Marian Shrines of Europe – Faith-Based Travel (TM) - 2014 / 2015

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12 days from Lisbon to Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
Madrid
Madrid at dusk
Santiago de Compostela is visited by over 100,000 pilgrims a year
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals
Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River
Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid

Vacation Overview

Explore Portugal and Spain on this wonderful vacation. Start in Lisbon with a welcome dinner and guided sightseeing featuring visits to Jeronimos Monastery and the Church of St. Anthony. Visit the Church of the Holy Miracle in Santarém and in Fátima, Our Lady of Fátima Shrine; the Chapel of the Apparitions, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in 1917; the Parish Church; and Valinhos. You may wish to join the evening’s rosary and candlelight procession. Next is the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the top pilgrimage destinations during the Middle Ages along with Rome and Jerusalem. You may wish to join a unique experience: walk part of the famous Camino Pilgrim’s Way with an expert Local Guide. Next is Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile; enjoy a guided visit to the cathedral. Travel along the Basque coast and arrive in Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home. You may wish to bathe in the healing waters, attend the “Blessing of the Sick.” or join the evening’s rosary and candlelight procession. Across the Pyrenees Mountains to Saragossa, where guided sightseeing features the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, home to a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary. End in Madrid, where guided sightseeing and a visit to the Prado Museum awaits. An entire day at leisure to further explore the city, followed by an included farewell dinner at your hotel.

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