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I am reaching Lourds at around 12.30 PM. I am departing at 10 in the evening by a train back to Paris. I have around 8-10 hours to visit places in Lourds.
Do you know of any local guided tours in Lourds?
I have been searching on the web, but found only packages to Lourds from Paris etc. but no local full day tours in Lourds.
Check the Lourdes official web site below and see if they list any tour operators. Most of what you want to see is easily accessible by foot, but it's nice to have someone tell you what you are seeing and explain a little about what goes on there.
Good luck. It's a very inspiring place. I hope you enjoy your trip.
As Sally says, Lourdes is easily walkable and the sanctuary especially is very easy to navigate and there is plenty of helpful signage all around. There is also an info office ("Accueil" sp?) where you can find any further info you may be seeking. The railway station is very close to everything, but if you are leaving on a train at 10pm, you will probably not be able to see too much of the Candle Light Procession which of course, is the highlight of every day in Lourdes. Still you can walk around to see Bernadette's homes (The Boley Mill and the I think Le Cachot or something similar). You can catch the little street car train thingy that will take you to most of the sights. This is especially useful if you want to go up to the castle or to ride the Pic de Jer to the top of the Pyrenees. Don't be put off by all the souvenir shops selling statues and rosary beads, just remember that this is how the residents of lOurdes earn their living. The sanctuary itself is devoid of all commercialism and is a wonderfully peaceful place.
Thanks, Beausoleil & Maryimelda for your quick responses!
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