Embark on a spiritual journey of glory and selflessness. Visit the breathtaking statues and monuments that lie around the city of Lisbon, and reflect as you visit the grand and historical churches from Lisbon to Santarem to Fatima. Contemplate on life and find your inner peace as you climb the remarkable stairway at Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary. By the end of the trip, you will have a truly memorable and rewarding experience to add to your book.
ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
Welcome to Portugal! Check into your hotel, and tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
On your guided sightseeing tour of Lisbon, see the enormous monument dedicated to Henry the Navigator, as well as the 16th-century Belem Tower, the Moorish citadel, and impressive Black Horse Square. Visit the CATHEDRAL LA SE’, where St. Anthony was baptised, 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 Santarem to visit the CHURCH OF THE EUCHARISTIC HOLY MIRACLE. Arrive in Fatima, home to the most famous Catholic shrines. Join an orientation walk with free time to visit the Tomb of the Visionaries and the Chapel of the Apparitions. This evening, join pilgrims from around the world for the Rosary and candlelight procession at the Our Lady of Fatima Basilica. (B,D)
This morning, you may choose to join a guided optional excursion to Tomar. This afternoon, after Mass at the Sanctuary, enjoy time at leisure at Our Lady of Fatima SHRINE with the tombs of the visionaries, and the CHAPEL OF THE APPARITIONS, made three shepherd children, which culminated in the revelation of the Three Secrets of Fatima. The afternoon is free to explore. (B,D)
FATIMA-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 in Santiago, enjoy an orientation walk to of the old city center. Later attend Mass followed by the famous Botafumeiro. (B,D)
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
This morning, explore on your own or join an optional excursion to Cabo Finisterre, where pilgrims have traditionally completed their walk and burned their robes. Once back in Santiago, enjoy the rest of the day on your own exploring Santiago de Compostela. (B)
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. (B)
BURGOS-SAN IGNACIO DE LOYOLA-LOURDES, FRANCE
Travel through the Basque region toward Lourdes. En route, pause to reflect and attend Mass at the 17th-century SANCTUARY OF LOYOLA, built in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order. See its spectacular dome and marble and jasper main altarpiece. Cross into France and 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)
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 Mass, if you like. (B,D)
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. Overnight in Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona. (B)
Today’s guided sightseeing includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city centre’s Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire Gaudi’s eccentric Houses Batllo and Mila, as well as his SAGRADA FAMILIA, an unfinished architectural masterpiece that is still a consecrated expression of the Catholic faith. (B)
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 (1236 metres) 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)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
- Apr. 25
- May 2, 16, 23, 30
- Jun. 6, 13
- Jul. 11
- Aug. 1, 8, 15, 29
- Sep. 5, 12, 19, 26
- Oct. 3, 17, 24
- Nov. 28
- Roundtrip economy class airfare on KLM
- Land arrangements for 12 days and 11 nights
- SIGHTSEEING – Visits to Santarem, Fatima, Braga, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, San Ignacio de Loyola, Carcassonne.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS- The Pyrenees and Costa Dorada.
- GUIDES – Local Guides for city sightseeing in Lisbon, Lourdes, Barcelona; Services of a professional Tour Director while touring.
- TRANSPORTATION – Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.
- HOTELS- Includes rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.
- MASS – Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, San Ignacio de Loyola, Lourdes.