Book a 2018 holiday before 14 August and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 7 dinners
A spiritual voyage through Portugal, France and Spain which sees you attending Mass at world-famous cathedrals, joining evening processions and exploring the historical highlights of the cities you visit along the way.
Fatima, Lourdes & Shrines of Spain + Spiritual Highlights of Italy - 19 nights
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Fly to Lisbon where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the evening.
On your guided sightseeing tour of Lisbon, see the enormous monument dedicated to Henry the Navigator, as well as the 16th-century Belém Tower, the Moorish citadel, and impressive Black Horse Square. Visit the Cathedral La Se, where St. Anthony was baptized, and Jeronimo's Monastery, which dates back to the mid-1400s and was built in thanks to the Virgin Mary for Vasco de Gama’s successful voyage to India. Head north for a stop in Santarém to visit the Church of the Eucharistic Holy Miracle. Arrive in Fatima, home to the most famous Catholic shrines. 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 Fatima. This evening, join pilgrims from around the world for the Rosary and candlelight procession at the Our Lady of Fátima Basilica.
Today, join an optional excursion to Tomar with a visit to the Monastery-Fortress of the Knights Templar. This afternoon attend Mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady with time to wander on your own or even explore the tiny hamlet of Aljustrel and see the house where the three shepherd children lived. This evening maybe join the Rosary.
Journey north this morning 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. Continue into Spain and head for Santiago de Compostella, one of the top pilgrimage destinations since the Middle Ages. On arrival an orientation walk introduces you to the old city center. Then attend the Pilgrims Mass in St. James Cathedral, which houses the Apostle James’ remains beneath the high alter, followed by the famous Botafumeiro to close the celebration.
This morning, join an optional excursion to Cabo Finisterre, where pilgrims have traditionally completed their walk and burned their robes. Later, return to Santiago de Compostela known throughout history for the key 9th-century pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (or Way of St. James) with time to explore on your own.
Today, travel to Burgos, historic capital of Old Castile. Your visit takes you to the magnificent Cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture and burial place of Spain's national hero, El Cid
Travel through the Basque region toward Lourdes. En route, pause to reflect and attend Mass at the 17th-century Sanctuary of Loyola, built in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order. See its spectacular dome and marble and jasper main altarpiece. Cross into France and overnight in Lourdes, home to another of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession for a memorable spiritual experience.
Today’s guided walking tour includes 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 and to attend Mass, if you like.
This morning, head for the France/Spain border. En route, visit the fortified citadel of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges that are still well preserved from the Middle Ages. Overnight in Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona.
Today’s guided sightseeing includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center’s Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire Gaudi’s eccentric Houses Batlló and Milà, as well as his Sagarda Familia, an unfinished architectural masterpiece that is still a consecrated expression of the Catholic faith.
Today is at leisure to explore as you like. Maybe join the optional excursion to the pilgrimage site of Montserrat and its countryside. Situated 4,055 feet above sea level in a mountain range composed of striking pink conglomerate, a form of sedimentary rock, this is the site of the Benedictine abbey that hosts the Black Virgin of Montserrat Sanctuary, patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Anniversary of the last apparition in Fatima: 11th October 2017
Anniversary of the first apparition in Lourdes: 4th Feburary 2018
Anniversary of the last apparition in Fatima: 11th & 12th October 2018
Feast of Our Lady of Fatima: 11th May 2018
Christmas in Fatima & New Years in Barcelona: 23rd December 2018
Please note that entrance fees to some sites are not included and are to be paid locally.
Tour hotels will be as specified or of a similar standard.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We've been creating unforgettable holidays since 1994. We are a member of ABTA and all our flight-inclusive holidays are fully protected by the CAA's ATOL scheme.