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Jul 30, 2023

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World Youth Day Lisbon, Portugal : July 30 - August 7, 2023

Trip Length

09 Days

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1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

We at Regina Tours are proud to be involved with World Youth Day. This will be our 7th WYD and we invite the youth and young adults to gather with our Holy Father Pope Francis as we join thousands of people from around the world. World Youth Day will strengthen our faith, understanding and commitment to Christ, His Church and one another.

We invite youth and young adult leader to join us on this exciting World Youth Day to Lisbon as we take part in the Catechesis Sessions, prayer, worship and festivities. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, the birthplace of St. Anthony, and close proximity to Our Lady of Fatima, makes a great city to experience.

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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 - Lisbon

Depart USA for the overnight flight(s) to
Lisbon. Meals and entertainment will be
available on board.

Day 2: Arrival Lisbon

Upon arrival in Lisbon you will go to claim
your luggage and go to the arrivals hall
where you will meet our representative
who will take you to your hotel. This afternoon you will enjoy a city tour of Lisbon which includes a visit to St. Anthony’s
church where St. Anthony was born. Dinner and overnight. (D)

Day 3: World Youth Day Lisbon

We will join the Catechesis sessions with
Bishops from all over the world. The sessions will take place in churches, schools,
auditoriums and sports centers of Lisbon.
World Youth Day begins this evening with
Mass, following Mass return to hotel for
dinner and overnight. (B/D)

Day 4: Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima - Lisbon

Today, after breakfast we will drive to Fatima. Our first stop will be Santarem for
Mass at St. Stephens Church, and to venerate the 13th Century Eucharistic Miracle.
Continue to Fatima, a Hamlet of Aljustrel,
the birthplace and home of the three shepherd children. Our Lady appeared to three
shepherd children; Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco. These apparitions occurred monthly
from May through October of 1917. Our
Lady’s most prominent message during this
time was to pray for world peace. Our profoundly reflective day begins with a visit to
the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. This
chapel is the site where the Virgin Mary
first appeared on May 13, 1917. Continue
to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary,
where we will see the tombs of St. Francisco, St. Jacinta, and Sister Lucia. View the
monument that commemorates the Sacred
Heart of Jesus, in the square. This Basilica
also features fifteen altars, dedicated to the
fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. Visit the
Museum and exhibition “Fatima: Light and
Peace”. Continue with a visit to the Holy
Trinity Basilica. After lunch, we will participate in the Stations of the Cross along the
Via Sacra. The “Sacred Way” marks the path
taken by the shepherd children of Fatima
to their first apparition with Our Lady. The
day ends with a visit to Valinhos, the site
of Our Lady’s August 1917 apparition, and
the first and third apparition of the Angel.
Return to Lisbon for dinner and overnight.
This evening you will join the events organized by World Youth Day. (B)

Day 5: Lisbon – World Youth Day - Holy Father arrives!

After breakfast, you will have a free day to
enjoy the many World Youth Day activities.
In the evening attend the Welcome Ceremony with our Holy Father. Return to the
hotel for overnight. (B)

Day 6: World Youth Day Lisbon

After breakfast, enjoy the events organized by World Youth Day. Join the World
Youth Day Stations of the Cross. Return to
hotel for overnight. (B)

Day 7: World Youth Day Lisbon

After breakfast, enjoy the events organized by World Youth Day including participating in the Pilgrimage
Walk. This evening you will join the
Prayer vigil with our Holy Father. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 8: World Youth Day Lisbon

World Youth Day “Mass of Sending”.
This morning, the Pope will concelebrate Mass with thousands of Bishops and Priests, and he will address everyone young and old to send them out to the world to witness to their faith,
as the Lord did with his Apostles. Afterwards participate in the Pilgrimage Walk.
After return to the hotel for overnight. (B)

Day 9: Depart Lisbon - USA

After breakfast you will bid farewell to your new friends and to a World Youth Day experience, with memories that will last a lifetime.

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Lourdes

Day 9: Lisbon/Burgos

After breakfast we depart Lisbon for Spain, driving along the rustic beautiful Portuguese countryside, before crossing the border into Spain. We continue to the city of Burgos, founded in the 9th century, the historic capital of Old Castle. Dinner and overnight in Burgos.

