The flooding at the Shrine at Lourdes, France has proven to be much more devastating than the floods of 2012. Mathias Terrier, the sanctuary’s communications director, has indicated that it will be several weeks, if not longer, before the Shrine will be open to pilgrims.
Naturally this is a huge disappointment to those who already had trips planned here. Those going with an organized group should contact their tour operator or group organizer to find out what changes have been made to their itinerary.
Most tour operators probably cannot cancel their tours at such short notice and we are not sure if trip cancellation/interruption insurance will come in to play in this case. Of course there are a few “cancel for any reason” policies that probably will cover this if you cancel. We invite any tour operators or insurance providers to comment on our blog.
It is also an economic disaster for the hotels in Lourdes, many of which have suffered flood damage; and even those that have not will undoubtedly be hurt by the lack of visitors over the peak summer season.
We will keep you updated with all the latest news from the shrine.