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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.

Lourdes : Half-Day Guided Walking Tour of the Sanctuary

2. Lourdes : Half-Day Guided Walking Tour of the Sanctuary

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Sanctuary of Lourdes. Join a local guide on a 3-hour tour that takes you through the history of the Marian apparitions that occurred 150 years ago. Visit the 3 Basilicas, the Grotto, and the watertaps. Lourdes is world-famous for being the 1st French shrine and the 3rd in the world, after the Vatican and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. On this immersive tour you will travel to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes and let your guide explain the story that changed the destiny of one small Pyrenean town. Visit the Basilicas of the Immaculate Conception, the Rosary Basilica, and the Underground Basilica. Continue to the Grotto, where the Virgin appeared 18 times to a young girl in 1858. Whether you are a believer or not, you will be enchanted by the unique atmosphere that makes Lourdes so special and come to understand why 6 million people a year make the journey to the otherwise tranquil town located at the foothills of the Pyrenees.

From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

3. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Lourdes

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Planning Your Visit

  • Do I have to be religious to appreciate a place like this?

    Lourdes might resonate more with you if you're religious, but it's still a lovely place to go just to see the beautiful buildings, the castle, the Pyrenees, and the general quaintness of the City of Miracles.

  • Are there many sports facilities around this area?

    Indeed there are! Lourdes has nine tennis courts, which are open all year round and there's a golf course on the south side of Loudes Lake. Plus there's plenty of options for indulging in white water sports, plus hikes and walks around the wonderful Pyrenees.

  • Anything to be wary of?

    Although this isn't a big city, sadly there can still be pickpockets around since there's crowds of tourists in condensed places. Be wary and keep your belongings close to you and in front of you when possible.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    April through October are the peak months to visit and enjoy beautiful mild weather. Before going, check in with hotels, as during off season some hotels and sites are closed.

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What people are saying about Lourdes

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 78 reviews

Veronique was knowledgeable and charming. My husband walks fast and I am a slower walker and she accommodated me completely! All the questions we had Veronique answered perfectly. We had gotten off the train and met Veronique 45 minutes later. Veronique had another tour that morning (ours was mid afternoon ) and she was still very exuberant for our 3 hour tour. Was glad we booked the tour first so we got an understanding of Lourdes for the following day. There were so many positives about her and we were so very, very pleased!! Loved the 9pm candlelight procession. It shouldn’t be missed. Would highly recommend her!! Nancy wrote this review.

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 !!!

Susan ,our guide was very knowledgeable . She patiently answered our questions . Provided not only the history behind the place but current news about it also . This is the reason why we prefer to take guided tours . Take It in the morning so you will have free time on your own in the afternoon for the baths and to visit the other churches

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.