Fatima, Spain & Lourdes Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Fr. Elias O'Brien
Group Leader: Teresa Vazquez
April 10 - 20, 2018
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 1 night | Apr 11 – 12: Mundial, Lisbon, Portugal
- ~ 1 night | Apr 12 – 13: Santa Maria Jardim, Fatima, Portugal
- ~ 2 nights | Apr 13 – 15: Hotel Compostela, Santiago de Compostela
- ~ 1 night | Apr 15 – 16: Hotel Abba Fonseca, Salamanca
- ~ 1 night | Apr 16 – 17: Abba, Burgos, Spain
- ~ 3 nights | Apr 17 – 20: Grand Hotel Moderne, Lourdes
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine with dinners
- Professional local Catholic Tour Escort
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
- 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, Beverages, Tips to your guide & driver
Tuesday, April 10: Depart for Lisbon
Make your way to Chicago airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.
Wednesday, April 11: Arrive Lisbon
Upon landing at Lisbon Portela Airport, you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Escorted to the bus and we will begin a panoramic sightseeing tour of the coastal city of Lisbon. Stop at the St. Jerome's Monastery, drive by the Belem Quarter that contains entry to the Lisbon harbor, the Belem Tower. " Pass -by" the "25th of April Bridge", inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, California. Our last stop will be St. Anthony's Church to celebrate Mass. After Mass we will check-in at the hotel and enjoy a welcoming dinner followed by a restful overnight.
Thursday, April 12: Lisbon - Santarem – Fatima
Today, we will travel north to the old city of Santarem. In Santarem visit and attend Mass at the Church of St. Stephen, which holds the oldest (13th century) recorded Eucharistic Miracle. In the afternoon the group will do a tour of the surrounding of Fatima: Aljustrel, Cemetery and Parish Church of Fatima. Enjoy dinner and a comfortable night's rest in Fatima.
Friday, April 13: Fatima – Santiago De Compostela
Today will surely be a memorable experience participating in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra and meditate upon one of Our Blessed Mother's apparition sites. Visit the Museum with the exhibition: Fatima: Light and Peace. Continue with a visit of the Holy Trinity Basilica. Continue with a visit of the Holy Trinity Basilica and enjoy free time for lunch. In the afternoon we depart for charming little town of Santiago de Compostela and arrive at time for dinner and overnight.
Saturday, April 14: Santiago de Compostela
This morning you will awaken in the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela! Following breakfast, group will visit the everfamous Cathedral of St. James. The Cathedral contains numerous valuable pieces of art that truly captivate the eye. Portico de La Gloria, dazzling statue of St. James. Famous 'botafumeiro,’ crypt where the Patron Saint of Pilgrims’ relics are preserved. Following your visit, enjoy free time for lunch on own before your sightseeing tour of the city.
Sunday, April 15: Santiago de Compostela – Salamanca
After breakfast we depart to the city of Salamanca. Salamanca is a city in the Castilla y Leon region, known for its large University, the oldest in Spain and prominent culture. Our walking tour will bring us by the grand Plaza Mayor, La Clerecia, La Casa de las Conchas, the Roman Bridge, La Iglesia de San Marcos, and La Iglesia de San Martin. Visit inside two joint Salamanca Cathedrals (old and new). Following this eventful day, return to your hotel for a delicious meal with your group and an overnight at your hotel in Salamanca.
Monday, April 16: Salamanca - Alba de Tormes - Ávila - Burgos
This morning, after breakfast, you will board the bus and enjoy a short transfer to the village of Alba de Tormes. This town is home to the Carmelite Monastery that Saint Teresa founded in 1571. In Alba de Tormes, your group will celebrate Mass at this Monastery where the saint died and was buried. Following Mass, visit the museum dedicated to St. Teresa of Avila, free time for lunch on your own, before continuing to the medieval city of Avila. In Avila, you will immediately notice the perfectly preserved eleventh-century walls that surround the old town. Visit Incarnation Convent, where St. Teresa became a nun. Followed by El Convento de Santa Teresa contains the relics of hers and of St. John of the Cross. After walking in the footsteps of St. Teresa, continue your journey to Burgos. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner. Following dinner, opportunity to explore the city of Burgos, return to your hotel for a restful overnight.
Tuesday, April 17: Burgos - Loyola – Lourdes
Following breakfast, transfer from Burgos to Loyola to visit the birthplace of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuit Order. In Loyola, you will see the 17th century Basilica that is dedicated to this remarkable saint. After meditating on the life of this founder of the Jesuit Order, you will enjoy free time for lunch and board the bus for the next destination. To Lourdes with a spectacular view of the Pyrenees Mountains. Upon arrival in Lourdes, you will check-in to your hotel and enjoy a splendid dinner and peaceful overnight.
Wednesday and Thursday, April 18-19: Lourdes
Over the next two days, you will wake up in a small town that is nestled within the Pyrenees Mountains. In Lourdes, you will pray and meditate in yet another site of Our Lady's apparitions. Throughout your time in Lourdes, you will have the opportunity to attend Mass at the Grotto of where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette; drink water from the miraculous spring that has healed many; and submerge yourself in the healing baths. Also, while in Lourdes, you will walk in and meditate upon the footsteps of St. Bernadette. In the evening, you will have free time to attend the Blessed Sacrament Procession before dinner. Following dinner participate in the candle light procession and the Rosary. Return to hotel for a restful night of sleep.
Friday, April 20: Lourdes - USA
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, your group will leave by motor coach and transfer to the Toulouse, Pau or Lourdes airport for return flights home.
About your trip
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 Avila, 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.