DAY 2: WEDNESDAY 13TH JULY – ARRIVE PARIS
On arrival at Paris airport we will be transferred to our accommodation for check-in and the remainder of the day at leisure.
DAY 3: THURSDAY 14TH JULY – PARIS: BASTILLE DAY
Today is French National Day – Bastille Day! Join in with local celebrations or take the opportunity to use your Paris Metro Card for sightseeing of the main pilgrimage and tourist sites of this beautiful city such as:
- Seminary of the Foreign Mission (Mission Estranger) and the Daughters of Charity in the Rue du Bac. This is the site where Our Lady appeared to Catherine Laboure in 1830, with the first Miraculous Medalbeing struck in 1832. Her incorrupt body lies under the altar of Our Lady, here in the chapel and adjacent to the altar of St Vincent de Paul displaying his incorrupt heart.
- The Vincentian Fathers nearby – to pray in the chapel housing the bones of St Vincent de Paul.
- Cathedral of Notre Dame
- Basilica of Sacre Coeur, built from 1875 to 1914, and one of the most imposing Basilicas in the Christian tradition, where perpetual adoration has occurred non-stop for more than 125 years.
- Eiffel Tower
- Arc de Triomphe
- Champs Elysees
DAY 4: FRIDAY 15TH JULY – PARIS TO LYON
We farewell Paris today as we journey south by TGV train, finally arriving in Lyon, the third largest city in France and where the Society of Mary was born.
Upon arrival we will be transferred to our accommodation and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
DAY 5: SATURDAY 16TH JULY – LE PUY-EN-VELAY DAY TOUR
We journey south today to Le Puy-en-Velay.
Le Puy has been a religious centre since the ancient times, thanks in part to its mystical landscape of volcanic pinnacles.
On arrival we have the opportunity to climb the flight of sixty steps to the Cathedral of Notre Dame Du Puywith its exotic façade, striped in courses of white sandstone and black volcanic breccia.
Further on we come to the Chapel of Saint Michel D’Aiguilhe. Built in 962 and enlarged in the 12th century, the chapel stands atop a rocky pinnacle 260 feet high.
We return to Lyon in time for dinner