"Land of Our Lady"
A pilgrimage to Fátima, Portugal, one of the most special places on earth, in the year following the Centenary of Our Blessed Mother's apparitions, her gift to mankind!
May 8-15, 2018
With Fátima in the heart of central Portugal as a base, have the opportunity to daily visit the Cova da Iria, the holy grounds of the apparitions, and the nearby village of Aljustrel, site of the shepherd children's home and the place where the Angel of Peace prepared the children for Our Lady. Also enjoy day excursions to the beautiful and historic sights of Lisbon (birthplace of St. Anthony), Santarem (Eucharistic Miracle), Batalha and Nazare! Then travel to Portugal's northern region to the ancient cities of Coimbra, Porto and the Shrine of Bom Jesus in Braga for the last evening! Experience a country steeped in tradition, history and faith! Be in Fátima to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the May 13, 1917 appariton!
Cost:$2595 from Newark (based on double room occupancy)
Call for the cost from other cities of departure
R/T United Airlines non-stop airfare from Newark, NJ
Land transportation by luxury motorcoach
5 nights at the Casa Das Irmas Dominicanas in Fatima
1 night in Braga
All meals except two lunches
All touring as on itinerary
Daily Holy Mass
Cost is based on double room occupancy
Add $295 for single room occupancy
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Fill out the small application form within the brochure and send with a $500 deposit to the address below.
Or call 1-800-334-5425 and we will be happy to send you one.
The Village Centre - P.O Box 509
Bangall, NY 12506
Day 1 - Evening departure from Newark, NJ Airport on-board a United Airlines flight to Porto, Portugal.
Day 2 - Mid-morning arrival in the age-old city of Porto in northern Portugal. Board our European motorcoach and set out on a panoramic tour of Portugal's second largest city built up along the hillsides overlooking the Douro river, with history dating back 2000 years. Enjoy a stop in the historic center along the river. Continue south to the holy city of Fatima. Late afternoon arrival and check-in at Hotel Casa Dominicanas, close to the shrine grounds where the three shepherds of Fatima; Jacinta & Francisco Marto and Lucia Santos, were visited by Our Blessed Mother in 1917. Nightly Rosary and Candlelight Procession.
Day 3 - Enjoy a day in Fatima to visit the Shrine and surrounding area. See the chapel where the apparitions took place and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary wherein are the tombs of the shepherd children. The quaint hamlet of Aljustrel where the shepherd children lived with their families is next. Take in the unspoiled beauty of the area as we visit the Marto family home and the Parish Church that the shepherds were baptized in. Also visit Valinhos (place of the Aug. 1917 Marian apparition) and Loca Cabeco (place of the apparition of the Angel of Peace in 1916).
Day 4 - Full day excursion to Portugal's world class capital city of Lisbon! Upon arrival visit the Poor Clares convent, a former orphanage that little Jacinta stayed at before her death in a Lisbon hospital. Drive along the scenic River Tagus, stopping at Jeronimos Monastery and passing by historical monuments telling of Portugal's great Age of Discoveries. Lastly visit the church built over St. Anthony's birthplace. Late afternoon return to Fatima with a stop en-route in Santarem to visit the Church of the 13th Cen. Holy Eucharistic Miracle.
Day 5 - Today enjoy an excursion to the Silver coast of the Atlantic. Along the way stop at a historic landmark attesting to the ages of faith in Portugal; the 14th Cen. Gothic Monastery of Batalha, built to thank the Blessed Virgin Mary for a great victory that secured Portugal’s independence. Upon reaching the Atlantic, enjoy the fishing village of Nazare with one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. See a revered image of Our Lady nursing the Child Jesus, believed to have been carved by St. Luke. Lunch on the sea before a late afternoon return to Fatima. Tonight begins the vigil to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the May 13, 1917 apparition.
Day 6 - On this day, 101 years ago, as the shepherd children played in the fields and tended their flock, the Blessed Virgin came to them for the first time. Join with pilgrims at the shrine for an inspiring anniversary ceremony beginning with the Rosary followed by Holy Mass and finishing with a procession of the Pilgrim Virgin statue as multitudes of faithful wave white handkerchiefs in farewell to Our Lady. Time in the afternoon at leisure.
Day 7 - Morning check-out and departure for the ecclesiastical city of Braga; one of the oldest Christian cities in the world and once the ancient Roman capital of Iberia. Stop en-route in the historic university city of Coimbra to visit the Carmel where Sr. Lucia, the oldest of the Fatima seers, lived for over fifty years prior to her death in 2005. Also visit the magnificent Church of Santa Cruz in the medieval historical center with lunch along the River Mondego. Continue on towards Braga with a late afternoon arrival and check-in at our Hotel Bom Jesus, close to the shrine of the same name, famous for its Baroque 15th Cen. double staircase of 1000 steps, a catechism in stone. Celebratory Farewell Dinner and overnight.
Day 8 - Morning flight departure from nearby Porto Airport to Newark, NJ Airport. Mid-day flight arrival in NY.