Sacred Hearts Parish, Cheltenham
Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 11 May - 15 May 2017
On 11th February 1858 an unknown girl in a remote French village claimed to have seen a “beautiful lady” while collecting firewood from a grotto in the village refuse area. Amidst increasing interest in the girl, Bernadette Soubirous continued to receive apparitions from the lady who revealed herself as the “Immaculate Conception”, with a message of prayer and penance for the world, asking to have a chapel built there and calling the faithful to come in procession and to wash and drink at the spring. Today some 5 million people from 130 countries around the world respond to this call. Every pilgrim who returns from Lourdes does so renewed and refreshed, and changed in some way.
DAY ONE: Bristol - Toulouse - Lourdes
10am departure by easyJet flight from Bristol to Toulouse. Transfer by coach to Lourdes, where we check in to our hotel, the centrally-located Hotel Stella, for dinner and a four-night stay. After dinner there will be an informal walk to the grotto, where we will say prayers for the intentions of our pilgrimage.
DAY TWO: Lourdes
This morning we celebrate Mass at the chapel of the St Frai Hospital. Also, this morning, we walk and pray the lower Stations of the Cross. After lunch there will be a guided walking tour visiting the places associated with Bernadette Soubirous. At 5pm we are invited to take part in the Blessed Sacrament procession.
DAY THREE: Bartres - Lourdes
This morning we will travel to the small village of Bartres. Here we will celebrate Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist where Bernadette prepared for her First Holy Communion. We return to Lourdes for lunch. The afternoon will be free to explore Lourdes, and for private devotions. We are invited to take part in the Blessed Sacrament procession. After dinner, we will visit the Prairie, situated opposite the grotto, to pray the Rosary, praying to Mary the Mother of God for our own intentions.
DAY FOUR: Lourdes
This morning we take part in the International Mass followed by a visit to the baths. After lunch those who wish will have time to walk or take a short public bus ride to La Cité St Pierre. The purpose of La Cité St Pierre, situated on the beautiful hillside just above Lourdes, is to provide accommodation for those unable to stay in a hotel. La Cité St Pierre also welcomes all who come to Lourdes to experience the peace and message of Lourdes through a variety of symbolic features. After dinner we pray the Rosary and are invited to take part in the Torchlight procession.
DAY FIVE: Lourdes - Toulouse - Bristol
After our final Mass at the chapel of the St Frai Hospital, we return to our hotel for breakfast before transferring to Toulouse for our return flight. Our flight arrives at Bristol at 2:05pm.
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.
Travel Insurance: £26
Single room supplement: £88
11/05/17 - 15/05/17
• EasyJet scheduled flights:
Bristol - Toulouse - Bristol.
• All current airport departure taxes.
• One piece of luggage up to 20 kg.
• 4 nights accommodation in shared twin-bedded rooms with private facilities as follows:
11 - 15 May Hotel Stella, (3-star), Lourdes, 3 nights full board, 1 night half board.
• Transfers by coach as per the itinerary.
• Daily Mass and other devotions.
• Entrance fees as per the itinerary.
• Tour manager while in France.
• Financial protection under our ATOL bond.
• Travel insurance currently at £25.50 per person.
• Single room supplement at £88 for 4 nights (limited availability).
• Meals not mentioned above. Drinks.
• Gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel staff.
• U.K. transfers.
• Catering during the flights.
• Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airline.
Terms of Payment:
To reserve your place on the tour you will need to complete a booking form and pay a deposit of £200 (plus the insurance premium if the cover we offer is required) per person. Cheques are to be issued in favour of Pax Travel Ltd. The tour price is guaranteed until Monday 31st October 2016. Any bookings Pax receives after this date may be subject to a flight surcharge.