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Lourdes

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Lourdes - Hotel Padoue
         
  Date 24 August 2024 Online Booking
  Depart from New York JFK via Dublin  
  Arrive to Lourdes  
  Duration 8 nights  
  Price $3006*  

*Due to heavy traffic on the site the flight prices here could differ from the actual flight price charged by the airline, affecting the overall pricing slightly. The office will ring/email you when you make the booking to confirm the final pricing.
  • Overnight transatlantic flight from US to Lourdes via Dublin
  • Return flights from Lourdes to US via Dublin
  • 20kg Baggage allowance to be checked in.
  • Transfer on arrival from Lourdes airport to your hotel with guided assistance
  • 7 nights in the 4* Hotel Padoue
  • Free Wi-Fi in the hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meal served each day at hotel – as per above pricing.
  • Services of Marian Pilgrimages Tours representative and professional English-speaking guide throughout the pilgrimage
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach throughout the itinerary
  • All airport & local City taxes
  • Full religious programme organised by Marian Pilgrimages with a complete programme of sightseeing and visits to sites of interest.
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance



 

Hotel Padoue
The 4 star Hotel Padoue is an ideal hotel for any pilgrim thanks to its excellent location to the shrine. Located just a stones throw from St. Joesph’s gate, the Hotel Padoue is a brand new hotel featuring modern facilities.The air conditioned restaurant offers menu a la carte and buffet breakfast. Moreover the hotel is well adjusted to disabled guests with rooms and wheelchair access. Furnished in modern and elegant style the Hotel Padoue offers the perfect comfort.

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Day 1 - Depart USA

Check in at your local airport for overnight transatlantic flight to Dublin.

Day 2 - Arrive Lourdes

On arrival in Dublin proceed to baggage claim to collect your luggage. Make your way to terminal 1 and check in for your Ryanair flight to Tarbes, Lourdes. Following our arrival at Tarbes airport, we will make our way to the baggage claim area and collect our luggage. We will proceed to the arrivals hall, where our guide will be waiting to bring you to your coach for you transfer to Lourdes. On arrival in Lourdes, we will check-in to the Hotel Padoue and relax before dinner, which is usually served around 7pm, After dinner, we can take a short walk down to the Sanctuary to observe the candlelight procession and to pray the Rosary.

Candlelight procession - The candlelight procession begins at 9pm each evening and is a very special part of our pilgrimage where all nations from around the world come together to unite in prayer. On the 18th February 1858, the day of the third Apparition, one of the two people accompanying Bernadette came carrying a candle. After this, Bernadette herself always came with a lit candle. It marks the beginning of this long historical event in Lourdes. During the Procession, and depending on the day, pilgrims recite one of the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. At the beginning of each decade, a few words in several languages are given to direct prayer so that it does not become a monotonous repetition. The Ave Maria and other hymns can be heard in many languages. In the serenity of the evening, each pilgrim carries his or her own personal intentions as the prayer gathers the assembly of all nations, people and languages with the Virgin Mary. At the end of an evening procession on the 14th August 1983, Pope John Paul II said, In this peaceful night we keep watch, we pray, no longer in the secret of our hearts, but as a great crowd on the move, following the risen Jesus Christ, each one lighting the way for the other.

Day 3 - Walking Tour

This morning after breakfast we will depart as a group for Mass. We will return to the hotel for Lunch which is served at 12 noon. After lunch we generally meet with our guide at our hotel to embark on the walking tour which follows in the footsteps of St Bernadette. We begin at the cemetery where her parents are buried and walk back in time to visit the Boly Mill, the birthplace of St. Bernadette and the Cachot an abandoned prison where she and her impoverish family lived. During the walking tour we will hopefully get the sense of how the apparitions had such an impact on the family and this small village of Lourdes. After our walk we can take some free time to go back to the sanctuary area for some personal prayer before attending the blessing of the sick. After dinner we will take part in the evening programme as per the Sanctuary schedule which is optional for those who wish to attend the Rosary and the candlelight procession, beginning at 9pm.

