Tour EU212 days from LIsbon to lourdes
Depart for Lisbon
Take your overnight flight. Your meals will be served on board.
Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.
Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima
Guided small tour of the City, visit to the birthsite of St. Anthony. Although this patron Saint of Lost Things is known as St. Anthony of Padua (Italy), he was originally born in Lisbon. This Church is built upon the site of St. Anthony’s birth, and is also where Saint John Paul II visited in 1982. Then we drive to the town of Santarem, where you will have Mass and visit the Church of St Stephen, which contains the oldest recorded Eucharistic Miracle. Stolen by a woman in payment to a sorcerer, the Host began to emit a brilliant beam of light and then to bleed. In the afternoon, we drive to Fatima, the place where, in 1917, the Blessed Mother appeared to three simple shepherd children. Today will be a memorable experience as you’ll pray upon one of Our Blessed Mother’s Apparition Sites. Her most prominent message at this time was to pray for world peace! Tonight you may participate in a candlelight procession, an unforgettable experience. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Fatima – Aljustrel – Valinhos – Fatima
Today we see the basilica built in 1928 which contains Francesco and Jacinta’s graves, two of the shepherd children and celebrate Mass in one of the Sacred Chapels dedicated to Pilgrims. Visit the Hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Fatima – Porto – Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast we head to Porto, a city with a long history which is reflected in its old city, a World Heritage Site, in its baroque churches and in the characteristic winding streets. The city is very proud of its famous and sweet Port wine which is aged and bottled even today in large cellars located along the river bank. We’ll visit the old Ribeira district, the oldest district of the city, full of old houses, narrow cobbled streets and numerous restaurants and cafes. After lunch we’ll proceed to Santiago de Compostela. Dinner and overnight in Santiago.
Santiago de Compostela
In 1985, the city’s Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as the destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route since the 9th century, known in English as the Way of St. James and in Spanish as the Camino de Santiago. Over 100,000 pilgrims travel to the city each year from points all over Europe and other parts of the world. The name Santiago comes from Latin Sanctus Iacobus (“Saint James”), while Compostela derives from the latin Campus Stellae (“field of the star”). We’ll celebrate Mass in Santiago and then free time to explore this lovely small city on your own. Dinner and overnight in Santiago.
Santiago – Burgos
Early departure from Santiago to Burgos to see the amazing Cathedral in Gothic style and the “Las Huelgas” Monastery, medieval structures full of history. Dinner and overnight in Burgos.
Burgos – Zaragoza
After breakfast we will depart towards Zaragoza where, in a guided tour, we will visit the magnificent Basilica del Pilar, built on the bank of the river Ebro, on the site where, according to tradition, on January 2nd,40 A.D. the Virgin Mary came personally to meet St. James, giving to him a marble pillar to be used as the first stone for a sanctuary. This pillar, with on top a statue of the Virgin, may be seen today in the church and it is worshipped by thousand pilgrims. Following your visit to the Basilica del Pilar, you will visit La Seo Cathedral (San Salvador Cathedral of Zaragoza). In addition to the famous cathedral, Zaragoza is also known for its folklore and local gastronomy, both of which may be explored on your walking tour of the city. Mass. Dinner and overnight in Zaragoza.
Zaragoza – Loyola – Lourdes
Early departure from Zaragoza to the city of Loyola, where St. Ignatius was born in 1491. The Sanctuary and the Basilica are a religious and monumental complex built around the house where the saint, founder of the Company of Jesus, the Gesuits, was born. A full immersion in the life of this Saint to relive His conversion. Mass. After lunch, we drive to Lourdes, where we’ll be in time for dinner. Overnight in Lourdes.
During these two days in Lourdes, you will pray and meditate in another site of Our Lady’s apparitions. Our Lady appeared 18 times to Bernadette near the Grotto of Massabielle, the first time in 1858, and announced herself as “The Immaculate Conception”. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedience to the request of the “Immaculate Conception.” You will have time to pray with pilgrims from around the world, to attend Mass at the Grotto and walk in the footsteps of St Bernadette. You will drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the healing baths. Following dinner participate in the candle light procession and the Rosary. Dinners and overnights in Lourdes.
This morning you will be accompanied by your Tour Manager to the airport and assisted with check in formality to board the flight home.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
First Class hotels
– 1 night hotel…………………………………………. Lisbon – Portugal
– 2 nights hotel………………………………………. Fatima – Portugal
– 2 nights hotel……………………………………….. Santiago de Compostela – Spain
– 1 night hotel…………………………………………. Burgos – Spain
– 1 night hotel…………………………………………. Zaragoza- Spain
– 3 nights hotel……………………………………….. Lourdes – France
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Water and soft drinks with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- 24 hrs Assistance of professional English speaking Tour Manager, from arrival to departure
- Professional English speaking local guides
- Sightseeing and admission fees as per itinerary
- Daily Mass & Spiritual activities
- Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at hotels
- Any personal expenses
- Tips for guides, driver, porters, waiters, etc. ($ 120 cash will be collected by Tour Manager on arrival)
We strongly suggest purchasing an optional travel insurance plan which can provide a number of benefits including coverage for Trip Cancellation / Interruption and Medical Emergencies.( AXA, Travelex, Allianz, etc ). Be sure to check with your health insurance provider as many US medical coverage plans may not cover you outside of the country.