Celebrate with us…
The 100th Anniversary of Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima
With Visits to More Marian and Apparition Sites of our Lady
May 11- June 01, 2016
Day1/MAY 11 – Manila-Lisbon
Depart Manila in the evening for Lisbon. Meals will be served on board.
Day 2/MAY 12 – Lisbon-Fatima
Upon arrival in Lisbon you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. You will be escorted to the vehicle which will then take you on a short orientation tour of this beautiful Portuguese city. Continue drive to Fatima. Begin our tour of Fatima, where we will experience the beauty of this spiritual town. We will see the Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta’s graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison. Experience Christ’s love as you walk and follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous well. Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady. Time for private devotions before dinner and a restful night’s sleep.
Day 3/MAY 13 – (Celebration of the Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions)
Today, on the 100th Anniversary, is a day that you will have in your hearts, prayers, and memories for the rest of your life. Today we will make our way to the square, where we will join pilgrims from all over the world for the Anniversary Mass. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 4/MAY 14- Fatima-Oporto-Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast, check out and drive towards Santiago de Compostela via Oporto. Upon arrival, meet our guide and visit Cathedral of St. James which is one of the finest examples of architecture in all of Europe. As pilgrims, we have the opportunity celebrate our Sunday mass and thereafter climb the stairs behind the high altar to visit the crypt where the relics of St. James are preserved, touch the central pillar (Portico de La Gloria), view the ‘botafumeiro’ and admire the wealth of medieval art inside the Cathedral, before visiting the cloister museum. Enjoy a stroll on own, through the beautiful streets of Santiago de Compostela, the city of the apostle, full of historical buildings and other attractions (before or after dinner). Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 5/MAY 15- Santiago de Compostela-Garabandal
Arise this morning and drive through the scenic countryside of Spain and enjoy the lush green mountains before we arrive to the hamlet of Garabandal. Dinner and accommodation for the next two evenings will be at one of the modest hotels in Garabandal. This sparsely populated village consists of only * about 90 humble dwellings. Rest of the day for private devotions.
Day 6/MAY 16- Garabandal
Little has changed in this rural town since Jun 18, 1961 when four children had an apparition first of an Angel sent to prepare the children for a visit from the Virgin. From Jul 2, 1961 sporadically until Nov 13, 1965, the Blessed Virgin visited them, speaking, guiding and confiding secrets of future events. The children reported a promised future miracle at the grove of pine trees on a bluff overlooking the village of Garabandal. It will be on the feast-day of a little known martyr of the Eucharist and coincide with an event in the Church. During your stay you will have time for reflection, devotions and follow the Stations of the Cross. Speak with villagers who witnessed the apparitions, attend Mass and bask in the tranquility. Return motor coach trip to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7/MAY 17-Garabandal-Zaragoza-Barcelona
Today, we begin with our long drive and excursion to Zaragoza. Crossing the Sierras of Zaragoza, see the remote homes of the Spanish village. Arrive late noon for lunch and continue visit to the Basilica Del Pilar, “Nuestra Senora del Pilar” where we will celebrate our mass. On to Barcelona for our dinner and overnight.
Day 8/MAY 18-Barcelona-Montserrat-Barcelona
After breakfast, start of our half day tour within Barcelona with our visit to SAGRADA FAMILIA, including its cathedral and cloister. In the afternoon, proceed to Montserrat to visit the Royal Basilica and the Monastery which
houses the famous Black Virgin, “Virgin Morenata”. Go back to Barcelona for dinner and overnight.
Day 9/MAY 19-Barcelona-Lourdes
Prepare for long distance transfer to Lourdes via Andorra. Enjoy a lunch stop in this border. Continue a scenic drive to one of the major Marian pilgrim centers of the world, Lourdes. Upon arrival you will check in to your hotel and relax or explore before dinner. Following dinner you may choose to participate in the candlelight procession before retiring for the evening.
