Depart a New York area gateway or your domestic airport for your overnight flight to Rome. Enjoy dinner and breakfast on board.
Upon arrival in Rome, you will be met by your tour escort and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest or explore on your own. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (D)
After breakfast depart for Vatican City, where we gather to attend a Papal Audience (if available). In the afternoon, visit the Vatican Museums, home to one of the world's greatest art collections, and Michelangelo's awesome Sistine Chapel followed by a tour of the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica. Enjoy the remainder of the day to the sample Rome's many delights on your own. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)
After breakfast depart for your full day guided sightseeing tour of the “Eternal City.” Highlights include the Catacombs, the Appian Way, Capitoline Hill, St. Peter in Chains, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus and Palazzo Venezia. You will also visit three major basilicas in Rome, including the 1600-year-old St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome, and St. Paul Outside the Walls, built over the Saint's burial place. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)
After breakfast depart the hotel for Rome's airport and your flight to Lisbon. Upon arrival in Lisbon, you will be met by your escort and transferred to your Fatima hotel. Dinner and overnight in Fatima. (B, D)
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. Later discover the hamlet of Aljustrel, the shepherd children's home. Visit the church where they were baptized and the local cemetery. There is time for private devotions before a video presentation on the history of Fatima. Later participate in the Rosary Candlelight Procession (if available). Dinner and 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. Later participate in the Rosary and the Candlelight Procession, if it is available. Overnight in Fatima. (B, D)
Depart Fatima after breakfast and take in the rustic beauty of the Portuguese countryside, crossing the border into Spain. Here you will take an orientation tour of Burgos highlighted by a visit to the imposing Basilica, one of Spain's largest and most beautiful churches. Dinner and overnight in Burgos. (B, D)
Depart Burgos on a scenic ride through the Pyreness Mountains en route to Lourdes. Arrive in the afternoon and visit the beloved Shrine of Lourdes. You are invited to experience the evening Candlelight Procession and International Rosary, if available. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B, D)
Begin your morning by celebrating Mass at the Grotto of Apparitions. In the afternoon and evening, participate in the Blessed Sacrament Procession with the Blessing of the Sick. There is also the opportunity to participate in The Way of the Cross or visit the Baths of Lourdes. Later a walking tour leads us into the world of St. Bernadette, visiting places that illustrate her life and tell her story. After dinner, gather for the evening Rosary Candlelight Procession, if available. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B, D)
After breakfast we depart Lourdes for Zaragoza. Upon arrival in Zaragoza, we visit one of the world's largest Marian Shrines, Our Lady of the Pillar. The pillar, given to St. James by the Blessed Mother, gives off an extraordinary fragrance. This place visited by Our Lady before her Assumption, offers visitors the glimpse of the Holy Land. Dinner and overnight in Zaragoza. (B, D)
Depart Zaragoza for Madrid after breakfast. After checking into our hotel, we are introduced to the cosmopolitan Spanish capital, during a panoramic city tour. From the motorcoach, we enjoy views of the city's historic sites including the famed museum, the Prado, and the 2000-room Royal Palace. Dinner and overnight in Madrid. (B, D)
Today we are free to discover Madrid on our own or to choose an optional excursion to Avila (at additional cost), the ancient walled city and home of St. Teresa. Here we delve into the world of this inspiring saint and mystic, as we visit the places that speak of her life and calling. Later return to Madrid for some leisure time. Dinner and overnight in Madrid. (B, D)
Depart for Madrid's airport after breakfast. Arrive home the same day. (B)
A combination of famous Marian Shrines and the beautiful cities of Rome and Madrid are higlighted in this 14-day pilgrimage. Visit sites dating from antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and present day.
Roundtrip from New York Area Gateway
12 nights Superior Tourist Class Hotels
12 Breakfasts and 12 Dinners
Sightseeing as per itinerary: Rome, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, the four major basilicas, Lisbon, Fatima, The tombs of Jacinta and Francisco, Burgos, Lourdes, Grotto, Zaragoza, Madrid.
Airport-hotel transfers & porterage
Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Services of a Professional Regina Tours Escort
Priest to accompany trip (if available)
Rome, Fatima, Lourdes, Spain