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Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Your orientation of the capital of Portugal includes the Baixa quarter’s main squares, a drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and a stop to take pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. While en-route to Fátima, visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY MIRACLE in Santarém, site of a famous Eucharistic Miracle. Fátima is one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world; visit OUR LADY OF FÁTIMA SHRINE with the tombs of the three visionaries: Lucia, Jacinta, and Fernando. Visit the CHAPEL OF THE APPARITIONS, where the Virgin Mary appeared to them in 1917. She gave them a message from God promising that the world would be at peace if all men and women obeyed her requests. This evening, join the Rosary and candlelight procession at the Shrine and attend M Mass, held every day.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
Today, visit the PARISH CHURCH where the visionaries were baptized and then visit their homes in nearby Valinhos. Back in Fátima, attend M Mass in the afternoon. Tonight, another chance to join the Rosary and candlelight procession sharing some moments of prayer with other faithful pilgrims from all over the world.
Today’s Distance: 25 mi / 40 km
The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your drive into Spain. Arrive in Ávila, where St. Teresa founded the Order of the Discalced Carmelites, going back to the basics of a contemplative order: a simple life of poverty devoted to prayer. Enjoy a guided walk through this walled town and visit the MONASTERY OF THE INCARNATION and the CONVENT OF ST. TERESA.
Today’s Distance: 329 mi / 530 km
Travel to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its overwhelming beauty will inspire some time for appreciation and meditation.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km
Before crossing the French border, visit the Sanctuary of St. Ignatius de Loyola, founder of the Order of Jesus (Jesuits), with his HOME, and attend M Mass in the BASILICA. Arrive in Lourdes, a powerful place of pilgrimage dedicated to the Holy Virgin, where you will stay for the next three nights with the possibility of joining the candlelight procession, held every evening.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
This morning attend M Mass. Your guided walking tour includes visits to the GROTTO, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette, the OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE, the BIRTHPLACE OF ST. BERNADETTE, and her FAMILY HOME during the time of the apparitions. In the evening of February 11, 1858, a young Roman Catholic girl, Bernadette Soubirous, went to fetch some firewood with her sister and another companion when a Lady who was indescribably beautiful appeared to her at the Massabielle grotto. Although the Lady did not tell Bernadette her name when asked at first, she told her to return to the grotto. On subsequent visits, the Lady revealed herself to be the “Immaculate Conception”.
Enjoy a day at leisure with time to experience the powerful healing baths, the “Blessing of the Sick,” and attend one of the daily Masses. The whole town exudes a spiritual atmosphere that leads to prayer. You may also wish to marvel at the natural beauty of the Pyrenees on the optional excursion available.
Leave Lourdes today, re-enter Spain, and head for Barcelona—the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region—known for its art and architecture throughout the cosmopolitan city.
Today’s Distance: 348 mi / 560 km
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Catalunia, and Paseo de Gracia. The highlight is a visit to the SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Also, enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits you at the hotel.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Situated in the center of Lisbon, the hotel looks out over the historic St. George's castle and is just steps away from Rossio Square. Among its outstanding amenities are the panoramic Varanda de Lisboa restaurant, offering stunning views of the old city and excellent cuisine, as well as a bar and wine cellar, where wine tastings with an expert sommelier are available. Tram Nr. 28 starts its route in front of the hotel, providing an ideal way to explore the city.
This 84-room hotel is defined by a warm and familiar atmosphere set in a modern building. At the restaurant you can enjoy fine dining with a menu based on tasty Portuguese specialties. Free internet Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the hotel and there is also a bar serving refreshing drinks.
The hotel has been recently renovated according to the most modern concepts of Architecture and Design, achieving a decoration that is an invitation to peace and tranquility. The light that flows in every corner of the hotel creates a warm atmosphere.
Located in the historical part of the city and set within a 16th-century stone palace this unique 144 room property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has an elegant restaurant serving regional cuisine, a Renaissance-style courtyard cafe with a piano and an English style bar.
The Silken Gran Teatro Hotel has an excellent location, perfect for visiting the city at ease, as it is in right in the shopping area of the city. Lovers of leisure and night life will find plenty to do just a few steps from the Hotel.
Its rich past gives it the authentic character that has made its reputation. Its majestic architecture houses air-conditioned rooms beautifully decorated in Louis XVI style.
Hotel HCC St Moritz has a total of 91 rooms and offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere for a perfect rest after a busy day in the city.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.