MARIAN SHRINES OF EUROPE - 2019
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From $2469 USD
On this faith-based tour, you’ll visit important pilgrimage sites, cathedrals, and shrines throughout Spain, Portugal, and France. Your pilgrimage begins in Lisbon and ends in barcelona with overnights along the way in Fátima, Ávila, Burgos and Lourdes. In addition to seeing the important religious sites, throughout this tour you'll also have the opportunity to attend Mass in many of these locations and to join Feast Day of Our Lady of Fátima on selected departures.
Welcome dinner; orientation.
Visit the Church of the Holy Miracle.
Orientation, visits to the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, the Chapel of the Apparitions, the Parish Church, Valinhos, and attend Mass.
Guided walking tour, visit the cathedral, the Convent of St. Teresa, and the Monastery of the Incarnation.
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral.
Visit the Basilica at the Sanctuary of St. Ignatius.
Attend Mass; guided walking tour, visit the grotto, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette's birthplace and family home; attend the candlelight procession.
Guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica; farewell dinner.
Throughout your tour.
- FREE WI-FI
Available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.
Includes rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary.
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL.
Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Your orientation of the capital of Portugal includes the Baixa quarter's main squares, a drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and a stop to take pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Depart for Fatima, and while en-route visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY MIRACLE in Santarem, site of a famous Eucharistic Miracle. In Fatima, one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world, visit OUR LADY OF FATIMA SHRINE with the tombs of the three visionaries: Lucia, Jacinta, and Fernando; and the CHAPEL OF THE APPARITIONS, where the Virgin Mary appeared to them in 1917. She gave them a message from God promising that the world would be at peace if all men and women obeyed her requests. She also entrusted to them three secrets that Lucia described in her memoirs in 1941. This evening, join the Rosary and candlelight procession at the Shrine and attend Mass, held every day. (B,D)
FATIMA. EXCURSION TO VALINHOS.
Today, visit the PARISH CHURCH where the visionaries were baptized and then visit their homes in nearby Valinhos, attend Mass in the afternoon. Tonight, you can join the Rosary and candlelight procession sharing some moments of prayer with other faithful pilgrims from all over the world. (B)
The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your drive into Spain. Arrive in Avila, where St. Teresa founded the Order of the Discalced Carmelites, going back to the basics of a contemplative order: a simple life of poverty devoted to prayer. Enjoy a guided walk through this walled town and visit the MONASTERY OF THE INCARNATION, and the CONVENT OF ST. TERESA. (B,D)
Travel to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its overwhelming beauty will inspire some time for appreciation and meditation. (B,D)
Before crossing the French border, visit the Sanctuary of St. Ignatius de Loyola, founder of the Order of Jesus (Jesuits) with its HOME, and attend Mass in the BASILICA. Arrive in Lourdes, a powerful place of pilgrimage dedicated to the Holy Virgin, where you will stay for the next three nights with the possibility of joining the candlelight procession, held every evening. (B,D)
This morning attend Mass. Your guided walking tour includes visits to the GROTTO, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette, the OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE, the BIRTHPLACE OF ST. BERNADETTE, and her FAMILY HOME during the time of the apparitions. In the evening of February 11, 1858, a young Roman Catholic girl, Bernadette Soubirous, went to fetch some firewood with her sister and another companion when a Lady who was indescribably beautiful appeared to her at the Massabielle grotto. Although the Lady did not tell Bernadette her name when asked at first, she told her to return to the grotto. On subsequent visits, the Lady revealed herself to be the "Immaculate Conception." (B)
Enjoy a day at leisure with time to experience the powerful healing baths, the "Blessing of the Sick," and attend one of the daily Masses. The whole town is permeated by a spiritual atmosphere that leads to prayer. You may also wish to marvel at the natural beauty of the Pyrenees on the optional excursion available. (B,D)
Leave Lourdes today, re-enter Spain, and head for Barcelona-the capital of Spain's Catalonia region-known for its art and architecture throughout the cosmopolitan city. (B)
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Catalunia, and Paseo de Gracia. Highlight is a visit to the SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi's masterpiece. Also, enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuic Hill. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits you at the hotel. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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