Visit Paris, "the City of the Lights" with beautiful Basilica Sacre Coeue, and Versailles Castle, one of the greatest royal castles in Europe. Thwen board a speedy TGV train for ride to Lourdes. Spend the days with praying at the Basilica, and procession in Grotto. Then cross the Pirinee Mountains to reach barcelona, the capital of Catalonia.
Visit Sagrada Familia, the symbol of the city, have a Holy Mass at the Cathedral and travel to Montserrat Mountains to visit the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat, home of the Virgin of Montserrat (the Black Virgin).
Dparture: May 25. 2019
IF YOU HAVE THE OWN GROUP YOU CAN CHOSE THE OTHER DATE
Day-1. DEPARTURE CITY-PARIS: Afternoon/overnight flight to Paris.
Day-2. PARIS: Arrival Paris and transfer to the city. Then start with panoramic tour of the capital with several stops. During the tour you will also see: Le Bastille, Luxembourg Garden, Sorbonne University, Latin Quarter, Champ d’ Mars, Champ Elisees, the National Assembly and Place de la Concorde. Then to your hotel in historical Bastille. After check in, supper close to hotel and walking tour along Seine. D.
Day-3. PARIS: Walk to Marais, the best "secret" of Paris, a labyrinth of cobble-stone streets, old courtyards, posh villas, art galleries, and pastry. shops. View Place de Vosges, the most beautiful palace in Paris before we enter Ille de la Cite, the cradle of Parisian civilization, and place where the Roman army sat up their fist camp. Inside visit of Notre Dame and then along Pont Neuf to Conciergerie Prison from where during the revolution, over 1,350 prisoners including Marie Antoinette and Louis XVII. were sent to the guillotine. Later, board Bateaux Mouches cruise on Seine. B.D.
Day-4. VERSAILLES -LOURDES: Board RER train for short ride to the town of Versailles. Then just a short walk to the Palace built by the order of Louis XIV, the "Sun King". See the Royal Chapel, the Drawing Room, the Royal bedrooms, the Guard's Rooms and the courtyard. Lunch in Versailles (instead of dinner in Paris). Late afternoon, board the speedy TGV train for short ride to Lourdes. B.D.
Day-5. LOURDES: Tour of this great pilgrimage site in Pirenei Mountains, where Our Lady appears in 1858 and talked to Bernadette in Masiabielle Grotto outside Lourdes. After morning Mass walk in the footsteps of Bernadette and visit the Grotto, site of the visions of the Virgin Mary. Then to the home of in which Bernadette lived, as well as the holy sites. You can participate in the Procession of the Blessed sacrament (seasonal).
Day-6. LOURDES: Another day in Lourdes for Holly Mass and procession.
Day-7. LOURDES-MONTSERRAT-BARCELONA: Early morning departure to Spain. Arrive Montserrat, and use the cable car for ride to the Monastery of Montserrat, home of the Virgin of Montserrat, known as the Black Virgin. Holy Mass in Basilica and late ride to Barcelona. Stop for group photo in front of Sagrada Familia, the main symbol of the city. Then check in at your centrally located hotel and dinner. B.D.
Day-8. BARCELONA: Full day tour of Barcelona. Morning Holy Mass at the Cathedral of Barcelona, and then enter Bari Gothic, the original part of the city developed already in Roman Time. See: Palau Aguilar, home of Picasso Museum, Visit La Boqueria, the Temple of Augustus, Ribera Quarter and Episcopal Palace. Then to La Boqueria, the most famous open air food market in Europe, with hunbdreds of stalls selling excellet food which they prepare in front of you. B.D.
Day-9. BARCELONA: Free day in Barcelona for group or individual activities. In the evening, and optional Flamenco tapas dinner and music show at Tablao de Carmen, the best flamenco venue in Spain (ad. $95)
Day-10. DEPARTURE (same day arrival) B.
Our Tour hotels are never far from where you need to go. We choose only the best hotels in centralized locations so you can get on with your tour.
With every group tour we provide you will see all the best attractions and some you might not even know. These attractions are just steps away from your hotel:
Basilica Notre Dame-Basilica Sacre Coeur-Masabielle Grotto-Cathdral of Barcelona, Montserrat Monastery
Sagrada Familia, La Boqueria
Your tour is important to us and we provide the most inclusive tour possible. This student group tour includes the following:
-round trip airfare
-airport taxes based on present fees
-AC Motor coach as per program
-TGV train: Paris-Lourdes
-9 nights in centrally located hotels
-9 buffet breakfasts
-dinners or lunches
-Holy Mass in 6 churches
-Mariden tour director