Depart New York/Newark area gateway. Enjoy dinner and breakfast on overnight flight.
Arriving in Lisbon, we enjoy a brief panoramic tour of the charming Portuguese capital. See the fanciful Belem Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Monument to the Discoveries and (time permitting) the Basilica of St. Anthony. Continue to Fatima with a stop in Santarem to take in the Miracle of the Bleeding Host. In Fatima, in the evenings if it is available, join in the moving Candlelight Rosary Procession beginning in the Chapel of the Apparitions (Capelinha). Overnight in Fatima. (D)
We'll have opportunity to attend Mass in the Chapel of the Apparitions. We visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, starting at the pristine Basilica, with the tombs of Jacinta and Francisco, beatified in 2000, and Sr. Lucia. Continue to the Capelinha, where Our Lady appeared to the shepherd children. Light a candle near the shrine, walk the lovely grounds or shop for religious articles nearby. After dinner we can once again experience the Rosary Candlelight Procession, if it is available. Overnight in Fatima. (B, D)
This morning discover the hamlet of Aljustrel, the shepherd children's home. Continue to Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared after the children's release from prison. Visit the church where they were baptized and the local cemetery. Take some time for private devotions before a video presentation on the history of Fatima. We'll have opportunity to join the International Mass at 10am. In the evening, participate in the Rosary and the Candlelight Procession in the Prayer Area. Overnight in Fatima. (B, D)
We depart Fatima after breakfast and take in the rustic beauty of the Portuguese countryside before crossing the border into Spain. After arriving in the city of Burgos, founded in the 9th century, we have an orientation tour highlighted by a visit to the imposing Gothic Basilica, one of Spain's largest and most beautiful churches. Dinner and overnight in Burgos. (B, D)
We depart Burgos after breakfast, enjoying the scenic ride through the rugged Pyrenees Mountains and travel into neighboring France. We arrive in the afternoon and visit the beloved Shrine of Lourdes, where in 1858 Our Lady appeared to the 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous calling herself the "Immaculate Conception." We are invited to take part in the evening Torchlight Marian Procession and International Rosary, after dinner. Overnight in Lourdes. (B, D)
We have the opportunity to attend Mass in Messe du Sanctuarie. We continue delving into the life of St. Bernadette in the small village of Bartrès, where she spent part of her childhood working as a shepherdess. Return to Lourdes with time for personal devotions including the Eucharistic Devotion and Procession. After dinner, we are invited to participate in the Torchlight Procession, that begins at the Grotto. ( arrive 15 mins early or 30 minsif you wish to join the choir ) Pilgrims carry a candle as a sign of their faith in Christ, the Light of the World. Overnight in Lourdes (B, D)
After Mass at Messe du Sanctuaire this morning, we are free for personal devotions. Take the opportunity to experience the "Miraculous Baths." In the afternoon, we have a walking tour tracing the life of St. Bernadette, which includes visits to the Boly Mills where Bernadette was born; the Locale Mill, residence of her parents; the "Cachot," formerly used as a jail, where she lived at the time of the Apparitions; the Chapel where she received her First Holy Communion; and the Parish church containing the Font, where she was baptized. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B, D)
Depart for your return flight home. Arrival in the USA the same day.
Fatima is a peaceful village in Portugal. It is here that Our Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children. Lourdes is located in the Pyranees Mountains of France. Here Our Lady visited Bernadette 18 times.
Roundtrip from New York Area Gateway
Superior Tourist Class Hotels
Breakfast and Dinner Daily
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Airport-hotel transfers & porterage
Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Services of a Professional Regina Tours Escort
Priest to accompany group (if available)