An 11-Day Marian Shrines Pilgrimage To Portugal, Spain
Including Marian Shrines
Pilgrimage Sites of: Lisbon, Santarem, Fatima, Santiago de
Compostela, Avila, Madrid, Zaragoza, Lourdes, Montserrat &
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Day 1 -
members meet depart for our flight to Lisbon, Portugal,
arriving on our Marian Shrines pilgrimage the next morning.
Meals are served on board.
Day 2 -
LISBON / SANTAREM /
arrive in Lisbon and meet our Pilgrimage Tours’ tour director
who will remain with us until the end of our tour. We transfer
from the airport to the city of Lisbon, where we will have Mass
at the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua, followed by a
panoramic tour of the city. En route to Fatima, we stop for a
visit at the Church of St. Stephen, or “Church of the Holy
Miracle” in Santarem, site of a 13th century Eucharistic
miracle. Continue to Fatima where we arrive for dinner and
Day 3 -
tour with a local guide of Fatima where in 1917 Mary
appeared to local children and the “miracle of the sun”
occurred. We celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady,
followed by a visit the House of Lucia and House of
Francisco and Jacinta. The afternoon is free time for
relaxation or shopping. After dinner we participate in
this evening’s Candlelight Procession. Overnight in
Day 4 –
morning we take a short drive to the town of Coimbra, home to
Sister Lucia, one of the three children of Fatima that
witnessed the apparitions of Our Lady. Here we visit the
Carmelite Convent where Sister Lucia lived and also visit its
Museum. We return to Fatima by early afternoon, where we enjoy
a free day in Fatima. Dinner and overnight in
Day 5 –
FATIMA / SANTIAGO de
This morning we depart Fatima for Santiago de
Compostela, the home of St. James. We visit the Cathedral of
St. James the Apostle, housing the remains of the Saint. The
Cathedral’s facades display examples of both Romanesque and
Baroque architecture. We celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of St.
James and are treated to the swinging of the “Botafumiero”, the
Cathedral’s giant censer used only during this and other “holy
years of St. James”, the next holy year not occurring until
2021. The remainder of our day is free to explore this holy
place. Dinner and overnight in Santiago.
Day 6 -
SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA /
morning we enjoy a walking tour of Santiago de Compostela,
Avilahighlighting its rich heritage as a center of pilgrimage.
We pay one last visit to the Cathedral before
departing for Avila. En route we make an afternoon stop in
Albe de Tormes where St. Teresa died in 1582. Inside the
Carmelite convent of the Annunciation is the tomb of St.
Teresa and her remains in a reliquary above the altar.
Next we arrive in the best-preserved walled city in the
world and home of St. Teresa of Avila who, with her
spiritual director St. John of the Cross, reformed the
Carmelite Order. We visit the Carmelite Monastery and
celebrate Mass there. We will visit the cell where St.
Teresa lived and see relics of Teresa and St. John of the
Cross. We’ll also tour the ancient city of Avila whose
architecture and culture remain the same from centuries
ago. Dinner and overnight in Avila.
Day 7 -
AVILA / MADRID /
morning we depart Avila for Zaragoza. Passing through Madrid we
see the Royal Palace and the Cathedral, as well as the Plaza
Mayor. In the afternoon we arrive in Zaragoza and visit the
Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, the place where Mary
appeared to the Apostle James before her Assumption into
heaven. Here we celebrate Mass. The remainder of our day is
free. Dinner and overnight in Zaragoza.
Day 8 -
we depart Zaragoza for Lourdes where, in 1858, Mary appeared to
a young Bernadette Soubirous. Upon our arrival in Lourdes, we
will celebrate Mass at the basilica. The rest of the afternoon
is for relaxation, shopping or sightseeing before dinner.
Following dinner, we join the Candlelight Procession. Overnight
Day 9 -
This morning after Mass we see the sites of
Lourdes where Mary appeared to
Bernadette. We visit the Grotto, the Spring and the
healing Baths, as well as the Basilica of St. Pius X, the
Rosary Basilica and Bernadette’s home. The afternoon is
free for relaxation, sightseeing or private devotion.
Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 10 -
LOURDES / MONTSERRAT /
morning we depart Lourdes for Montserrat and some of Spain’s
most incredible scenery. Upon our arrival in Montserrat we join
enjoy a wonderful tour of the Montserrat Monastery and grounds
where we see the Statute of Our Lady of Montserrat or Black
Madonna, probably Spain’s most fervent devotion to the Blessed
Mother. While here, we celebrate Mass. Next we drive to
Barcelona and we enjoy a motor coach tour of the city and see
the famous Ramblas Boulevard, Barcelona’s main thoroughfare as
well as the enormous Basilica Sagrada Familia, the largest
basilica in Europe and still under construction. Dinner and
overnight in Barcelona.
Day 11 -
morning we depart our Marian Shrines Pilgrimage for
our return flight to the United States. Though our pilgrimage
has come to an end, its blessings will last a lifetime and its
graces are certain to draw us closer each day to the