Blessed Sacrament Procession - Each day at 5pm we will have an opportunity as pilgrims to walk with the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament reminds us all that Jesus is truly walking among us and that Our Lady is always drawing us back to her Son. The Procession starts in the Prairie of the Sanctuary and finishes in the Basilica of Saint Pius X in time for Adoration and Blessing of all Pilgrims. This is an optional part of the programme, and will generally not be accompanied by the guide.

Day 4- Grotto & Stations of the Cross

We will begin today at the most sacred site at the sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, the grotto where Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858. During our time at the Grotto we can walk in and around the Grotto area placing our hands on the grotto walls where the original spring is still visible. There is also an intentions box situated within the Grotto area where we can leave our intentions. Attend Mass in the Lower Dolores. After lunch we will meet up as a group at St. Josephs Gate with our guide and participate in the High or Low stations of the cross. The high stations are life size figures which re-enact the passion of Christ. They are located at the top of the Rosary basilica hill and will take approximately 1.5hr to complete. The low stations are located across from the baths area and have been designed to facilitate anybody who may have any walking difficulties. Both the high and low stations are an opportunity to experience Christs unconditional love for us all as we pray together on the passion through Our Ladys eyes. After dinner we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening programme as per the Sanctuary schedule.

Lourdes Grotto - It was here while gathering wood that Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858. During the first two apparitions, little Bernadette prayed the Rosary with Our Lady and left without any exchange of words. During one of Our Ladys visits to Bernadette, She announced herself saying I am the Immaculate Conception. Throughout the following apparitions, Our Lady emphasised Gods love for us, penance and the necessity of performing acts of penance for sinners.

Day 5 - Baths & Bartres

After a restful nights sleep, we leave the hotel as a group and visit the baths. After lunch there is an optional trip to Bartres (approximately 15 per person return for the coach trip). Bernadette held a special place for Bartres in her heart as it was where she stayed and studied the Catechism to prepare to receive her first Holy Communion. As a group we will celebrate Holy Mass in the chapel where Bernadette prayed. We shall return to our hotel for dinner at 7pm. After dinner this evening we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening programme as per the Sanctuary schedule.

Baths - The baths are a major highlight in Lourdes. Dont worry about feeling nervous. This is a very relaxing and stress-free time. Its a time to bring our intentions and needs to Our Lady and her Son. The baths are, for many, a place of physical and spiritual healing and a conversion of heart. (The baths may be very busy depending on the day or time and we may need to return on an alternative day. Our guide will advise the group of this.)

Day 6 - Optional Gavarnie trip

After breakfast this morning we will gather for Mass. After Mass we will have free time for some personal prayer and reflection. After lunch there will be an optional trip to Gavarnie which works out approximately 23 per person return. Gavarnie is situated high in the Pyrenees and has beautiful walking trails and scenery. We return by coach to our hotel for dinner at 7pm. After dinner we can take the short walk to the sanctuary to take part in the evening programme starting at 9pm.

Day 7 - Day of leisure

After enjoying breakfast at our hotel, we will have free time for our own personal intentions. Feel free to return to the healing baths or sit in the quiet of the grotto area. After lunch we will depart to celebrate Mass. After dinner can take part in the evening programme in the sanctuary area.

Day 8 - Group Candle Lighting

Our day begins with a delicious breakfast in our hotel. After breakfast we will proceed to the candle area where we will light our group candle and pray for everyones intentions on the pilgrimage. Return to our hotel for lunch. This afternoon will be free in Lourdes. After dinner we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening ceremonies.

Day 9 - Depart Lourdes

After our Farewell Mass as a group, there will be a chance for some last-minute shopping or personal prayer before transferring by our luxury coach to Tarbes airport for your return flight to Dublin. On arrival in Dublin collect your luggage and make your way to Terminal 2 for your Aer Lingus flight home.

It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events


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