Treasures of Spain with visits to Lourdes and Fatima

15-Day Sample Itinerary

Renaissance Architecture and Catholic Shrines

Visit Spain, a country filled to the brim with Catholic shrines and visual feasts both religious and secular. Visit Spain’s finest display of Renaissance architecture in Salamanca, home also to remains of St. John of Sahagun and St. Thomas of Villanueva. Read the sample itinerary below for more…

 

Sample Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Transatlantic flight to Lisbon

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

 

Day 2: Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima

Upon arrival into Lisbon, meet your tour escort who will accompany the group on a sightseeing tour of Lisbon. Visit the Church of St. Anthony, built above the house where the saint was born. Nearby visit Lisbon Cathedral where St. Anthony was baptized and 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 and its marvelous adjacent museum. Transfer to your hotel in Lisbon for a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)

 

Day 3: Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima

Morning visits to St. George Castle with magnificent views of the port and to the remarkable San Jeronimos Monastery with its decorated cloister. In the afternoon, transfer to Fatima with a stop in Santarem to visit one of the most impressive Eucharistic Miracles occurred in the XIII century. If time allows, join in the evening’s procession and rosary. Dinner and overnight in Fatima. (BB, D)

 

Day 4: Fatima

This morning, sightseeing in Fatima will 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 5: Fatima – Salamanca

This morning depart to the great university city of Salamanca, Spain’s finest showcase of Renaissance architecture. Upon arrival visit the old and new cathedrals and walk through its city center. Pray before the miraculous Virgen de la Vega. Render homage to the remains of St. John of Sahagun and St. Thomas of Villanueva. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel in Salamanca. (BB, D)

 

Day 6: Salamanca – Alba de Tormes – Avila – Madrid

After an early breakfast, travel to Alba de Tormes, to give homage to the remains of the great saint Teresa de Avila. Afterwards, continue to Avila for a sightseeing tour of this walled medieval city. Visit the cathedral, the Convent of St. Teresa, built on the site of her home, and the Monastery of the Incarnation, where the saint lived more than 20 years. Complete today’s journey to Madrid for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 7: 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 8: 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, kneel in the cave where St. Dominic of Guzman spent time praying and doing penance. Finally, tour 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 9: 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 10: Zaragoza – Huesca – Lourdes

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

 

Day 11: 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 12: Lourdes – Carcassonne – Barcelona

Head east today to the spectacular walled medieval city of Carcassonne, magnificently preserved, where St. Dominic of Guzman was Vicar General  and preached to convert many heretics. Continue east, then south to Barcelona for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 13: Barcelona

This morning enjoy a walking tour of Barcelona center with its magnificent cathedral, which houses the remains of St. Eulalia, 3rd century martyr and patroness of Barcelona, as well as the Cross of Lepanto carried by one of the ships at the famous battle, and the remains of the great Dominican St. Raymond of Peñafort. Afterwards, visit Gaudi’s impressive Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family, then enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure, with independent dinner. Overnight in Barcelona. (BB)

 

Day 14: Barcelona excursion to Manresa and Montserrat

Today, visit in Manresa the large sanctuary, built over the cave where Saint Ignatius of Loyola used to retire and where he wrote his Spiritual Exercises. Continue to the most important place of pilgrimage of the Catalonians, Our Lady of Montserrat, which houses a dark statue of Our Lady, site of numerous miracles. It is here that St. Ignatius of Loyola offered his sword to Our Lady and vowed to replace the armor of a soldier for the garments of a missionary. Return to Barcelona for a farewell dinner. (BB, FD)

 

Day 15: Return to the U.S.

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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