Pilgrimage to Catholic shrines in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and Medjugorje!
The most famous Catholic destinations in Italy like Rome, Assisi, Loreto. Journey across Europe will start with Portugal and Fatima, Our Lady of Rosary. We will then continue with St. Teresa in the medieval city of Avila! After Avila pilgrimage will continue with Lourdes and prayers with Our Lady OF Immaculate Conception!
Day 1 - DEPARTURE FOR PORTUGAL
Our journey starts with a flight to Portugal, a city of Lisbon. Meals served on board the plane.
Day 2 - LISBON – SANTAREM – FATIMA
Upon arrival in Lisbon, you will meet with your tour escort. Before we leave for Fatima, we will have a city tour of Lisbon, the birthplace of St. Anthony. After a lunch break in the capital of Portugal, we will continue until our next stop in Santarem, to one of the most famous Eucharistic Miracles in Europe, a church of The Holy Miracle (St. Nicholas)! In Fatima group will check to hotel, dinner, and afterward optional participation in the candlelight procession on the same evening in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. Overnight at our hotel in Fatima.
Day 3 FATIMA ALJUSTREL VALINHOS
Visit of places connected with the apparition in Fatima, tiny village Aljustrel, home of visionaries, pasturage at Valinhos where Our Lady also appeared. We will visit the Cova da Iria, the actual place of the apparition where Our Lady of Fatima gave a message to the world through Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia. Holy Mass, providing priest is with the group, will be in one of the chapels in the Shrine. In the evening, we will participate in the prayer service (optional). Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 4 FATIMA – AVILA
Depart Fatima early this morning to travel eastward across Spain to Avila. While in Avila, we will walk the narrow cobblestone streets of the city as we trace the life of St. Teresa of Avila. We will see the garden where she played as a child, and visit the museum dedicated to her life. The museum also contains relics of St. Teresa and her spiritual advisor St. John of the Cross. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Convent of the Incarnation, where St. Teresa first took her orders and would remain for more than thirty years. Its museum has an interesting drawing of the crucifixion by St. John of the Cross, and a reconstruction of the cell used by the saint when she was prioress there. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Avila.
Day 5 AVILA – LOURDES
After breakfast & Holy Mass in Avila, we will depart fort for LOURDES. Upon arrival to the Lourdes group will check in to a hotel and will be free until dinner. In the evening after the dinner walk to the Shrine of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, the prayer of the Rosary during candlelight procession. First night in Lourdes.
Day 6 LOURDES SHRINE
Tour of the Shrine, visiting the Grotto of Massabielle, where the Blessed Virgin appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Tour will also include The Baths, The Basilica of Immaculate Conception with Crypt, which is underneath and was the first chapel built here as a place of worship, also Rosary Basilica, Church of St. Bernadette. The visit will then continue with the town Lourdes, the visit to all of the places associated with the St. Bernadette. The Bolly Mill in Rue Bernadette Soubirous, where the saint was born on January 7, 1844, and it is the place where she spent the first years of her life. The group will also visit “Cachot” or jail where Bernadette lived with her family in great poverty at the time of the apparitions. Return to the Sanctuary area for lunch on your own. Free afternoon until dinner and in the evening group can participate Candlelight Marian Procession starting each day at 9:00 pm. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 7 LOURDES
Today after breakfast, we will attend Holy Mass, and then the rest of the day will be free for your personal devotions, visit the Baths, shopping, lunch... In the evening, we will attend the Candlelight Procession to Our Lady! Back to the hotel, dinner, and overnight!
Day 8 LOURDES - ROME
Today we will leave Lourdes and France. Flight to Rome. Upon arrival in Rome, time permitting, panoramic city tour by a bus before we check in to the hotel. Dinner and our first night in Rome.
Day 9 ROME – VATICAN GENERAL AUDIENCE
Today we have an early breakfast to be on time for the general audience with Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Square. After the audience, we will head for a lunch break and then later in the afternoon visit to the heart of Vatican State, St. Peter’s Basilica, and underground burial stones with the tomb of St. Peter, and Saint John Paul II. The day will end with the visit to the first church dedicated to Mary, Mother of God – St. Mary Major! At the end of the day, we are back in our hotel.
