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Fatima, Lourdes and Rome

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1 - USA - Lisbon

Board your overnight transatlantic flights to Lisbon. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.

Day 2 - Lisbon
Arrive in Lisbon and enjoy an orientation drive through Lisbon, highlighted with Mass and a visit to the birthsite of Saint Anthony. Dinner and Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 3 - Santarem - Fatima
Drive to the town of Santarem, one of the oldest cities in the world, where you will have Mass and visit the Church of St Stephen, which contains the oldest recorded Eucharistic Miracle. Stolen by a woman in payment to a sorcerer, the Host began to emit a brilliant beam of light and then to bleed. Reverently returned to the church of St Stephen, this miracle has been on continuous display since 1269. In the afternoon, you drive to nearby Fatima, the place where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to three simple shepherd children and exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. Tonight you may participate in a candlelight procession. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.

Day 4 - Fatima
Six times, from the May 13 to October 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three novices belonging to the diocese of Leiria. See the basilica that was constructed in 1928 and contains Francesco and Jacinta’s graves, and celebrate Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. Visit 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 (The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.

Day 5 - Fatima - Coimbra - Alba de Tormes - Avila
Depart to Avila making 2 stops enroute; the first in Coimbra, to visit the Carmelite Convent the last earthly home of Sr. Lucia, the third visionary. Continue to the Convent of the Poor Clare’s to see the Silver coffin that holds the incorrupt body of St. Elizabeth of Portugal. On the way to Avila we make another stop in Alba de Tormes, where St. Theresa of Avila is buried. Arrive Avila in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 - Avila - Burgos
St. Theresa, the great mystic was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. In Avila, visit the Cathedral, which contains many of St. Theresa’s relics and the crypt of the Convento of La Santa, which is built on the site of the house where she was born and is home to the most comprehensive museum dedicated to her life. Also visit La Encarnacion Convent, the first convent she founded. In the afternoon, travel to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Dinner and overnight in Burgos.

Day 7 - Burgos - Loyola - Lourdes
Mass at the Santa Maria Cathedral. Leave Burgos, heading to Lourdes. En route stop in Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. See the 17th Century Basilica dedicated to St Ignatius and visit his family home which contains the place referred to as the Room of the Conversion. Later, travel through the Pyrenees Mountains into Lourdes, the birthplace of St Bernadette, and where Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. After dinner, enjoy a candlelight procession. Overnight in Lourdes.

Day 8 & 9 - Lourdes
See a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes and enjoy a guided tour of Lourdes which will include the sanctuary; the Grotto, where Our Lady appeared under the title of the Immaculate Conception; the Basilica of the Rosary, the Basilica of St Pius X, the world’s largest underground church; Boly Mill where St Bernadette was born and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette’s impoverished family lived; and the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place.Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.

Day 10 - Lourdes - Rome
Travel by flight(s) to Rome. Upon arrival your escort will warmly greet you this morning and welcome you to Italy. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon for rest, relaxation, or exploration. You tour escort can suggest sights or walks for you to enjoy. Dinner and overnight in Rome.


Day 11 - Rome (Papal Audience at the Vatican - if available)
This morning the group will go to Vatican City to attend the weekly Papal Audience and Blessing given by His Holiness Francis I. Following the audience visit of the Vatican Museums, a group of most impressive edifices with hundreds of galleries filled with art treasures. See awe-inspiring relics and works of art donated throughout centuries as tributes of faith. Through the tour you will cover The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms and the most overwhelming Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Masterpiece, restored mural of the Last Judgment. Later, enter the largest church in Christendom St Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St Peter was martyred. Unsurpassed in beauty, a monument to the long history of the Catholic Church, to which pilgrims come from around the world, St Peter's is the grandest of the world's churches. Marvel Pieta and Bernini's amazing bronze canopy. Before dinner, you will have some time at leisure, to explore your own paths, to shop, or just to sit in one of the outside cafes and watch the world go by.

Day 12 - Rome
This morning depart for a sightseeing tour of a lifetime! Although, our focus is on "Christian Rome" also you will see many important cultural and monumental sights around Rome. The tour includes three major Basilicas: St Mary Major, one of the oldest shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, a shrine that contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. The Basilica of the St John in Lateran, is the former residence of the popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377. St Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the remains of St Paul under its main altar. Also you will visit the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus, Chapel "O'Domine Quo Vadis?" the remains of imperial tombs, Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. Dinner and overnight for your last evening in Rome.

Day 13 - Rome - USA

In the early morning we leave for Rome Airport.

 

Tour Features

  • Round trip airfare from New York and Airport Taxes
  • Accommodations in Superior Tourist and/or First Class Hotel, twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Transfers between airport and lodging with porterage at hotels
  • Multi-lingual Tour Escort
  • Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • Welcome Packet / Document Portfolio
  • Daily Mass and all spiritual activities coordinated

Pricing

Program #

2015  Pilgrimages Dates

Price

FR15 0208 February 8-20, 2015 $4,999
FR15 0412 April 12-23, 2015 $5,199
FR15 0524 May 24 - June 5, 2015 $5,299
FR15 0712 July 12-24, 2015 $5,299
FR15 0816 August 16-28, 2015 $5,299
FR15 0913 September 13-25, 2015 $5,299
FR15 1004 October 4-16, 2015 $5,199
FR15 1122 November 22 - December 4, 2015 $4,999
Single Supplement: $999
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