Marian Shrines & The Way of St. James with Pax Christi Sisters

with Lisbon extension
Sep 5-18, 2018 / 14 DAYS

Trace the route devout pilgrims have walked since the middle ages.

Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims as you make your way through France, Spain, and Portugal on this immersive tour. As you go, admire some o…

Your package includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Basilica of St. Sernin, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Burgos Cathedral, the Way of St. James, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Basilica of Our La…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Sep 05: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Toulouse today.

Toulouse / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 06: Arrival in Toulouse

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Sep 07: Sightseeing tour of Toulouse

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out with a local guide for a walking tour of Toulouse. • Explore the Place du Capitole, a square lined with grand government buildings • Browse fresh flowers as you stroll through the outdoor market (seasonal)  • Step inside the Basilica of St. Sernin, a UNESCO World Heritage site  • Admire the imposing Church of the Jacobins, the  city’s historic Bernuy Mansion, and the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques

Lourdes / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 08: Sightseeing tour of Lourdes

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Lourdes, France’s most sacred Christian pilgrimage site, for a guided sightseeing tour.  • Visit the houses of Bernadette • Enter the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes to see the Rosary Basilica and the Grotto of Massabielle, a healing site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared • Step inside the Basilica of Saint Pius X, completed in 1957 Enjoy a free evening to attend the Marian Procession, which has occurred every night since 1872, ending at a mass in the Grotto of the Apparition.

Sep 09: Free day in Lourdes

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day exploring Lourdes on your own. If you choose, attend an international mass in the Basilica of St. Pius X during the morning. This afternoon, you may spend free time attending the Blessed Sacrament Procession at an open-air altar. (Please note: The procession lasts one hour. In the event of inclement weather, the procession will take place inside the Basilica of St. Pius X.)

Zaragoza / 1 NIGHT

Sep 10: Zaragoza via Jaca

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Zaragoza, Spain, driving along a French portion of the Way of St. James in the Pyranees Mountains as you go. Stop in the Spanish town of Jaca for free time before arriving in Zaragoza, the capital of the historic Aragon region.

Burgos / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 11: Sightseeing tour of Zaragoza

Included meals: Breakfast

Join a local guide for a tour of Zaragoza. • See the Plaza de las Catedrales and La Seo, an architecturally impressive cathedral • Enter the Basílica del Pilar, a major pilgrimage center that was built after a Marian apparition appeared on the bank of the Ebro River This afternoon, transfer to Burgos, another important city along the Way of St. James.

Sep 12: Sightseeing tour of Burgos

Included meals: Breakfast

Join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of Burgos.  •  Stroll through the city center and take in the beauty of Burgos Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site  • Step inside the enormous Gothic structure to admire the architecture of its chapels • See the tombs of El Cid and his wife, both buried in the cathedral in 1919 Enjoy a free afternoon in Burgos or add an excursion.

León / 1 NIGHT

Sep 13: Sightseeing tour of León

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, continue on to León for a guided walking tour.  •  View Plaza Mayor and the 14th-century Palace of Count Luna • Admire the Palacio de los Guzmanes and the striking Casa de los Botines, designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí  • Step inside León Cathedral, which was built over ancient Roman baths • Enter the Romanesque Basílica de San Isidoro, which dates back to the 11th century

Santiago de Compostela / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 14: Transfer to Santiago de Compostela

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Santiago de Compostela, the UNESCO-listed destination of medieval pilgrims. Stop along the way at the Monte de Gozo, or “Hill of Joy,” which is the site where pilgrims can first look at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in the distance. Spend a free afternoon exploring or add excursions.

Sep 15: Sightseeing tour of Santiago de Compostela

Included meals: Breakfast

Walk through Santiago de Compostela, a town that once ranked just behind Jerusalem and Rome as one of Christendom’s most important pilgrimage sites. • Stroll along the ancient city’s narrow streets and stop at Parque de la Alameda • Enter the Gothic Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, which marks the end of the Way of St. James Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in Santiago de Compostela or add an excursion.

Fátima / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 16: Transfer to Fátima

Included meals: Breakfast

Cross the border into Portugal as you journey to Fátima for a free afternoon and evening. If you wish, you may spend your time at an afternoon mass or an evening candlelight rosary procession.

Sep 17: Sightseeing tour of Fátima

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a local guide for a tour of Fátima, the famous Catholic site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared six times to three young shepherds. • Step inside the Houses of Jacinta to learn more about the three Secrets of Fátima • Enter the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima and explore its grotto Later, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Sep 18: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Lisbon airport for your flight home, or continue your journey in the Portuguese capital.

Extension / Starting from $299 pp

Lisbon / 2 NIGHTS

Whitewashed buildings, red-clay roofs, and winding yellow trams are all part of the colorful cityscape of Portugal’s capital. Take two nights in Lisbon to explore this historic city’s monuments, cafes, and winding streets. Walk through the Alfama District, seek out the best bachalau and caldo verde, or pack a picnic lunch and watch the world go by on the banks of the Tagus. In Lisbon, there's discovery around every corner.

Sep 18: Lisbon via Tomar & Santarém

Included meals: Breakfast

Continue on to Lisbon, making two stops along the way.  • Join a local guide during a visit to the city of Tomar, where you’ll enter the UNESCO-listed Convent of Christ •  Enjoy a brief visit to Santarém, a city located on the Portuguese Way of St. James

Sep 19: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the Portuguese capital on a tour with a local guide. • Take in panoramic city views from Eduardo VII Park and pass Plaza del Marqués de Pombal • View the Tower of Belém, the Maritime Monument, and the impressive Jerónimos Monastery, which was built to honor voyagers • Walk from the Bairro Alto through Chiado square to the Baixa district in the heart of the city • Step inside Santo António Church, the site where many believe Saint Anthony of Padua was born  Spend a free afternoon in Lisbon or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Sep 20: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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