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MARIAN SHRINES OF EUROPE - 2017

Tour Code - TM 14 days - MADRID to MADRID $3499 AUD

On this faith-based tour, you’ll visit important pilgrimage sites, cathedrals, and shrines throughout Spain, Portugal, and France. Your vacation begins and ends in Madrid with overnights along the way in Ávila, Fátima, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, Lourdes, Barcelona, and Saragossa. In addition to seeing the important religious sites, throughout this vacation you'll also have the opportunity to attend Mass in many of these locations and to join the Rosary and candlelight processions. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Santiago de Compostela, one of the top pilgrimage destinations during the Middle Ages and today. You'll walk part of the Camino Pilgrim's Way followed by Mass in the cathedral, where the relics of St. James the Apostle are kept. You'll also visit Lourdes, home to one of the world's most famous pilgrimage places, where you'll visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1858; our Lady of Lourdes Shrine; and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home. Additionally, you'll visit the Montserrat Basilica, one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites. Other pilgrimage stops include Ávila's Monastery of La Encarnacion, dating to the 16th century and one of the essential places in the life of St. Theresa, founder of the Order of Carmelites; Ávila Cathedral, considered Spain's first gothic cathedral; and the Convent of Santa Teresa, built on the house where St. Theresa was born. Enjoy visits to Fátima, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in 1917, and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Saragossa, home to a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary.  


Standard Features

Destinations

  • MADRID
    Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum; welcome and farewell dinners.
  • AVILA
    Guided walking tour, visit the cathedral, the Convent of Santa Teresa, and the Monastery of La Encarnacion.
  • FATIMA
    Orientation including visits to the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, the Chapel of the Apparitions, Parish Church, and visit Valinhos.
  • SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
    Guided sightseeing; visit the cathedral; walk part of the famous Camino; attend Mass.
  • BURGOS
    Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral.
  • LOURDES
    Guided walking tour, visit the grotto, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette's birthplace and family home; Attend Mass.
  • BARCELONA
    Guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica.
  • MONTSERRAT
    Visit of the Benedictine Monastery and the Basilica.
  • SARAGOSSA
    Guided sightseeing, visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Motorcoach.
  • HEADSETS
    Throughout your tour.
  • FREE WI-FI
    Available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
  • INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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7

Full buffet breakfast (B) daily
7 three-course dinners (D) with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid.

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN.
    Welcome to Madrid! Take some time to get settled and prepare yourself for your upcoming journey of faith. Then, at 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

  2. MADRID-AVILA.
    The day begins with breakfast, followed by guided sightseeing featuring the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Espana with its monument to Cervantes, Parliament, the Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. The highlight is a visit to the PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. Continue to the walled town of Avila, where St. Theresa founded the Order of Carmelites, for a guided walking tour. Visit the Romanesque and gothic CATHEDRAL; the CONVENT OF SANTA TERESA and MONASTERY OF LA ENCARNACION-two important pilgrimage stops. (B,D)

  3. AVILA-FATIMA, PORTUGAL.
    The majestic Serra da Estrela mountains form the backdrop of your drive into Portugal. Arrive in Fatima, and visit OUR LADY OF FATIMA SHRINE and the CHAPEL OF THE APPARITIONS, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in 1917. You may wish to take some private time to attend Mass, meditate, or join the evening Rosary and candlelight procession at the shrine. (B,D)

  4. FATIMA.
    Today, visit the PARISH CHURCH where the visionaries were baptised, and see their homes in nearby VALINHOS. There's another opportunity tonight to join the Rosary and candlelight procession. (B)

  5. FATIMA-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN.
    Enjoy guided sightseeing in Santiago de Compostela, one of the top pilgrimage destinations during the Middle Ages, along with Rome and Jerusalem. Visit the CATHEDRAL where the relics of St. James the Apostle are kept behind the high altar. You may wish to attend Mass and reflect on your time at this holy place. (B,D)

  6. SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA.
    For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have been walking the CAMINO PILGRIM'S WAY, and this morning, you can experience it yourself. Drive to the village of Arca and do part of this famous walk accompanied by your Local Guide. Back in Santiago, attend the pilgrim's Mass in the cathedral. (B)

  7. SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA-BURGOS.
    Travel to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to the magnificent 13th-century CATHEDRAL, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. (B,D)

  8. BURGOS-LOURDES, FRANCE.
    Continue along the Basque coast and arrive in Lourdes, home to one of the world's most famous places of pilgrimage. Your guided walking tour visits the GROTTO where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, the OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE, the BIRTHPLACE OF ST. BERNADETTE, and her FAMILY HOME during the time of the apparitions. Join this evening's memorable Rosary and candlelight procession. (B,D)

  9. LOURDES.
    Today is at leisure. You may wish to experience the powerful healing baths, the "Blessing of the Sick," or attend Mass to pray. An optional excursion is also available to the nearby Pyrenees. (B)

  10. LOURDES-BARCELONA, SPAIN.
    Re-enter Spain and head south to Barcelona, Spain's second-largest city and host of the Olympic Games in 1992. (B)

  11. BARCELONA.
    Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gracia. A major highlight is a visit to the SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi's masterpiece. Marvel at the panoramic view of the city and harbour from Montjuic Hill. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

  12. BARCELONA-MONTSERRAT-SARAGOSSA.
    Stop in Montserrat and visit the impressive BENEDICTINE MONASTERY. Also visit the BASILICA, one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites, and admire the 12th-century Romanesque carving of the La Moreneta (Black Madonna). Continue to Saragossa, home to Spain's most famous Marian Shrine. (B)

  13. SARAGOSSA-MADRID.
    This morning, guided sightseeing brings you to the BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR. According to local tradition, on January 2 of the year 40, the Mother of God appeared upon a pillar to the Apostle St. James the Greater while he was preaching the gospel. The pillar is conserved and venerated within the basilica today. Continue to Madrid, where a farewell dinner with wine awaits at the hotel. (B,D)

  14. MADRID.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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PRE MADRID 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $156 AUD $96 AUD $89 AUD
PRE MADRID 01 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $132 AUD $79 AUD $76 AUD
PRE MADRID 01 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2017 $156 AUD $96 AUD $89 AUD
POST MADRID 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $156 AUD $96 AUD $89 AUD
POST MADRID 01 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $132 AUD $79 AUD $76 AUD
POST MADRID 01 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2017 $156 AUD $96 AUD $89 AUD
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OPTIONAL Gratuity $144 AUD

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