Travel & Accommodations
International Travel with Lourdes Volunteers
Lourdes Volunteers flies Air France commercial flights from several American gateway cities. Working in partnership with Air France for the past decade has led to greater opportunities for the sick and disabled to make international travel.
Specialized experienced teams of volunteer leaders, medical professionals, and a priest escort the group from each departure gateway city to Paris connecting to a regional flight to the south of France. Lourdes Volunteers then charters a bus and handicap van to accommodate the needs of our pilgrims.
Specialized Accommodations at the Accueil Notre-Dame
Accueil is a French word meaning “welcome”. The Accueil Notre-Dame is the only accommodations on the grounds of the Sanctuary to welcome pilgrims with special needs from around the world. This hospital-bed facility is located across from the Grotto just a walking bridge within the sacred domain.
The Accueil offers medical equipment, including:
- shower chairs
- Hoyer lifts
- bedside commodes
- hospital-beds with optional gel mattresses
- and more
These shared accommodations allow for specialized and supportive care for our pilgrims and family members. Pilgrims, leadership, caregivers and medical volunteers have rooms situated on the same floor. Meals are served family style in our dining room three times daily.
The Accueil Notre-Dame is where St. John Paul II stayed on pilgrimage in 2004.
Accommodations for Volunteer Pilgrimages
Sanctuaries’ facilities offer modest accommodations with shared rooms. Private shower rooms and bathrooms are available on each floor.
Self-service cafeteria dining is provided at two locations. Three meals are available daily at posted serving times. Beverages are not included with meals. Soda, wine and beer are available at a reasonable cost to volunteers.