Marian Shrines of Western Europe

A 12-Day Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain and France
With: Fr. Mike Lecias
September 9-20, 2013

Lisbon, Leon, Lourdes and More

Visit the Marian shrines of Western Europe with Catholic Heritage Tours’ customized tours. Visit shrines to miracles across the centuries, historical sites and international churches while there. 

 

Itinerary:

 

Monday, September 9: USA – Lisbon

 

Tuesday, September 10: Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima

Upon arrival into Lisbon, Portugal, meet your tour escort, board your private motor coach, and drive to Fatima. En route, stop at Santarem to visit the 13th-century Eucharistic Miracle, where hosts were miraculously transformed into Flesh and Blood. Continue to Fatima for a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)

 

Wednesday, September 11: Fatima

Today in Fatima, visit the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, the Basilica, the graves of Francisco, Jacinta, and Sister Lucy, the Hamlet of Aljustrel where they lived, and Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared to them after their return from prison. Tonight join the procession and rosary. Overnight in Fatima. (BB, D)

 

Thursday, September 12: Fatima – Coimbra – Braga – St. James Compostela

Travel north to Coimbra to visit the Church of Santa Clara-a-Nova and pray before the incorrupt body of St. Isabel, Queen of Portugal. Afterwards, visit Coimbra University, founded in 1290, one of the world’s oldest universities. Continue north to Braga and visit Bom Jesus do Monte, Portugal’s most spectacular religious sanctuary. Cross into Spain and reach St. James Compostela for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Friday, September 13: St. James Compostela

Enjoy a morning walking sightseeing tour that includes a visit to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Inside its magnificent interior are housed the relics of the great apostle, St. James. The rest of the day is free with dinner on your own. Overnight in St. James Compostela. (BB)

 

Saturday, September 14: St. James Compostela – O’Cebreiro – Villafranca –Astorga – Leon

Travel this morning towards Leon. En route, stop at O’Cebreiro to visit the Church of Santa Maria la Real, enshrining the 14th-century Eucharistic Miracle in which a priest who no longer believed in the Real Presence consecrated the sacred species, which became real Flesh and Blood. Continue to Villafranca to pray before the relics of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, buried in the cemetery of the Poor Clares. Nearby, visit the Church of St. James, with its Door of Mercy. In Astorga, visit its impressive Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace. Arrive into Leon for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Sunday, September 15: Leon – Burgos

Today in Leon, visit the Basilica of St. Isidore, built in honor of St. Isidore of Seville, whose relics are venerated here. Next, visit the Cathedral and the Royal Pantheon, the resting place of more than 20 Castilian kings. Then, travel to Burgos and see its majestic Cathedral, the third-largest church in Spain, housing the tomb of El Cid and his wife. Also visit the 12th-century Cistercian Monastery of Las Huelgas, the Royal monastery with tombs of Castilian Kings. Dinner and overnight in Burgos. (BB, D)

 

Monday, September 16: Burgos – Loyola – Lourdes

On the way to Lourdes, stop in Loyola, birthplace of St. Ignatius, theologian and founder of the Jesuit order. Afterwards, cross into France and arrive at Lourdes in time to join the candlelight evening procession. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (BB, D)

 

Tuesday, September 17: Lourdes

This morning is free for you to visit the baths and for private devotions. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the main sites of the Apparitions and of St. Bernadette: In the evening, join in the candlelight procession and rosary. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (BB, D)

 

Wednesday, September 18: Lourdes – Huesca – Zaragoza

Depart today toward Zaragoza. Stop in Huesca to visit the birthplace of St. Lawrence, Deacon, who received his martyrdom in Rome by being roasted on a gridiron. In Zaragoza, visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, the first Marian sanctuary of the world dedicated to Our Lady. See the pillar where she stood when she appeared to St. James the Apostle and his disciples. Then, visit the Cathedral, housing the remains of St. Dominguito de Val, a young boy martyred in 1250, and of St. Peter Arbues, a Dominican priest assassinated inside the Cathedral in 1485. Dinner and overnight in Zaragoza. (BB, D)

 

Thursday, September 19: Zaragoza – Manresa – Montserrat – Barcelona

Today on the way to Barcelona, stop in Manresa to visit the 17th-century church of St. Ignatius, below which is the cave where St. Ignatius prayed and meditated for a year and where he wrote his Spiritual Exercises. Continue to Montserrat to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat, the main Marian shrine of Catalonia, housing the Black Virgin of Montserrat, carved by St. Luke around 50 AD and brought to Spain. Continue to Barcelona for a farewell dinner to celebrate this memorable trip. Overnight in Barcelona. (BB, FD)

 

Friday, September 20: Transatlantic flight back to the USA

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

 

 

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

 

 

For more information, please contact Catholic Heritage Tours

or contact Lody Cura, Group Coordinator

at (650) 773-6105 or lodycura1120@yahoo.com

 

Contact us today to book your custom pilgrim tour! Email us or call us at (800) 290-3876. Your experience will continue to enrich your life for years or even decades afterward.

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