1103BA0 - Marian and Salesian Shrines of Southern France 9 days from Fayetteville

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Air France http://bit.ly/2HNQmxe

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $159 plus current fuel surcharges of $350 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
BA1103BF 11/03/2020 $3199.00
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Trip Details

Today, we depart from Fort Myers, Fayetteville or Washington Dulles to connect with our overnight flight for Geneva. We will be served dinner and breakfast and enjoy inflight movies while aloft.
This morning, we arrive at Geneva's Airport where we are met and board our luxury touring coach for the scenic tour of this ancient Roman city, today the European headquarters of the United Nations. Also, we see the Reformation Monument, the University of Geneva, the World Council of Churches, the many parks and gardens and the Lake, dominated by the Cathedral of St. Peter's in the old city. We continue south to the delightful French city of Annecy for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today, we enjoy Mass at the Basilica of the Visitation perched high above beautiful Annecy. Here we visit the tombs of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Chantal, certainly a high point of our pilgrimage. We visit the museum of the Basilica and see the presentation of the life and pastoral ministry of St. Francis. Next, we see the Gallery, where the Visitation begun in 1610, and where de Sales gave his conferences to the Sisters, the room where St. Jane lived. We visit the First Monastery of the Visitation, and the City Museum dedicated to St. Francis de Sales, Annecy's most prominent citizen. We pass by the houses where de Sales lived as Bishop, Philothea's House, and finally the Church of St. Maurice where St. Francis was baptized and later consecrated bishop. We have the opportunity to explore the culinary delights of Annecy tonight, as dinner will be on our own. Overnight at the hotel.
Today we take our motor coach for a ride along the southern edge of beautiful Lake Leman. During the tour, we pass through the City of Annemasse where in 1597 St. Francis de Sales re-instituted the 40 Hours Devotions as a means of restoring the Catholic Faith. Today there is a cross erected as a memorial to his pastoral effort, which bore so much fruit. From Annemasse, we go further on to another highlight of the Chablais Region, the Fortress of Allinges. Here, St. Francis de Sales and his brother, Louis, returned each night to safety after preaching all day in the city of Thonon. At Allinges, we have a beautiful view of the region and can visit the Chapel of St. Martin, which dates from the 9th century. We meet with the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, who maintain the Fortress. We continue travel into beautiful Thonon, on the lakeshore. Here we visit the Church of St. Francis de Sales - St. Hippolyte, where our Patron celebrated the first Christmas Eve Masses in 1596, after nearly 60 years of Calvinist control. This beautiful Church houses some Salesian memorabilia, paintings, statues, etc. We have arranged to celebrate Mass in this Church, after which you have the opportunity to enjoy lunch in one of the many picturesque bistros along the Lake. From here, a short ride to Publier and a brief visit to the Chapel of St. Marin, a mission chapel of the Chablais, where St. Francis de Sales celebrated Mass. We board our bus and drive to Evian-les-Bains, where the world-famous bottled mineral water is produced. Dinner is on your own this evening.
This morning, we drive south towards Avignon. On route, we visit the wonderful visit of the wonderful Senanque Abbey and Gordes village. Following lunch on our own, we continue to Avignon where we visit the Palace of the Popes. We will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral here and have free time to explore the city. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Tradition tell us that for the last thirty years of her life Mary Magdalene lived in a cave in the Sainte-Baume mountains and was buried in the town of Saint-Maximin. We will visit the Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene in St. Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume where her skull is said to be found. We celebrate Mass here and enjoy an informative visit with the rector of the Basilica. Finally, we continue to a nearby vineyard for a tour and wine tasting in the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region. Return to Avignon for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we depart Lourdes and stop at Carcassonne, which boasts Europe's lengthiest medieval town walls. Her mighty circle of towers on a hill above the River Aude gives Carcassonne a fairy tale appearance. We continue west to Lourdes where we transfer to our simple, pilgrims’ hotel near the Shrine for dinner. In the evening, we join the Torchlight Marian Procession.
This day is spent in devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. We celebrate Mass at the Grotto, with a morning orientation visit to the Shrine and a walking tour of Lourdes, visiting Boly Mill, where St. Bernadette was born, the Cachot, formerly used as a jail, where she lived during the apparitions, and the parish church. This afternoon is free for private devotions, Eucharistic Procession, the Blessing of the Sick or the legendary, healing waters of the miraculous Lourdes spring. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. In the evening, we can once again join the Torchlight Marian Procession.
This morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight home via Paris and arrive later today with memories of a lifetime!