0930IB9 - Portugal, Spain & Italy Pilgrimage 12 days from Boston

Airline Name Baggage Information
Iberia http://bit.ly/1IZpoZL

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $154 plus current fuel surcharges of $375 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
IB0930GS 09/30/2019 $4119.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart our home airport to connect with our overnight flight aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast while aloft.
We arrive in Paris and transfer to our connecting flight to Lisbon. There we are met by our Tour Manager and given a short orientation tour of Lisbon before the drive to Fatima, enjoying lunch on our own along the way. If time permits, we celebrate Mass at the Church of the famous Eucharistic Miracle at Santerem. We arrive in Fatima and spend the balance of the day at leisure before our “welcome” dinner. After dinner, we join the nightly International Rosary Procession. Overnight at the hotel.
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. After 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 International Rosary Procession.
We depart early this morning, traveling southeasterly, toward beautiful Madrid. We enjoy lunch on our own along the way. Once in Madrid, we visit the Gran Via Plaza de España, the Viaduct, Plaza Major. At the end of the day we make our way to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we again enjoy Madrid, passing by the Bull Ring, Independence and Cibeles Squares, the University, and the Paseo de la Castellana. Following a break for lunch on our own, we enjoy some leisure time on our own to enjoy the many shops before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight,
This morning we travel to Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon. On arrival, we visit the city which was founded by the Romans. Its luxuriant vegetation, with its many cascades and grottos make it a miniature Switzerland in the middle of arid upper Aragon. This city was also the birthplace of Goya, whose works grace many of the sites we visit. We break for lunch on our own before proceeding to the number one Marian shrine of Spain, the Pilar Basilica, which commemorates apparitions of Our Lady the Pillar to St. James in 40 A.D. (if possible, we celebrate Mass here). Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning we travel back to Madrid for our flight to the “Eternal City”, Rome. We enjoy lunch, on our own, at the airport while awaiting our flight. We arrive and are met by our tour manager and transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major and the Church of St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo's possibly most celebrated sculpture, the "Moses." Afterwards, we see the nearby Roman Forum, passing the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We enjoy lunch on our own along the route. This afternoon if possible, in small groups, we enjoy the famous Scavi Tour beneath St. Peters. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure to shop, explore Rome on our own, or simply to relax and enjoy the beauty of the architecture and culture of this magnificent city. We end our day at our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we travel to Florence, stopping for lunch, on our own, along the way. We visit to the Academia Gallery, where we view Michelangelo’s famous “David”. We continue for Mass and a visit to the Duomo, the heart of the city. Here we admire the cupola by Brunelleschi, completed in 1240, and its campanile by Giotto. Outside we view the Baptistery’s incomparable bronze doors by Ghiberti. We conclude our day with a drive to the “Piazzale Michelangelo” for a panoramic view of this spectacular city. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today, we continue our visit to Florence with the Piazza della Signoria, dominated by the Palazzo Vecchio and its embattlement crowned tower. Across from the Palace, we visit the Loggia dei Lanzi with the statues of the Perseus by Cellini; Giambologna's the “Rape of the Sabines” and “Hercules.” Following some free time for Lunch on our own, we visit the beautiful Basilica of Santa Croce. Among the most famous interred here, lie Galileo, Rossini, Michelangelo and Machiavelli. We finish with a break for lunch, on our own, and some leisure time for shopping or personal adventure, before we return to our hotel in Rome for dinner and overnight.
This morning we visit the Vatican City, and see the treasures of the Vatican Museum. We marvel at Michelangelo's recently restored frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and the wonders of St. Peter’s. This afternoon, following lunch on our own, we continue our tour with a visit to the Holy Stairs and Basilica of St. John Lateran. We continue to St. Paul Outside the Walls. This huge, imposing Basilica, second only to St. Peter’s and one of the largest churches in the Christian world, contains an unusual gallery of papal portraits: 265 tablets portraying the popes of the past. We conclude at one of the Catacombs, the burial places of early Christians. We celebrate Mass here and view the 2nd and 3rd century fresco paintings. We return to our hotel for our “farewell” dinner and overnight.
This morning, we transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always.