Southern Spain, Fatima, Santiago, Lourdes

15-Day Sample Itinerary

Catholic Tours in Western Europe

Visit a region of Europe rich in Catholic shrines and historical sites. Our sample itinerary can give you a sense of what a two-week Catholic tour can show you.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Transatlantic flight to Granada, Spain

Depart today towards Granada. During the international flight dinner and breakfast will be served.

 

Day 2: Granada

Welcome to Spain! Upon arrival today, embark on a sightseeing tour of Granada, with visits to the Cathedral where, in the Royal Chapel, the Catholic Kings are buried. In the Basilica of St. John of God, where his remains are kept, spend some time praying to him. Then, visit the Alhambra, the residence of the Caliphs of Granada, built by Christians during the Nasrid dynasty. This evening, meet your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner and toast. Overnight in Granada. (WD)

 

Day 3: Granada – Montilla – Cordoba – Sevilla

Head west to Sevilla today, with stops in Montilla and Cordoba along the way. The remains of San Juan de Avila, renowned preacher, author and mystic, are kept at the Incarnation Church in Montilla. Then, in Cordoba, visit the Mezquita, dating back 12 centuries, which embodies the power of Islam on Spain at the time of the Muslim invasions. Visit also the Alcazar, the palace-fortress of the Catholic Monarchs. Arrive in Seville in time for dinner. (BB, D)

 

Day 4: Sevilla – Lisbon

Morning visits in Sevilla include the Cathedral, where, in the Royal Chapel, the great king St. Ferdinand, whose body is incorrupt, his wife and his son are kept. Inside also is the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The Basilica of La Macarena posesses the most revered image of the Virgin Mary in Seville, Our Lady of Hope. Finally, the Conventual Church of the Capuchin monastery, where are buried Sts. Justa and Rufina, and the Church of Maria Auxiliadora where one can visit the jail where the two saints were martyred. In the afternoon, travel to Lisbon,Portugal. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon. (BB, D)

 

Day 5: Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima

In Lisbon, visit the Church of Saint Anthony, built above the house where the saint was born, then the Cathedral, where he was baptized, and where the relics of St. Vincent of Zaragoza, patron saint of Lisbon, are kept. Next, visit the splendid Church of St. Roque, which contains a thorn from the crown of thorns and a piece of wood from the crib of the Christ Child then spend some time in the marvelous adjacent museum. Finally, visit San Jeronimos Monastery, with its decorated cloister, before heading to Fatima. Along the way, stop in Santarem to visit one of the most impressive Eucharistic Miracles occurred in the XIII century. In Fatima, if time allows, you can join in the evening’s procession and rosary. Dinner and overnight in Fatima. (BB, D)

 

Day 6: Fatima

Morning sightseeing in Fatima to include visits to: The Chapel of the Apparitions, the Basilica, the Holy Way, and the Homes of the Little Shepherds. Afternoon is at leisure. Join this evening’s rosary and candlelight procession. Dinner and overnight in Fatima. (BB, D)

 

Day 7: Fatima – Caceres – Guadalupe

Depart Fatima this morning, to head East to Guadalupe, in Spain. Stop in Cáceres for lunch and to visit this well-preserved medieval city. Cáceres was the scene of conquest and reconquest between the Muslims and the Christians during the 12th C., and the Ciudad Monumental is still almost entirely surrounded by the walls and towers built by the Muslims. A walking tour will take you to the beautiful Plaza Mayor, with its ancient entrance gate and the Cathedral, with, next to it, the Carvajal Palace and the Episcopal Palace nearby. One street further is the most beautiful construction of the town, the Palace of Los Golfines de Abajo, where the Catholic Monarchs stayed when they came. In the afternoon, finish the journey to Guadalupe, to arrive in time for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 8: Guadalupe – Toledo – Madrid

This morning’s highlight is the stunning Monastery of Guadalupe. Its origin begins with the discovery of a historical Madonna which was hidden from the Moors for several centuries. The miraculous black virgin became known throughout Spain and is the unofficial patroness of the New World with the coming of Columbus and the Spaniards to America. The Franciscan monastery shows a rich history in its grandeur, architecture and treasures. In the afternoon, head to Toledo to  visit one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain, where, inside, one can see the footprint of Our Lady when she appeared to St. Idelfonso. Visit also the Basilica of St. Leocadia which houses the remains of several important saints and various prelates and Visigoth kings. An hour’s journey will take you to your destination for the next three days: Madrid. Dinner and overnight in Madrid. (BB, D)

 

Day 9: Madrid

Today’s sightseeing of Spain’s capital begins at the Church of St. Isidore, a beautiful Baroque building housing the remains of Spain’s patron, St. Isidore the Farmer and of his wife, St. Maria de la Cabeza. Then, visit the Franciscan Monastery of the Discalced Royals. Founded in 1560, it boasts an impressive collection of art and relics. The last visit planned for today is the Royal Monastery of the Incarnation, an Augustinian convent, housing among other relics the blood of St. Januarius. The rest of the day is at leisure, with dinner on your own. (BB)

 

Day 10: Madrid: Excursion to the Escorial and Segovia

Travel the short distance to the Escorial, the historical residence of the King of Spain. The austere Renaissance complex combines a palace and monastery, and features a wonderful collection of art. Continue to Segovia, one of the most spectacular sited cities in Spain. Visit the Alcazar, the castle of the Spanish monarchs in the 15th Century, towering over the city. Then, visit the cave where St. Dominic of Guzman spent time praying and doing penance. Finally, visit the Convent of Discalced Carmelites founded by St. John of the Cross, where his remains can be venerated. Return to Madrid for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 11: Madrid – Zaragoza

Depart today towards Zaragoza. Upon arrival, visit Our Lady of the Pillar, the first Marian sanctuary of the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is the place where St. James the Apostle and his disciples shared a vision of Our Lady who, at the time, was in Jerusalem. Nearby, visit Zaragoza’s Cathedral that contains magnificent side altars and remarkable religious treasures. Dinner and overnight in Zaragoza. (BB, D)

 

Day 12: Zaragoza – Huesca – Lourdes

Travel north across the border to France, with a stop in Huesca, where St. Lawrence martyr and deacon was born, visit sites related to the saint. Continue to Lourdes to join the evening processions and rosary. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (BB, D)

 

Day 13: Lourdes

Morning at leisure to visit Lourdes baths and for private devotions. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the main sites of the Apparitions and St. Bernadette. Later, join the procession of the sick, rosary, and candlelight procession. (BB, D)

 

Day 14: Lourdes – Carcassonne – Toulouse

Head to the impressive fortified city of Carcassonne; walk around the medieval buildings and visit its cathedral: Here, St. Dominic of Guzman was Vicar General and preached to convert many heretics. Afterward, continue to Toulouse to venerate the remains of Saint Thomas Aquinas, student of Saint Albert the Great and one of the greatest doctors of the Church, and author of the Summa Theologica. Then, visit St. Sernin, where the relics of Saint Saturnin, first bishop of Toulouse and martyr, are kept. It is the largest Romanesque church in Europe. This evening, toast a successful pilgrimage during a special farewell dinner. Overnight in Toulouse. (BB, FD)

 

Day 15: Return to the U.S. from Toulouse

After a buffet breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight. (BB)

 

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

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