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Pilgrim's Way

Private Custom Group

Duration: 18 days • Countries visited: Portugal, Spain, FranceItaly
Group trip type: Religious


Day to Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Welcome to Lisbon

    On arrival at the Lisbon airport, meet your Travel Director and transfer to your hotel. Settle in and spend the remainder of your day at leisure. (D)

  1. Day 2: Explore Lisbon

    After breakfast, visit the cobbled streets of the ‘Alfama’ quarter alongside a local guide and see Sao Jorge Castle. We then visit the Monument to the Discoveries, the Belem Tower and Jeronimo’s Monastery with its superbly ornate cloister. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (BB)

  1. Day 3: Santarem & Holy Fatima

    Today we visit the birth site of Saint Anthony, a religious scholar and friend of Saint Francis. Later we transfer to the town of Santarem, one of the oldest cities in the world, for a walk through its narrow streets to the Church of St Stephen, containing the oldest recorded Eucharistic miracle. You’ll also have the chance to see the 750-year-old Holy Miracle of Santarem, a relic of the Bleeding Host. In the early afternoon we drive to nearby Fatima, the place where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to the three shepherd children and encouraged mankind to pray for world peace. After settling into your hotel, you’re invited to participate in a candlelight procession. (BB, D)

  1. Day 4: Full Day in Fatima

    Enjoy a full day devoted to the city of Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared to the three novices belonging to the diocese of Leira.  Start your day with mass at the Little Chapel of Apparitions. We make our way to the famous Basilica, which has been visited by millions of Pilgrims since 1928. We’ll also see 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 returned from prison. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way), ending at the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. You will have the opportunity to join the candlelight procession to pray the rosary. (BB, D)

  1. Day 5: Churches of Oporto onto Santiago de Compostela

    After breakfast, we travel north to Oporto, where you’ll join an orientation visit to the ornate church of Saint Francis with its golden baroque interior, the fortress-like cathedral, the tower of the Clerigos church and the magnificent Town Hall. We then cross the Spanish border for a two-night stay in Santiago De Compostela. (BB, D)

  1. Day 6: Wonders of Santiago de Compostela

    According to legend, the tomb containing the remains of the Apostle St James was discovered here in 813, making Santiago De Campostella the third most important city for religious pilgrimage after Jerusalem and Rome. With your local guide, we visit St James Cathedral, one of the finest examples of architecture in all of Europe. Climb the stairs behind the high altar, visit the crypt where the relics of St James are preserved, touch the central pillar and view the ‘botafumeiro” before visiting the cloister museum. You can also attend midday mass (subject to confirmation). This afternoon we wander the streets and get acquainted with the city’s many historical buildings. (BB)

  1. Day 7: Trip to Garababdal

    Today’s journey takes us to the small village of Garababdal, set high in the breathtaking Cantabrian Hills. This is the site of the widely reported apparitions of Our Lady of Mt Carmel to four young village girls between 1961 – 1965. We embark on a guided trip, before walking up to ‘the Pines’ where it is believed Our Lady will leave a visible sign. The peace of this hamlet heightens the sound of daily life, while chapel bells and farm animals echo through the simple streets. Take time out for personal retreat and reflection, before being transferred back to our hotel. (BB, D)

  1. Day 8: Burgos & Historic Avila

    Today we travel south to Burgos, famous for its beautiful cathedral, which dates back to 1221 and is one of the universal jewels of Gothic architecture. From there, we continue to the historic town of Avila where the atmosphere has changed little since the days of St Theresa to whom this city is dedicated. It is said that she entered the Carmelite convent and experienced many mystical experiences. (BB, D)

  1. Day 9: Avila to Bustling Madrid

    We begin our journey and mass at the Convent of Saint Theresa, built over the saint’s birthplace and located just inside the south gate of the old town. We then visit Avila’s Cathedral and the Monastery of Incarnation where St Theresa’s cell can be seen with other relics. We make our way to the small village of Alba De Tormes where she died and where her body lies incorrupt.  This evening we arrive in Spain’s bustling capital city of Madrid. (BB, D)

  1. Day 10: Madrid Sightseeing & Toledo

    Our day starts with a guided sightseeing trip to the Gran Via and Paseo de la Castellana. We see the Cervantes Monument on the Plaza de Espana, the Puerto del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain. In the afternoon we have an excursion to Toledo, former capital of Spain, where we visit the 13th century cathedral and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues. We also see the El Greco masterpiece in the chapel of Santo Tome. Our day ends back in Madrid. (BB)

  1. Day 11: Into Catalunya & Barcelona

    An early start takes us through the Castille where the legendary Don Quixote ‘tilted at windmills’. We reach the Ebro River at Zaragosa, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St James the Apostle. We then enter Catalunya, a land that retains its own distinctive language and traditions, and stay the night in the vibrant Mediterranean port of Barcelona. (BB, D)

  1. Day 12: Explore Barcelona

    Today a local guide takes us to the Gothic Quarter where amongst the narrow streets we visit the ancient Cathedral. In complete contrast, we visit the Eixample District to see some of Gaudi’s extraordinary architecture, including the unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral. This afternoon stroll along the leafy Ramblas with its market stalls and buskers or perhaps take an excursion to the ancient Monastery of Monserrat, dedicated to the Black Madonna. (BB)

  1. Day 13: Experience Fashionable Nice

    We travel across the Camargue into the landscapes of Van Gogh’s beloved Provence. Fashionable Nice on the French Riviera is one of the liveliest cities in France, with a host of attractions. Take a stroll in the shady gardens, relax on the beach or browse the exclusive boutiques. (BB)

  1. Day 14: Montecatini, Leaning Tower of Pisa & Tuscany

    We trace the Riviera through the Principality of Monaco, which has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century. We visit the Royal Palace, the yacht-filled harbour and the Cathedral, housing the late Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, before travelling on to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Field of Miracles. Our journey then takes us to Tuscany where we overnight. (BB, D)

  1. Day 15: Rome Sightseeing

    This morning we travel to the peaceful hilltop town of Assisi where we visit the Basilica of St Francis. We stroll down the Via San Francesco to St Clare’s Church and see the Cathedral with its baptismal font where St Francis was christened. We then travel south to the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome where you bid your Driver and Travel Director farewell at your hotel.  (BB)

  1. Day 16: Rome at Your Leisure

    Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome. (BB)

  1. Day 17: Rome at Your Leisure

    Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome. (BB)

  1. Day 18: Farewell Rome

    Your trip comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to the airport. (BB)

Meal guide: BB = Buffet Breakfast, HD = Highlight Dinner, D = Hotel Dinner, HL = Highlight Lunch


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