Holy Cross Pilgrimage

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Holy Cross Pilgrimage

300.00

Join Saint Mary’s College Alumnae and Friends as they celebrate their 175th anniversary with a pilgrimage to Le Mans, France, exploring the history of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

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Discover the roots of Holy Cross on the Holy Cross Pilgrimage to Le Mans, France

Join Saint Mary’s College Alumnae and Friends as they celebrate their 175th anniversary with a pilgrimage to Le Mans, France, exploring the history of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.


HIGHLIGHTS

 

Dates of this pilgrimage are:
October 18-26, 2019 - 9 Days/8 Nights
with optional extension until October 28, 2019

  • Discover the history of Holy Cross - Explore the city where the Congregation of Holy Cross first began as you pilgrimage to amazing sites such as the Shrine of Blessed Basil Moreau, the birthplaces of Moreau and Fr. Edward Sorin, La Grande Trappe, and much more!

  • Explore the beauty of France - Walk the streets of Paris, pray in the renowned Chartres Cathedral, and savor the culinary delights of French cuisine.

  • Connect with faith and friends - Expand your faith through prayerful reflection as you travel with alumnae and friends of Saint Mary’s College during this special 175th anniversary year.


SCHEDULE

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Core Package - October 18-26, 2019
Core Package, with optional extension - October 18-28, 2019

Day 1- Fri., Oct. 18: Fly from USA to France.*

Day 2 - Sat., Oct. 19: (D)** Individuals gather at Paris (CDG) airport at noon. Then transfer to Le Mans and have lunch on your own in route. Celebrate an opening Mass and welcome dinner. Overnight in Le Mans.

Day 3 - Sun., Oct. 20: (B, L) Mass and visit at the Shrine of Blessed Basil Moreau, with time to pray at the tomb of Blessed Basil Moreau. Lunch, then a tour of Old City Le Mans. Dinner on your own and overnight in Le Mans.

Day 4 - Mon., Oct. 21: (B, L) Visit to Holy Cross Cemetary and Solitude of the Savior with the Marianite Sisters of Holy Cross followed by lunch. Then visit and Mass in Ahuillé (Fr. Edward Sorin’s birthplace), followed by visit to Montenay (Mother Mary’s birthplace). Dinner on your own and overnight in Le Mans.

Day 5 - Tues., Oct. 22: (B, L, D) Mass in Laigné-en-Belin (Blessed Basil Moreau’s birthplace). Lunch followed by visit to Ruillé-sur-Loir (home of Fr. Jacques Dujarié). Dinner at local créperie and overnight in Le Mans.

Day 6 - Wed., Oct. 23: (B, L) Mass and tour of La Grande Trappe, followed by lunch and Notre Dame de l’Habit. Dinner on your own and overnight in Le Mans.

Day 7 - Thurs., Oct. 24: (B) Transfer to Chartres, Mass and tour of Cathedral. Lunch on your own, free time, and transfer to Paris. Then dinner on your own and overnight in Paris.

Day 8 - Fri., Oct. 25: (B, D) Pilgrimage sites of Paris including: Notre Dame Cathedral, Saint Sulpice, Miraculous Medal Chapel, Sacré Coeur, and Montmartre. Farewell dinner and overnight in Paris.

Day 9 - Sat. Oct. 26: (B) Transfer to airport, individuals depart anytime after noon. Flight back to USA.*

OR continue to optional extension

Day 9 - Sat. Oct. 26: (B, L) Visit to the Eiffel Tower (second floor) and a Seine River cruise. Lunch, followed by visits to Sainte Chapelle, Saint Julien le Pauvre, Luxembourg Gardens, Saint Etienne du Mont Church, and outside views of La Sorbonne and the Pantheon. Dinner on your own and overnight in Paris

Day 10 - Sun., Oct. 27: (B, D) Free day to explore the city, with lunch on your own. We suggest exploring Paris highlights such as the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, or Versailles. Farewell dinner and overnight in Paris.

Day 11 - Mon, Oct. 28: (B) Transfer to airport, individuals depart anytime after noon. Flight back to USA.*

*This is a land-only package, meaning flights are not included in the package. If you wish, you may elect to include a quote for airfare as an option during registration.

**(B,L,D) denotes meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) which are included in the pilgrimage package.

Please note that this itinerary is tentative and subject to change.


