0905AA - Marian Shrines Pilgrimage 12 days from El Paso

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Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $129 plus current fuel surcharges of $400 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
AA0905KM 09/05/2024 $5399.00
Trip Details

We depart our El Paso to connect with our overnight flight arriving the next day. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
Upon arrival in Barcelona we will be met by our guide and transfer to our hotel in the nearby city of Montserrat. Depending on arrival time, we start our day with a visit and tour of the amazing Church of the Holy Family or Sagrada Familia, the still uncompleted masterpiece of Antonio Gaudi. The balance of our day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, we visit the Cathedral of Barcelona where we celebrate Mass. Afterwards we move 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. Later we visit the UNESCO World Heritage “Park Guell” one of Gaudi’s Masterpieces of “landscape architecture.” We have free time to explore this afternoon and to enjoy the culinary treats of Barcelona as dinner is on our own. Overnight at our hotel.
Following breakfast, we drive to nearby Montserrat and see the breathtaking Benedictine Monastery that houses the famed Black Madonna. We celebrate Mass here. Get your cameras ready as we take a drive atop the mountain with stunning views of the monastery, the Pyrenees mountains, and the picturesque countryside below. We depart for Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon, with lunch on our own on route. Zaragoza is also the birthplace of Goya, whose works grace many of the sites we visit. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
We tour Zaragoza 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. The number one Marian Shrine of Spain, the Pilar Basilica commemorates apparitions of Our Lady the Pillar of St. James in 40AD, and if possible, we celebrate Mass here. In late afternoon, we arrive in Lourdes for dinner at our hotel. In the evening, we join the Torchlight Marian Procession.
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 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 once again join the Torchlight Marian Procession.
This morning we leave Lourdes and journey to the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here we visit the 17th century Basilica dedicated to Saint Ignatius, his family home and have time to pray at the most venerated room where Ignatius was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. Following lunch, we venture to Burgos where we visit the magnificent limestone Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos. Built in the French Gothic style, you will see a very close resemblance to the cathedrals in Paris. We celebrate Mass here. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today we travel 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 are. On arrival this afternoon, we enjoy a visit to the Cathedral and the Old City here. While dinner is included at our hotel, the adventurous might consider enjoying the varied delight of the Galatian restaurants in the nearby Old City. Overnight at our hotel.
This morning we leave Compostela and travel South along the Western coast of Portugal on our way to Fatima. Upon arrival we have free time to explore on our own, shop or just relax and take it all in. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. In the evening, we join the International Rosary Procession.
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. In the evening, we once again join the International Rosary Procession. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today we depart Fatima for Lisbon. Along the way we make a stop in Santarem to visit one of the oldest cities in the world to visit the Church of St. Stephens, made famous for the Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem. From here we travel to Lisbon where we visit the St. Anthony Church and Museum. Built on the site where St. Anthony was born in 1195. We celebrate Mass here. Next to the church is a small branch of the Lisbon Museum which presents a collection of Paintings, sculpture and manuscripts that evoke the popular worship of Saint Anthony. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
We transfer to the airport in Lisbon for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always.