Religious Travel to Lisbon, Fatima and More
Enjoy the shrines, basilicas, churches, and other visual feasts Portugal has to offer, with its blend of medieval architecture and modern life and its historical importance to Christianity. Take a look at our sample 10-day itinerary.
Day 1: Transatlantic flight to Lisbon, Portugal
Travel to Lisbon today. Meals will be provided by the airline during travel.
Day 2: Lisbon
Upon arrival at Lisbon’s airport, meet your tour escort who will take you to your motor coach for a panoramic sightseeing of Lisbon. Visit the Sé, Lisbon’s Cathedral, as well as its beautiful cloister and its treasury. It houses a varied collection of silver, statuary, ecclesiastical robes, illustrated manuscripts, and a selection of relics associated with St. Vincent, patron of Lisbon. Close by, visit San Antonio a Sé, where St. Anthony of Padua was born. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner to meet your travel companions and learn more about the days to come. (BB, WD)
Day 3: Lisbon
Start the day in San Roque, with its remarkable rich interior. In addition to its decorative attractions, the church contains sacred relics: One of the thorns from Our Lord’s crown, and a piece of the wood from Jesus’ Crib. Afterwards, proceed to the Museo Nacional de Arte Antigua, Portugal’s national art collection. It was constructed in 1884 to hold the pieces coming from monasteries and churches that became State property. Then, visit and admire the monument of the Age of Discovery: The Monasterio dos Jeronimos. Built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India, and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy perhaps fado music or savor one ofLisbon’s typical dishes. (BB)
Day 4: Lisbon – Mafra – Obidos – Fatima
Leaving Lisbon in the morning, your first stop will be at the Palacio de Mafra. This impressive Baroque Palace is a monumental complex which includes 880 rooms and 330 cells for its monks, a prize library, which houses an impressive collection of rare books, a small hospital, and even a pharmacy. Next stop is Obidos, an enchanting hill town enclosed within 14th C. castellated walls. Here, visit the Church of Santa Maria and, southeast of town, the Baroque Shrine of Our Lord of the Stone, begun in 1740. An early Christian stone crucifix on the altar remains a venerated item. A short drive will take you to Fatima, where you will have dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 5: Fatima
Fatima, once a remote village, is now home to one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world, for having received the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, at the beginning of the 20thC. Her message was one of consolation and reparation for sins committed against her Immaculate Heart. Pray before the tombs of the three children inside the basilica, and visit the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. Then visit their homes and the prison where they were detained after they saw the Blessed Virgin. (BB, D)
Day 6: Fatima : Excursion to Alcobaca – Batalha
This morning, travel to Alcobaca to visit its Monastery, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. It is Portugal’s largest church, famous for its simple, medieval architecture; built in 1178 to honor a vow made by Portugal’s first king, Alfonso Henriques, before he faced the Moors at Santarém. Afterwards, visit the Dominican Abbey of Santa Maria de Vitoria at Batalha, a masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic architecture, also built for a vow in exchange for victory to win the independence of Portugal. Return to Fatima for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 7: Fatima: Excursion to Coimbra
Head to Coimbra after breakfast today, with a stop at Conimbriga, the largest and most excavated Roman site in Portugal. In Coimbra, visit Santa Clara-a-Nova, where the incorrupt body of St. Isabel, Queen and patron saint of Portugal, is buried; the Se Velha, which is considered the finest Romanesque building in Portugal; and the Coimbra University, founded in 1290, one of the world’s oldest and most illustrious universities. Return to Fatima for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 8: Fatima
Today is free for you to pray, meditate, revisit sites, go souvenir shopping, or simply relax. Dinner is on your own tonight. (BB)
Day 9: Fatima – Tomar – Santarem – Lisbon
Depart Fatima this morning and head back to Lisbon. Along the way, stop first in Tomar, a charming city founded by the first Grand Master of the Order of the Templars in Portugal, Gualdim Pais. Visit the Convent of Christ, a World Heritage Site featuring fascinating Templar history and the astounding stone carvings characteristic of Manueline architecture. Continue to Santarem, to visit the Igreja do Santissimo Milagre and view the venerated relic of the Bleeding Host. This miracle, which occurred in the early part of the 13th C, has endured for over 700 years. Complete the last leg of the trip to Lisbon to gather together for a toast and farewell dinner to celebrate the success of your pilgrimage. (BB, FD)
Day 10: Lisbon departure
This morning after breakfast transfer to the international airport for you home bound flight. (BB)
* (BB) Buffet Breakfast * (D) Dinner * (WD) Welcome Dinner * (FD) Farewell Dinner
A brief but meaningful pilgrimage to Portugal, a country brimming with religious importance, can give you a lifetime of memories. We’ll handle the travel and booking details so you can enjoy your religious tour. Call us today at (800) 290-3876 or email us with our online contact form.