|Highlights||Visit the Most Important Sites of Lourdes
Get to Know the Historical Places of Bernadette’s Life
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
From Bordeaux, depart for the town of Lourdes located at the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain range. After your drive, reach the town and visit the sanctuary with your guide. Spend some time on your own and visit the famous Grotto of Massabielle, the Basilica of the Rosary or just take some time to meditate in this peaceful environment.
Follow In the Footsteps of Bernadette Soubirous
In 1858, Lourdes become known throughout France and the world after a series of apparitions seen by Bernadette Soubirous. These “Marian apparitions” quickly transformed Lourdes into one of the most important sites of pilgrimage and religious tourism.
Today, around six million people visit Lourdes each year. Due to the consistent stream of pilgrims and tourists, Lourdes has become the second most important center of tourism in France, following Paris. It is now the third most important site of international Catholic pilgrimage.
Your tour to Lourdes
Arrive in Lourdes and start by visiting the sanctuary. Here you will not only see the grotto but will also visit the three churches that were built on the site, one on top of the other. After some free time for lunch, join your guide and follow the footsteps of Bernadette.
First discover the house of the family when the father ran a mill. Bernadette was born in this millhouse on 7 January 1844, one year after the marriage of her parents Louise Castérot and François Soubirous. She lived here for the first 10 years of her life; it’s still possible to see her childhood bedroom, along with the house’s mill machinery.
Then on to the Cachot. In 1857 Bernadette Soubirous’ family fell on hard times and were forced to move to this dingy former prison, where they lived communally in a room measuring just 16 sq metres. It was while living here that Bernadette stumbled across the Grotte de Massabielle, having been sent out to collect firewood.
Return to Bordeaux at the end of the day.
This private tour ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide.
|Included||Guided walking tour of the sanctuary
Pick up and drop off at hotel
Travel in spacious, comfortable & fully equipped Mercedes minivans
Bottled water in the minivan
Free Wifi access on board
Visit the important sites on the footsteps of Bernadette
|Excluded||Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions
Meals and drinks
Personal insurance and expenses
Gratuities for the driver/guide
|Know before you book||Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
Price is per group, not per person
This product is on request. We will confirm availability within the shortest possible time after we receive your order.
|Know before you go||Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time|
It is possible to take a bath in the Grotto of Massabielle while in Lourdes. Be aware though that there can be a very long queue and that the water is icy-cold. If this option is chosen, it is not possible to follow the footsteps of Bernadette.
Accessibility: Stroller accessible
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
|Booking Cut-off||72 hours|
|Valid||10 hours Only on date on reservation|
|Cancellation Cut-off:||48 hours|
|Cancellation Notes:||Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule: Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Master Card. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%. For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund: Up to 48 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees. 48 hours prior to departure and less > no refund. No show - no refund.|
|PRIVATE TOUR||RETAIL PRICE||NET RATE|
|Adult||18-64 years||€760.00||Available on request|
|Option Name||PRIVATE TOUR|
|Option Description||This is a private tour, price is per activity not per person. Group size from 2 to 8 travelers maximum.|
|Terms and Conditions||
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If any hotel or predetermined meeting place changes, notify Orphorus immediately. Otherwise be at location 10 minutes prior to pick up time.
|Redemption||Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption|