JOURNEY OF HOPE

  • Duration:12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Italy, Portugal
  • Highlights:Featuring Fatima, Lourdes, Rome and Assisi
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Air NYC/ Lisbon X Rome/NYC
    • Accommodations in first class hotels
    • Meals and sightseeing as listed
    • Assistance of an English speaking tour escort on
    • Tours and transfers
    • Transportation by private motorcoach
    • Baggage handling
    • All spiritual activities coordinated
    • Select International travel bag and portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.

You’ll leave this evening on an overnight flight to Lisbon.

DAY 2: LISBON-SANTAREM-FATIMA

Welcome to Portugal. Your tour escort greets you at the airport. After an orientation drive through Lisbon, we go to the town of Santarem. A short walk through narrow streets leads to the church of St. Stephen, where you will behold the Blessed Sacrament known as the Holy Miracle of Santarem, a relic that’s been kept here since 1269. In the early afternoon, arrive in Fatima. Here, in 1917, the Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children and she exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. Overnight Fatima. (D.)

DAY 3 / 4: FATIMA

After Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions and a visit to the Basilica, see Francisco’s and Jacinta’s graves, visit the hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, site of Our Lady’s appearance. Tonight you can join the Candlelight Procession. Overnight Fatima. (B.D.)

DAY 5: FATIMA- SANTO DOMINGO- BURGOS

Today you depart for Burgos. Upon arrival visit the great Cathedral, considered one of the most beautiful in Spain, the country of cathedrals. Today, at the Convent of Santo Domingo de Silos, you will also hear the heavenly voices of the monks, singing the famous “ Chant”.  Celebrate Mass, before going to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight Burgos. (B.D.)

DAY 6: BURGOS-LOURDES

Your journey today is through the Pyrenees Mountains.  Enjoy the majestic scenery on the way to the great pilgrimage center of Lourdes. Overnight Lourdes. (B.D.)

DAY 7 / 8: LOURDES

Mass is celebrated at the famous Grotto of Apparitions. Continue your program in Lourdes with a visit to the Basilica of St. Pius X, the world’s largest underground church, and the home where Bernadette lived during the Apparitions. You have time to follow the Stations of the Cross, to attend the Blessing of the Sick, and visit the Baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Tonight you can join in the Blessed Sacrament Procession, one of the highlights of a visit to this miraculous shrine, where the last “ officially approved medical miracle” occurred as recently as 1987. Overnight Lourdes. (B.D.)

DAY 9: LOURDES-NICE

Depart for Nice along the picturesque routes of Southern France. Overnight Nice. (B.D.)

DAY 10: NICE- ASSISI

This morning we arrive in Italy, and continue to Assisi. Overnight Assisi. (B.D.)

DAY 11: ASSISI- ROME

This morning we celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis, followed by a visit to the Upper and Lower Basilica, Church of St. Clare, San Damiano, and Santa Maria Degli Angeli. In the afternoon depart for Rome. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)

DAY 12: ROME

This morning we visit St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by visits to St. Mary Major, St. John the Lateran, Holy Stairs, St. Paul Outside the Walls, Holy Cross in Jerusalem, the Forum, the Coliseum and more. Tonight you have the farewell dinner with wine and music, an excellent way to remember highlights of your trip. Overnight Rome.(B.D.)

DAY 13: RETURN TO THE U.S.A.

Transfer to airport for your flight back home. (B)

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