France for Evangelical Groups

France for Evangelical Groups
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Year Round - Best weather between May and October

This comprehensive tour includes most highlights of France and more. While France has deeply settled Catholic roots (Avignon was the seat of the papacy between 1309 and 1423) Evangelism is on the rise and well established. During a special visit to the Museum of the Desert, we will understand the history of Protestantism in France. Option to meet with the Evangelical community in Paris.

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This is a sample itinerary. All of our group programs can be tailored to the tour leader's specifications.

Departure from US, arrival to Paris next day.

Arrival in Paris airport (Roissy or Orly).
Welcome by your English speaking Faith and Heritage tours guide-tour leader.
Lunch on your own. Transfer to the Mont-Saint-Michel (223 miles). 4h30 away from Paris.
Stroll through this charming village with stone houses and narrow streets, built on a rock off the coast of Normandy and surrounded by one of the world's largest bays known for its incoming tide that "comes in with the speed of a galloping horse." The village and the bay are listed in UNESCO's World Heritage sites. Visit of the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel. Possibility of meeting with a monk of the monastic fraternity of Jerusalem.
The visit begins with the bus drop-off in the parking lot that is situated at a distance of 2.5 kms. Then you walk to the free shuttle-bus stop that takes you to within 250 m of the entrance to the medieval citadel. From there it is an easy walk through the village by the paved main street for about 200 m. Then from the parish church begins the "Grand Degre," about 350-steps climb up to the abbey.

Dinner and overnight, Saint-Michel

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Normandy landing beaches (118 miles).
On June 6, 1944 tens of thousands of American, English, Canadian, Scottish and French soldiers landed on the beaches of the Normandy coast to free France from the Nazi stronghold. Thousands of young soldiers died that first day in the name of liberty, the value that makes the greatness of mankind. Start this visit with a stop at Bיnouville's bridge, most known as Pegasus bridge. Then go to Arromanches artificial port. All the armored vehicles, trucks, supplies and men came into France through this port. On to Omaha beach, the most famous of the Normandy landing beaches. At the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, honor the young soldiers that are buried here. Lunch on your own. Discover the Pointe du Hoc, a 30m cliff overlooking the ocean. In Caen, visit the memorial of the landing retracing the events of the largest military operation of all time that freed France.

Dinner and overnight, Caen

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Paris (145 miles).
Board the famous Parisian "Bateaux-Mouches" boat for a unique one hour experience of Paris: the Eiffel Tower, the Concorde, the garden of the Tuileries, the Orangerie, Saint Louis island, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre... you'll have a view of all the most beautiful sites of Paris from the river Seine! Lunch on your own. Take the elevators to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris with its silhouette immediately recognizable. You'll have a breathtaking view of Paris! With more than 6 million visitors each year, it is the most visited monument in France after the Notre-Dame cathedral.

Dinner and overnight, Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the famous Louvre museum. It is an unavoidable place of culture in France. Among the most celebrated pieces that are exhibited the Mona Lisa by Leonardo de Vinci and the Venus de Milo. Lunch on your own. On the Ile de la Cite, in the historic heart of Paris, is the Notre-Dame cathedral, a jewel of Gothic art. Discover this unique site which is still a place of rich spirituality with around twenty priests ordained each year. It is also possible to venerate here the Crown of Thorns on the first Friday of each month. The Sainte Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is a real treasure hidden on the island of the Ile de la Cite in the center of Paris. It has been built as a royal ecrin to receive the holy relics of the Crown of Thorns acquired by French King Louis IX. This chapel is an architectural feat with nothing to compare it to in the world.

Dinner and overnight, Paris

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day at leisure in Paris:
Go for a stroll on the hill of Montmartre which overlooks Paris north of the river Seine. It's a lively neighborhood well-known for its ideal location, the romantic charm of its small streets and for the many artists who decided to live here at the end of the 19th century. Its name comes from Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris. Discover the basilica of the Sacred Heart and the amazing view you have over Paris from there.

OR join the optional tour of the chateau of Versailles (at additional cost - the chateau is closed on Mondays):
Discover the great apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, the king's room, the queen's room, the apartments of the ladies and the park (excluding temporary exhibitions). Situated 40 minutes from Paris, the chateau and its domain were built for the glory of the French monarchy. This chateau is appreciated as much for its gardens as it is for its architecture and richly decorated rooms. More than 4 million people come each year.

In the evening possibility of meeting a local evangelical pastor.

Dinner and overnight, Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Lyon (288 miles).

Visit the basilica of Fourviere located on the hill of the same name that dominates the city of Lyon. This hill, also known as "the hill that prays," has been a unique place of prayer for the people of Lyon since antiquity. The divine offices offered each day are witness to the dynamic spiritual life here. It is on the hill, site of the martyrdom of Saint Pothinus, that the first Christians expressed their faith during the Roman era by placing themselves under the protection of Marie. The basilica and the site are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Optional: Visit to a nearby museum of religious art.

Transfer to Avignon (142 miles).

Dinner and overnight, Avignon

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the famous papal palace, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Avignon became the seat of the Papacy between 1309 and 1423 with the popes in Avignon before they returned to Rome. The Papacy returned to Rome for political reasons and following the improvement of the relations between Catholics and Orthodox. Today, the papal palace is open to all. It is also known for its famous festival d'Avignon, one of the most important international festivals of contemporary entertainment.

Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner and overnight, Avignon

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Aigues-Mortes. Visit to the Constance Tower used as a prison for women considered as heretic after Revocation of Edict of Nantes. Transfer to Anduze (44 miles) for a visit of a protestant temple. Then arrive to nearby Mialet for a visit to the Museum of the Desert to understand the history of Protestantism in France.

Return to Avignon

Dinner and overnight, Avignon

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Le Thoronet and discover the very beautiful Abbey of Thoronet nested in the green hills of the back country of Provence. One of the most remarkable examples of Cistercian architecture in France, the site is listed as a national historical monument. No monks have lived in the abbey since the French Revolution. The abbey has however gained back a spiritual dimension thanks to Monsignor Rey, Bishop of Frejus-Toulon. Following his directions, a mass with Gregorian chants is now celebrated there every Sunday. Next door to the abbey, you'll discover the monastery of the Torrent de Vie. There, the young community of contemplative and Eremetic sisters of the monastic family of Bethlehem and of the Assumption of the Virgin welcomes you. They are a testimony of the renewal of Faith in France.

Transfer to Nice.

Dinner and overnight, Nice

Breakfast at the hotel. Walk on the Promenade des Anglais. Discover old Nice: Cathedrale Sainte Reparate, Flower Market and Saint Jacques-le-Majeur Church. Transfer to Marseille, and take the TGV train to Paris (3 hour train ride).
Transfer to your hotel.

Dinner and overnight, Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to board your return flight.

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