Western Shrines: Fatima, Spain, Lourdes and Rome

14-Day Sample Itinerary

Catholic Shrines in the Modern World

Take a fantastic Catholic pilgrimage tour through four western European nations, taking in historic sites and Catholic shrines along the way. From Portugal to Spain to France to Italy, we’ll take care of the details with your very own customized travel itinerary.

 

Sample Itinerary:


Day 1: Transatlantic flight to Lisbon

Embark today on a transatlantic flight to Lisbon. Meals will be provided during the flight.

 

Day 2: Arrival into Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima

Upon arrival into Lisbon, meet your tour escort and board the motor-coach to enjoy a sightseeing tour of Lisbon, with a stop at St. Anthony’s Church. St. Anthony was born in Lisbon and this church is built on his birth site. Continue to Santarem and visit the Church of the Holy Miracle, which houses one of the most imposing Eucharistic Miracles in the world: A crystal flask containing a consecrated host which bled in the 13th C. and has been preserved since then. Finally, arrive into Fatima where, time allowing, you may participate in the Rosary and procession. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your travel companions. Overnight in Fatima. (WD)

 

Day 3: Fatima

Today, visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, the visionaries’ homes in Aljustrel, their tombs (in the Basilica), and the spring. Climb the route to Calvary along the Via Sacra to the Chapel of Calvary. Join this evening’s rosary and candlelight procession. Dinner and overnight in Fatima. (BB, D)

 

Day 4: Fatima – Salamanca

Depart Fatima this morning towards Salamanca, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this elegant city. Visit the Old Cathedral and, next to it, the New Cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Spain, and render homage to the miraculous image of Our Lady of La Vega and the remains of St. John of Sahagun, known for his love of the Holy Eucharist and his extraordinary preaching, and of St. Thomas of Villanueva, who worked tirelessly to relieve the suffering of the poor, and also a renowned preacher. See the Plaza Mayor, considered one of the most grandiose and beautiful in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Salamanca. (BB, D)

 

Day 5: Salamanca – Alba de Tormes – Avila – Burgos

After an early breakfast, travel to Burgos. En route, stop at Alba de Tormes. Dominating the town is the Army Tower, the only remaining part of the Castle of the Dukes of Alba. St. Teresa of Avila is buried in the Carmelite convent which she founded in 1571. Then, you will make a stop in Avila, where superbly-preserved 11th-century walls surround the medieval city. Its cathedral is one of the most magnificent in Spain. Inside the city walls is the Convento de Santa Teresa that was built on the site of the saint’s home. Outside the city walls is the Monasterio de la Encarnacion, where St. Teresa lived for more than 20 years and home to one of the most comprehensive museums dedicated to her. Continue to Burgos for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 6: Burgos – Loyola – Lourdes

After visiting Burgos’ stunning Cathedral, head towards Loyola, home of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. Visit the Basilica dedicated to the saint, behind which is the home of St. Ignatius. There, you can see the room where St. Ignatius, at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. Continue across the Pyrenees and arrive into Lourdes, in time for dinner and the evening candlelight procession. Overnight in Lourdes. (BB, D)

 

Day 7: Lourdes

Enjoy a free morning in Lourdes. You may wish to submerge in the healing baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place, or obtain some holy water, or pray at the Grotto. In the afternoon, embark on a guided sightseeing tour, including the Grotto where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, the Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes, the birthplace of St. Bernadette, and her family home during the time of the apparitions. Join this evening’s memorable rosary and candlelight procession. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (BB, D)

 

Day 8: Lourdes – Rome

Travel to Rome today by plane. Upon arrival into the Eternal City, your tour escort will take you to your hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (D, BB)

 

Day 9: Rome

This morning attend the Papal Audience at the Vatican. As it is customary, the Pope will give his blessing at the end of the audience. Afterwards, visit the Vatican Museums exhibiting countless treasures, and the Sistine Chapel, the renowned masterpiece of Michelangelo. Then, visit the magnificent Basilica of St. Peter, site of his martyrdom, where you can see the famous “Pieta”, the tombs of the popes, and much more. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own. Dinner and overnight in Rome (BB, D)

 

Day 10: Rome

Today’s guided visits will be to the major basilicas and shrines of Rome: St. Mary Major, where you will have Mass, was built on the site indicated by the Virgin Mary to Pope Liberius by a miraculous snowfall; St. John Lateran, the mother of all churches and the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, contains exceptional relics. Then, visit the Holy Staircase that Our Lord Jesus Christ ascended during His passion in Pontius Pilate’s Palace; the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, home of the relics of Our Lord’s Passion; and St. Paul Outside the Walls, to render homage to the remains of the Apostle. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (BB, D)

 

Day 11: Rome – Siena – Assisi

Head northeast to Assisi this morning. En route, stop in Siena. Visit the Church of St. Francis, to see the miraculous preservation of consecrated hosts, incorrupt since 1730. Afterwards, visit the Gothic Church of San Domenico, where the preserved head of the city’s patroness, St. Catherine of Siena, can be seen. The church has the only portrait of the saint considered authentic. Next, visit the Casa di Santa Caterina surrounded by chapels and cloisters. Among them is the Church of the Crucifixion, in front of which she received the stigmata. The final visit is to Siena’s Duomo, one of Italy’s greatest cathedrals, a spectacular mixture of sculpture, paintings, and Pisan-influenced Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Complete the trip to Assisi for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 12: Assisi – Rome

This morning visit the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi and explore the quaint top hill birthplace of the saint. Contained within the huge 13th-century Basilica are many of the saint’s possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. In St. Mary of the Angels Basilica visit the Porziuncola Chapel, where St. Francis spent most of his life; the rose bush; and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Then visit the Church of St. Clare to venerate the saint’s relics. The foundress of the Order of Poor Clares followed the teachings of St. Francis by living in poverty and humility. Finally, Visit San Damiano, the monastery where St. Clare performed the most famous of the miracles in 1240 in which she turned away an attack by Saracen soldiers who had broken into the convent by showing them the Sacred Host. Return to Rome for a farewell dinner and overnight. (BB, FD)

 

Day 13: Rome

Experience the glory of Imperial Rome while visiting the Coliseum, famous as a place of spectacle and death, and where many martyrs died. See the Circus Maximus, built during the reign of Nero. This huge stadium was able to seat 250,000 spectators for chariot races and other spectacles. See the Roman Forum, an ancient meeting place, market place, religious and political center. View the Arch of Titus that commemorates Titus’ conquest of Judea. Visit the Mamertine Prison, where both St. Peter and St. Paul were imprisoned, and the catacombs, where the early Christians were buried. Then, take a walking guided tour of the Spanish Steps, the Fountain of Trevi, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate such a beautiful pilgrimage. (BB, FD)

 

Day 14: Rome – USA

Transfer this morning to Rome Fiumicino airport for the return flight home. (BB)

 

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

 

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