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L'Experience du Pélerinage

 

Services and Highlights
(13 Days / 12 Nights - Prices on request)

 


Executive coach for transfers and excursions according to the program.
Services of a professional guide throughout the tour (several languages available)
Accommodation in 3 to 5-star hotels


This tour makes you discover France in a very different way : drive along the pilgrimage path of Santiago de Compostella and visit the spritual sites of Toulouse, Rocamadour, Lourdes and Bordeaux. Visit the famous Mont-Saint-Michel with its Abbey, a real magical place. Continue your tour to learn some more about the French history and visit the Normandy beaches, before touring to Lisieux, where you will visit an important shrine of spirituality. Also on schedule : Paris and Chartres.
 

 

Groups must be established before contacting us (9 participants minimum). If you are less than 9, we organise Private & Shared Tours.

 

Our know-how is our essential asset to guarantee high-quality tours all over France, as we have created a real network of partners, from coach companies to guides, hotels and gourmet restaurants. We selected them meticulously to ensure maximum comfort during your whole stay.

 

 

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Crédit Photo : P. Vincent


Day 1: Arrival in Paris & connecting flight to Toulouse



Depending on your arrival time in Toulouse, short visit of the main monuments:
The Saint-Sernin basilica, a jewel of 11th and 12th century Roman art, is an important stage on the Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage & the Jacobins convent buildings Southern-French gothic architecture.
Overnight in Toulouse

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Day 2 : Toulouse & Rocamadour

 

Rocamadour has attracted visitors for its beautiful setting, its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has attracted pilgrims from every country. The buildings of Rocamadour rise in stages up the side of a cliff on the right bank of the Alzou, which here runs between rocky walls 400 ft. in height. Flights of steps ascend from the lower town to the churches, a group of massive buildings half-way up the cliff. The chief of them is the church of Notre Dame (1479), containing a wooden Black Madonna reputed to have been carved by Saint Amator (Amadour). The subterranean church of St Amadour (1166) extends beneath St Sauveur and contains relics of the saint. On the summit of the cliff stands the castle built in the Middle Ages to defend the sanctuaries.
On the way back to Toulouse, stop at Cahors. The Quercy capital with flourishing past, with its famous bridge Valentré, fortified structure with three towers, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO invite you to discover the ancient city. Overnight in Toulouse.


Lourdes Pilgramage

Day 3 : Lourdes

 

Departure to Lourdes & visit of the Sanctuaries.
The Chapel above the Grotto, i.e. the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception constitutes "the" original Sanctuary. Later on, the multiplicity of the churches and basilicas resulted in naming the whole area "the Sanctuaries", the collective entity having the Grotto where the apparitions took place as its focal point. The Basilica of the Rosary is part and parcel of the vast architectural composition of the Sanctuaries of Lourdes. Overnight in Lourdes.

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Day 4 : Lourdes

 

End of visits in the footsteps of Bernadette: the Parish church, the Cachot, the Hospital Oratory...)
See also The Castle of Lourdes and its Pyrenean Museum of Arts and Traditions This ancient fortress, never captured, is a listed historic monument and museum. It offers an exceptional panoramic view of the town, the Sanctuaries and the Pyrenees. Overnight in Lourdes


Day 5: Bordeaux

 

Depart early in the morning towards Bordeaux.

Discover Monumental Bordeaux : An ongoing showcase of Bordeaux’s heritage included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. With over 350 historic monuments in a protected area of 147 hectares and 3 churches, Saint-André, Saint-Michel, and Saint-Seurin, already listed as World Heritage sites on the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela), Bordeaux had a number of assets to convince the visitor. Bordeaux is also an 18th century architectural gem.
Wine Museum : The Museum provides an overview of wine history from Roman times to the 19th century. You can learn about wine from Bordeaux and other regions of France. Be sure to check out the museum’s wine school, where experts offer tastings and sell reasonably priced bottles.

Settle in your hotel & overnight in Bordeaux.


Mont Saint Michel

Day 6: Nantes - Le Mont-St-Michel

 

 

On your way to the Mont-Saint-Michel, stop over in Nantes.

Stroll around this metropole which is one of the major cultural, artistic and creative poles in France. Discover the magnificent Court of Britanny which has been totally restored and that has loads to offer with its fascinating architecture. We also suggest you to visit the LU Tower and learn more about the history of the biscuit factory LU.  From the top of the platform you will enjoy a stunning view over the city.

Continue your transfer to Mont-St-Michel and check-in to your hotel.

