100th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Fatima

An 11-Day Pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain to commemorate 100 years since the apparitions at Fatima
With: Fr. John Palatucci
June 26 - July 6, 2017

Trip Itinerary:*

 

Day 1. Monday, June 26: Transatlantic flight

Depart today on your flight to Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Day 2. Tuesday, June 27: Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima

Upon arrival in Lisbon, transfer to Santarem to visit the Church of the Eucharistic Miracle where a Eucharistic Miracle took place in 1225 and continues to this day. Pray before the crystal flask that contains the Blood of Christ. Continue to Fatima to enjoy free time before a welcome dinner to meet fellow pilgrims. (WD)

 

Day 3. Wednesday, June 28: Fatima

Today in Fatima, follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra, culminating in the Chapel of Calvary which overlooks all of Fatima. Visit the hamlet of Aljustrel where the children lived. Return to Fatima to visit the Little Chapel of the Apparitions and the Basilica, the site of Francisco, Jacinta, and Sister Lucy’s graves. (BB, D)

 

Day 4. Thursday, June 29: Fatima: Excursion to Alcobaca and Obidos

This morning, visit a great monastery near Fatima: the 12th-century Monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaca, Portugal’s largest church, famous for its simple, medieval architecture. Continue to the nearby coastal town of Obidos for lunch on your own and free time. Return to Fatima for free time before dinner at the hotel. (BB, D)

 

Day 5. Friday, June 30: Fatima – Coimbra – St. James Compostela

Today travel north to Coimbra, the birthplace of six kings of Portugal and the seat of Portugal’s oldest university. Your first visit is to the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites where Sister Lucy of Fatima died, and which now contains a museum related to her life in the convent. Continue to the Convent of St. Clare the New which holds the remains of St. Elizabeth Queen of Portugal. Arrive in Santiago de Compostela for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 6. Saturday, July 1: St. James Compostela

Today enjoy a sightseeing of the city, including a guided visit to the third most important Catholic pilgrimage site of the Middle Ages: the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the relics of St. James the Apostle are venerated. Also visit the Convent of San Martino Pinario and its Museum of Religious Art. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, with dinner on your own. (BB)

 

Day 7. Sunday, July 2: St. James Compostela – Zamora

Depart this morning toward Zamora. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch in a Castilian restaurant, enjoy a walking tour of the city including visits to Zamora Cathedral, with its striking, scaly dome; and the Cathedral Museum, famous for its fine Flemish tapestries. Continue to the Church of St. Peter and St. Ildephonsus, which houses the remains of St. Ildephonsus and St. Atilano, the first bishop of Zamora. Tonight, dinner is on your own. (BB, L)

 

Day 8. Monday, July 3: Zamora – Salamanca – Alba de Tormes – Avila

Travel this morning to Salamanca, for a sightseeing of the center of the city. Visit the Old and New Cathedral, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain. Render homage to the miraculous image of Our Lady of La Vega and the remains of Sts. John of Sahagun and Thomas of Villanueva. Travel to Alba de Tormes to pray before the remains of St. Teresa of Avila, housed in the Carmelite Church. After lunch, continue to Avila for a sightseeing of this medieval walled city, including visits to the Convent of St. Teresa of Avila, built over the house where she was born, and the Monastery of the Incarnation, where the saint lived for more than 20 years. Tonight dinner is on your own. (BB, L)

 

Day 9. Tuesday, July 4: Avila – Toledo – Madrid

Today travel to Toledo, to visit the magnificent Monastery of St. John of the Kings which was built by the Catholic Monarchs in honor of their victory over Portugal, and the Church of Santo Tomé, a church with a beautiful Mudejar tower that houses El Greco’s masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Then, visit the massive Toledo Cathedral, one of the greatest cathedrals of Europe and the seat of the Primate of all Spain. Enjoy free time to explore the city on your own before continuing to Madrid for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 10. Wednesday, July 5: Madrid

This morning visit Madrid’s Church of St. Isidore, a beautiful Baroque building, which holds the remains of Spain’s patron saint, St. Isidore the Farmer and of his wife, St. Maria de la Cabeza. Afterwards, visit the Prado Museum, the main Spanish national art museum, featuring works by Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Continue to downtown Madrid to enjoy lunch on your own and free time before transferring to the hotel for a farewell dinner accompanied by traditional Spanish guitar music. (BB, FD)

 

Day 11. Thursday, July 6: Homebound flight

Transfer to Madrid airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB)

 

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

 

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

 

For more trip information, please contact Fr. John Palatucci at (845) 735-7405 or johnfrancisx10@gmail.com, or contact Catholic Heritage Tours.

 

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