A beautiful city in the heart of the French Pyrenees mountains, Lourdes is famous for being the site of a local woman’s apparition of the Virgin Mary, who appeared in a series of visions in 1858. You can attend one of the impressive sacrament processions, see the Statue of the Crowned Virgin in Rosary Square or visit the Grotto of Massabielle, where the apparitions took place.
- 2-day independent trip from Paris to Lourdes by TGV (high-speed train)
- Visit the Grotto of Massabielle -- famous for its Virgin Mary apparitions in 1858
- Explore the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, including the Rosary Basilica
- Follow the footsteps of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, who saw the apparitions
- Breakfast, dinner and overnight accommodation in a three-star hotel included
This is an independent trip, meaning you may explore Lourdes however you wish. The time is yours to create your own itinerary and see as little or as much as you’d like. Visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of Lourdes, which is the area surrounding the Grotto of Massabielle, where the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Lourdes) appeared to the 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous 18 times in 1858. Bernadette went on to be canonized as a saint in 1933. Famous for these apparitions, Lourdes has become a major European pilgrimage site.
Check out the Statue of the Crowned Virgin Mary, which stands in the impressive Rosary Square, across from the Rosary Basilica (Basilique Notre Dame du Rosaire). Another must-see sight is the small spring inside the Grotto of Massabielle, where the water has been reputedly responsible for miraculous healings over the ages. Or participate in one of the daily processions to and from the grotto.
End your first day in Lourdes with a delicious dinner at your 3-star hotel (drinks not included).
After breakfast the next morning (included), continue your Lourdes experience at your leisure until the early afternoon. Attend a mass at the grotto or follow the footsteps of Saint Bernadette by visiting her birthplace. Then return to the Lourdes train station for your high-speed train ride back to Paris.
Reviewed by Donna W, April 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed Lourdes! Could've spent more time in order to visit more attractions. Hotel was conveniently located. I'm not impressed with Cityrama tours as they provide no means of transportation to get to the train station in Lourdes nor transportation back to the Cityrama office when you return to Paris. We felt like we were dumped off and abandoned!
Reviewed by Ralph F, Canada, November 2012
This was a good trip. Just chose the wrong weekend - when Lourdes had lots of rain and the worst flooding in 40 years. Our group was great and we adapted and got by and managed to visit most places.