Lourdes

Visiting: Bartres, Biarritz, Cauterets, Grottes de Betharram, Lourdes, Pont d'Espagne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, St Savin

  • Tour 1: 22 - 26 July
From € 577 per person

MONDAY 22nd JULY 2019

You will meet with your tour leader at Malta International Airport at 3:45PM to check in for your direct Air Malta flight to Lourdes leaving at 5:50PM. The flight is expected to arrive at Lourdes International Airport at around 8:15PM. Upon arrival the coach will transfer you to the hotel – Hotel Criox de Bretons 3* for check-in.  Dinner at the hotel.

TUESDAY 23rd JULY 2019

Early breakfast followed by a visit to the Baths.  After this visit, there will be a familiarisation tour with the Tour Leader.  Lunch at the hotel and you will proceed to visit some places of interest in Lourdes, including the ‘Boly Windmill’ and ‘Le Cachot’.  Boly Mill is the place where the world famous Bernardette Soubirous was born and Le Cachot is where Bernardette used to live.  You will finish this day by visiting the Parish Church where St. Bernadette was baptised. Return to the hotel for dinner.

This excursion is done on foot and involves long walking distances.

WEDNESDAY 24th JULY 2019

After breakfast, you can join an optional excursion to Biarritz followed by Saint-Jean-de-Luz.  Biarritz, an elegant seaside town on southwestern France’s Basque coast, has been a popular resort since European royalty began visiting in the 1800s.  Here, one can see the summer residence of Napoleon Bonaparte, the ‘Grand Plage’, together with Biarritz Lighthouse, which is found 73 metres above sea level.  Although Saint-Jean-de-Luz is located a mere 20 minutes away from Biarritz and both are famous beach resorts, the atmosphere in Saint-Jean-de-Luz is completely different, somehow more relaxed. It is busy but not overcrowded, beautiful but not overly luxurious. There are large beautiful Basque houses that form the old part of the town. Many of the buildings date back to the 17th century, a time when Saint-Jean-de-Luz was one of the most important fishing ports of France.  A packed lunch will be provided by the hotel for this excursion. Return to the hotel for dinner.

THURSDAY 25th JULY 2019

After breakfast you can join an optional excursion to visit Bartrès together with the Lake of Lourdes.  Bartrès is a little commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in southwestern France. The village is famous for its association with St. Bernadette Soubirous stay.  Lake of Lourdes is a glacial lake 3 km from the town centre (towards Pau via Soumoulou). You will stop there for a short break, where one can enjoy the scenery and take some pictures.  You will then proceed for some shopping at the Meridien Shopping Arcade.  Return to the hotel for lunch.  In the afternoon, you can join the group for the spectacular Musical show of ‘Bernadette de Lourdes’. For this specific year only, there will be this unique experience in having the opportunity to see live muscial show of Bernadette’s life – it is one show not to be missed! Return to the hotel for dinner.

FRIDAY 26th JULY 2019

After breakfast, you can join an optional excursion to ‘Grottes de Bétharram’. The Grottes are a series of French caves located at the border of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrénées departments and of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie regions. A 2.8 km underground walk allows you to visit the three levels of river-dug galleries in the limestone mountain. (This excursion involves an approximate time of 1 hour and 20 minutes walking including 250 steps. Please note that once you start this excursion you cannot stop or go back). Return to the hotel for lunch and and you will check-out from the rooms. You will start your route to PONT D’ESPAGNE.  Pont d’Espagne is a stone-built bridge that spans the Gave de Marcadau at the point where it meets the Gave de Gaube, near one of its sources high in the French Pyrenees.  The Pont d’Espagne is at an altitude of appoximately 1500m.  You will make a stop in CAUTERETS and ST.SAVIN –  communes in the Hautes-Pyrénées  department and the region of Occitanie in south-western France.  After this excursion, the coach will take you to Lourdes International Airport to check-in for your direct Air Malta flight leaving from Lourdes at 9PM with estimated arrival time in Malta at 11:15PM.

 

This year Lourdes is celebrating the 175th anniversary of the birth of
Bernadette Soubirous and the 140th anniversary of her death.

Special events will be going on in Lourdes – Be sure not to miss the Musical show Bernadette de Lourdes

 

Holy Mass will be celebrated every day with our spiritual director – anyone is free to join.

 

Every evening the ‘AUX FLAMBEAUX’ procession is celebrated.  Anyone can join this procession with our Spiritual Director:  The torchlight procession, takes place every evening at 9PM, from April to October, and is considered as a moving testimony. It starts from the Grotto of Apparitions and ends on the esplanade of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. At the head of the procession, a statue of the Virgin is carried by pilgrims. This is the most popular time in Lourdes and the highlight of each day. This magical moment of sharing brings together all nations, people and languages, of all faiths, as well as nonbelievers.

PRICE per person

3 ADULTS SHARING €577
2 ADULTS SHARING €587
SINGLE €677
CHILDREN (2-5 YEARS OLD) €455
CHILDREN (6-11 YEARS OLD) €485

*Before booking this tour, please read carefully our terms and conditions which can be found at the end of this brochure and on our website

Price Includes

  • Air Malta direct flights – Malta/Lourdes/Malta
  • Air Taxes, Fuel Surcharge and service charge
  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport
  • 5 days/4 nights accommodation at Hotel Croix des Bretons
  • Full Board Basis
  • Tour Leader/Spiritual Director
  • Boly Windmill and Le Cachot familiarisation tour
  • Insolvency Fund

EXCURSIONS

Adults Children 2-11
Biarritz / St Jean de Luz €39 €21
Bartres / Lake of Lourdes / Meridien €18 €12
Musical Show - Bernardette de Lourdes €45 €35
Grottes de Betharram €32 €18
Pont d'Espagne / Cauterets / St. Savin €28 €15

EXTRAS

Excursions
Travel Insurance
City Tax - €1.50 per person per day paid directly at the hotel

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