|Our Lady of Mercy Parish
1 Elmwood Drive, Westlake
Daly City, CA 94015
Your Trip Includes:
Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Round-trip air from San Francisco
All Airport Taxes, Airline Security Fees & Fuel Surcharges!
11 nights at first class (4 star) Hotels as follows: (or similar)
~ 1 night: Nov 02-03 - Hotel Marques de Pombal, Lisbon
~ 2 nights: Nov 03-05 - Hotel Santa Maria, Fatima
~ 1 night: Nov 05-06 - Hotel Abba Fonseca, Salamanca
~ 1 night: Nov 06-07 - Hotel Abba Burgos, Burgos
~ 3 nights: Nov 07-10 - Mercure Lourdes Imperial, Lourdes
~ 2 nights: Nov 10-12 - Hotel Abbat Cisneros, Montserrat
~ 1 night: Nov 12-13 - Ayre Hotel Gran Via, Barcelona
Breakfast & Dinner Daily
Wine & mineral water with dinners
Sightseeing & admissions fees as per itinerary
Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
Assistance of a professional guide(s) throughout
Arrangements for Mass daily & spiritual activities
Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Lunches, Travel Insurance optional (www.206tours.com/insurance),
Extended Cancellation Protection Plan @ $199 (www.206tours.com/cancellationprotection), Tips to your guide & driver (euro 7-9 per day). Items of a personal nature.
Sample Day-by-Day Itinerary:
Day 1, Thursday, November 1, 2012: USA - Lisbon
Depart from San Francisco or your hometown to Lisbon, Portugal. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2, Friday, November 2, 2012: Arrive Lisbon
Arrive Lisbon. Meet your tour guide. After an orientation tour of Lisbon, we stop for Mass and visit at St. Anthony's Church. Despite what might be assumed from his name, Saint Anthony was born and grew up in Lisbon. Traditionally, the invocation of his name is considered the best means of locating lost objects. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.
Day 3, Saturday, November 3, 2012: Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima
After breakfast depart Lisbon for Santarem, where one of the oldest cities in the world is located. 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. We then continue on to Fatima, the place where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to three simple shepherd children and exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 4, Sunday, November 4, 2012: Fatima
Six times, from May 13 to Oct 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in the diocese of Leiria. A new church has been constructed, however just as beautiful, an older church was constructed here in 1928, and millions of pilgrims visit each year. Fatima is one of the most visited holy places for Catholics from around the world. The atmosphere of intense spirituality and the importance of Fatima have been attested to by the visits of two Popes: Paul VI and John Paul II. Touring Fatima, see the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, Basilica, the site of Lucia, Francisco 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. 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 pilgrims from around the world in an evening candlelight procession to pray the rosary. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 5, Monday, November 5, 2012: Fatima - Salamanca
After Mass and some free time for personal reflection we depart for Salamanca. Salamanca is the most graceful city in Spain. For four centuries it was the seat of one of the most prestigious universities in the world and, despite losing this reputation in the XVII Century, it has kept the unmistakable atmosphere of a seat of learning. The city’s architectural sights seem endless: two cathedrals, one Gothic, the other Romanesque, vie for attention with Renaissance palaces and gems of Plateresque decoration. The Plaza Mayor is the finest in Spain; and the surviving university buildings are tremendous throughout, all of them distinguished by the same warm stone. Today we will visit this impressive and beautiful grand Plaza Mayor, 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, the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum, Convento de las Dueñas, Monasterio de San Esteban, Torre del Clavero, San Marcos and San Martin churches, etc. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6, Tue, Nov 6, 2012: Salamanca - Alba de Tormes - Ávila – Burgos
After breakfast we depart Salamanca for Alba de Tormes, where St. Teresa of Avila is buried. Next is Avila. Here atmosphere has changed very little since the days of St. Teresa of Jesus, to whom the city is dedicated. St. Teresa the great mystic, was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. In Avila we will visit: the Cathedral, which contains many of St. Teresa relics; The crypt of the Convento of La Santa, built on the site of the house where she was born, is home to the most comprehensive museum dedicated to her life, and La Encarnacion Convent, the first convent she found. Afternoon departure to the city of Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. After dinner explore Burgos (on your own), and admire the magnificent limestone Cathedral.
