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|Lisbon * Santarem (Eucharistic Miracle) * Fatima (Our Lady of Fatima) * Salamanca * Alba de Tormes
| (St. Teresa & St. John of the Cross) * Avila (St. Teresa) * Burgos * Loyola (St. Ignatius) * Lourdes (St. Bernadette)
|Optional: Paris * Lisieux (St. Terese the Little Flower) * Nevers
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YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
† Round-trip airfare
depart from your local airport
† ALL AIRPORT TAXES & FUEL SURCHARGES
† 9 nights at centrally located First Class Hotels: (or similar)
~ Lisbon | May 10-11 (1 night) Mundial ****
~ Fatima |May 11-13 (2 nights) Santa Maria ****
~ Salamanca | May 13-15 (2 nights) Abba Fonseca ****
~ Burgos |May 15-16 (1 night) Abba Burgos ****
~ Lourdes | May 16-19 (3 nights) Grand Hotel Moderne ****
† Transfers as per itinerary
† Breakfast and Dinner daily
† Lunch Daily (except on May 10th & May 11th)
† Wine with dinners
† Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
† Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
† Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction
† Mass daily & Spiritual activities
† Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
† Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Lunches on day 02 (Lisbon) & day 03 (Santarem), Travel Insurance (www.206tours.com/insurance)
Extended Cancelation Policy @ $299 (www.206tours.com/cancellationprotection),
Tips to your guide & driver,
Items of Personal Nature.
*Sample Day-by-Day Itinerary:
Day 1 | May 9, 2014 - USA - Lisbon
Depart from New York, or your hometown, for the overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2 | May 10, 2014 - Lisbon Airport – 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 the tour escort who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage. Afterwards, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city of Lisbon, capital city in Portugal, followed by the Holy Mass at Saint Anthony’s Church. Despite what might be assumed from his name, St. Anthony of Padova was born and raised in Lisbon in the 12th Century. Today he remains to be the Patron Saint of “Lost Articles”. The city of Lisbon is divided in several neighborhoods, and during our tour of the city we will drive through the most important ones like Belem, Alcantara, Barrio Alto, Baixa, Alfama, Estrela, etc. The Belem neighborhood became famous because it was the place where many of the Portuguese explorers set off on their voyages of discovery, like Vasco de Gama, who traveled to India, or Pedro Alvares Cabral, who departed for Brazil. In Belem, we will find the most impressive monuments that survived the earthquake that destroyed the majority of the city of Lisbon in 1755, like the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower, the Belem Palace (former royal residence) and the Monument of the Discoveries. In Alcantara, we will discover the 25th April Bridge, built in 1966 by the same company (American Bridge Company) that constructed the San Francisco Bay Bridge. At the end of the bridge, we will be able to see the impressive monument of Christ the King, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was erected in gratitude to God and Our Lady of Fatima because Portugal was not involved in World War II. We will end our tour at the Alfama quarter, the oldest district of Lisbon, and the only one that survived the 1755 earthquake. The name is derived from the Arabic “Al-hamma”, which means “fountains or baths”. In Alfama, we will find the 12th Century Romanesque Cathedral of St. Mary Major, and the Church of St. Anthony, built over the house where he was born. After attending Mass at St. Anthony´s, we will come back to our hotel for a welcome drink followed by dinner at a restaurant with a panoramic view of Lisbon. Overnight in Lisbon.
