Visit some of the world’s most treasured Marian shrines, pilgrimage sites, and spiritual places. Hear about the apparition of the Blessed Virgin to the shepherd children in Fátima; learn about the journey taken by pilgrims from all over the world into Santiago de Compostela; visit Loyola to get inspired by St. Ignacio’s Jesuit mission. In Lourdes, join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession. Spend one night by the inspiring Montserrat Sanctuary. End in Barcelona with time to celebrate life, reflect, and rejoice.
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LISBON City sightseeing tour including Catedral La Sé and Jeronimo’s Monastery FÁTIMA Visit the Sanctuary and join the Rosary and the candlelight procession BRAGA Visit Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Discover St. James’ Way and attend Mass in the Cathedral BURGOS Visit the Cathedral LOYOLA Learn about St. Ignacio de Loyola LOURDES Walking tour of the Sanctuary BARCELONA Guided city tour including the Sagrada Familia[M] MASS SERVICES: Fatima; Santiago de Compostela; Lourdes (venues subject to change)Guides:
PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTORNotes:
February 4 Departure Anniversary of the First Apparition in Lourdes; May 11 Departure Feast of Our Lady of Fátima; October 11 Departure Anniversary of the last apparition in Fátima; December 23 Departure Christmas in Fátima.July 21 Departure feast of St. James in Santiago.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
Buffet breakfasts daily, 7 dinners including dinner at a local restaurant in Barcelona
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL. Welcome to Portugal! Check into your hotel and, this evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
LISBON–SANTARÉM–FÁTIMA. On your guided sightseeing tour of the capital of Portugal, see the enormous monument dedicated to Henry the Navigator, as well as the 16th-century Belém Tower, the Moorish citadel, and impressive Black Horse Square. Visit the Cathedral la Se', where St. Anthony was baptized, and St. Anthony Church, where it is said he was born. Admire the beauty of St. Mary of Belém Church, part of the Jeronimos Monastery complex. Leave Lisbon and stop in Santarém to visit the Church of the Eucharistic Miracle. Arrive in Fátima, one of the most famous Catholic shrines. Enjoy an orientation walk and visit the Tomb of the Visionaries and the Chapel of the Apparitions made famous by the Virgin Mary’s 1917 appearances to three shepherd children, which culminated in the revelation of the Three Secrets of Fátima. This evening, join pilgrims from around the world for the Rosary and candlelight procession at the Our Lady of Fátima Basilica.
Breakfast DinnerToday's Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
FÁTIMA. Today, spend the day at the Sanctuary at leisure, or join an optional excursion to Tomar with a visit to the Monastery-Fortress of the Knights Templar. Attend [M] Mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady with time to wander on your own. This evening, perhaps, join the Rosary.
FÁTIMA–BRAGA–SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN. Journey north this morning and stop in Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world and nicknamed the “Portuguese Rome.” Visit the Bom Jesus Do Monte Sanctuary, an important pilgrimage site, where devout followers have walked the “Stations of the Cross” for contemplation and penance since 1811. See the unique zigzag stairway dedicated to the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste—and the three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity. Continue into Spain and head for Santiago de Compostela, one of the top pilgrimage destinations since the Middle Ages. On arrival, an orientation walk introduces you to the old city center. Then, attend the [M] Pilgrim Mass.
Breakfast DinnerToday's Distance: 273 mi / 440 km
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. This morning, join an optional excursion to Cabo Finisterre, where pilgrims have traditionally completed their walk and burned their robes. Later, return to Santiago de Compostela, known throughout history for the key 9th-century pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) with time to explore on your own.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA–BURGOS. Today, travel to Burgos, historic capital of Old Castile. Your visit takes you to the magnificent Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and burial place of Spain’s national hero, El Cid.
BreakfastToday's Distance: 304 mi / 490 km
BURGOS–LOYOLA–LOURDES, FRANCE. Travel through the Basque region toward Lourdes. En route, stop at the 17th-century Sanctuary of Loyola, built in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order. Cross into France and stay overnight in Lourdes, home to another world-famous pilgrimage destination. Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession for a memorable spiritual experience.
Breakfast DinnerToday's Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
LOURDES. Today, a local spiritual expert will introduce you to this important Marian Shrine. You will see all the main sites and hear the story of how the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernardette in 1858. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this little market town. According to the schedule, attend [M] Mass at the Sanctuary either early in the morning or in the evening.
LOURDES–CARCASSONNE–MONTSERRAT, SPAIN. This morning, head for the France/Spain border. En route, visit the fortified citadel of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges that are still well preserved from the Middle Ages. Stay overnight in Catalonia’s impressive location of the Marian shrine of Montserrat.
Breakfast DinnerToday's Distance: 367 mi / 590 km
MONTSERRAT–BARCELONA. Visit the Sanctuary of Montserrat this morning, then attend [M] Mass. Continue to the town of Manresa, known for its Basilica of Saint Mary of Seo, but more importantly for Pont Vell, a bridge associated with the worship of San Ignacio de Loyola. See the architectural compound of Santa Cova, the sanctuary home of St. Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, when he stayed in the city. Later, reach Barcelona, the lively capital of Catalunya.
BreakfastToday's Distance: 56 mi / 90 km
BARCELONA. Get to know the city on a guided sightseeing tour including a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium for a great panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center’s Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the facades of Gaudi’s eccentric Houses Batlló and Milà, as well as his Sagrada Familia, an unfinished architectural masterpiece that is a modern consecrated expression of the Catholic faith. Celebrate Mass [M], then, this evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate faith, life, and friendship.
BARCELONA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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