Day 1. Monday, April 17: Transatlantic flight
Depart today on your flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 2. Tuesday, April 18: Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima
Upon arrival in Lisbon, transfer to Santarem to visit the Church of the Eucharistic Miracle, where a Eucharistic Miracle took place in 1225 and continues to this day. Pray before the crystal flask containing the Blood of Christ. Continue to Fatima to enjoy free time before a welcome dinner to meet fellow pilgrims. (WD)
Day 3. Wednesday, April 19: Fatima
Commemorate 100 years since Our Lady’s apparitions to the three shepherd children in Fatima! Visit the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, the Basilica, the site of Francisco, Jacinta, and Sister Lucy’s graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra, culminating in the Chapel of Calvary that overlooks all of Fatima. Enjoy a free afternoon before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 4. Thursday, April 20: Fatima – Salamanca – Alba de Tormes – Avila
Travel this morning to Salamanca. Upon arrival, have a panoramic view of the beautiful Plaza Mayor, the main square of the city. Then walk through the colonial streets to reach the Old and New Cathedral, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain. Render homage to the miraculous image of Our Lady of La Vega and the remains of Sts. John of Sahagun and Thomas of Villanueva. Continue to Alba de Tormes to pray before the remains of St. Teresa of Avila, housed in the Carmelite Church. After a short drive, arrive at the walled city of Avila for dinner and overnight (BB, BL, D)
Day 5. Friday, April 21: Avila
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing of Avila’s medieval center. Your tour includes visits to the Convent of St. Teresa of Avila, built over the house where she was born, and the Monastery of the Incarnation, where the saint lived for more than 20 years. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight dinner is on your own with overnight in Avila. (BB)
Day 6. Saturday, April 22: Avila – Segovia – Burgos
Today, transfer to one of the most spectacular sited cities in Spain, Segovia. Upon arrival, visit the church of the Convent of St. John of the Cross, that houses the remains of the saint. Continue with a visit to the Alcazar, towering over the city. Then visit Segovia’s Cathedral, the last great Gothic church in Spain. Continue to Burgos, to visit its Cathedral, the third largest church in Spain, housing the tomb of El Cid and his wife. Dinner and overnight in Burgos. (BB, D)
Day 7. Sunday, April 23: Burgos – Loyola – Lourdes
Depart today towards Lourdes. En route, stop in Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here visit the Basilica dedicated to the saint, as well as his home. Afterwards, enjoy lunch before continuing towards Lourdes. Upon arrival, you may participate in the procession of the sick and the rosary procession. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (BB, L, D)
Day 8. Monday, April 24: Lourdes
A day of many graces! In 1858, St. Bernadette Soubirous experienced 18 apparitions of the Blessed Virgin at the Grotte Massabielle in Lourdes. This morning, enjoy some free time for private devotions. You may wish to bathe in the healing waters where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the main sites related to St. Bernadette and the apparitions. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (BB, D)
Day 9. Tuesday, April 25: Lourdes – Toulouse
This morning, leave Lourdes and travel to Toulouse. On the way, stop at the village of Pibrac to venerate the relics of St. Germaine in the Church of St. Francis de Sales. The life of St. Germaine is one of forgiveness to those who did her wrong. She suffered from poor health, she was handicapped, and the ill treatments she received from her family were inhumane. Nevertheless, her soul was full of love for God and for Holy Mass, which she attended daily. Her simple and humble life was an example to others. Soon after her death, miracles were attributed to her intercession. Continue to Toulouse for a farewell dinner and overnight. (BB, FD)
Day 10. Wednesday, April 26: Homebound flight
Early this morning, transfer to Toulouse airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB)
(BB) Buffet breakfast; (BL) Boxed lunch; (L) Lunch; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome dinner; (FD) Farewell dinner
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
For more trip information, contact Tonise Paul, Group Coordinator, at (312) 286-3694 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Catholic Heritage Tours.