1007AA4 - Marian Shrines Pilgrimage 12 days from Pittsburgh

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$50 Early Booking Discount if Reserved by September 29, 2023

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $107 plus current fuel surcharges of $400 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
AAA1007DO 10/07/2024 $4999.00
Trip Details

We depart from Pittsburgh for our overnight flight with dinner. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft before arriving in Lisbon, Portugal the next day.
We are met and given a short orientation tour of Lisbon before the drive to Fatima. We stop along the way to celebrate Mass at the Church of the famous Eucharistic Miracle at Santerem. In the evening, we join the International Rosary Procession in Fatima. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This full day is devoted to visiting the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and nearby hamlets of Aljustrel and Valinhos. We join the English language concelebrated Mass at the Chapel of Apparitions. We visit the birthplaces of Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, the Loca de Anjo and the Holy Way. In the evening, we again join the International Rosary Procession. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
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. At a particularly beautiful location, we will stop to walk with the pilgrims for a short time along The Coastal Portuguese Camino Route. (No more than 1-2 hours walking before the bus picks the group up.) We continue northwards into Spain and on to Santiago de Compostela, where St. James (“Santiago” in Spanish) is buried. This world-famous Shrine of Santiago is one of only three locations where the tomb of one of Jesus’ Apostles can be visited: St. James in Spain, St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Thomas in India. St. James preached here for seven years before returning to the Holy Land where he was beheaded in A.D. 44. He is credited with the conversion of Spain. On arrival this afternoon, we enjoy a visit to the Cathedral and the Old City here. To commemorate our parish’s 100th Anniversary, we celebrate a special Mass at the Cathedral alongside the relics of our church’s patron saint. While dinner is included at our hotel, the adventurous might consider enjoying the varied delights of the Galatian restaurants in the nearby Old City.
Following breakfast, our morning is free for prayer, rest or enjoying this ancient city. Our tour operator can offer suggestions for local sites to see. We regather back at the cathedral in Santiago to participate in the Pilgrim’s Mass at 12 noon followed by lunch on our own. Afterwards, we head east to Santander along the coastal “Pilgrim’s Route of St. James.” We enjoy the wonderful scenery as our roads hug the northern Spanish seacoast. Dinner and overnight in our Santander hotel.
We enjoy morning Mass at Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church-Cathedral in Santander and a visit to the Magdalena Palace, the Spanish royalty’s summer residence. Next, we head to Guernica, the town that inspired Pablo Picasso’s most famous painting. After lunch on our own, we take in the story of Guernica, a stronghold of Republican resistance to the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. In April 1937, Franco ordered German and Italian air forces to bomb Guernica, turning the town into a pile of rubble. Over 1,000 civilians died and 85% of the town’s buildings were completely destroyed. Picasso’s painting, completed months after the bombing, traveled extensively throughout Europe as a statement against the barbarity of war. It’s influence and fame even caused Hitler to seek to acquire and destroy it. After the end of the Spanish Civil War, “Guernica” was exhibited in the U.S. to raise funds for Spanish war refugees. We continue to our hotel in Lourdes for dinner and overnight. In the evening, we join the Torchlight Rosary 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 depart Lourdes and traverse the Pyrenees mountains southward entering northern Spain. We travel eastward to Zaragoza, a city founded by the Romans with luxuriant vegetation, cascades and grottos. Some call it the Switzerland of arid upper Aragon. This city was also the birthplace of Goya, whose works grace many of the sites we visit. The #1 Marian shrine of Spain, the Pilar Basilica commemorates apparitions of Our Lady the Pillar to St. James in 40 A.D., where we will celebrate Mass, if possible. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning we drive to Montserrat on the outskirts of Barcelona and celebrate Mass at the famous Benedictine Monastery that holds the famed Black Madonna. In March of 1522, the founder of the Jesuit order, St. Ignatius of Loyola, came as a pilgrim to Montserrat and placed his sword before the Black Madonna and exchanged his fancy clothes for those of a beggar. If possible, we enjoy the midday music of the famous boys’ choir here. Dinner and overnight at our Monastery hotel here.
This morning we drive to Barcelona to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral. Following a tour of the Cathedral, we enjoy a morning on the streets of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter including the famous open markets of the Ramblas. After lunch on our own, we 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 before returning to Montserrat for dinner and overnight at our hotel
Our final day of our pilgrimage begins with a trip to the spectacular unfinished Basilica of La Sagrada Familia, the crown jewel of Antonio Gaudi’s architectural works. We join the 9 a.m. Mass in the crypt, celebrated in the local language of Barcelona, “Catalan”. Afterwards, we enjoy a tour of the church that has been described as both a sandcastle and something out of a fairytale. Following lunch on our own, we visit the Unesco World Heritage "Park Guell" one of Gaudi's Masterpieces of "landscape architecture.” We remain in Barcelona to cap our pilgrimage off with a festive farewell dinner in a local Catalan restaurant before returning to Montserrat to overnight at our hotel.
We transfer to the Barcelona airport for our flight home to Pittsburgh with unforgettable memories to cherish always. northern Spanish seacoast. Dinner and overnight in our Santander hotel.