When:Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Tuesday, October 29, 2019 You’ll fly overnight from Philadelphia to Paris.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Upon arrival in Paris, you will clear customs, claim your bags and meet Lino, Fr. Dave, and Brett and our guide in the Arrivals Hall. We'll then get on our bus and drive to Chartres. This town, just southwest of Paris, is known for its beautiful Gothic cathedral with original 13th century stained glass windows. We'll have Mass, a tour, and lunch and then continue on to Orleans, which will be our base for the next 3 nights. After check-in, and a chance to shower off those airplane germs, we'll have a great welcome dinner together.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 This morning we'll explore the beautiful city of Orleans. This city, on the banks of the Loire River is associated with Joan of Arc, who saved the city from an English siege in 1429. We'll tour its magnificent cathedral, where Joan of Arc prayed in the midst of the siege. The beautiful stained glass windows portray the story of her life. We'll celebrate Mass here, as well. The Loire Valley is also well-known for its wine, so, this afternoon we'll head to a nearby winery for a tour and a tasting. At the end of a full day we'll head back to the hotel to freshen up before dinner at a great local restaurant.
Friday, November 1, 2019 Today is All Saints Day! We'll celebrate by visiting the city of one of France's most well known saints - Tours. St. Martin was a 4th century Roman soldier, who converted to Christianity and became the 3rd bishop of Tours. He devoted his life to converting pagans and showing mercy to prisoners. We'll visit his tomb and celebrate Mass in the basilica. We'll have a walking tour of the city and then stop to see Chateau Chambord, the beautiful Renaissance creation of King Francis I. During World War II, the entire art collection of the Louvre was protected here. We'll head back to the hotel in Orleans for a chance to rest before another great dinner at a local restaurant.
Lino, Fr. Dave, and Brett always have a great time on pilgrimage!
Saturday, November 2, 2019 This morning, we'll check-out of the hotel, and board the bus to head to Paris. To celebrate All Souls Day, we'll visit Paris' catacombs. We'll start to explore the beauty of Paris' churches with a tour and Mass at Saint Sulpice. We'll then head to our hotel to check-in, freshen up, and go to dinner at a local restaurant.
Pilgrimage makes for great radio!
Sunday, November 3, 2019 To begin our day, we'll have a walking tour of some of Paris' most well known sites - the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomph, Les Tulieries, and the Eiffel Tower. This afternoon, we'll celebrate Mass together and take a boat ride on the River Seine. Tonight we'll have another great dinner at a local restaurant.
Monday, November 4, 2019 This morning, we'll explore the rich art collection of the Louvre. Afterwards, we'll have brunch and then view Notre Dame from the outside. We'll continue on to visit Saint Chapelle, have Mass at a local church, and then have the rest of the day and evening free to shop or explore.
The bus rides are always entertaining.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 We'll start our final day visiting the Cluny Museum, known for its beautiful medieval tapestries. We'll continue to visit some of the well known left bank sites: Saint Germain, the Pantheon, and the Luxembourg Gardens. This afternoon, we'll conclude our pilgrimage by ascending Montmarte, to visit the iconic Sacre Coeur. We'll have a tour of the basilica and celebrate our final Mass here. Tonight we'll have a celebratory farewell dinner in the city of lights!
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 We'll check-out of the hotel and head to the airport for our flight back to Philadelphia.