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Our Lady of Fatima

Join thousands of pilgrims from around the world for the 100th Anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima.

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Fr. Michael O'Loughlin

Fr. Michael a Byzantine Catholic pastor, vocation director and youth and young adult co-coordinator in Denver, CO and cohosts the popular podcast Catholic Stuff You Should Know.

If men knew what eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives.

Our Lady of Fatima

Daily Schedule

Spend 12 days in Portugal and Spain with Leah Darrow and Fr. Michael O’Loughlin experiencing the sites and sounds of the Iberian Peninsula along with the celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Marian Apparition of Fatima. All of the details have been thoroughly managed by Select International Tours, an experienced group tour operator specializing in Faith-based tours. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime experience!

Day 1: September 29

Fly to Lisbon

(Day 1) September 29:
Depart USA on an overnight trip to Lisbon

Depart from JFK airport for on an overnight ight to Lisbon. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2: September 30

Lisbon & Cascais

(Day 2) September 30: Lisbon & Cascais

Upon arrival in Lisbon we are greeted by Select International’s English speaking tour manager who will accompany the group during the entire pilgrimage. Our first stop is the beautiful church of St. Anthony of Lisbon, built atop the home of Portugal’s most beloved saint, also known as St. Anthony of Padua. Then we walk over next door to the Lisbon Cathedral, the Se, which means "the seat" in Portuguese, appropriately named as the Cathedral holds the seat of the Bishop. Our tour includes a visit to St. Jerome’s Monastery, the Belem Tower, Discoveries Monument and across the water the beautiful National Shrine of Christ the King Statue which overlooks the city.

We enjoy lunch at Pasteis de Belem, known for their one of a kind custard tarts, made using a recipe which dates to 1800’s when Monks made these wonderful delicacies. In the afternoon we depart for the resort town of Cas- cais, located on the outskirts of Lisbon. Enroute we stop to see the famous hotel where Ian Fleming stayed when he wrote the James Bond books which later were made into movies. We enjoy a welcome dinner in a restaurant overlooking the ocean. Overnight Cascais. (Lunch and Special dinner with wine)

Day 3: October 1

Sintra & Santarem

(Day 3) October 1: Sintra & Santarem

We enjoy breakfast on an outdoor terrace and have time to stroll around the city before departing for the mountain town of Sintra, called “Eden’s garden” by the famous romantic poet Lord Byron. Visit Palacio de La Pena and enjoy lunch on your own and time to experience the city.

We visit Casa Piriquita to stock up on the famous “travesserios” cookies made only in this area of Portugal, which we munch on as we drive to the ancient city of Santarem, where we visit the Church of the Holy Miracle, containing the oldest recorded Eucharistic miracle. This miracle has been on continuous display since 1269 A.D. We celebrate Mass at the Church.

Afterward we’ll make our way to Fatima for dinner at the hotel and an overnight. (B, D,)

Day 4: October 2

Fatima

100th Anniversary of the Apparitions

(Day 4) October 2: Fatima

Today we are at the Shrine of Fatima, built atop what was once the Cova da Iria, where, 100 years ago, the three shepherds fed their flocks and met the Virgin Mary. We’ll celebrate Mass in the newly renovated Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and visit the graves of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.

We visit the Chapel of Apparitions, built atop the site of the Holm Oak Tree upon which the Virgin Mary stood when she met the children and light the biggest candles you have ever seen as we offer up our prayers to the Mother of God. We also see the newer Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, pray before a piece of the Berlin Wall and do some souvenir shopping. Tonight we attend the Blessing of the Sick. Overnight in Fatima. (B,D,)

Day 5: October 3

Fatima & Nazare

(Day 5) October 3: Fatima & Nazare

We take a short trip to Aljustrel to see the homes of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. We pray the Stations of the Cross as we walk the Via Sacra, passing by the Loco do Anjo, where the Angel of Peace met the three children and taught them how to pray and the site of Our Lady’s 4th apparition on August 19, 2017, away from the Cova da Iria.

In the afternoon we visit the local seaside shing village of Nazaré where we see the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Nazaré and enjoy a wonderful lunch.

Return to Fatima for time at leisure. Mass is celebrated in Fatima. Later in the evening we join the historic and moving Candlelight Procession. Overnight Fatima. (B, Special lunch, D.)

Day 6: October 4

Porto, Ribeira, Braga

(Day 6) October 4: Porto, Ribeira, Braga

After breakfast we board our motorcoach and head for Porto and on to Ribeira where we have lunch and port wine tasting. After lunch we travel to Braga where we celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Sameiro, the country’s second largest shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. We also stop to see the Shrine of the Blessed Alexandrina of Balasar who was beati ed by Pope St. John Paul II in 2004. Overnight in Braga. (B, Special lunch D,)

Day 7: October 5

Pontevedra &

Santiago de Compostela

(Day 7) October 5: Pontevedra & Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast we continue to explore the magni cent Shrine of Bom Jesus before depart- ing for Pontevedra where you see the Cathedral. In the afternoon we arrive our destination Santiago De Compostela. The Way to Santiago has for centuries been connected to culture, knowledge and information. Because of its influence on literature and art, Compostela, along with Rome or Jerusalem, became a major pilgrimage destination.

