Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela & Fátima
July 5 -15, 2019
Join us on a very special pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of France, Spain & Portugal to coincide with the anniversary of the July 13, 1917 Fátima apparition!
Our pilgrim route will begin in the French Pyrenees for two days in Lourdes to immerse in the beauty of the story of St. Bernadette and her meeting with Heaven at the Grotto of Massabiele. Heading south over the Spanish Highlands for three nights in Spain, visiting the Catheral of Burgos (tomb of El Cid) and the great shrine of St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela. Finally, on to Portugal, where our pilgrimage will be crowned by three days in the holy city of Fátima, the place chosen by Our Blessed Mother to meet us through the three shepherd children one hundred and two years ago! After celebrating the anniversary of the July 13, 1917 Fatima apparition, a visit to the old world maritime city of Lisbon, birthplace of St. Anthony, will complete our pilgrimage.
Cost:$3495 from Newark, NJ (based on double room occupancy)
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R/T non-stop airfare from Delta/Air France from NY JFK
Land transportation by luxury motorcoach
3 & 4* hotels with private bath
Breakfast & Dinner daily and three lunches
Guided touring as indicated on itinerary
Daily Holy Mass
Cost is based on double room occupancy
Add $395 for a single room
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The Village Centre - P.O Box 509
Bangall, NY 12506
Day 1 - Evening departure from NY JFK Airport on-board a Delta Airlines/Air France flight to Paris, France and onto Pau in the south of France.
Day 2 - Late morning arrival in Pau from where we will transfer to Lourdes. Mid-day arrival and check-in at the Hotel Astoria Vatican close to the Sanctuary of Lourdes, the holy grounds that hosted the eighteen visits between the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Bernadette in 1858. Late afternoon visit to the Sanctuary for an orientation video and walk along the river that St. Bernadette was crossing over when she first saw the “Beautiful Lady” in the Grotto of Massabielle. All are welcome to join in the nightly rosary and candlelight Procession.
Day 3 - Morning walking tour in the steps of St. Bernadette to visit the places connected to her life in Lourdes; the Boly Mill (her birthplace), the Cachot (where she was living at the time of the apparitions) and the Parish Church (place of her baptismal font). Afternoon opportunity to visit the Baths of Lourdes where healing water has been flowing since the time of the apparitions.
Day 4 - Late morning departure on a scenic drive over the Spanish highlands to Burgos, once the capital city of the kings of Castile. Upon a late afternoon arrival, visit the ancient cathedral (time permitting), masterfully constructed on sloping ground, with one end two stories higher than the other. See the tomb of El Cid, champion of the 11th century Spanish Reconquista. Overnight in Burgos.
Day 5 - Morning departure westwards into Galicia, Spain on the Iberian Coast, a land the ancient Greeks considered the beginning of the end of the world. Our route at times will parallel the Camino Frances, the ancient pilgrim walking route, 500 miles from Santiago de Compostela to Southwest France. Stop en-route for a visit to the Twelfth-century Cathedral of Lyon and (weather permitting) the mountain-top village of O Cebreiro; a charming Celtic settlement with 1200-year-old thatched-roof homes and an ancient church associated with a Fourteenth-century miracle of the Blessed Sacrament. Afternoon arrival in Santiago de Compostela, where, according to tradition, it was here in the Eigth Century that the bones of the Apostle James, one of the “Sons of Thunder” and a Missionary to Iberia, were miraculously discovered in a “field of stars”. Since then, pilgrims have come from all corners of the earth to pay homage to the fisherman who was mending his nets by the Sea of Galilee when Our Lord first called him. Check-in at the Hotel Francisco Monumento located in the historic medieval center of the city, next to the Cathedral of St. James (two nights).
Day 6 - Morning tour of the historic center of Santiago de Compostela with the highlight being the 1000-year-old Cathedral of St. James. Take in its magnificent Baroque facade and graceful Romanesque interior and with the anticipation of pilgrims throughout the ages, descend into the crypt below the main altar to stand in front of the reliquary of St. James. See the famous Botafumeiro, a 5ft. thurible (hanging 170 feet), swing almost to the roof of the transept, emitting thick clouds of incense. Free afternoon.
Day 7 - Morning departure for Fatima, Portugal. Mid- afternoon arrival in Fatima, the city of the shepherd children who received heavenly apparitions in 1917; Jacinta and Francisco Marto and their cousin, Lucia Santos. Check-in at the Hotel Casa Das Irmas Dominicanas near the Fatima Sanctuary (three nights), the sacred grounds where the holy meetings took place. Late afternoon visit to the Sanctuary. See the Chapel of Apparitions and the Rosary Basilica (wherein are the shepherds tombs). All are welcome to the nightly Rosary & candlelight procession at the Sanctuary.
Day 8 - 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 Fourteenth-century 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 102nd anniversary of the July 13, 1917 apparition.
Day 9 - On this day, 102 years ago, as the shepherd children were playing in the fields and tending their flock, Our Blessed Mother appeared to them for the third time. Join with priests and pilgrims at the Sanctuary for a marvelous ceremony to include the Rosary, Holy Mass, Blessing of the Sick and a procession of the Pilgrim Virgin statue as multitudes of faithful wave their handkerchiefs as a farewell tribute to Our Lady. Afternoon excursion to the quaint village of Aljustrel to visit the shepherd children's homes and other places of heavenly apparitions.
Day 10 - Morning check-out and departure for the Old World maritime city of Lisbon. Upon arrival, visit the former orphanage that Jacinta (of Fatima) stayed at in the days prior to her death in a nearby hospital. Drive along the River Tagus, passing by the historical monuments of Belem and Jeronimos. Visit the Church of St. Anthony, built over the beloved saints birthplace, in the ancient Alfama district. Late afternoon check-in at Hotel Mundial in the heart of Lisbon with views of the Castle of St. George in the hills above the city.
Day 11- Morning departure for the Lisbon Airport to board a non-stop transatlantic flight to Newark, NJ.