FATIMA / SANTIAGO - 2016-2017
DEPART: Newark Airport
AIRLINE: TAP Air Portugal
* Price is per person, based on double occupancy. Tour does not include Travel Protection Plan. Travel Protection Plan is available upon request. There are a limited number of single rooms available. See Single Supplement above. Land Only Price does NOT include airfare or airport-hotel transfers. Price is based on a minimum of 25 passengers. Price Includes Mandatory Airfare Taxes and Fees. **Price does NOT include tips to drivers or guides or any items not specified. full terms document
Tour updated: 12/28/2016 9:55:09 AM
Day 1: DEPART USA
Depart U.S.A. aboard an overnight flight. Meals will be served on board.
Day 2: FATIMA
Upon arrival in Lisbon there will be a panoramic sightseeing tour of Portugal’s capital city from the motorcoach, passing by the main avenues, "downtown" with the Rossio and Comercio squares. Continue to the Alfama, the oldest quarter of Lisbon, to visit the Church of St. Anthony to celebrate Mass and visit the nearby Cathedral. Proceed to the monument district of Belem to see the Belem Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries and the Jeronimos Church. Continue to Fatima, one of the most famous Marian Shrines in Europe. Later in the afternoon, visit some of the highlights of Fatima including the Capelinha (also known as the “Chapel of the Apparitions”) as well as the Basilica, which contains, among other things, the tombs of two of the children of Fatima, Jacinta and Francisco, and Sr. Lucia. Enjoy the remainder of the evening free and dinner at your hotel. Also, participate in the Candlelight Procession and Evening Rosary (in season). (D)
Day 3: FATIMA
In the morning the group will visit the small village of Aljustrel, home of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, the three children who witnessed the Apparitions of the Blessed Mother starting in 1917. Then visit Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared in August of that year as well as the parish church where the children were baptized and where family members were buried in the cemetery. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Fatima on your own, shop for religious articles and other souvenirs, or spend time in private devotion. An optional video presentation on the history of Fatima will be offered in the evening at the Consolata Fathers Center. Enjoy dinner and overnight in Fatima. Also, participate in the Candlelight Procession and Evening Rosary (in season). (B,D)
Day 4: FATIMA / BRAGA / TUY / PONTEVEDRA
After breakfast say farewell to Fatima as you continue your journey to Spain, Spain. En route, stop in Tuy, where Sr. Lucia received the Habit and the name Maria Lucia of Dolours. On the night of January 25, 1938, Sister Lucia stood at her convent window in Tuy, Portugal, and saw an ominous red glow that lit the entire sky. This light was seen throughout Europe and parts of Africa and Asia. Scientists tried to explain it as a most unusual Aurora Borealis. It covered an area of 500,000 square km with a vertical extent of 400 km. The rays reached an altitude of 700 km and were accompanied by a strange noise "similar to the sound of burning grass or brush". Millions of people in many countries saw it and feared the world was on fire and about to end. Continue to the religious city of Braga, Portugal for a visit to the “Holy Mountain of Sameiro” and Bom Jesu. Continue to Pontevedra, Spain for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 5: PONTEVEDRA / SANTIAGO
Enjoy a brief tour of this city, one of Spain’s religious gems. Experience a visit to Santa Maria la Mayor, a 16th century church. Then depart to the famous pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. The group will take part in an orientation tour of one of Europe’s most spectacular basilicas, the Cathedral of St. James. Also visit the Plaza del Obradoiro, Archbishop’s Palace, and the Rajoy Palace, presently being used as the city hall. Return to Pontevedra for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 6: PONTEVEDRA / SANTIAGO
After breakfast depart hotel for a full day to explore Santiago de Compostela on your own. Return to Pontevedra for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 7: PONTEVEDRA / PORTO
After breakfast at the hotel the group will depart for Pporto, the second largest city in Portugal. This lovely city is famous for its wine production and if time allows a visit to a winery will be included. In Porto we will have an orientation tour and see where Sister Lucia entered the college of Vilar. The historic city of Porto, whose old center has been deemed a World Heritage site by UNESCO, is the gateway to the Vinho Verde route. Fringed to the south by the enchanting Douro River, it is where colorful, old buildings perch elegantly on incredibly narrow streets and laundry flutters unashamed from most balconies. The Cais da Ribeira, dockside area, has an abundance of outdoor cafes, is the perfect spot to see Rabelos, the antique boats used to transport another fermented favorite, the city's fabled Port wine, from the vineyards downstream to the cellars for aging. Dinner and overnight in Porto.(B,D)
Day 8: PORTO / USA
Depart for airport. Arrive U.S.A. same day. (B)
• Airfare: Round-trip from Newark
• Accommodations: 6 nights Superior Tourist Class Hotels (three star hotels).
• Meals: 6 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners
• Sightseeing: as indicated in the itinerary.
• Also Included: Daily Mass, Airport-hotel group transfers, hotel tips and taxes, baggage handling at the hotels (1 piece per person), Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach, Services of Professional Pilgrimage Tour Escort.