1031KL9 - Marian Shrines Pilgrimage 12 days from Washington, DC

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Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $136 plus current fuel surcharges of $350 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
KL1031BH 10/31/2019 $3999.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart Washington DC on our overnight flight aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
This morning we arrive in Paris and transfer to Lisbon. Upon arrival, we are greeted by our Unitours guide who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. We enjoy a short orientation tour of Lisbon before the drive to Santarem, site of the famous Eucharistic miracle, to celebrate our welcome Mass. Afterwards, we drive to our hotel in Fatima. Dinner and overnight in Fatima. This evening we may join the Rosary and Candlelight Procession in the square.
This full day is devoted to visiting the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and the birthplaces of Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia to whom the Virgin appeared for the first time on May 13th, 1917. We celebrate Mass at the site of the apparition. This evening we will again join the Rosary and Candlelight Procession. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Fatima.
Today we journey to Guadalupe (Caceres) in the province of the Cathedral of San Juan – a very impressive building built between the 13th and 16th centuries. The shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe was the most important Marian Shrine in the medieval kingdom of Castile. The original effigy, a Romanesque black Madonna, is almost completely occluded by her pyramidal robes. The Cathedral is predominantly gothic and Romanesque, with three aisles and twelve inner chapels. The Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We celebrate Mass here. Overnight and dinner in the Guadalupe region.
We leave our hotel early this morning and drive into Madrid where this afternoon, we visit highlights of Madrid, capital of Spain, including the Gran Via Plaza de España, the Viaduct, Plaza Major, passing by the Bull Ring, Independence and Cibeles Squares, the University, and the Paseo de la Castellana. We celebrate Mass at the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight Madrid.
Free day in Madrid- enjoy this incredible city. You may decide to visit the Prado, the main Spanish National Art Museum, containing one of the finest collections of European Art. (Not included). We will also enjoy the culinary delights of Madrid tonight as dinner is on our own. An optional ½ day excursion may be offered to Avila, depending on interest.
We continue traversing Spain arriving in Zaragoza. We visit the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. The Basilica venerates the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of the Pillar, praised as Mother of the Hispanic Peoples by Saint John Paul II. It is the first known church dedicated to Mary in history. Local traditions take the history of this Basilica to the dawn of Christianity in Spain. It is attributed to an apparition of the Virgin Mary to Saint James the Great, the Apostle, who brought Christianity to Spain. This is the only reported apparition of Mary said to have occurred before her Assumption. The city itself, which was founded by the Romans, boasts luxuriant vegetation, and many cascades and grottos making it a miniature Switzerland in the middle of arid upper Aragon. We celebrate Mass at the Cathedral. We overnight in Zaragoza and have dinner at our hotel.
Today we continue to Lourdes. Upon arrival we spend our time in devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. We celebrate Mass at the Grotto, this afternoon is free 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 can join the Torchlight Marian Procession.
This morning we enjoy an 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 is free to visit the baths or walk the Stations of the Cross. This evening we have a special dinner in a local restaurant in Lourdes. Again, we can join the Torchlight Marian Procession. Overnight at our hotel in Lourdes.
Today we depart Lourdes and traverse the Pyrenees southward entering northern Spain. We drive to Montserrat on the outskirts of Barcelona and celebrate Mass at the Monastery housing the Black Virgin of Montserrat, one of the nation’s most revered religious icons. Dinner and overnight at our Monastery hotel.
This morning we drive to Barcelona to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral. Afterwards we walk through the Gothic quarter bisected by the famous Ramblas and see the important new developments at the pleasure port where many of the Olympic events were held in 1992. We enjoy a spectacular view from the top of the Montjuic hill, pass by the Exchange and visit the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, the still uncompleted masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi. Afterwards we visit the Unesco World Heritage “Park Guell” one of Gaudi’s Masterpieces of “landscape architecture.” We return to Montserrat to experience the Sunday evening performance of the famed Boys Choir. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always