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Portugal May 11-15, 2024

FATIMA – LISBON

5 days – 3 nights From May 11—May 15, 2024

DAY 1. May 11th: ORIGIN COUNTRIES – LISBON – FATIMA

Departure on a transcontinental flight from our origin countries to Lisbon, Portugal. Night onboard. Meals served during the flight.

DAY 2. May 12th: LISBON – FATIMA

We land at Lisbon International Airport. Welcome to a new (Old World!) continent: EUROPE, and to historic PORTUGAL. Upon exiting the airport, we will meet our guide who will accompany us throughout our pilgrimage in Portugal. Transfer to the holy city of Fatima. Upon arrival in Fatima, we will check in at the hotel. Subsequently, we will have the opportunity to participate in the liturgy of the Sanctuary, Mass for the Nations, Confession, and participation in the Rosary. Night in Fatima. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 3. May 13th: FATIMA

Breakfast. At the indicated time, we will begin one of the most impressive and spiritual days of our entire pilgrimage. We start with a visit to Aljustrel and the Stations of the Cross, and a visit to the Chapel of the Apparitions. Lunch. In the afternoon, participation in the celebrations held at the Sanctuary; Mass for the Nations, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, and the impressive Torchlight Procession. Night in Fatima. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 4. May 14th: FATIMA – SANTAREM – LISBON

Breakfast. At the indicated time, we will head to Santarém, one of Portugal’s main cities linked to the beginning of the Christian era during the time of the city’s conquest by the King of Portugal, which was then occupied by Muslims. In this city, we will visit the Church of the Holy Miracle, which houses one of the oldest eucharistic miracles in the world. In this beautiful church, we will have the opportunity to see and adore the miraculous Host in person. An unforgettable moment. At noon, departure to the capital city of Lisbon. Upon arrival, a panoramic visit of the city, one of the most beautiful in Europe. We will visit the most important places and monuments of the city, such as the Tower of Belem, the Monument of the Discoveries, the Cathedral, and the impressive Jerónimos Monastery. The rest of the afternoon and evening free to experience Lisbon on your own. We will have recommendations for visits. Night in Lisbon. Dinner and accommodation.

DAY 5. May 15th: LISBON – PARIS, FRANCE – LISIEUX

Breakfast. At the indicated time, transfer to Lisbon International Airport to continue our pilgrimage in France. Flight to Paris, France.

PRICES:

$1,350 USD Double occupancy

$272 Single supplement

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Coach for transfers and excursions according to itinerary.
  • Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in mentioned hotels: (2 nights in Fatima or surroundings at Hotel Haute Croix 3* or similar on a half-board basis; 1 night in Lisbon at Hotel Lutécia Smart Design 4* or similar on a half-board basis).
  • Visits with English-speaking local guide: Aljustrel – half-day; Santarém – half-day; Lisbon – half-day
  • Daily Mass.
  • English-speaking accompanying guide in Portugal.
  • Headphones when necessary.
  • CityTax.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Travel insurance.
  • Airfare.
  • Drinks during lunch/dinner.
  • Lunches and/or dinners not mentioned in the “price includes” section.
  • Tips for Guide and Driver.
  • Porters.
  • Personal expenses.

France May 15-23, 2024

LOURDES – PARIS – LISIEUX – ROUEN – CHARTRES – NEVERS – PARAY LE MONIAL – ARS – CARCASSONNE – TOULOUSE

9 days – 8 nights From May 15th to May 23rd

Day 1. May 15 – LISBON, PORTUGAL / PARIS, FRANCE / LISIEUX

We land at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Welcome to FRANCE! Upon exiting the airport, we will meet our guide who will accompany us throughout our stay in France. Departure towards the city of Lisieux, home of St. Thérèse, the Carmelite nun known as “The Little Flower” named a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II. Here, we will visit the site of the Lisieux family home, Les Buissonnets, and the Carmelite Convent Chapel that houses the remains of St. Thérèse. We will also visit the Basilica of Saint Thérèse and celebrate Mass in its crypt, where St. Thérèse’s saintly parents are buried. Night in Lisieux. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 2. May 16 – LISIEUX / ROUEN / PARIS

