World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 & Paris
Spiritual Leader: Fr. Tim Farrell
July 30 - August 9, 2023
Lisbon (St. Anthony) · Santarem (Eucharistic Miracle) · Fatima · Sintra · Mata Beach · Paris (Miraculous Medal) · Chartres
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare to Lisbon (including Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges)
- Transportation to and from WYD events included in your registration
- Accommodations in Lisbon Hotel in double occupancy
- ~ 7 Nights: Jul 31 - Aug 07: Hotel Neya, Lisbon
- ~ 2 Nights: Aug 07 - Aug 09: Hotel Astotel 34B, Paris
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Full Buffet Breakfast daily at your Hotel during WYD
- Two dinners at local restaurant in Portugal and two dinners In Paris
- Five dinners with WYD registration package
- Lunch on Day-Tour to Fatima Only
- Tour Escort throughout
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Wireless headsets where needed
- Professional local Catholic guide(s) in Lisbon, Fatima, Sintra, Paris
- Official World Youth Registration and Program
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 peace per person)
- Meals and beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1, Sun, Jul 30: Depart for Lisbon
Depart USA for your overnight flight(s) to Lisbon. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2, Mon, Jul 31: Arrival Lisbon and Transfer to lodging and prepare for World Youth Day week
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 representative. After a warm welcome to Portugal, you will be escorted to your lodging. This afternoon, enjoy an orientational panoramic tour of Lisbon. We will stop at the St. Jerome's Monastery, built to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for guiding Vasco da Gama on his voyage that linked Europe and Asia. Continue on, and drive by the Belem Quarter that contains the iconic entryway to the Lisbon harbor, the Belem Tower. This important landmark has many beautiful sculptures, such as depictions of, St. Vincent and Our Lady of Safe Homecoming. We will continue and pass by the "25th of April Bridge", inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, California. The Ponte 25 de Abril is the oldest bridge that connects the Tagus River of Lisbon. Following, we will drive by the Discoveries Monument. This memorial commemorates the Great Explorers who, as a result of their explorations, brought Portugal to a standing of wealth and power during the Age of Discovery. This ship prow-shaped structure stands where the Great Explorers began their expeditions. Enjoy a view of the Basilica of the Star, the Rossio Square, Commerce Square, and the Marquee of Pombal Square. Our last stop will be St. Anthony's Church to celebrate Mass. Although this patron Saint of lost things is known as St. Anthony of Padua (Italy), he was originally born in Lisbon, Portugal. This Church is built upon the site of St. Anthony's birth and is also where Saint John Paul II visited in 1982. The former Pope stopped at this Church, on his way to Fatima, to pray to Our Lady in thanksgiving. Saint John Paul II recognizes Our Lady as saving him from being killed when he was shot one year prior, in 1981. After Mass, we will check-in at the hotel and enjoy a welcoming dinner followed by a restful overnight.
*World Youth Day begins this evening with Mass
Day 3, Tue, Aug 01: World Youth Day Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima - Lisbon
Today, 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 (3) shepherd children. Here we will 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 and exhibition "Fatima: Light and Peace". Continue with a visit to the Holy Trinity Basilica. After 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 (15) 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 by returning to Lisbon for overnight.
*This evening we will participate in organized World Your Day events as scheduled.
Day 4, Wed, Aug 02: World Youth Day Lisbon
Catechesis sessions: WYD participants, organized by linguistic groups, will have catechesis session with Bishops from all over the world. The sessions will take place in churches, schools, auditoriums and sports centers of Lisbon. World Youth Day begins this evening with Mass, following Mass return to hotel/lodging for overnight.
Day 5, Thu, Aug 03: Lisbon - Arrival of the Holy Father!
Following breakfast, you will have a free day to enjoy the many World Youth Day organized Events for that day. In the evening, you will attend the Welcoming Ceremony with our Holy Father. Return to your accommodations for a restful night's sleep.
Day 6, Fri, Aug 04: World Youth Day Lisbon - Sintra - Lisbon
Following breakfast we will make our way to the picturesque town of Sintra, a charming example of a Portuguese town where there are cobbled streets and traditional painted buildings fill with family operated cafes and unique shops. While there, we will explore its extravagant Palaces, ancient Castles, and incredible scenery. We will also stop by the pretty Church of Ingreja de Santa Maria, before some free time, and then continue back to Lisbon.
*This afternoon enjoy organized World Youth Day events and the Stations of the Cross
Day 7, Sat, Aug 05: World Youth Day Lisbon
Following breakfast, enjoy organized World Youth Day Events. Today participate in the Pilgrimage Walk. This evening there will be a Prayer vigil with our Holy Father.
*Evening Adoration with the Holy Father, followed by Confession and WYD Events.
Day 8, Sun, Aug 06: World Youth Day Lisbon - Closing Mass - Mata Beach
Today we'll attend World Youth Day Mass of Sending. This morning the Pope will concelebrate Mass with thousands of Bishops and Priests, and he will address young people and those who are not so young, to send them out to the world to witness their faith, as the Lord did with his Apostles. After, we will make our way back to the Hotel to freshen up, and then board our Bus and make our way to Mato Beach - one of Portugal's famous beaches For the remainder of the day, you will have free time to spend at your own leisure in Lisbon, followed by your farewell dinner and overnight.
*World Youth Day - Closing Ceremony.
Day 9, Mon, August 7: Depart Lisbon - Paris
This morning we leave Lisbon for flight(s) to Paris. Upon arrival in Paris, visit and attend Mass at the magnificent, Sacre Coeur Basilica that stands atop Montmartre Hill. The Basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was originally built in 1914 as an act of penance for the infidelity that France was experiencing during that time. While on your visit, in addition to the extraordinary artwork and architecture that forms the Basilica, you will see the beautiful mosaic of the Risen Christ, and the remarkable Grand Organ. Celebrate Mass at the Crypt that contains the Tombs of many notable Cardinals. We will then return to Paris and visit the Eiffel Tower. We will then head to the hotel and free time. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10, Tue, August 8: Paris - Chartres - Paris
Today, you will enjoy a full sightseeing tour of Paris. After breakfast, you will visit the Louvre for half day touring of this world-renowned museum. After a light lunch we depart for Chartres, known worldwide for its massive Cathedral Notre Dame, and its incredible stained-glass windows from the 12th and 13th century. The World Heritage site, UNESCO, calls the Cathedral "the high point of French Gothic art" and a "masterpiece". We will return to the hotel for free time before dinner, after dinner we will take a night cruise throughout Paris and witness why Paris is the city of lights
Day 11, Wed, August 9: Paris - Return Home
This morning we will transfer to Charles de Gaul airport for our return flight(s) home.
About your trip
The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is one of most famous Marian shrines in the world. 4 million Pilgrims visit Fatima each year! Many are drawn by the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the three local shepherd children, in 1917. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the shepherd children on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on May 13th until October 13th. The events at Fatima gained fame due to their elements of prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to possible world war and the conversion of Russia.