World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 & Madrid
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare to Lisbon (including Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges) from other US or Canada Airports
- Transportation to and from WYD events included in your registration
- Accommodations in Lisbon Hotel: (or similar)
- ~ 7 nights in First Class or Superior Tourist class hotel
- ~ 2 Nights: Hotel Preciados, Madrid
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Lunch on Day-Tour to Fatima Only
- Juice and Mineral Water with Meals
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of Professional Escort/Ground Staff throughout World Youth Day
- Professional local Catholic Guide on Tours where required
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- World Youth Day Registration Fees and Booklets
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Spiritual Directors throughout to celebrate Mass, daily Rosary, and Confession.
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches and Beverages not mentioned, Tips to your daily Escort, Individual transfers.
Day 1, Depart for Europe
Depart for your overnight flight(s) to Lisbon. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2: Arrive Lisbon or a neighboring airport. Transfer to lodging and prepare for World Youth Day week.
Upon arrival in Portugal, will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by our representative. You will be escorted to your lodging. (pending arrival, we may have an orientation tour of Lisbon). Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Lisbon: Day Tour
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 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 on, and drive by the Belem Quarter that contains the iconic entryway to the Lisbon harbor, the Belem Tower. This important landmark 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 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. *World Youth Day begins this evening with Mass
*World Youth Day begins this evening with Mass
Day 4: World Youth Day Lisbon – Santarem - Fatima - Lisbon
Today, we will head to Fatima, on the way will stop in town of Santarem for Mass at St. Stephens Church, and to venerate the 13th Century Eucharistic Miracle. Continue to Fatima, a Hamlet of Aljustrel, the birthplace and home of the three (3) shepherd children. Here we will 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. The destruction of the world at that point in history was also mentioned by Our Lady in her messages of Fatima, and more specifically, in her second secret to the children. Our profoundly reflective day begins with a visit to the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. This simple, yet modern, chapel is the site where the Virgin Mary first appeared on May 13, 1917. Continue with a visit to the stunning neoclassical church, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. This Sacred space contains the tombs of St. Francisco, St. Jacinta, and Sister Lucia. View the monument that commemorates the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the square. Due to Our Lady's consistency in Her messages to pray the Rosary, this Basilica also features fifteen altars, dedicated to the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. While in the Basilica, you will be able to feel, through the Love of Our Lord and Lady, the many graces that were received here. Visit the Museum and exhibition “Fatima: Light and Peace”. Continue with a visit to the Holy Trinity Basilica. After lunch, we will experience Christ's unconditional love by participating 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 (15) small Chapels in commemoration of the Passion of Our Lord. The fifteenth station, the Resurrection, can be found close to the Chapel of Calvary, dedicated to St. Stephen, King of Hungary. The day ends with a visit to Valinhos, the site of Our Lady's August 1917 apparition, and the first and third apparition of the Angel. Your night will conclude by returning to Lisbon for dinner and overnight.
*This evening we will participate in organized World Your Day events as scheduled.
Day 5: World Youth Day Lisbon
Today World Youth Day participants will have catechesis sessions with Bishops, taking place in churches, schools, auditoriums and sports centers of Lisbon.
*Welcoming ceremony with our Holy Father!
Day 6: World Youth Day Lisbon – Sintra - Lisbon
Upon landing at Lisbon Portela, we will make our way to the picturesque town of Sintra, a charming example of a Portuguese town where there are cobbled streets and traditional painted buildings fill with family operated cafes and unique shops. While there, we will explore its extravagant Palaces, ancient Castles, and incredible scenery. We will also stop by the pretty Church of Ingreja de Santa Maria, before some free time, and then continue back to Lisbon for dinner and overnight.
*This afternoon enjoy organized World Youth Day events and the Stations of the Cross
Day 7: World Youth Day - Pilgrimage Walk
Experience World Youth Day and its events. This evening we participate in the Prayer Vigil with our Holy Father.
*Evening Adoration with the Holy Father, followed by Confession and WYD Events.
Day 8: World Youth Day Lisbon – Closing Mass – Mata Beach
Today we’ll attend World Youth Day Mass of Sending. This morning the Pope will concelebrate Mass with thousands of Bishops and Priests, and he will address young people and those who are not so young, to send them out to the world to witness their faith, as the Lord did with his Apostles. After, we will make our way back to the Hotel to freshen up, and then board our Bus and make our way to Mato Beach – one of Portugal’s famous beaches For the remainder of the day, you will have free time to spend at your own leisure in Lisbon, followed by your final Dinner and overnight.
*World Youth Day - Closing Ceremony.
Day 9: Depart Lisbon – Madrid
This morning we leave Lisbon for our short flight to Madrid. Upon arrival in Madrid, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival’s Hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. You will enjoy a tour of Madrid that includes the Royal Palace and the Plaza Mayor. Both sites are iconic to Madrid, as the Palace holds state ceremonies and events, and the Plaza Mayor is the geographic center of Madrid, as well as the social center. This afternoon we will check into the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Madrid – Toledo - Madrid
After breakfast, you will depart for Toledo (approximately one hour and twenty minutes). Toledo is a city set upon a rocky mound that is isolated on three sides by a looping gorge of the Rio Tajo. It is known as the City of Three Religions or Cultures because the Christians, Jews, and Moors have lived peacefully in this city for centuries. Each inch of this outcrop has churches, synagogues, mosques and houses heaped upon one another in a haphazard spiral in which the cobbled lanes infiltrate with its best efforts. During your time in this city, you will view the some of the grandest treasures such as, the glorious Gothic Cathedral that was built upon the Great Mosque of Toledo. Visit La Iglesia de Santo Tome, best known for housing El Greco's most famous painting and the Sinagoga del Tránsito, known for its impeccable stucco inscriptions. Additionally, you will visit a number of monuments such as La Puerta de Bisagras, La Puerta del Cambron, La Puerta del Sol and many others. We will have lunch and return to Madrid. Return to the hotel for relaxation and this evening we will participate in the farewell dinner.
Day 11: Madrid – Return Home
This morning we will transfer to Madrid airport for our return flight(s) home.
About your trip
The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is one of most famous Marian shrines in the world. 4 million Pilgrims visit Fatima each year! Many are drawn by the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the three local shepherd children, in 1917. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the shepherd children on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on May 13th until October 13th. The events at Fatima gained fame due to their elements of prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to possible world war and the conversion of Russia.