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Nov 03, 2022

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Fr. Reyes - 9 Day Pilgrimage to Portugal -Spain -France

Trip Length

09 Days

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1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

Please Fr. Reyes on this pilgrimage of a lifetime to Fatima, Madrid, Zaragoz, Lourdes, Montserrat, Barcelona and so much more.

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What’s Included

  • International airfare from New York gateway
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Ground & Air Transportation
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Private motorcoach & driver
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person

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Prices & Dates

Prices are based on double occupancy: all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: New York/Newark

Depart New York/Newark area gateway. Enjoy dinner and breakfast on overnight flight.

DAY 2: Fatima

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)

DAY 3: Fatima

We’ll have an 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, beautified 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)

DAY 4: FATIMA/AVILA/MADRID

We depart Fatima after breakfast and take in the rustic beauty of the Portuguese countryside before crossing the border into Spain and drive to Avila. When approaching Avila we see the magnificent 11th century walled city surrounding the old town. St. Teresa was a mystic and Doctor of the Church. We trace her footsteps with stops at: The Incarnation Convent, where she became a Nun, the museum dedicated to her life, the Cathedral, San Vicente Church, and La Santa Monastery built on the site of her house. All are a must see for every Catholic pilgrim. Later we drive to Madrid for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: MADRID/ZARAGOSA/LOURDES

After breakfast we drive east for Zaragoza to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar where Our Blessed Lady miraculously appeared to St. James before her Assumption. St. James was unhappy he could not convert people to Christianity, and as he was praying, Mary appeared on a pillar accompanied by angels and carrying the Child Jesus on her arm. She assured St. James he would not fail, gave him the pillar and told him to build a chapel on the spot where she left the pillar and for him to build an image of her. St. James was successful in bring Christianity to Spain. Zaragoza is one of Spain’s important Marian Shrines and October 12th is Our Lady of Pillar’s feast day. St. John Paul II affirmed Our Lady of Pillar’s role as the Mother of the Hispanic Peoples”. In the late afternoon travel into neighboring France. We arrive in the late afternoon to visit the beloved Shrine of Lourdes, where in 1858 at the Grotto of Massabielle Our Lady appeared to the 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous calling herself the “Immaculate Conception.” Check into our hotel and after dinner we are invited to take part in the evening International Rosary Candlelight Procession, (if available). Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B, D)

DAY 6: Lourdes

After breakfast our morning starts with 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. The afternoon is at leisure to pray and meditate at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, with its breathtaking murals or take part in the Eucharistic Devotion, Blessed Sacrament Procession and praying for the sick. Tonight we are invited to participate in the International Rosary Candlelight Procession, (if available). Dinner and overnight, (B, D)

DAY 7: LOURDES/MONTSERRAT/BARCELONA

After breakfast we depart for Montserrat, where we will visit the Black Madonna. Here we will visit the image of the Virgin of Montserrat. This wooden image is known by many names such as the Virgin of Montserrat, La Moreneta, St. Mary of Montserrat and the Black Virgin. Montserrat was built around the potential to worship the Black Madonna located within the Basilica. It is believed that that the statue was carved by St. Luke in Jerusalem. Pope Leo XIII declared the Black Madonna to be the patron Saint of Catalonia. We Continue to Barcelona for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 8: BARCELONA

After breakfast we will see this beautiful day. Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region known for its architecture, the modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudi, the Picasso Museum, and several Roman archeological sites plus the Rambles and the beaches. However the city is best known by the Sagrada Familia Church. We will visit the famous church. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona (B,D)

DAY 9: BARCELONA/NEWARK

Depart for Barcelona’s airport after breakfast for our flight to the USA arriving home the same day, taking with us many memories and blessings to last a lifetime. (B)

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Essential Information & Weather

Weather

Portugal
Portugal (and it’s weather) is defined by the sea. Its history has been shaped by its proximity to the ocean and its position as the westernmost European nation. A country of sublime climatic conditions, its temperatures are moderated by the Atlantic Ocean, never too cold and never too hot. Always just right, with a nice ocean breeze.

