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Spiritual Highlights of Iberia, Lourdes & Italy – Faith-Based Travel (5315)

20 Day Tour from Lisbon to Rome

2020 Tour Details

Reaffirm and celebrate your faith on this Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy. Along the way, visit some of the world's most famous shrines, pilgrimage sites, and spiritual places.

Santiago de Compostela has been known as a pilgrimage site since the 9th century. Spend two nights here and visit St. James’ Cathedral, where you’ll have the opportunity to attend Mass. You’ll also attend Mass in Fátima, home to one of the most famous Catholic shrines; in Rome at St. Mary Major Basilica, the most important Roman church dedicated to the Virgin Mary; in San Giovanni Rotondo’s Old Church; in Assisi’s St. Francis Basilica; in St. Francis’ church in Lanciano; and you’ll visit the 17th-century Sanctuary of Loyola, built to honor the founder of the Jesuits. Join pilgrims for the Rosary and candlelight processions in Fátima and in Lourdes, another of the world’s most famous pilgrimage places, where you’ll also enjoy a guided walking tour.

Other highlights of this faith-based tour are visits to Monte Sant’Angelo, one of Christendom’s most celebrated shrines, and Jeronimos Monastery, dating to the mid-1400s. In Carcassonne, visit the medieval fortified citadel and marvel at the ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges. In Burgos, visit the cathedral where El Cid is buried. In Barcelona, visit the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece. In Braga, one of the world’s oldest Christian cities, visit Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, where devout followers have walked the “Stations of the Cross” since 1811. In Rome, attend the Papal audience (subject to availability) and visit the Papal summer residence and gardens in Castel Gandolfo.

All of this and much more are included on this inspirational Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy tour designed for value-minded travelers.

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

LISBON
Guided sightseeing

FÁTIMA
Visit the Sanctuary

BRAGA
Visit Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Discover St. James’ Way

BURGOS
Visit the Cathedral

LOYOLA
Learn about St. Ignacio de Loyola

LOURDES
Visit St. Bernadette’s Sanctuary

BARCELONA
Guided city tour

ROME
Papal audience (if possible), visit the four Major Basilicas of Rome, and the Papal summer residence

PIETRELCINA and SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
Follow in the footsteps of St. Pio

ASSISI
Familiarize yourself with the life of St. Francis

CASCIA
Visit the Sanctuary

[M] MASS SERVICES:
Fátima, Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes, Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Assisi (venues subject to change)

Guides:

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

Notes:

Departure October 11 Last Apparition of Our Lady of Fátima (October 13)

Transportation:

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi. Internal flight Barcelona-Rome

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 10 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Barcelona

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL. Welcome to Portugal! Check into your hotel, and tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2

LISBON–SANTARÉM–FÁTIMA. See all the highlights on your guided tour of Lisbon. Visit the CATHEDRAL LA SE’, where St. Anthony was baptized, and JERONIMOS MONASTERY. Stop in Santarém to visit the CHURCH OF THE EUCHARISTIC HOLY MIRACLE. Arrive in Fátima, enjoy an orientation walk, and visit theTOMB OF THE VISIONARIES and the CHAPEL OF THE APPARITIONS. This evening, join pilgrims from around the world for the ROSARY and candlelight procession.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

FÁTIMA. Today, join an optional excursion to Tomar with a visit to the Monastery-Fortress of the Knights Templar. Later, attend [M] Mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady with time to wander on your own. This evening, perhaps join the Rosary.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

FÁTIMA–BRAGA–SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN. Stop in Braga to visit the BOM JESUS DO MONTE SANCTUARY. Continue into Spain and head for Santiago de Compostela. On arrival, an orientation walk introduces you to the old city center. Then, attend the [M] Pilgrims Mass in ST. JAMES’ CATHEDRAL, which houses the Apostle James’ remains.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. This morning, spend some time on your own or 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 pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (or Way of St. James).
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

BURGOS–SAN IGNACIO DE LOYOLA–LOURDES, FRANCE. Travel through the Basque region toward Lourdes. En route, pause to reflect 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 of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Join the nightly ROSARY and candlelight procession for a memorable spiritual experience.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

