An 11-Day Marian Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain & France
Marian Pilgrimage sites Including:
Lisbon, Santarem, Fatima, Coimbra, Santiago de Compostela, Avila, Madrid, Zaragoza, Lourdes, Manresa, Montserrat, Barcelona & more.
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Day 1 Monday
USA / LISBON
Tour members meet for our departing flight, arriving the next morning in Lisbon, Portugal where we begin our Marian pilgrimage tour. Meals served on board.
Day 2 Tuesday
LISBON / SANTAREM / FATIMA
We arrive in Lisbon and meet our Pilgrimage Tours’ tour director who will remain with us until the end of our tour. We transfer 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. Next we arrive in Fatima. Following dinner we participate in the evening’s Candlelight Procession. Overnight in Fatima.
Day 3 Wednesday
FATIMA / COIMBRA
Morning sightseeing tour in 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. In the afternoon we depart for the town of Coimbra for a visit to the home of Sister Lucia, one of the three children of Fatima that witnessed the Marian apparitions. Here we visit the Carmelite Convent where Sister Lucia lived and also visit its Museum. Following dinner we participate in the evening’s Candlelight Procession. Overnight in Fatima.
Day 4 Thursday
FATIMA / SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA
This morning we depart Fatima for the home of St. James, Santiago de Compostela. We arrive in Santiago in the afternoon and enjoy a walking tour of the historical center of Santiago, including a visit to 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. Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 5 Friday
SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA / AVILA
Following Mass this morning in the Cathedral of St. James, we travel to Avila, the best-preserved walled city in the world and home of St. Teresa of Avila until her death in 1582. With St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa reformed the Carmelite Order. Inside the Carmelite convent of the Annunciation is the tomb of St. Teresa. Her remains are found in a reliquary above the altar. We also visit the cell where St. Teresa lived and see relics of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross. Dinner and overnight in Avila.
Day 6 Saturday
AVILA / MADRID / ZARAGOZA
Following Mass this morning in Avila, we depart for Madrid. Upon our arrival, we enjoy an orientation tour of Spain’s capital that will include a visit to the city’s Almudena Cathedral as well as the Royal Palace. From here we arrive at the Plaza Mayor, the main square in Madrid, where we enjoy some free time for shopping. We bid Madrid farewell and continue on to the town of Zaragoza for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Sunday
ZARAGOZA / LOURDES
This morning we visit the revered Marian shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, the place where Mary appeared to the Apostle James before her Assumption into heaven. Celebration of Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. We continue on to Lourdes where in 1858, Mary appeared to a young Bernadette Soubirous. Upon our arrival in Lourdes, we enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes. We’ll visit the places important in the life of Bernadette, including the Grotto and Spring where Mary appeared to Bernadette numerous times. Then, we see the nearby Healing Baths where many pilgrims submerge themselves for its healing properties. We also visit the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Upper Basilica) and the Rosary Basilica (Lower Basilica) as well as the Basilica of Pius X, followed by a visit to Bernadette’s home. Following dinner we participate in the evening’s Candlelight Procession. Overnight in Lourdes.
Day 8 Monday
LOURDES / BARTRES / ST. SAVIN
This morning we celebrate Mass in the Grotto. Next we will explore the countryside known by St. Bernadette with a trip into the snow capped Pyrenees Mountains. First we visit Bartres, where Bernadette lived and then we will make a stop to visit the old Benedictine Abbey in the village of St. Savin. Then we return to Lourdes and gather together for walking the Stations of the Cross. The remainder of the day is free at the Lourdes Sanctuary where we can explore its holy grounds. This evening offers another opportunity to participate in the Candlelight Procession. Overnight in Lourdes.
Day 9 Tuesday
LOURDES / BARCELONA
This morning we celebrate Mass in the Rosary Basilica before departing Lourdes for Barcelona. Upon our arrival we enjoy a motor coach tour of this cosmopolitan city, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and the ‘Spanish Village’ with reproductions of the most typical buildings in Spain. Next we will visit the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, one of the largest churches in Europe. Our city tour ends with our arrival at the famous Las Ramblas Boulevard, one of the most upbeat, striking boulevards in all of Europe, with many cafes and shops. Here we will have plenty of time for shopping and to explore this vibrant city. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
Day 10 Wednesday
BARCELONA / MANRESA / MONTSERRAT
This morning we embark on a day trip to the wonderful mountaintop sanctuary of Montserrat. En route we make a stop in the town of Manresa along the River Cardoner. It is here that St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, or Society of Jesus, spent some 10 months in prayer and meditation. It is at Loyola where St. Ignatius saw a vision and went on to write the “Spiritual Exercises”. Next we arrive at Montserrat, where we join in the celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours at the Monastery with the monks of Montserrat. We continue on to a wonderful tour of the 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. We also observe the Way of the Cross and enjoy some of the most incredible scenery in Spain. In conclusion, we return to Barcelona for dinner and overnight.
Day 11 Thursday
BARCELONA / USA
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our return flight back home. Though our Marian 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 Lord.