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

14 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

2017 Tour Details View 2016 Tour Details »

On this faith-based tour, you’ll visit important pilgrimage sites, cathedrals, and shrines throughout Spain, Portugal, and France. Your vacation begins and ends in Madrid with overnights along the way in Ávila, Fátima, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, Lourdes, Barcelona, and Saragossa. In addition to seeing the important religious sites, throughout this vacation you'll also have the opportunity to attend Mass in many of these locations and to join the Rosary and candlelight processions.

This tour features visits to some of Europe’s most famous pilgrimage sites. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Santiago de Compostela, one of the top pilgrimage destinations during the Middle Ages and today. You'll walk part of the Camino Pilgrim's Way followed by Mass in the cathedral, where the relics of St. James the Apostle are kept. You'll also visit Lourdes, home to one of the world's most famous pilgrimage places, where you'll visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1858; our Lady of Lourdes Shrine; and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home. Additionally, you'll visit the Montserrat Basilica, one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites.

Other pilgrimage stops include Ávila's Monastery of La Encarnacion, dating to the 16th century and one of the essential places in the life of St. Teresa, founder of the Order of Carmelites; Ávila Cathedral, considered Spain's first gothic cathedral; and the Convent of Santa Teresa, built on the house where St. Teresa was born. Enjoy visits to Fátima, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in 1917, and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Saragossa, home to a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary.

These are just some of the many highlights of this faith-based tour featuring Europe's Marian Shrines. It's a vacation sure to inspire you and leave you with memories of a lifetime.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

MADRID
Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum; welcome and farewell dinners
AVILA
Guided walking tour, visit the cathedral, the Convent of Santa Teresa, and the Monastery of La Encarnacion
FÁTIMA
Orientation including visits to the Our Lady of Fátima Shrine, the Chapel of the Apparitions, Parish Church, and visit Valinhos
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Guided sightseeing; visit the cathedral; walk part of the famous Camino; attend MassMass Mass
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 MassMass Mass
BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica
MONTSERRAT
Visit of the Benedictine Monastery and the Basilica
SARAGOSSA
Guided sightseeing, visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • Departure May 9 – starts on Tuesday with possible overnight stay in Tomar
  • This tour involves a lot of walking.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Town of Avila
  • Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • Sagrada Familia of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona
  • Route of Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • Route of Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Welcome to Madrid! Take some time to get settled and prepare yourself for your upcoming journey of faith. Then, at 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

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Day 2 Madrid-Avila

The day begins with breakfast, followed by guided sightseeing featuring the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, Parliament, the Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. The highlight is a visit to the PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. Continue to the walled town of Ávila, where St. Teresa founded the Order of Carmelites, for a guided walking tour. Visit the Romanesque and gothic CATHEDRAL; the CONVENT OF SANTA TERESA and MONASTERY OF LA ENCARNACION—two important pilgrimage stops.

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Day 3 Avila-Fatima, Portugal

The majestic Serra da Estrela mountains form the backdrop of your drive into Portugal. Arrive in Fátima, and visit OUR LADY OF FÁTIMA SHRINE and the CHAPEL OF THE APPARITIONS, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in 1917. You may wish to take some private time to attend Mass, meditate, or join the evening Rosary and candlelight procession at the shrine.

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Day 4 Fatima

Today, visit the PARISH CHURCH where the visionaries were baptized, and see their homes in nearby VALINHOS. There’s another opportunity tonight to join the Rosary and candlelight procession.

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Day 5 Fatima-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 are kept behind the high altar. You may wish to attend Mass and reflect on your time at this holy place.

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Day 6 Sanitago de Compostela

For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have been walking the CAMINO PILGRIM’S WAY, and this morning, you can experience it yourself. Drive to the village of Arca and do part of this famous walk accompanied by your Local Guide. Back in Santiago, attend the pilgrim’s MassMass Mass in the cathedral.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Sanitago de Compostela-Burgos

Travel to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to the magnificent 13th-century CATHEDRAL, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

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Day 8 Burgos-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 visits 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.

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Day 9 Lourdes

Today is at leisure. You may wish to experience the powerful healing baths, the “Blessing of the Sick,” or attend MassMass Mass to pray. An optional excursion is also available to the nearby Pyrenees.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Lourdes-Barcelona, Spain

Re-enter Spain and head south to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and host of the Olympic Games in 1992.

