PORTUGAL, SPAIN AND FRANCE – 2018

OCTOBER 1-15, 2018 for 15 DAYS

Led by Deacon Dileep Athaide of the Archdiocese of Vancouver

Price:  Only $4,200.00 per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sites of the Apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima.
  • Cathedral of St. James at the end of Camino de Santiago.
  • The Black Madonna in the Benedictine Monastery at Our Lady of Montserrat.
  • Cathedral of the Holy Family in Barcelona.
  • Our Lady’s Apparition in Lourdes.
  • Be inspired by St. Anthony of Padua; Sts. Francisco and Jacinta and Sr. Lucia; St. James the Apostle; St. Bernadette; Sts. Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross; and St. Ignatius of Loyola.

ITINERARY

Oct. 1, 2018 – Monday – VANCOUVER/MADRID – Mass in your parishes in Vancouver before departure for Madrid.  Relax and enjoy the long flight.

Oct. 2, 2018 – Tuesday – MADRID ALL DAY – Arrive in Madrid.  Mass at La Almuneda Cathedral.  Sightseeing tour of the city including the Royal Palace, the Buen Retiro Park, the Plaza Mayor, the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande. Overnight in convent/monastery in Madrid.

See the Catedral de la Almuneda in its official website at http://www.catedraldelaalmudena.es/.

See the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande in the website of Turismo Madrid at https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/san-francisco-el-grande.

See the Museo Nacional del Prado in its official website at https://www.museodelprado.es/en.

Oct. 3, 2018 – Wednesday – MADRID/AVILA/ALBA DE TORMES/SALAMANCA – Early morning departure for Avila, home of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross.  Mass at the Cathedral of Avila.  Incarnacion Convent, La Santa Monasterio and  the Convento de San Jose.  Carmelite Monastery in Alba de Tormes.  Tour of the historic city of Salamanca.  Overnight in convent/monastery in Salamanca.

See St. Teresa of Avila in the website of Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_of_Avila.

See St. John of the Cross in the website of Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_the_Cross.

See Salamanca in the website of the Unesco World Heritage Centre at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/381/gallery.

Oct. 4, 2018 – Thursday – SALAMANCA/LISBON/FATIMA – Arrive in Lisbon.  Scenic tour of the city.  Igreja de Santo António de Lisboa and the Cathedral La Se where St. Anthony (of Padua) was born and baptized.   Proceed to Fatima and Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions.  Overnight in convent/monasery in Fatima.

See the Church of St. Anthony in its official website at https://www.stoantoniolisboa.com.

See the Cathedral La Se in the website of Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon_Cathedral.

Oct. 5, 2018 – Friday – SANTAREM/FATIMA – Mass at the Church of St. Stephen and Shrine of the Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem.  Return to Fatima and Tour of the Sanctuary of Fatima and the Hamlet of Aljustrel, home of the 3 children of Fatima. Rosary in the Chapel of the Apparitions and Procession in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.  Overnight in convent/monastery in Fatima.

See the Church of St. Stephen in the website of Spirit Daily at https://www.spiritdaily.com/santarem.htm.

Oct. 6, 2018 – Saturday – FATIMA ALL DAY – Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.  Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra ending in the Chapel of Calvary.  Community recitation of the rosary and meditation with spiritual director.  Shopping for religious articles.  Overnight in convent/monastery in Fatima.

See Our Lady of Fatima in its official website at https://www.fatima.pt/en.

See the Fatima Sanctuary in the website of Tourism Fatima at https://portugalvirtual.pt/_tourism/costadeprata/fatima/index.tmhl.

Oct. 7, 2018 – Sunday – BRAGA/SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – Fatima to Braga and then, Santiago de Compostela.  Bom Jesus du Monte Sanctuary in Braga.  Arrive at Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  Mass at the Cathedral of St. James.  Overnight in convent/monastery in Santiago de Compostela.

See Bom Jesus du Monte Sanctuary in the website of Wikipedia at  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom_Jesus_do_Monte.

Oct. 8, 2018 – Monday – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA ALL DAY – Tour and Mass at the Cathedral of St. James, the terminus of the Camino de Santiago.  Overnight in convent/monastery in Santiago de Compostela.

See the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela in its official website at http://catedraldesantiaes/en.

Oct. 9, 2018 – Tuesday – BURGOS – Santiago de Compostela to Burgos.  Mass at the French Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary.  Chapel of Condestable and the tomb of El Cid.  Overnight in convent/monastery in Burgos.

See the Cathedral of Mary in the website of the Unesco World Heritage Centre at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/316/gallery/.

Oct. 10, 2018 – Wednesday – SAN IGNACIO DE LOYOLA/LOURDES, FRANCE – Travel through the Basque region enroute to Lourdes.  Mass at the Sanctuary Shrine and Basilica of Loyola.  Drive through the Pyrenees Mountains to Lourdes, France.  Overnight in a hotel beside the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.

See the Sanctuary of Loyola in its official website at https://www.santuariodeloyola.org/en.

Oct. 11, 2018 – Thursday – LOURDES ALL DAY – Mass in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Walking tour to the Grotto and the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and the home of St. Bernadette.  Option to bathe in the healing waters.  Overnight in a hotel beside the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.

See the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in its official website at https://www.lourdes-france.org/en.

See St. Bernadette in the website of Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernadette_Soubirous.

Oct. 12, 2018 – Friday -LOURDES/CARCASSONE/BARCELONA, SPAIN –  Mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Leave France for Spain.  The medieval city of Carcassonne in France, enroute to Barcelona, the beautiful capital of Catalunya in Spain.   Overnight in convent/monastery in Barcelona.

See Carcassonne in the website of the  Unesco World Heritage Centre at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/345/gallery.

Oct. 13, 2018 – Saturday – BARCELONA ALL DAY – Mass at the Church of the Holy Family.  Sightseeing tour of the city.  Travel through the countryside to the Benedictine Abbey at Montserrat.   Our Lady of Montserrat (Black Madonna).  Overnight in convent/monastery in Barcelona.

See the Basilica of the Holy Family in its official website at http://www.sagradafamilia.org/en/.

See the Black Madonna and the Benedictine Abbey in the websites of Wikipedia  at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_of_Montserrat and  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_de_Montserrat_Abbey.

Oct. 14, 2018 – Sunday – BARCELONA/ZARAGOZA/MADRID – Leave Barcelona for Zaragoza.  Mass at the Cathedral of Zaragoza.  Monasterio de Piedra.  Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.  Arrive and overnight in  monastery/convent in Madrid.

See the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in the website of Wikipedia at http://www.basilicadelpilar.es/.

Oct. 15, 2018 – Monday – MADRID AIRPORT – Attend Mass  before drive to Madrid airport.  Flight back home to Vancouver arriving same day.

NOTE:  This itinerary is subject to minor changes without notice.