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Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of St Joan of Arc 

Led by Canon Gerard King 26th - 31st May 2020 

Introduction

Next year we will be marking the 100th anniversary of the Canonisation of St Joan of Arc. She was proclaimed a saint by Pope Benedict XV on 16 May, 1920. Because of this it is fitting that we who are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the foundation of our parish, go on pilgrimage to pray at the sights associated with St Joan of Arc. Therefore, I invite you to join me for a 6 day, 5 night, pilgrimage to France next May. We will travel to where St Joan was born, Domrémy-la-Pucelle, and visit the house where she was born and the church where she was baptised. Next we visit Chartres, sight of one of the most famous and beautiful Cathedrals in Europe – famous for its stained glass windows. Then it’s on to Rouen for two nights. It is in Rouen that Joan was burnt at the stake on 30th May, 1431. The 30th of May is her feast day so we will be there to join in the celebrations. I hope you will be able to join me. 

Father Gerard

ITINERARY

 

DAY ONE: London - Calais - Laxou 

Early morning, Fr Gerard will celebrate Mass at St Joan of Arc Parish Catholic Church (60 Highbury Park, Highbury East, London, N5 2XH). After Mass, air-conditioned touring coach departs from the parish to Folkestone. Cross the Channel by Eurotunnel to Calais and drive to Laxou (five hours approximately) where we check into our hotel, Novotel Nancy.

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0407-novotel-nancy/index.shtml#origin=novotel
Included meal: dinner.

DAY TWO: Domrémy-la-Pucelle

After breakfast, we drive to the birthplace of St Joan of Arc. The full day will be spent in  Domrémy and the nearby village to visit the sites associated to the Saint: Saint-Remi Church, the Birth House of Joan of Arc and the Basilica of Bois-Chenu. Mass will be celebrated during the day. Late afternoon, we return to our hotel in Laxou. 

Included meals: breakfast and dinner.

DAY THREE: Laxou - Paris - Chartres

We depart Laxou after breakfast and drive to Rue du Bac in the centre of Paris to visit the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal and the convent where St Catherine Labouré is buried. It was in this chapel that in 1833, Our Lady gave Sister Catherine the medal that was to be called ‘miraculous’ owing to the great many conversions and healing worked through it. We hope to celebrate Mass here. We continue our coach journey to Chartres where we check into our hotel, Mercure Chartres Centre Cathédrale. 

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-7386-mercure-chartres-centre-cathedrale-hotel/index.shtml 

Included meals: breakfast and dinner.

DAY FOUR: Chartres - Rouen
This morning we visit the great cathedral of Chartres, dedicated to Our Lady. We hope to celebrate Mass here. We are given a tour of the cathedral, where the stained glass windows will be interpreted by a local guide. There will be time at leisure to explore the medieval town before we travel to Rouen in the late afternoon where we check into our hotel, Mercure Rouen Centre Cathédrale.

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1301-hotel-mercure-rouen-centre-cathedrale/index.shtml
Included meals: breakfast and dinner.

DAY FIVE: Rouen (St Joan of Arc Feast Day)

Today will be spent in Rouen where we hope to join possible celebrations taking place in Rouen for the Saint. Rouen is the capital of upper Normandy, a splendid medieval town with narrow streets. We hope to visit the 12th century cathedral of Notre Dame, with a local guide and the Tour Jeanne D’Arc, the keep where Joan was tortured in May 1431, and part of which is now devoted to Joan’s life. 

Included meals: breakfast and dinner.

DAY SIX: Rouen - Calais - London
After breakfast we celebrate our final Mass at a local church and have the morning at leisure. Early afternoon, we travel by coach to Calais to board the Eurotunnel train to Folkestone, and onward drive to London, St Joan of Arc Parish Catholic Church.
Included meals: breakfast.

This tour involves a substantial amount of walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.

 

 

This itinerary is a guide and subject to change. 

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£899

Single room supplement: £220

6
days
26/05/20 - 31/05/20
Price Includes:

Touring coach for the duration of the tour. Eurotunnel crossings: Folkestone - Calais - Folkestone. Five nights’ accommodation in shared* twin-bedded rooms with private facilities as follows: 26 - 28 May at Novotel Nancy, Laxou. 28 - 29 May at Mercure, Chartres. 29 - 31 May at Mercure, Rouen. Meal plan: five breakfasts and five dinners. Guided walking tours as detailed in the itinerary. Entrance fees appropriate to the itinerary. Religious services. Pax Travel Tour Manager. ABTA financial protection. * If you select to share a twin room when booking but have no one to share with, we will try to pair you up with someone of the same gender in the group. However, if there is no one available to pair you up with we will charge a supplement of £110 as you would have single occupancy of the room

Price Extras:
Travel insurance. Single room supplement at £220 per person for five nights (limited availability). Lunches. Drinks. Fuel surcharges if passed on by the coach company. Gratuities to guides, coach driver, tour manager and hotel staff. 
Terms of Payment:

To reserve your place on the tour you will need to complete a booking form and return it to Pax Travel with a deposit of £200 per person. Cheques are to be issued in favour of Pax Travel Ltd. Final payment due two months before the departure date.  

**The guarantee does not cover fuel surcharges, increases in airport departure taxes or currency surcharges. Please read our Booking Conditions for details.

A minimum of 15 people is required for this tour to operate.