Spiritual Guidance: Rev. Ihor Royik
Tour Director: Natalka Zaborska
Air and Land cost:
Doubl occupancy per person $3150
Single Supplement $700
Deposit due by JANUARY 25, 2019
May 16 – 24, 2019
9 Day Inclusive
Rev. Ihor Royik
Deposit due by JANUARY 25, 2019
2.50 Euro per person per day in Paris
1,50 Euro per person per day in Lourdes
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
May 16 Thursday
USA/Canada – PARIS
Be at New York, Kennedy Airport not later than 4:30 PM. Check your baggage to PARIS – ORLY Airport.
Identify yourself to Rev. Ihor Royik. You are allowed one piece of checked in baggage at 22 kilos or 50lbs. Hand luggage should not weight more than 15 lbs. and must fit into overhead compartment.
Air France 019 New York-JFK 7:35PM PARIS-Orly 9:00AM
Paris – France’s capital and a major European city. It is the global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture.
Its 19th century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the river Seine. In addition to historical monuments, the city is known for its café culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore.
May 17 Friday
Upon arrival in Paris, pass through passport and customs control. Claim your baggage and proceed
to the arrival area where you will meet your Paris Guide.
Our hotel rooms will not be available until 2PM. We will proceed directly from airport on our first guided city tour of Paris: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Invalides, the Champs Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower. During this tour, a lunch break has been arranged. We will reserve tables for the group in a local restaurant, where you will enjoy your first French meal..
Arrive at hotel about 3PM. Check-in at Hotel Malte. Afternoon free. Welcome dinner in nearby restaurant.
May 18 Saturday
The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited. In 2017, the Louvre was the world’s most visited art museum, receiving 8.1 million visitors. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as the Louvre castle in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II. And it opened as a museum on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings.
A private guided tour for your group will give you all the information needed to introduce you to the Museum’s history and its masterpieces. The highlights of your tour will be: the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace, the Gallery Apollon, the Jaconde, the Wedding at Cana, the Sacre de Napoleon, the Raft of the Medusa, Liberty leading the people and more. After your guided tour, time permitting, you can continue visiting the museum on your own.
We stop for lunch, and afterwards depart for our one hour Seine Cruise. Starting in the center of Paris, you will rediscover the most beautiful monuments of the city seen on the bus tour, but also you will see quaysides, bridges and banks which liven up the Parisian life. Audio guides will be available onboard and included in cruise price.
Return to hotel. Dinner at nearby restaurant.
May 19 Sunday
PARIS Ukrainian Day
After breakfast, we join our touring coach for transfer to the Cathedral of Saint Volodymyr the Great, the cathedral church of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in France. Since 2012, the eparchial bishop has been Bishop Borys Gudziak. Today Rev. Ihor Royik will co-celebrate Divine Liturgy with local Ukrainian priests.
In 1937, the creation of a mission for Ukrainian Catholics culminated in the 1943 awarding of the chapel on Boulevard Saint Germain as a Catholic Church of Byzantine Ukrainian Rite. In 1960, the Holy See created an apostolic exarchate for the Ukrainian Greco-Catholics of France, with Msgr Volodymyr Malanczuk as Evque. This raised Saint Volodymyr the Great Church to the level of cathedral. Between 1983 and 2012, Bishop Mykhail Hrynchyshyn C.S.S.R was the Apostolic Exarch. In December 2012, Bishop Borys Gudziak, who previously was Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv), was appointed Apostolic Exarch. On January 19, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI elevated this parish to an apostolic exarchate for Ukrainians of Byzantine rite residing in France.
Saint Volodymyr the Great Church in Paris serves as a refuge for all waves of Ukrainian immigration. It has become the center of spiritual, cultural, and political life, as Ukrainian statesmen visiting Paris often make their appearances there. It is here that the Ukrainian community gathers together to celebrate Christmas, with a living nativity called ‘Vertep’, as well as Easter, Saint Nicolas, Mother’s Day, Independence Day of Ukraine.
After Mass, we rejoin our touring coach and continue to the town of Senlis.
You will have time to enjoy the city and have lunch in one of the local cafes.
Senlis is a commune in the northern French department of Oise. The monarchs of the early French dynasties lived in Senlis, known for its Gothic cathedral and other historical monuments. It was the seat of the French monarchy when Yaroslav the Wise, the Grand Prince of Kyiv, married his daughter Anna to King Henry I of France in the 11th century. In Senlis, Anna of Kyiv, Queen of France, established St. Vincent’s Abbey. In 2013, the Ukrainian community acquired the church of Sts. Borys and Hlib. With the restoration of the church and abbey, the buildings will become the Anna Yaroslavna Cultural Center. Many functions will take place here, and future plans are to establish the Anna Yaroslavna museum in this little town.
After a short tour of this lovely town, we return to Paris for overnight and dinner at a local café.
May 20 Monday
Breakfast at hotel. A free day to stroll through Paris. Dinner at a nearby café.
You might want to discover Paris on your own: an afternoon at Musee d’Orsay for Impressionist art or just shop!
Tonight: optional opera performance of CARMEN at OPERA BASTILLE at 7:30PM Tickets range from $100 USD up! If you wish to attend, please note this option on the registration coupon. Opera tickets must be prepaid at time of tour balance due date.
May 21 Tuesday
Today we check out of the hotel after breakfast and join our touring coach for the excursion to Versailles. Originally build by Louis XIII as a hunting lodge, this building was transformed and expanded by his son Louis XIV. Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682 until the French Revolution in 1789.
The palace is now a historical monument, known for the ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the jewel-like Royal Opera, the royal apartments, the more intimate royal residences, the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon located within the park and the vast Gardens of Versailles with fountains, canals, and geometric flower beds and groves. The palace was stripped of all its furnishings after the French Revolution, but many pieces have been returned and many of the palace rooms have been restored.
You will have a guided tour of Versailles + Musical fountains + the little train in Versailles. Trianons Estate exploration is on your own.
We leave this fairytale land and return to Paris for our express train to Lourdes, 4PM departure. Details on meal at later date. Arrive in Lourdes 9PM and transfer to hotel.
Lourdes – one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites. Largest tourist destination in the world – visited by more than 18 million people annually. You will visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home. Stations of the Cross and Liturgy in the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Mary will be celebrated by your Spiritual Guide, Rev. Ihor Royik.
May 22 Wednesday
A more detailed program for Lourdes will be provided at a later date.
Morning, orientation tour. Afternoon, Stations of the Cross. Dinner at hotel. Evening, candlelight procession.
May 23 Thursday
AM Divine Liturgy at the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Afternoon free. Dinner at hotel. Candlelight procession.
May 24 Friday
LOURDES – PARIS – NEW YORK-JFK
Early transfer to airport for your flights home.
|Air France||5710||LOURDES 6:55AM||PARIS-Orly 8:25AM|
|Air France||032||PARIS-Orly 2:20PM||NEW YORK – Kennedy 4:40PM|
- Prices are based on minimum 20 participants and are subject to change, pending EURO/US $ fluctuation.