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Each Cosmos faith-based vacation 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 vacation, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Welcome to Portugal! Check into your hotel, and tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
See all the highlights on your guided tour of Lisbon. Visit the Cahedral La Se’, where St. Anthony was baptized, and St. Anthony Church, where it is said he was born. Visit the Church of St. Mary of Belém in the Jeronimos Monastery complex. Leave Lisbon and stop in Santarém to visit the Church of the Eucaristic Holy Miracle. Arrive in Fátima, enjoy an orientation walk, and visit the Tomb of the Visionaries and the Chapel of the Apparitions. This evening, join pilgrims from around the world for the Rosary and candlelight procession.
Today's Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
Today, 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.
Stop in Braga to visit the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary. Continue into Spain and head for Santiago de Compostela. 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. Believers will have all sins forgiven, providing they pray in the Cathedral and attend Mass. They also should have shared confession within 15 days before the trip or after visiting the Cathedral. Attend the M Pilgrim Mass.
Today's Distance: 273 mi / 440 km
This morning, spend some time on your own or 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 pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (or St. James Way).
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, pause to reflect 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 how the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernardette in 1858. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this little market town and to attend M Mass.
Head for the France/Spain border. Stop to 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 at the Catalan impressive location of the Black Virgin of Montserrat.
Today's Distance: 367 mi / 590 km
This morning, visit the Sanctuary of Montserrat, then attend M Mass. Continue to the town of Manresa, known for Pont Vell, a bridge associated with the worship of San Ignacio de Loyola. Visit 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 and a panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center’s Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the facades of some of Gaudi’s eccentric work, as well as his Sagrada Familia, an unfinished architectural masterpiece and modern consecrated expression of the Catholic faith. Celebrate Mass M, then, this evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rome.
This morning, attend the Papal audience (subject to availability) for the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later, with a Local Guide, visit St. Paul outside the Walls, one of Rome’s four major Papal basilicas, along with St. John Lateran Basilica, and the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs), transported from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine. Then, visit the impressive St. Mary Major Basilica and attend M Mass.
A different, quite unique experience is offered today. We will take an included excursion to Castel Gandolfo, to visit the Papal summer residence and gardens in the hills outside of Rome with a Local Guide. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in Rome or join the optional excursion to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
Today's Distance: 50 mi / 80 km
On your way south, stop in quaint Pietrelcina, birthplace of the beloved St. Pio. Then, head towards San Giovanni Rotondo on the east coast, and visit the Saint’s home from 1916 until his death in 1968.
Today's Distance: 255 mi / 410 km
Attend M Mass this morning at Santa Maria delle Grazie (Old Church), then visit the Padre Pio's friary, including his tomb, cell, confessional, and St. Pio Pilgrimage Church (New Church). Afterwards, visit the nearby Shrine of Monte Sant’Angelo, one of Christendom’s most celebrated shrines, where St. Michael the Archangel appeared in 490, 492, and 1656.
Today's Distance: 43 mi / 70 km
Visit St. Francis Church in Lanciano, home of the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle, and attend morning M Mass. Continue to the Sanctuary of Loreto, including the Holy House, where, according to tradition, angels transported the home of the blessed Virgin Mary. Arrive at the hilltop village of Assisi.
Today's Distance: 298 mi / 480 km
Today, learn more about St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment. Attend early morning M Mass at St.Francis Basilica, famous for its 4th-century Giotto paintings depicting the life of St. Francis. Meet your Local Guide and visit the Upper and Lower Basilicas of St. Francis and the Basilica of St. Clare, founder of the Order of Poor Clares. Next, visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated at the foot of Assisi’s hills and protecting the Porziuncola, where St. Francis is said to have founded the Order of Friars Minor in 1209, and the Cappella del Transito, where the saint died in 1226.
Travel to Cascia this morning, home of St. Rita, the “Patron Saint of Impossible Causes.” Visit the Sanctuary and see the Major and the Minor Basilicas. Return to Rome for a final overnight stay.
Today's Distance: 149 mi / 240 km
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hotel Club House is located in a quiet area behind Rome's Via Aurelia, 100 m from Rome's Cornelia Metro Station and 3 stops away from the Vatican City (2 from the Vatican Museums). All 105 guestrooms boast simple but elegant design furnishings in warm colors and Italian woods and offer air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. Breakfast is a buffet of fresh cakes and pastries and the in-house bar serves a range of refreshing wines, exotic cocktails, and snacks.
The Hotel Pineta Palace is a 4-star hotel in Rome, located not far from Vatican City.
This family-run, 205-room hotel boasts a large outdoor area with an Olympic-size swimming pool, a wonderful sun terrace and a room with a grand piano. The in-house restaurant offers both traditional and international cuisine and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.
Casa Leonori is located in Santa Maria degli Angeli, facing the Subasio Hills on which lies the Assisi Basilica. This 60-room hotel is set in its own courtyard and boasts a a gourmet restaurant and spacious communal areas. The adjacent courtyard offers a nice alternative to relax with its green and peaceful location. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property.
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