Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Led by Fr Michael Johnston, 27 - 31 May 2019 



DAY ONE: Gatwick - Toulouse - Lourdes

EasyJet flight departs from Gatwick North Terminal at 8:40am (Flight schedules have yet to be published - flight times are subject to change). From Toulouse Airport we transfer together by private coach to Lourdes, where we check in to our hotel, the centrally-located Hotel Stella, for dinner and a four-night stay. There will be an informal walk to the grotto, where we will say prayers for the intentions of our pilgrimage.

Included meal: dinner.

DAY TWO: Lourdes
After breakfast we have a guided visit to places associated with Bernadette Soubirous, including maison paternelle (family home) Le Cachot (The Lock-up) and the Parish Church. This afternoon we walk and pray at the Stations of the Cross. After dinner we are welcome to take part in the Torchlight Procession.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
DAY THREE: Lourdes
This morning we will attend the International Mass in the underground Basilica. In the afternoon there will be some free time before we take part in the Blessed Sacrament Procession and in the evening we participate in the Torchlight Procession. For those who wish, the baths in Lourdes are open from 2pm - 6pm.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
DAY FOUR: Bartres - Lourdes
This morning we travel to the small village of Bartres for time at leisure and Mass. Late morning, we return to Lourdes. After lunch, we are invited to take part in the Blessed Sacrament procession and healing of the sick. We will visit the Prairie, situated opposite the grotto, to pray the Rosary, appealing to Mary the Mother of God for our society to become more aware of what it is damaging and in danger of destroying. After dinner we are welcome to take part in the Torchlight Procession.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 
DAY FIVE: Lourdes - Toulouse - Gatwick
This morning we celebrate Mass. The rest of the morning will be at leisure. Transfer to Toulouse for our return flight, arriving at Gatwick North Terminal at 7pm (Flight schedules have yet to be published - flight times are subject to change). 
Included meal: 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. 



Single room supplement: £88

27/05/19 - 31/05/19
Price Includes:

Scheduled easyJet flights: Gatwick - Toulouse; Dep 08:40  Arr 11:30 and Toulouse - Gatwick; Dep 18:05  Arr 19:00. (Flight schedules have yet to be published - flight times are subject to change). One piece of check-in luggage up to 23kg. Current U.K. and France airport departure taxes. All touring and transfers as per the itinerary. Accommodation in a shared twin-bedded room with private facilities at Hotel Stella (three stars. http://www.hotelstellalourdes.fr), Lourdes. Mass will be celebrated each day. Entrance fees as per the itinerary. Half day guided visit. Half-day trip to Bartres. Meal package: four breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners. ATOL and ABTA financial protection.

Price Extras:
Single room (limited availability) supplement at £88 per person for four nights. Catering during the flights. Meals apart from those mentioned in the itinerary. Drinks. Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airlines. Gratuities. Transfers within the U.K. 
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. Cheques are to be issued in favour of Pax Travel Ltd. The balance payment is due no later than 27th March 2019
The above price of £599 is guaranteed for bookings Pax Travel receives by 14th December 2018. Any bookings received after this date may be subject to a surcharge.

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