Pilgrimage to France
April 8 – 17, 2024
Join Fr. Tim Monahan and the Vocation Office April 8 - 17, 2024 on a pilgrimage to France to pray for an outpouring of Vocations in the Archdiocese of Chicago! Cardinal Blase Cupich will join the pilgrimage from April 12 – 17. Please complete the initial inquiry form and the Vocation Office will reach out to you with more information, including how to officially register for the pilgrimage. Please note that this pilgrimage will include a fair amount of daily walking and requires stamina and good physical health to participate.
- Round trip air from Chicago
- First Class (3 & 4 star) hotels for 8 nights
- Breakfast daily; 5 dinners as noted in the itinerary
- Transportation via deluxe private motorcoach
- Professional tour manager in Europe
- Comprehensive sightseeing, including applicable entrance fees
- Arrangements for Masses during the tour
- Audio system (headsets) for walking tours
- Porterage of one suitcase per person at hotels (where available).
- Travel documents, baggage tags, etc.
$4,269.00 per person, based on double occupancy
$879.00 – supplement for single room
Rates are based on a minimum of 27 passengers.
$500.00 per person - due with reservation
Additional $900.00 per person - due by September 15, 2023
Balance due by January 8, 2024
All checks should be made payable to:
TRANS WORLD TRAVEL, INC.
and returned to:
Fr. Tim Monahan Tour
c/o Trans World Travel, Inc.
734 Central Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035
TWT phone: (847) 432-2400
B - Breakfast, D - Dinner
|Monday April 8, 2024||Depart Chicago: Depart from O’Hare Airport to begin our journey to France. Meals will be served aboard our overnight flight|
|Tuesday, April 9||Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saone: On arrival in Lyon late this morning we will be met by our professional tour manager and escorted to our waiting motor coach. During our drive into the Saone valley, our tour manager will share information about our tour and details of today’s schedule. Dinner and overnight in Villefranchesur-Saone. (D)|
|Wednesday, April 10||Villefranche-sur-Saone (excursion to Ars-sur-Formans): Today will be spent exploring the Shrine of St. John Vianney, known simply as the Curé of Ars. His powerful sermons and personal example of piety offered the spiritual direction which brought many back into the fold of the Catholic Church, after the serious decline as a result of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. During the last years of his life, an average of 300 pilgrims came daily to Ars to listen to his teachings, and he would spend up to 17 hours listening to their confessions. We will see the house where he lived, the church where he preached and celebrate Mass in the Basilica where he is buried. The afternoon is free for individual activities, before we return to Villefranche for an evening at leisure. (B)|
|Thursday, April 11||Villefranche-sur-Saone / Chartres: This morning we will depart Villefranche and drive north to Chartres, whose Cathedral of Notre Dame is one of France’s most important places of pilgrimage and served as a beacon of Christianity through the Middle Ages. Our tour of the Cathedral will reveal the treasures of this Gothic masterpiece, most famous for the vivid colors and narrative quality of its stained glass windows. We will celebrate Mass in one of the Cathedral’s chapels and later check into our Chartres hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)|
|Friday, April 12||Chartres / Alencon / Lisieux: Today we will journey first to Alencon, famous for its lace since the 18th Century. It was here that St. Therese of Lisieux was born in 1873 to parents Louis and Zelie Martin, the first spouses to have been canonized in the Catholic Church. We will visit the family home of the Martin family, where St. Therese was born, and the Basilica where her parents were married. Following free time for lunch we will continue to Lisieux, where our sightseeing is dedicated to the life of St. Therese, with visits to the convent where she made her vows at the age of 15 and which houses her tomb, and the Basilica constructed after her canonization, with the relics of her parents. In the early evening, we will check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)|
|Saturday, April 13||Lisieux (D-Day Beaches and Museum Excursion): Today will be dedicated to exploring the sites associated with the heroic events of D-Day - June 6, 1944. Our visits will include the D-Day Landings Museum at Arromanches-les-Bains, to gain an insight into the background to the invasion, the Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach, as well as the American Cemetery at St. Laurent-sur-Mer. At the end of a poignant and moving day, we will return to Lisieux in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure. (B)|
|Sunday, April 14||Lisieux / Paris: This morning we will check out of our hotel after breakfast and the morning will be free for individual worship and reflection in Lisieux. In the early afternoon, we will depart Lisieux and drive to Paris for the final three nights of our tour. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B, D)|
|Monday, April 15||Paris: This morning we will begin our sightseeing of the French capital and ‘City of Lights’ with a panoramic tour by coach and on foot. Highlights will include such famous sights as the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The afternoon is free for shopping and individual exploration. Try the Louvre for its countless masterpieces, the artists’ district of Montmartre, or perhaps the ascent of the Eiffel Tower if the weather is good. The evening is free to explore some of the local restaurants. (B)|
|Tuesday, April 16||Paris: This morning we will celebrate our final Mass of the tour at the Sanctuary of the Miraculous Medal. Following Mass, there will be time to visit the Paris Foreign Missions Society nearby, as well as offer a prayer at the tomb of St. Vincent de Paul in his chapel on rue de Sevres, visits which aid our understanding of mission and vocation. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy some of the city’s iconic landmarks, its many museums and art galleries or perhaps take an excursion to the magnificent extravagance of Versailles. This evening we will enjoy our farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)|
|Wednesday, April 17||Paris/Chicago: This morning we will transfer to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport to begin our journey home. We arrive at O’Hare Airport later today.|