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Europe-Israel Pilgrimage Tour

When we go on a pilgrimage in the Holy Land, another dimension intervenes: the space dimension, since we discover the places’ materialistic foundation of the founding events whereby God expressed his word.

But the space is as – and maybe even more – fragile as the human word and memory gathered!

We can only understand these places if, at the same time, we do listen God’s word telling us about the events they remind, the anchor point.

God’s word reading is neither a historian’s tale, neither the memory of a riddle. This Word acts, and it is more than Jesus, God’s Word, Christ Messiah who is talking to us: he is himself here.

Thanks to him, we are Christian and we are part of him when we celebrate the Eucharist.

His presence is given to us at that moment, in one place where not only his time becomes our

but our time becomes his!

His story’s time is confirmed by his story’s places.

20-day program example

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Day 1


Arrival at the Roissy or Orly airport, welcome by our representative at the airport – Transfer to your hotel – According to your arrival time, free morning – Lunch – On the afternoon, transfer to Montmartre to visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart – Mass Celebration

Dinner and night at the hotel


Day 2


Around 9:00 am, departure for the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal where the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine in 1830 and offered to the world a Miraculous Medal.

Morning mass in the Chapel

After the mass and the visit of the Bac Street, we will go on foot towards the Lazarist Chapel, located in Sevres Street, where the body of St-Vincent-de-Paul is resting.


Afternoon: guided and panorama tour of Paris including Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera, the Louvre, and a visit of Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Optional: boat ride tour

Dinner and night at the hotel


Day 3


After breakfast, we will take a bus to go to Lisieux (230 km) in the heart of the Normandy where we will attend the Mass in the Basilica St Therese.


In the afternoon, we will follow the steps of St Therese, canonized in 1925.

We will see where she lived and we will study her message of trust and love, a message for our time.

Then, we will visit the Cathedral St Peter, symbol of the city’s prestigious past, before going back to Paris. From Paris, we will go to Lourdes by car-sleeper train or bus.


Day 4


Early in the morning, arrival in Lourdes, transfer to the hotel, free morning and lunch.

In the afternoon: Lourdes’ guided tour on foot

We will follow St Bernadette Saubirous’ steps: the house where she was born, the dungeon that was used as a jail where Bernadette lived during the Appearances, the Chapel where she received the First Communion and the Church of her baptism.

We will then participate to the Eucharist Procession and to the Ill Persons Benediction at the Sanctuaries.

At 8:30 pm: torchlight procession

Dinner and night at Lourdes


Day 5


Free morning to go to the pools, the grotto – Mass in the Grotto


In the afternoon: trip to Bartres

The altarpiece is still in place and Bernadette contemplated the large in relief paintings with golden characters. When you will leave Bartres, you will see on the left the sheepfold and the thick grass meadow from where high mossy reeds emerge. This is where Bernadette had her nurse’s herds graze.

At 8:30 pm: torchlight procession

Dinner and night at Lourdes


Day 6


Free day if you want to pray or visit Lourdes

At the heart of the site of the sanctuaries, there is the Grotto of Massabielle and the Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire, both overlooked by the Basilica of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Lunch at the hotel

We will then participate to the Eucharist Procession and to the Ill Persons Benediction at the Sanctuaries. End of the pilgrimage and transfer to Lourdes train station to go to Paris by car-sleeper train

Other more economical option: at early afternoon, departure for Rome (you will arrive the next day around 10 am – Rome = 1200 km)


Day 7


Arrival in Paris early in the morning and transfer to Orly or Roissy to flight to Rome

Welcome by our representative at Rome airport – transfer to your hotel or religious institution

Free time before lunch (according to your arrival time) – Lunch

In the afternoon: St. John Lateran Arch basilica, first sanctuary dedicated to the Christ by Constantine, the Christian Emperor – then Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

Dinner and night at the hotel or religious institution


Day 8


Start of the pilgrimage ad limina Apostolorum (until the threshold of the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul)

Morning dedicated to visiting Basilica St Peter (mass if possible).

Self-service lunch at the Janiculum restaurant next to the Vatican

Free time for shopping in Vatican’s city (the bus will wait for the pilgrims at the Janiculum parking lot until 6 pm)

Short tour of the ancient Rome: The Coliseum, the Forum and the Pantheon

Dinner and night at the hotel or at the religious institution


Day 9


Early in the morning, departure for the Papal audience at the Vatican or visit of Ancient Rome

Very important: In order to participate to the Papal audience, it is imperative that the 9th day is on a Wednesday.


