† Round Trip Airfare from New York † All Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges † Accommodations at 4 Star hotels
~ 1 night: August 2-3 | Hotel Mundial – Lisbon
~ 2 nights: August 3-5 | Santa Maria Jardim - Fatima
~ 1 night: August 5-6 | Hotel Abba Fonseca - Salamanca
~ 1 night: August 6-7 | Hotel Abba Burgos - Burgos
~ 3 nights: August 7-10 | Hotel Moderne - Lourdes † Transfers as per itinerary † Breakfast and Dinner daily † Wine with Dinners † Assistance of a professional Catholic guide(s) † Wireless Headsets where needed † Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary † Celebrate Mass daily & Spiritual activities † Tips to Hotel Staff, Restaurants, Luggage Handlers † Luggage handling (1 piece per person) †Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Day 1 – Tuesday – August 1 - Depart for Lisbon
Depart for your overnight flight to Lisbon. Meals will be served on board.
Day 2 – Wednesday – August 2 - 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 a 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. Our drive will also take us through the Basilica of the Star, Rossio Square, Commerce Square and Marquee of Pomba Square. We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner and a good night's sleep. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.
Day 3 – Thursday – August 3 - 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 mira-cle has been on continuous display since 1269 A.D. We will celebrate Mass at this holy site. We then continue on to Fatima, where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to three simple shepherd children and exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. We arrive in time for dinner and retire for a restful evening.
Day 4 – Friday – August 4 – Fatima (Celebration of the Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions)
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions – and your time here will be in your hearts, prayers, and memories for the rest of your life.
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 miraculous well. Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady (pending schedule). Time for private devotions before dinner and a restful night's sleep.
*The order of events are subject to change, due to the volume of pilgrims and expected programs during the year of the Anniversary. While we will make every effort to visit all of the sites as per the itinerary, some may have to be seen on different days. The Official schedule of events (Candlelight Procession, Blessings of the sick, Anniversary Mass, Mass at Chapel of Apparitions etc.) will not be finalized until closer to the event. Once released, we will update accordingly.
Day 5 – Saturday – August 5 - Fatima - Salamanca After a filling breakfast we depart towards the city of Salamanca. Salamanca is the most graceful city in Spain and for four centuries it was the seat of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. We will have a chance to see many of the city's sights including the grand Plaza Mayor, the hub of Salmantine life; 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 which decorate its façade; the University; the cathedrals; the Roman Bridge; San Marcos and San Martin churches, and more. We will enjoy a delicious dinner in a local restaurant before continuing to our hotel for a restful overnight.
Day 6 – Sunday – August 6 - 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 Saint Teresa died in 1582 A.D. 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 eleventh-century walls which surround the old town, and the mystic writer Santa Teresa, who was born here and whose shrines are a must see for all Catholic pilgrims! Ávila's atmosphere has changed very little since the days of Santa 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 home to the most comprehensive museum dedicated to her life. We also visit La Santa Monastery, built on the site of the house where she was born, and San José Convent, the first monastery founded by the Saint. After walking in the footsteps of St. Teresa we depart for Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. After dinner you will have free time to explore Burgos, and admire the magnificent limestone Cathedral.
Day 7 – Monday – August 7 - 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-century Basilica dedicated to St. Ignatius. We will also visit his family home behind the sanctuary. We will have time to pray at the most venerated room where Ignatius at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. After free time for lunch we motor through the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains. Nestled in the mountains stands picturesque Lourdes, the birthplace of St. Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. We arrive in time for dinner at our hotel before retiring to our rooms for a restful night's sleep.
Day 8 & 9 – Tuesday & Wednesday – August 8 & 9 - Lourdes
During the next two days in Lourdes you will have time to pray with your fellow pilgrims from around the world. During your trip 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, drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the healing baths. Experience Christ's love as you walk 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. Your role in the universal church will have new meaning as you join the candlelight procession and group rosary. (candle light procession and group rosary April through October only).
Day 10 – Thursday – August 10 - Lourdes – Return Home
Early morning transfer back to Toulouse, Pau or Lourdes airport for your return flights
Options: † Single Supplement / Private Room: $539 † Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (one-way): $1,750 † Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (Round-Trip): $3,500 † First Class: available upon request † Children Discount (under 12): available upon request
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The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is one of most famous Marian shrines in the world. Drawn by apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three local shepherd children in 1917. Four million people visit Fatima each year. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to shepherd children on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on May 13th until October 13th. The events at Fatima gained particular fame due to their elements of prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to possible world war and the conversion of Russia.
Commerce Square, Lisbon, Portugal
Candlelight procession, Lourdes, France
Pope Emerits at Our Lady of Fatima Basilica, Fatima, Portugal