Day 1 - Arrive Lourdes June 24th, 2024
Check in at Dublin airport for our flight to Tarbes airport in Lourdes. Following our arrival at Tarbes airport, we will make our way to the baggage claim area and collect our luggage. We will proceed to the arrival's hall, where our guide will be waiting to bring you to your coach for you transfer to Lourdes. On arrival in Lourdes, we will check-in to the Hotel Roissy and relax before dinner, which is usually served around 7pm, After dinner, we can take a short walk down to the Sanctuary to observe the candlelight procession and to pray the Rosary.
Candlelight procession - The candlelight procession begins at 9pm each evening and is a very special part of our pilgrimage where all nations from around the world come together to unite in prayer. On the 18th February 1858, the day of the third
Apparition, one of the two people accompanying Bernadette came carrying a candle. After this, Bernadette herself always
came with a lit candle. It marks the beginning of this long historical event in Lourdes. During the Procession, and depending
on the day, pilgrims recite one of the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. At the beginning of
each decade, a few words in several languages are given to direct 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. At the end of an evening procession on the 14th August 1983, Pope John Paul II said, �In this peaceful night we
keep watch, we pray, no longer in the secret of our hearts, but as a great crowd on the move, following the risen Jesus
Christ, each one lighting the way for the other�.
Day 2 - Walking Tour June 25th, 2024
This morning after breakfast we will depart as a group for Mass. We will return to the hotel for Lunch which is served at
12 noon. After lunch we generally meet with our guide at our hotel to embark on the walking tour which follows in the
footsteps of St Bernadette. We begin at the cemetery where her parents are buried and walk back in time to visit the
Boly Mill, the birthplace of St. Bernadette and the �Cachot� an abandoned prison where she and her impoverish family
lived. During the walking tour we will hopefully get the sense of how the apparitions had such an impact on the family
and this small village of Lourdes. After our walk we can take some free time to go back to the sanctuary area for some
personal prayer before attending the blessing of the sick. After dinner we will take part in the evening programme as per
the Sanctuary schedule which is optional for those who wish to attend the Rosary and the candlelight procession,
beginning at 9pm.
Blessed Sacrament Procession - Each day at 5pm we will have an opportunity as pilgrims to walk with the Blessed
Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament reminds us all that Jesus is truly walking among us and that Our Lady is always drawing
us back to her Son. The Procession starts in the Prairie of the Sanctuary and finishes in the Basilica of Saint Pius X in time for
Adoration and Blessing of all Pilgrims. This is an optional part of the programme, and will generally not be accompanied by
Day 3 - Grotto & Stations of the Cross June 26th, 2024
We will begin today at the most sacred site at the sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, the grotto where Our Lady first
appeared to Bernadette in 1858. During our time at the Grotto we can walk in and around the Grotto area placing our
hands on the grotto walls where the original spring is still visible. There is also an intentions box situated within the
Grotto area where we can leave our intentions. Attend Mass in the Lower Dolores. After lunch we will meet up as a
group at St. Joseph's Gate with our guide and participate in the High or Low stations of the cross. The high stations are
life size figures which re-enact the passion of Christ. They are located at the top of the Rosary basilica hill and will take
approximately 1.5hr to complete. The low stations are located across from the baths area and have been designed to
facilitate anybody who may have any walking difficulties. Both the high and low stations are an opportunity to
experience Christ's unconditional love for us all as we pray together on the passion through Our Lady's eyes. After dinner
we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening programme as per the Sanctuary schedule.
Lourdes Grotto - It was here while gathering wood that Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858. During the first two
apparitions, little Bernadette prayed the Rosary with Our Lady and left without any exchange of words. During one of Our
Lady's visits to Bernadette, She announced herself saying �I am the Immaculate Conception�. Throughout the following
apparitions, Our Lady emphasised God's love for us, penance and the necessity of performing acts of penance for sinners.
Day 4 - Baths & Bartres June 27th, 2024
After a restful night's sleep, we leave the hotel as a group and visit the baths. After lunch there is an optional trip to
Bartres (approximately €15 per person return for the coach trip). Bernadette held a special place for Bartres in her heart
as it was where she stayed and studied the Catechism to prepare to receive her first Holy Communion. As a group we will
celebrate Holy Mass in the chapel where Bernadette prayed. We shall return to our hotel for dinner at 7pm. After dinner
this evening we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening programme as per the Sanctuary schedule.
Baths - The baths are a major highlight in Lourdes. Don't worry about feeling nervous. This is a very relaxing and stress-free
time. It's a time to bring our intentions and needs to Our Lady and her Son. The baths are, for many, a place of physical and
spiritual healing and a conversion of heart. (The baths may be very busy depending on the day or time and we may need to
return on an alternative day. Our guide will advise the group of this.)
Day 5 - Optional Gavarnie trip June 28th, 2024
After breakfast this morning we will gather for Mass. After Mass we will have free time for some personal prayer and
reflection. After lunch there will be an optional trip to Gavarnie which works out approximately €23 per person return.
Gavarnie is situated high in the Pyrenees and has beautiful walking trails and scenery. We return by coach to our hotel for
dinner at 7pm. After dinner we can take the short walk to the sanctuary to take part in the evening programme starting
Day 6 - Day of leisure June 29th, 2024
After enjoying breakfast at our hotel, we will have free time for our own personal intentions. Feel free to return to the
healing baths or sit in the quiet of the grotto area. After lunch we will depart to celebrate Mass. After dinner can take
part in the evening programme in the sanctuary area.
Day 7 - Group Candle Lighting June 30th, 2024
Our day begins with a delicious breakfast in our hotel. After breakfast we will proceed to the candle area where we will
light our group candle and pray for everyone's intentions on the pilgrimage. Return to our hotel for lunch. This afternoon
will be free in Lourdes. After dinner we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening ceremonies.
Day 8 - Depart Lourdes July 1st, 2024
After our Farewell Mass as a group, there will be a chance for some last-minute shopping or personal prayer before
transferring by our luxury coach to Tarbes airport for your return flight home.
*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.