2020 Tour Details
There’s no better way to experience Europe’s most treasured Catholic shrines than on this inspirational journey through Spain, Portugal and France. Whether it’s standing in the very place where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the three shepherd children over 100 years ago in Fatima, visiting Avila, St. Theresa’s home town, admiring the impressive Burgos Cathedral, immersing yourself in the Healing Baths in Lourdes, or reflecting in Gaudi’s magnificent Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, this vacation will inspire and leave you with memories of a lifetime.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome dinner; orientation
Visit the Church of the Holy Miracle
Orientation, visits to the Our Lady of Fátima Shrine, the Chapel of the Apparitions, the Parish Church, Valinhos, and attend
Guided walking tour, visit the Convent of St. Teresa, and the Monastery of the Incarnation
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral
Visit the Sanctuary of St. Ignatius Home and attend
Mass in the Basilica
Mass; guided walking tour, visit the grotto, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home; attend the candlelight procession
Guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica; farewell dinner
Headsets throughout the tour.Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.Notes:
- Departure May 11 Feast Day of Our Lady of Fátima (May 13)
- Departure October 11 Feast Day of Our Lady of Fátima (October 13) and Feast Day of St. Teresa of Avila (October 15)
- This tour involves a lot of walking.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Burgos Cathedral
- Old Town of Avila
- Town of Avila
- Works of Antoni Gaudi: Sagrada Familia
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Lisbon and a farewell dinner in Barcelona
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 LISBON–SANTARÉM–FÁTIMA
Your orientation of the capital of Portugal includes the Baixa quarter’s main squares, a drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and a stop to take pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. While en-route to Fátima, visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY MIRACLE in Santarém, site of a famous Eucharistic Miracle. Fátima is one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world; visit OUR LADY OF FÁTIMA SHRINE with the tombs of the three visionaries: Lucia, Jacinta, and Fernando. Visit the CHAPEL OF THE APPARITIONS, where the Virgin Mary appeared to them in 1917. She gave them a message from God promising that the world would be at peace if all men and women obeyed her requests. This evening, join the Rosary and candlelight procession at the Shrine and attend Mass, held every day. Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
Day 3 FÁTIMA. EXCURSION TO VALINHOS
Today, visit the PARISH CHURCH where the visionaries were baptized and then visit their homes in nearby Valinhos. Back in Fátima, attend Mass in the afternoon. Tonight, another chance to join the Rosary and candlelight procession sharing some moments of prayer with other faithful pilgrims from all over the world. Today’s Distance: 25 mi / 40 km
Day 4 FÁTIMA–ÁVILA, SPAIN
The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your drive into Spain. Arrive in Ávila, where St. Teresa founded the Order of the Discalced Carmelites, going back to the basics of a contemplative order: a simple life of poverty devoted to prayer. Enjoy a guided walk through this walled town and visit the MONASTERY OF THE INCARNATION and the CONVENT OF ST. TERESA. Today’s Distance: 329 mi / 530 km
Day 5 ÁVILA–BURGOS
Travel to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its overwhelming beauty will inspire some time for appreciation and meditation. Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km
Day 6 BURGOS–LOYOLA–LOURDES, FRANCE
Before crossing the French border, visit the Sanctuary of St. Ignatius de Loyola, founder of the Order of Jesus (Jesuits), with his HOME, and attend Mass in the BASILICA. Arrive in Lourdes, a powerful place of pilgrimage dedicated to the Holy Virgin, where you will stay for the next three nights with the possibility of joining the candlelight procession, held every evening. Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
Day 7 LOURDES
This morning attend Mass. Your guided walking tour includes visits to the GROTTO, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette, the OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE, the BIRTHPLACE OF ST. BERNADETTE, and her FAMILY HOME during the time of the apparitions. In the evening of February 11, 1858, a young Roman Catholic girl, Bernadette Soubirous, went to fetch some firewood with her sister and another companion when a Lady who was indescribably beautiful appeared to her at the Massabielle grotto. Although the Lady did not tell Bernadette her name when asked at first, she told her to return to the grotto. On subsequent visits, the Lady revealed herself to be the “Immaculate Conception”.
Day 8 LOURDES
Enjoy a day at leisure with time to experience the powerful healing baths, the “Blessing of the Sick,” and attend one of the daily Masses. The whole town exudes a spiritual atmosphere that leads to prayer. You may also wish to marvel at the natural beauty of the Pyrenees on the optional excursion available.
Day 9 LOURDES–BARCELONA, SPAIN
Leave Lourdes today, re-enter Spain, and head for Barcelona—the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region—known for its art and architecture throughout the cosmopolitan city. Today’s Distance: 348 mi / 560 km
Day 10 BARCELONA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Catalunia, and Paseo de Gracia. The highlight is a visit to the SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Also, enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits you at the hotel.
Day 11 BARCELONA
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else,
we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.
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The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.
$ ($50 CAD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 CAD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 CAD)
$$$$ (Over $150)
Into the Pyrenees: Waterfalls and Wine Tasting
This unique half-day excursion features the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gavarnie, the highest waterfall in the Pyrenees, and wine tasting with regional specialties!
Price Range: $$
Experience the passion and spirit of Spain's most traditional music and dance at this delightful evening of traditional Spanish Flamenco entertainment.
Price Range: $$$
Experience the magical beauty surrounding Barcelona on this memorable guided excursion to the soaring mountains of Montserrat.
Price Range: $$
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