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Day 11 Barcelona

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gracia. A major highlight is a visit to the SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Marvel at the panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 12 Barcelona-Montserrat-Saragossa

Stop in Montserrat and visit the impressive BENEDICTINE MONASTERY. Also visit the BASILICA, one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites, and admire the 12th-century Romanesque carving of the La Moreneta (Black Madonna). Continue to Saragossa, home to Spain’s most famous Marian Shrine.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 Saragossa-Madrid

This morning, guided sightseeing brings you to the BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR. 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. Continue to Madrid, where a farewell dinner with wine awaits at the hotel.

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Day 14 Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

RITA MARTINS

Years of Experience: 19

I love to explain the culture, history, and traditions of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. My goal is that by the end of a tour, the tour members have unique memories and experiences. For me, being a Tour Director is not just about the traveling, but mainly about spending time with each person. I enjoy sharing experiences, contributing toward happy memories, making dreams come true, and creating new bonds.

Tour Director - RITA MARTINS

 Accommodations

Madrid
Avila
Fatima
Santiago de Compostela
Burgos
Lourdes
Barcelona
Saragossa

Madrid

Agumar

First-Class

Paseo Reina Cristina, 7
Madrid, Spain

Free Wifi

Hotel Agumar is an excellent choice both as it offers all the facilities and services pertaining to a four star hotel. The hotel is in a privileged location indeed next to the Atocha Station and the city center which when you take into consideration the numerous options of public transport makes Hotel Agumar the right choice.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Avila

Palacio De Los Velada

First-Class

Plaza De La Catedral 10
Avila, Spain

Hotel Amenities

Room Amenities

Fatima

Santa Maria

Tourist Class

Rua De Santo Antonio
Fatima, Portugal

Free Wifi

The hotel has been recently renovated according to the most modern concepts of Architecture and Design, achieving a decoration that is an invitation to peace and tranquility. The light that flows in every corner of the hotel creates a warm atmosphere.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping

De Fatima

Superior Tourist-Class

Rua Joao Paulo Ii, 241
Fatima, Portugal

Hotel Fatima, officially classified as 4 stars, located in Fatima, in the center of the city right next to the Sanctuary, Chapel of Apparitions and the Holy Trinity Basilica.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Phone

Santiago de Compostela

Hesperia Peregrino

Moderate First-Class

Avda Rosalia De Castro
Santiago De Compostela, Spain

Free Wifi

With an excellent location in the new city area, the Hesperia Peregrino hotel in Santiago de Compostela puts you within reach of everything that makes this city so desirable. You can easily explore the historical center and its famous cathedral - both are just a 10 minute walk away.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar

Burgos

Almirante Bonifaz

First-Class

C/Vitoria, 22-24
Burgos, Spain

Free Wifi

The Almirante Bonifaz Hotel also offers private halls with natural light for celebrations. The hotel is provided with a restaurant as well as room service, a 24-hours, reception and tourlstlc information desk. We also offer laundry, ironing, and dry-ironing services

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access

Silken Gran Teatro

First-Class

Avda. De Arlanzon, 8B
Burgos, Spain

Free Wifi

The Silken Gran Teatro Hotel has an excellent location, perfect for visiting the city at ease, as it is in right in the shopping area of the city. Lovers of leisure and night life will find plenty to do just a few steps from the Hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control

Lourdes

Grand Gallia & Londres

First-Class

26 Av. B.Ette Soubirous
Lourdes, France

Free Wifi

Its rich past gives it the authentic character that has made its reputation. Its majestic architecture houses air-conditioned rooms beautifully decorated in Louis XVI style.

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Barcelona

Catalonia Barcelona Plaza

First-Class

Plaza De Espana 6-8
Barcelona, Spain

Free Wifi

A large modern 338 room property, located within easy access to many of the city's major sights and attractions. Facilities include a choice of two restaurants a gym and a seasonal rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace with panoramic city views.

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Hot Tub

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television

Saragossa

Silken Reino De Aragon

First-Class

C/Coso, 80
Saragossa, Spain

Free Wifi

Modern hotel with restaurant, bar and meeting facilities is located near the Basilica Del Pilar and the Exhibition Palace.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Internet Access

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