Day 1: USA - LISBON
Day 2: LISBON – FATIMA
On arrival, if time allows, enjoy a panoramic drive through the new and old parts of Lisbon including Belem Tower, Monument of the Discoveries, Jeronimo's Monastery and the birthplace of the beloved St. Anthony. Continue on to Fatima, one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world for a visit to the Sanctuary. Check-in to your hotel close to the shrine area. You may join the Candlelight Procession after dinner.
Day 3: FATIMA - SANTIAGO
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel. Free time to participate in the Holy Mass at the main Church. A guided tour will include the Capelinha (Apparition Chapel),the Basilica which contains the tombs of the 3 visionaries, Bl. Jacinta, Bl. Francisco and Sr. Lucia, their homes and important sites where the apparitions of the Angel and Our Lady took place. In the afternoon leave northward to the Spanish city of Tui and then on to Santiago de Compostela, the city of the Apostle St. James. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - BURGOS
Breakfast. Visit to the Cathedral and Holy Mass. Take a half day city tour of Santiago de Compostela. The remains of the Apostle Saint James were the origin of this city (9th c.) which soon became a center for pilgrimages and a holy city on par with Jerusalem and Rome. Medieval Santiago experienced centuries of
scientific, artistic and literary interchange thanks to the large numbers of pilgrims arriving from all over Europe. The Pilgrim's Route to Santiago, together with the city of Santiago de Compostela, is today a World Heritage Site because of the historic and artistic nature of the route. Visit the Plaza del Obradeoiro which has important monuments, including the Cathedral of St. James. Its current Baroque facade gives way to a Romanesque doorway from the original building, the Portico de Gloria, created by master Mateo in the 12th century, Archbishop's Palace and Rajoy Palace. Walk the oldest streets of the city which date from the 12th century - Ruas Franco, Vilar and Nova. Then continue to Burgos following the Steps of the Apostle. Pass by Villafranca del Bierzo and Astorga. Arrive to Burgos for dinner and overnight. Night walk the middle-age quarter.
Day 5: BURGOS – SAN SEBASTIAN – LOURDES
Breakfast. Visit the Cathedral of Burgos and leave to San Sebastian for an orientation tour. Then to the French borders onto Lourdes. Check-in at your hotel. After dinner participation in the Torch Procession. (if weather permits).
Day 6: LOURDES – ZARAGOZA
After breakfast, take a walking tour of Lourdes, a shrine that receives 5 million pilgrims from all over the world every year. The spirituality of the place touches everyone. From Lourdes, travel on to Zaragoza, one of the most beautiful spanish cities, famous for Virgin of the Pillar. Arrive to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 7: ZARAGOZA – MADRID
After breakfast, visit the Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar. The Basilica venerates Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title Our Lady of the Pillar praised as Mother of the Hispanic Peoples by Pope John Paul II.
It is reputed to be the first church dedicated to Mary in history. Local traditions take the history of this basilica to the dawn of Christianity in Spain attributing to an apparition to Saint James the Great, the apostle who is believed by tradition to have brought Christianity to the country. This is the only reported apparition of Mary to have occurred before her supposed Assumption. Continue our trip to Madrid, the capital of Spain.
(host to the World Youth Day in 2011), stopping en route at Jaca for a visit to the Cathedral of St. Peter. Arrive to our hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8: MADRID
Breakfast and dinner. Panoramic City Tour of Madrid passing and viewing its major monuments: Plaza de España, Palacio de Oriente, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Museo del Prado etc. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 9: MADRID – USA
After breakfast, enjoy a farewell city tour of Madrid before proceeding to the airport for your flight back home.