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Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select faith-based dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Welcome to Portugal! Check into your hotel and, this evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
On your guided sightseeing tour of the capital of Portugal, see the enormous monument dedicated to Henry the Navigator, as well as the 16th-century Belém Tower, the Moorish citadel, and impressive Black Horse Square. Visit the Cathedral la Se', where St. Anthony was baptized, and St. Anthony Church, where it is said he was born. Admire the beauty of St. Mary of Belém Church, part of the Jeronimos Monastery complex. Leave Lisbon and stop in Santarém to visit the Church of the Eucharistic Miracle. Arrive in Fátima, one of the most famous Catholic shrines. Enjoy an orientation walk and visit the Tomb of the Visionaries and the Chapel of the Apparitions made famous by the Virgin Mary’s 1917 appearances to three shepherd children, which culminated in the revelation of the Three Secrets of Fátima. This evening, join pilgrims from around the world for the Rosary and candlelight procession at the Our Lady of Fátima Basilica.
Today's Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
Today, spend the day at the Sanctuary at leisure, or join an optional excursion to Tomar with a visit to the Monastery-Fortress of the Knights Templar. Attend M Mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady with time to wander on your own. This evening, perhaps, join the Rosary.
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, an orientation walk introduces you to the old city center. This year, you will have the exceptional opportunity to celebrate the Holy Jacobean Year by walking through the Door of Glory. The faithful believe their sins will be forgiven after praying in the Cathedral and attending Mass, in addition to having received the Sacrament of confession within 15 days of their visit. Then, attend the M Pilgrim Mass.
Today's Distance: 273 mi / 440 km
This morning, join an optional excursion to Cabo Finisterre, where pilgrims have traditionally completed their walk and burned their robes. Later, return to Santiago de Compostela, known throughout history for the key 9th-century pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) with time to explore on your own.
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.
Today's Distance: 304 mi / 490 km
Travel through the Basque region toward Lourdes. En route, stop at the 17th-century Sanctuary of Loyola, built in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order. This year, we celebrate 500 years since his conversion. Cross into France and stay overnight in Lourdes, home to another world famous place of pilgrimage. Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession for a memorable spiritual experience.
Today's Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
Today, a local spiritual expert will introduce you to this important Marian Shrine. You will see all the main sites and hear the story of how the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernardette in 1858. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this little market town. According to the schedule, attend M Mass at the Sanctuary either early in the morning or in the evening.
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. Stay overnight in Catalonia’s impressive location of the Marian shrine of Montserrat.
Today's Distance: 367 mi / 590 km
Visit the Sanctuary of Montserrat this morning, then attend M Mass. Continue to the town of Manresa, known for its Basilica of Saint Mary of Seo, but more importantly for Pont Vell, a bridge associated with the worship of San Ignacio de Loyola. See the architectural compound of Santa Cova, the sanctuary home of St. Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, when he stayed in the city. Later, reach Barcelona, the lively capital of Catalunya.
Today's Distance: 56 mi / 90 km
Get to know the city on a guided sightseeing tour including a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium for a great panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center’s Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the facades of Gaudi’s eccentric Houses Batlló and Milà, as well as his Sagrada Familia, an unfinished architectural masterpiece that is a modern consecrated expression of the Catholic faith. Celebrate Mass M, then, this evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate faith, life, and friendship.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Located on one of Lisbon's main avenues, Avenida de Roma, which is an important residential and shopping area, Hotel Roma provides a range of exclusive, high-quality services that are unique in a unit of this category.
This family-run hotel offers fresh modern décor and is located in the heart of Fatima within the immediate vicinity of the Sanctuary. Its restaurant offers a cosy atmosphere where you can savor the delicious Portuguese cuisine and a bar where guests can relax sipping a refreshing drink is also available. To keep in touch with your friends and family a computer is at disposal in the business corner. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the hotel.
Gran Hotel Los Abetos is a cosy and comfortable hotel in Santiago de Compostela, located just 10 minutes from the airport and within walking distance of the city centre. With a classic and elegant atmosphere, the hotel counts 148 rooms fully equipped. It is perfect for leisure or business trips, because it has 9 meeting rooms, Wi-Fi, shuttle service to the city centre and free parking area. A garden, swimming pool, gym...Also, its privileged location, next to the stadiums of the city, make it the ideal place for sports teams, and for pilgrims we are at 100 meters from the Camino de Santiago.
Mid-sized hotel offering modern facilities in warm atmosphere is situated near the Cathedral; the staff is multilingual.
Quality Hotel Christina is located in the heart of Lourdes, 5 minutes' walk from the Sanctuaries. You will enjoy the quiet area, along the river Gave de Pau facing the Pyrénées.
Occupying a fantastic central position alongside the river Gave and just a few minutes' walk away from the sanctuaries, this 1940s style hotel has 88 comfortable, well-equipped air-conditioned guest rooms with coffee/tea-making facilities and free Wi-Fi access. Traditional cuisine is served in an Art Déco setting in the main restaurant and there is also a 24 hour easy-access bar providing snacks and drinks.
Hotel Abat Cisneros sits in the very heart of the Montserrat Monastery, housed in a building that has been the provider of accommodation for pilgrims to the monastery since 1563. In the late-1950s, the old monastery building was converted into a hostel, then, in 2000, further conversions were made to the building, turning it into the 82-room Hotel Abat Cisneros of today. The hotel offers impressive views of the Montserrat Monastery, Montserrat mountain, and the surrounding Llobregat valley, has a restaurant and bar, and offers free Wi-Fi access in the public areas.
Hotel Santos Porta Fira is considered the best skyscraper in the world and has been awarded the prestigious "EMPORIS AWARD 2010" architectural award.
The Ibis Styles Barcelona City hotel is designed to enjoy an outstanding experience in the heart of Barcelona.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
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