Pilgrimage from Lourdes to Ecône from October 22 to November 3rd, 2020

January 07, 2020
Source: District of Canada
Lourdes Sanctuary

Group led by Father Daniel Couture, Superior of the district of Canada for the Society of Saint Pius X


The Society of Saint Pius X, District of Canada, organizes this pilgrimage from Lourdes to Écône in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Saint Pius X Society by Mgr Marcel Lefèbvre in 1970. During our three-day stay in Lourdes, we will join the International Pilgrimage of Christ the King organized by the Society on October 24, 25 and 26. The group will then take the road to Rocamadour, Sainte Baume, and Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, passing through various lesser-known pilgrimage sites and arriving in Écône in time to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Society on November 1st, 2020.


The cost for this pilgrimage is currently estimated at $ 3,300 CAD, for a departure from Montreal, and based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 participants. This amount includes the flight from Montreal to Toulouse, and a return from Geneva to Montreal, with Air Canada. The land portion of the trip, excluding air tickets, is $ 2,080 CAD. The single supplement is set at $ 450 CAD, but there are a limited number of rooms at this price (first come, first served). The price is based on the exchange rate in effect on December 10, 2019 and may be adjusted if there is a significant change between now and the final payment.

Flights from other cities in Canada or the United States can be arranged, and additional charges will be determined at the time of booking.

The price includes: direct flights from Montreal to Toulouse, and return from Geneva, with Air Canada; accommodation for 11 nights in double occupancy, in a religious hostel (one night) and hotels from 2 to 4 stars, with daily breakfast and most dinners; a lunch meeting on arrival in France; transfer from/to European airports; activities of the International pilgrimage of the Society of Saint Pius X in Lourdes on October 24, 25 and 26; coach transport from October 26 to November 3, from Lourdes to Geneva; the services of a group escort from Voyages Aqua Terra Sherbrooke; tips for drivers and taxes.

Two hotels do not offer evening meals, but there is a choice of restaurants nearby. These meals will be the responsibility of the pilgrims - see the $ sign in the itinerary.

By purchasing from a travel agency operating in Quebec, you are covered by the Compensation Fund for Clients of Quebec Travel Agents. This fund, administered by the Consumer Protection Office, covers any loss caused by the bankruptcy or the closure of a service provider.

The price does not include: difference in air fare from any departure point other than Montreal; passport or visa fees, lunch and snacks; three evening meals; beverages (including bottled water served with meals); laundry; certain tips (baggage handling, maids, waiters, etc.); telephones made from the hotel room and mini-bar; transport and visits not included in the program; souvenirs and other personal purchases.


A non-refundable $ 250 CAD deposit is required at time of booking. A second deposit of $ 750 is required by February 28, 2020 at the latest, which will bring the total amount of the deposit to $ 1,000. It is strongly recommended to book before March 2 as the price of the trip will be increased by $ 120 from March 2, 2020 and will therefore be $ 3,420. The deposit amount will however remain the same for bookings made after March 2, that is, a non refundable amount of $ 1,000. Finally, without enough bookings on March 2, the feasibility of the pilgrimage will also have to be reassessed.

The above prices are based on 30 participants and we estimate that it will take at least 20 firm bookings by March 2 to confirm the group, hoping for a minimum of 10 additional bookings before August 10, 2020. If the group does not reach 30 participants on this date, there will be a price increase before the final payment, based on the number of people registered (a maximum increase of $ 370). If the number of participants exceeds 35 people, there will be a reduction in the price of $ 50 per person. The final price adjustment will be made no later than August 15, 2020.

Final payment will be due on September 2, 2020. As long as there is availability in hotels, it will be possible to join the group after this date, but flights will have to be booked individually, at the daily rate.

Checks must be made out to Voyages Synergia. Credit card payments are accepted.


The penalties for cancellation of the trip by the participant are as follows:

-  $ 250 non-refundable deposit;

-  $ 500 fee for cancellation between February 28, 2020 and May 31, 2020;

-  $ 1,000 fee for cancellation before September 2, 2020;

-  100% non-refundable after final payment, September 2, 2020.

A fee of $ 100 CAD applies for any change of name before September 2, 2020, fee of $ 250 for a change of name between September 2 and October 14. No name change allowed 7 days before departure.

Your travel documents will be emailed to you no later than 2 weeks before departure.

