An 11-day Marian Shrines Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain & France
Including Lisbon, Santarem, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Avila, Madrid, Zaragoza, Lourdes, Montserrat & Barcelona.
Under the spiritual direction of Father Roger Abadano
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April 10, 2018 – Tuesday
NEWARK / PORTUGAL
Today tour members gather at Newark Liberty Airport. We board our direct, transatlantic flight to Portugal, arriving in Lisbon the next morning. Meals are served on board our flight.
April 11, 2018 – Wednesday
LISBON / SANTAREM / FATIMA
This morning we arrive in Lisbon and meet our Pilgrimage Tours’ tour director who will remain with us until the end of our tour. Following free time for lunch, we enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon, the birthplace of Saint Anthony, including a visit and celebration of Mass in the Church of Saint Anthony. Following Mass, we drive along the Tagus River where we will see the Tower of Belem and the Discoveries Monument, displaying statues of many Portuguese explorers. We also visit Jeronimos Monastery, an impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the “Age of Discovery”. 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. Finally we arrive in Fatima where in 1917 Mary appeared to local children and the “miracle of the sun” occurred. Following dinner we participate in the evening’s Candlelight Procession. Overnight in Fatima.
April 12, 2018 – Thursday
This morning we participate in the Stations of the Cross along the path that the shepherd children used to tend to their flock en route to the Cova de Iria where Our Lady appeared to the children. Here we pause to recite the Holy Rosary. Next we visit nearby Aljustrel to visit the House of Lucia and House of Francisco and Jacinta. In the afternoon we will visit the Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady where we celebrate Mass, followed by free time to explore the sanctuary’s grounds. Following dinner this evening, we have another opportunity to join the Candlelight Procession. Overnight in Fatima.
April 13, 2018 – Friday
FATIMA / SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA
This morning we depart Fatima for the home of Saint 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.
April 14, 2018 – Saturday
SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA / AVILA
This morning we travel to Avila, Spain, perhaps the best-preserved walled city in the world and home of Saint Teresa of Avila who with her spiritual director St. John of the Cross, reformed the Carmelite Order. We celebrate Mass at the Carmelite Monastery of the Incarnation, where we will also see the cell where St. Teresa lived. Next we arrive inside the ancient walls of Avila and visit the Church of St. Teresa where we will see more relics of St. Teresa. Dinner and overnight in Avila.
April 15, 2018 – Sunday
AVILA / MADRID / ZARAGOZA
This morning we drive to Madrid, where upon our arrival, we enjoy an orientation tour of Spain’s capital that will include a visit and celebration of Mass in the city’s Almudena Cathedral. 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.
April 16, 2018 – Monday
ZARAGOZA / LOURDES
This morning we visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, the place where Mary appeared to the Apostle James before her Assumption into heaven. We celebrate 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 an introduction to the shrine prior to arriving at our hotel for check-in followed by dinner. Following dinner we participate in the evening’s Candlelight Procession. Overnight in Lourdes.
April 17, 2018 – Tuesday
This morning we celebrate Mass in the Grotto. Following Mass, we enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes where we visit the places important in the life of Bernadette, including the Grotto and Spring where Mary appeared to Bernadette numerous times. 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 and the Museum of Lourdes. Our afternoon is free for personal exploration of Lourdes, allowing for time for those who wish to visit the Healing Baths. This evening offers another opportunity to participate in the Candlelight Procession. Overnight in Lourdes.
April 18, 2018 – Wednesday
LOURDES / BARCELONA
This morning we celebrate Mass in the Upper Basilica of the Immaculate Conception before departing Lourdes for Barcelona, where upon our arrival we enjoy a motor coach tour of this cosmopolitan city, including a visit to its impressive Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, one of the largest churches in Europe. Here we will learn of the history of the basilica, including its initial ground-breaking in 1882 and its construction which became the life’s work of Antoni Gaudi until his death in 1926, and continues to this day. We arrive at our hotel for dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
April 19, 2018 – Thursday
BARCELONA / MONTSERRAT
This morning we embark on an excursion to the wonderful mountaintop Sanctuary of Montserrat and enjoy some of the most incredible scenery in Spain. Upon our arrival we enjoy a tour of the Monastery and grounds where we visit the Shrine and see the Statue of Our Lady of Montserrat or Black Madonna, probably Spain’s most fervent devotion to the Blessed Mother. Following Mass in the Chapel of the Virgin, we enjoy free time for lunch. We return to Barcelona and arrive for a walking tour of its Gothic Quarter and the famous Las Ramblas Boulevard, one of the most upbeat and striking boulevards in all of Europe. Here we will enjoy free time for shopping in Barcelona’s many shops and cafes. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
April 20, 2018 – Friday
BARCELONA / NEWARK
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our direct flight back to the USA. Though our pilgrimage draws to a close, its blessings will last a lifetime and its graces are certain to draw us closer to the Lord.