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 / BURGOS
Depart Fatima for Burgos. In Burgos enjoy an orientation tour of the city. The highlight will be a visit to the Basilica of Burgos, one of the largest and most beautiful basilicas in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Burgos. (B,D)
Day 5: BURGOS / LOURDES
Depart Burgos for Lourdes. Enjoy the scenic ride through the Pyrenees Mountains. Arrive in the late afternoon. Individuals may wish to take part in the evening Candlelight Procession (in season). Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B,D)
Day 6: LOURDES
After breakfast, participate in the walking tour of Lourdes where the group will visit the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette. These include the Boly Mill where St. Bernadette was born, the “Cachot,” formerly used as a jail where she lived at the time of the Apparitions; the Chapel where St. Bernadette received her First Holy Communion and the Parish Church containing the Baptismal Font where she was baptized. Once again, after dinner, please feel free to participate in the Candlelight Procession (in season). Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B,D)
Day 7: LOURDES / NEVERS
Depart Lourdes after breakfast for Nevers. Dinner and overnight in Nevers. (B,D)
Day 8: NEVERS / PARIS
After breakfast you will view the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette and visit the site of the convent in which she spent her last days. Depart Nevers by deluxe motorcoach to Paris. Upon arrival visit the Rue du Bac for Mass in the Chapel where our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure. Here you will also view the incorrupt remains of St. Catherine and around the corner to see the heart of St. Vincent de Paul. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B,D)
Day 9: PARIS
After breakfast, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Paris seeing some of Paris' famous landmarks, including the Elysee Palace, residence of French Presidents, Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and the Place de la Concorde. Balance of the day at leisure. Take time to shop and explore the “City of Lights” on your own. This evening there will be a traditional riverboat cruise on the Seine River enjoying a glimpse of this magnificent illuminated city. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B,D)
Day 10: PARIS / USA
Depart for airport. Arrive U.S.A. same day. (B)
• Airfare: Round-trip from Newark
• Accommodations: 8 nights Superior Tourist Class Hotels (three star hotels).
• Meals: 8 Breakfasts & 8 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.