Pilgrimage Lourdes, Rocamadour, Sainte-Baume and Écône 2020

Please note this is the final itinerary; minor changes may occur to provide you a better travel experience.

Thursday, October 22: Departure from Montreal for Toulouse - Air Canada flight 19:15.

Friday, October 23: Arrival in Toulouse at 08:15.

Departure from the airport towards Lourdes. Stop en route at Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges for a visit to Notre- Dame Cathedral and Saint-Just Basilica (to be confirmed). Lunch together.
Arrival in Lourdes at the end of the afternoon. Installation at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

Saturday, October 24: Lourdes

Breakfast at the hotel and pilgrimage activities: 14:00 – Rosary.
14:30 – Pontifical High Mass (Bishop Galarreta). 16:00 – Various Stations of the Cross.

Dinner at the hotel.
21:00 – Torchlight Procession and Rosary. All-night of prayer at the grotto.

Attention: please note time change during the night of 24 to 25: one hour backward.

Sunday, October 25: Lourdes

Breakfast at the hotel and pilgrimage activities:
09:00 – Rosary.
09:30 – Solemn High Mass (Father Pagliarani, Superior General).
11:15 – Solemn Procession to the grotto.
15:30 – Vespers of Christ the King, Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Blessing of the sick.

Dinner at the hotel.
20:30 – All-night adoration.

Monday, October 26: Lourdes - Rocamadour

Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 – Rosary.
09:30 – Solemn High Mass (Father Bouchacourt). 11:15 – Procession to the grotto and Rosary. 12:00 – Closure of the pilgrimage.

Departure for Rocamadour around 13:00. Arrival at the end of the afternoon and installation at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel and evening free.

Tuesday, October 27: Rocamadour - Aix-en-Provence

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time to visit the Rocamadour Sanctuary in the morning.
Journey to Aix-en-Provence. Lunch on the way.
Mass at the Immaculate Conception Chapel, Cour Gambetta, Aix-en-Provence. Supper ($) and evening free.

Wednesday, October 28: Aix-en-Provence - Saint-Maximin de la Sainte-Baume - Aix-en- Provence
Breakfast at the hotel. Day of visits to Sainte- Baume and surroundings. Program to be confirmed.

Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Mass at the Immaculate Conception Chapel. Supper ($) and evening free.

Thursday, October 29: Aix-en-Provence -

Cotignac - Notre-Dame-du-Laus

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Cotignac and visit the Notre-Dame-de Grâce church. Departure for Notre- Dame-du Laus and lunch en route.
Arrival in Notre-Dame-du-Laus in the afternoon. Mass at Notre-Dame-du-Laus. Supper at 19:00.
Evening free: Vespers at 18.30. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 20:15 to 21:15 pm; Complies at 21:15.

Friday, October 30: Notre-Dame-du-Laus - Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette - Annecy

Breakfast at Notre-Dame-du-Laus and free time. Departure for Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette. Lunch at Notre- Dame-de-la-Salette. Arrival in Annecy; visit of the Basilica of the Visitation and installation at the hotel. Mass at the St-François-de-Sales Chapel, around 17.30. Dinner at the hotel. Evening free.

Saturday, October 31: Annecy - Écône - Martigny

Mass in Annecy and breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Martigny via Chamonix. Short stop at the Bénite Fontaine Sanctuary on the way. Arrival at the Écône Seminary in the afternoon for a guided tour of the site.
Installation at the hotel in Martigny. Dinner at the hotel and evening free.

Sunday, November 1: Martigny - Écône - Martigny

Breakfast at the hotel. Activities of the 50th Anniversary of the Society’s foundation at the Écône Seminary. Mass at Écône.
Dinner at the hotel and evening free.

Monday, November 2: Martigny - Fribourg - Geneva.

Mass at Écône and breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Fribourg where there will be free time to explore the places where the Society was born. Departure for Geneva in the afternoon.

Installation at the hotel. Supper ($) and evening free.

Tuesday, November 3: Departure from Geneva.

Early Mass and breakfast at the hotel before leaving for the airport. The flight to Montreal leaves at 12:00.

Mass will be celebrated every day.

NOTE: the sun rises around 07:15 at this time of the year and the sun sets around 17:15 (standard time), with variations depending on the location.


Please contact Ms. Jacinthe Bélisle at 819-620-3077 (cell) or at [email protected]

Rocamadour Sanctuary
Rocamadour Sanctuary


Please read carefully before booking

Your reservation for this pilgrimage constitutes a contractual agreement and implies your acceptance of the general conditions described below. We recommend that you take the time to understand these terms and conditions before making your reservation.

