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Day 1 October 16 - Depart USA
Depart on your international overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 2 October 17 - Arrive Lisbon
Upon landing at Lisbon airport, you will be met by your tour guide and driver. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon, which will include St. Jerome's Monastery, built to give thanks to the Virgin Mary. Drive by the Belem Tower and many landmarks, like; the Basilica of the Star, the 25th of April Bridge, and the Marquee of Pombal Square. Visit St. Anthony's Church. The patron saint of lost things is best known as St. Anthony of Padua (Italy), but he was born and baptized here in Lisbon, Portugal. Celebrate Mass in the Church built on the site of St. Anthony's birth. Check in to your hotel in Lisbon for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Lisbon
Day 3 October 18 - Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima
Journey to Fatima. On the way, stop at St. Stephens Church in the town of Santarem to celebrate Mass and revere the 13th-century Eucharistic Miracle. On the way to Fatima, visit the hamlet of Aljustrel, the birthplace, and home of the three shepherd children. Check in to your hotel in Fatima for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Fatima
Day 4 October 19 - Fatima
Have a memorable experience as you pray and meditate at one of Our Blessed Mother’s apparition sites. Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia (age 10), Jacinta (age 7), and Francisco (age 9). These apparitions occurred monthly from May until October 1917. The most important message from Our Lady of Fatima was to pray for world peace. Our reflective day begins with a visit to the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, simple yet modern, which is the site where the Virgin Mary first appeared on May 13, 1917. Follow with a visit to the stunning Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. This Sacred space contains the tombs of St. Francisco, St. Jacinta, and Sister Lucia. View the monument that commemorates the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the square. Our Lady’s messages included consistent reminders to pray the Rosary - the Basilica honors this by featuring fifteen altars dedicated to the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. Visit the Holy Trinity Basilica. After free time for lunch, experience Christ’s unconditional love by participating in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra. “The Sacred Way” marks the path of the shepherd children. End your day with a visit to Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s August 19, 1917 Apparition, which was also the first and third apparition of the Angel. Spend time this evening in private devotions and a candlelight procession. Return to your hotel in Fatima for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Fatima
Day 5 October 20 - Fatima - Salamanca
Travel to Salamanca, a city in the Castilla y Leon region known for its large university, the oldest in Spain, that is still active along with its prominent culture. Your walking tour will bring pass by the grand Plaza Mayor, an iconic square filled with food, shopping, and city events. La Clerecia, a church and college of the Jesuit Order constructed in the seventeenth century. La Casa de las Conchas is currently a public library and monument decorated with shells that symbolize the famous pilgrimage to Santiago (El Camino). The Roman Bridge is a national monument that extends along the River Tormes and is among Salamanca’s sturdiest bridges. La Iglesia de San Marcos, constructed in the Romanesque style, contains breathtaking paintings that portray many scenes of Our Lady’s life. La Iglesia de San Martin is a Church devoted to St. Martin de Porres, the patron saint of mixed-race people and all those seeking interracial harmony. Visit the inside of the two joint Salamanca Cathedrals (old and new), one Romanesque style and the other Gothic style. Check in to your hotel in Salamanca for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Salamanca
Day 6 October 21 - Salamanca - Alba de Tormes - Avila - Burgos
Board the bus this morning and enjoy a short transfer to the village of Alba de Tormes. This town is home to the Carmelite Monastery that Saint Teresa founded in 1571. Upon arrival in Alba de Tormes, celebrate Mass at the Monastery where she died and was buried. Following Mass, you will have the opportunity to visit the museum dedicated to St. Teresa of Avila, which also holds her incorrupt heart and left arm. Enjoy free time for lunch on your own before continuing to the medieval city of Avila. In Avila, you will immediately notice the perfectly preserved eleventh-century walls surrounding the old town. The Cathedral de Avila encompasses the Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles of its time with its artwork and architecture. La Basilica de San Vicente in Avila stands on the site of the martyrdom of St. Vincent. Visit the Incarnation Convent, where St. Teresa became a nun. Saint Teresa convinced Saint John of the Cross to reform the male Carmelite order, the reform she started when she met Saint John in Medina del Campo. After walking in the footsteps of St. Teresa, continue your journey to Burgos. Upon arrival in the historic capital of Old Castile, enjoy dinner. Following dinner, you will have the opportunity to explore the city of Burgos and admire its magnificent limestone gothic-style Cathedral. Check in to your hotel in Burgos and enjoy some rest. Overnight: Burgos
Day 7 October 22 - Loyola - Lourdes
Following breakfast, transfer from Burgos to Loyola to visit the birthplace of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuit Order. St. Ignatius dedicated himself to becoming a soldier of the Christian faith, and as a result of many tribulations, he wrote the ever-famous Spiritual Exercises. In Loyola, you will see the 17th-century Basilica dedicated to this remarkable saint - the Basilica is part of a series of buildings surrounding the “Holy House,” or birthplace of St. Ignatius. When you visit these Holy places, you will also have the opportunity to pray in the most venerated room, where St. Ignatius prayed and began his conversion. After meditating on the life of this founder of the Jesuit Order, enjoy free time for lunch. We will continue to Lourdes for a spectacular view of the Pyrenees Mountains. Upon arrival in Lourdes, check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Lourdes
Day 8 October 23 - Lourdes
Over the next two days, you will stay in a small town nestled within the Pyrenees Mountains. During your time in Lourdes, you will pray and meditate in yet another site of Our Lady's apparitions. Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858 and announced herself as "The Immaculate Conception" near the Grotto of Massabielle. During the first two apparitions, little Bernadette prayed the Rosary with Our Lady. She left without exchanging any words. During the following apparitions, Our Lady emphasized God's love for us and the necessity of performing acts of penance for sinners. Throughout your time in Lourdes, you will have the opportunity to attend Mass at the Grotto, where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette.
Day 9 October 24 - Lourdes
You have opportunities to watch a video presentation explaining Lourdes's story; drink water from the miraculous spring that has healed many, or submerge yourself in the healing baths. You will have the opportunity to experience Christ’s unconditional love as you meditate upon the “life-size" Stations of the Cross that overlook the Grotto of Massabielle. You will walk in and meditate upon the footsteps of St. Bernadette. You will have the opportunity to see Boly Mill, the birthplace of St. Bernadette, and the “Cachot,” an abandoned prison where Bernadette’s impoverished family lived. Each evening following dinner, you will have an opportunity to attend the candlelight procession and the Rosary before a restful overnight. Overnight: Lourdes
Day 10 October 25 - Return to USA
Return home with memories of the people and places of our Pilgrimage to Fatima & Lourdes.
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