DETAILS

 

Core Pilgrimage package includes:

  • Pilgrimage preparation and follow-up materials delivered via email

  • A dedicated pilgrimage guide who will accompany the group in France

  • Custom-designed pilgrimage booklet for each pilgrim

  • Private motorcoach each day for Days 2-8, with airport transfers on Days 1 and 9

  • All tickets and donations for included activities

  • Audiophones in Chartres Cathedral and Cathedral Notre-Dame in Paris

  • 7 nights accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, including taxes, in 4-star hotel properties (single-occupancy supplement available, with limited availability)

    • Le Mans (5 nights): Mercure Le Mans Centre Mutuelles**** or similar

    • Paris (2 nights): Mercure Paris Montmartre**** or similar

  • Bellman and chambermaid gratuities, as well as luggage handling (1 piece per person)

  • Breakfast daily at hotel, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners

  • Whisper sets for each pilgrim

  • Gratuities for guide(s), driver(s), and meals

  • Online preparation meeting for all pilgrims to review itinerary, activities, logistical arrangements, and prayer resources

Pilgrimage does not include:

  • Roundtrip airfare (available as an option during registration - fare plus $35 booking fee)

  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees, or any personal purchases

  • Meals while traveling, drinks at meals, as well as 3 lunches and 4 dinners

  • Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on)

  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

Optional extension package includes:

  • Local tour guide for Day 9 (10/26)

  • Motorcoach for Day 9 (10/26) and private airport transfer on Day 11 (10/28)

  • 2 nights accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, including taxes, in 4-star hotel properties (single-occupancy supplement available, with limited availability)

    • Paris (2 nights): Mercure Paris Montmartre**** or similar

  • All included activities:

    • Entrance fees for: Eiffel Tower (2nd floor, subject to availability), Sainte Chapelle, and Seine River Cruise

    • Free entrance to Saint Julien le Pauvre Church, Luxembourg Gardens, Saint Etienne du Mont

  • 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Pilgrimage package does not include:

  • Anything not included in the Core Pilgrimage package

  • Local tour guide on free day (Day 10 - 10/27) of itinerary

  • Motorcoach on free day (Day 10 - 10/27) of itinerary

  • Meals while traveling, drinks at meals, as well as 1 lunch and 1 dinner

  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included


REGISTRATION

 

Core Pilgrimage package as low as: $3,574 per person*

Estimated Core Pilgrimage package total cost: $3,874 per person*

  • Save $300 by registering before the early-bird deadline and electing to pay by check!

*Please note that the above prices do not include round-trip airfare. This is a “land-only” package, meaning flights are not included with the quoted prices, but flights are available as an optional add-on during registration. Pilgrims should plan to meet the group upon arrival at Paris (CDG) airport.

Additional items:

  • 3-day, 2-night optional extension (October 26-28, 2019): Additional $978 per person

  • Early-bird savings (available until February 25, 2019): Save $200 per person

  • Pay balance by check: Save $100 per person

  • Airfare (available as add on at published fares): Actual fare + $35 booking fee

    • Airfare rates and schedules will not be available until approximately 11 months prior to departure.

  • Single-occupancy supplement: Additional $879 per person

  • Single-occupancy supplement (optional extension): Additional $254 per person

Please note that singles are subject to availability. If you are a single traveler but would like to find a roommate, we will do our best to match you with another roommate. If you are a single traveler and we cannot find you a roommate, you would be required to pay the single-occupancy supplement for a single room.

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit - $300 due upon registration

  • Final balance - Due by June 18, 2019

    • Reminder invoices will be emailed in May 2019 for the final balance. The final payment may be paid by credit/debit card, electronic bank transfer, check, or money order.

    • During registration, if you elect to "pay balance by check," you will receive $100 off the pilgrimage fee, which will be reflected on your final invoice. If you elect to "pay balance by check," the final balance can be paid by electronic bank transfer, check, or money order.

Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.

How do I pay?

  • During registration, the $300 deposit can be paid online with a credit card or debit card.

  • The final payments may be paid credit/debit card, check, money order, or electronic bank transfer for no fee. Or, you can elect to "pay balance by check" during registration and save $100 off your pilgrimage fee. If you elect this option, you can make the final payment via electronic bank transfer, check, or money order. Checks and money orders can be made payable to "Verso Ministries LLC".

    • Payments can be mailed to:

      • Verso Ministries LLC

      • P.O. Box 986

      • Notre Dame, IN 46556

  • If you have any difficulties making a payment, please do not hesitate to contact us at (574) 383-9396 or email us at hello@versoministries.com.

Registration is open until filled. If space is still available, registrations may be made at any time.

Late registrations made after June 18, 2019, are subject to availability and may be subject to a different pilgrimage price. Registrations made after this date also may be subject to an alternate pilgrimage cost depending on flight and hotel availability. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

What is your cancellation policy?

$150 of the $300 pilgrimage deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.

  • Cancellation 91 days or more from departure: $150

  • 90-31 days prior to departure: $300

  • 30-15 days prior to departure: $500

  • 14-7 days prior to departure: $1000

  • 6 days or less no refund will be given.

Any cancellation charges incurred from other supplies or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed above.

*Quoted prices are based on the current exchange rate of 1 Euro to 1.2 U.S. dollar. Final price may fluctuate based on final exchange rates when travel vendors finalize payments (typically between 30-90 days prior to departure}. Rates also assume a minimum of 20 full-paying pilgrims for the Core Pilgrimage and 5 full-paying pilgrims for the optional extension.

Why is this is an estimated final package price?

Prices are based on the current (as of November 2018) exchange rate of 1 Euro to 1.2 U.S. dollar. Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates could affect the final pilgrimage pricing.

If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.


QUESTIONS

 

Please contact us with any questions!