Days 10/MAY 20 – Lourdes
After breakfast, our guided tour of Lourdes will include the sanctuary; the Basilica of St Pius X, the world’s largest underground church; and the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Enjoy a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of St Bernadette. See Boly Mill where St Bernadette was born and the “Cachot,” an abandoned prison where Bernadette’s impoverished family lived. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring, pray at the Grotto and submerge yourself in the healing baths. Experience Christ’s love as you walk the life-sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto in obedience to the request of the “Immaculate Conception.” Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady, and take time for private devotions.
Day 11/MAY 21 – Lourdes – Paris-
Depart for Paris via the TGV Train. Upon arrival in this city of Romance, we visit the famous Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, the Opera House, Concorde Square and L’ Arc De Triomphe. Proceed to Rue du Bac and have our Sunday Eucharistic celebration at the Chapel of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal where the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure is still lying in state. Gain merciful blessings and healing as we pray to our dear saint. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Day 12/MAY 22- Paris-Nevers
Begin the day with our visit to the Louvre Museum, where we can see magnificent works of art and the original painting of Mona Lisa. Continue visit and view the beautiful Sacre Coeur Church in Montmartre, inspired by the Sacred Heart Devotion which began in Paray-Le-Monial by St. Margaret-Mary. After lunch, proceed to Nevers and visit Saint Gildard Convent, the site where St. Bernadette’s incorrupt body rests. While here, you will pray and reflect upon the life of the beloved Saint. Check in at hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 13/MAY 23- Nevers-Ars Sur Formans- La Salette
Today we drive to La Salette passing by Ars-sur-Formans . This small town was home to St. Jean-Marie Vianney and, is where the incorrupt body of this Patron Saint of Priests remains. While in Ars, you will have the opportunity to visit the Church of where St. Vianney preached in the twelfth century and, the Basilica of where his incorrupt body lays in a glass reliquary. Additionally, you will visit the Shrine of where the incorrupt Heart of the Saint lays and, his home that is completely preserved from when the Saint lived there. Lunch enroute. Continue to La Salette located in a high alpine pas-ture in the French Alps, La Salette is the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1846 to two shepherds, Melanie Matthew and Maximin Gird. Our Lady appeared to these shepherds crying, lamenting over the lack of observance of Sundays and the profaning of her Son’s holy name. A spring forever marks the spot where the Virgin appeared and where millions of pilgrims come to in order to drink the fresh spring water and to pray. The stunning mountain scenery and lush mountain trails make La Salette one of the most spectacular pilgrimage site in France, with a beautiful Basilica built to honor the Virgin Mary. In 1996 La Salette celebrated the 150th anniversary of Our Lady’s first appearance. Dinner and overnight.
Day 14/MAY 24- La Salette-Avignon-Nice
After breakfast we leave for Avignon, the city that served as the “Second Capital” of the Catholic Church during most of the 14th century. See the Pont D’Avignon and Avignon’s medieval ramparts, walls and towers. Continue to Nice for dinner and overnight.
Day 15/MAY 25-Nice-Monaco-Pisa
This morning travel to Pisa passing by the place of the rich and the famous, Monaco. See more of the French Riviera from a base in Nice to the luxurious city-state of Monaco. Watch the changing of the guard at Monaco’s Royal Palace and do a lap of Monaco’s Formula One Grand Prix circuit. Continue drive to Pisa, and ride the shuttle to Piazza Duomo, view and photo stop at the famous Leaning Tower, the Baptisty and the Campanile. We will arrange mass at the Cathedral of Pisa, considered as one of the best in the world. Free day until transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 16/MAY 26-Pisa-Padova-Venice
After breakfast, group will transfer by motor coach to Padova. This Northern Italy city honors the patron saint of lost causes, St. Anthony. While in Padua, group will visit the tomb and celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Anthony. After Mass, have lunch and continue drive to Venice. Today enjoy a walking guided city tour of Venice. Tour passes the highlight of Venice, such as St. Mark’s Square and its Cathedral, Doge’s Palace and time to see a traditional Glass. Check in at our hotel in Venice for dinner and overnight.
