Enjoy a wonderful trip to see the most famous pilgrimage towns of Spain, Portugal, and France. Start in Madrid with a welcome dinner at your hotel and guided sightseeing including a highlight visit to the Prado Museum. Continue to Ávila, where St. Theresa founded the Order of Carmelites, and enjoy a walking tour. Arrive in Fátima to visit Our Lady of Fátima Shrine; the Chapel of the Apparitions, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in 1917; and the Parish Church. You may wish to attend Mass and join the evening’s Rosary and candlelight procession. Next is the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the top pilgrimage destinations during the Middle Ages along with Rome and Jerusalem. You may wish to attend Mass and join a unique experience: walk part of the famous Camino Pilgrim’s Way with an expert Local Guide. Continue to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile, where a guided visit to the cathedral is included. Travel along the Basque coast and arrive in Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home. You may wish to bathe in the healing waters, experience the “Blessing of the Sick,” attend Mass, or join the evening’s Rosary and candlelight procession. Re-enter Spain, and stop in Barcelona, where guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Via Montserrat, visit the Benedictine Abbey and the Basilica, and arrive in Saragossa, where guided sightseeing features the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, home to a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary. End in Madrid with a farewell dinner at your hotel. </BR>.
MADRID Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum; welcome and farewell dinnersAVILA Visit the walled townFÁTIMA Orientation including visits to the Our Lady of Fátima Shrine, the Chapel of the Apparitions, Parish Church, Valinhos and attend MassSANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Guided sightseeing; visit the cathedral; walk part of the famous Camino; attend MassBURGOS Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedralLOURDES Guided walking tour, visit the grotto, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home; attend MassBARCELONA Guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia BasilicaMONTSERRAT Visit of the Benedictine Monastery and the BasilicaSARAGOSSA Guided sightseeing, visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the PillarHeadsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid
NOTES:May 10 Departure – Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima (May 13)May 10 Departure – starts on Tuesday in Madrid instead of SaturdayMay 10 Departure – Possible overnight in TomarThis tour involves a lot of walking.
Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.