Breakfast. This morning we will head to Rouen, where in 1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for her Christian beliefs. Despite bombing damage from World War II, most of its monuments have been restored. We will enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, seeing its Gothic cathedral, the exquisite church of Saint Maclou, the old Palace of Justice, and the Tower of Joan of Arc where Joan of Arc was imprisoned in 1430. We will visit and celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Joan of Arc, completed in 1979, built on the site of her martydrom. In the afternoon, we head to Paris, where upon arrival, we will check into our hotel. After dinner, we will enjoy a bus tour by night through the “City of Light,” seeing many of Paris’s iconic landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, and the beautiful Paris Opera; Palais Garnier. During our tour, we will stop at the Trocadero terrace to enjoy a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower and its light show. Return to our hotel. Night in Paris. Dinner and accommodation. 

Day 3. May 17 – PARIS

Breakfast. This morning we will visit and celebrate Mass at the Church of Saint Étienne, one of the “pilgrimage churches” of Paris, once visited by Pope John Paul II. The church houses the remains of Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris. Next, we will enjoy a Seine River Cruise, followed by free time for photographs at the base of the Eiffel Tower. Later, we will have free time for shopping on the Champs-Élysées before heading to the world-famous Louvre Museum to see some of its excellent art collections, including the Mona Lisa. After our time at the Louvre, we will head to Montmartre, Paris’s “artist’s neighborhood,” featured in the Gene Kelly movie An American In Paris, and visit the beautiful Sacré-Cœur Basilica atop Montmartre Hill. After our visit to the basilica, we will have free time to explore the shops on Montmartre Hill before tonight’s special dinner at La Bonne Franquette restaurant. Night in Paris. Accommodation.

Day 4. May 18 – PARIS

Breakfast. This morning we will head to Rue de Bac to visit the Sanctuary of the Miraculous Medal, where St. Catherine Labouré received her apparitions of Mary. Here, we will see the incorrupt body of St. Catherine as well as the body of St. Louise de Marillac, who founded the Daughters of Charity with St. Vincent de Paul. After Mass and some time in the sanctuary gift shop, we will enjoy a visit to the charming Luxembourg Gardens of Paris. Next, we will arrive at Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the middle of the Seine River. Here, we will see the Gallery of Kings, the Portal of the Last Judgment, and its famous Rose Window. We will have free time for shopping and lunch near the Cathedral. Our sightseeing day concludes with a visit to the beautiful Sainte-Chapelle, a Gothic royal chapel with stunning stained glass windows. Night in Paris. Accommodation.