Day 17/MAY 27-Venice-Ljubljana-Bled-Zagreb
Drive to our next stop in Slovenia, Ljubljana. Take a ride on a funicular to visit the castle and view the famous Triple Bridge. We depart for Bled, and enjoy the scenery as we travel west. Upon arrival in Bled we take a boat ride to the Island in the middle of Lake Bled and visit the Church of the Assumption. We then take a private tour of Bled Castle, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia, built on top of a 130 meter cliff overlooking Lake Bled. Continue to Zagreb for dinner and overnight.
Day 18/MAY 28-Zagreb-Medjugorje
This morning, enjoy a city tour of the capital of Croatia, featuring Upper Town and Down Town. The Upper Town is Zagreb’s historical center which comprises Church of St. Mark with the famed multi-colored roof, the Parliament building (Sabor), the Stone Gate, Cathedral. Down Town is business and cultural center of Zagreb with its main square of ban Josip Jelacic, the Croatian National Theatre and University. Depart for Medjugorje. On arrival, check into your hotel with time to explore this peaceful village and take part in the evening program with mass Rosary in St. James Church and pray with pilgrims from around the world.
Day 19/May 29-Medjuogorje-Split
Throughout your time in this special place of “prayer and Reflection” experience the beauty and peace of this simple village. This morning we follow the path up Apparition Hill (Podbrdo) where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. Touch and pray the rosary before the cross that commemorates the spot where our Blessed Mother, Our Lady Queen of Peace first appeared to the visionaries. Visit and pray at “Blue Cross”, which is a place of great healings and graces-, a very special place at the base of Apparition Hill. Check out at our hotel and prepare transfer to Split where group will take an overnight ferry to Ancona
Day 20/May 30-Ancona- Loreto-Rome
Arrive the port of Ancona this morning and transfer to Loreto for our arrival thanksgiving mass at the Basilica della Santa Casa, the Holy House itself of the Holy Family! It has been a Catholic pilgrimage destination since at least the 14th century and a popular tourist destination for non-Catholics as well. Local lore recounts that the house in which the Holy Family lived was miraculously flown from the Holy land to Loreto by four angels just before the final expulsion of the Crusaders from the Holy Land. After private devotions, continue drive to Rome and Tour around the classical city and see the Colosseum known for its gladiatorial combats, the Roman Forum, the amazing Trevi fountain, Via Venetto and Piazza de Venezia, the Pantheon and the Spanish steps. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Rome.
Day 21/May 31-Rome
This morning we drive to the Vatican Square for our Papal audience. Continue to the Vatican museum and visit the underground tomb of the Popes and the newly restored Sistine Chapel with its magnificent frescoes depicting the “LAST JUDGEMENT” by Michael Angelo and the beautiful paintings of the masters. Continue visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and see the beautiful La Pieta at the entrance of the church. After lunch visit also other important churches in the history of our faith, Maria Maggiore, St. Praxedes (with the pillar of the scourging of Christ), Perpetual Help (with the original Icon), church of San Paul’s outside the Walls, Scala Sancta (with the stairs of Pilate’s villa where Jesus was condemned), Sta. Croce in Jerusalem (with the relics of the crucifixion of Jesus) and end at San Giovanni Laterano (oldest church in Rome-Gift of St. Helena to the Pope. Continue visit to the catacombs which is optional for those who wish to visit this place. Prepare transfer to airport for return flight to Manila
Day 22/June 01- ARRIVE MANILA
HOME SWEET HOME!
* Roundtrip economy class airfare
* Roundtrip transfers
* First class hotel accommodations
* Half board meals (breakfast and dinner)
* Tours as specified in the itinerary
* Motorcoach by a deluxe air-conditioned bus
* English speaking local guide
* Services of Pilgrimage Chaplain
* Pre departure briefing w/ Ephesus travel bag and travel kit
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