Fatima, Spain & Lourdes Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Fr. Ted Magpayo
Group Coordinator: Cora Reyes
April 13 - 26, 2020
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from San Francisco (SFO) or Los Angeles (LAX)
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 1 night: Hotel Inspira Santa Marta, Lisbon
- ~ 2 nights: Hotel Santa Maria, Fatima
- ~ 1 night: Hotel Palacio San Facundo, Segovia
- ~ 1 night: Hotel Arima, San Sebastian
- ~ 3 nights: Grand Hotel Moderne, Lourdes
- ~ 2 nights: Hotel Abat Cisneros, Montserrat
- ~ 2 nights: Hotel Catalonia Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- 2 Lunches (Roasted Sucking Pig and Pintxos Lunch)
- Wine and Mineral Water with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Tour Escort throughout
- Assistance of professional local Catholic guide(s) in Lisbon, Segovia, Burgos, San Sebastian, Lourdes, Zaragoza, Montserrat and Barcelona
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches and beverages unless mentioned, tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1, Mon, Apr 13: Depart for Lisbon
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flights. Your meals are served on board.
Day 2, Tue, April 14: Arrive in Lisbon
Upon landing at Lisbon Airport and claiming your baggage, proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver. This afternoon we will enjoy Panoramic tour of Lisbon, which will include St. Jerome's Monastery, built to give thanks to the Virgin Mary, we will drive by the Belem Tower and many landmarks including the 25th of April Bridge, Basilica of the Star, and the Marquee of Pombal Square. Our last stop will be 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. The Church where we will celebrate Mass is built upon the place of St. Anthony's birth. We will enjoy a delicious Portuguese dinner and Fado show at Casa de Linhares, followed by overnight at our Lisbon hotel.
Day 3, Wed, Apr 15: Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima
Today, following breakfast we will head to Fatima. On the way will stop in town of Santarem for Mass at St. Stephens Church, and to venerate the 13th century Eucharistic Miracle. Continue to Fatima, a Hamlet of Aljustrel, the birthplace and home of the three shepherd children. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 4, Thu, Apr 16: Fatima
Today will surely be a memorable experience, as you pray and meditate upon 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 of 1917. Historically, as the entire world was in true turmoil, Our Lady's most prominent message during this time was to pray for world peace. The destruction of the world at that point in history was also mentioned by Our Lady in her messages of Fatima, and more specifically, in her second secret to the children. Our profoundly reflective day begins with a visit to the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. This simple, yet modern, chapel is the site where the Virgin Mary first appeared on May 13, 1917. Continue with a visit to the stunning neoclassical church, the 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. Due to Our Lady's consistency in Her messages to pray the Rosary, this Basilica also features fifteen altars, dedicated to the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. While in the Basilica, you will be able to feel, through the Love of Our Lord and Lady, the many graces that were received here. Visit the Museum with the exhibition: Fatima: Light and Peace. Continue with a visit to the Holy Trinity Basilica. After free time for lunch, we will experience Christ's unconditional love by participating in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra. The "Sacred Way" marks the path taken by the shepherd children of Fatima to their first apparition with Our Lady. It is composed of fifteen small chapels in commemoration of the Passion of Our Lord. The fifteenth station, the Resurrection, can be found close to the Chapel of Calvary, dedicated to St. Stephen, King of Hungary. The day ends with a visit to Valinhos, the site of Our Lady's August 1917 apparition and the first and third apparition of the Angel. Your night will conclude with private devotions, and a candlelight procession, requested by Our Lady (1917). Enjoy dinner and a comfortable night's rest in Fatima.
