In the heart of the Pays d’Auge region, among the apple trees, the herds of fat cows grazing in evergreen meadows and half-timbered houses, Lisieux exhibits its imposing basilica dedicated to Saint Therese who lived here until her death in 1873. The city itself suffered great damage during the second world war leaving few traces of a history that goes back to the Middle Ages. The main interest therefore lies in visiting the places attached to the life of Saint Teresa and the visit of the imposing basilica dedicated to her. A stay in Lisieux is also an opportunity to visit Normandy to evoke several aspects of its history: Caen, Bayeux and William the Conqueror, Rouen and Joan of Arc and of course the landing beaches. Our program offers religious groups to combine religious and historical discoveries through the idyllic setting of Normandy and the Pays d’Auge without forgetting the Mont Saint Michel and a detour by Chartres and its magical cathedral.
THE HIGLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
- Religious and historical discovery of Normandy
- Evocation of the life of Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux
- Visit of Mont Saint Michel, the landing beaches, Bayeux, Caen and Rouen
- Visit of Chartres and its magnificent cathedral
THE TOUR in detail
step by step
DAY 1 : Paris et Lisieux
Arrival in Paris in the morning. You will be received at the airport and begin a unique city tour of Paris, including the famous monuments and monuments: the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe …. The tour ends above the rooftops of Paris, on the heights of Montmartre, with a visit to the Sacré Coeur, the basilica built in 1875 in the heart of Paris, where you will witness the first mass in France on your journey. It is also time to enjoy the fantastic view over Paris. Later, continue towards Lisieux, the capital of the Pays d’Auge in Normandy and the site of the canonization “Thérèse de Lisieux”. Check in at the hotel or at the religious hostel. Dinner.
DAY 2 : Lisieux, Honfleur and Deauville
After breakfast, guided visit of the Basilica of St. Thérèse, built between 1929 and 1937. It represented one of the largest churches of the 20th century and holds 2000 people. At 11am we attend the mass here. We will then have time to enjoy a typical French lunch before discovering the Carmel, where Sainte Thérèse lived and where relics were found in 1923. We will also visit the Cathedral of Saint Pierre, where Sainte Thérèse attended Mass. The last piece of the puzzle of the life of the saints is the Buissonnets, the house where she spent 7 years of her life before entering the Order. At noon we drive to the lovely fishing port of Honfleur, which enchanted the Impressionist painters. Next break is in Deauville, an exclusive seaside resort, before we visit a Calvados distillery with tasting. Dinner and overnight in Lisieux.
DAY 3 : Memorial of Caen, Bayeux and the beaches of the Allied landing in 1944
In the morning we drive to Caen the capital of the Basse-Normandie. We then visit the Memorial of Caen, which was founded 20 years ago to show the importance of history unforgettable for the future. Visit of Bayeux and Guillaume-le-Conquerant center,…..
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