Day 5. May 19 – PARIS / CHARTRES / NEVERS

Breakfast. This morning, we will leave Paris for Nevers, stopping on the way in the city of Chartres, situated on a hill overlooking the Eure River. In the city center stands the Cathedral of Notre Dame, one of France’s most beautiful and well-preserved Gothic buildings. We will see its impressive interior, including its windows dating back to 1210, forming the most magnificent collection of medieval stained glass. We will also see the cathedral’s southern spire, its statues, and the late Gothic choir stalls. In the afternoon, we will arrive in Nevers and visit the Convent and Museum of Saint Gildard, where Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes spent the last 13 years of her life. We will celebrate Mass in the Chapel of St. Bernadette, where we will see the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette kept in a glass reliquary. After Mass, we’ll arrive at our hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Nevers. Night in Nevers. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 6. May 20 – NEVERS / PARAY le MONIAL / ARS / CARCASSONNE Breakfast. This morning, we will leave Nevers and continue to Paray le Monial, known as the City of the Eucharist, and visit the Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Margaret Mary Alacoque’s site. Here, we will visit the Chapel of Apparitions and enjoy an audiovisual presentation of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Then, we will head to Ars, the village of the Holy Curé, St. John Vianney, the Patron Saint of Priests. Here, we will visit his house and the Basilica of St. John Vianney, where the saint’s body lies in a glass reliquary. After Mass in the basilica, we will continue to Carcassonne. Night in Carcassonne. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 7. May 21 – CARCASSONNE / TOULOUSE / LOURDES Breakfast. This morning, we will enjoy a walking tour of Europe’s largest preserved walled city, the ancient city of Carcassonne. Then, we will head to Toulouse to visit the Church of the Jacobins, where we will visit the tomb of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church. After Mass, we will continue to Lourdes, where in 1858, Mary appeared to young Bernadette Soubirous. Upon arrival in Lourdes, we will check into our hotel before walking to the Sanctuary for an introduction. After dinner, we will participate in the Candlelight Procession tonight. Night in Lourdes. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 8. May 22 – LOURDES Breakfast. This morning, we will celebrate Mass at the Grotto, where Mary appeared to Bernadette numerous times. After Mass, we’ll enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes where we’ll see important places in the life and history of St. Bernadette, including the Healing Baths where many pilgrims immerse themselves for their healing properties, the Rosary Basilica (Lower Basilica), the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Upper Basilica), the Basilica of Pius X, followed by visits to Bernadette’s home and the Lourdes Museum. Our afternoon is free for personal exploration of Lourdes and time for those wishing to visit the Baths of Lourdes. After dinner tonight, we have another opportunity to join the Candlelight Procession. Night in Lourdes. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 9. May 23 – LOURDES, FRANCE – MADRID, SPAIN

Breakfast. End of our Pilgrimage through France. We continue our journey to Spain. Departure from Lourdes, France, heading to Madrid, Spain (with stopovers, tours, and visits in Donostia-San Sebastián and Burgos, Spain).

PRICES:

$3,950 USD Double occupancy

$690 Single supplement

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Coach for transfers and excursions according to the itinerary.
  • Airport-Hotel transfer.
  • Accommodation for eight nights in mentioned hotels: (one night in Lisieux or surroundings at Grand Hôtel de l’Espérance 3* or similar on a half-board basis; 3 nights in Paris at Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Meteor Avenue Porte D’italie 3* or similar on a bed and breakfast basis + 1 dinner at the hotel; 1 night in Nevers at Hotel BEST WESTERN De Diane 3* or similar on a half-board basis; 1 night in Carcassonne at Hotel ibis Carcassonne Centre La Cité 3* or similar on a half-board basis; 2 nights in Lourdes at Hotel Helgon 4* or similar on a half-board basis).
  • One dinner at La Bonne Franquette restaurant.
  • Visits with a local guide:     Lisieux – half-day     Rouen – half-day     Illuminated Paris     Paris (Montmartre) – half-day     Paris – full-day     Carcassonne – half-day     Lourdes – half-day
  • Tickets:     Sacré-Cœur     Seine Cruise     Miraculous Medal Sanctuary     Louvre Entry (subject to availability)     Sainte-Chapelle     Notre Dame Cathedral (Nevers)     Church of the Jacobins     Lourdes Sanctuary.
  • Daily Mass.
  • English-speaking Tour Guide and accompanying Driver in France.
  • Headphones when necessary.
  • CityTax.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Travel insurance.
  • Airfare.
  • Drinks during lunch/dinner.
  • Lunches and/or dinners not mentioned in the “price includes” section.
  • Tips for Guide and Driver.
  • Tips for Porters.
  • Personal expenses

SPAIN

MADRID – SAN SEBASTIAN – BURGOS – BARCELONA

4 DAYS – 3 NIGHTS From May 23rd to May 26th

DAY 1. May 23rd: LOURDES – SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN – BURGOS – MADRID

Breakfast in Lourdes, France. At the specified time, departure towards Madrid, with stops in Donostia-San Sebastián and Burgos. During our passage through Donostia-San Sebastián, we will enjoy a brief tour of the city, getting to know its main streets and characteristic monuments (exteriors), and stroll through the heart of this beautiful city. We will then continue our journey to Burgos, where we will have a city tour to explore its main attractions (exteriors). In the evening, arrival in the capital city: Madrid. Welcome to a new country: SPAIN. Night in Madrid. Dinner and accommodation.