In summer, between June and late September, the days are sunny with high temperatures throughout the country. The average temperature in the city of Porto (north of Portugal) is 68ºF, rising to 77ºF during the day. In Lisbon and along the southern coast, the average temperature is around 75ºF but can reach 85ºF during the day.


The heat is more intense in the interior of Portugal, especially in the Alentejo and Algarve regions. Heat waves take place occasionally during which average highs above 104ºF last a few consecutive days.


In winter, between December and March, average temperatures are relatively mild along the western and southern Portuguese Atlantic coastline. In fact, values vary between 48ºF in Porto, 52ºF in Lisbon, and 54ºF in the Algarve (Faro).


Winter temperatures in the interior of Portugal are a bit lower, especially in mountainous regions where lows may drop just below freezing.


During spring and autumn, temperatures in Portugal are generally pleasant, but days can be windy, especially on the coastline. These milder temperatures, alongside fewer crowds, usually make sightseeing a pleasure. In particular, May, June and September may have the most desirable weather, with little rainfall.
For a real-time weather report: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/portugal

France

Though there are regional differences throughout the seasons, the weather in France mostly temperate, with temperatures remaining pleasant and mild throughout the year — a balanced mix of sunshine and rainfall.


Winters see plenty of snow, particularly in the mountainous areas where ski and winter sports thrive. On the odd occasion snow may also fall on the plains, mostly in north Loire, however this is a rare occurrence and even rarer in Paris.


Spring is typically warm and sunny as temperatures rise above 60°F in the south where you’ll see the. From about May onwards all of France begins to dress for the warmer temperatures, peaking at Summer when all of the country is bathed in sunshine. Temperatures typically range between the 70’s and 80’s.
Autumn sees the return of cooler conditions and rainfall as the country heads towards Christmas. Foliage takes shape throughout with the trees are changing colors, making for spectacular countryside drives.
For a real-time weather report: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/france

Packing List

Portugal

The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten-day trip in Portugal and France. Please consider the season of travel and specific destinations visited to adjust, as temperatures can fluctuate quite a bit.


• 7-9 x underwear, socks
• 2-3 x loose, lightweight trousers or skirts– one full length and one cropped pair would be ideal!
• 2-3 x shorts (in summer)
• 2 x long, loose shirts
• 4-5 x t-shirts or tops
• 2-3 evening tops
• 1-2 x sandals or flip flops for warmer-weather walking
• 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking/running shoes
• 1 x pair of more formal shoes
• 1 rain/wind-proof jacket
• 1 x umbrella and raingear
• 2-3 sweaters or other colder-weather gear
• sunglasses
• sun hat
• toiletries
• 1 x day bag
• European adapter
• Phone, camera and any other electronics needed
• passport and travel docs
• insurance

Specific packing notes for religious sites:
• Cover shoulders: avoid strapless tops, spaghetti straps tops and vests (both men and women)
• Avoid above the knee skirts and shorts (men and women)
• Avoid exposing excessive cleavage, a waist/belly or back
• Do not wear slogans or prints that may be perceived as offensive

Passports

Portugal

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the Schengen area, and that you have at least two blank pages available for the entry stamp.

France

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the Schengen area, and that you have at least two blank pages available for the entry stamp.

Visa

Portugal
Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.

France
Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.

Currency & Exchange

Portugal and France
The currency of France and Portugal is the Euro,
which breaks into 100 cents. You will be able to exchange dollars for Euros in most hotels, as well as at banks and registered money exchanges. ATMs can be found throughout the country, and most major credit/debit cards can be used to withdraw cash. Just make sure you have your pin number handy. Also, do find out what fees your bank might be charging for withdrawals and plan accordingly.