Visit: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and the Catacombs of San Sebastiano

Dinner and night at the hotel or at the religious institution


Day 10


Early in the morning, departure for the trip in Assisi (170 km)

Assisi is the homeland of St Francois; founder of the Franciscans religious order, and of St Clare her successor, who founded the Poor Clares

Tour of the Cathedral San Rufino where St Francois and St Clare were baptized

It is in Chiesa Nuova neighborhood that St Francois was born and raised.

Tour of the two sanctuaries remembering this time of his life: San Francesco Picolo and Chiesa Nuova.


In the afternoon: Tour of Basilica of Santa Chiara, built at the location of a church dedicated to St Georges and where is located the crucifix that talked to St Francois.

Then: Basilicas St Francois: the upper church and its murals of Giotto and Cimabue, the lower church, the cloister and the tomb. Tour of the house of the father’s saint

Return to Rome

Dinner and night at the religious institution in Rome


Day 11


According to the takeoff hour, transfer to Rome Airport for the Tel Aviv flight

Arrival in Tel Aviv at the end of the afternoon or during the evening – Welcome and transfer to the hotel in Galilee

Dinner and night at the hotel


Day 12


Morning: Mary’s Well and Church St Gabriel tours – Then Church of Annunciation tour 


Afternoon: We will head to Cana where the Miracle of the Water turned into wine happened

Dinner and night at the hotel


Day 13


Morning: Mount Tabor tour – it is the place of the Transfiguration


Afternoon: Yardenit visit, at the extreme south of the Jordan River, where the water reconstitute el Jordan, top place of the baptism. Bathing and purification in the Jordan waters (prayers)

Return to Nazareth

Dinner and night at the hotel in Galilee


Day 14


Morning: Capharnahum visit, Peter’s city with his synagogue and house.

Visit: Church of Tabgha (multiplication of the loaves and fishes) – Mount of the Beatitudes and recitation of the 8 sermons of the Mountain

Lunch in a kibbutz by Tiberias Lake

Afternoon: We will take the Golan’s road to Banias, the first source.

Boat ride on Tiberias Lake, wonderful scenery, (mass and prayers at the end of the day on the boat in the middle of the lake: unforgettable moment).

Dinner and night at the hotel in Galilee


Day 15


Morning: at early morning, departure for Jerusalem – Arrival at the hotel, installation in the bedrooms


Afternoon: We will do the procession of Mount Zion with a visit including the Tomb of David, the Cenacle, where Jesus gathered his apostles for his last supper, the Abbey of the Dormition as well as the Church of St Peter of Galicante.

Return to the hotel – Dinner and night in Jerusalem


Day 16


Morning: We will go up the Mount of Olives and we will admire Jerusalem – right before, we will stop at the Church of the Pater Noster mentioning the education by the Christ “our father” to his disciples – We will visit the Church of the Pater Noster and the Church of the Ascension.

We will go down on foot towards the Gardens of Gethsemane to remember Jesus’ anxiety before his arrest and to do a prayer at the Church of Dominus Flevit – Visit of the Church of the Five Nations (prayers)


Afternoon: We will follow the Calvary of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa: crosses will be given to pilgrims

Tour: Church of St Sepulchre, place where Jesus was crucified.

Return to the hotel

Dinner and night at the hotel


Day 17


Morning: short stop at the Western Wall (remain of Jerusalem’s second temple)

At the end of the morning, departure for Bethlehem

Lunch in Bethlehem

Afternoon: we will go visit Bethlehem, the Church of Nativity, the Church St Catharina (The Church of the Franciscans next to the Basilica), and the Field of Shepherds (mass).

Dinner and night at the hotel


DAY 18


Morning: at early morning, departure for the Dead Sea – On the road we will stop at the Good Samaritan – Amazing view on the Monastery St Georges on Jericho’s road. Stop in Qumran

Qumran: place where the Dead Sea Scrolls have been found – Tour


Relaxing time at the Dead Sea

Return to the hotel

Dinner at night at the hotel


DAY 19


Morning: Abu Gosh, Eim Kerem (city where St Baptist was born), Monastery of Latrun and Emmaus site tours (prayers)

Lunch in a kibbutz and tour of the kibbutz activities (if desired)

Afternoon: return to Jerusalem and free time top shop in the souks of the old city

Return to the hotel

Dinner and night at the hotel


Day 20


Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport of Tel Aviv to board and takeoff

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