Lourdes Fatima Tours Package Tour Pilgrimage
Lourdes – Fatima From New York Itinerary
DAY 1 – USA / PARIS
Today we board our flight, via wide-body aircraft, from our home city to Paris arriving the next day. Meals served on board.
DAY 2 – PARIS / LOURDES
This morning we arrive in Paris and board our flight to Lourdes. Upon arrival in Lourdes, we will be met by our local escort who will be with us throughout the trip.
Free time is provided for private devotions and the candlelight procession. Enjoy dinner this evening as we celebrate the start of this spiritual journey. Overnight in Lourdes.
DAY 3 – LOURDES
Today walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. See Boly Mill where St. Bernadette was born and the Cachot, an abandoned prison where Bernadette’s impoverished family lived. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the healing baths. Experience Christ’s love as you walk the life-sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedience of the request of the Immaculate Conception. Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in the nightly candlelight procession requested by Our Lady. Dinner
and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 4 – LOURDES
This morning we have a guided tour of Lourdes. Visit the Sanctuary, the Basilica of St. Pius X and the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. See a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes. Free time is provided for private devotions and the candlelight procession this evening. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 5 – LOURDES / LOYOLA / BURGOS
This morning begin our journey to Burgos. En route we will stop in Loyola in Spain to visit the Monastery. Upon arrival in Burgos we celebrate Mass at the Cathedral, the third largest church in Spain. Then, tour the 13th century Cathedral, with it’s portal, the “Puerta del Sarmental,” considered the best example of Gothic sculpture of its century. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 6 – BURGOS / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
This morning we depart from Burgos, which was a major stop for pilgrims as they made their way to Santiago de Compostela. Continue our scenic drive to Santiago where we will visit the beautiful cathedral. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 7 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / FATIMA
After breakfast, we will take part in the morning Pilgrim Mass when the swinging “botafumeiro” is celebrated. The “botafumeiro” is a three-foot high iron censer that is suspended by a two hundred-foot rope and swung over the heads of the congregation. An impressive feature of the cathedral is the Portico de la Gloria, which is located just inside the main entrance. Through the centuries, millions of pilgrims have touched the central pillar. After a thousand years of embracing and touching, the stone has been left smooth and worn. The relics of St. James, the Apostle, repose in the high altar. Pilgrims can follow the centuries-old tradition of climbing the stairs behind the altar to kiss the shells that rest on the golden statue of the saint. Below the statue is the crypt that contains the bones of St. James in a silver reliquary. Continue our drive through scenic countryside, crossing into Portugal. Continue on to Fatima where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 – FATIMA
Celebrate Mass at the Chapel of Apparitions. Next, see the hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) built by Hungarian refugees that culminates in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Visit the church where the children were baptized. The rest of day will be free for private devotions. In the evening, join pilgrims from around the world in an evening candlelight procession. Dinner on your own and overnight in Fatima, Portugal.
DAY 9 – FATIMA / USA
This morning we depart Fatima and drive to the Lisbon airport where we board our flight back to the USA.