Fatima, Lourdes & Shrines of Spain – Faith-Based Travel (5310)

12 Day Tour from Lisbon to Barcelona

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Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers in Lisbon. Enjoy guided sightseeing of the “Mistress of the Seas,” and continue to Santarém to visit the Church of the Eucharistic Holy Miracle. Arrive in Fátima, site of one of the world’s most famous Catholic shrines. You may wish to join the Rosary and candlelight procession. In the morning, attend Mass at the Sanctuary and visit the Our Lady of Fátima Shrine. Via Braga, the “Portuguese Rome,” and a visit to the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, enter Spain and stop in Santiago de Compostela, world famous for the key 9th-century pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Arrive in Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile, and visit the magnificent cathedral, burial place of the Spanish national hero, El Cid. En route to Lourdes, France, attend Mass at the 17th-century Sanctuary of Loyola. Stay two nights in Lourdes and during your guided walking tour, visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, St. Bernadette’s birthplace, and her family home. On your way to Barcelona, stop in medieval fortified Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to admire its ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges. A 3-night stay in Barcelona features guided sightseeing that includes Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour

Inside 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

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Lisbon, Lourdes, Barcelona; services of a professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
The Pyrenees and Costa Dorada

Mass/Religious Service:
Fátima, Santiago de Compostela, San Ignacio de Loyola, Lourdes

  • NOTE:
  • Departure May 11 Our Lady of Fátima Feast Day in Fátima (May 13)
  • Departure May 11 starts on Wednesday in Lisbon instead of Tuesday
  • Departure October 11 Last Apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima (October 13)

Transportation:

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.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Barcelona

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Welcome to Portugal! Check into your hotel, and tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Lisbon–Santarem–Fatima

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?

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Day 3 Fatima

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.

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Day 4 Fatima–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.

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Day 5 Santiago 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Santiago 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Burgos–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.

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Day 8 Lourdes

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.

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Day 9 Lourdes–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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Barcelona

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Barcelona

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.

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Day 12 Barcelona

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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.

ENRIQUE AQUINO LONGO

Years of Experience: 11

I originally came to Spain to discover the other half of my heritage. I'm still here! I just fell in love with it. The culture, never-ending history, breathtaking landscapes, delicious food, bright sunshine and friendly people make it fascinating. Don't be surprised if you'll be the next one to fall in love too. Nothing makes me happier than to show my guests what makes Iberia and Morocco my home.

Tour Director - ENRIQUE AQUINO LONGO

 Accommodations

LISBON Roma (F)
FÁTIMA Estrela de Fatima (F) or Regina (ST)
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Gran Hotel Los Abetos (F) or Gelmirez (ST)
BURGOS Corona de Castilla (ST)
LOURDES Sainte Rose (ST) or Quality Christina (ST)
BARCELONA Porta Fira (F) or HCC Open (ST) or Fira Congress (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. 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.

Fatima
Santiago de Compostela
Barcelona

Fatima

Templar's Convent of Christ

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

Santiago de Compostela

Camino De Cabo Finisterre

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 known 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 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

Barcelona

Dinner & Flamenco On Ramblas

Dinner & Flamenco On Ramblas

Feel the passion of flamenco at a legendary venue in the center 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 specialties, 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: €80 EUR per person

Montserrat

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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