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.Day 7: Le Mont-St-Michel - Caen

 

Discover the Mont-Saint-Michel and its abbey on the border between Normandy and Brittany, one of the first sites to obtain UNESCO World Heritage listing. Be amazed by the prodigious accomplishments of medieval architecture, by the forces of nature, and the ever-changing light.
The mysteries that shroud it defy the imagination: moving sands, sudden mists, tides that run in 'at the speed of a galloping horse'...Visitors in quest of absolution may be disappointed by the motley crowd which lays siege to the town and its souvenir stalls.
The true spirit of the place is to be found in the marvelous abbey, defying the sea upon its rock. Depart towards Caen for overnight.
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Day 8: Omaha Beach - Arromanches - Caen

 

First you will stop at 'The Pointe du Hoc', 90 feet high cliffs, where 225 Rangers landed on the morning of June 6, 1944. It was one of the strong points of the German fortifications.
Then you will continue your day of remembrance and stop at Colleville sur Mer to visit the American Cemetery, overlooking Omaha Beach, which contains over 9,000 white crosses perfectly aligned on 170 acres. A chapel and memorial add the finishing touches to this moving scene allowing visitors to reflect on the price of war.
You will then leave and stop at other famous WWII locations such as Arromanches and the vestiges of the artificial harbor (Mulberry Bridge), Longues-sur-Mer and the German artillery battery, which gave the allied a pounding on the morning of 6th June.
It is actually the only coastal battery to have kept its guns, giving an impressive picture of what an Atlantic wall gun emplacement was really like.
Before returning to your hotel, you will visit the Caen Memorial, a place for reflecting on war in general and on what WWII meant, and still means, to the world. Overnight in Caen.


Church

Day 9 : Lisieux - Paris

 

Departure for Lisieux.
It was at the turn of the 20th century that France and later the whole world discovered the life and message of a young Norman Carmelite, Sister Theresa of the Child Jesus. Lisieux, the town where she lived became an important shrine of spirituality.

Visit St Theresa’s basilica and the Carmel chapel : with a precious reclining figure in marble and wood, the shrine, which contains the relics of the Saint.
Departure for Paris. Arrival late afternoon. Overnight in Paris.

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Day 10: Paris

 

A tour of Paris with expert Paris Tour Guides to some of the most spectacular monuments and historical sights. Your tour of Paris include a guided tour inside Notre Dame and a stop with free time for self-exploration in Montmartre.
A gourmet lunch in a classic neighborhood can be arranged for an authentic French experience.
Paris Driving Tour Highlights Include: the Opera Garnier, Vendôme Square, Comédie Française, Louvre, Arc du Carrousel, Ile de la Cité, Conciergerie, Place Dauphine, the St. Gervais Church, Hôtel Beauvais, Place des Vosges, Ile St. Louis, Left Bank of the Seine with the Church St. Séverin, Sorbonne, Panthéon, Luxembourg Garden with Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty, and St. Sulpice Church and its astrological Gnomon.
After lunch, your driving tour of Paris continues to the Orsay Museum, the Concorde Square, the Madeleine Church, the Champs Elysées, the Grand and Petit Palais, the Invalides with Napoleon's Tomb, the Ecole Militaire, the Eiffel Tower (photo stop), the Arc de Triomphe and finishes with a private walking tour through the exceptional artistic village of Montmartre and its famous Sacré Coeur Church.

Overnight in Paris.


Versailles Castle

Day 11: Paris excursion to Versailles & Chartres



This morning, our guide will take you to the beautiful Castle of Versailles. The castle and the Gardens of Versailles which count among the most prestigious monuments of the world's artistic heritage and are certainly the finest and most complete achievement of 17th century French art. Laid out between 1661 and 1700 by Le Notre, Versailles is the model of formal gardens 'à la Française'. It is adorned with marble, bronze and lead statues, and with fountains. This tour includes a guided visit to the reception area of the Kings and Queen's apartments and free time in the gardens surrounding the palace.

The tour includes a drive through the Beauce flat open countryside. Transfer to Chartres. The city, pilgrimage site to the 'Virgin’s Veil', still presents evidence of the old town with its cobble-stone streets and timber-framed houses. Guided visit of the Castres Cathedral that remained intact despite numerous conflicts over the ages. Next to its beautiful construction and design, this 'Bible in Stone' has one of the most complete and remarkable sets of stained-glass windows to be found anywhere in Europe. This cathedral that also possesses a unique and mysterious labyrinth has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. Today the Cathedral is still an important centre for Christian pilgrims.
Back to your hotel & overnight in Paris.

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Day 12: Paris

 

Visit at the Chapel of the Vincentians (or Chapel of priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Mission) to see the tomb of St. Vincent de Paul. The reliquary containing the body of St. Vincent Paul is accessible by a staircase located on the lower sides of the altar. The skeleton, preserved, has the face and hands covered with wax. The heart removed, is now in the chapel of the Daughters of Charity, 140 rue du Bac.


In the afternoon, guided tour (in English, Spanish or French) of the Louvre Museum, and in particular its 3 main works: the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci at the beginning of the 16th century. You will then be free to spend a little more time in the Louvre to visit other sections of the largest museum in the world. Overnight in Paris.

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Day 13: Departure

 

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