Lourdes – Down and Connor Diocesan Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage Programme:

Our pilgrimage includes the celebration of Masses, including at the Grotto; celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick and Reconciliation; participation in the Blessed Sacrament and Candlelight processions and the Way of the Cross. Pilgrims staying in Hotels will have the opportunity to visit Bartrès (additional cost) and sick pilgrims staying in the Accueil will be provided with the opportunity to bathe in the waters should they wish. There is plenty of free time for your own personal prayer, to relax, and to explore the town of Lourdes.

Sick Pilgrims:

Pilgrims who require medical, nursing and/or personal care are advised to apply to stay in the Accueil Notre Dame, where they will be cared for by our team of volunteer doctors, nurses and helpers – we cannot provide this care for pilgrims choosing to stay in hotels. All applications will be assessed by our Chief Medical Officer who will confirm your suitability to travel and the level of care needed. 

We advise hotel pilgrims who have reduced mobility (for whatever reason) to request the use of a wheelchair in Lourdes along with the assistance of a member of our enthusiastic Youth Team, who will help you to participate fully in our programme and offer a friendly face during your time in Lourdes.

Pilgrimage Option Dates Fare (pps) Accommodation
7 nights 10 – 17 July £725 Hotel Jeanne d’Arc

5 nights


11 – 16 July




Hotel Jeanne d’Arc, Hotel Alba or Hotel Mediterannee

5 nights 11 – 16 July £550 Accueil Notre-Dame

For pilgrims requiring medical, nursing and or personal care and assistance

Youth Team

(16-25 years: helping sick and less able-bodied pilgrims)


Closing date for Youth applications: 16 March 2018


8 – 17 July




Programme commences on 8th July with a pre-departure residential at CAFRE Antrim followed by 7 nights in Lourdes at the Hotel St Louis de France.

Please note: a single room supplement of £26 per night applies. Hotel accommodation for 5 night pilgrims is allocated on booking, while we will attempt to meet requests, we cannot guarantee rooms in a specific hotel.

All pilgrims aged 18 or over staying in hotels will be subject to a Local Government Tax of €1.90 per person per night,

this will be payable directly to your hotel on arrival in Lourdes.

Fares are inclusive of return flights from Belfast International Airport, transfers from and to Lourdes Airport, full board accommodation, travel insurance, courier services and other taxes. A deposit of £120 per person is required

at the time of booking, with the balance payable approximately 8 weeks before departure.

 Youth Team:


This year we will have 100 places for young people aged 16-25 to travel as members of the pilgrimage staff, befriending and assisted pilgrims. Our full youth programme includes induction and team building as well as 7 days in Lourdes.

For Further information:

To request a booking application, or with further queries, please contact the Pilgrimage Office on

(028) 9064 6040 or email us: lourdes@downandconnor.org

Joe Walsh Pilgrimtours Ltd is bonded and licensed as a Tour Operator and Travel Agent by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in Ireland and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK: TO 052, TA 0689, ATOL 5163. United Irish Pilgrimages to Lourdes Ltd is bonded and licensed as a Tour Operator by Commission of Aviation Regulation in Ireland TO 052.