurance Available

Save $300 when you Register and Pay-in-Full by Nov 1!


*Optional 3 Night Extension to Lourdes

JUNE 23: PARIS / LOURDES
Early breakfast at hotel followed by a transfer to the air-port for our 1 hour flight to Lourdes. Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel which will be our home for the next 3 nights. We will have Mass and time to relax or explore the area on our own before dinner. After dinner we will participate in the candlelight procession before retiring to bed. (B, D)

JUNE 24-25: LOURDES
During our 2 night stay in Lourdes, we will attend Mass at the Grotto, the sight of Our Lady’s Apparition and source of the Miraculous Spring. We will watch a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of St Bernadette. We will see the Boly Mill where St Bernadette was born, and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's impoverished family lived. We will pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring, and have time to submerge ourselves in the healing baths. We will pray as we walk the path lined with life sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the Shrine. Before dinner we may participate in the nightly Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, and later in the evening, join the candlelight procession and group rosary. (B,D)

JUNE 26: RETURN TO THE USA
Early breakfast at hotel followed by a transfer to the airport for our return flights to the USA. (B)
Optional 2 or 3 Night Extensions in Paris Available!


Lourdes Extension - Additional Tour Features


* One Way Flight from Paris to Lourdes
* Return Flight to USA
* 3 nights Accommodation in Lourdes (Double Occ.)
* Breakfast and Dinner Daily
* Airport Transfers via Private Motorcoach
* Professional English Speaking Guide
* Full Day Walking Tour
* Free Day for Personal Prayer & Baths
* Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
* Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated
 

Tour #: DD19 0611-EXT
Tour Dates: June 23-26, 2019

Extension Price: $1,095
Single Rooms available for additional $195 Optional Travel Insurance Available
 

Optional 2 or 3 Night Extensions in Paris Available!



 





 

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