JOURNEY OF LIGHT

  • Duration:13 NIGHTS/14 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:France, Portugal
  • Highlights:Featuring Fatima, Avila, Garabandal, Lourdes, Paris, Nevers and Lisieux
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Lisbon X Paris/ NYC
    • Accommodations in three star hotels
    • Meals and touring as outlined
    • English speaking tour escort
    • Transportation by a private motorcoach
    • TGV train Lourdes to Paris in economy class
    • Mass daily
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International Travel portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.

Depart this evening on an overnight flight to Lisbon.

DAY 2: LISBON-FATIMA

Welcome to Portugal. You are greeted by your tour guide and begin with a panoramic tour of Lisbon. You see St. Jeronimo’s Monastery, which is the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua. Also see Belem Tower, as well as the Statue of Christ the King.  We’ll continue on to the Church of St. Stephen at Santarem, where you view the Venerated Relic of the Bleeding Host. Celebrate Mass before we join in the Fatima Candlelight Processions this evening. Overnight Fatima. (D.)

DAY 3: FATIMA

Following breakfast, we celebrate Mass at the Basilica and visit the graves of Francisco and Jacinta. Walk to Cova Da Ira, and the Chapel of Apparitions. In the afternoon see Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared to the children and Aljustrel, where they lived. Pray the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra. Overnight Fatima. (B.D.)

DAY 4: FATIMA-COIMBRA-SALAMANCA

After Mass at the Grotto, depart through the pretty countryside dotted with villages and vineyards to Coimbra to see the Carmelite convent where Sister Lucia lived.  See the incorrupt body of St. Isabel. In the afternoon you arrive in the University city of Salamanca for dinner and overnight. (B.D.)

 

DAY 5: ALBA DE TORMES-AVILA

Depart for Alba de Tormes and visit the Carmelite convent. See the preserved body of St. Teresa of Avila. In the afternoon you arrive in the walled city of Avila, the city of St. Theresa of Avila. Overnight Avila. (B.D.)

 

DAY 6: AVILA- SANTO DOMINGO DE SILOS

This morning, you will have time to enjoy the lovely walled city of St. Teresa, before continuing to Santa Domingo De Silos. Celebrate Mass and enjoy some of the most beautiful singing in the world, listening to the ethereal chanting of the monks. Overnight in the quaint village of Santo Domingo De Silos. (B.D.)

 

DAY 7: GARABANDAL

Today, we drive up into the mountains and villages of northern Spain. The remote village is our home for a one-day retreat. Celebrate Mass and have time for Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary and Stations of the Cross. Overnight in Garabandal. (B.D.)

DAY 8: GARABANDAL-LOURDES

It is difficult to leave the simple life and tranquility of the village as we continue to Lourdes, through the Pyrenees Mountains. We arrive in time to join the Candlelight Procession. Overnight in Lourdes. (B.D.)

 

DAY 9 & 10: LOURDES

We start our day with Mass at the Basilica, followed by a video on the messages of Lourdes. The walking tour of Lourdes highlights the Basilica and the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette. In the afternoon pray the Stations of the Cross, attend the Blessing of the Sick and visit the Miraculous Baths. After dinner, you may choose to join the Candlelight Procession. Overnight in Lourdes. (B.D.)

 

DAY 11: LOURDES- PARIS

The day starts with a Mass at the Grotto, followed by a transfer to the train station where we board the TGV train and depart for Paris. The TGV train is the fastest train in the world. This afternoon we tour Paris and see the Notra Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysee, and the Concorde Place, Eiffel Tower and other highlights. Overnight Paris (B.)

DAY 12: PARIS-LISIEUX

We travel to the home of St. Theresa the Little Flower and tour the city associated with the Saint and her difficult life. We celebrate Mass at the Carmelite convent where she lived. In the afternoon return to Paris, but not before we stop to view the breathtaking Cathedral of Chartres with its famous flying buttresses. Overnight in Paris. (B.D.)

DAY 13: PARIS- NEVERS

Today we visit Nevers, where St. Bernadette retired after Lourdes. You see the Convent of St. Gildard where the Saint’s body reposes and may be viewed. Attend Mass in the same church, which St. Bernadette prayed for most of her life. Following lunch we return to Paris for overnight. (B.L.)

DAY 14: RETURN TO THE U.S.A.

This morning celebrate Mass at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal containing the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure. Transfer to the airport for flight back home.

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