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Fatima & the Shrines of

Portugal

October 23 - 30, 2-17

 

 

   Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Our Lady's Apparitions          

                      with Fr. Luke Melcher, St Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, Washington DC

 

with daily Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Form!

Optional Extension to Santiago de Compostela

October 30 - November 1, 2017 available

 

Tour Price: $3695 per person

(Incl. Roundtrip Air from Washington - Dulles)

Opt. Ext. to Santiago de Compostela $300 pp

 

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart for Lisbon
Today you depart on your overnight flights to Lisbon. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board the Transatlantic segment.


Day 2 - Arrive Lisbon
Upon landing at Lisbon Airport, you will meet your local guide and driver outside the baggage claim area, enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of the coastal city of Lisbon. We will stop at the St. Jerome's Monastery, built to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for guiding Vasco da Gama on his voyage that linked Europe and Asia. Continue to drive by the Belem Quarter to see the iconic-Belem Tower which has many beautiful sculptures including the one of St. Vincent and Our Lady of Safe Homecoming. We will pass the "25th of April Bridge," which is the oldest bridge that crosses the Tagus river in Lisbon and was inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. We will drive by the Discoveries Monument which commemorates the Great Explorers who, as a result of their explorations, brought Portugal to a standing of great wealth and power during the Age of Discovery. Enjoy a view of the Basilica of the Star, the Rossio Square, Commerce Square, and the Marquee of Pombal Square before our last stop at St. Anthony's Church, which is built on the site of the saint’s birth, to celebrate Mass. Although this patron Saint of lost things is known as St. Anthony of Padua (Italy), he was originally born here in Lisbon, Portugal. St. John Paul II visited here in 1982 on his way to Fatima to pray to Our Lady in thanksgiving for saving him when he was shot one year prior, in 1981. After Mass we will check-in at the hotel and enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (D)


Day 3 - Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima
Today, we will travel north to Santarem to visit and attend Mass at the Church of St. Stephen, which holds the oldest (13th century) recorded Eucharistic Miracle. The Miracle occurred when a woman yearned to change the ways of her unfaithful husband and consulted a sorceress who agreed that she would cure the husband's infidelity in exchange for a consecrated Host. The woman committed the sacrilege, but when she exited the church, the Host began to bleed. It bled so much that her fellow parishioners thought she had cut her hand. The woman ran home and hid the bleeding Host in a trunk. When her husband arrived home, the wife told him what she had done, and later that night there was a light emanating from the trunk. The following morning, the husband and wife brought the Host to the parish priest where it was then moved to St. Stephen’s Church. There will be time to pray and venerate the miracle before continuing on to Fatima where we will stop at the Hamlet of Aljustrel to visit the home of the three shepherd children, the old Parish Church and Parish Ceme-tery. Dinner and overnight in Fatima. (B,D)

 

Day 4 - Fatima
Today will surely be a memorable experience as you pray and meditate upon one of Our Blessed Mother's apparition sites. Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia (age 10), Jacinta (age 7), and Francisco (age 9). These apparitions occurred monthly from May until October of 1917. Historically, as the entire world was in true turmoil, Our Lady's most prominent message during this time was to pray for world peace. Our profoundly reflective day begins with a visit to the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. This simple, yet modern, chapel is the site of where the Virgin Mary first appeared on May 13, 1917. Continue with a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, which features fifteen altars that are dedicated to the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, and contains the tombs of Blessed Francisco, Blessed Jacinta and Sister Lucia. View the monument, that commemorates the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the square. Visit the Museum with the exhibition “Fatima: Light and Peace.” Continue with a visit to the Holy Trinity Basilica. After free time for lunch, we will participate in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra. The "Sacred Way" marks the path taken by the shepherd children of Fatima to their first apparition with Our Lady. It is composed of fifteen small chapels in commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion. The fifteenth station, the Resurrection, can be found close to the Chapel of Calvary, dedicated to St. Stephen, King of Hungary. We will end the day with a visit to Valinhos, the site of Our Lady's August 1917 apparition and the apparition of the Angel. Enjoy dinner followed by private devotions and a candlelight procession. (B,D)


Day 5 – Batahla - Alcobaça – Nazaré
This morning we will depart for Batalha. Here we will see the great Monastery of the Dominicans built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota. In 1385, King João I vowed that if his outnumbered army defeated the Castilians at this important battle, he would build a magnificent mon-astery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The king was victorious, resulting in the independence of Portugal from Spain and the great Batalha Monastery. King João I gave the monastery to the Dominicans and it took the next two centuries to complete this architectural master-piece, in the Gothic and Manueline styles. The Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória has since been added to UNESCO's World Heritage List and also houses the remains of Portuguese Royalty. From here we will continue on to Alcobaça, to see the Monastery of Santa Maria d'Alcobaça, one of the first foundations of the Cistercian Order in Portugal. It was founded in 1153 by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, (Alfonso I) to commemorate his victory over the Moors at Santarém in March 1147. Its size, the purity of its architectural style, the beauty of the materials and the care with which it was built make this a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art and also earned it a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List. A short drive from here takes us to the charming coastal town of Nazaré. Originally a quiet finishing village, Nazaré is now a popular re-sort in the summer and a haven for surfers seeking out monster waves in the winter. It is on a hilltop overlooking the village that we will see the Chapel, Ermida da Memória. According to the Legend of Nazaré, Dom Fuas Roupinho, a Templar knight, was chasing a large deer (later said to be the devil in the disguise) up a hill on a foggy September morning in 1182. When the deer galloped over the edge of the cliff into the void, his fiery horse was about to follow. Then the knight invoked the intervention of Our Lady, who suddenly appeared and miraculously stopped the horse and saved the knight from imminent death. Subsequently, a chapel was built very near this spot, which over the years has grown, and which houses a small statue of a Black Madonna, brought from Nazareth. We will have Mass followed by time for lunch of fresh seafood in town. Return to Fatima, where there will be time for prayer and reflection as well as time to shop for religious articles. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.(B,D)


