European Shrines – Faith-Based Travel (5310) - 2015 / 2016

12 Day Tour from Lisbon to Barcelona

European Shrines – Faith-Based Travel
Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country
Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals
Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal
Santiago de Compostela is visited by over 100,000 pilgrims a year
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Templar's Convent of Christ This very interesting afternoon excursion will take you way back in time to the period of the very controversial and powerful Knights of Templar. Even though their oath swore them to live in poverty, many gifts and donations were bestowed upon the order and with these they were able to build on land also given to them by various people. The Convent of Christ in Tomar is the combination of a castle and convent used by the Knights. The convent was added later as an extension to the castle, which began construction in 1160. A local guide will show you round these impressive buildings whilst enlightening you on the history and background of the history of the Knights of Templar.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

Camino de Cabo Finisterre An exciting drive to Cabo Finisterre, a rocky peninsula on the west coast of Galicia. In Roman times it was believed to be the end of the know world. The name Finisterre derives from the Latin finis terrae, which means "end of the earth". It is the final destination for many pilgrims who, after having reached Santiago, extend their journey to Finisterre to burn their clothes or boots as the tradition indicates. On the way to Cabo Finisterre stop at Cee and Corcubion, two fishing villages on the "camino". Continue to Muxia, along the "Costa da Morte", part of one of the three regions making up the "Costa del Marisco" (the seafood coast). A memorable excursion to complete your experience in the Santiago area.

Approximate value: €15 EUR per person

Dinner & Flamenco on Ramblas Feel the passion of flamenco at a legendary venue in the centre of Barcelona, where the show reveals the variety of music, singing and dancing incorporated into this passionate art form. Improvisation is the key element of flamenco, with each artist individually interpreting the rhythm and communicating the beat to the other players. Before the start of the show enjoy a traditional Spanish buffet dinner served by waiters. Sample delicious variety of tapas, paella, cold and hot specialities, pastry and fruit of the season together with a selection of drinks - sangria or wine or soft drinks and mineral water. During the show you will also be served a glass of champagne.

Approximate value: €75 EUR per person

Montserrat The history of Montserrat is fascinating and started in 880 when a small group of shepherd children saw a bright light descending from the sky in the Montserrat mountains and heard angels singing. The children told their parents, who in turn informed a local vicar who was brought to the scene and witnessed the same experiences. On exploring the region an image of the Virgin Mary was found in one of the caves and from that moment on the cave became a holy sanctuary for religious pilgrims. The trip to Montserrat from Barcelona is accompanied by a local guide and lasts about 4 hours. After driving through picturesque villages up to the 1,235 mt. Massif of Montserrat, you will have time to visit the Chapel of our Lady to see the visage of the 14th century Black Virgin (La Moreneta) keeping watch high over the altar. Return back to Barcelona at the end of the visit.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

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