Headsets throughout the tourInside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing: Visits to Santarém, Fátima, Braga, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, San Ignacio de Loyola, Carcassonne
Scenic Highlights: The Pyrenees and Costa DoradaMass/Religious Service: Fátima, Santiago de Compostela, San Ignacio de Loyola, Lourdes
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Lisbon, Lourdes, Barcelona; services of a professional Tour Director while touring
Departure May 11 Our Lady of Fátima Feast Day in Fátima (May 13)Departure May 11 starts on Wednesday in Lisbon instead of TuesdayDeparture October 11 Last Apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima (October 13)
Day 1Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal
Welcome to Portugal! Check into your hotel, and tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” On your guided sightseeing tour you’ll see the enormous monument dedicated to him, as well as the fortified 16th-century Belém Tower, the Moorish citadel, impressive Black Horse Square, and the CATHEDRAL La Sé and Jeronimos MONASTERY, which dates back to the mid-1400s. Later, head north for a stop in Santarém to visit the CHURCH OF THE EUCHARISTIC HOLY MIRACLE. In the late-afternoon, arrive in FATIMA, site of one of the world’s most famous Catholic shrines. This evening, why not join the rosary and candlelight procession at the Our Lady of Fátima Basilica? (B,D)
This morning, after Mass at the Sanctuary, time to visit Our Lady of Fátima SHRINE with the tombs of the visionaries, and the CHAPEL of the Apparitions, made famous by the Virgin Mary’s appearance to three shepherd children—Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia—on May 13, 1917. This afternoon, time to explore on your own, or join a guided optional excursion. (B,D)
Day 4Fatima–Braga–Santiago De Compostela, Spain
Journey north this morning and stop in Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world and nicknamed the “Portuguese Rome.” Visit the Bom Jesus do Monte (Good Jesus of the Mount) SANCTUARY and see the unique zigzag stairway that is dedicated to the five senses—sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste—and the three theological virtues—faith, hope, and charity. Cross into Spain and head for Santiago de Compostela. Later, attend Mass followed by the Rosary. (B,D)
Day 5Santiago de Compostela
This morning, visit St. James' CATHEDRAL. Santiago de Compostela has been known throughout history for the key 9th-century pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James, to its cathedral, which houses the Apostle James’ remains beneath the high altar. Later, explore on your own or join an optional excursion to Cabo Finisterre, where pilgrims complete their walk and burn their robes. (B)
Day 6Santiago De Compostela–Burgos
Today, travel to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Your visit takes you to the magnificent CATHEDRAL, a masterpiece of gothic architecture and the burial place of Spanish national hero El Cid. (B)
Day 7Burgos–San Ignacio de Loyola–Lourdes, France
Travel through the Basque region toward Lourdes. En route, attend Mass at the 17th-century SANCTUARY of Loyola, built in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order. See its spectacular dome and main altarpiece, built in marble and jasper. Cross the border into France, and overnight in Lourdes, home to another of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession for a memorable experience. (B,D)
Today’s guided walking tour includes the GROTTO where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, Our Lady of Lourdes SHRINE, Bernadette’s BIRTHPLACE, and her FAMILY HOME. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this little market town that became a world-renowned pilgrimage site during the 19th century. Attend Mass. (B,D)
Day 9Lourdes–Carcassonne–Barcelona, Spain
Leave France this morning and head for the French-Spanish border. En route, visit fortified Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded by the Visigoths in the 5th century and the most medieval-looking city in France. See the ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges that are still well preserved from the Middle Ages. Overnight in Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona. (B)
Guided sightseeing includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the fascinating eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in Houses Batlló and Milà and the SAGRADA FAMILIA. (B)
Day at leisure. Maybe join the optional excursion to the pilgrimage site of Montserrat and its countryside, situated 4,055 feet above sea level in a mountain range composed of strikingly pink conglomerate, a form of sedimentary rock, and site of the Benedictine abbey that hosts the Black Virgin of Montserrat Sanctuary, patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Transportation:Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Lisbon and Barcelona if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.
Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Barcelona
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
LUIS AUGUSTO FERREIRA COUTINHO NOGUEIRA
Years of Experience: 12 years
I was born in Portugal, home to the greatest explorers in history. Now it's my turn to help people navigate this colorful corner of the globe. Iberia is a region where history, culture, and modernity blend together, creating an incredible destination. Nothing makes me happier than guests telling me they would like the vacation to start all over again so they could experience everything just one more time.