In the afternoon we will visit the city of Santiago: Obradoiro Square, Fonseca Palace, Gelmirez Palace, Franco Street and the Cathedral. Access to the Doorway of Glory is via the Obradoiro façade. Inside the Cathedral we perform time honored traditions: the important and meaningful one is to hug to the Saint, go under the main altar and visit the crypt where the relics of St. James are preserved. Tonight we participate in the Pilgrims Mass. Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela. (B,D,)

Day 8: October 6

Camino de Santiago

(Day 8) October 6: Camino de Santiago

Early this morning we drive to Lavacolla, from where we join other pilgrims from all over the world as we walk a portion of the Camino (about 11 miles). (walking is optional). In the morning we reach Mont do Gozo “Mountian of Joy” an elevated area from which the pilgrim can appreciate the magni cence of the St. James Cathedral and the city of Santiago de Compostella. We pray the traditional pilgrim prayer as we walk into the city and observe the pilgrim’s rite which is done by each pilgrim walking into Santiago. (details will be provided to each pilgrim participating in the walking pilgrimage).

In the afternoon we take a boat ride which takes us to an oyster and mussels farm which this area is famous for. We visit a local winery and enjoy a leisurely lunch. In the evening we visit the Cathedral of St. James, to witness the swinging of the famous Botafumiero and celebrate Mass. Overnight and dinner at the hotel. (B, Special lunch, D,)

Day 9: October 7

Cebreiro & Salamanca

(Day 9) October 7: Cebreiro & Salamanca

In the morning we will make a stops to visit the city the village of Cebreiro, with an altitude of almost 4,000 feet, owes much of its existence to the Camino de Santiago. We will take a look at the Pallozas, the traditional round stone houses with thatched roofs that the people of this area used as their homes.

We continue on to Salamanca, Spain’s most famous university city. While here we see the famous” Roman Bridge” and the grand expansive Plaza Mayor. Of course, we have to stop in to see the “old” and “new” Cathedral and what is considered to be Salamanca’s most beautiful cloister in the Convent de lass Deans with capitals wildly carved with human heads and skulls. Not to be missed is the breathtaking shell Cathedral. Celebrate Mass in Salamanca. Overnight in Salamanca. (B,D,)

Day 10: October 8

Alba de Tormes & Avila

(Day 10) October 8: Alba de Tormes & Avila

After breakfast we depart for the quaint village of Alba de Tormes to celebrate Mass at the Carmelite Monastery, where Saint Teresa died in 1582 A.D. and is buried. In the little museum of the Carmelite Monastery we will be able to see the incorrupt heart and left arm of the St. Teresa.

In the afternoon we arrive in Avila the perfectly preserved eleventh-century walled city, home of the mystic writer Santa Teresa, who was born here and whose shrines are a must see for all Catholic pilgrims! Ávila’s atmosphere has changed very little since the days of Santa Teresa, the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church, to whom the city is dedicated.

During our tour of Ávila, we will see the Cathedral and San Vicente church. We will visit the Incarnation Convent, La Santa Monastery, built on the site of the house where she was born, and San José Convent, the first monastery founded by the Saint. Enjoy your exploration of the city including an opportunity to shop. Tonight dinner is on your own or you may choose to purchse the optional dinner in a local restaurant with a Flamenco show. Optional dinner with wine $89.00. Overnight in Madrid. (B,)

Day 11: October 9

Madrid

(Day 11) October 9: Madrid

This morning we celebrate Mass followed by a city tour. After the guided tour of Madrid, we have time at leisure to explore the city on our own. The great trio of museums: The Prado (one of the oldest and greatest collections of art in the world: Bosch, Velazquez, Goya, Titian, El Greco, etc), Thyssen Bornemisza (like a walking through the history of the painting) and Reina Sofía (permanent gallery of modern Spanish art: Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tapies, Chillida, etc); are all found along the Paseo del Prado.

The oldest part of the city, el Madrid de los Austria’s, is centered on the gorgeous, arcaded Plaza Mayor, just to the east of the Royal Palace. Other interesting buildings and sights would be: Puerta del Sol, Gran Via Street, Cibeles fountain, Alcalá gate, the Spanish Square, etc. Tonight we have a dinner in a local restaurant enjoying tapas the traditional food of Spain. Overnight in Madrid. (B, Special dinner with wine)

Day 12: October 10

Return to USA

Tour Includes

  • Round trip airfare from JFK to Lisbon x Madrid to JFK
  • Airline and airport surcharges (at time of the quote, adjusted based on rates at the time of nal invoice)
  • 9 nights accommodations in first class hotels
  • Open hot buffet breakfast daily
  • Five hotel dinners with beverages
  • Two special restaurant dinners with wine.
  • Four special lunches with wine.
  • Two wine tastings
  • Optional Flamenco dinner with a show $89.00
  • Private Air-conditioned bus
  • English speaking guide
  • All admission charges as per the itinerary
  • Baggage handling for one suitcase per person only included at the hotels
  • Parking fees for buses
  • Local hotel taxes
  • Select International Tours Travel Portfolio
  • Confirmation of daily Mass

Rates Do Not Include

  • Personal expenses
  • Travel protection - optional and highly encouraged.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned in above inclusions
  • Beverages at meals unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities for guide/driver and hotel staff (please look at list that we recommend). At lunch we recommend a tip of $1.00 per person per day.
  • For extra luggage please tip $1.00 per person per bag.
  • Church donations

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy

Fatima Prayer

General Terms and Conditions

The pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain with Leah Darrow and Fr. Michael O Loughlin is organized completely by Select International Tours and they are solely responsible for all information, terms, and conditions regarding the trip. Any questions should be directed to Susan Prendergast at Select International Tours at 800-842-4842 or [email protected]

Cost and Registration

Land and air costs from JFK are $3995. Additional cost and registration details are handled through Select International.