Fatima, Lourdes & Shrines of Spain – Faith-Based Travel
About Braga, Portugal
Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers in Lisbon. Enjoy guided sightseeing of the “Mistress of the Seas,” and continue to Santarém to visit the Church of the Eucharistic Holy Miracle. Arrive in Fátima, site of one of the world’s most famous Catholic shrines. You may wish to join the Rosary and candlelight procession. In the morning, attend Mass at the Sanctuary and visit the Our Lady of Fátima Shrine. Via Braga, the “Portuguese Rome,” and a visit to the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, enter Spain and stop in Santiago de Compostela, world famous for the key 9th-century pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Arrive in Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile, and visit the magnificent cathedral, burial place of the Spanish national hero, El Cid. En route to Lourdes, France, attend Mass at the 17th-century Sanctuary of Loyola. Stay two nights in Lourdes and during your guided walking tour, visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, St. Bernadette’s birthplace, and her family home. On your way to Barcelona, stop in medieval fortified Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to admire its ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges. A 3-night stay in Barcelona features guided sightseeing that includes Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia.
Headsets throughout the tourInside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing: Visits to Santarém, Fátima, Braga, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, San Ignacio de Loyola, Carcassonne
LISBON Roma (F)FÁTIMA Estrela de Fatima (F) or Regina (ST)SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Gran Hotel Los Abetos (F) or Gelmirez (ST)BURGOS Corona de Castilla (ST)LOURDES Sainte Rose (ST) or Quality Christina (ST) BARCELONA Porta Fira (F) or HCC Open (ST) or Fira Congress (F)
Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Barcelona
NOTE:Departure May 11 Our Lady of Fátima Feast Day in Fátima (May 13)Departure May 11 starts on Wednesday in Lisbon instead of TuesdayDeparture October 11 Last Apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima (October 13)
Transportation:Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Lisbon and Barcelona if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.