Day 7, Wednesday, November 7, 2012: Burgos - Loyola - Lourdes
After breakfast depart Burgos, heading for Lourdes, France. En route stop in Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here, we'll see the 17th Century Basilica dedicated to St Ignatius. Behind the sanctuary is the family home of St. Ignatius, which we'll visit during our stop. The most venerated place in this building is the room where Ignatius at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. Later we motor through the Pyrenees Mountains into Lourdes. Here, standing between the spectacular mountain-river, Gave de Pau, stands picturesque Lourdes, the birthplace of St Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. Settle into your hotel, explore before dinner.
Day 8 & 9, Thursday & Friday, November 8 & 9, 2012: Lourdes
After breakfast, our guided tour of Lourdes will include the sanctuary; the Basilica of St Pius X, the world's largest underground church; and the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Enjoy 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, pray at the Grotto and 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." Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady, and take time for private devotions. Each evening dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 10, Saturday, November 10, 2012: Lourdes – Zaragoza - Montserrat
After breakfast we will depart towards Zaragoza where we will visit the magnificent Basilica del Pilar, built in the place where our Lady appeared to Saint James. Tradition says that in the early day of the Church, Saint James The Greater was spreading the Gospel in Spain, but making very little progress. He was dejected and questioning his mission. About 44 AD, the Virgin Mary, who was still living in Jerusalem at the time, bi-located and appeared to him in a vision to boost his morale. In it, she was atop a column or pillar, which was being carried by angels. That pillar is believed to be the same one venerated inside the Basilica. We will also visit the Cathedral of Zaragoza and we will do a walking tour of the city. Later we will continue our journey to the Benedictine Monk retreat Montserrat. Dinner and overnight.
Day 11, Sunday, November 11, 2012: Montserrat
The history of Montserrat is fascinating and started in 880 when a small group of shepherd children saw a bright light descending from the sky in the Montserrat mountains, it was in the holy grotto where visitations by the Virgin Mary were reported. Montserrat’s top attraction is La Moreneta, the statue of Black Virgin. While Mary is behind a protective glass case, the royal orb she cradles in her hands is exposed. Pilgrims touch Mary's orb with one hand and hold their other hand up to show they accept Jesus. In the afternoon, those wishing a tram-ride experience have the option to hop on the Funiculars from the heart of the Monastery’s grounds. To see an uninterrupted, panoramic view of Catalunya from the top of the mountain, take the Sant Joan Funicular. The other Funicular de Santa Cova goes down to the cave chapel known as Santa Cova, where according to legend, the Virgin Mary was seen by shepherds. Later enjoy a performance of L’Escolania, Europe's oldest boys' choir and one of its finest, based here in a monastery.
Day 12, Monday, November 12, 2012: Montserrat – Manresa - Barcelona
Depart Montserrat for Barcelona, on route we will stop in Manresa for Mass and visit of the Holy Cave of San Ignacio de Loyola. We will take a short ride to the spectacular city of Barcelona, city of art, with its elegant tree-lined Ramblas and Plaza de Cataluna. Enjoy visits to Barcelona’s main attractions including the Gothic Quarter, the port, and Poble Espanyolo, Guell Park, Sagrada Familia, and the Santa Maria del Mar church. Visit the most picturesque market la Boqueria, where you will enjoy an incredible contrast of colors! Overnight in Barcelona
(** During the final night of this trip, pilgrims will have the option to take in a Flamenco Dinner Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes. The Dinner is Buffet Style with 33 different dishes and includes wine, sangria, sodas, beer, mineral water and coffee. The Show features some of the best Flamenco Dancers and Guitar accompanists in Barcelona. Additional $65 Per Person**)
Day 13, Tuesday, November 13, 2012: Barcelona - USA
Short ride to Barcelona Airport for our homebound flight. The pilgrimage has come to an end, but the spiritual injection will keep within for some time to come and the memories will live with us for the rest of our lives.
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|*Air & Land
*Please Note: Arrival / departure transfer not included for "land only" passengers!
|*Optional Dinner Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes
|Single Supplement / Private Room
|Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (one-way)
|Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (round trip)
|First Class available
|| upon request
|Children's discounts for children under 12
| Basilica del Pilar
|| Our lady of Pillar
Escolania Boys Choir,
Our Lady of Montserrat,
| Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona
|| Santa Maria del Mar Church,