LOURDES & HOLY PLACES
The South of France
We give you an IDEA of what you can do.
Each tour is FLEXIBLE and ADAPTABLE to your group
BEFORE and DURING the journey!
8 SEAT VAN
Includes air-conditioned vehicle
driver - accompanying person
Fixed rate per vehicle
680 € / full day
Transport + driver.
* The rate includes: pick-up at Nice Airport or at the Arcs-Draguignan train station.
Departures or arrivals from other cities?
Do not include :
Plane or train tickets, accommodation, meals, guides and entrance fees to the sites.
PLACES FILLED WITH PEACE, LIFE, FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE
The south of France will surprise you with the richness of its holy places.
An exceptional experience!
Our Lady of Lourdes Sanctuary
A place known worldwide due to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.
People from all over the world gather to venerate our Mother. A feeling of peace invades us and invites us to join in prayer with Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. We can participate in the Holy Mass in our own language, be part of the prayer of the Rosary, purify ourselves in the baths, and experience the impressive eTorch Procession at the evening in the main square in front of the Sanctuary.
Minimum 2 nights in Lourdes.
THE PALACE OF THE POPES
- AVIGNON -
The Holy See was in Avignon
For political reasons, nine Popes lived in Avignon and made it the capital of Christianity in the 14th century.
Thus Avignon became the papal residence from 1309 until 1377, when the Pope returned to Rome. After that the era of the "antipapas" began. For 39 years, the Church was split between two obediences, with one Pope in Rome and another in Avignon ... an interesting story!
Historical, architectural and artistic jewel.
One of the largest and most important Gothic buildings of the Middle Ages in Europe located in the Historic Center of the city.
SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER
Place where Mary Magdalene and other disciples disembarked.
Persecuted after the Ascension of Jesus, in the year 45, they were landed on the coasts of the south of France: Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacobé, Mary Salome, Martha, Lazarus, Maximin, Sarah and other disciples.
Mary Salome and Mary Jacobé stood at the foot of the Cross next to the Virgin Mary and witnessed, together with Mary Magdalene, the Resurrection of the Lord. Mary Salome and Mary Jacobé stayed in this area and began to proclaim the Good News of the Resurrection of Jesus to which they were witnesses. Inside the church, we can see the relics and the "boat of the saints" which is carried in procession to the sea in the pilgrimages of May and October.
CAVE AND RELICS MARY MAGDALENE
Saint Maximin de la Sainte Baume
In a very unique rock formation (La Sainte Baume) we can find the cave where Mary Magdalene lived for 30 years of her life. It is one of the oldest places of Christian pilgrimage. Escaping from Palestine, she arrived in the south of France and began to evangelize. Mary Magdalene retired to live in this grotto to pray and meditate in total isolation. A walk through the forest leads us to the cave where we can venerate the relics of the Saint. We could also venerate more relics of the Saint Maximin Basilica, the only Gothic church in Provence.
A spectacular place, spiritually and naturally !
APPARITION OF SAINT JOSEPH
- COTIGNAC -
Monastery of the Fountain of Saint Joseph of Bessillon
"On June 7, 1660, St. Joseph appeared to a young shepherd on Mount Bessillon, in the French locality of Cotignac, the only apparition in which the Holy Custos of the Family of Nazareth appears alone and which has been recognized by the Catholic Church. (acipress March 19, 2019)
A place of unimaginable peace. Pilgrims from all over the world come to take the water from the fountain: "I am Joseph, move the rock and you will drink". Walking along a road we can reach the other holy place "Our Lady of Graces".
A path of meditation where St. Joseph leads us to Mary.
APPARITIONS OF THE VIRGIN MARY AND THE CHILD JESUS
Our Lady of Grace Sanctuary
August 10, 1519 the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus in her arms appears to a woodcutter: "I am the Virgin Mary. Go and tell the clergy of Cotignac to build me here a church with the name of Our Lady of Graces so that all may come in procession to receive the gifts I want to offer them".
In 2019 the 500th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions is celebrated, a "Jubilee Year" has been established and a Holy Door has been opened (to gain plenary indulgence). It ends on January 5, 2020.
It is the Holy Family that is venerated in these two places in Cotignac.
One of the three Cistercian abbeys that exist in Provence. The construction began in 1160 until 1230. A jewel of the French Heritage, forming part of the Historical Monuments of France.
A sober abbey, of volumes and pure lines, without decorations, reflection of the Order of the Cister. In addition to the visits to the interior of the Abbey, there are exceptional concerts in the church of a spectacular acoustics !
RELICS SAINT ROSELINE - LES ARCS SUR ARGENS
- LES ARCS SUR ARGENS -
Chapel of Sainte Roseline
Surrounded by vineyards and a wine Château, we can find the Chapel dedicated to Saint Roseline. Inside we may see, inside a glass urn, the miraculously preserved body and eyes of the Saint. The whole complex is one of the architectural, historical and artistic treasures of the Var.
Inside the Chapel we can admire works of art by great artists made as homage to the Saint: Chagall, Giacometti, Bazaine and Ubac.
A place to discover!
PROVENCAL VILLAGES, THE FRENCH RIVIERA AND WINE TASTING
And to finalize ...
At the end of our tour we enjoy one of our natural treasures: the grape! Tasting the famous local wines, visiting the vineyard and the wineries.
You will stroll through the charming sinuous streets of typical medieval Provencal cities and mythical cities of the French Riviera such as Saint Tropez.
TOUR & HOLISTIC GUIDE :
"IN THE WAY OF MAGDALENE" (in spanish)
9 days / september 2019
We enter into the energetic heart of the Feminine Grail, the Way of Mary Magdalene. A journey of healing and integration into the unconditional Love.
LOURDES - MONTSÉGUR - RENNES LE CHÂTEAU - NÉBIAS - SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER - GROTTE MARIE MADELEINE - SAINT MAXIMIN LA SAINTE BAUME - COTIGNAC (Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph apparitions) - FRENCH RIVIERA and MORE !