If you are not booking your flight with us, please check with your travel agent for the conditions of your air ticket.

Voyages Aqua Terra Sherbrooke is a Canadian travel agency, with a Quebec permit (# 702703), under the name of group Voyages Synergia Inc. Under this permit we are authorized to organize travel tours and make travel arrangements for our customers. The Society of Saint Pius X and Father Daniel Couture have retained our services for the organization of your pilgrimage from Lourdes to Écône.

Please note that Voyages Aqua Terra acts as an intermediary between clients and suppliers. In no case, will the agency or the Society of Saint Pius X, assume responsibility for services not rendered or not in conformity with the conditions of the contract, nor for an event taking place during the trip or for the refusal of a supplier to respect your reservation.

In all cases of major unforeseen circumstances, you must pay the extra charges not covered by transportation companies or other suppliers.

Travel insurance

Voyages Aqua Terra strongly recommends that you purchase cancellation insurance, as well as insurance coverage for emergency medical care. Under no circumstances will Voyages Aqua Terra Sherbrooke / Voyages Synergia be held responsible for a problem that could have been avoided if you had purchased adequate insurance. If you are a resident of Quebec, your agent can give you a quote for travel insurance.

Terms of cancelation

The first deposit of $ 250 upon reservation is non-refundable. For any cancellation by client before final payment, the $ 1,000 deposit is partially or fully non-refundable, depending on date of cancellation. No refund of final payment can be made (see details of the costs for cancellation and / or change of name on page 2 of this document). For these reasons, the purchase of a travel insurance policy is highly recommended.

All cancellations must be received in writing and sent to Father Couture as soon as possible, with a copy to the travel agent, preferably by email. A phone call is also a good idea. Finally, if you must book an individual flight, the cost of the air ticket will be payable at the time of booking and may not be refundable in the event of cancellation. Check the conditions with the ticket issuer.


We take all reasonable measures to ensure that the services reserved for this pilgrimage are appropriate and that the suppliers selected are honest and efficient. We cannot be held responsible for any loss or expense suffered by you resulting from your late arrival at the start of the trip, or at any time during the trip, for any other reason than those within our control.

Any wilful damage to property is your sole responsibility and the agency will not be responsible for any cost incurred as a result of your actions, or measures taken by the various authorities or their principals. Any damage you cause will be billed to you and must be paid for immediately.

We will not accept claims regarding the carrier's use of a substandard vehicle as a replacement in an emergency. The agency and the Society of Saint Pius X reserve the right to expel any person whose conduct is deemed unsatisfactory or detrimental to the group. This is without incurring any liability whatsoever on the part of the agency or of the Society of Saint Pius X for the additional costs incurred to return to Canada, or for a refund of the unused part of the trip. The decision of the priest accompanying the group will be final.


If you have a complaint during the trip, please immediately notify the priest and / or the agent accompanying the group, so that they can resolve the problem. If the problem is not resolved to your satisfaction, you should notify the agency in writing within 28 days of your return. Any complaint received outside this period will not be accepted.


It is your responsibility to check which documents you will need to travel (passport, visa, medical certificate, notarized letter, birth certificate, etc.).

Remember that it is forbidden to bring certain objects or goods on board an aircraft or to import certain products. Also, entry rules vary from country to country and it is important to check the regulations that apply to you and the documents required in your case. Your travel agent will be able to help you establish what documents will be required of you, but he / she will not be able to presume which specific conditions may apply to your situation; he / she cannot be held responsible if you are ever prevented from traveling because you do not have the correct documents with you.

It is strongly recommended that you arrive at the airport at least three hours before your scheduled departure time.


VOYAGES SYNERGIA, operating under the name Voyage Aqua Terra Sherbrooke, holds a Quebec travel agent permit (# 702703). The agency is located in Sherbrooke, Quebec (Canada), at 322, blvd Queen Victoria, J1H 3R2; phone: 1-819- 565-0101.

The travel agent responsible for the organization of this pilgrimage is Ms. Jacinthe Bélisle, whose contact details are as follows: [email protected] or 1-819-620-3077 (cell phone).

Centre Saint-Joseph, 1395 rue Notre-Dame, Saint-Césaire, QC, J0L 1T0 (450) 390.1323 – www.sspx.ca

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