The Fatima Visionary Children
Day 3 | May 11, 2014 - Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima
After breakfast in the hotel, we will depart towards Fatima. On the way to Fatima, we will stop in the city of Santarem, where we will attend the Holy Mass at St. Stephen Church, known as the Holy Miracle Church. The Miracle of the Eucharist took place in Santarem in the 13th Century (the historians give us two different dates: 1247 and 1266). A woman, who belonged to the Parish Church of St. Stephen, was very unhappy because her husband was unfaithful to her. The woman then decided to ask for help from a Jewish sorceress. The sorceress promised the wife that her husband would return to his loving ways if she would bring her a Consecrated Host. After a few days of hesitation, she decided to commit the sacrilege and after receiving Holy Communion she took the Host out of her mouth, placed it in her veil and left the Church to meet the sorceress. Along the way the Host began to bleed. Panic struck the woman and instead of going to the sorceress’ cave, she went back home. She then put the bloody veil containing the Host into the bottom of a trunk. Later in the night, the married couple was awakened by mysterious bright rays of light coming from the trunk, penetrating the wood and illuminating the entire room. The wife then confessed her sin to her husband and both of them knelt in adoration for the remaining hours until dawn, when the parish priest was summoned. The bloody Host was taken in procession to the Church of St. Stephen, where it has been on display since then. We then continue our journey to Fatima where in 1917 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three little shepherds. Afterwards, we will visit the most important places related to the three children: Aljustrel, the hamlet where they lived; The Pozo do Arneiro (Lucia´s family well), where the Angel of Peace (and Guardian Angel of Portugal) appeared to the children in Summer 1916; Fatima Parish Church, where the three children were baptized and Lucia received her First Holy Communion and the Fatima cemetery, where we will find the tomb where the bodies of Francisco and Jacinta rested in peace until they were moved to the graves of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. After enjoying our dinner in the hotel, we will be able to join the rest of the pilgrims from all over the world to say the Rosary as Our Blessed Mother requested to the three children. After the Rosary, we will also be able to participate in the candlelight procession. Overnight in Fatima.
Day 4 | May 12, 2014 - Fatima
After breakfast in the hotel, we will attend Holy Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions (In Portuguese: La Capelinha). It was there, in that very spot, where in May 13, 1917, Our Lady of the Rosary appeared to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. She then appeared on the 13th of every month, from May to October except in August when Our Lady appeared in Valinhos on the 19th after the children´s return from prison. It was there, at the Cova da Iria, where Our Lady told the secret/message of Fatima to the children and where the miracle of the dancing sun took place in October. After Mass we will visit the complex of the Shrine of Fatima: The Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, consecrated on October 1953, where we will find its 15 altars dedicated to the 15 mysteries of the Rosary and the tombs of Sister Lucia and Blessed Francisco y Blessed Jacinta; the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, consecrated on October 2005, by the Secretary of State of the Pope Cardinal Bertone, where we will be able to admire the impressive panel mosaic made by Fr. Marco Rupnik and the first stone of the Basilica that was taken from the tomb of St. Peter in Rome and was given to the former rector of the Shrine of Fatima by Blessed Pope John Paul; the Exhibition Fatima Light and Peace, dedicated to the Apparitions of Fatima which exposes the donations and gifts of the millions of pilgrims, including three Popes, offered to the Lady of Fatima. After the tour we will enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon, we will have the opportunity to remember the Passion of Christ while we are following the Via Sacra (Stations of the Cross), located at the very path the little shepherds used to take with their flock from Aljustrel to the Cova da Iria. At the end of the Way of the Cross, we will find the Chapel of Calvary built in honor of St. Stephen King of Hungary. Later on, we will visit the Valinhos where we will find the Loca do Cabeço, the place where the Guardian Angel of Portugal appeared to the children twice, in the Spring and Fall of 1916. We will also see the place where the Blessed Mother appeared on August 19th. After enjoying our dinner in the hotel, we will be able to join the rest of the pilgrims from all over the world to say the Rosary as Our Blessed Mother requested to the three children. After the Rosary, we will also be able to participate in the candlelight procession following the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Her crown is decorated with offerings of the women of Portugal in gratitude to the Lady of Fatima as Portugal was not involved in World War II. The crown of Our Lady is also the place where the bullet of Blessed Pope John Paul was placed in 1982. After the candlelight procession you will be able to attend the different celebrations arranged for the Anniversary Vigil: International Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, Rosary, etc. Overnight in Fatima.
Day 5 | May 13, 2014 - Fatima - Salamanca
We awake to the sound of pilgrims from all over the world en route to the morning’s Anniversary celebrations. We will start the celebrations saying the Rosary at the Chapel of the Apparitions followed by the procession of the Statue of Our Lady that is taken to the main altar situated on the steps of the Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima. Afterwards, we will be able to attend the International Anniversary Mass concelebrated by hundreds of priests followed by the Blessing of the Sick and Consecration. The ceremonies will close around mid-day with the ¨Adeus¨ procession, and the waving of the white handkerchiefs in honor to Our Lady as her statue is carried back to the Capelinha. After having lunch in our hotel, we will continue our pilgrimage towards Salamanca, Spain. 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. It is a small place, but it is given a gorgeous harmony by the golden sandstone in which almost the entire city seems to be constructed. 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. Dinner and overnight in Salamanca.
