Jewels of Portugal & Spain – Carroll College

An Alumni Pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal
With: Carroll College Alumni & Friends
October 14-26, 2017

Day 1. Saturday, October 14: USA – Lisbon

Depart today on your flight to Lisbon, Portugal.


Day 2. Sunday, October 15: Lisbon

Upon arrival in Lisbon, enjoy a guided sightseeing of the Jeronimos Monastery and cloisters, built by Manuel I the Fortunate, to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. The king, impressed by the contemplative spirituality of the Order of St. Jerome, entrusted the monastery to their care until 1834, when all religious orders were disbanded. Continue to the Belem Tower, a fortified tower at the mouth of the Tagus river and an example of Manueline architecture, typical of Portugal. Finally, visit and attend Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Basilica, built over the house where St. Anthony was born. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Lisbon. (WD)


Day 3. Monday, October 16: Lisbon: Excursion to Sintra

This morning, travel to the picturesque Portuguese town of Sintra, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Monserrate Palace, with its intricately carved details and carefully arranged gardens. Continue to the Castle of the Moors, an ancient ruined castle perched high above Sintra that dates back to the Moorish era, and which provides amazing panoramic views over Sintra and the surrounding area. Next, explore the stately home and elaborate grounds of the Quinta da Regaleira, before returning to Lisbon to enjoy dinner at a typical Portuguese restaurant, O Timpanas. (BB, D)


Day 4. Tuesday, October 17: Lisbon: Excursion to Fatima

This morning, depart towards Fatima to commemorate 100 years since the Blessed Mother appeared to three humble shepherds, asking for consolation and reparation for sins committed against her Immaculate Heart. Inside the Basilica, begun in 1928, pray before the tombs of Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia. Visit the Little Chapel of the Apparitions and the hamlet of Aljustrel where the children lived. Enjoy lunch in Fatima before returning to Lisbon for a panoramic view of the city and a visit to St. George Castle, a strongly fortified citadel which dates back to medieval times, and which offers spectacular views of Lisbon. Tonight, dinner is on your own. Overnight in Lisbon. (BB, L)


Day 5. Wednesday, October 18: Lisbon – Faro

This morning, transfer to a resort close to Faro, Portugal. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure on the Mediterranean coast. (BB)


Day 6. Thursday, October 19: Faro – Seville

Today, enjoy the morning at leisure to continue enjoying the resort of Faro. In the afternoon, depart toward Seville for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 7. Friday, October 20: Seville

After breakfast, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Seville with visits to the Plaza de España, and the Royal Alcazar, the oldest palace still in use in Europe, and the Seville residence of the current royal family. Continue to Seville’s Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. Besides the countless treasures it contains, it is also the burial place of King St. Ferdinand III, whose body is incorrupt, and his spouse, Elisabeth of Hohenstaufen, and Christopher Columbus. This afternoon, meet Carroll College representative in Seville. Enjoy an evening show at the Flamenco Museum, followed by dinner at a typical Spanish restaurant. (BB, D)


Day 8. Saturday, October 21: Seville

Today is a full day of leisure in Seville, with dinner on your own. Optional excursion to Gibraltar. Overnight in Seville. (BB)


Day 9. Sunday, October 22: Seville – Madrid

This morning, depart from Seville via high speed train to Madrid, Spain’s capital. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of this beautiful city, followed by a guided visit to the world-renowned Prado Museum, the main Spanish national art museum, featuring works by Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Mass before dinner and overnight in Madrid. (BB, D)


Day 10. Monday, October 23: Madrid: Excursion to Avila

Early this morning, transfer to the medieval, walled city of Avila, home of the great Carmelite saint, mystic, author, and doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila. Visit the Monastery of the Incarnation where St. Teresa lived for more than 20 years, and the Avila Cathedral, built like a fortress and in both Romanesque and Gothic styles. In the afternoon, return to Madrid for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

Day 11. Tuesday, October 24: Madrid: Excursion to Segovia

Today, depart from Madrid for a half-day excursion to the city of Segovia. At the city’s western end, visit the Alcazar, rising out of a rocky crag and towering over the city. Originally built as a fortress, the Alcazar has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy. Admire the city’s Aqueduct, built by the Romans at the end of the 1st century AD. Afterwards, return to Madrid for afternoon free time to explore the city, with dinner on your own. (BB)


Day 12. Wednesday, October 25: Madrid: Excursion to Toledo

Depart this morning for the spectacular city of Toledo, situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. The Visigoths made Toledo their capital in the 6th century AD and left behind several churches. In the Middle Ages, Toledo was a melting pot of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures, and it was during this period that the city’s most outstanding monument – its cathedral – was built. One of the greatest cathedrals of Europe, its splendor reflects its history as the spiritual heart of the Spanish Church and the seat of the Primate of all Spain. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Toledo, before returning to Madrid in the evening for a farewell dinner and overnight. (BB, FD)


Day 13. Thursday, October 26: Madrid – USA

Today ends the first part of your tour. Those travelers returning to the USA will transfer to Madrid airport independently, those travelers continuing to Barcelona will be transferred to Madrid train station. (BB)




Day 13. Thursday, October 26: Madrid – Barcelona

Depart today by high speed train to Barcelona, Spain. Upon arrival, board your private motor-coach for a guided sightseeing en route to the hotel. Visit the Gaudi Holy Family Church, the emblem of the city of Barcelona. Afterwards, enjoy a guided walking tour of downtown Barcelona, including a visit to Barcelona’s spectacular Gothic Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona. (BB, D)

Day 14. Friday, October 27: Barcelona: Excursion to Montserrat

This morning, transfer to majestic Montserrat to visit its Monastery that houses the main Marian shrine of Cataluña, Our Lady of Monserrat. The small wooden statue of La Morenita is the soul of Montserrat, and is said to have been carved by St. Luke and brought there by St. Peter in 50 AD. In the afternoon, return to Barcelona for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

Day 15. Saturday, October 28: Barcelona – USA

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



(BB) Buffet breakfast; (L) Lunch; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome dinner; (FD) Farewell dinner


* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.



For more information, please contact Kathy Ramirez, Group Coordinator and Director of Alumni Relations, at (406) 447-5185 or at, or contact Catholic Heritage Tours. 

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