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Marian Shrines: Poland, Portugal, Spain & France


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17 Days / 15 Nights, Lisbon, Santarem (Eucharistic Miracle), Fatima, Salamanca, Alba de Tormes, Avila, Burgos, Loyola (St. Ignatius), Lourdes, Toulouse, Rocamadour, Paray Le Monial, Taize, Nevers, Chartres, Le Mont Saint Michel, Lisieux, Paris


Dome of the Rosary Basilica surmounted with the gilded crown and the cross, Lourdes


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA / LISBON Depart on your overnight transatlantic flight to Portugal.


DAY 2: LISBON


Arrival in Lisbon where you will be met by your Homeric Tours representative and begin your city tour. Visits include the Cathedral, St Jeronimo’s Monastery, Saint Anthony’s Church (the patron saint of lost objects), Belem Quarter, the Belem Tower, 25 April Bridge, and Discoveries Monument. Dinner and overnight. (D)


DAY 3: LISBON / SANTAREM / FATIMA After breakfast, depart for Santarem, one of the oldest cities in the world. Walk its narrow streets to the Church of St. Stephen, containing the oldest recorded Eucharistic miracle. This miracle has been on display since 1269 A.D. Celebrate Mass at this holy site. Continue to Fatima, where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to three simple shepherd children. Dinner and overnight in Santarem. (B,D)


DAY 4: FATIMA After breakfast, begin by celebrating Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. After Mass we begin your tour of Fatima to see the Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta’s graves, the Hamlet


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of Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the chil- dren’s return from prison. Experience Jesus’ love as you walk and follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) culminat- ing in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Drink water from the miraculous well. Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 5: FATIMA / SALAMANCA We depart for Salamanca, Spain after breakfast. Visits include the grand Plaza Mayor, the hub of Salmantine life; the vast Baroque church of La Clerecía; the Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells), named after the rows of carved scallop shells, symbol of the pilgrimage to Santiago which decorate its façade; the University, the cathedrals, the Roman Bridge, San Marcos and San Martin churches. After dinner in a local restaurant, we head to our hotel for overnight. (B,D)


DAY 6: SALAMANCA / ALBA DE TORMES / ÁVILA / BURGOS


After breakfast, depart for Alba de Tormes. Celebrate Mass at the Carmelite Monastery, where Saint Teresa died and is buried. In the little museum of the Carmelite Monastery we view the incorrupt heart and left arm of St. Teresa. Continue


to Ávila. The preserved eleventh-century walls surround the old town where the mystic writer Santa Teresa was born and whose shrines are a must see for all pilgrims. Santa Teresa was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church, to whom the city is dedicated. The tour of Ávila includes the Cathedral and San Vicente church. Visit the Incarnation Convent, where St. Teresa became a nun, and the museum’s dedication to her life. Visit La Santa Monastery, built on the site where she was born, and San José Convent, the first monastery founded by the Saint. We then depart for Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 7: BURGOS / LOYOLA / LOURDES After breakfast, depart for Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. See the 17th-century Basilica dedicated to St. Ignatius. Also visit his family home located behind the sanctuary. Time for prayer at the most venerated room where Ignatius, at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. Afterward travel through the Pyrenees Mountains. Nestled in the mountains stands Lourdes, the birthplace of St. Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


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