Upon arrival you will be met by your tour guide and driver and head to your hotel in the great city of Santiago de Compostela. Free time before dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
Spain & Fatima
10 giorni / 9 notti
After breakfast visit the Cathedral of St. James, one of the finest examples of architecture in all of Europe. As pilgrims, we have the opportunity to climb the stairs behind the high altar to visit the crypt where the relics of St. James are preserved, touch the central pillar (Portico de La Gloria), view the ‘botafumeiro’ and admire the wealth of medieval art inside the Cathedral, before visiting the cloister museum. Enjoy a stroll on own, though the beautiful streets of Santiago de Compostela, the city of the apostle, full of historical buildings and other attractions (before or after dinner). Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
After breakfast we depart for Lisbon. After an orientation drive through Lisbon, we stop and visit St. Anthony’s Church. Despite what might be assumed from his name, Saint Anthony was actually born in Lisbon, on the site of this church. Protector of young brides, and patron of the lost and found was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.
After breakfast depart from Lisbon to Santarem, where one of the oldest cities in the world is located. We will walk through its narrow streets to the Church of St Stephen, containing the oldest recorded Eucharistic miracle. This miracle has been on continuous display since 1269. We then continue on to Fatima, the place where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to three simple shepherd children and exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Six times, from the May 13 to Oct 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three novices belonging to the diocese of Leiria. A new church is under construction, however just as beautiful, an older church was constructed here in 1928, and millions of pilgrims visit each year. Fatima is one of the most visited holy places for Catholics from around the world. The atmosphere of intense spirituality and the importance of Fatima have been attested to by the visits of two Popes: Paul VI and John Paul II.
Touring Fatima, see the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta’s graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra, culminating in the Chapel of Calvary that overlooks all of Fatima. Join pilgrims from around the world in an evening candlelight procession to pray the rosary. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
After breakfast depart for Salamanca. On the way we stop in Alba de Tormes, where St. Teresa of Avila is buried. Arrive in Salamanca with free time for exploration before dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we depart for Avila. Here, the atmosphere has changed a lot since the days of St. Teresa of Jesus, to whom the city is dedicated. St. Teresa the great mystic, was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. In Avila we will visit: the Cathedral, which contains many of St. Teresa relics; the crypt of the Convento of La Santa, built on the site of the house where she was born, and La Encarnacion Convent, the first convent she found. Afternoon departure to the city of Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. After dinner explore Burgos, and admire the magnificent limestone Cathedral.
After breakfast depart from Burgos, heading to Lourdes, France. En route stop in Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here, we’ll see the 17th Century Basilica dedicated to St Ignatius. Behind the sanctuary is the family home of St. Ignatius, which we’ll visit during our stop. The most venerated place in this building is the room where Ignatius at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. Later we drive through the Pyrenees Mountains into Lourdes. Here, between the spectacular mountain-river, Gave de Pau, stands the picturesque Lourdes, the birthplace of St Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. Settle into your hotel, explore before dinner, followed by a candlelight procession before retiring for the evening.
Early morning departure from Lourdes for your flight home.