Day 6 | May 14, 20014 - Salamanca – Alba de Tormes – Avila – Salamanca
St. Teresa of Avila
After breakfast in the hotel we will depart towards the village of Alba de Tormes. It was in this little village where St. Theresa of Jesus (St. Therese of Avila) passed away in the Monastery of the Annunciation on October 1582. St. Theresa kept a very close, deep, and loving relationship with Our Lord. Proof of their great love were found in the different apparitions of Jesus Christ to Therese, and the last words said by her: ¨My Lord, it is time to move on. Well then, may your will be done. O my Lord and my Spouse, the hour that I have longed for has come. It is time to meet one another¨. After attending the Holy Mass at the main chapel of the Monastery, where the sarcophagus containing St. Therese´s remains is situated, we will visit the two small museums opened by the Carmelite Mothers of the Monastery of the Annunciation. In the museum known as the chamber of the relics, we will find different objects and relics of St. Therese and her very good friend and confessor St. John of the Cross, including two very special reliquaries containing her incorrupt heart and her left arm. In the second museum, we will see an impressive collection of art: religious paintings, Infant Jesus and Blessed Mother statues, crucifixes, etc. Also we will have the opportunity to pray in front of the sarcophagus of St. Therese located in its second floor. After enjoying a nice lunch we will continue our journey to the historic walled town of Avila. Two things distinguish Ávila: its eleventh-century walls, one and a half of perfectly preserved miles which surround the old town, and the mystic writer Santa Teresa, who was born here and whose shrines are a major focus of religious pilgrimage. 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: the Cathedral, started in the XII Century but never finished and built in three different styles: Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance; San Vicente church; the Monastery of the Incarnation, where St. Therese became a nun and spent almost 30 years of her life; the Monastery of St. Joseph, the first monastery founded by St. Therese in 1562 after she started the reform of the Carmelite Religious Order; and La Santa Convent, built over the family house of Theresa´s father. Today we will remember the beautiful poem Saint
St. Theresa always carried in her breviary:
Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things pass away.
God never changes.
Patience gains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.
Day 7 | May 15, 2014 - Salamanca - Burgos
After breakfast in the hotel, we start our day attending the Holy Mass at the Cathedral of Salamanca. After Mass we will visit this impressive and beautiful city: The grand Plaza Mayor is the hub of Salmantine life; the vast Baroque Church of La Clerecía, chapel of the Pontifical University built by the Jesuits; the Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells), named after the rows of carved scallop shells which symbolize the pilgrimage to Santiago and decorate its façade; the civil University, where you will have to discover the frog (symbol of Salamanca) which decorate its façade; both cathedrals, the Roman Bridge, etc. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will continue our journey to Burgos. For five hundred years, Burgos was the capital of the Old Castile and with its dark stone old town and castle, it remains redolent of these years of power and military strength. It has historic associations as the home of El Cid in the XI Century, and as the base of two centuries later of King Ferdinand the Saint, the conqueror of Murcia, Córdoba and Sevilla. It was King Ferdinand who began the city’s famous Gothic cathedral, one of the greatest in all Spain, which we will visit this afternoon. Burgos Cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is famous for its vast size and unique architecture. Its construction began in 1221 in French Gothic style (its façade looks very much like the one in Notre Dame of Paris) and it was finished in 1567 in Renaissance style. It is the only Spanish Cathedral that was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Dinner and overnight in Burgos.