Day 5, Fri, Apr 17: Fatima - Segovia
After breakfast, we will depart for the old town of Segovia - declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1985). Segovia is famous for its historic buildings including three main landmarks: its Roman Aqueduct - one of the best preserved elevated structures which once transported water from the Rio Frio River in the mountains to the middle of town until the mid 19th century. The Aqueduct - an important architectural landmark - is the foremost symbol of Segovia and is inscribed in its coat of arms. Then, there is the massive Segovia Cathedral at the Plaza Mayor - dedicated to the Virgin Mary (built in the Gothic style in the mid 16th century). Called the Santa Catedral de Nuestra senora de la Asuncion y de San Frutos (literally "The Holy Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Assumption and Saint Frutos"). Beauty, elegance, visual impressiveness and size are why it is called "The Lady of Cathedrals" - an expression coined by the first President of the Spanish Republic. Finally, there is the Alcazar de Segovia, one of the most distinctive castle palaces in Spain. It is shaped like the bow of a ship. The Alcazar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College, a military academy. It now functions as a museum. We will also visit the Palacio Real dela Granja and its gardens - a favorite retreat and summer residence of Spanish kings from Philip V to Alfonso XIII. Segovia is also known as the gastronomic birthplace of the roasted suckling pig and we will enjoy roasted suckling pig lunch at Maracaibo Restaurant. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6, Sat, Apr 18: Segovia - Burgos - San Sebastian
This morning, we depart Segovia and travel to Burgos. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos - a Gothic-style church dedicated to the Virgin Mary located in the historic center of the city. In 1919, the Cathedral became the burial place of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (El Cid), a Castilian nobleman and military leader in Medieval Spain whose exploits made him a celebrated national hero and protagonist of the oldest preserved Castilian epic poem which takes place during the Reconquista (the reconquest of Spain from the Moors). In 1984, UNESCO World Heritage recognized Burgos Cathedral as "a comprehensive example of the evolution of Gothic style, with the entire history of Gothic art exhibited in its superb architecture and unique collection of art, including paintings, choir stalls, reredos, tombs, and stained glass windows." With such high praise, it has the distinction of being a "stand alone" heritage site, independent of other outstanding historical buildings nearby. It is the only cathedral in Spain to be so designated. After lunch, we continue on to the Basque resort town of San Sebastian in the Bay of Biscay which boasts of mouth watering food and pristine white sandy beaches. There will be time to explore the Old Town and walk along the La Concha Beach promenade. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7, Sun, Apr 19: San Sebastian - Lourdes
Wake up in this seaside town full of beauty and culture. Today we will visit and pray at the Gothic revival Catedral del Buen Pastor de San Sebastian. We will appreciate the beauty of nature at the Playa de la Concha. Time for delicious pintxos tour that will combine history and gastronomy followed by the traditional Basque small plates "Pintxos" lunch. After Lunch we will board the bus and ride through the countryside to southern France to arrive at the Marian Shrine of Lourdes. Lourdes is nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Upon arrival in Lourdes, you will check-in to your hotel and enjoy a splendid dinner and peaceful overnight.
Days 8 and 9, Mon and Tue, Apr 20 & 21: In Lourdes
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 and left without any exchange of words. During the following apparitions, Our Lady emphasized God's love for us, penance 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; watch a video presentation that explains, in detail, the story of Lourdes; drink water from the miraculous spring that has healed many; and submerge yourself in the healing baths. Additionally, 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. Also, while in Lourdes, you will walk in and meditate upon the footsteps of St. Bernadette. Your group 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. While in Lourdes, you will have the opportunity to reach the summit of Pic du Jer via funicular railway for a fun and picturesque journey. The eighty passenger train climbs century-old tracks to the 1,000m (3,280ft) summit, linking the mountain to the pilgrimage town of Lourdes. From the train car, view the entire town with its red-roofed buildings, the surrounding countryside, and a 360-degree panorama of the adjacent valleys. Each evening following dinner, you will have an opportunity to attend the candlelight procession and the Rosary before a restful overnight.
