Marian Shrines Pilgrimage to France, Spain & Portugal

Under The Spiritual Direction Of Fr. Bill McEvoy
FROM $4,799


September 23 - October 3, 2024

Activity Level

Moderate – High

Book By

7 / 24 / 2024

Group Limit


Pilgrimage Overview

Travel Insurance Group Name/ID: CA131

Depart USA

Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your flight to Barcelona.

Arrive in Barcelona

Continue to Barcelona, the
capital of Catalonia and explore the colorful markets of Las Ramblas before transferring to our hotel.


After breakfast we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Barcelona
including panoramic views of the harbor area, Montjuic, Plaza
de Espana and Plaza de Catalunya. We will then visit Barcelona
Cathedral followed by a visit to Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, a
magnificent, unfinished Roman Catholic basilica of impressive
proportions. We will then travel outside of Barcelona to visit
the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat, the spiritual heart of
Catalonia and home to a dramatically set Benedictine
monastery. For 700 years this Marian shrine has attracted
thousands of pilgrims from around the world. We pause here to
visit the Black Madonna of Montserrat, probably Spain’s most
fervent devotion to the Blessed Mother. Later, we return to
Barcelona for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Barcelona (Breakfast, Dinner)


 This morning we depart Barcelona and driver over the Pyrenees to Andorra la Vella and view Romanesque churches and stone houses in the city’s quarter, along with a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady
of Meritxell. Continue on to Lourdes, where we will check into our hotel before joining the candlelight procession.

Overnight: Lourdes (Breakfast, Dinner)


 This day we start with mass at the Grotto of Massabielle, where our Lady appeared to Bernadette in 1858. Later we take our official
group photo in front of the Basilica, followed by our guided tour of Lourdes. The sanctuary of the Basilica of St. Pius X,
the world’s largest underground church. The Basilica, The
Baths, where thousands of miraculous cures have taken place
is the most respected shrine and sanctuary in France. In the
afternoon our group will join the Blessed Sacrament
Procession and Blessing of the sick, (if available on that day).

Overnight Lourdes (Breakfast, Dinner)


 This morning we depart Lourdes and drive through the Pyrenees Mountains of Loyola, the hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Here you will visit the Basilica and the tower house where he was born and lived. We continue to Santander for
dinner and overnight.

Overnight Santander (Breakfast, Dinner)

Santiago de Compostela

Cathedral of Oviedo, Toms of Asturian Kings, Camara Santa: Depart Santander this morning and drive to Oviedo, the capital of Asturias
region. Here we will visit the Cathedral which houses the tombs of
Asturian kings and the Camara Santa, a restored 9th century chapel
containing expressive statues of Christ and the Apostles. We then
head to Santiago de Compostela for dinner and overnight.

Overnight Santiago de Compostela (Breakfast, Dinner)

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 gathers 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

Overnight: Santiago de Compostela (Breakfast, Dinner)


Porto Wine Factory and Tasting, Church of St. Francis: Today we
depart Santiago de Compostela and continue to Porto to see the
wine factory and enjoy sampling the best wine. We visit the church
of St. Francis before driving to Fatima for dinner and overnight.

Overnight Fatima (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10

This morning we visit Fatima, where Our Blessed Mother visited
three shepherd children, Lucia Santos and her cousins Bl. Jacinta &
Bl. Francisco Marto in 1917. We participate in the Rosary &
Candlelight Procession.

Overnight Fatima (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11
Return Home

Today we bid Spain farewell and board our flights home, carrying with us memories that will last a


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