Travel to two of the world's most revered pilgrimage centers and experience the wonderful cultures and beauty of Portugal, France and Spain. Celebrate the Centennial of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima at the historic 100th anniversary mass. Stay a leisurely three nights in Fatima and spend time reflecting and exploring the famous Basilica and the tombs of Francisco and Jacinto. Travel to Aljustrel where the children lived, and the Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared after the children's return from prison. In Burgos, observe mass in the magnificent cathedral, a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes and a 2-night stay there. Visit the moving Grotto where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette. End in vibrant Barcelona and view Antonio Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece "La Sagrada Familia," also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 9 Days
|Day 1||Fatima||Overnight Flight: Travel overnight to Portugal, one of Europe's most hospitable countries. Here you can enjoy a superb climate, historic sites and beautiful scenery.|
|Day 2||Fatima||Fatima, Portugal - Tour Begins: Your tour begins in Fatima, Portugal's world-famous religious center.|
|Day 3||Fatima||Fatima - Aljustrel - Batalha - Fatima: You may celebrate Mass* before traveling to the original town of Fatima and the parish church where the children Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia were baptized. Continue on to Aljustrel, where the children lived, and view the site of the fifth apparition in Valinhos. Next, visit the Monastery of Batalha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, it is a masterpiece of Gothic art and truly impressive. Later, return to Fatima** to enjoy free time for personal worship and to explore the basilica and its grounds.|
|Day 4||Fatima||Fatima - Burgos, Spain: Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Attend a morning Mass* before travelling east to Burgos, known as the cradle of the Castile region. Situated on the Pilgrim's Road, Burgos stands on the banks of the Rio Arlanzon with the slender, elegant spires of its famous cathedral rising into the sky. Mass* is available this evening.|
|Day 5||Burgos||Burgos: Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour of Burgos' beautiful medieval town center. Spend time at the Cathedral of Burgos, a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral, the third largest church in Spain, offers such masterpieces as the filigree work in the spires of the towers; the starry dome; the choir; the sarcophagi and the golden staircase. Next, visit the 12th-century Monastery of Santa Maria Real de las Huelgas. Founded as a Royal Pantheon and a spiritual retreat for society ladies and royalty, the complex consists of the church, monastery and the enclosed premises of the Cistercian nuns. Mass* is available this evening.|
|Day 6||Burgos||Burgos - Lourdes, France: Today you travel northeast through the Pyrenees Mountains to Lourdes. This is where the Virgin Mary appeared in the Grotto of Massabielle to the poor shepherd girl, Bernadette, a total of 18 times between February 11 and July 16, 1858. This little market town has been a world-renowned pilgrimage site ever since. Tonight you may wish to partake in a candlelight procession.**|
|Day 7||Lourdes||Lourdes: After morning Mass,* enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes, visiting the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette: the 'Boly Mill" (site of the birthplace of St. Bernadette), the "Cachot," and the parish church housing the baptismal font of St. Bernadette. Later, at leisure, explore the town's rich historical and natural heritage and be immersed in the atmosphere that reigned during the apparitions and the spirit of brotherhood that is still present today.|
|Day 8||Lourdes||Lourdes - Carcassone - Barcelona, Spain: Celebrate Mass* before your journey through southern France's Pyrenees to historic Carcassone. You will feel as though you have gone back in time as you independently explore this well-preserved medieval city. Later, cross back into Spain and travel to Barcelona, one of Europe's most fascinating cities.|
|Day 9||Barcelona||Barcelona: Celebrate Mass* at La Sagrada Familia (crypt), followed by a visit to the elaborate, expansive basilica. Once completed, Gaudi's masterpiece will have 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, four to the evangelists, one to Jesus and another to Mary. Later, get to know more of the city's treasures including views of Antonio Gaudi's Mila House (UNESCO), the Columbus Monument and Parc de Montjuic. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration or an optional excursion to the quaint mountain village of Montserrat. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a dinner celebrating the end of a memorable tour.|
|Day 10||Barcelona||Barcelona - Tour Ends: Return home eager to share vivid memories of a spectacularly beautiful land with an old, rich and diverse cultural heritage.|
- Hotel Almirante Bonifaz Burgos, Spain
- Hotel Alba Lourdes, France
- Hotel Beau Site Lourdes, France
- Hotel Mediterranee Lourdes, France
- Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira Center Barcelona, Spain
- Aurea Fatima Hotel Fatima, Portugal
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.