Spiritual Highlights of Iberia, Lourdes & Italy - Faith-Based Travel


  • 20 days

  • Spain

  • Steady pace

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This combination of the two faithbased vacations, “Fátima, Lourdes & Shrines of Spain” and “Spiritual Highlights of Italy,” is ideal to experience the most popular shrines of Europe. Take in the peacefulness of the Fátima sanctuary, the pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostela and the atmosphere of Lourdes and Montserrat, before flying to Rome. Attend the Papal Audience, visit St. Francis’ hometown of Assisi, the places of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, and much more. Mass will be celebrated at most shrines with many opportunities for reflection and prayer.

Small Group Discovery

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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2021 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 19 breakfasts, 11 dinners

ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

Day
1

Welcome to Portugal! Check into your hotel, and tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

LISBON–SANTARÉM–FÁTIMA

Day
2

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FÁTIMA

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FÁTIMA–BRAGA–SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN

Day
4

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Day
5

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).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA–BURGOS

Day
6

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BURGOS–LOYOLA–LOURDES, FRANCE.

Day
7

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LOURDES

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LOURDES–CARCASSONNE–MONTSERRAT, SPAIN.

Day
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

MONTSERRAT–MANRESA–BARCELONA.

Day
10

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BARCELONA.

Day
11

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BARCELONA–ROME, ITALY.

Day
12

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ROME

Day
13

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME. EXCURSION TO CASTEL GANDOLFO

Day
14

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME–PIETRELCINA–SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO

Day
15

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO. EXCURSION TO MONTE SANT’ANGELO.

Day
16

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO–LANCIANO–LORETO–ASSISI AREA.

Day
17

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ASSISI.

Day
18

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ASSISI AREA–CASCIA–ROME.

Day
19

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME

Day
20

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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