Marian Shrines of Europe – Faith-Based Travel


  • 11 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

tour : TM

Overview

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There’s no better way to experience Europe’s most treasured Catholic shrines than on this inspirational journey through Spain, Portugal and France. Whether it’s standing in the very place where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the three shepherd children over 100 years ago in Fatima, visiting Avila, St. Theresa’s home town, admiring the impressive Burgos Cathedral, immersing yourself in the Healing Baths in Lourdes, or reflecting in Gaudi’s magnificent Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, this vacation will inspire and leave you with memories of a lifetime.

Highlights

LISBON
Welcome dinner; orientation
SANTARÉM Visit the Church of the Holy Miracle
FÁTIMA Orientation, visits to the Our Lady of Fátima Shrine, the Chapel of the Apparitions, the Parish Church, Valinhos, and attend [M] Mass
ÁVILA Guided walking tour, visit the Convent of St. Teresa, and the Monastery of the Incarnation
BURGOS Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral
LOYOLA Visit the Sanctuary of St. Ignatius Home and attend [M] Mass in the Basilica
LOURDES Attend [M] Mass; guided walking tour, visit the grotto, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home; attend the candlelight procession
BARCELONA Guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica; farewell dinner

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 7 dinners

ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

Day
1

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

LISBON–SANTARÉM–FÁTIMA.

Day
2

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FÁTIMA. EXCURSION TO VALINHOS.

Day
3

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

FÁTIMA–ÁVILA, SPAIN.

Day
4

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ÁVILA–BURGOS.

Day
5

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BURGOS–LOYOLA–LOURDES, FRANCE

Day
6

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LOURDES.

Day
7

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”.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LOURDES

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LOURDES–BARCELONA, SPAIN.

Day
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BARCELONA

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BARCELONA.

Day
11

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • Departure May 11 Feast Day of Our Lady of Fátima (May 13)
  • Departure October 11 Feast Day of Our Lady of Fátima (October 13) and Feast Day of St. Teresa of Avila (October 15)
  • This tour involves a lot of walking.

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