Post-Pilgrimage Itinerary 2018
9-Day Faith-Based Tour from Chartres to Paris
Escorted by Fr. Garrick Huang, FSSP
Reaffirm and celebrate your faith as you visit some of France’s most treasured shrines and places of pilgrimage. You will be accompanied by fellow believers on a traditional Catholic tour designed to offer you the experience of a lifetime, a vacation that will stay with you forever.
Our chaplain Fr. Garrick Huang, FSSP is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. Fr. Huang was ordained priest in 2010 in the USA. As a seminarian he lived in France and taught in French at an all male boarding school. Before entering the seminary he was a professional opera singer in New York. Father is a veteran of the Chartres Pilgrimage and enjoys life in his French-speaking parish in Montreal, Quebec.
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Day 1 – May 22: Chartres, Orléans, Tours, Fontgombault
After breakfast we depart Charters for Orléans to make a brief visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the city where Joan of Arc was hailed “the Maid of Orléans.” Next we make our way to Tours for a visit to the Basilica of St. Martin, a unique shrine rebuilt after it was destroyed during the French Revolution. In the crypt is the tomb of St. Martin, a place of pilgrimage. Arrival at the traditional Benedictine Abbey of Notre-Dame of Fontgombault, located in the Regional Park of le Brenne. Here we rest after the pilgrimage. Check-into guesthouse and dinner. Overnight in Fontogombault.
Day 2 – May 23: Fontgombault
Breakfast. Today we bask in the peaceful monastic setting, taking full advantage to rest and relax. We will have the opportunity to pray the public hours of the Divine Office with the monks in their chapel. Experience life in a monastery. Male visitors will stay within the monastic cloister and eat and pray with the monks, as well as participate in their manual labor. Female visitors will stay in neighboring cottages on the edge of the property (equipped with
kitchens). Lunch. Time to pray with the monks and explore the outside monastery gardens and gift shop. Overnight in Fontgombault.
Day 3 – May 24: Fontgombault
Breakfast. Experience the life of a monk from the inside. Hear the Gregorian Chants of the Roman Church. Get a glimpse of how and where the monks live, work and pray. Lunch. Afternoon is open for free time, prayer and rest. Take advantage of the opportunity to visit the nearby caves along the river, where the original monks lived. Dinner. Overnight in Fontgombault.
Day 4 – May 25: Fontogombault, Nevers, Paray-le-Monial
Breakfast. We continue our journey through the beautiful French countryside to Nevers, the location of the convent and burial place of St. Bernadette, visionary of Lourdes. Here we experience a glimpse of life in a French convent. See the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette and pray in this holy place of devotion and miracles. Free time for prayer and rest. Picnic lunch in park. Next we continue our journey to Paray-le-Monial, where each year countless pilgrims visit. Pray inside the Chapel of the Visitation, where most of the apparitions of Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque took place. Visit the stunning Romanesque Basilica. Check-into guesthouse. Dinner and overnight at Paray-le-Monial.
Day 5 – May 26: Paray-le-Monial, Ars
After breakfast we continue our journey to the enchanting village of Ars, home of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. See the parish where he lived and worked, pray before his mortal remains, now incorrupt. Explore this fascinating country village. Lunch. Quiet time for rest and souvenir shopping. Overnight in Ars.
Day 6 – May 27: Ars, Grenoble, La Salette
Sunday Mass in Ars. Today we enjoy the beauty of the Alps as we journey to the picturesque village of Grenoble for a picnic lunch. Continue through the alpine countryside to the shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, a renowned place of international pilgrimage. Explore the basilica and shrine where Our Lady appeared to two children in 1846. Evening candlelight procession to the apparition site. Dinner and overnight at La Salette.
Day 7 – May 28: La Salette, Voiron, Lyon, Ars
Breakfast and morning hike up the hill overlooking the shrine to enjoy the majestic views. Time to visit the gift shop. Today we descend the Alps to the Monastery and Museum of the Grande Chartreuse, where the fabled Chartreuse liqueur is prepared by Carthusian monks, a secret recipe consisting of an organic mixture of 130 herbs, plants and flowers collected by the monks in the gardens and fields of their property. Lunch. Arrival in Lyon, the capital of French gastronomy. Visit the historic city center that dates back to Roman times. See the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Primatial See of France. Taste the local cuisine. Dinner and overnight in Ars.
Day 8 – May 29: Ars, Lyon
After breakfast we make our way to the new FSSP parish in Lyon, Église Saint-Just. This magnificent architectural jewel is one of the finest examples of Roman Baroque in France and the oldest parish in the city. Adding to the prestige of the church is that it is the final resting place of St. Irenaeus, bishop of Lyon. Next we visit the truly magnificent Notre-Dame de Fourvière, a stunning basilica overlooking the city, built in reparation for the French Revolution. Lunch. Free time to explore the Lyon. Dinner and overnight in Ars.
Day 9 – May 30: Ars, Auxerre, Paris
After breakfast we depart for Paris, with a stop in Auxerre. Visit to the Cathedral, where St. Joan of Arc once prayed. Admire the Medieval architecture of this town that has survived the centuries. Picnic lunch in the shade of a park. Continue to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Itinerary is subject to change.