St. Bernadette of Lourdes
Day 8 | May 16, 2014 Burgos – Loyola - Lourdes
After an early breakfast, we will depart towards the city of Lourdes. On our way we will stop in the town of Azpeitia, to visit the Sanctuary dedicated to Saint Ignatius of Loyola. After taking a quick look at the impressive Basilica dedicated to Saint Ignatius, we will visit the Holy House, where Iñigo (Basque name of Saint Ignatius) was born in 1491. After being seriously wounded in the Battle of the Castle of Pamplona, Ignatius was brought back to his home. During that time and with the help from two important books, “The Life of Christ” by the Carthusian monk Ludolph of Saxony, and “The Legend of the Saints” by Jacobo de Varazze, he was inspired to abandon his previous military life and devote himself to labor for God, following the example of spiritual leaders such as Francis of Assisi. After traveling on a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Montserrat, where he spent the night in vigil praying in front of the Statue of the Black Madonna, he decided to live like a hermit in a cave located near the town of Manresa where he started formulating the fundamentals of the spiritual exercises. It was in Paris, in the Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre, in 1539 when he and his companions formed the Society of Jesus, approved by the Pope one year later. Today we will attend the Holy Mass in the Chapel of the Conversion, the same room where St. Ignatius converted to God. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will continue our journey to Lourdes. It was in this small town where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. After having dinner in the hotel, we will be able to join the rest of the pilgrims coming from all over the world to say the Rosary and to participate in the torch light procession as per Our Blessed Mother´s request. Overnight in Lourdes.
Day 9 | May 17, 2014 - Lourdes
After breakfast in the hotel, we will attend Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. After Mass we will visit the most important places related to St. Bernadette Soubirous and the Apparitions of the Blessed Mother. The Virgin Mary appeared 18 times in 1858 to St. Bernadette. The first 17 times the Blessed Mother appeared at the Grotto of Masabielle but the last time Bernadette couldn´t reach the Grotto because it was blocked and closed off by a barrier so she witnessed the last and 18th apparition at the other side of the river. It was on February 11th when Bernadette, accompanied by her sister and a friend, went to Masabielle to collect bones and dead wood. Removing her socks in order to cross the stream that was flowing in front of the Grotto, she heard a noise, like a gust of wind, she looked up towards the Grotto and she saw a Lady dressed in white, wearing a white dress, an equally white veil, a blue belt and a yellow rose on each foot. On February 25th the Virgin Mary requested Bernadette to drink from the spring but she only found muddy water. It was on March 25th when Aquero (the name Bernadette gave to the Apparition) introduced herself as ¨Que soy era Inmaculada Concepciou¨ (I am the Immaculate Conception). Since this very moment the Parish priest, Fr. Peryamale began to believe in the Apparitions of Our Lady and supported Bernadette. We will start our visit with the Parish Church of Lourdes where we will find the baptism fountain where St. Bernadette was baptized. We will continue with our vist to the Cachot, the former prison that became the home of Soubirous family after their bankruptcy. Afterwards, we will visit the Bolly Mill where Bernadette was born on January 7th, 1844 and where she spent the happiest time of her life with her parents. She used to call the Bolly Mill, the Mill of Happiness because it was there where she discovered the human love thanks to the love of her parents. We will end the tour this morning with a visit to the three Lourdes Basilicas: The Immaculate Conception Basilica, The Rosary Basilica and The Saint Pius X Basilica. Today we will enjoy a nice lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon, we will be able to participate in the Blessed Sacrament Procession followed by the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessing of the sick. After having dinner in the hotel, we will be able to join the rest of the pilgrims coming from all over the World to say the Rosary and to participate in the torch light procession as per Our Blessed Mother´s request. Overnight in Lourdes.
Day 10 | May 18, 2014 - Lourdes
This morning we will attend the English speaking concelebrated Mass at the Grotto. After Mass we will have the opportunity to remember the Passion of Christ while we are following the Via Sacra (Stations of the Cross). Today we will have a quick lunch in the hotel before having free time for personal prayers, confessions, collecting Lourdes holy water from the taps or going to the Baths where pilgrims submerge themselves in the healing waters (Note: Submerging at the baths is a personally rewarding experience and is carried out in a discreet manner with the process being very respectful of one’s privacy). After having dinner in the hotel, we will be able to join the rest of the pilgrims coming from all over the World to say the Rosary and to participate in the torch light procession as per Our Blessed Mother´s request. Overnight in Lourdes.
