Day 1 - USA - Lisbon
Depart the USA, Canada or other parts of the world, by overnight flight to Lisbon. Meals will be served on board.
Day 2 - Arrive Lisbon
Upon landing at Lisbon Portela Airport, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. You will be escorted to the bus and we will begin 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 that contains the iconic entry way to the Lisbon harbor, the Belem Tower. This important structure of history has many beautiful sculptures, such as depictions of, St. Vincent and Our Lady of Safe Homecoming. We will continue and " pass -by" the "25th of April Bridge", inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, California. The Ponte 25 de Abril is the oldest bridge that connects the Tagus river of Lisbon. Following, we will drive by the Discoveries Monument. This memorial commemorates the Great Explorers who, as a result of their explorations, brought Portugal to a standing of wealth and power during the Age of Discovery. This ship prow shaped structure stands at the point where the Great Explorers began their expeditions. Enjoy a view of the Basilica of the Star, the Rossio Square, Commerce Square, and the Marquee of Pombal Square. Our last stop will be St. Anthony's Church to celebrate Mass. Although this patron Saint of lost things is known as St. Anthony of Padua (Italy), he was originally born in Lisbon, Portugal. This Church is built upon the site of St. Anthony's birth, and is also where Saint John Paul II visited in 1982. The former Pope stopped at this Church, on his way to Fatima, to pray to Our Lady in thanksgiving. Saint John Paul II recognizes Our Lady as saving him from being killed when he was shot one year prior, in 1981. After Mass we will check-in at the hotel and enjoy a welcoming dinner followed by a restful overnight.
Day 3 - Lisbon - Santarem – Tomar
Today, we will travel north to the old city of Santarem. In Santarem visit and attend Mass at the Church of St. Stephen, which holds (13th century) Eucharistic Miracle: The Miracle occurred when a woman yearned to change the ways of her unfaithful husband and consulted a sorceress. The sorceress 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. She and her husband began to kneel before the trunk. The following morning, the husband and wife brought the Host to the parish priest. It was then moved to the Church of St. Stephen where another miracle occurred; the miraculous Host was originally put in a wax container, however, when a priest opened the tabernacle to view the Host, the container was found broken, and the Host was found enclosed in a crystal pyx. Continue to Tomar, near Fatima with a visit to the Hamlet of Aljustrel, the home of the three shepherd children; visit of the Parish Church and Fatima Parish Cemetery. Continue to Tomar to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Tomar – Fatima - Tomar
After breakfast, we will drive to Fatima to begin our tour, where we will experience the beauty of this spiritual town. We will see the Basilica, the site of 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's return from prison. Experience Christ's love as you walk and follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous well. Dinner in Fatima followed by participating in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady (pending schedule). Return to hotel before dinner and a restful night's sleep.
Day 5 – Tomar - Fatima (Celebration of the Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions) - Tomar
Breakfast will be served in the morning. Today, we will gather for the Main Event of this pilgrimage, and join Christendom’s faithful from around the world, in the religious celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition at Cova da Iria. That is the present site of the Little Chapel of Apparitions, and the Rosary Basilica. This will be a day that you will have in your hearts, prayers, and memories for the rest of your life. Dinner in Fatima followed by participating in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady (pending schedule). Return to hotel before dinner and a restful night's sleep.
Day 6 – Tomar - Coimbra - Tomar
This morning after breakfast we travel north to Coimbra. Here Sister Lucia mortal remains were entombed for one year before they solemnly were transferred to the permanent crypt in Fatima next to Jacinta nd Francisco . Visit the convent of the Poor Clare’s to view the Silver coffin that holds the incorrupt body of St. Elizabeth of Portugal. Coimbra served as the nation’s capital during the High Middle Ages, now it is known better for its university, the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institutions in the Portuguese-speaking world. Return to Leira for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – Tomar - Lisbon - USA
You will depart for your homebound flight back to the USA.
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About Fatima: The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is one of most famous Marian shrines in the world. Drawn by apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three local shepherd children in 1917. Four million people visit Fatima each year. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to shepherd children on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on May 13th until October 13th. The events at Fatima gained particular fame due to their elements of prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to possible world war and the conversion of Russia.