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Santiago de Compostela, Fatima & Lourdes


containing the oldest recorded Eucharistic miracle. This miracle has been on display since 1269. We then continue on to Fatima, the location where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to three simple shepherd children and exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


Sanctuary of Fatima, Portugal


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA


Depart USA for your overnight flight to Spain. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.


DAY 2: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Upon arrival you will be met by your Homeric Tours Representative to be transferred to your hotel. Free time before dinner and overnight. (D)


DAY 3: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA After breakfast, visit the Cathedral of St. James: 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 visit- ing the cloister museum. Enjoy a stroll on your own through the beautiful streets of Santiago de Compostela, the city of the apostle. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 4: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / LISBON Today we depart for Lisbon and enjoy an afternoon tour of Lisbon. This will include a visit to the Cathedral, St. Jerome’s Monastery, Saint Anthony’s Church, Belem Quarter, Belem Tower, 25 April Bridge and Discoveries Monument. Our coach will also take us through the Basilica of the Star, Rossio Square, Commerce square and Marquee of Pomba Square. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon. (B,D)


DAY 5: LISBON / SANTAREM / FATIMA In the morning, we depart Lisbon for Santarem, one of the oldest cities in the world. Walk through its narrow streets to the Church of St. Stephen,


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DAY 6: FATIMA Six times, from May 13 to Oct 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in the diocese of Leiria. A new church has been constructed, just as beautiful, an older church was constructed here in 1928, and millions of pilgrims visit each year. Fatima is one of the most visited holy places for Catholics from around the world. The atmosphere of intense spirituality and the importance of Fatima have been attested to by the visits of two Popes: Paul VI and John Paul II. Touring Fatima, see the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, Basilica, and the site of Frances. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 7: FATIMA / ALBA DE TORMES / SALAMANCA After breakfast depart for Salamanca. On the way stop in Alba de Tormes, where St. Teresa of Avila is buried. Arrive in Salamanca with free time for exploration before dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 8: SALAMANCA / AVILA / BURGOS Today experience the spiritual atmosphere that has changed very little since the days of St. Teresa of Jesus, to whom the city is dedicated. St. Teresa the great mystic, was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. In Avila, visit the Cathedral that contains many of St. Teresa’s relics; The crypt of the Convento of La Santa, built on the site of the house where she was born, is home to the most comprehensive museum dedicated to her life, and La Encarnacion Convent, the first convent she founded. Afternoon departure to the city of Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. After dinner explore Burgos (on your own), and admire the magnificent limestone Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Burgos. (B,D)


DAY 9: BURGOS / LOYOLA / LOURDES Today we travel from Burgos, for Lourdes, France. En route we will stop in Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here, we will see the 17th Century Basilica dedicated to St. Ignatius. Behind the sanctuary visit the family home of St. Ignatius. Continue our motoring through the Pyrenees Mountains into Lourdes. Here, standing between the spectacular mountain-river, stands Lourdes, the birthplace of St Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. Settle into your hotel and explore before dinner, followed by


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12 Days / 10 Nights, Santiago de Compostela (St. James), Lisbon (St. Anthony), Santarem (Eucharistic Miracle), Fatima, Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Avila (St. Teresa), Burgos, Loyola (St. Ignatius), Lourdes (St. Bernadette)


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES: • Round-trip air: USA – Spain and France


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• English speaking Catholic tour guide(s) • Your choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotel • 10 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast and dinner daily • 7 Days of sightseeing tours • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group. * Ask about our church donation program


a candlelight procession (every evening from Apr through Oct) before retiring for the evening. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 10-11: LOURDES After breakfast, a 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 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. Each evening dinner and overnight at your hotel. (B,D)


DAY 12: LOURDES / USA Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.


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