Day 6 – Tomar – Buçaco – Lamego - Porto
Today we begin with a stop at the nearby town of Tomar, where we will visit the Convento de Cristo, a 12th-century castle and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes a monastery founded by the Order of the Knights Templar. We will walk through the cloisters and admire the stronghold that resisted the attack of the caliph Abu Yusuf al-Mansur and his army who had conquered most of the southern Iberian Penisula. We will also visit the church of Santa Maria dos Olivais which was built in the mid-1300s for the Grand Masters of the Knights Templar Order and was chosen, during the Portuguese Discoveries, as the mother church of all the churches of Africa, Asia and the Americas. Nowhere does the mystery of the Knights Templar seem so real as in Saint Maria dos Olivais. Leaving Tomar, we will travel north to Buçaco, where we will visit the old Carmelite Convent nestled in the Bussaco National Park. Part of an area originally kept by Benedictine monks, the virgin forest was conceded to the Barefoot Carmelites in 1628 as answer for their wishes of having a spiritual hermitage of their own, to withdraw totally from the outside world, to suit their silent and austere lifestyle, and to dedicate their lives entirely to meditation. The Carmelite monks not only built a convent but also created a luxurious garden with many species of trees, supposed to represent Mount Carmel (where the order was founded) and the Earthly Paradise. We will have lunch today in the Fairy tale castle located adjacent to the convent. After lunch we will continue on to Lamego, situated among the terraced slopes of the Douro valley, to visit the magnificent Shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. We’ll have the opportunity to climb the steps leading from one the main avenues to the hilltop shrine, stopping on the landings along the way to admire the fountains, tile work and sculptures designed by famous painter Nicolau Nasoni. Here we will have time to pray for the sick, before returning to our motorcoach for the final leg of our journey to Porto, Portugal’s 2nd largest city and home of Port wine. (B,L)


Day 7 - Porto
Located along the Douro River, Porto is full of charm, with many streets unchanged since the Middle Ages. While here we will visit the Cathedral and the 14th century Gothic cloister with its exquisite stonework and decorative azulejos. We’ll take in the views from the plaza and continue exploring the surrounding area, including the medieval Barredo Quarter and riverside quarter of Ribeira, with its narrow streets, typical houses, as well as fashionable restaurants and bars. We will cross the river and visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the lodges where Port wine is blended and aged and where we can taste the different varieties. There will be free time to shop and explore the area. Special Farewell Dinner and overnight in Porto. (B,D)


Day 8 – Porto – USA
Early departure for Porto airport for return flights to USA. (B)


Optional Extension to Santiago de Compostela October 30-November 1, 2017


Day 8 – Porto – Tuy – Pontevedra - Santiago de Compostela

This morning we will continue traveling north to Tuy, to visit the convent where Sister Lucy received the vision of Our Lady and the Most Holy Trinity commanding the Consecration of Russia, and where she wrote the words of the Third Secret. We’ll continue on to Pontevedra where Our Lady and the Child Jesus appeared and spoke to Sister Lucy of Fatima asking for the 5 First Saturdays Communion of Reparation. It was in the nearby town of Rianjo, where Sr Lucy received a warning from Jesus for the bishops that the plight of the King of France would befall them for delaying the proper consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Finally we will arrive in Santiago de Compostela, where we will enjoy a panoramic overview of city enroute to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela. (B,D)

 

Day 9 – Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast we will visit the Cathedral of St. James, the destination of millions of pilgrims over the centuries. The Cathedral is one of the most interesting compilations of architecture styles in all of Europe, with elements of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. Additionally, the Cathedral contains numerous and valuable pieces of art that truly captivate the eye. Upon entering the Cathedral, we will follow tradition and hug the dazzling statue of St. James. Following this intimate embrace, we will descend into the crypt where the Patron Saint of Pilgrims' relics are kept. As pilgrims, we have the opportunity to 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 visiting the cloister museum. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to stroll on our own, though the beautiful streets of Santiago de Compostela, the city of the apostle, full of historical buildings and other attractions before dinner. Special Farewell Dinner and overnight tonight in Santiago de Compostela. (B,D)


Day 10 – Santiago de Compostela - USA
Today we will head to the airport after breakfast, for our return flights to the USA. (B)

 

Tour Features

*Round trip airfare from Washington (IAD)

(includes all airport taxes and fees)

* Accommodations in First Class Hotels, with porterage
   1nt Lisbon, Mundial, Corinthia, or similar
   3nt Fatima, Santa Maria Jardim, Cinquentenário, or similar 2nts Porto, NH Porto Batalha,

   Pousada do Porto, or similar (Opt) 2nts Parador de Santiago de Compostela or similar
* Breakfast and dinner (or Lunch) daily
* All Transfers between airport and lodging
* Assistance of Multi-lingual Tour Escort and Guide
* Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
* Welcome Packet / Document Portfolio
* Daily Mass & spiritual activities directed by Fr Luke Melcher.

 

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