Shrines of Spain
Day 1 - Depart USA
Board your overnight transatlantic flights from your home town. Meals are served on board.
Day 2 - Arrive Barcelona
Upon arrival you will be greeted by our tour guide and driver. Transfer to our hotel where you will enjoy free time to rest and refresh before Mass.
Dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
Day 3 - Barcelona
After breakfast you will enjoy a tour of Barcelona including: panoramic views of the Harbor area, Montjuic, Plaza de España, and Plaza de Catalunya. Afterwards,
continue on a guided walk through the Gothic Quarter to visit the cathedral and to view Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, a beautiful, unfinished Roman Catholic basilica of
impressive proportions. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the colorful markets of Las Ramblas. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
Day 4 - Excursion to Montserrat
After breakfast you will make your way to Montserrat, home to the dramatically set Benedictine monastery. On a rugged mountainside you will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. Since the 12th-century, pilgrims have been drawn to the mountain to venerate the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna. According to Catholic tradition, the statue of the Black Virgin of Montserrat was carved by St. Luke around 50 AD and brought to Spain. It was later hidden from the Moors in a cave, where it was rediscovered by shepherds in 880 AD. They saw a bright light and heard heavenly music that eventually led them to the grotto and the statue. The Bishop of Manresa, present at the discovery, suggested that it be moved to Manresa, but the small statue was discovered to be so heavy it could not be lifted. Thus the Virgin had indicated her will to stay on Montserrat to be venerated there. In the 11th century, the abbot-bishop Oliba founded a monastery on the mountain of Montserrat next to one of the chapels, where the Benedictine Abbey is still preserved. Return to Barcelona for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - Montserrat - Zaragoza - Madrid
After breakfast you will depart towards Zaragoza where we will visit the magnificent Basilica del Pilar, built in the place where our Lady appeared
to Saint James. Tradition says that in the early day of the Church, Saint James The Greater was spreading the Gospel in Spain, but making very
little progress. He was dejected and questioning his mission. About 44 AD, the Virgin Mary, who was still living in Jerusalem at the time,
bi-located and appeared to him in a vision to boost his morale. In it, she was atop a column or pillar, which was being carried by angels. That
pillar is believed to be the same one venerated inside the Basilica. Also visit the Cathedral of Zaragoza and do a walking tour of the city. Later you will
continue the journey to Madrid for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - Madrid & Toledo
After breakfast enjoy a tour of Madrid including the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. Then depart for Toledo which sits on a rocky mound isolated on three sides by a looping gorge of the Río Tajo. Every available inch of this outcrop has churches, synagogues, mosques and houses heaped upon one another in a haphazard spiral, which the cobbled lanes infiltrate as best they can. Toledo is known as the City of the Three Religions or Cultures because for many centuries the Christians, the Moors, and the Jews lived together in relative equality and peace. The city surrounded by walls hides great treasures: the awesome Cathedral, the church of Santo Tomé, the Tránsito Synagogue, Santa MariaLa Blanca Synagogue, the superb church of San Juan de los Reyes, Puerta de Bisagras, Puerta del Cambrón, Puerta del Sol, etc.
Return to Madrid for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 - Madrid - Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast depart towards city of Santiago de Compostela. Stop in Villafranca del Bierzo, where the group will visit the Collegiate Church
of Santa María, the churches of Santiago and San Nicolas, as well as the Agua Street, full of palaces and emblazoned houses. Later we enter Galicia by Lugo, not far from Santiago. Stop in O Cebreiro, the first village in the region of Lugo along the Route, with an altitude of 1,300 meters. A group of "pallozas" can be seen and a beautiful Pre-Romanesque temple, from the 9-10 C, containing a Chalice, the Paten of "Santo Milagro" and a precious Romanesque carving of Santa Maria La Real.
Continue on to Santiago de Compostela for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 - Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast set out to join the walking pilgrims at the Monte del Gozo from which the spires of the Cathedral are first visible. The
group will walk the last couple of miles of El Camino arriving at the Cathedral. Attend the International Pilgrim Mass at the Cathedral of St. James and visit the
crypt where the relics of St. James are preserved. In the afternoon you will visit: Obradoiro Square, Fonseca Palace, Gelmirez Palace, Franco Street, etc. Dinner and
overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 9 - Santiago do Compostela - Lisbon
Today you will depart for Lisbon. Upon arrival you will vist St. Anthony's Church. Although this patron Saint of lost things is known as St. Anthony
of Padua, (Italy) he was born in Lisbon, Portugal. The church is built on the site of St. Anthony's birth and where St. John Paul the ll visited in 1982 to
pray to Our Lady in thanksgiving. He believed she saved him when he was shot one year prior. Tonight, enjoy dinner and overnight!
Day 10 - Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima
Today you will travel North to the Old City of Santarem. Mass will be at The Church of St. Stephen, which holds (13th Century) Eucharistic Miracle.
The miracle occurred when a woman yearned to change the ways of her unfaithful husband and consulted a sorceress. The sorceress agreed that she
would cure the husbands infidelity in exchange for a consecrated Host. The woman committed sacrilege, but when she exited the church the Host began to bleed. It bleed so much that the parishioners thought she had cut her hand. The woman ran home and hid the bleeding Host in a trunk. When her husband came home she told him what she had done and later that night there was a light emanating from the trunk. The both began to kneel before the trunk. The following morning the husband and wife brought the Host to the parish priest. It was then moved to the Church of St. Stephen where another miracle occurred! The miraculous Host was originally put in a wax container however, when a priest opened the tabernacle to view the Host, the container was found broken and the Host was found enclosed in crystal pyx. After your visit to this miraculous site, you will depart via motor coach on to Fatima.
Day 11 - Fatima
Today will be a memorable experience as you pray upon one of Our Blessed Mother's Apparition Sites. Our Lady appeared to 3 shepherd children,
Lucia (age 10) , Jacinta (age 7) and Francisco (age 9). Her most prominent message at this time was to pray for world peace! Our day begins with Mass at the Little Chapel of The Apparitions. This simple old modern chapel is the site of were the Virgin Mary first appeared on May 13, 1917. Following mass, your tour of Fatima begins at the stunning neoclassical church, The Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima. This sacred space contains the tombs of Francisco and Jacinta as well as the monument that commemorates the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Day 12 - Return Home
Today you will enjoy breakfast with your fellow pilgrims and bid farewell to a memorable journey! You will then transfer to Lisbon for your return flight home.
*Optional 3 Day Tour to Fatima
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