Join Us On Pilgrimage Through
The South of France
October 15 – 25, 2022 / $4590.00, air-inclusive from Atlanta
Join Father Bryan Jerabek of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama on a pilgrimage through the south of France. This trip features overnight visits to some of the most incredible places and the holiest shrines found in France, including Toulouse, Lourdes, Rocamadour, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Cotignac, Sainte-Baume, Carcassonne and Nice.
On this trip you can expect beautiful four-star hotels, private transportation, an incredible program of Catholic and cultural tours led by master guides, most meals, and daily Mass, prayers and spiritual direction. The cost is $4590.00 per person, with airfare from Atlanta included in the price. Space is limited to forty pilgrims total.
A Covid-19 vaccine is currently required to enter France.
An Incredible Itinerary
We’ve combined years of touring experience and an insider’s knowledge of southern France to build the trip of a lifetime.
Four Star Hotels & Amenities
We’ve selected beautiful and extremely well-located hotels for our pilgrimage – all of which are four stars and incredibly comfortable.
Catholic Tour Guides
Your tour director, chaplain and local guides are one and all dedicated Catholics. Their leadership will make this trip unforgettable.
A True Pilgrimage
This trip is is a pilgrimage. You can expect daily Mass and prayers and visits to holy shrines and Catholic historical sites!
In order to register simply fill out the form on this page! Your place on the trip is then secure!
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Get Your Passports Ready
Apply as soon as possible. NB - Passports that expire within six months of the travel dates are not valid to enter France.
Get Welcome Packet & Pack Your Bags
Two months before the trip we will send you Welcome Packets with lots of useful information. Pack your bags and get ready!
Day 1 – Saturday, October 15
Today we depart for Europe! We will meet at the gate of departure at Atlanta International Airport at TBD. Flight details will be announced in November of 2021.
Toulouse & Rocamadour
Day 2 – Sunday, October 16
Upon arrival in Toulouse we will meet our guide and driver and board a private bus for Toulouse – it’s only a short bus ride to the historic center! First stop? Our four-star hotel Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra, located on the magnificent main square of Toulouse, the Place du Capitole. Upon arrival we will check in and enjoy a welcome lunch in a nearby restaurant.
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Following lunch we will depart for the Couvent des Jacobins, a magnificent gothic church (formerly) which enshrines the remains of the great saint and doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas. We’ll then visit the Basilique Saint-Sernin, one of the greatest Romanesque churches found anywhere in the world, and the largest remaining Romanesque structure in Europe! Here we will learn the story of the great Saint Saturninus, a missionary from Rome who in the third century set out to evangelize the Gauls. He was martyred here in Toulouse by his pagan enemies – dragged through streets by a bull. After learning his inspiring story and experiencing his great legacy, Father will celebrate Mass for the group within the Basilica. We will then return to the hotel for dinner and a free evening.
Day 3 – Monday, October 17
Following breakfast we will board the bus and depart for Rocamadour, a scenic two hour drive north. Rocamadour is a magnificent medieval mountain village, built into the cliffs of the surrounding mountains, and is today recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. For more than a thousand years this has been a Christian pilgrimage destination. Rocamadour’s story is awe-inspiring.
Tradition holds that at some point following the Our Lord’s Ascension, the disciple of Christ, Zaccheus, set out – like the Apostles – on a missionary journey to the west. His travels brought him to Roman Gaul – to the south of France in particular – where he set up for himself a hermitage. This hermitage became a place of pilgrimage, and miracles soon began to abound. Fast forward a thousand years and this shrine, built against the side of a cliff and overlooking the valley below, became one of the greatest pilgrimage sites in all of Christendom! Great saints and sinners alike would make the arduous trek from every corner of the world to come here – Charlemagne, St. Bernard, St. Dominic, and King Louis XI are among those who visited!
Upon arrival we will climb the 216 stairs to the shrine of Rocamadour, which literally means “Amador’s Rock” (in reference to Zaccheus who had taken the Christian name “Amador”). We’ll all go on foot, as still to this day, cars are not able to access the village! Here we will visit the Chapelle Notre Dame which is home to the Black Madonna of Rocamadour, the Basilica Saint-Sauveur, the Saint-Michel chapel, and the Palace of the Bishops. Here we will learn the history and stories of this ancient and holy place and Father will celebrate Mass for the group. We will then enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping before returning to Toulouse for a group dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 – Tuesday, October 18
Following breakfast and a free morning in Toulouse we will depart for Lourdes. Our bus will take us directly through the hills of southern France to our beautiful four-star hotel in the heart of Lourdes, Gallia & Londres. Upon arrival at the hotel we will check-on and freshen up, before departing for Mass and rosary procession at the shrine. We will then enjoy dinner together at the hotel.
Day 5 – Wednesday, October 19
Today we will embark on a spiritual journey through the life and legacy of St. Bernadette. We will visit her childhood home, hear her incredible story, and celebrate Mass in the very grotto where Our Lady appeared to her! In the afternoon we will have time to go to the baths to wash ourselves or perhaps to spend some time in quiet prayer. After such a blessed day we will come together again for dinner at the hotel.