Day 10: Burgos/Lourdes

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will have an orientation tour of the city highlighted by a visit to the imposing magnificent limestone Gothic Basilica, one of Spain’s largest and most beautiful churches. After lunch in the afternoon we depart Burgos for Lourdes, enjoying the scenic ride through the rugged Pyrenees Mountains and travel into neighboring France. We arrive in the afternoon to visit the beloved Shrine of Lourdes, where in 1858 at the Grotto of Massabiele Our Lady appeared to the 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous calling herself the “Immaculate Conception.” Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. Join the procession in the evening.

Day 11: 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. Time to pray Dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Lourdes/Toulouse/USA

After the breakfast is the transfer to Toulouse International airport for our flight back home.

MADRID& AVILA

Day 9: Lisbon/Salamanca/Avila

After breakfast we depart Lisbon and drive west through the Portuguese countryside en route we will stop in one of the picturesque cities of Spain – Salamanca, considered one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe and home of the oldest university in Spain. The half-day tour includes the Old City, part of UNESCO World Heritage, the University of Salamanca, where Cervantes was a student, the Old Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede, founded in 12th century, and Plaza Mayor, one of the most magnificent squares in Spain. Continue to Avilla for accommodation, dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Avila/Madrid

After breakfast at the hotel will starts a half day guided tour. Explore the walled city of Avila, Spain’s best-preserved 11th-century fortified town, and discover why it is known as the City of Stones and Saints. Entering the 11th-century city walls encircling Avila, notice how the 90 fortified towers and circular turrets look like they’ve stepped out of a storybook, and hear how Avila is an important pilgrimage site as the birthplace of the mystic writer Saint Teresa of Jesus. Then explore two of the best examples from the astounding array of Romanesque and Gothic churches in Avila, packed with one of the highest concentrations of Romanesque and Gothic churches in Spain. Some free time for lunch will be provided before to continue to Madrid. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Madrid.

Day 11: Madrid

The tour starts by going to the Puerta del Sol. Feel the atmosphere of the city from the plaza, which is the “heart” of Madrid and one of the busiest places in the city. See the famous statue of a bear climbing a tree, which is the symbol of Madrid. Continue to Plaza de España that contains a sculpture of Cervantes and his famous Don Quixote and Sancho Panza characters. See the Parliament building and Cibeles Fountain, named after the roman goddess of nature, it is seen as one of Madrid’s most important symbols. Walk along the elegant Calle Alcala and Paseo de Castellana, the longest and the oldest streets in Madrid. Visit the Royal Palace and the spectacular Prado Museum and enjoy one of the finest art collections in the world and the best collection of classical art in Madrid. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 12: Madrid/USA

After the breakfast is the transfer to Madrid International airport for your flight back home.

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Day 9: Lisbon - Caldas de Reis

After the breakfast we depart Lisbon for Caldas de Reis. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.

Day 10: Caldas de Reis - Padrón

(Walking distance 18 km)
Today, the path enters the beautiful Bermaña Valley and its centennial forests towards the emblematic town of Padrón, where according to legends, the stone boat containing the remains of the Apostle moored. Padrón is also famous for their mild green peppers that are sold all over Spain as Pimentos de Padrón and for its Sunday Market. You will stay in a hotel in the town center whose restaurant attracts customers from Santiago de Compostela.

Day 11: Padrón - Santiago de Compostela

(Walking distance 24 km)
Only 24 km separates you from your goal: the resting place of the Apostle Saint James in the Cathedral of Santi- ago de Compostela. The Camino will bring you through charming villages and hamlets as well as the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude . You will get to walk by the mysterious, abandoned ruins on the hill-fort of Castro Lupario, of the castle A Rocha Vella and the Chapel of San Martiño were one of the most ancient Cruceiros of Galicia stands. Then, finally, from the hills of Agro dos Monteiros, you will get our first glimpse of Santiago de Compostela and start walking into the city of the Apostle. Diner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Santiago de Compostela

Day 12: Santiago de Compostela

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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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