Reaffirm and celebrate your faith on this Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy tour with overnights in Lisbon, Fátima, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, Lourdes, Barcelona, Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo, and the Assisi area. Along the way, visit some of the world’s most famous shrines, pilgrimage sites, and spiritual places.Santiago de Compostela has been known as a pilgrimage site since the 9th century. Spend two nights here and visit St. James’ Cathedral, where you’ll have the opportunity to attend Mass. You’ll also attend Mass in Fátima, home to one of the most famous Catholic shrines; in Rome at St. Mary Major Basilica, the most important Roman church dedicated to the Virgin Mary; in San Giovanni Rotondo’s Old Church; in Assisi’s St. Francis Basilica; in St. Francis’ church in Lanciano; and in the 17th-century Sanctuary of Loyola, built to honor the founder of the Jesuits. Join pilgrims for the Rosary and candlelight processions in Fátima and in Lourdes, another of the world’s most famous pilgrimage places, where you’ll also enjoy a guided walking tour. Other highlights of this faith-based tour are visits to Monte Sant’Angelo, one of Christendom’s most celebrated shrines, and Jeronimos Monastery, dating to the mid-1400s. In Carcassonne, visit the medieval fortified citadel and marvel at the ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges. In Burgos, visit the cathedral where El Cid is buried. In Barcelona, visit the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece. In Braga, one of the world’s oldest Christian cities, visit Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, where devout followers have walked the “Stations of the Cross” since 1811. In Rome, attend the Papal audience (subject to availability) and visit the world-famous Colosseum. All of this and much more are included on this inspirational Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy tour designed for value-minded travelers.
Visits to Santarém, Fátima, Braga, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, Carcassonne, Monte Cassino, Pietrelcina, San Giovanni Rotondo, Monte Sant’Angelo, Lanciano, Loreto, CasciaMass: Fátima, Santiago de Compostela, San Ignacio de Loyola, Lourdes, Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Assisi (subject to change)
LISBON Roma (ST) FÁTIMA Estrela de Fátima (F) or Coracao de Fátima (ST) or Regina (ST) SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Gran Hotel Los Abetos (F) or Gelmirez (ST) BURGOS Corona de Castilla (ST) LOURDES Sainte Rose (ST) or Quality Christina (ST) BARCELONA Porta Fira (F) or Ibis Styles City Bogatell (ST) ROME Oly Hotel (ST) or Pineta Palace (ST) SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO Hotel Parco delle Rose (ST) ASSISI AREA Casa Leonori (ST) or Domus Pacis (ST)
Buffet breakfasts daily; 11 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Barcelona and in Rome
May 11 Departure Our Lady of Fátima Feast Day in Fátima (May 13).September 8 Departure St. Padre Pio Feast Day in San Giovanni Rotondo (September 23).October 12 Departure Last Apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima (October 13).
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach. Internal flight Barcelona-Rome