08 Weekend break to Lourdes
08 Weekend break to Lourdes
08 Weekend break to Lourdes
08 Weekend break to Lourdes
08 Weekend break to Lourdes
08 Weekend break to Lourdes

Weekend break to Lourdes

24 - 28 July 2017

from £499

Friday 15 - Monday 18 June 2018 

led by Rev. Fr. Francis Abara

3-night pilgrimage including return flights with British Airways from Heathrow, group transfers in France, full-board in 4 Star Hotel & full religious itinerary with daily Mass.



All about: Weekend break to Lourdes

Fr. Francis Abara and his parishioners from South Ockendon extend a warm welcome to all pilgrims seeking to join their weekend parish pilgrimage to Lourdes. 

Lourdes, this small picturesque town located in the foothills of the French Pyrenees would have remained indifferent to any other town in this region had it not been for the remarkable events which occurred in 1858. During that year from the 11 February – 16 July, a young peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous, witnessed a total of 18 apparitions of the Blessed Virgin at a cave known locally as Massabielle.

On the 25th March 1858, the day of the sixteenth Apparition, Bernadette went to the Grotto and on the instruction of the Parish Priest, asked the Lady for her name. Three times Bernadette asked the question. On the fourth request, the Lady responded in regional dialect "Que soy era Immaculada Conceptiou" ("I am the Immaculate Conception").

The message of Lourdes was Penance, Prayer for the conversion of sinners and Procession (Pilgrimage). During the thirteenth apparition, Our Lady said to Bernadette "Go tell the priests to come here in procession and build a chapel here". And so, annually, millions of pilgrims from all corners of the world come to visit this simple Grotto.


The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour

* Return flights from London Heathrow with British Airways 

* All local taxes & tolls including ATOL Protection & Pilgrim Levy Tax
* 1 item hold luggage (23kg) and 1 item of hand luggage (23kg) per passenger
* 3 nights’ in the 4 Star Grand Hotel Moderne on a Full Board basis (15 meals)
* Fully escorted package including services of an Anam Cara Travel rep.
* Half-day walking tour of Lourdes Sanctuary and Town
* Return coach transfers between Toulouse Airport and Lourdes
* Wheelchair service: we can reserve wheelchairs from the sanctuary. You may also reserve a motorised chair available in Lourdes for €20 per day (payable locally) PLEASE NOTE: If you request a wheelchair you must have a carer who can push the chair!
Whats not included in this tour

* Single Rooms (limited available –Please contact Tour Operator for more details)

* Group photo

* Beverages with meals

* Gratuities (Tour leader will advise)

* Optional excursion (Your guide will inform you about excursion options)

* Travel Insurance - we can provide our comprehensive travel insurance priced at £35

  1. Day 1 Friday 15 June 2018
    Departure from the Parish Carpark - pick-up time to be confirmed
    Depart London Heathrow airport (7:40 am) on the morning flight to Toulouse.
    Luxury coach transfer to Lourdes and the Hotel Moderne (3 night’s).
    Expected arrival at hotel 1:15 pm.
    Lunch upon arrival
    Private group Mass in the lower Seven Dolours Chapel followed with an orientation tour of the Sanctuary.
    Evening meal in the hotel restaurant.
  2. Day 2 Saturday 16 June 2018
    Holy Mass at the Grotto followed by breakfast in the Hotel.
    Free morning to visit the baths or relax.
    After lunch, the group will enjoy a leisurely walking tour visiting the places connected with the life of St Bernadette
    After the evening meal, the group will participate in the Marian Torchlight Procession.
  3. Day 3 Sunday 17 June 2018

    Breakfast in the hotel.

    International Mass at 09:30am in the Basilica of St Pius X

    Lunch in the hotel followed by High Stations of the Cross in the late afternoon.

    After evening meal in our hotel, final opportunity to particiapte in the Marian Torchlight Procession.

  4. Day 4 Monday 18 June 2018

    After breakfast at early morning Mass, the group will depart Lourdes & transfer to Toulouse Airport to catch return flight to Heathrow.

Weekend break to Lourdes Accomodation

The Grand Hotel Moderne

Comfort, charm and elegance at the entrance of the Grotto. Discover the magic of the Grand Hotel Moderne.

The closest hotel to the Grotto, the Grand Hotel Moderne is the ideal base for pilgrims looking to be as close as possible to the most important spiritual sights of Lourdes. Located among Lourdes' prime attractions, the hotel is within easy walking distance of:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine “the Grotto” (less than 50 meters...)
  • the Sanctuaries
  • the evening’s rosary and candlelight procession
  • the baths of healing waters
  • Basilique du Rosaire et de l'Immaculée Conception, Basilique St-Pie-X

Such is the privileged location of Grand Hotel Moderne, many of the hotel's balconies overlook the nightly candlelight procession, allowing guests to enjoy the sights and sounds of the evening's celebration without leaving the comfort of the hotel.

  • 110 rooms newly renovated
  • Rooms for single, double, twin, triple or quadruple occupancy
  • Family rooms
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Rooms for disabled access
  • 2 dining salons, 1 bar
  • Large salon & private lounge for meetings
Visit the following link:www.grandhotelmoderne.com/

The flight time is 1hr 45 mins
This relaxing transfer following alongside the stunning Pyrenees Mountains is approximately 2 hrs.
The currency is Euros. You can change Sterling whilst in Lourdes. ATM's are located in the town of Lourdes where you can draw down Euros.
Yes, your will need an EU travel adaptor to convert the UK 3 pin plug into a standard European 2 pin plug. Adaptors can be purchased in most supermarkets, pharmacies or at the airport.
Each room includes:
Free wireless high-speed internet access
Flatscreen TV with international satellite channels
Air conditioning & heating
Electronic safe
Writing desk
Closet space
Italian marble bathroom with bath (certain rooms have showers only)
Insulated and soundproofed rooms with double glazed windows.

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