We will depart in transit to Madrid.
We will arrive to Madrid in the morning where our Spiritual Journey representative, who will accompany us throughout the tour, will meet us. Our guide will take us on an orientation tour of the city while our rooms are prepared at the hotel. Our panoramic tour will introduce us to the major sites in Madrid. Our day will close with dinner and a relaxing evening in our hotel.
Today our city sightseeing tour will take us to the Prado Museum, Buen Retiro Park, and the Royal Palace. This afternoon we will travel outside the city to visit El Escorial, its full name is Real Monasterio de El Escorial. I tis the site that King Philip II built it in thanksgiving for his victory over the French at San-Quentin in 1557 in Flanders. The ‘Monastery’ is full of major works of art by El Creco, Velazquez, and others. We will continue our visit and pause at the nearby Valley of the Fallen, a striking memorial to those who died in the Spanish Civil War. A basilica was built into the mountainside here, housing tombs of soldiers from both sides of the conflict. After our visit, we will return to our hotel in Madrid where our day will conclude with dinner.
In the morning we will embark on our journey to the city of Toledo, a magical walled town about an hour or so from Madrid. Here we will visit the stunning cathedral and the house of the famous painter, El Greco. We will also take in the Monastery of St. John of the Kings. The outside walls of this edifice are adorned with chains once worn by Christian slaves of the Moors. After some free time for shopping, we will make our way back to Madrid for the rest of the afternoon. Our day will close with dinner in the hotel.
Today we will make a full day’s excursion to Segovia and Avila. Segovia is a charming town that most visitors remember for the Roman aqueduct, which bisects it. After a visit to the dramatic cathedral here, we will make our way across the river to visit the sepulchre of St. John of the Cross, one of the Doctors of the Church. Then we will be off to the walled town of Avila, made famous by St. Teresa, another Doctor of the Church. In Avila, we will visit the Monastery of the Incarnation where St. Teresa spent many years of her life, and then will visit the Monastery of St. Joseph, her first foundation. After our visit, we will return to Madrid where we will end our evening enjoying dinner.
Today we will leave Madrid for Guadalupe. During our travel we will witness some breathtakingly beautiful mountain scenery. We will then arrive at the Monastery of Guadalupe, which houses some of Spain’s finest artistic treasures. Pilgrims have flocked here since the 14th century, when a shepherd uncovered a miraculous statue of the Virgin, said to have been carved by St. Luke. It was in the name of the Virgin of Guadalupe that the conquistadors set off to explore the New World. After our stop in Guadalupe, we will make our way west to the sanctuary of Our Lady of the Mountain. From here we will get a view over the town of Caceres, where the Old City dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Caceres will be our destination for the evening and we will settle in with dinner.
We will load onto our motorcoach that will take us across western Spain and across the border. By mid-afternoon we will arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Here we will take some time to orient ourselves before settling down for the evening and finishing the day with dinner.
Today we will visit the Tombs of the visionaries Francisco, Jacinto, and Lucia, the Aljustrel where the children lived, and the Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared after the children’s return from prison. We will have the option of praying the Stations of the Cross as well as have time for our own devotions. Tonight we will enjoy a festive welcome dinner at Ourem Castle, with the show of the ancient kings and queens.
In the morning we will begin the day with Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. Then, we will board our motorcoach and make our way to the University town of Coimbra. Here we will visit the Cathedral and University Library. After our visit to Coimbra, we will proceed to Nazare to visit the Chapel of Our Lady of Nazare, which is located on a cliff overlooking the ocean. After some free time for browsing the local markets of this fishing village, we will continue to Alcobaha, which is the site of a striking 12th century monastery. We will return to Fatima in the late afternoon and conclude the day with dinner.
Today we will depart Fatima for Lisbon, where we will begin with a visit to ‘Santo Antonio Da Se’, marking the site where in 1195 St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of Portugal, was born. We will continue to the Cathedral, which houses the Saint’s baptismal font. Here we will celebrate Mass. Our tour will continue with viewing the Belem Tower and the gothic monastery of St. Jeronimo. The afternoon will be ours for browsing the enchanting old section of the city. Tonight we will gather and end our day with a farewell dinner.
We will transfer to the Lisbon airport for our return flight to the United States.
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