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Lourdes: Private Guided Tour in the Sanctuary

1. Lourdes: Private Guided Tour in the Sanctuary

Start your tour in the morning or afternoon and be greeted by a professional guide to begin an unforgettable journey around the Sanctuaries. Discover the wonders of the site and have a spiritual experience. Explore famous spots: the Grotto, where Marie Bernarde, known as Bernadette, experienced 18 apparitions. Your guide will also take you to the Fountains and the Baths, which welcome about 350,000 pilgrims each year. Hear about the religious history of the site and see basilicas such as the Basilica of Saint Pius, the most recent Basilica of the Domain.

From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

2. From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

Departing from Donostia-San Sebastian, you'll visit the Sanctuary of Lourdes in France. You'll have time for the principal mass in the basilica, time to pray, go to see the cave, get some water, walk around the sanctuary and visit Bernadette's house. It will be an exclusive and complete private guided tour and you will be the only people on the tour. Thr driving time is roughly 2 hours in each drection and you'll have around 4.5 hours to spend exploring Lourdes. Departure times can be arranged and adjusted as you wish due to this being a private tour.

Lourdes: Spiritual and Historical Guided Tour

3. Lourdes: Spiritual and Historical Guided Tour

Follow a professional guide on a walking tour of Lourdes, a must-see destination in France. The cave of the apparitions, the fountains, the candles, and the special atmosphere of the sanctuary will make this experience unforgettable. You will get all the information about the masses, the confessions, the processions, and the "gesture of water", to give a spiritual meaning to your stay in Lourdes. Through the architecture of the three basilicas, you will know more about the history of the visions, in 1858, and be amazed by the size of the underground basilica dedicated to Saint Pius X where 25.000 people can attend a mass. In addition to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, you will visit the birthplace of Saint Bernadette and the "Cachot", the former prison where she lived during the events.

Lourdes Sanctuary: The Digital Audio Guide

4. Lourdes Sanctuary: The Digital Audio Guide

Embark on a profound journey to the spiritual haven of Lourdes with the digital audio guide of the Lourdes Sanctuary. Step into a place where miracles have unfolded, faith has been renewed, and hearts have found solace. The Lourdes Sanctuary, nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Pyrenees, is a place of profound significance for believers and seekers alike. Explore the sacred grotto where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to Saint Bernadette, and feel the powerful aura of devotion that surrounds you. With the Lourdes Sanctuary digital audio guide, you'll gain access to a treasure trove of insights and narratives, providing a deeper understanding of the history, spirituality, and significance of this revered pilgrimage site. As you navigate the sanctuary's sacred grounds, let the guide accompany you with its informative and moving commentary, enhancing your connection to the experiences and stories that have unfolded here. Whether you're a devout pilgrim or a curious traveler, this digital audio guide will be your companion in discovering the sanctity of Lourdes. It's your key to unlocking the secrets, history, and emotions that make this place so special. Don't miss the opportunity to enrich your visit with the Lourdes Sanctuary digital audio guide. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance, and let the guide lead you on a path of enlightenment and inspiration. Your journey to Lourdes will be a transformative experience, and this guide is your invitation to be a part of it."

From San Sebastián: Sanctuary of Lourdes Private Day Trip

5. From San Sebastián: Sanctuary of Lourdes Private Day Trip

Do not miss the opportunity of being in one of the holiest place in the world since the apparitions in 1858 of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous and feel the spiritual experience of being embraced by the love of the Lady of Lourdes. Learn about the signs of Lourdes: the rock, the light, the water, the crowds, the sick people, . . . You will learn about the life and story of Bernadette Soubirous and the apparitions around the town of Lourdes. We also will visit the whole sanctuary itself and a few more places. This tour is very especial to me because my mom and brother were volunteering for about 20 years helping sick people from San Sebastian visit the place, and they passed me their experiences.

Lourdes: The Sanctuary of Our Lady Guided Tour

6. Lourdes: The Sanctuary of Our Lady Guided Tour

Get a 2 hour tour with a professional guide and focus on the sanctuary. Learn more about what happened to Bernadette Soubirous at the grotto, in 1858, drink the water and listen the story of the healed people. Visit the three basilicas and discover their architectural styles You will probably be amazed by the Basilica of Saint Pius X with a capacity of 25,000 people and its modern stained glass windows. Save time for praying, going to the confessions and experience the « gesture of water » thanks to the explanations of your guide.

From San Sebastian: Sanctuary of Lourdes

7. From San Sebastian: Sanctuary of Lourdes

You’ll have to get up early, as a comfortable two-hour trip on the motorway awaits us. We’ll take advantage of the time to introduce you to the history of the region and local traditions. Miracle in 1858 Lourdes is a charming medieval town whose history changed radically when, in the summer of 1858, the Virgin Mary appeared several times to a girl named Bernadette Soubirous, in a grotto near the River Ouse. The city became an international destination, making it the second most-visited Catholic sanctuary in the world, and the city in France with the greatest number of hotel beds besides Paris. Land of basilicas In Lourdes we’ll visit the most emblematic sites such as the Crypt (the original sanctuary, decorated with numerous votive offerings from the visiting faithful), the Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (with its beautiful stained glass windows depicting the story of the apparitions), the Basilica of Our The Lady of the Rosary (a Romanesque-Byzantine design full of luminous works of art, gold and Venetian mosaics) and the underground basilica of Saint Pius X, in a Brutalist style and spacious enough to host more than 25,000 people. Sacred water Of course, we will also visit the Grotto of Massabielle, where Bernadette exeprienced the apparitions that went around the world and turned the water of Lourdes into a desired object of faith with pilgrims who, annually, come from the five continents. F.Y.I. The visit with Ikusnahi lasts for 4 hours, during which it is possible to visit the complex, or attend prayers and masses. Although the sanctuary is open all year round, it’s best to know the schedule of celebrations, which we at Ikusnahi will take care of.

Lourdes : Guided Walking Tour in the Sanctuary

8. Lourdes : Guided Walking Tour in the Sanctuary

On this 2 hours guided walking tour, experience the profound spirituality and history of the Lourdes sanctuaries and basilicas. Your expert local guide will lead you through the tranquil grounds, sharing stories about Saint Bernadette and the 18 apparitions of the Virgin Mary that occurred in 1858. You'll visit the Grotto where Bernadette experienced the apparitions, pause to admire the Rosary Basilica, and have time for personal meditation at the candle-lit Crypt. The tour concludes near the miraculous spring, where millions of pilgrims have bathed in hopes of physical and spiritual healing. With priority entry to sites and insightful commentary from your guide, this tour provides a deeply meaningful Lourdes experience.

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4.9 / 5

based on 73 reviews

We traveled to Lourdes via Get your Guide and hit the jackpot with Iker as our tour guide!!! We booked everything on line and it all worked so smoothly as far as scheduling and payment !!! The biggest bonus was when Iker picked us up for Lourdes …. He was not only beyond knowledgeable on Lourdes and all things Basque…. But He was just a delight to tour with!!! Beyond great day and great guide !!!

It was a great day. Daniel, our guide, tailored the day to help us see exactly what we wanted, his knowledge of Lourdes was helpful in understanding the importance of this shrine. He was friendly and fun too

It was a peaceful, beautiful tour, with a charming story told by Iker, a spectacular guide, who led us in a safe and fun way.

Great Experience, excellent service and attention received.