Fatima, Spain & Lourdes Tour
Fatima, Spain and Lourdes, our most popular pilgrimage is an intensely spiritual experience. You will be accompanied by a Catholic priest and professional tour escort throughout. Daily Mass, spiritual activities and local sightseeing highlight your pilgrimage. Travel between these two important shrines through Spain by deluxe motorcoach visiting Salamanca, Alba de Tormes, Avila, Burgos and Loyola before arriving in Lourdes. Breakfast and dinner with wine are included each day. Airfare from your U.S. home city is available.
Day 1 - Depart USADepart the USA or Canada on the overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2 - Arrive LisbonUpon 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 for check in and dinner.
Day 4 FatimaAfter breakfast, we begin our day celebrating Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. After Mass 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. Time for private devotions before dinner and a restful night's sleep.
Day 5 - Fatima - SalamancaAfter 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 oft he city's sights including the grand Plaza Mayor, the hub of Salmantine life; the vast Baroque church of La Clerec√≠a; 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 fa√ßade; the University; the cathedrals; the Roman Bridge; San Marcos and San Martin churchesBridge; 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 and dinner.
Day 6 - Salamanca - Alba de Tormes - Avila - BurgosAfter 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 √Āvila. Two things distinguish √Āvila: 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! √Āvila'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 √Āvila 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 Jos√© 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 - Burgos - Loyola - LourdesAfter 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 - LourdesDuring 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 - Lourdes - HomeEarly morning transfer back to Toulouse, Pau or Lourdes airport for your return flights.
2015¬† DEPARTURE¬† DATES¬† &¬† PRICES
|Tour Dates||Land Only|| Air from NYC Inclusive **
|Feb 08 - Feb 17
|Mar 05 - Mar 14
|April 12 - April 21
|April 26 - May 13
|May 04 - May 31
|May 10 - May 19
|May 24 - May 31
|Jun 11 - Jun 20
|Jul 12 - Jul 21
|Jul 30 - Aug 6
|Aug 16 - Aug 25
|Sep 3 - Sep 12
|Sep 13- Sep 22
|Sep 23 - Oct 02
|Oct 04 - Oct 13
|Oct 29 - Nov 07
|Nov 22 - Dec 1
- Clergy discount: 10%
- Single supplement for Private Room: $699
- Triple occupancy rooms are same per person price as double rooms.
- Upgrades to Business Class available.
Prices are subject to change due to euro-dollar exchange and fuel surcharges.
There are winter 2013-2014 departures, please contact us for dates/prices.
Your Trip Includes:
- Round-trip flights from New York (special add-on airfares from other US gateway cities available, please contact us)
- Airline taxes, fees and fuel surcharge
- 8 nights in first class (4 stars) hotels:
- 1 nights: Hotel Mundial or Marques de Pombal, Lisbon, Portugal
- 2 nights: Santa Maria Jardim - Fatima, Portugal
- 1 night: Hotel Abba Fonseca - Salamanca, Spain
- 1 night: Hotel Abba - Burgos, Spain
- 3 nights: Hotel Moderne or Gallia Londres - Lourdes, France
- Transfers as per itinerary by deluxe motorcoach
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- 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
- Travel insurance optional at $180-$232
- Cancel for Any Reason Protection at $299
- Items of a personal nature
- Add-on airfare from your hometown. Please inquire.