Created: 30.06.2014

Wednesday, July 1 - Day 1 - DEPART USA - We depart our home airport to connect with our overnight flight with dinner arriving in Paris the next day. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft. Thursday, July 2 - DAY 2 - LISBON/FATIMA - We arrive in Paris and transfer to our flight to 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.   Friday, July 3 - St. Thomas - DAY 3 - FATIMA - This full day (the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima) 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. Saturday, July 4 - Elizabeth of Portugal - DAY 4 ??? FATIMA/VALLADOLID - This morning, following Mass at the Shrine, we depart Fatima.  We travel through the Spanish countryside and arrive in the thriving city of Valladolid for dinner and overnight at our hotel.  Sunday, July 5 - DAY 5 ??? VALLADOLID/BURGOS /LOURDES ??? This morning, following Mass in Valladolid, we depart for ancient Burgos, once the capital of Spain and the home of the famous El Cid.  On arrival we visit the beautiful Gothic Cathedral, the third largest in Spain after Seville and Toledo. Following our visit we continue northeastward along the Basque coast 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.   Monday, July 6 - DAY 6 - 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.   Tuesday, July 7 - Day 7 ??? LOURDES/AVIGNON ??? This morning, following Mass at the shrine, we depart Lourdes and pass through Carcassone, which boasts Europe's lengthiest medieval town walls.  Her mighty circle of towers on a hill above the River Aude gives Carcassone a fairy tale appearance. We continue northeast to the beautiful French city of Avignon and our hotel for dinner and overnight. Wednesday, July 8 - Day 8 ??? AVIGNON/PARAY LE MONIAL - This morning, we visit Avignon's Palace of the Popes and other famous sites before departing and make our drive along the Rhone River to the beautiful Paray le Monial. On arrival, we celebrate Mass and continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Thursday, July 9 - Day 9 ??? PARAY LE MONIAL/ NEVERS - This morning, we celebrate Mass at the Chapel of St. Marguerite.  This is the site of the apparitions of Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1673.  It was here that she received the 12 promises to increase the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Following some free time, we depart and travel north to Nevers for dinner and overnight. Friday, July 10 - Day 10 ??? NEVERS/PARIS - St. Bernadette of Lourdes spent the last 13 years of her life here, and we view her incorrupt body in the Convent of St. Gildard.  Afterwards we view the Palais Ducal and visit the local museum.   We continue north to the City of Lights passing through  Auxerre and Vezelay.  We will visit The Basilica of Sacré-C??ur, on Montmartre. We celebrate Mass here.   We continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Saturday, July 11 - St. Benedict - Day 11 - PARIS -This morning following Mass at the Miraculous Medal Shrine of St. Catherine Laboure, we tour the sites of Paris, including a visit to the most enduring symbol of the French capital, the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile de la Cité. While here, we also make a stop at the Holy Chapel believed to hold relics, including nails and pieces of wood from the Cross of Calvary. As part of our tour, we pass by the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and travel down the famous Champs-Elysees. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the culinary delights of Paris as dinner will be on our own. Sunday, July 12 - Day 12 - RETURN TO USA - This morning, we depart Paris for the USA.  We arrive later today with memories of a lifetime.

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