Most major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express to certain extent) are accepted, though do note that When making payments, some merchants may have a spending minimum — 10 euros for example. However, if you’re making a contactless payment, you can get away with purchases of just a couple of euros using your card.

Tipping is not obligatory, but is appreciated. Restaurants already include 15% for the servers, but feel free to add more if the service befits. At the coat check, at the bar, in the taxi, and with a tour guide – tips are more likely to be expected.

Phone & Internet Connectivity

Portugal

Broadband internet access is available in most cities, and some municipalities even offer free wifi in the touristic centers. Free wifi is also offered to customers in different cafes, restaurants and some hotels (hotels may charge for access). Internet connectivity on your mobile device is available throughout most of the country, but unless you have unlimited roaming, your bill may leave you a nasty surprise. If your mobile phone allows for it, and you are in need of constant connectivity, you can always purchase a local SIM card and a prepaid plan. This provides you with. Local phone number and internet access, allowing for your mobile phone to double as a modem through the mobile hotspot function. Another option that might work best is to rent out a mifi device, which create a wifi network that you and your party can use to stay connected while you’re in Portugal.

France

As soon as you land at either Paris Charles-de-Gaulle or Orly airports, you’ll be greeted not only by passport control, but also by free wifi. In Paris and several other main cities, you’ll find hundreds of free wifi hotspots. Of course, you’ll also be able to log in and start surfing the web at many cafes, restaurants and hotels throughout the country. Internet connectivity on your mobile device is available throughout most of the country, but unless you have unlimited roaming, your bill may leave you a nasty surprise. If your mobile phone allows for it, and you are in need of constant connectivity, you can always purchase a local SIM card and a prepaid plan. This provides you with. Local phone number and internet access, allowing for your mobile phone to double as a modem through the mobile hotspot function. Another option that might work best is to rent out a mifi device, which create a wifi network that you and your party can use to stay connected while you’re exploring the country.

Electricity and Adapters

Portugal

The power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

France

France the power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Dress & Modesty Norms

Portugal

The Portuguese dress conservatively. Women usually wear dresses, and men’s clothing is based primarily around a jacket and tie. Business etiquette dictates suits and ties or sports jackets and ties for men. Women wear dresses, skirts, and jackets or trouser suits. Overall, people are fashion conscious and believe that clothes indicate social standing and success. For this very reason, they take great pride in wearing quality fabrics and clothes and will invest their money in buying the best they can afford.

Communications in Portugal is more direct though polite. Portuguese may come off as fast, loud and emotional – fitting for a Mediterranean destination!

France

As expected, French dress is fashion-forward and more formal. Sorry, but Shorts and sweatpants are out.Naturally, tourists are not expected to dress this way, but arching your wardrobe closer to more fashion-forward and formal will help you blend in if that is a goal of yours.

Food & Water

Portugal

Tap water in Portugal is generally safe, held to highest European standards. However, due to chlorine treatment, the water may not taste good for those unused to that particular flavor profile. Bottled water, of course, is widely available for purchase. You won’t get served tap water in a restaurant unless you specifically ask for it but, if you ask for it, you should get it. Be aware that because it’s not something that the Portuguese ask for, so you might get a strange look if they’ve never been asked before.

France

Tap water in France is generally safe, held to highest European standards. Locals drink from the tap and, in fact, you’ll find public fountains available in cities such as Paris for a quick water-break. However, due to chlorine treatment, the water may not taste good for those unused to that particular flavor profile. Bottled water, of course, is widely available for purchase. If you are out for dinner, you may request a “caraffe d’eau” instead of bottled water, which can be expensive. The waiter will serve you a pitcher of tap water that is safe to drink.

As for eating in France, you can rest assured knowing that if you do get stomach issues, it’ll far more likely be due to overindulging on delectable croissants. Of course, with that said, always taking sanitary precautions and carrying basic over the counter medicine for such issues is recommended.

Timezone

Portugal

Portugal is +1 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/portugal

France

France is +2 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/france

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