A Pilgrimage from Fatima to Paris

A 13-Day Escorted Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain and France
With: Fr. Nicholas Ho
October 19-31, 2017

Day 1. Thursday, October 19: Transatlantic flight

Depart today on your flight to Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Day 2. Friday, October 20: 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 for a welcome dinner to meet fellow pilgrims. (WD)

 

Day 3. Saturday, October 21: Fatima

Today in Fatima, commemorate 100 years since the Blessed Mother appeared to three humble shepherds. Visit the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, the Basilica, the site of Francisco, Jacinta, and Sister Lucy’s graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra, culminating in the Chapel of Calvary which overlooks all of Fatima. Free afternoon before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 4. Sunday, October 22: Fatima – Salamanca – Alba de Tormes

Travel this morning to Salamanca, Spain. Upon arrival, have a panoramic view of the beautiful Plaza Mayor, the main square of the city. Walk through the colonial streets to reach 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. Continue to Alba de Tormes to pray before the remains of St. Teresa of Avila, housed in the Carmelite Church. Return to Salamanca for dinner and overnight. (BB, BL, D)

 

Day 5. Monday, October 23: Salamanca – Avila – Burgos

Leave Salamanca to visit the beautiful medieval city of Avila. Visit 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. Continue to Burgos, to visit Burgos Cathedral, the third largest church in Spain, housing the tomb of El Cid and his wife. Dinner and overnight in Burgos. (BB, D)

 

Day 6. Tuesday, October 24: Burgos – Loyola – Lourdes

Depart today towards Lourdes. En route, stop in Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. Here visit Loyola Sanctuary, including the saint’s family home, and the Basilica built in his honor. Cross into France and arrive at Lourdes with free time to participate in the procession of the sick and the rosary procession. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (BB, L, D)

 

Day 7. Wednesday, October 25: Lourdes

This morning is free for private devotions. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of the main sites related to St. Bernadette and the apparitions, followed by free time before dinner. (BB, D)

 

Day 8. Thursday, October 26: Lourdes – Paris

This morning, transfer to the train station for your train to Paris. Tonight, enjoy a river cruise along the Seine River before dinner. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (BB, D)

 

Day 9. Friday, October 27: Paris

This morning, visit the Church of the Miraculous Medal. Pray before the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Labouré, to whom Our Lady appeared in 1830 and displayed a vision of the miraculous medal. The body of St. Louise de Marillac and the heart of St. Vincent de Paul, founders of the Daughters of Charity, also rest in this church. Nearby is the Chapel of St. Vincent de Paul that houses a wax figure of the saint containing his remains. Continue to Sainte Chapelle, built by St. Louis King of France to house Our Lord’s Crown of Thorns. The building is a magnificent work of art with astounding stained-glass windows. Continue to Notre Dame, an icon of Paris, a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. It has been the site of several coronations, and during the French Revolution was desecrated and rechristened as the Temple of Reason. The remains of Our Lord’s Crown of Thorns are now kept in a magnificent reliquary at the treasury, and are shown on the First Friday of each month and every Friday during Lent. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure in this magnificent city. (BB)

 

Day 10. Saturday, October 28: Paris – Lisieux – Caen

Journey to Lisieux, the home of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, whom Pope St. Pius X called “the greatest saint of modern times.” Visit Les Buissonets, her family home; her impressive Basilica, housing the relics of her parents; and the Carmel, where the relics of St. Therese were brought in 1923 from the town cemetery. Continue to Caen for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 11. Sunday, October 29: Caen: Excursion to the Normandy Beaches – Paris

This morning travel to the Normandy beaches where the Allied forces invaded France during WWII. Visit Omaha Beach, four miles long, by far the hardest place to land on D-day. Continue to the American Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer, where 9,387 Americans soldiers are buried; and Pointe du Hoc, the German battery attacked by US rangers. Time to have lunch on your own in Normandy before you return to Paris for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 12. Monday, October 30: Paris: Excursion to Nevers

Today travel to Nevers by way of the picturesque Loire Valley. After taking the veil in 1867, St. Bernadette of Lourdes lived for 12 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. Throughout her life, she suffered from and eventually died of asthma at the age of 35. Pray before St. Bernadette’s incorrupt body at the Convent of St. Gildard, miraculously preserved since her death in 1879. Return to Paris to visit Sacre Coeur Basilica, the site of the martyrdom of St. Denis and his companions, where perpetual adoration has been uninterrupted since 1885. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in Paris. (BB, L, FD)

 

Day 13. Tuesday, October 31: Paris – USA

Early this morning, transfer to Paris airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB)

 

(BB) Buffet breakfast; (L) Lunch; (BL) Boxed lunch; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome dinner; (FD) Farewell dinner

 

 

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

 

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