Day 11 | May 19, 2014 - Lourdes - Pau Airport (*or Post Tour)
After breakfast in the hotel we’ll bid each other a warm “a bientot” and transfer to Pau/Toulouse airport.
Notre Dame De Paris Cathedral Paris
Optional Post Tour to Paris, Lisieux & Nevers
May 19 - 22, 2014 - 4 days / 3 nights - $1,295 per person
Your Optional Post Tour Includes:
† Return flight from Paris
† Nevers | May 19-20 (1 night) Hotel Marcure Nevers ****
† Paris | May 20-22 (2 nights) Hotel Marceau Bastille ****
† Transfers as per itinerary
† Breakfast and Dinner daily
† Wine with dinners
† Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
† Assistance of a professional guide throughout
† Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
† Arrangements for Mass daily & Spiritual activities
† Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Day 11 | May 19, 2014 - Lourdes - Nevers
After breakfast in the hotel, we will transfer to Pau/Toulouse airport for our flight to Paris. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our tour guide and brought to your transportation that will transfer you to the Sacre Coeur where we will celebrate Mass, and then transfer to Nevers by way of the picturesque Loire Valley. After taking the veil in 1867, St. Bernadette lived for 12 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. At least three times during her short lifetime, she received the last Sacraments. In addition to asthma, she was gradually struck by other illnesses, among them was tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor in her right knee. St. Bernadette eventually died at the age of 35. See St. Bernadette's incorrupt body at the convent of St. Gildard, miraculously preserved since her death in 1879. Arrive at the Convent for a short tour, dinner, and overnight.
Day 12 | May 20, 2014 – Nevers to Paris
After breakfast, we will celebrate Mass at the Convent, and then free time for lunch, and then depart for our tour of Paris. We will begin with holy Mass at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. View the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Labouret whose guardian angel led her to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin displayed a vision of the miraculous medal and later the green scapular. The Virgin promised bountiful graces for all who wore these. Next we depart on our sightseeing tour which includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, the and Champs Elysees. Enjoy other sights on this mostly panoramic tour. We enjoy a lovely dinner, followed by a boat ride through the Siena River, before returning to our hotel for a restful overnight.
Day 13 | May 21, 2014 - Excursion to Lisieux, St. Terese the Little Flower, or free time in Paris
After breakfast, we depart for Lisieux where we will enjoy a tour of the home of St. Therese whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times." Her extraordinary love for God and service to humanity comes alive as you visit the Basilica of Saint Therese, one of the biggest and most magnificent religious structures built in the 20th-century. While in Lisiuex we will celebrate Mass will be celebrated. We will stop at Les Buissonets, St. Therese's family home, there on display are relics, clothing, and personal objects belonging to the "little flower." Before leaving tour the ancient Cathedral of St. Peter and the Carmelite Convent. We return on to Paris for dinner and overnight.
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Day 14 | May 22, 2014 - Paris - USA
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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.
Saint Teresa and Saint Ingatius both hailed from Spain. Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, and writer. Saint Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish knight who became priest and found the Society of Jesus and became its first Superior General.
She came for you and for everyone of us! 6 million pilgrims come to Lourdes each year and 10,000 visit this site daily. At the foot of the Pyrenees mountains in southwestern France, nestled between the spectacular mountain river, Gave de Pau, is Lourdes, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the World. Lourdes is the birthplace of St Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. Our pilgrimage and tour of Lourdes includes visits to the sanctuary and the Basilica of St Pius X, the world's largest underground church. Drink from the spring that the Virgin directed Bernadette to locate at the base of the grotto, which has flowed uninterrupted since 1858. Wash yourself in the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Contemplate Christ's Passion as you pray the unique three-dimensional Stations of the Cross. Attend the blessing of the sick, and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady. Daily Mass, and Mass at the Grotto on Sunday will be followed by a video presentation telling the miraculous story of Lourdes. Visit Lourdes and experience a spiritual journey from which many have claimed healing and conversion.
About Lisieux & Paris:
Visit town of Lisieux, the home of St Therese whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times" Visit Paris and all its wonderful sights like Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur, see the sights as the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, and drive through the Champs Elysees. Mass at Shrine of the Miraculous Medal.
Sacred Heart Basilica, Paris, France