We offer a range of 8 to 11 Day Pilgrimages to Lourdes, the most visited and most beloved Catholic shrine to Our Lady in the world. Nawas’ Lourdes pilgrimages offer you and your parishioners the chance to:
- Visit the Grotto of Apparitions, where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette 18 times; the Rosary Basilica; the Basilica of St. Pius X and Way of the Cross over the Hillside.
Attend the Blessed Sacrament Procession and the Torchlight Parade.
Worship in other great shrines including St. Peter’s in Rome and Our Lady of Fatima.
–Bernadette Soubirous upon the 16th Apparition
on March 25, 1858
The Story of St. Bernadette
Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous was blessed with 18 apparitions of the Virgin Mary. She explained the first vision, “I saw a lady dressed in white, she wore a white dress, an equally white veil, a blue belt and a yellow rose on each foot.” On the 16th appearance, March 25, the woman in white finally revealed herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary.
After the apparitions, many pilgrims began coming to Lourdes to see Bernadette and to hear her recount her story. In January 1862 the Church recognized the authenticity of the events at the Grotto, setting off a world-wide fervor. In 1866 Bernadette joined the convent of the Sisters of Charity of Nevers, where she spent her religious life. She died after a long illness at the age of 35. She was proclaimed a saint on December 8, 1933.
“Go, tell the priests to have a chapel built here and bring people here in procession.” Mary’s words to Bernadette are one of the foundations of Lourdes. Today, near the famous Grotto, stands the Church of the Rosary, where crutches and gifts honor the miraculous cures attributed to the Blessed Virgin. More than 6 million pilgrims come to this small town of 17,000 residents to pray and take the healing waters. To date the Church has recognized 68 cures as miraculous.
Our Featured Lourdes Pilgrimages
8 Days Fatima & Lourdes
Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima … on to Burgos to visit its famed Cathedral … spend three nights in Lourdes with time to visit and pray in the Grotto and other holy sites, attend the Procession and more.
8 Days Paris & Lourdes
Start in Lourdes to relive the story of St. Bernadette and pray at the shrine … drive to Nevers to visit St. Gildard Convent where St. Bernadette lived and died … end in Paris where you will visit Notre Dame Cathedral.
11 Days Fatima, Lourdes & Santiago
Start in Lisbon … pray at the Shrines of Our Lady in Fatima and Lourdes … visit the famed pilgrimage center of Santiago de Compostela … visit Avila, birthplace of St. Therese … see Madrid, Spain’s impressive capital.
11 Days Lourdes & Italy Pilgrimage
Pray in Lourdes … visit the medieval fortress city of Carcassone … see Avignon and the old Papal Palace … view the Renaissance artwork in Florence … visit St. Francis’ town of Assisi and spend three nights in Eternal Rome.
11 Days Shrines of France
An inspiring pilgrimage including Lourdes and St. Gildard Convent in Nevers … visit Lisieux, home of St. Therese … see Mont St. Michel … tour the Chateaux country, the beaches of Normandy and Paris.
11 Days Fatima, Lourdes & Paris
Highlights include Lisbon … worship in Fatima … Burgos to visit the Cathedral … stay in Lourdes to pray and take part in the Procession and Torchlight Parade … plus Nevers and Paris to visit Our Lady of Notre Dame and more.
11 Days Spain Pilgrimage with Fatima, Lourdes & Barcelona
Immerse yourself in the spiritual wonders of Fatima and Lourdes … admire the 12th century cathedral in Salamanca … visit Alba de Tormes and the walled city of Avila, where St. Theresa was born … plus art-filled Madrid and Barcelona.