Marian Shrines in France, Spain, Fatima & Rome
Moderate – High
Join us on a Marian Shrines Pilgrimage to France, Spain, Portugal, & Rome! We will attend a Papal Audience, two candlelight processions, and be able to walk through the Holy Door at Santiago de Compostela, which is only open during St. James Holy Year!
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Arrive in Rome
Upon arrival in Rome, we are met by our Holy Land travel Center representative and continue to celebrate mass in or around the Vatican.We then visit St. Peter’s Basilica before we continue to tour of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel. We will then go to our hotel for check in for dinner and overnight.
We leave early this morning to San Giovanni. We begin with Mass at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and a visit to the tomb of Padre Pio. We visit the church where Padre Pio received the stigmata and the most famous work of charity of the Father; the home for relief and suffering. We will see the confessional where Padre Pio spent innumerable hours with the multitude of pilgrims, directing them on their way to God. We then visit the cave of Michel Archangel. Six different popes and St. Francis of Assisi kneeling in prayer at this cave, seeking the protection of St. Michael. This is one of the most famous sanctuaries of the early Cretans. We then continue to our hotel for overnight.
After breakfast this morning we depart early to return to Rome. After lunch on our own we tour the Colosseum, arch of Constantine, Palazzo Venezia, Circus Maximus. Roman Forum. We then visit two of the major Basilicas St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major where we will attend Mass before continuing to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we leave to the Vatican to attend the Holy Father’s General Papal Audiences at Saint Peter’s Square. Some free time for lunch in the area and on to visit the final major basilica San Paul Outside the Walls. In the evening we will take our short flight to Lourdes.
On Today’s orientation you will see the Grotto, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Bernadette’s birthplace, and her family home. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this little market town. This evening, join the candlelight processional.
Lourdes, Loyola, Burgos
Today we Travel through the Basque region towards Burgos. En route, stop at the 17th-century Sanctuary of Loyola, built in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order. Once we arrive in Burgos we will check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Burgos, Santiago De Compostela
This morning we explore Burgos the historic capital of Old Castile. Our visit takes us to the magnificent cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture and the burial place of Spain’s national hero, El Cid. After, we head on to Santiago de Compostela whereon arrival, (time permitting) we take an orientation walk to introduce us to the old city center and attend the Pilgrim’s Mass.
Santiago De Compostela
This morning we begin our visit of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most famous shrines in the world, where the tomb of St. James (brother of St. John the Divine) was discovered. St. James was given the task of spreading Christianity in the distant Hispanic lands and is known as the first pilgrim. Since the discovery of the tomb, numerous miracles have taken place here and every year thousands of faithful gather on July 25 to celebrate the Feast Day. We begin with a visit to the Cathedral of St. James, one of the finest examples of architecture in all of Europe. As pilgrims, we have the opportunity to climb the stairs behind the high altar to visit the crypt where the relics of St. James are preserved, touch the central pillar (Portico de La Gloria), view the ‘botafumeiro’ and admire the wealth of medieval art inside the Cathedral, before visiting the cloister museum. Enjoy a stroll on own, though the beautiful streets of Santiago de Compostela, the city of the apostle, full of historical buildings and others. Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
**Optional Morning Walking Tour ~ This morning we set out to join the walking pilgrims at the Monte del Gozo from which the spires of the Cathedral are first visible. We will walk the last couple of miles of El Camino arriving at the Cathedral of St. James, the destination we have been yearning to reach. Continue to the Cloister Museum with our group.
Santiago De Compostela, Braga, Fatima
This morning we leave Santiago de Compostela and head south and stop in Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world and nicknamed the “Portuguese Rome”. Visit the Bom Jesus Do Monte Sanctuary, an important pilgrimage site, where devout followers have walked the “Stations of the Cross” for contemplation and penance since 1811. See the unique zigzag stairway dedicated to the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste—and the three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity. Arrive in Fátima, home to one of the most famous Catholic shrines. We check into our hotel, this evening, join pilgrims from around the world for the rosary and candlelight procession at the Our Lady of Fátima Basilica.
Enjoy an orientation walk and visit the tomb of the visionaries and the Chapel of the Apparitions made famous by the Virgin Mary’s 1917 appearances to three shepherd children, which culminated in the revelation of the Three Secrets of Fátima. In the evening, enjoy free time or join the Rosary and candelight procession for a second time for Our Lady of Fatima Basilica.
Today we take an excursion to Tomar with a visit to the Monastery-Fortress of the Knights Templar. We will stop in town of Santarem for Mass at St. Stephens Church, and to venerate the 13th century Eucharistic Miracle. This evening, we depart to Lisbon for some free time before continuing to our hotel.