Spiritual Highlights of France Tour
With Fr. Garrick Huang, FSSP, Chaplain
“Visit the Eldest Daughter of the Church”
May 22 – 30, 2018
Registration is open.
Join Fr. Garrick Huang, FSSP of Monteal, Canada, on a budget-friendly optional add-on tour through France after the annual Chartres Pentecost Pilgrimage. The journey cointinues through some of the most important and visually stunning shrines in France, including stops in Chartres (to see the veil of the Blessed Mother), Orleans (of St. Joan of Arc fame), Tours (Shrine of St. Martin), Fontgombault (famous traditional Benedictine Monastery), Nevers (see incorrput body of St. Bernadette), Paray-le-Monial (see incorrupt body of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque), Ars (see incorrupt body of St. John Vianney), La Salette (renowned Marian apparition site in the Alps), Lyon (Primatial See of France), and much more!
Frequently Asked Questions
May 22– 30, 2018
France: Chartres, Orleans, Tours, Fontgombault, Nevers, Paray-le-Monial, Ars, Grenoble, La Salette Voiron, Lyon, Auxerre, Paris.
Only $1,950 USD
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 – May 22: Chartres, Orleans, Tours, Fontgombault
After breakfast we depart Chartres for Orleans to make a brief visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the city where Joan of Arc was hailed “the Maid of Orleanes.” Next we make our way to Tours for a visit to the Basilica of St. Martin, a unique shrine rebuilt after it was destroyed during the French Revolution. In the crypt is the tomb of St. Martin, a place of pilgrimage. Arrival at teh traditional Benedictine Abbey of Notre-Dame of Fontgombault, located in the Regional park of le Brenne. Here we rest after the pilgrimage. Check-into guesthouse and dinner. Overnight in Fontgombault.
Day 2 – May 23: Fontgombault
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. Female visitors will stay in neighboring cottages on the edge of the property (equipped with kitchens). Lunch. Time to pray with the monks and explore the outside monastery gardens and gift shop. Overnight in Fontgombault.
Day 3 – May 24: Fontgombault
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 the nearby caves along the river, where the original monks lived. Overnight in Fontgombault.
Day 4 – May 25: Fontgombault, Nevers, Paray-le-Monial
We continue our journey through the beautiful French countryside to Nevers, the location of the convent and burial place of St. Bernadette, visionary of Lourdes. Here we experience a glimpse of life in a French convent. See the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette and pray in this holy place of devotion and miracles. Free time for prayer and rest. Next we continue our journey to Paray-le-Monial, where each year countless pilgrims visit. Pray inside the Chapel of the Visitation , where most of the appparitions of Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque took place. Visit the stunning Romanesque Basilica. Check0into guesthouse. Dinner and overnight at Paray-le-Monial.
Day 5 – May 26: Paray-le-Monial, Ars
Continuing our journey, we make our way to the enchanting village of Ars, home of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. See the parish where he lived and worked, pray before his mortal remains, now incorrupt. Explore this fascinating country village. Quiet time for rest and souvenir shopping. Overnight in Ars.
Day 6 – May 27: Ars, Grenoble, La Salette
Sunday Mass in Ars. Today we enjoy the beauty of the Alps as we journey to the picturesque village of Grenoble. Continue through the alpine countryside to the shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, a renowned place of international pilgrimage. Explore the basilica and shrine where Our Lady appeared to two children in 1846. Evening candlelight procession to the apparition site. Dinner and overnight at La Salette.
Day 7 – May 28: La Salette, Voiron, Lyon, Ars
Morning hike up the hill overlooking the shrine to enjoy the majestic views. Time to visit the gift shop. Today we descent he Alps to the Monastery and Museum of the Grande Chartreuse, where the fabled Chartreuse liqueur is prepared by Carthusian monks, a secret recipe consisting of an organic mixture of 130 herbs, plants and flowers collected by the monks in the gardens and field of their property. Arrival in Lyon, the capital of French gastronomy. Visit the historic city center that dates back to Roman times. See the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Primatial See of France. Taste the local cuisine. Overnight in Ars.
Day 8 – May 29: Ars, Lyon
Today we make our way to the new FSSP parish in Lyon, Eglise Sain-Just. This magnificent architectural jewel is one of the finest examples of Roman Baroque in France and the oldest parish in the city. Adding to the prestige of the church is that it is the final resting place of St Irenaeus, bishop of Lyon. Next we visit the truly magnificent Notre-Dame de Fouviere, a stunning basilica overlooking the city, built in reparation for the French Revolution. Free time to explore Lyon. Dinner and overnight in Ars.
N.B. Itinerary is subject to change.
Your deposit of $500 USD is due asap. This reserves your spot. Small group pilgrimages fill quickly – do not miss out!
Deadline for Registration
Final payment is due March 1, 2018.
You save $200 USD per person if you book by January 1, 2018.
$1,950 USD per person, land-only (double occupancy)
We always recommend you purchase international travel insurance that includes medical – this is 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.
Terms and Conditions
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