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Marian Shrines

DAY 1 - DEPART - We depart our home airport for our overnight flight with dinner arriving the next day. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast while aloft.

DAY 2 - LISBON/FATIMA – Arrive Lisbon airport, where we are met by our Tour Manager and given a short orientation tour of Lisbon before the drive to Fatima.  If time permits, we celebrate Mass at the Church of the famous Eucharistic Miracle at Santerem. Upon arrival in Fatima, the balance of the day at leisure before we enjoy our “welcome” dinner and overnight at our hotel. In the evening, we join the nightly International Rosary Procession.

DAY 3 - FATIMA - This full day is devoted to visiting the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and the nearby hamlets of Aljustrel and Valinhos.  We join the English language concelebrated Mass at the Chapel of Apparitions.  Following a break for lunch on our own, we visit the birthplaces of Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, the Loca de Anjo and the Holy Way.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel.  In the evening, we join the nightly International Rosary Procession.

DAY 4 - FATIMA/SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA -  Today we depart Fatima, passing by the ancient capital and university city of Coimbra, where Lucia, the last Fatima visionary lived as a cloistered nun.  We continue northwards into Spain and on to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most famous shrines in the western world. This is the site of the ancient pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James.  Tradition holds that the Apostle James was cast ashore here preaching for seven years and being responsible for the conversion of  Spain  before returning to the  Holy Land . The Cathedral of 11th to 13th century with its splendor, and the portico are masterworks of Romanesque art.  On arrival this afternoon, we break for lunch on our own before our visit to the Cathedral and the Old City. While dinner is included at our hotel, the adventurous might consider enjoying the varied delights of the Galatian restaurants in the nearby Old City on their own.

DAY 5 - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA/SANTANDER  - Following our walk to Mass at the Cathedral of Santiago we return to our hotel for breakfast and then head east to Santander along one of the many “Routes of St. James.”  While this is our longest coach bus day, the wonderful scenery of mountains and sea awe us as our roads hug the picturesque northern Spanish seacoast. Lunch on our own is taken along our route. Dinner and overnight in  Santander .

DAY 6 - SANTANDER /LOURDES - This morning following Mass in a local parish church, we continue eastward along the Basque coast via San Sebastian and cross the border into France, enjoying a stop for lunch on our own along the way.  In late afternoon, we arrive in Lourdes for dinner and overnight at our hotel. In the evening, we join the nightly Torchlight Marian Procession. 

DAY 7 - LOURDES - This day is spent in devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. We celebrate Mass at the Grotto with a morning orientation visit to the Shrine and a walking tour of Lourdes, visiting Boly Mill, where St. Bernadette was born, the Cachot, formerly used as a jail, where she lived during the apparitions, and the parish church.  This afternoon, following a break for lunch on our own, we enjoy is free time for private devotions, Eucharistic Procession, the Blessing of the Sick or the legendary, healing waters of the miraculous Lourdes spring.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel.  In the evening, we join the Rosary and Torchlight Marian Procession.

DAY 8 - LOURDES/PARIS – Following Mass at the Shrine; we depart Lourdes for Pau, where we board a short flight to Paris. On arrival, we are met and enjoy and orientation tour of the city passing by the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and travel down the famous Champs-Elysees.  Later, we continue to our hotel with the balance of the day is at leisure, before we enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel. 

DAY 9 - PARIS -This morning, following Mass at the Miraculous Medal Shrine of St. Catherine Laboure, we tour the sites of Paris, including a visit to the most enduring symbol of the French capital, the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile de la Cité. While here, we also make a stop at the Holy Chapel believed to hold relics, including nails and pieces of wood from the Cross of Calvary.  This afternoon, following a break for lunch on our own, we will enjoy free time for shopping, personal adventure or optional excursions on our own.  We will have the opportunity to enjoy the culinary delights of Paris as our “farewell” dinner will be on our own.

DAY 10 – PARIS/USA - We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always.

“Marian Shrines continue to draw countless pilgrims each year and
each site has its own spiritual identity”