Day 10 ROME – CHRISTIAN ROME TOUR – ASSISI
Today we will continue our Christian tour of Rome. First to have on our schedule today is a visit basilica of St. John Lateran. This is the Cathedral of Rome and was Papal residence from the 5C until the papacy departed to Avignon in France. Today we will also see the nearby Holy Staircase (Scala Sancta) actual stairs that Jesus Christ walked on the day he went to Pilate. For the end of the visits to Rome, we will go to the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and our Christian tour in Rome finishes wit visit to the Domitilla Catacombs. From here, we will leave Rome, head to Assisi – City of Peace, and tonight we are in our hotel in Assisi!
Day 11 ASSISI
This morning we will be exploring and learning about St. Francis and his life. Our guided tour will start at the church of Santa Chiara to see The Cross that spoke to St. Francis and pray his prayer before the same Crucifix. We will learn more about St. Claire, the founder of Poor Claire’s and see her incorrupt body. We will go down to the “Porziuncola” one of three restored churches by young Francis that nowadays is embraced by Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Free afternoon in Assisi. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 12 ASSISI – MEDJUGORJE (Overnight on cruise ferry Ancona – Split - alternatively flight Rome - Split)
Today group will leave Assisi, head towards Ancona! On the way to Ancona, we will stop in the town of Loreto, Sanctuary of the Holy Family. According to the story, the Crusaders, when leaving the Holy Land, brought with them the remains of the house in Nazareth where Joseph, Mary, and Jesus lived! After Holy Mass and visit here, we will continue to Ancona, embarking the ship!
- Following morning upon arrival to Split follows the transfer to Medjugorje!
- On this tour, alternatively, we may take flight Rome - Split.
Day 13, 14 MEDJUGORJE PROGRAM
Upon arrival to Split – transfer to Medjugorje, where the program starts the same morning!
Our Medjugorje pilgrimage will be filled with the prayer, daily morning English speaking Mass, and in the evening at the time of the apparition of Our Lady International mass and prayer of the Rosary. This will be a true spiritual retreat, and your life for a few days will go to the triangle of Podbrdo (Apparition Hill), St. James church, and Krizevac (Cross Mountain).
With thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, you will celebrate daily Mass at St. James church. Visiting Bijakovici village, all six visionaries come from it; you will go up the Apparition Hill, Podbrdo place where Our Lady first appeared. Holy Rosary is prayed during the evening program with Mass; Our Lady repeated many times how important it is to come to Holy Mass, where “we meet Jesus alive.” Messages of Prayer of the Rosary, Holy Mass, and Confession are the center of the evening program in St. James church. According to the three visionaries, they still every day receive the apparition of Our Lady, pray with her, and are blessed by Gospa daily! The apparition takes place at 5:40 pm or 6:40 daylight savings time, and Vicka, Ivan and Marija are the ones who experience this daily. Mirjana, Jakov, and Ivanka are the three visionaries who don’t have daily apparitions but once a year.
Among other activities you will have a chance to climb the “Cross mountain”, Krizevac, as Croats call it, visit the “Blue Cross”, another place of the apparition. Each pilgrim will have time for private devotions, shopping, or simply enjoying your own “freedom of prayer” as Rosary in the hands of people you see on the streets or in the fields in Medjugorje aren’t a strange thing!
Day 15 – MEDJUGORJE departure
Early morning breakfast and transfer to airport for flight back home – transfer with the guide as the assistant at the airport – wish you a safe and sound journey home!
- Flights from the Cairo
- Airport taxes - SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY AIRLINE UNTIL TICKETS ARE ISSUED
- 2 nights in Fatima – 4* Hotel
- 1 night in Avila – 4* Hotel
- 3 nights in Lourdes – 4* Hotel
- 2 nights in Rome – 3* Hotel
- 2 nights in Assisi – 4* hotel
- 1 night on Cruise Ferry, Italy, Ancona – Croatia, Split - alternatively flight Rome - Split or Dubrovnik
- 3 nights in Medjugorje – an excellent 3* Hotel
- Breakfast and dinner daily, drinks included
- High-class air-conditioned tourist coach
- Escort Fatima – Rome + Medjugorje
- Local English speaking guides Fatima, Avila, Lourdes, Rome, Assisi, Medjugorje
- Entrance fees according to the itinerary
- Daily Mass in Fatima, Avila, Loyola, Lourdes
- Lunch daily
- Tips for guides, escort, and drivers
- Porterage of luggage, in & out hotels
- Travel Insurance strongly recommended
- Personal items, visa costs