Carcassonne & Avignon
Day 6 – Thursday, October 20
Following Mass and breakfast we will depart for Carcassonne, a magnificent fortified city that is exceptionally well preserved and of a rare beauty. Situated in the south of France, not far from the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees mountains, Carcassonne is known worldwide and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Our walking tour concludes with free time for lunch and shopping.
Following lunch we will depart for Avignon, a magnificent medieval city sitting on the banks of the Rhone river in southern France. When the popes fled the chaos of 14th century Rome they took refuge here, in Avignon, much to the delight of the powerful French monarchs who enjoyed considerable power with the Catholic Church at the time. Due to this exodus from Rome, Avignon would become a sort of “second Rome”, and the magnificent Papal Palace and surrounding historic city are testament to its grandeur. Upon arrival we will check in at the comfortable and centrally-located four star Mercure Hotel. We’ll then enjoy a group dinner.
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Day 7 – Friday, October 21
Our day begins with a tour of the Papal Palace. It took nearly twenty years to construct this building and it is in fact the largest Gothic construction of the Middle Ages! We’ll explore this great Christian fortress’s many chambers, chapels and ramparts as we learn the incredible story of the Avignon papacy, and the even more incredible story of how the Popes would eventually return to Rome. Following our tour we will enjoy some free time followed by lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll rendezvous for a walking tour of the historic center, which starts with Mass at the church of the Holy Cross, where a Eucharistic miracle occurred on November 30, 1433. The entire church building was completely consumed by a flood, but the Eucharist, exposed for adoration, remained dry. Ever since that day pious Christians have come here to pray and to worship God in the Eucharist, the great mystery of our Faith. Following our time here we will enjoy a stroll through the historic center followed by some free time for shopping. We will then meet at the hotel for dinner.
Provence: From Aix to Nice
Day 8 – Saturday, October 22
Following Mass and breakfast we will depart for Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most beautiful cities found in the heart of her most beautiful region – Provence. The seat of the Archdiocese of Aix, this incredible city has come to be known as the “Paris of the South” for its incredible beauty and thriving culture, despite its smaller population of only 150,000 inhabitants. Our drive is only about an hour, and the scenery is magnificent!
Upon arrival we will check in at our four-star hotel, the Aquabella Hotel and Spa. We will then enjoy a walking tour of the city center, which includes the 12th century Cathedral of Saint-Sauveur, the cobblestone-streets of the medieval city and so much more. There will be a few hours of free time before we meet back at the hotel for dinner.
Following our tour we will depart for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and one of Europe’s most fabled cities. It has even been called “the Athens of the North”! Upon arrival we will check-in at our hotel, the four-star Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace, and enjoy dinner.
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Day 9 – Sunday, October 23
Today following breakfast we will depart for Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, a small town that holds some of the most sacred relics of early Christianity – the remains of St. Mary Magdalene. Tradition holds that in 47 AD St. Mary Magdalene came to Roman Gaul (now France) along with her brother Lazarus and a number of other early disciples of Jesus Christ. (The story of their voyage is an incredible one, but we will save it for France!) Upon making landfall this small group set out to convert the people dwelling here, and were so successful in fact that the people of this part of the world still trace their Chrsitianity back to them. In the town of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume we will attend Mass at the tomb of St. Mary Magdalene followed by free time for lunch.
Following lunch we will depart for the shrine of St. Mary Magdalene, an ancient grotto found up in the mountains and now cared for by the Domincans. It is here that St. Mary Magdalene spent as much as thirty years, in prayer and spiritual direction, bringing countless souls to Christ. The hike to the shrine takes about forty-five minutes, but it is well worth it! The first-century Church will feel that much closer as you escape the world just as St. Mary Magdalene did, nearly two thousand years ago. Following our time here we will return to Aix for dinner and a free evening in the city.
Day 10 – Monday, October 24
Following an early breakfast at the hotel we will board the bus for Cotignac. Found in the heart of the southern Alps, Cotignac is marked by two apparitions! In 1519 the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus appeared to a humble woodcutter and in 1660 St. Joseph spoke to a young shepherd. These apparitions make this small village the only one in the world where the entire Holy Family has appeared! Upon arrival in Cotignac we will visit the sanctuary Notre Dame de Grâces, the site of the Marian apparition. Here we will learn the awe-inspiring story of this incredible place and then attend holy Mass.
Following Mass we’re off to Nice, the capital of the Cote d’Azur. This city is as much Italian as it is French, having been traded to the French as recently as the 19th century! Nice’s Old Town market, baroque churches and incredible color and charm make her truly one of a kind. Upon arrival we will check in at the beautiful four-star Hotel Westend, located on the famous Promenade des Anglais and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. We will then enjoy a light welcome lunch followed by an afternoon tour of Nice. In the late afternoon there will be free time followed by our farewell dinner in the hotel.
Day 11 – Tuesday, October 25.
Today we will return home to the United States! In the early morning our bus will bring us directly to Nice airport, where we will check in and board our flight to Atlanta!
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Our trip patron is St. Mary Magdalene, who tradition holds came to southern France helped to convert the people here to Christ. We will visit her hermitage and her final resting place!
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