2017: Fatima, Lourdes & Shrines of Spain - Faith-Based Travel (5310)
12 days from Lisbon to Barcelona
Reaffirm and celebrate your faith on this Portugal, Spain, and France tour with overnights in Lisbon, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, Lourdes, and Barcelona. Along the way, you'll visit some of the world's most famous shrines, pilgrimage sites, and spiritual places.Santiago de Compostela has been known as a pilgrimage site since the 9th century. You'll spend two nights here and visit St. James' Cathedral, home to the remains of the Apostle James. You'll even have the opportunity to attend Mass. You'll also attend Mass in Fatima, home to one of the most famous Catholic shrines, and you'll join pilgrims for the Rosary and candlelight procession at Our Lady of Fatima Basilica. In Lourdes, another of the world's most famous pilgrimage places, you'll spend two nights, join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession, and enjoy a guided walking tour that includes the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. Other highlights of this faith-based tour are visits in Lisbon to the Cathedral La Se', where St. Anthony was baptized in 1195, and Jeronimos Monastery, which dates to the mid-1400s. In Carcassonne, visit the medieval fortified citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll marvel at the ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges. In Burgos, visit the cathedral where El Cid is buried. In Barcelona, guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's masterpiece that is still a consecrated expression of the Catholic faith. In Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world, visit Bom Jesus du Monte Sanctuary, where devout followers have walked the 'Stations of the Cross' since 1811. All of this and more are included on this Portugal, Spain, and France tour designed for savvy, value-minded travelers. Accompanied by fellow believers, it's a vacation you can believe in!
LISBON Roma (ST)FATIMA Estrela de Fatima (F) or Regina (ST)SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Gran Hotel Los Abetos (F) or Gelmirez (ST)BURGOS Corona de Castilla (ST)LOURDES Sainte Rose (ST) or Quality Christina (ST) BARCELONA Porta Fira (F) or HCC Open (ST)
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|Day 1||Lisbon||Welcome to Portugal! Check into your hotel, and tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.|
|Day 2||Fatima||On your guided sightseeing tour of Lisbon, see the enormous monument dedicated to Henry the Navigator, as well as the 16th-century Belem Tower, the Moorish citadel, and impressive Black Horse Square. Visit the CATHEDRAL LA SE', where St. Anthony was baptized, and JERONIMOS MONASTERY, which dates back to the mid-1400s and was built in thanks to the Virgin Mary for Vasco de Gama's successful voyage to India. Head north for a stop in Santarem to visit the CHURCH OF THE EUCHARISTIC HOLY MIRACLE. Arrive in Fatima, home to the most famous Catholic shrines. This evening, join pilgrims from around the world for the Rosary and candlelight procession at the Our Lady of Fatima Basilica. (B,D)|
|Day 3||Fatima||This morning, after [M] Mass at the Sanctuary, visit Our Lady of Fatima SHRINE with the tombs 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 Fatima. This afternoon, there's time to pray and meditate or to join a guided optional excursion. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Santiago de Compostela||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. Later, there's time to attend Mass. (B,D)|
|Day 5||Santiago de Compostela||Santiago de Compostela has been known throughout history for the key 9th-century pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (or Way of St. James), to ST. JAMES' CATHEDRAL, which houses the Apostle James' remains beneath the high altar. Later, explore on your own or join an optional excursion to Cabo Finisterre, where pilgrims have traditionally completed their walk and burned their robes. (B)|
|Day 6||Burgos||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. (B)|
|Day 7||Lourdes||Travel through the Basque region toward Lourdes. En route, pause to reflect and attend [M] Mass at the 17th-century SANCTUARY OF LOYOLA, built in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order. See its spectacular dome and marble and jasper main altarpiece. Cross into France and overnight in Lourdes, home to another of the world's most famous places of pilgrimage. Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession for a memorable spiritual experience. (B,D)|
|Day 8||Lourdes||Today's guided walking tour includes the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, BERNADETTE'S BIRTHPLACE, and her family home. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this little market town and to attend Mass, if you like. (B,D)|
|Day 9||Barcelona||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. Overnight in Catalonia's lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona. (B)|
|Day 10||Barcelona||Today's guided sightseeing includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center's Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire Gaudi's eccentric Houses Batllo and Mila, as well as his SAGRADA FAMILIA, an unfinished architectural masterpiece that is still a consecrated expression of the Catholic faith. (B)|
|Day 11||Barcelona||Today is at leisure to explore as you like. Maybe join the optional excursion to the pilgrimage site of Montserrat and its countryside. Situated 4,055 feet above sea level in a mountain range composed of striking pink conglomerate, a form of sedimentary rock, this is the site of the Benedictine abbey that hosts the Black Virgin of Montserrat Sanctuary, patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 12||Barcelona||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
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