LOURDES. Today’s guided walking tour includes the GROTTO, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE, BERNADETTE’S BIRTHPLACE, and her family home. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this little market town and to attend [M] Mass.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

LOURDES–CARCASSONNE–BARCELONA, SPAIN. This morning, head for the France/Spain border. En route, visit the FORTIFIED CITADEL of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay overnight in Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

BARCELONA. Today’s guided sightseeing includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center to admire Gaudi’s eccentric Houses Batlló and Milà, as well as his SAGRADA FAMILIA.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

BARCELONA. Today is at leisure to explore as you like or maybe join the optional excursion to the pilgrimage site of Montserrat. This is the site of the Benedictine abbey that hosts the Black Virgin of Montserrat Sanctuary, patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

BARCELONA–ROME, ITALY. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rome.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

ROME. This morning, attend the PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability) for the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later, with a Local Guide visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, one of Rome’s four major Papal basilicas, along with ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century. Next, visit the Papal sanctuary of the SCALA SANCTA (Holy Stairs), transported from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, Emperor Constantine’s mother. Then, visit the impressive ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA and attend [M] Mass.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14

ROME. EXCURSION TO CASTEL GANDOLFO. A different, quite unique experience is offered today. We will take an included excursion to Castel Gandolfo, a village in the hills outside Rome, to visit the PAPAL SUMMER RESIDENCE and GARDENS with a local guide. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in Rome or join the optional excursion to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

ROME–PIETRELCINA–SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO. Before leaving the capital city of Italy, step back in time with the help of a Local Guide and experience the power and beauty of Imperial Rome on the included orientation. On your way south, stop in quaint Pietrelcina, birthplace of the beloved St. Pio, before heading towards San Giovanni Rotondo on the east coast, the Saint’s home from 1916 until his death in 1968.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 16

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO. EXCURSION TO MONTE SANT’ANGELO. Attend [M] Mass this morning at SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE (Old Church), then visit the FRIARY of Padre Pio, including his tomb, cell, confessional, and the PADRE PIO PILGRIMAGE CHURCH (New Church). Afterwards, visit the nearby SHRINE OF MONTE SANT’ANGELO, one of Christendom’s most celebrated shrines, where St. Michael the Archangel appeared in 490, 492, and 1656.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 17

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO–LANCIANO–LORETO–ASSISI AREA. Visit ST. FRANCIS’ church in Lanciano, home of the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle, and attend morning [M] Mass. Continue to the LORETO SANCTUARY, including the HOLY HOUSE, where, according to tradition, angels transported the home of the blessed Virgin Mary. Arrive at the hilltop village of Assisi.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 18

ASSISI. Today, learn more about St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment. Attend early morning [M] Mass at ST. FRANCIS BASILICA, famous for its 14th-century Giotto paintings depicting the life of St. Francis. Meet your Local Guide and visit the UPPER and LOWER BASILICAS of St. Francis and the BASILICA OF ST. CLARE, founder of the Order of Poor Clares. Next, visit the BASILICA of Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated at the foot of Assisi’s hills and protecting the Porziuncola, where St. Francis is said to have founded the Order of Friars Minor in 1209, and the Cappella del Transito, where the saint died in 1226.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 19

ASSISI AREA–CASCIA–ROME. Travel to Cascia this morning, home of St. Rita, the “Patron Saint of Impossible Causes.” Visit the SANCTUARY and see the Major and the Minor Basilicas. Return to Rome for a final overnight stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 20

ROME. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

ASSISI AREA Casa Leonori (F)
BARCELONA Hotel Ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell (ST) or Porta Fira (SF)
BURGOS Corona de Castilla (F)
FATIMA Coracao de Fatima (ST)
LISBON Roma (ST) or Roma (ST)
LOURDES Christina (MF)
MONTSERRAT Abat Cisneros (ST)
ROME Hotel Oly (F) or Pineta Palace (MF)
SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO Parco Delle Rose (F)
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Hotel Gelmirez (ST) or Gran Hotel Los Abetos (ST)

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