Fatima Pilgrimage Tour - FLP18
Number of Days: 11
On our Christian pilgrimage tours we not only combine the best elements of an organised tour, visiting the major places of interest at your destination in the company of other Christian pilgrims, but it is also a journey of discovery.
While you will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the saints, early Christians and pilgrims, visiting magnificent churches and places of miracles or other religious significance, you will also visit the major places of general touring interest.
On tour you have the chance to meet new people and have the space to relax and reflect. The tour pace caters for all levels of fitness and involvement – you can do as much, or as little - as you wish.
Accommodation is in 3 to 4 star hotels. Our package is inclusive of airport transfers, entrances, coach touring, taxes and tolls, meals as shown on the itinerary plus the services of an experienced tour guide whilst on tour as per the final itinerary.
Day 1 - Arrive Lisbon
Upon arrival in Lisbon you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by our tour guide and/or driver. You will be escorted to the vehicle which will then take you on a sightseeing tour of this beautiful Portuguese city. We will visit the Cathedral, St. Jerome's Monastery, Saint Anthony's Church (the patron saint of lost objects), Belem Quarter, the Belem Tower, 25 April Bridge, and Discoveries Monument, plus the Basilica of the Star, Rossio, Commerce, and Marquee of Pomba Squares. We have a welcome dinner at our hotel tonight. D
Day 2 - Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima
After breakfast depart for Santarem, one of the oldest cities in the world. We will walk through its narrow streets to the Church of St. Stephen, containing the oldest recorded Eucharistic miracle. This miracle has been on continuous display since 1269 A.D. We celebrate Mass at this holy site, then continue on to Fatima, where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to 3 simple shepherd children and exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. We arrive in time for dinner and overnight. B,D
Day 3 - Fatima
After breakfast, we begin our tour of Fatima, where we will experience the beauty of this spiritual town. We will see the Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta's graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady's appearance after the children's return from prison. Experience Christ's love as you walk and follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the well. Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady (pending schedule). Free time before dinner. B,D
Days 4 – Fatima (Celebration of the Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions)
Today, on the 100th Anniversary, is a day that you will have in your hearts, prayers, and memories for the rest of your life. Today we will make our way to the square, where we will join pilgrims from all over the world for the Anniversary Mass. B,D
Day 5 - Fatima
The order of events are subject to change, due to the volume of pilgrims and expected program for the Anniversary. Group members will be provided with a copy official schedule of events. B,D
Day 6 - Fatima - Salamanca
After breakfast we cross into Spain and head to the city of Salamanca - a most graceful city and from 1134 the site of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. We will see many of the city's sights including the grand Plaza Mayor, the hub of the city, the vast Baroque church of La Clerecía; the Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells), named after the rows of carved scallop shells symbol of the pilgrimage to Santiago that decorate its façade; the University; the cathedrals; the Roman Bridge; San Marcos and San Martin churches. We have dinner in a local restaurant then on to our hotel for overnight. B,D
Day 7 - Salamanca - Alba de Tormes - Ávila - Burgos
After breakfast, we will depart to the quaint village of Alba de Tormes. Here we will visit and celebrate Mass at the Carmelite Monastery, where St Teresa died in 1582 and is buried. In the little museum of the Carmelite Monastery we will be able to see the incorrupt heart and left arm of the St. Teresa. We enjoy free time for lunch before we continue our journey to Ávila. Two things distinguish Ávila: the perfectly preserved 11th C walls which surround the old town, and the mystic writer St Teresa, who was born here and whose shrines are a must see for pilgrims. Ávila's atmosphere has changed little since the days of St Teresa, the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church, to whom the city is dedicated. During our tour of Ávila we will see the Cathedral and San Vicente church. We will visit the Incarnation Convent, where St. Teresa became a nun and now a museum dedicated to her life. We also visit La Santa Monastery, built on the site of where she was born, and San José Convent (founded by the saint). After walking in the footsteps of St. Teresa we depart for Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Free time after dinner to explore Burgos, and admire the magnificent Cathedral. B,D
Day 8 - Burgos - Loyola - Lourdes
After breakfast, we depart Burgos for Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here, we will see the 17th C Basilica dedicated to St. Ignatius. We will also visit his family home near the sanctuary. We will have time to pray at the room where Ignatius at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. After a lunch break travel through the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains to picturesque Lourdes, the birthplace of St. Bernadette, to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. Dinner is at our hotel. B,D
Day 09 & 10 - Lourdes
During the next two days in Lourdes you will have time to pray with your fellow pilgrims from around the world. During this time you will have an opportunity to: Attend Mass at the Grotto, watch a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. See Boly Mill where St. Bernadette was born, and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's impoverished family lived. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick. Experience the life-sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedience to the request of the "Immaculate Conception." Evenings are free for optional Blessed Sacrament Procession before dinner.
Day 11 - Lourdes
The tour concludes this morning after breakfast. B
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