Wednesday October 18th 2023 – Wednesday October 25th 2023
On February 11th 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous saw the first of 18 apparitions of the Virgin Mary at the grotto of Massabielle in the little town of Lourdes. Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, each year millions of pilgrims now travel to this special site. We are very excited to offer a NoFly option to this awe-inspiring destination. While there you will have plenty of time to explore the main sites in the town.
Your Holiday Itinerary
We make our way to Cork for our overnight sailing to Roscoff. Enjoy an evening meal on board the ferry where you will have a cabin for the crossing.
Arrive in Roscoff early and begin with a visit to the idyllic ancient centre of Dinan, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved towns in the Brittany region. In the afternoon, continue to the lovely city of Niort.
Today we travel to the Bordeaux region for a vineyard tour before arriving in the town of Lourdes, where we will be staying for the next three nights. After dinner, you have the option of taking part in the nightly torchlight procession.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Lourdes, starting with morning mass and free time to explore in the town and at the Grotto of Massabielle. Other highlights include a 1.5km walk following the Stations of the Cross and the Town Trail following the life of Bernadette. In the afternoon we will take the short cable car ride to the summit of Pic du Jer, overlooking Lourdes and the Pyrenees Mountains.
This morning we will take a short drive to Bartrès, a little village where Bernadette was raised, and we will also explore the beautiful Lourdes Lake. The afternoon will be free to visit the highlights of Lourdes. After our evening meal at the hotel, we will take part in the nightly torchlight procession.
This morning we will depart Lourdes and travel on to the city of Nantes.
On the return journey we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont St Michel, a Benedictine abbey on an island off the northern French coast. After the visit we return to Roscoff for our overnight sailing to Ireland.
We arrive back in Ireland in the morning after the trip of a lifetime!
Your 8-Day Holiday includes
- Return Luxury Coach Transport and Return Ferry with Overnight Cabins
- Professional Driver and Guide who will act as Tour Managers for your group
- 5 Nights Hotel Accommodation
- Evening meal on 7 evenings
- Breakfast on 7 mornings
- Pic du Jer Cable Car
- Visit to Bartrès and Lourdes Lake
- Visit to the historic town of Dinan
- Vineyard tour in the Bordeaux Wine Region
- Mont St Michel Abbey
- Morning Mass and Evening Torchlight Procession in Lourdes