Begin your pilgrimage in Fatima, Portugal where you will spend two nights at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. The fame of this place is the result of the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary to three shepherd children – Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Head for Coimbra to celebrate Mass at the Carmelite Convent where Lucia (the last of the Fatima visionaries) lived until her death in 2005.
Continue with a panoramic view of the city to Braga, the third largest city of Portugal. Visit the magnificent sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte (Shrine of Good Jesus on the Mountain).
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Entebbe International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima
After a lunch break in the capital of Portugal, we will continue until our next stop in Santarem, to one of the most famous Eucharistic Miracles in Europe, a church of The Holy Miracle (St. Nicholas)!
In Fatima group will check to hotel, dinner, and afterward optional participation in the candlelight procession on the same evening in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. Overnight in Fatima.
Fatima Aljustrel Valinhos
We will visit the Cova da Iria, the actual place of the apparition where Our Lady of Fatima gave a message to the world through Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia. Holy Mass, providing priest is with the group, will be in one of the chapels in the Shrine. In the evening, we will participate in the prayer service (optional). Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Fatima – Avila
The museum also contains relics of St. Teresa and her spiritual advisor St. John of the Cross. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Convent of the Incarnation, where St. Teresa first took her orders and would remain for more than thirty years. Its museum has an interesting drawing of the crucifixion by St. John of the Cross, and a reconstruction of the cell used by the saint when she was prioress there. Dinner and overnight in Avila.
Avila – Lourdes
Tour will also include The Baths, The Basilica of Immaculate Conception with Crypt, which is underneath and was the first chapel built here as a place of worship, also Rosary Basilica, Church of St. Bernadette.
The visit will then continue with the town of Lourdes, the visit to all of the places associated with St. Bernadette. The Bolly Mill in Rue Bernadette Soubirous, where the saint was born on January 7, 1844, and is the place where she spent the first years of her life.
The group will also visit “Cachot” or jail where Bernadette lived with her family in great poverty at the time of the apparitions. Return to the Sanctuary area for lunch on your own.
Free afternoon until dinner and in the evening group can participate Candlelight Marian Procession starting each day at 9:00 pm. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
In the evening, we will attend the Candlelight Procession to Our Lady! Back to the hotel, dinner, and overnight!
Lourdes - Rome
Rome – Vatican General Audience
After the audience, we will head for a lunch break and then later in the afternoon visit to the heart of Vatican State, St. Peter’s Basilica, and underground burial stones with the tomb of St. Peter, and Saint John Paul II.
The day will end with the visit to the first church dedicated to Mary, Mother of God – St. Mary Major! At the end of the day, we are back in our hotel.
Rome – Christian Rome Tour – Assisi
This is the Cathedral of Rome and was a Papal residence from the 5C until the papacy departed to Avignon in France. Today we will also see the nearby Holy Staircase (Scala Sancta) actual stairs that Jesus Christ walked on the day he went to Pilate.
For the end of the visits to Rome, we will go to the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and our Christian tour in Rome finishes with a visit to the Domitilla Catacombs. From here, we will leave Rome, head to Assisi – City of Peace, and tonight we are in Assisi!
We will learn more about St. Claire, the founder of Poor Claire’s, and see her incorrupt body. We will go down to the “Porziuncola” one of three restored churches by young Francis that nowadays is embraced by Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Free afternoon in Assisi. Dinner at the hotel, Flight to Rome