EUROPEAN SANCTUARIES – PORTUGAL – SPAIN – FRANCE – SWITZERLAND – ITALY
Arrival at Lisbon Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and dinner.
LISBON / FATIMA
After breakfast, we will enjoy a panoramic city tour of Lisbon, including Marques de Pombal Square, Eduardo VII Park, Belem Tower, Monument of Discoveries, Jeronimos Monastery, Saint Anthony Church and Lisbon Cathedral (often called simply the Sé). After the visits, we will continue to Fatima. Arrive and visit to the Basilica with the tombs of Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, Chapel of the Apparitions of Our Lady (Mass) and Aljustrel, homeland of the Three Little Shepherds. Accommodation at the hotel and dinner. In the evening, possibility of participating in the recitation of the rosary and the candlelight procession.
FATIMA / PORTO / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast and departure to the city of Porto, where we will visit the Sé, as well as a Port wine cellar. Then we will continue to Santiago de Compostela. Arrival, accommodation and dinner.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
After breakfast, visit to Cathedral of Santiago with its famous four facades and the Portico da Gloria (“Portico of the Glory” in Galician), Gelmirez Palace and the Monastery of San Martin. Rest of the day free. Dinner at the hotel.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / SANTANDER
Breakfast and depart to Santander. We will enjoy beautiful landscapes as we drive by the sideline of the North Atlantic coastal region. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
SANTANDER / LOURDES
Breakfast and depart to Lourdes. We will continue our ride through beautiful coastal landscapes, while climbing the Pyrenees to reach Lourdes. Arrival, accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast. This day is dedicated to prayer in the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and Grotto of the Apparitions (Mass: time and place to be confirmed). At 4:00 p.m., Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament carried to the sick. In the evening, after dinner, possibility to participate in the soulful candlelight procession with the recitation of the rosary in several languages.
LOURDES / ORLEANS
Breakfast and depart to Paris, crossing beautiful landscapes of the wine region. We will continue through the Loire Valley region. Accommodation in the Orleans Region. Dinner.
ORLEANS / PARIS
Breakfast and depart to Paris. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a panoramic city tour of Paris, including Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower (external visit), Place de la Concorde, Place Vendome, Notre Dame Cathedral (entrance), Opera House, Louvre Museum (external visit), Esplanade des Invalides and the Church of the Miraculous Medal. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast and free day to explore on your own. Dinner
PARIS / LUCERNE
Breakfast and depart to Switzerland, crossing the French Alps. Full-day trip. In the afternoon, arrival in Lucerne, one of the most charming Swiss cities. Accommodation at the hotel and dinner.
LUCERNE / PADUA
Breakfast. Today we will cross from the Swiss Alps to the Italian Alps. Arrival in Padua and visit to Saint Anthony Shrine (Mass). Accommodation and dinner.
PADUA / VENICE / FLORENCE
Breakfast and departure to visit the romantic city of Venice, including a walking tour through St. Mark’s Square, Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace, Basilica, and more. Departure to Florence. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast and departure to visit the city of Florence, including Piazzale Michelangelo, Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flowers, the Bell Tower (Campanile), work of the great master Giotto, the Baptistery, with the bronze doors, including the Gates of Paradise; Piazza de la Signoria, dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio; the Church of Santa Cruz. Departure to Assisi. Dinner at the hotel.
ASSISI / ROME
After breakfast, we will visit the most important sites related to the life of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare, the Church of Saint Clare, visit to the historic center and the Basilica of Saint Francis. We will visit the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels, the Porziuncola and the cradle of the Franciscan Order (Mass). Departure to Rome, arrival, accommodation and dinner.
After breakfast, we will make our way to the Vatican to visit the Basilica of St. Peter, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a panoramic city tour, including Roman Forums, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona, Arches of Constantine and Tito, the Colosseum (external visit). Accommodation and dinner.
After breakfast, we will visit the papal basilicas: Saint John Lateran, Saint Mary Major, Saint Paul Outside the Walls. Free day to explore on your own. Dinner.
DEPARTURE FROM ROME
Transfer to airport for departure