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Lourdes - Hotel Helgon
     
Date 01 October 2018 Online Booking
Depart from Dublin
Arrive to Toulouse
Duration 4 nights
Price €579 (includes early booking discount of € 50)
  • Return Aer Lingus flights Dublin/Toulouse with cabin baggage only
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in the 4* Hotel Helgon
  • Breakfast, Lunch & evening Dinner
  • Full religious programme operated by Marian Pilgrimages
  • Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction
  • Coach transfers while in France
  • Services of a Marian Pilgrimages guide throughout
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • 10kg Carry-on Luggage
  • All airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • *PLEASE NOTE*
  • The itinerary below is a sample itinerary only and is subject to change.
  • We are happy to facilitate those people who are willing to share. In the event that a share cannot be found, it will be necessary to take a single room which is subject to a supplement.
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Check in bags €70
  • Single room supplement €140

 

Hotel Helgon
The 4 star Helgon Hotel is placed 150 meters away from the Lourdes Sanctuary . It is also really close to some touristic places like the San Pío X Basilica, the Grévin Lourdes Museum and the Bernadette house.With its dynamic team, the Helgon Hotel is waiting for you with the desire of surprising you and giving you warm and friendly welcome.
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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Monday 1st Oct

Check in at Dublin airport for our Aer Lingus flight to Toulouse. Coach transfer to the 4* Hotel Helgon and check in for 4 nights on a full board basis.

Tuesday 2nd Oct

After Morning Holy Mass your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the Sanctuary area followed by our Group photo. After Lunch in your hotel, you guide will arrange a tour of the Stations of the Cross. Back to the hotel for Dinner. After Dinner we participate in the evening torchlight procession.

As early as 18th February 1858, the day of the third Apparition, one of the two people accompanying Bernadette had carried a candle. After this, Bernadette herself always came with a candle. The iconic Lourdes Torchlight Procession, known throughout the world, was introduced in Lourdes in 1863 by Father Marie-Antoine, a Capuchin also known as the ‘Saint of Toulouse’. The Marian Procession is the most popular celebration in Lourdes.

During the Procession, and depending on the day, the pilgrims recite the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. At the beginning of each decade, a few words in several languages give direction to the 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, like the disciples in the Cenacle after the Ascension of Christ. The procession always takes place regardless of the weather Wednesday 3rd Oct

After Holy Mass in the morning we visit to the Baths of Lourdes where we have a dip in one of the concealed marble baths, a focal point of the sanctuary, filled with "healing" spring water of Lourdes. Immerse yourself in the baths where hundreds of miraculous healings have taken place. "Go and drink at the spring and wash yourself there!” these words of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette during one of the Apparitions inspired the creation of the Baths near the Grotto in which the pilgrims are immersed. After Lunch we take a walking tour to the Boly Mill, where Bernadette was born, and to the Cachot, an abandoned prison where Bernadette's family lived. Drink from the spring at the base of the Grotto. The original spring that Bernadette located is still visible, protected by a glass cover and illuminated by a light. Return to the hotel for some free time before Dinner. After Dinner we participate in the evening torchlight procession.

Thursday 4th Oct

On Thursday morning we gather in the Basilica of St Pius X, with its beautiful stained glass windows, for International Mass. The International Mass takes place at 9.30am. Holy Mass lasts about an hour and a half with the participation of most of the pilgrimages present at the time. You should arrive one hour before to ensure a seat. To be part of the choir you should come to the Basilica, near the organ, at 8.30 am for rehearsal. Pilgrims of all languages are welcome. Please let your Marian Pilgrimages Rep know if you are interested in joining the choir. After Lunch we will have free time in Lourdes before Dinner in your hotel. .

Friday 5th Oct

After Breakfast we have some free time around the sanctuary. After Lunch we take our transfer to Toulouse airport for our return Aer Lingus flight back to Dublin. Check-in at 3pm for a departure of 5pm, arriving back in Dublin at 6.15pm.

*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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