Spiritual Highlights of France Tour
“Post-Chartres Pilgrimage Through the North of France”
June 11 – 19, 2019
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Join traditional Catholics on a budget-friendly optional add-on tour through the north of France after the annual Chartres Pentecost Pilgrimage. The journey guides you through some of the most important and visually stunning areas of France, including stops in Chartres (to see the veil of the Blessed Mother), Le Mans (historic cathedral), Solesmes (the world capital of Gregorian Chant), Rennes (experience the beauty of Brittany), Mont Saint-Michel (one of the most enchanting islands on the planet), Normandy Beach (historic D-Day landings), Lisieux (beloved home of St. Therese), Alençon (birthplace of St. Therese), and Versailles (home to the famous Versailles Palace).
Frequently Asked Questions
June 11– 19, 2019
France: Chartres, Le Mans, Solesmes, Rennes, Mont Saint-Michel, Saint-Lô, Normandy Beach, Caen, Lisieux, Alençon, Versailles, Paris
What is included?
- accommodations for 9 nights in religious guesthouses, monasteries and convents;
- ground transportation;
- some breakfasts daily, plus some meals;
- entry fees and guided tours;
- tour escort;
- and much more.
Does the cost include air?
No, this tour is land-only. The tour begins in Chartres and ends in Paris.
May I extend my stay?
Yes, you may arrive early and take full advantage of the annual Chartres Pentecost Pilgrimage. You may also choose to depart late, as you wish.
Day 1 – June 11: Chartres, Le Mans, Solesmes
After breakfast we celebrate morning Mass in the crypt of Chartres Cathedral. Depart on bus. Experience the picturesque villages and pristine countryside as you journey to Les Mans, an ancient Roman city. Visit to the famous cathedral, Saint Julian of Le Mans, the city’s first bishop, who established Christianity in the area around the beginning of the 4th century. Picnic lunch. Next we make our way to Solesmes, the world capital of Gregorian Chant. Stay at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter, made famous by the great Abbot Prosper Guéranger. Overnight in Solesmes.
Day 2 – June 12: Solesmes
Today we bask in the peaceful monastic setting, taking full advantage to rest and relax. We will have the opportunity to pray the public hours of the Divine Office with the monks in their chapel. Experience life in a monastery. Male visitors will stay within the monastic cloister and eat and pray with the monks as well as participate in their manual labor. Lunch. Time to pray with the monks in their chapel, hear them sing, and explore the outside monastery gardens and gift shop. Overnight in Solesmes.
Day 3 – June 13: Solesmes
Experience the life of a monk from the inside. Hear the Gregorian chants of the Roman Church. Get a glimpse of how and where the monks live, work and pray. Afternoon is open for free time, prayer and rest. Take advantage of the opportunity to visit and pray, traveling back in time. Overnight in Solesmes.
Day 4 – June 14: Solesmes, Rennes, Mont Saint-Michel
We continue our journey through the beautiful French countryside to the lovely city of Rennes in Britanny. Picnic lunch in the central square. Free time to explore. Next we continue to the famous Mont Saint-Michel on the English Channel, one of France’s most recognizable landmarks, a former monastery since the 8th century. Dinner and overnight at Mont Saint-Michel.
Day 5 – June 15: Mont Saint-Michel
After breakfast, time to explore the enchanting Mont Saint-Michel. Time for souvenir shopping. Lunch in the village. Enjoy a day of relax in this beautiful place. Be sure to watch the famous tide! Overnight in Mont Saint-Michel.
Day 6 – June 16: Mont Saint-Michel, Saint-Lô, Normandy Beach, Caen
Today we begin the day with Sunday Mass. It is fitting on this Father’s Day we honor the fallen of D-Day at Normandy Beach. Relive the history of the Second World War with a visit to place where the largest amphibious landing in the history of the world was carried out on the 6th of June 1944. Lunch at Saint-Lô. Overnight at Caen.
Day 7 – June 17: Caen, Lisieux, Alençon
Morning visit to the Basilica of Lisieux. See where the “Little Flower” lived and died. Pius X called her, “the greatest saint of modern times.” Lunch in a park. Day is free for prayer and leisure. Retrace the steps of Thérèse. Overnight in Lisieux.
Day 8 – June 18: Lisieux, Alençon
Departure for Alençon, birthplace of St. Thérèse. See her family home. Time to explore the village and experience the real France. Overnight in Alençon.
N.B. Itinerary is subject to change.
Your deposit of $500 USD is due at time of registration.
Deadline for Registration
Final payment is due February 1, 2019.
You save $200 USD per person if you book by January 1, 2019.
TBA USD per person, land-only (double occupancy).
We recommend you purchase international travel insurance that includes medical – this can be done at time of deposit/registration.
Is this tour for you?
Please note: you must be able to carry your own luggage. You must be in good physical shape. You must be flexible. You must bring your own sleeping bag.
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