Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Cathedral of Notre Dame, and More
See this sample itinerary for a religious tour of the city of Paris. You can visit famous historical sites of great religious importance in a world-class city in the heart of France.
Day 1: Transatlantic flight from the U. S. To Paris, France
Depart today towards Paris. During the international flight, meals will be provided by the airline.
Day 2: Paris
Upon arrival in Paris, you will be welcomed by your Tour Escort who will take you on a panoramic tour of the city. Visit Montmartre, where the stately Basilica of the Sacred Heart stands atop a hill, and where St. Denis was martyred. At its feet, visit the Church of Saint Pierre Montmartre, founded by St. Denis, where St. Ignatius of Loyola and his companions took their vows. Head to your hotel in Paris for dinner and overnight. (D)
Day 3: Paris
Today, visit central Paris:
* Notre Dame, the gothic jewel of Paris, with its splendid sculptures, architecture and stained glass. Inside are kept treasured relics such as the Crown of Thorns of Our Lord, a fragment of the true Cross, and a Crucifixion nail.
* The Sainte Chapelle, another gothic marvel, built bySt. Louis, boasting breathtaking stained glass.
* Saint Sulpice, the second largest gothic church in Paris, dedicated to St. Sulpice and St. Peter.
* Saint Germain des Prés, one of the oldest churches in Paris, where Saint Germain, bishop of Paris, is buried.
* Saint Etienne du Mont, where the tomb (not the relics, these were destroyed during the French Revolution) of St. Genevieve, patroness of the city, is housed. It features a unique rood screen, wood pulpit and exceptional stained glass.
* Sainte Genevieve, the church which was the original burial site of the Saint, and of Clovis and Saint Clotilde, his wife.
Overnight inParis. (BB)
Day 4: Paris
Enjoy a morning in Paris visiting the sites related to the Miraculous Medal on the Rue du Bac:
* The Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, where Our Lady directed St. Catherine Labouré to have a medal made in her honor.
* St. Louise de Marillac, whose waxed body is kept in the chapel. She established the Daughters of Charity along with St. Vincent de Paul.
* Saint Vincent the Paul, whose incorrupt body lies in the Chapel of the Motherhouse of the Congregation of the Mission. Also on display are many relics of priests martyred in Asia.
* Nearby, visit the Society of Foreign Missions, from which thousands of missionaries have gone forth to foreign lands to preach the Gospel, many of them becoming martyrs. Inside, an interesting museum displays artifacts and pictures relating the story of these men and martyrs.
Afterward, visit the Cathedral of Saint Denis, the burial place of this patron of France, and who was martyred nearby. It is also the place of burial of most French kings, and where they were crowned. The relics of Saint Louis, king of France, are kept here.
In the evening, an optional dinner cruise along the Seine. Overnight inParis. (BB, Opt. D)
Day 5: Paris
A day at leisure in Paris, where you can take in more sites or go shopping for souvenirs. Overnight in Paris. (BB)
Day 6: Optional Excursion: Lisieux
Today’s optional excursion takes you to Lisieux, the hometown of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Visit Les Buissonets, her childhood home, the Basilica dedicated to her, the Carmel which she entered, and the tomb of her blessed parents. Overnight in Paris. (BB)
Day 7: Return to the U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home to the U.S.
* (BB) Buffet breakfast * (D) Dinner
Call us today at (800) 290-3876, or contact us online to get started with your quick Paris escape. Catholic Heritage Tours does all the work of arranging travel and lodging. Your job is to enjoy the experience.