Created: 28.07.2015

Monday, September 12 - Day 1 ??? DEPART USA ??? Today we depart Boston to connect with our overnight flight aboard a wide-bodied jet where we enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft. This is the day we start our amazing journey of the Marian Shrines that happens to be taking place during the ???Holy Year of Mercy??? proclaimed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis.  By decree, the Holy Doors of the Basilicas around the world be open during this time giving us a rare opportunity for prayer and reflection as we join pilgrims around the world in celebration of God???s Mercy. Tuesday, September 13 - DAY 2 - LISBON/FATIMA - We arrive at Lisbon Airport, where we are met and given a short orientation tour of Lisbon before the drive to Fatima. If possible, we celebrate Mass at the Church of the famous Eucharistic Miracle at Santerem. Balance of the day at leisure.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel. In the evening, we join the International Rosary Procession.   Wednesday, September 14 - DAY 3 - FATIMA - This full day is devoted to visiting the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and the birthplaces of Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia to whom the Virgin appeared for the first time on May 13th, 1917.  In the evening, we once again join the International Rosary Procession.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel. Thursday, September 15 - DAY 4 - FATIMA/SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Today we depart Fatima, passing by the ancient capital and university city of Coimbra, where Lucia, the last Fatima visionary was a cloistered nun.  We continue northwards into Spain and on to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most famous shrines in the western world. This is the site of the ancient pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James.  Tradition holds that the Apostle James was cast ashore here preaching for seven years and being responsible for the conversion of Spain before returning to the Holy Land. The Cathedral of 11th to 13th century with its splendor, and the portico are masterworks of Romanesque art.  On arrival this afternoon, we enjoy a visit to the Cathedral and the Old City here. While dinner is included at our hotel, the adventurous might consider enjoying the varied delights of the Galatian restaurants in the nearby Old City. Friday, September 16 - DAY 5 - SAN SEBASTIAN GARABANDAL/ SANTANDER??? Following our walk to mass at the Cathedral of Santiago, we return to our hotel for breakfast and then head east to Santander along one of the ???Routes of St. James.???  While this is the longest coach today, the wonderful scenery of mountain and seas awe us as our roads hug the northern Spanish seacoast.  Lunch is on our own. Prior to our arrival in Santander, we make a stop in the rural village of San Sebastian Garabandal which is the site where from June 1961 through1965, four young girls have claimed to witness apparitions of St. Michael the Archangel and the Blessed Virgin Mary who gave them an urgent message for our time. We will visit the Parochial church of San Sebastian de Garabandal and have an opportunity to visit the grove of the Pine Trees overlooking the village of Garabandal where the future miraculous events are said to occur.  Following our visit to Garabandal, we continue to Santander for dinner and overnight. Saturday, September 17 - DAY 6 - LOURDES - We continue eastward along the Basque coast via San Sebastian and cross the border into France.  In late afternoon we arrive in Lourdes for dinner and overnight at our hotel.  In the evening, we join the Torchlight Marian Procession.   Sunday, September 18 - DAY 7 - LOURDES - This day is spent in devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes.  We celebrate Mass at the Grotto, with a morning orientation visit to the Shrine and a walking tour of Lourdes, visiting Boly Mill, where St. Bernadette was born, the Cachot, formerly used as a jail, where she lived during the apparitions, and the parish church.  This afternoon is free for private devotions, Eucharistic Procession, the Blessing of the Sick or the legendary, healing waters of the miraculous Lourdes spring...  Dinner and overnight at our hotel.  In the evening, we can once again join the Torchlight Marian Procession.   Monday, September 19 - DAY 8 - LOURDES/ ZARAGOZA - This morning we depart Lourdes and traverse the Pyrenees southward entering northern Spain. We travel eastward to Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon. On arrival, we visit the city which was founded by the Romans. Its luxuriant vegetation, with its many cascades and grottos make it a miniature Switzerland in the middle of arid upper Aragon. This city was also the birthplace of Goya, whose works grace many of the sites we visit. The number one Marian shrine of Spain, the Pilar Basilica commemorates apparitions of Our Lady the Pillar to St. James in 40 AD, and if possible we celebrate Mass.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel. Tuesday, September 20 - DAY 9 - ZARAGOZA/MADRID - This morning leaving the city and traveling south we reach Madrid.  This afternoon we visit all the highlights of Madrid, capital of Spain, including the Gran Via Plaza de España, the Viaduct, Plaza Major, the Bull Ring, Independence and Cibeles Squares, the University, and the Paseo de la Castellana. Later we make our way to our hotel for dinner and overnight  Wednesday, September 21 - DAY 10 - RETURN - We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always.

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