B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner (I’m so excited about the local cuisine we will be enjoying throughout this time together!)
Day 1 – Saturday September 29 – overnight in TOULOUSE (D)
Flights into Toulouse airport code TLS (arrival times not later than 6pm). Check into hotel. Welcome Dinner at local restaurant at 7:30pm. Overnight in Toulouse. Note: based on flight choices, a pre-tour night in Toulouse on Friday Sept. 28 can be arranged. I tend to fly in a day early. Last time we did this fantastic trip, the group that flew in early got together and we made a fun day of sightseeing out of it. Toulouse is beautiful (and with great restaurants, no surprise there).
Day 2 – Sunday September 30 – overnight in CARCASSONNE (B/L/D)
Breakfast at Hotel then check out. Meet our amazing local guide Veronique, a fellow soul family member who also loves and appreciates Mary Magdalene and her unique and sacred journeys. Depart for Carcassonne (1.5 hour drive). Visit of the medieval City in Carcassonne, Unesco World Heritage.
Time on the bus throughout the tour is made fun and expansive with channeled messages, deep Q&A and group readings!
Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to RENNES LES BAINS for visits. This area is full of energies and there is a reminiscence of Celtic/Druid history here. Walk to the Trembling stones and if enough time, finish with the Hot Spring of “Les Bains Doux” (37°C) – optional participation. Check into hotel.
Dinner at local restaurant in Carcassonne.
Day 3 – Monday October 1st – Overnight in SETE (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the Hotel. Check out of rooms. Daily guided excursion by private bus to MINERVE & PEPIEUX MINERVOIS. The Dolmen is undoubtedly the finest megalithic monument of the Aude. Situated on a hill named the Moural de Fados, it is called the Fairy Dolmen. Then, we will visit Aigne, the tiny one thousand year old “snail village”, which was built, consciously and purposefully, in a spiral. We will tune in to appreciate its unique energies. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit at Minerve, place where almost 200 Cathar leaders were burned in 1210 as heretics by the Catholic Church for refusing to recant their truth. When we journeyed here in 2015, we noticed that the heavy energy had already been cleared by others, allowing us the opportunity to purely honor the Cathars, their personal faith and divine connection. From 17:30 time at leisure.
Dinner at the Hotel
Day 4 – Tuesday October 2 – Overnight in ARLES (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the Hotel. Check out of rooms. Daily guided excursion by private bus to LES SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER. Drive to Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, crossing the very specific landscape of Camargue, its salted marshes with white farms, wild horses and red flamingoes. This is where lie the relics of Saints Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome and their servant, Sarah, the Black Madonna. The church of Saintes Marie de la Mer welcomes every year the community of Gypsies who come to pay tribute to Sara, their patron saint. Lunch is included at local restaurant. In the afternoon, walking tour in ARLES: Antic Theatre and Roman Amphitheatre, medieval monuments, as well as sites that inspîred the world famous painter Vincent Van Gogh. From 17:30 time at leisure. Dinner at the Hotel.
Day 5 – Wednesday October 3 – Overnight in ST MAXIMIN LA SAINTE BAUME (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the Hotel. Check out of rooms.
Daily guided excursion by private bus to MARSEILLE. Founded by the Phoenicians, 2600 years ago, this is the oldest city in France. This is also the place where Mary Magdalene preached with her brother, Lazarus when they arrived in Provence. Lunch is included at local restaurant. After a panoramic following the Corniche to the balcony of the Basilica Our Lady of Guard (Notre Dame de la Garde), we’ll visit Saint Victor Abbey and the ancient crypts. Check into hotel rooms. From 17:30 time at leisure. Dinner at the Hotel.
Day 6 – Thursday October 4 – Overnight in ST MAXIMIN LA SAINTE BAUME (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Daily guided excursion by private bus to SAINTE BAUME MOUNTAIN. Visit of the Basilica in Saint Maximin, masterpiece of gothic art, where Mary Magdalene’s relics are kept in the crypt.
Lunch at the Hostellerie owned by the Dominican Priests. In the afternoon, you will reach the cave by the King footsteps (45 minute walk) through the once sacred forest of the druids, full of rare and unique plant species in Southern Europe. From its cliff top location, the view is absolutely magnificent. Explore Mary’s Grotto.
From 17:30 time at leisure. 19:00 Dinner at the Hotel.
Day 7 – Friday October 5 – Overnight in ST MAXIMIN LA SAINTE BAUME (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the Hotel. Daily guided excursion by private bus to VERNEGUES & VENTABREN.
Of the 3 remaining ancient temples in France, it is the only one still standing in the countryside. This Temple dedicated to Diana is dated from the 1st century BC. Lunch is included at local restaurant on route. In the afternoon, we will stop at the Rock of the Virant. It is a place almost unknown, which is frequented only by the climbers and some people who come to admire the panorama on the sea. Veronique, you will see, knows all the secret spots! There are wells and lines carved in the rock. The lines represent Telluric currents. This rock of Virant was the place of an initiatory process. From 17:30 time at leisure. 19:00 Dinner at the Hotel.
Day 8 – Saturday October 6 – Departure day (B)
Final breakfast together at hotel and check out of rooms. Tour officially concludes after breakfast at hotel. Transport as a group from hotel to Marseille-Provence (MRS) airport. Departure Flight times as advised below.