Day 10, Wed, Apr 22: Lourdes - Zaragoza - Montserrat
This morning, following breakfast, your group will depart for Zaragoza. While in Zaragoza, you will have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Basilica del Pilar that was built upon the site of where Our Lady appeared to St. James. In 44 A.D. St. James the Greater was spreading the Gospel in Spain but, making very little progress and questioning his mission. According to Catholic Tradition, the Virgin Mary, who was still living in Jerusalem, bi-located and appeared to St. James the Greater to boost his morale. While inside the Basilica, you will view the pillar that was carried by angels and from atop Our Lady appeared. Following your visit to the Basilica del Pilar, you will visit La Seo Cathedral (Cathedral of Zaragoza). Formally known as the church of San Vicente during the Visigoth period, it contains architectural elements of Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque styles. Continue to Montserrat, home to the miraculous Black Madonna. Arrive in time for dinner and overnight.
Day 11, Thu, Apr 23: Montserrat
After breakfast, we visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat , located on a rugged mountainside. According to Catholic tradition, St. Luke carved the statue of the Black Madonna around 50 A.D. and brought it to Spain. While in Spain, it was hidden from the Moors and then, was later rediscovered by shepherds. In 880 A.D., the shepherds and the Bishop of Manresa were drawn to a grotto by a bright light and heavenly music. Upon discovery of the statue of the Black Madonna in the grotto, the Bishop of Manresa suggested that it be moved to Manresa. However, the statue was too heavy that it could not be lifted. As a result, the Virgin remained in Montserrat and continued to be venerated there for centuries. As years progressed, a number of chapels were built upon the site and in the eleventh century, the abbot-bishop Oliba founded a monastery on Montserrat next to one of these chapels. At Montserrat, you will visit the Museum, listen to L'Escolania Choir, and visit San Joan Chapel (ride the funicular). Dinner and overnight.
Day 12, Fri, Apr 24: Montserrat - Barcelona
This morning, we will depart for the city of Barcelona after breakfast. We'll enjoy a half day tour of this beautiful port city upon arrival. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Port of Barcelona, Montjuic, Plaza de Espana, and Plaza de Catalunya. The Port was created 2,000 years ago on the coastal area in order to protect and provide access for ships and goods. Currently, it is home to numerous walking areas, businesses, and cultural and sporting events. Plaza de Espana is right outside the center of town and, was formerly known for its old bull-fighting ring. Presently, the Plaza is renowned for containing the Museum of Catalan art, situated on the side of Montjuic. Plaza de Catalunya is located in central Barcelona, and is known for its fountains and statues. Your day of touring will continue with a guided walk through the Gothic Quarter that contains remains from an ancient Roman village. This tour will include the Cathedral of Barcelona, with a visit to the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament to see the Holy Christ of Lepanto Crucifix. The curved shape of the body is explained by several Catalan legends. We will also visit the Basilica de Santa Maria Del Mar, an outstanding gothic church that is dedicated to Saint Mary. The construction of the Basilica was the background for the best-selling novel "Cathedral of the Sea" which was subsequently adapted into a Netflix series in 2018. We will continue to the Eixample quarter to visit Antoni Gaudi's stunning, unfinished Roman Catholic Basilica, La Sagrada Familia. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 13, Sat, Apr 25: Barcelona
This morning, following the breakfast we will enjoy a half day tour of Barcelona. Barcelona's scenic Montjuic neighborhood lies on a prominent hill and offers panoramic vistas of the city. While Montjuic can be difficult to reach on foot, cable car provides easy transportation and allows you to enjoy panoramic views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea as you ascend. Spacious cabins can accommodate up to eight people. After cable car ride afternoon will be free for relaxation, rest, shopping or further exploration of Barcelona. The final dinner of your pilgrimage will include a Flamenco show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes. Overnight at your Barcelona hotel.
Day 14, Sun, Apr 26: Barcelona - Barcelona Airport
After breakfast and heartfelt farewells, we depart from the hotel and are transferred to the Barcelona airport for our return flights home.
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