DAY 2. May 24th. MADRID – ÁVILA – MADRID

Breakfast. In the morning, transfer to Ávila to explore the life and legacy of the great St. Teresa of Ávila, the Carmelite reform, and the path to personal sanctity. After this unforgettable visit, we return to Madrid for a half-day city tour, where we will get to know the world-famous Puerta de Alcalá, and take a walk through the spectacular Retiro Park, as well as passing by the famous Plaza de España, Gran Vía, Royal Palace (exterior), Almudena Cathedral (interior), Plaza Mayor, Cibeles, and Puerta del Sol. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free to continue experiencing Madrid on your own. We will provide recommendations for activities to do on your own. Night in Madrid. Dinner and accommodation.

DAY 3. May 25th. MADRID – BARCELONA

Breakfast. In the morning, departure to Madrid Train Station. Enjoy a three-hour train journey to Barcelona. Get ready to admire incredible views and beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival in Barcelona, we will visit a very special place: the Monastery of Our Lady of Montserrat. Here, we will explore the Benedictine abbey located on the mountain of Montserrat. In the afternoon, we will head to one of the most emblematic sites in all of Barcelona: the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, where we can marvel and pray in this magnificent work of Gaudi. Night in Barcelona. Dinner and accommodation.

DAY 4. May 26th. BARCELONA

Breakfast. Get ready to enjoy a beautiful city tour of Barcelona, where we will visit Las Ramblas, the most popular promenade in the city, representing the different faces of the city. During the visit, we will see the Canaletes Fountain, the Rambla de las Flores, the Palace of the Virreina, and the Liceu Theater. We will stop at the Boqueria Market, showcasing the essence of Barcelona, and continue into the Gothic Quarter, the birthplace of Roman Barcino and testimony of a golden age where Gothic art becomes the emblem of the city—as seen in the Cathedral, Plaza Sant Jaume, or Plaza del Rey. The last part of the visit will be to explore the old commercial district, the Born, a display of its wealth; it was popularly known as the Cathedral of the Sea, a church of fishermen and traders that rivals the noblest ones. Free time in the afternoon to experience Barcelona on your own. At 6 p.m., we will have a Special Dinner before departing in the evening to Barcelona International Airport to take our return flight to our Home Countries.

DAY 5. May 27th. BARCELONA – HOME COUNTRIES

At midnight on May 26, or preferably in the early hours of May 27, departure on a Transcontinental Flight to our Home Countries. Have a safe journey back home. May God and the Blessed Virgin Mary fill you with blessings.

PRICE

$1,590 USD Double occupancy

$360 Single supplement

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Bus for transfers and excursions according to itinerary.
  • Departure night transfer.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in mentioned hotels: (2 nights in Madrid at Hotel Agumar 4* or similar on a half-board basis; 1 night in Barcelona at Sercotel Porta Barcelona 4* or similar on a half-board basis).
  • One farewell dinner.
  • Visits with English-speaking local guides: San Sebastián – half-day (2h) Burgos – half-day (2h) Ávila – half-day. Madrid – half-day. Barcelona – half-day.
  • Entrance to the Sagrada Familia.
  • Visit to Montserrat (Virgin’s throne, Open-air Museum (with audioguide), entrance to the “Montserrat inside doors” Audiovisual Space, and entrance to Montserrat Museum).
  • Daily Mass.
  • English-speaking guide and accompanying English-speaking driver.
  • Headphones when necessary.
  • City Tax.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Travel insurance.
  • Late Check Out.
  • Airfare.
  • Drinks at lunch/dinner.
  • Lunches and/or dinners not mentioned in the “price includes” section.
  • Tips for Guide and Driver.
  • Porters.
  • Personal expenses.

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