Southern Spain, Portual, France & London Pilgrimage
Moderate – High
Join us on a pilgrimage cruise to Southern Spain, Lisbon, France, and London! Starting with 2 nights in Barcelona, we continue with stops in Southern France before we make it to Lisbon and Oporto in Portugal. A beautiful day trip to Bordeaux France before we end our pilgrimage in London.
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*The Book with Confidence Travel Plan allows for any new booking made with Holy Land Travel Center to be changed to a different destination or to another available departure date. Notice of change in travel plans must be given 120 days before departure; standard cancellation penalties will apply for full cancellation without rebooking or changes made within 120 days to departure. Applicable price and eligible promotions for the new tour will apply; if new trip is less expensive, a future travel credit will be issued for the difference in price. Cannot be applied to Passion Play Pilgrimages. No cash value. Credit is fully transferable. Offer reliant on space availability. Effective 10.7.2020. May be withdrawn at any time. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details.
Upon arrival in BCN, we are greeted by our Holy Land Travel Center representative and immediately transfer to your hotel in Barcelona for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Barcelona (D)
After breakfast this morning we head to the most famous Holy family church, La Sagrada Familia. La Sagrada Familia is an unfinished Catholic basilica in Barcelona designed by the celebrated Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudi. We enjoy a full guided tour of the Basilica before we celebrate Mass. We will spend the afternoon in Park Guell before we continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Barcelona (B)
This morning after breakfast We will journey towards the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for a tour before we head to the port to embark on our cruise. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Travel to Murcia, the capital of the province, a bustling city with the charm of a small town. Settled by the Moors in the 9th century and conquered by the Christians in the 13th century, this bustling city offers an array of architectural delights. Stop at the Monastery of the Virgin of Fuensanta and enjoy a panoramic view of the Murcian orchards, one of the most productive in the Mediterranean. Stop at Cathedral Square, where you’ll see the beautiful Baroque style facade of the cathedral, next to the Episcopal Palace. Visit the Royal Casino of Murcia dating from 1847, it is one of the most historic buildings. Although this is still an active private club, the ground floor is open to the public. After a period of decline in the second half of the 20th century, the building was completely refurbished and many of the rooms were restored to their original splendor. You’ll also pass through the Squares of Santo Domingo and Romeo and enjoy some free time for a stroll on your own or shopping. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Today we see the sights of Granada and visit its main attraction, the Alhambra. The might yet graceful citadel was planned by the 13th-century Moorish rule Al Ahamar. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also, amble through the magnificent water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Free time in afternoon before we return to our ship for dinner and overnight. Mass will be celebrated in Granada*, time permitting. Otherwise, Mass will be celebrated onboard. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Today we explore Seville and the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park. Drive to the Plaza de Espana, the Gold Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the fine baroque building, now a university, that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Visit the Cathedral with Columbus’ tomb and the world’s largest gothic edifice. Finally, we land in the Old Quarter where we will have some free time for shopping and tapas before continuing to the ship for our dinner and overnight. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Today we port in Lisbon and depart for Santarem. Here we will stop for Mass at St. Stephens Church and to venerate the 13th century Eucharistic Miracle. We then continue to Sintra where we will spend our free time in the Old Town Quarter. Sintra is a charming Portuguese town situated within the cooling hills of the Serra de Sintra. Hidden within these pine-covered hills are whimsical places, extravagant villas and the ruins of a Moors castle. We return to port, and along the way we stop for a photo opportunity at Belem Tower, a 16th century fortification built of limestone, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today we transfer to Porto’s historic quarter where we take a walk through the heart of Oporto where we will see many of the city’s notable landmarks, such as the Porto Cathedral. After our short tour, we will stop at one of the many port wine lodges that Oporto is internationally famous for. After an informative tour of the cellar and be treated to a wine tasting of some of their finest products. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Today we exit our cruise ship and embark on a day trip to Bordeaux. Our drive takes us along the famous Medoc wine road, Route des Chateaux, with a panoramic view of vineyards as far as the eye can see. The Medoc vineyards are orderly and impeccable maintained, and the famous Chateaux regions produces superb wines. In Bordeaux, we will have a short orientation tour of the city before enjoying a few hours of free time to explore at your leisure. The pedestrian friendly city center and waterfront has many shops, cafes and restaurants for you to choose from! We will then return the ship in the afternoon for our dinner and overnight. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Today we disembark our cruise and head to the heart of London where we will take a panoramic tour around London before Mass at the ever-famous Westminster Abbey*. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure. Overnight: London (B, D)