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 France-Italy Pilgrimage Tour

The France-Italy Pilgrimage is a complete tour.

From the heart of the Eternal city, Rome, where we will visit the 4 most important basilicas to the discovery of Turin, going through Assisi, the city of St Francois and Cascia, the city of St Rita, this tour offers various sceneries for a new pilgrimage.

We will commune with ourselves following the steps of the great saints like St Francois, St Claire d’Assisi, St Rita, St Padre Pio, and others.

We will continue the tour in France discovering in Paris the story of John Vianney,

the “Curé d’Ars” and in Lisieux a lot of sanctuaries that will accompany you all along your spiritual life.

Program example 12 days

Paris-Lisieux-Lourdes-Rome-Assisi-Cascia

Day 1

PARIS

 

Arrival in the morning, at Roissy or Orly airports and Welcome by our representative - Transfer to your hotel – Lunch – In the afternoon, basilica of the Sacred Heart. Mass celebration

Dinner and night at the hotel

 

Day 2

PARIS

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.

Lunch

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

Optional: boat cruise visit on La Seine

Dinner and night at the hotel

 

Day 3

PARIS – LISIEUX

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.

Lunch

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

LOURDES

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.

Dinner and night at Lourdes

At 8:30 pm: torchlight procession

 

Day 5

LOURDES

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

Lunch

In the afternoon: trip to Bartres

Visit: Bernadette’s nurse house

At 8:30 pm: torchlight procession

Dinner and night at the hotel

 

Day 6

LOURDES – PARIS

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

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

According to your tour and transportation choices, the next destination will be either Paris or Rome.

 

Day 7

PARIS / ROME

 

Arrival in Rome

Transfer to your hotel or the 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

ROME

 

Start of the pilgrimage ad limina Apostolorum (until the threshold of the tombs of the apostle 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

ROME

 

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.

Afternoon

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

ASSISI

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.

Lunch

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

Free evening

Dinner and night at the hotel or at the religious institution

 

Day 11

ASSISI – CASCIA

 

Early in the morning, tour of the Basilica of St Mary of Angels where is located Porziuncola, small chapel restored by St Francois, and the Chapel of the Transito, the cell in which St. Francis died. Discovery of the Monastery St Damien where St Francois composed the Sun Canticle

Departure for Cascia (80 km)

Lunch on the way or in Cascia

Tour of the great sanctuary of St Rita and the house where she was born

Dinner and night at the hotel or at the religious institution in Cascia

 

Day 12

ROME or CASCIA

 

Free day

Check-out

Transfer to the airport