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|Itinerary at a Glance
Lourdes & Fatima
|5||Lourdes, San Sebastian & Burgos|
|6||Burgos & Salamanca|
|7||Salamanca & Fatima|
|Highlights||Lourdes Shrine, Burgos Cathedral, Fatima Shrine|
If there are two shrines that a pilgrim must see in her or his lifetime, they are Lourdes in France and Fatima in Portugal, both sites of miraculous apparitions by the Virgin Mary. Immerse yourself in the wonders of these two towns on this once-in-a-lifetime journey, honoring the locations where the Virgin Mary appeared and the people to whom she delivered her inspiring message. As you travel from Lourdes to Fatima, you also have a chance to unwind on the shores of San Sebastian, the summer capital of Spain, and explore the religious legacy of Salamanca and Burgos, a principal stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. This is a trip that cannot be missed, especially at prices this affordable!
Day 2, Friday: Lourdes. Welcome to Lourdes, the oldest Marian shrine in Europe! After going through customs, transfer to your hotel next to the shrine for check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure until meeting other members of the group for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3, Saturday: Lourdes. In 1858, Lourdes was just a sleepy market town. Then the Virgin Mary appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl. The apparitions turned the town into the world’s most evocative and popular pilgrimage site, and in 1933 Bernadette was canonized. Start your day by exploring the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, the centerpiece of which is the cave, or Grotto, where the apparitions occurred. Here too are the baths in which 400,000 pilgrims seeking cures immerse themselves each year. You will also visit the underground basilica of St. Pius X, the Basilica of the Rosary, the crypt, and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (the Upper Basilica), all contained within the sanctuary. Afterwards, learn about St. Bernadette’s life at the Moulin de Boly, where she was born; the Parish Church, where she was baptized; the former prison, where she lived during the apparitions; and the hospice where she was a pupil and made her First Communion. Rest of the day is at leisure. After dinner you may wish to join the always stirring Torchlight Marian Procession, starting from the Grotto. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 4, Sunday: Lourdes. Day at leisure and for individual activities. You may wish to attend Mass at one of many places of worship in Lourdes, visit St. Bernadette’s Museum, walk the Way of the Cross, attend the Blessed Sacrament Procession in the afternoon, or drink and bathe in the Holy Water that flows from a spring in the Grotto. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5, Monday: Lourdes, San Sebastian & Burgos. This morning travel through the breathtaking Pyrenees mountains and across the French-Spanish border to coastal San Sebastian, the summer capital of Spain. This is the perfect place to relax and breathe in the fresh sea air in between the spiritual intensity of Lourdes and Fatima. On your sightseeing tour, you will visit the city’s Cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Coro and take in the panoramic vistas of the town and harbor from Mount Urgull. All over the city you will find open-air sculptures by local artists. The city also offers several parks and gardens to take a stroll in. Wrap up your visit by savoring the always-innovative Basque cuisine at a local restaurant. Continue to Burgos for dinner and overnight stay. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Our journeys today will cover 270 miles and take approximately 5½ hours.
Day 6, Tuesday: Burgos & Salamanca. A principal stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Burgos is rich in ancient churches and convents. You will have a chance to see the most notable ones, including the impressive gothic Cathedral, the monastery of Las Huelgas, and the Carthusian monastery of Miraflores. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Salamanca for dinner and overnight stay. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Our journeys today will cover 160 miles and take approximately 3 hours.
Day 7, Wednesday: Salamanca & Fatima. Known for its beautiful buildings and lively student atmosphere, Salamanca's Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Admire the Old Cathedral, built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style, and the much larger Gothic New Cathedral, completed in 18th century. Your tour will also include Capilla de la Vera Cruz, a baroque church that houses countless works of art and serves as headquarters for the five-hundred-year-old Brotherhood of the Vera Cruz of Salamanca. After the tour depart for Fatima, Portugal. Sightseeing and lunch en route. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Our journeys today will cover 250 miles and take approximately 5 hours.
Day 8, Thursday: Fatima. Today is dedicated to the wonders Fatima. In 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared here several times to three children—Jacinta, Lucia and Francisco—and delivered a message of hope and peace. Discover the power of this message as you visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, which marks the exact spot where the Virgin Mary appeared and houses the tombs of two of the children. You will also tour the children’s home. The rest of the day is at leisure. After dinner you may wish to join the moving candle procession. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 9, Friday: Fatima. The day is free for you to pursue individual visits and spiritual activities. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 10, Saturday: Fatima. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast provided.