Lourdes is a small town in the foothills of the French Pyrenees that is revered by Catholics as a pilgrimage destination. The story of Lourdes is that in 1858 a young girl called Bernadette saw a number of apparitions of the Virgin Mary before discovering a cave with running water in a nearby mountain. The waters running from the grotto at Lourdes are believed to have healing powers, which inspire huge number of pilgrims to travel there each year. As many of the visitors are elderly or sick, coach tours are a popular method of travel, where tour managers can ensure pilgrims arrived safely and in comfort.
Compass Travel offers luxury coach tours over eight days including overnight accommodation near Paris on both the outward and return journey. Their modern coaches have reclining seats, on-board toilet facilities and waitress service. Travellers stay at the three-star Alba Hotel at Lourdes for five nights and a range of excursions can also be booked.
Tagney Tours provides a range of tours to Lourdes and other pilgrimage locations both by air and coach travel. Coach and ferry tours to Lourdes can be booked all year round but Tagney Tours specialises in offering tours for particular religious festivals. Coach tours for Easter weekend at Lourdes can be booked and similar tours are available for the Feast of the Assumption, Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Feast of Our Lady. Tagney Tours also provides a Shrines of France coach tour.
Leisure Time Travel
Leisure Time Travel, based in the north-west of England, has several itineraries available for coach tours. Standard and luxury coaches are available and you can book to travel overnight to Lourdes or stopping near Paris on the way and on the return journey. A tour combing Lourdes and Fatima can be booked and trips including a few days sightseeing in Paris are also on offer. Pick-ups are made in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and London.
Tours for Churches
Tours for Churches run some of the lowest priced tours for visitors that want to travel to Lourdes as cheaply as possible but then have a few days based in Lourdes. The no-frills six-day package includes ferry crossing at Dover and then an overnight coach journey through Frances down to Lourdes. There are two nights accommodation at Lourdes but the long journey to and from the town will be punctuated by comfort stops only rather than overnight hotel accommodation.