Day 1, Wednesday, December 2, 2020: We meet the representative from Worldwide Journeys at the Newark International Airport and board the United Airlines nonstop flight to Paris, France. M
DAY 2, Thursday, December 3: We have an early morning arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris where we clear immigration, meet our English speaking guide and board the private motorcoach. We begin our exploration of the beautiful countryside outside Paris as we travel to Cabourg (134 miles) in the Normandy Region. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and have some free time to rest or explore this resort located on the shores of the English Channel at the mouth of the river Dives. We will rejoin as a group for a “welcome to France” dinner. Overnight Cabourg. MD
DAY 3, Friday, December 4: After breakfast at our hotel, we board our motorcoach and drive to Mont-Saint-Michel (100 miles). We will stroll through this charming village with stone houses and narrow streets, built on a rock off the coast of Normandy and surrounded by one of the world's largest bays known for its incoming tide that "comes in with the speed of a galloping horse". The village and the bay are listed in Unesco's World Heritage sites. Now we visit the magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel. We will be dropped off in the parking lot to board the shuttle bus that takes us to within 250 meters of the entrance to the medieval citadel. From here it is an easy walk through the village by the paved main street to the church where we begin the "Grand Degré", about a 350-step climb up to the abbey. After exploring the abbey, we will continue by motorcoach to Caen (78 miles) where we have dinner and overnight. BD
PLEASE NOTE THE 350 STEPS TO THE ABBEY. THERE IS NO ELEVATOR.
DAY 4, Saturday, December 5: After breakfast in the hotel, we board our coach and transfer to Omaha Beach (32 miles). On June 6, 1944 tens of thousands of American, English, Canadian, Scot and French soldiers landed on the beaches of the Normandy coast to free France from the Nazi stronghold. Thousands of young soldiers died that first day in the name of liberty, the value that marks the greatness of mankind. The coast of Normandy still has the indelible scars of that event. We start this visit with a stop at Omaha Beach, the most famous of the Normandy landing beaches. Finally, as a duty to remember, we go to the somber American cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer where these young soldiers have been laid to rest. After lunch on our own, we continue to Lisieux (70 miles) where we discover the Basilica and see a movie about the life of Saint Therese. We visit the Buissonnets, the family home where Saint Therese spent her childhood, then discover the Carmelite Convent where she remained cloistered until her death. We will also visit the Cathedral of Saint Peter. We continue to Paris for dinner and overnight. BD
Day 5, Sunday, December 6: Breakfast in our hotel and then we begin our exploration of the “City of Lights” by motorcoach for a first look at the many monuments of Paris. The Sainte Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is a real treasure hidden on the island, Ile de la Cité, in the center of Paris. It was built to receive the holy relics of the Crown of Thorns acquired by the French King, Louis IX. We explore the lower part with its openwork design and its bright colors and the upper part flooded with light streaming through the huge stained glass windows. This chapel is an architectural feat with nothing to compare it to in the world. The relics have been transferred to the Cathedral of Notre Dame located just a few meters away. We will only see Notre Dame from the exterior due to the massive fire that nearly destroyed it in April of 2019.
After lunch on our own, we will have time to stroll through the wonderful Latin Quarter before we board the famous Parisian “Bateaux-Mouches” for a unique view of Paris from the River Seine. We will see the Eiffel Tower, the Concorde, the Garden of the Tuileries, the Orangerie, Saint Louis Island, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. We return to our Paris hotel for dinner and overnight. BD
Day 6, Monday, December 7: After breakfast in the hotel, we visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmarte. In 1870, war broke out between France and Germany, and France was invaded. The idea took hold that the ordeals incurred by France were due to its spiritual faults rather than only political ones. Construction of a basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was begun as atonement and also as the force of hope and spiritual renewal. Parisian and French Christians pledged to maintain there a permanent 24/7 prayer in exchange for the protection of Paris. In 1872, the archbishop of Paris approved the project and chose the hill of Montmartre for the site. For over a century, Parisians and pilgrims from all over the world relay to maintain the permanent prayer. We visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal where several apparitions of the Virgin Mary took place in 1830. Just a few blocks away from the chapel, discover the Chapel of Saint Vincent de Paul and the relics of this saint. We will also see the exterior of La Sorbonne University. The Sorbonne owes its name to its founder, Robert de Sorbon, chaplain and confessor of the King of France Saint-Louis (Louis IX). Its history over the centuries has been so closely linked to that of the University of Paris that it has become its symbol. We see the Church of Saint-Etienne (Saint Stephan) du Mont (of the mount) located in one of the most beautiful areas of Paris, right near the Pantheon. This flamboyant gothic church contains the shrine of Saint Geneviève, patron saint of Paris. The parish of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont is especially active with groups of young Parisians gathering here every week to pray. We will have time for a stroll on our own in the Luxembourg Garden before returning to our hotel for a “farewell to France” dinner and overnight. BD
Day 7, Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – We will have an earlybreakfast in our hotel and then transfer by motorcoach to Charles de Gaulle International Airport for our return nonstop flight on United Airlines to Newark, NJ arriving early this afternoon. BM
B-Breakfast L-Lunch D-Dinner M-Meals on Aircraft
Itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion of the leaders.
This pilgrimage involves a moderate amount of physical activity including walking for a mile or more, climbing stairs, and hiking over rocky and uneven ground.
DT20025 Historic and Holy France FAM
Price is based on double occupancy:
Limited to 15 participants: $999.00 per person double occupancy
Single supplement: $399.00 (limited space)
*Pricing includes airline taxes & fuel surcharges that are subject to change until the tickets are issued. Beverages with meals, optional activities, and sites visited during your free time are not included in the cost of the pilgrimage and are to be paid for at the time of your visit. Tips for the driver and guide are payable upon completion of services.
Non refundable deposit of $100.00 per person due by April 15, 2020, with reservation form and a copy of passport