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Our Lady of Fatima

Trip Length

09 Days

Current Weather

Trip Type

1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

We at Regina Tours are proud to offer our fellow pilgrims the opportunity to visit and take in the wonders of the miracle in Fatima, where on a quaint day in 1913 Our Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children, and changed the village forever.

Highlights

  • Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and the location where Our Lady appeared to the shepherd children.
  • Visit the Miracle of the Bleeding Host at Church of St. Stephen in Santaram, one of the world’s oldest cities.
  • Participate in the rosary and candlelight procession whenever possible.

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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: USA

Depart on an overnight flight to Lisbon. Dinner and breakfast are served aboard.

Day 2: Fatima

Arriving in Lisbon, we are greeted by our tour guide, board our deluxe motor coach for a panoramic tour of the charming Portuguese capital. See the fanciful Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Monument to the Discoveries and the Basilica of St. Anthony (patron saint of lost objects). Continue to Fatima with a stop in Santarem, one of the oldest cities in the world., to the Church of St. Stephen, which houses the Miracle of the Bleeding Host on continuous display since 1269 AD. Mass can be celebrated here before we depart for Fatima, arriving in the afternoon to check into our hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. In the evenings (if available) join in the moving Rosary Candlelight Procession beginning in the Little Chapel of the Apparitions (Capelinha). Dinner and overnight in Fatima. (D)

Day 3: Fatima

This morning we 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 Candlelight Procession (if available). Dinner and overnight in Fatima (B, D)

Day 4: Fatima

After breakfast 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 St. Lucia. Continue to the Little Chapel of Apparitions where Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children, celebrate Mass, and light a candle near the shrine. The balance of the day is for reflection and meditation as we walk the lovely grounds and visit the new basilica that holds 9,000 pilgrims. Join in the Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation available each day at the basilica. After dinner we once again experience the Rosary Candlelight Procession (if available). Overnight in Fatima. (B, D)

Day 5/6: Fatima

These two days are at leisure. For pilgrims who wish to experience Christ’s love, walk the Stations of the Cross along the Sacred Way (Via Sacra) ending at the Chapel of Calvary.  Take time for private devotion, pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous well. Take one of our optional tours (at additional cost) to visit the spectacular Gothic monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaca, and the colorful fishing village of Nazare. Visit the romantic city of Coimbra (at additional cost) where St. Lucia lived, located on the river Mondego. Coimbra is one of Europe’s oldest college towns. Visit the university, where students still wear long black capes. Se Velha (Old Cathedral), and the Monastery of Santa Cruz. Return to Fatima for some leisure time. And after dinner take part in the Rosary Candlelight Procession (if available). Overnight in Fatima. (B, D)

Day 7: New York, NY

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight home, arriving the same day, taking with us 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

Packing List

The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten-day trip in Portugal. 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

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

Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.

Currency & Exchange

The currency of  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

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.

Electricity and Adapters

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

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!

Food & Water

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.

Timezone

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

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