Tour: TM - 2013 (TM) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country 
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DAY 2Lisbon–Santarém–Fatima

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features visits to JERONIMOS MONASTERY and the CHURCH OF ST. ANTHONY. Afterwards, depart for Fatima and while en route, visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY MIRACLE in Santarém, site of a famous Eucharistic Miracle. Then, visit OUR LADY OF FATIMA SHRINE with the tombs of the visionaries, and the CHAPEL OF THE APPARITIONS, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in 1917. Join this evening’s rosary and candlelight procession at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, or attend Mass, held every day at 6 pm at the basilica. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Jeronimos Monastery 
Fatima

Fatima


"Twice a year this small Portuguese town is overrun by pilgrims to celebrate reported sightings of the Virgin Mary in the early 20th century. They crowd a tiny shed like structure known as the Chapel of the Apparitions, where it is said Mary appeared to three devout children above a diminutive holm oak. Today, a small white column marks the spot where the tree once grew, but the passion exhibited by the pilgrims who approach the site walking on their knees in penance is quite remarkable. The apparitions were said to have predicted WWI and Russia’s separation from the church. To this day, Fatima is one of only a handful of Vatican-approved apparitions in the world."
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DAY 3Fatima. Excursion to Valinhos

Morning orientation includes a visit to the PARISH CHURCH where the visionaries were baptized. Also visit their homes in nearby Valinhos. Afternoon at leisure. Join this evening’s rosary and candlelight procession. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Fatima–Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Enjoy guided sightseeing in Santiago de Compostela, one of the top pilgrimage destinations during the Middle Ages along with Rome and Jerusalem. Visit the CATHEDRAL, where the relics of St. James the Apostle, brother of St. John the Evangelist, are kept behind the high altar, and you may wish to attend mass. (Breakfast)

Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem Santiago de Compostela is visited by over 100,000 pilgrims a year 
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DAY 5Santiago de Compostela

For over a thousand years pilgrims have been walking the CAMINO PILGRIM’S WAY. This morning, for those who wish to experience this event, drive to the small village of Arca and do part of this famous walk accompanied by your expert Local Guide. Afterwards, back in Santiago, you may wish to join the special pilgrim’s Mass in the cathedral. (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Santiago de Compostela–Burgos

Travel to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Burgos–Lourdes, France

Continue along the Basque coast and arrive in Lourdes, home to one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Your guided walking tour includes visits to the GROTTO where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, the OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE, the BIRTHPLACE OF ST. BERNADETTE, and her FAMILY HOME during the time of the apparitions. Join this evening’s memorable rosary and candlelight procession. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8At Leisure in Lourdes

You may wish to experience the powerful healing baths, attend the “Blessing of the Sick,” and Mass at the Crux Gloriosa Chapel, or why join an optional excursion to the nearby Pyrenees? (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Lourdes–Saragossa, Spain

Cross the Pyrenees Mountains to Saragossa. Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide and visit Spain’s most famous Marian Shrine—the BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR, home to a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary. According to local tradition, on January 2 of the year 40, the Mother of God appeared upon a pillar to the Apostle St. James the Greater while he was preaching the Gospel. The pillar is conserved and venerated within the basilica today. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Saragossa–Madrid

Journey to Madrid, where guided sightseeing includes the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, the Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Today’s highlight: a visit to the PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. Tonight you may wish to join an optional dinner excursion. (Breakfast)

Madrid Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid Madrid at dusk The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era 
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DAY 11At Leisure in Madrid

A full day to explore on your own, to just relax, or join an excursion to nearby fortified Avila, where St. Theresa founded the order of Carmelites. Then, this evening, a farewell dinner awaits you at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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