EUROPEAN SHRINES

10 nights / 11 days – arrival city LISBON departure city PARIS

Pilgriage to European Sanctuaries Portugal – Spain – France – Italy – Bosnia Erzegovina

DAY 01: LISBOA / FATIMA
Arrival at Lisbon airport meet with your Pilgrimage tour leader and transfer to Fatima
Check in at the hotel and Mass. After dinner time for procession.
Overnight in hotel.

DAY 02: FATIMA
Today will surely be a memorable experience as you pray and meditate upon one of Our Blessed Mother’s apparition sites.
Our profoundly reflective day begins with visit at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. This simple, yet modern, chapel is the site of where the Virgin Mary first appeared on May 13, 1917.
Following Mass your tour of Fatima continue with the stunning neoclassical church, the Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima. This Sacred space contains the tombs of Francisco and Jacinta, as well as, a Monument that commemorates the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Next, your tour culminates by participating in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacre. The “Sacred Way” marks the path taken by the shepherd children of Fatima to their first apparition with Our Lady.
Free time for religious activities.
In the evening we participate to the Candlelight procession.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel

DAY 03: FATIMA/BRUGOS
After breakfast in hotel, Mass and check out.
Head to Burgos in Spain. Upon arrival in the historic capital of Old Castile, you will enjoy dinner with your group. Overnight in hotel

DAY 04: BRUGOS/LOURDES
After breakfast in hotel you will have the opportunity to explore the city of Burgos and admire its magnificent limestone, gothic-style Cathedral. Mass.
You will then be transferred through the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains, to Lourdes.
Upon arrival, you will check-in to your hotel and enjoy a splendid dinner and peaceful overnight.

DAY 05: LOURDES
During your time in Lourdes, you will pray and meditate in yet another site of Our Lady’s apparitions. Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858, and announced herself as “The Immaculate Conception”, near the Grotto of Massabielle.
Throughout your time in Lourdes, you will have the opportunity to attend Mass at the Grotto of where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette; watch a video presentation that explains, in detail, the story of Lourdes; drink water from the miraculous spring that has healed many; and submerge yourself in the healing baths.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to experience Christ’s unconditional love as you meditate upon the “life size” Stations of the Cross that overlook the Grotto of Massabielle.
In the evening, you will have free time to attend the Blessed Sacrament Procession before dinner (April-October only). These processions are lit by candlelight and guided by the Most Holy Rosary. Following this prayerful experience, you will return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 06: LOURDES/PARAY LE MONIAL
Breakfast in hotel.
Mass and head to Paray-le Monial, high point of romanesque Burgundy, is today known across the world thanks to the popularity of the message of the heart of Jesus and its wonderful basilica from the 11st century. In fact, from 1673 to 1675, Jesus appeared to a young nun from the Visitation Monastery, called Margaret-Mary, showing her “this heart which has loved men so much”.
Free time at disposal.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 07: PARAY LE MONIAL
Breakfast in hotel. Day devoted to prayer and spirit contemplation; visit to the Sanctuary and church of the Jesuits.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 08: PARAY LE MONIAL/NEVERS/PARIS
Breakfast in hotel.
Mass and depart for Nevers by way of the picturesque Loire Valley.
Nevers is the site of where St. Bernadette lived for twelve years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. The Saint suffered from a number of illnesses such as asthma, tuberculosis of the lungs, and a tubercular tumor in her right knee. For this reason, St. Bernadette received “The Last Sacraments” three times and eventually passed away in 1879, at the age of thirty-five. Visit to the Sanctuary.
On to Paris; check in and free time at disposal for personal activities.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 09: PARIS/LISIEUX/PARIS
Breakfast and head to Lisieux, the home of St. Therese. According to Pope Pius X, St. Therese of Lisieux was the “greatest saint of modern times.” Her extraordinary love for God and service to humanity will come alive as you walk in the great Saint’s footsteps. During your visit, you will see the beautiful Basilica of St. Therese and the magnificent mosaics and stained glass that are contained within.
Following your visit to the Basilica, you will have the opportunity to view relics, clothing and personal objects of St. Therese when you visit her family home, Les Buissonets. Mass service and back to Paris. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 10: PARIS
This morning you will enjoy a full sightseeing day of Paris! You will visit and celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, where you will view the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure. The Saint’s guardian angel led her to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her.
Following your prayerful and reflective experience at this elegant chapel, you will begin your sightseeing tour of Paris that includes the most iconic of locations. You will begin at the Notre Dame Cathedral, a perfect example of Gothic art and continue for the most recognizable symbol of the city of Paris, the Eiffel Tower. The tour continues to L’Arch de Triomphe, a monument that symbolizes gratitude for those who fought for France. This monument stands at the West end of the Champ-Elysees, one of the world’s most famous boulevards and another one of our stops on the sightseeing tour. We will continue to Montmartre to visit the Basilica of Sacré Coeur, the Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Free time for shopping.
Dinner and overnight in hotel

DAY 11: PARIS
Breakfast in hotel. Free time at disposal and private transfer to airport.

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