Marian Shrines of Europe – Faith-Based Travel (TM) - 2014 / 2015

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12 Day Tour from Lisbon to Madrid


Marian Shrines of Europe – Faith-Based Travel
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
Madrid
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
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
Santiago de Compostela is visited by over 100,000 pilgrims a year
Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River
Madrid at dusk
The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era

Vacation Overview

Explore Portugal and Spain on this wonderful vacation. Start in Lisbon with a welcome dinner and guided sightseeing featuring visits to Jeronimos Monastery and the Church of St. Anthony. Visit the Church of the Holy Miracle in Santarém and in Fátima, Our Lady of Fátima Shrine; the Chapel of the Apparitions, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in 1917; the Parish Church; and Valinhos. You may wish to join the evening’s rosary and candlelight procession. Next is the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the top pilgrimage destinations during the Middle Ages along with Rome and Jerusalem. You may wish to join a unique experience: walk part of the famous Camino Pilgrim’s Way with an expert Local Guide. Next is Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile; enjoy a guided visit to the cathedral. Travel along the Basque coast and arrive in Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home. You may wish to bathe in the healing waters, attend the “Blessing of the Sick.” or join the evening’s rosary and candlelight procession. Across the Pyrenees Mountains to Saragossa, where guided sightseeing features the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, home to a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary. End in Madrid, where guided sightseeing and a visit to the Prado Museum awaits. An entire day at leisure to further explore the city, followed by an included farewell dinner at your hotel.

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LISBON
Welcome dinner with wine; guided sightseeing, visit Jeronimos Monastery and the Church of St. Anthony

SANTARÉM
Visit the Church of the Holy Miracle

FÁTIMA
Orientation including visits to the Our Lady of Fátima Shrine, the Chapel of the Apparitions, Parish Church, and Valinhos; attend Mass

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Guided sightseeing; visit the cathedral; walk part of the famous Camino

BURGOS
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral

LOURDES
Guided walking tour, visit the grotto, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home; attend Mass

SARAGOSSA
Guided sightseeing, visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar

MADRID
Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum; farewell dinner with wine

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • April 3 Departure – Palm Sunday in Madrid (April 13)
  • May 11 Departure starts on Sunday in Lisbon instead of Thursday
  • May 11 Departure – Feast day of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13)
  • May 11 Departure possible overnight in Tomar


DAY 1Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

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

Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country 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 
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DAY 2Lisbon–Santarém–Fátima

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features visits to JERONIMOS MONASTERY and the CHURCH OF ST. ANTHONY. Afterwards, depart for Fátima and while en route, visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY MIRACLE in Santarém, site of a famous Eucharistic Miracle. Then, visit OUR LADY OF FÁTIMA 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 Fátima Shrine and attend Mass, held every day. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Jeronimos Monastery 
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DAY 3Fátima. 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 4Fátima–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. 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, the “Blessing of the Sick,” and attend one of the daily Masses. Why not 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, 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 The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain 
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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 with wine 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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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi



Full buffet breakfast; 5 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Lisbon and a farewell dinner in Madrid


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