Marian Shrines

Throughout the entire world, the Blessed Virgin has appeared to individuals with whom she has shared a particular message.

In Spain it was at Pilar to St. James,

in Fatima it was to the three children,

and at Lourdes to St. Bernadette Soubirous.

Come explore the sacred sites where Our Lady has appeared and see how she points us onto greater devotion to her Son.

Day 1: USA / Lisbon
Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your flight to Portugal.

Day 2: Arrive Lisbon / Santarem / Fatima
After a morning arrival in Lisbon, you will meet your knowledgeable local escort, who in addition to the priest accompanying the tour, will be with you throughout your stay. Begin your drive north stopping in Santarem for Mass at the Church of St. Stephen, famous for its venerated relic, “the Bleeding Host”. Then on to Fatima, one of the world’s most important Marian Shrines and an important center for pilgrimages.

Day 3: Fatima
As in most small villages in the early years of the century, the parish church was the center of life and faith in Fatima. It was here that the three children were baptized and Lucy made her first confession at six years of age. The kindly priest who heard her confession told her to consecrate herself to the Blessed Virgin and she immediately did this in front of the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary. The following day she took Holy Communion for the first time. Jacinta also frequently came here to pray. Once on the feast of the Ascension, the Blessed Virgin appeared and asked them to pray the rosary every day and ask for world peace. After Mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions, visit the Basilica to see the site of Francisco and Jacinta’s graves and the village where the three children lived. Continue to Valinhos where Our Lady appeared to the children following their release. This evening participate in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacre, site of the first Apparition.

Day 4: Fatima / Coimbra / Salamanca
This morning leave Portugal for Spain. En route we will visit Coimbra, a famous university town.  It is here where you will visit the Convent of Santa Clara La Nova where sister Lucia lived until her death.  Continue on across the Portuguese-Spanish border to Salamanca, one of Spain’s foremost cultural centers, a great university city and a showcase of intricately sculpted Renaissance architecture in golden stone. Visit the Plaza Mayor, which is regarded as one of the most attractive squares in Spain, and the Cathedrals Vieja and Nueva.

Day 5: Salamanca / Avila / Madrid
After breakfast depart Salamanca for Alba de Tormes to visit the Carmelite Convent which contains St. Teresa’s incorrupt arm and heart. Continue to the walled city of Avila, the birthplace of St. Teresa. Visit the Monastery of the Incarnation where St. Teresa spent many years of her life, then to the Monastery of St. Joseph, her first foundation. Continue to Segovia whose cathedral is considered the last great Gothic church in Spain. Here we will pay our respects to another great Carmelite, St. John of the Cross who served as spiritual director to St. Theresa of Avila. Drive on to Spain’s capital, Madrid.

Day 6: Madrid
This morning’s city tour of Madrid will show some of the history and tradition of Spain, including the Prado Museum – with its masterpieces of El Greco, Goya, and Velasquez, the Royal Palace, the University with Cervantes’ monument, Puerta del Sol and the Retiro Park.

Day 7: Madrid / Zaragoza
Depart Madrid for Zaragoza. This is the chief city of Aragon and had traditions connected with the story of St. James and is the birthplace of the great Spanish painter, Francisco Goya. Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Pilar, where the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. James in 40 AD.

Day 8: Zaragoza / Lourdes
After Mass, depart Zaragoza and drive across the Spanish-French border to Lourdes, one of the great pilgrimage shrines in the world. It was here where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette in 1858 proclaiming herself the “Immaculate Conception”. This evening we will participate in the Blessed Sacrament Procession and the Candlelight Procession.

Day 9: Lourdes
You have all day to experience the special atmosphere of this beautiful town. Attend Mass at the Grotto of Massabielle, visit the Basilica of St. Pius X, see the house where Bernadette lived during the Apparitions, and visit several of the sites where miraculous cures have taken place. After dinner, join the candlelight procession.

Day 10: Lourdes / Paris
Depart Lourdes by train to Paris. Upon arrival in Paris you will be picked up at the train station and transfer to your centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is free for personal activities.

Day 11: Paris
Following breakfast, proceed to the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal at Rue de Bac for Mass. It was here where Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830. After Mass enjoy a full day tour of Paris including visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the famous Opera House, the Arc de Triomphe, and Montmartre with its magnificent Basilica of Sacre Coeur. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous farewell dinner at a typical French restaurant.

Day 12: Paris / U.S.A.
Today marks the end of a marvelous experience as you board your jetliner for the return trip home, filled with memories that will last a lifetime.


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