Tour of Southern Spain and Portugal

A 15-Day Escorted Pilgrimage
With: Fr. Dan Shea
October 4-18, 2016

Day 1. Tuesday, October 4: Transatlantic flight to Barcelona

 

Day 2. Wednesday, October 5: Barcelona

Welcome to Spain! Upon arrival, board your private motor-coach for a guided sightseeing of Barcelona en route to your hotel. Visit the Gaudi Holy Family Church, the emblem of the city of Barcelona. Then, visit Barcelona’s spectacular Gothic Cathedral. After a short sightseeing of the Old Town, transfer to your hotel for a welcome dinner with fellow travelers. (WD)

 

Day 3. Thursday, October 6: Barcelona: Excursion to Montserrat

After breakfast, board your motor-coach and depart for Catalonia’s holiest place, the Monastery of Montserrat, which is surrounded by chapels and hermit caves. Returning to Barcelona, stop at Penedes, the main wine region of Cataluña, to sample its exquisite wines. Tonight enjoy an optional dinner at a tablao with Spanish Flamenco dancing. Overnight in Barcelona. (BB)

 

Day 4. Friday, October 7: Barcelona – Valencia

On the way to Valencia, stop at Peniscola, the coastal town where the movie El Cid was filmed. Upon arrival into Valencia, visit its Cathedral to see the Holy Grail used by Our Lord at the Last Supper, followed by a walking tour of Valencia’s picturesque downtown surrounded by Mediterranean architecture. Dinner and overnight in Valencia. (BB, D)

 

Day 5. Saturday, October 8: Valencia – Madrid

After breakfast, transfer to Madrid, Spain’s capital. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of this beautiful city, followed by a guided visit to the world-renowned Prado Museum. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 6. Sunday, October 9: Madrid: Excursion to Avila

Today take an excursion to the medieval walled city of Avila. The tour includes visits to the Monastery of the Incarnation where St. Teresa lived; St. Vincent’s Basilica, Avila’s most important Romanesque church, built on the site of the saint’s martyrdom; and Avila Cathedral built like a fortress in both Romanesque and Gothic styles. On your return to Madrid, stop for a visit to El Escorial, the magnificent palace and governmental offices built by King Phillip II in honor of St. Lawrence. Return to Madrid for dinner on your own. (BB)

 

Day 7. Monday, October 10: Madrid – Toledo

Upon arrival in Toledo, visit the massive Toledo Cathedral, one of the greatest cathedrals of Europe and the seat of the Primate of all Spain. Then, see the glorious Monastery of St. John of the Kings which was built by the Catholic Monarchs in honor of their victory over Portugal. In the afternoon, experience sword crafting in its traditional art form, as it was done in medieval times. The rest of the day at leisure with dinner on your own. (BB)

 

Day 8. Tuesday, October 11: Toledo – Cordoba – Granada

En route to Granada, stop at Cordoba to enjoy lunch in the Jewish Quarter, then visit the richly-ornamented and exquisite Cordoba Mosque Cathedral. Much of the mosque has been preserved even though part of it was replaced to accommodate the cathedral in 1523. Continue to Granada for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)

 

Day 9. Wednesday, October 12: Granada

Today’s sightseeing encompasses several beautiful sites. Begin by visiting the beautiful former royal Moor palace – the Alhambra. Next to it, visit the Generalife, the “Garden of Lofty Paradise,” which was the country estate of the Nasrid kings as far back as the 13th century. Continue to the grand Cathedral with its breathtaking gold and white interior, known for its stained-glass dome chapel. Isabel the Catholic is buried in the crypt. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on your own. (BB)

 

Day 10. Thursday, October 13: Granada – Costa del Sol

This morning, depart towards the Costa del Sol to enjoy a day at leisure in this beautiful region of Southern Spain. (BB)

 

Day 11. Friday, October 14: Costa del Sol – Seville

This morning, continue enjoying the Costa del Sol. In the afternoon, travel to Seville for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 12. Saturday, October 15: Seville

Today in Seville, your sightseeing begins with the grandiose Seville Cathedral. Originally built by the Visigoths, it was converted into a mosque by the Moors before it was restored as a Catholic church during the Spanish Reconquista. Then, visit the Royal Alcazar. Originally a Moorish fort, this splendid royal palace is the oldest palace still in use in Europe, and its upper level serves as the Seville residence of the current royal family. Afterwards, walk through the streets of Old Seville. Dinner tonight is on your own. Overnight in Seville. (BB)

 

Day 13. Sunday, October 16: Seville – Fatima

Travel to Fatima. Stop for lunch at the border town of Elvas, famous for its fortifications during the Napoleonic Wars. Continue to Fatima for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)

 

Day 14. Monday, October 17: Fatima – Lisbon

Morning touring of Fatima with visits to the Little Chapel of the Apparitions and the Basilica, the site of Francisco, Jacinta, and Sister Lucy’s graves. This afternoon, travel to Lisbon for a visit to the Jeronimos Monastery, an example of the Manueline baroque architecture. Next, enjoy wonderful views of the city from one of its many lookout points. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner accompanied by Portuguese music. Overnight in Lisbon. (BB, FD)

 

Day 15. Tuesday, October 18: Lisbon – USA

Transfer to Lisbon’s airport for your transatlantic return flight to the USA. (BB)

 

 

 

 

(BB) Buffet Breakfast; (L) Lunch; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome Dinner; (FD) Farewell Dinner

 

* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.

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