10-Day Faith-Based Tour from Chartres to Marseille

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 – June 11: Chartres, Orléans, Tours, Fontgombault

We begin the day with morning Mass in the crypt of Chartres Cathedral.  At 10:00 am we depart for the picturesque villages and pristine countryside as we journey to Orléans, the city where Joan of Arc was hailed the “Maid of Orléans.”  Lunch in front of the cathedral.  Next we make our way to Tours to visit the Basilica of St. Martin, a unique shrine rebuilt after the original was destroyed during the French Revolution.  In the crypt is the tomb of St. Martin, a venerated place of pilgrimage.  Visit the Oratory of the Holy Face, where devotions to the Holy Face of Jesus were started by Venerable Leo Dupont.  Arrival at the traditional Benedictine Abbey of Notre-Dame of Fontgombault, located in the Regional Park of le Brenne.  Check-in and dinner.  Overnight in Fontgombault.

Day 2 – June 12: Fontgombault

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 in the monastery and eat and pray with the monks as well as participate in their manual labor.  Female visitors will stay in cottages on the property, equipped with kitchens.  Lunch.  Hear the monks sing Gregorian Chant.  Explore the outside monastery gardens and gift shops.  Overnight at Fontgombault.

Day 3 – June 13: Fontgombault, Toulouse 

We continue our journey through the beautiful French countryside to the lovely city of Toulouse.  Here is one of the oldest European universities, founded in 1229.  Visit the tomb of St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), the greatest scholastic the Church has produced.  He is buried in an altar inside the Church of Les Jacobins, a former Dominican friary.  Optional visit the adjoining monastery [additional cost].  Time for shopping in the gift shop.  Dinner and overnight at Toulouse.

Day 4 – June 14: Tolulouse, Castle of Carcassonne, Lagrasse

Next we continue to the Castle of Carcassonne, a fortified city and medieval fortress.  See where St. Dominic preached in the Gothic chapel.  Opportunity for souvenir shopping.  Lunch.  Those interested in a tour of the castle may do so [additional cost].  Dinner and overnight at Lagrasse.

Day 5 – June 15: Lagrasse, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Le Barroux

Today we make our way to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (St. Marys of the Sea), named after the Three Marys who were the first witnesses of the empty tomb of Our Lord: St. Mary Magdalene, St. Mary of Cleophas (grandmother of the Apostles James and John) and Mary Salome (mother of the Apostles James and John).  According to longstanding French legend, after the death and resurrection of Our Lord, the three Marys, left Palestine and traveled to Alexandria, Egypt, where they set sail with Joseph of Arimathea.  It is said they sailed in a miraculous boat with neither rudder nor sail and were cast adrift in France at St. Marys of the Sea.  We will visit the fortress church there, built in the 9th century and the tomb of St. Sarah in the crpyt.  Lunch near beach.  Check-in to monastery and convent at Le Barroux.  Dinner and overnight at Le Barroux.

Day 6 – June 16: Le Barroux

Experience the life of a monk and nun from the inside.  Here there are two monasteries, one for men and one for women.  The male guests will stay in the monastery of monks while the female guests will stay in the monastery with nuns, located within walking distance of each other.  Witness first-hand this joyous Benedictine life amid the vineyards of the South of France.  Hear the Gregorian chants of the Roman Church.  Catch a rare glimpse of how and why the monks and nuns live, work and pray.  Dinner and overnight at Le Barroux.

Day 7 – June 17: Le Barroux

Continue your experience in the monastery.  The day is open for prayer and rest.  Take advantage of the opportunity to visit and pray in the chapel with the monks and nuns.  Be sure to see the gift shop.  Overnight at Le Barroux.

Day 8 – June 18: Le Barroux, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon, Sainte-Baume

Moring visit to the Provence wine country of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Visit a winery for group wine tasting.  Lunch in the historic center of town under the shadow of the ruined papal palace.  Afternoon visit to Avignon, home of seven popes during the Avignon Papacy in the 1300s.  Check-in and overnight at Sainte-Baume.

Day 9 – June 19: Sainte-Baume, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

Today we visit La Sainte-Baume (the holy cave), where it is believed St. Mary Magdalene lived her final years.  The location contains the sarcophagus that was the original tomb of the saint, a place signaled by miracles.  Visit the Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene where the current tomb of the saint is located in the crypt at Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume.  Dinner and overnight at Sainte-Baume.

Day 10 – June 20: Marseille

Morning transfer to Marseille Provence International Airport (MRS) for departure flights home.

NOTA BENE:
Itinerary is subject to change.