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Marian Shrines of Fatima and Lourdes Tour

Plaza de Cibeles
Plaza de Cibeles
Portugal
Portugal
Lisbon
Lisbon
Portugal Bridge
Portugal Bridge
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Lourdes Shrine
Lourdes Shrine
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine
Carcassone
Carcassone
France
France
12-Day Tour from Lisbon to Barcelona (October 4-15, 2019)
Highlighting two of the most renowned Marian Shrines in the world, this package combines spiritual and historical. Start your tour around Lisbon and Santarem and then make your way across multiple temples and places of holy renown within these three beautiful lands.
Overview
Enrich yourself on a 12-day pilgrimage through memorable attractions in Portugal, Spain, and France. Find yourself exploring and praying at historic locations such as the Church of Santa Maria Monastery in Alcobaça and the Our Lady of Fátima Shrine in Fátima, Portugal, which will be celebrating the 100th year since the Fatima apparition appeared. Visit Lourdes and look into places of interest like the grotto where St. Bernadette first caught sight of the Holy Mother. Here, you can explore St. Bernadette’s birthplace and her family home. Furthermore, it’s not just the Catholic architecture that you can visit, you can also attend tours within Barcelona and France along the way. This tour is sure to deliver an amazing adventure to promising places of worship within Europe.
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Location: Lisbon, Fatima, Braga, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, Lourdes, Barcelona

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

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 JERONIMOS MONASTERY, which dates back to the mid-1400s and was built in thanks to the Virgin Mary for Vasco de Gama’s successful voyage to India. Head north for a stop in Santarém to visit the CHURCH OF THE EUCHARISTIC HOLY MIRACLE. Arrive in Fátima, home to 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. (B, D)

Day 3: 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. This afternoon, attend Mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady with time to wander on your own. This evening, perhaps join the Rosary. (B, D)

Day 4: 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 Pilgrims Mass in ST. JAMES’ CATHEDRAL, which houses the Apostle James’ remains beneath the high altar. (B, D)

Day 5: 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 (or Way of St. James) with time to explore on your own. (B)

Day 6: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA–BURGOS

Today, travel to Burgos, the 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. (B)

Day 7: BURGOS–SAN IGNACIO DE 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 of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Join the nightly ROSARY and candlelight procession for a memorable spiritual experience. (B, D)

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. According to the schedule, attend Mass at the Sanctuary either early in the morning or in the evening. (B, D)

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. See the ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges that are still well preserved from the Middle Ages. Stay overnight in Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona. (B)

Day 10: BARCELONA

Today’s guided sightseeing includes 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 Gaudi’s eccentric Houses Batlló and Milà, as well as his SAGRADA FAMILIA, an unfinished architectural masterpiece that is still a consecrated expression of the Catholic faith. (B)

Day 11: BARCELONA

Today is at leisure to explore as you like. Maybe join the optional excursion to the pilgrimage site of Montserrat and its countryside. Situated 4,055 feet above sea level in a mountain range composed of striking pink conglomerate, a form of sedimentary rock, 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. (B, D)

Day 12: BARCELONA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Must See

Pyrenees- is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that borders between France and Spain. It extends for about 491 kilometers.

Santiago de Compostela- the Old Town of Santiago was a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located in the northwest of Spain particularly in Galicia.

Sagrada Família- is another world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site and Barcelona’s largest Roman Catholic church. The construction of the church began in 1882. Architect Antoni Gaudi took over the continuation of constructing and transforming the church with a combination of Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms until his death in 1926.

Local Eats

Pulpo á feira- is a dish popular in Galicia, Spain that is served on wooden plates with cachelos, potatoes that have been boiled or roasted in embers with their skins on.

Arroz de Tamboril- is a dish cooked in a laurel, garlic and tomato stew with rice, almost like a risotto, and the tamboril or monkfish in Portuguese.

Francesinha- this dish comprises of two slices of bread interspersed by steak, ham, sausage, and chorizo, covered in melted Edam and drizzled with a secret, spicy, tomato based sauce – served with chips and optionally crowned with a fried egg.

Rate is per person based on double occupancy, may change without prior notice, and not inclusive of airfare. Other terms and conditions apply.

12-Day Tour from Lisbon to Barcelona
Duration: 12 Days /11 Nights Package Inclusions:
  • hotel accommodation
  • daily buffet breakfast
  • six (6) dinners
  • local guides
  • individual headsets
  • professional tour director
  • optional tours
from
USD1709
per person