March 19: Our pilgrimage begins as we depart from our local airport for our flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
March 20: Upon arrival in Lisbon we’ll visit the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua in Lisbon and further north we’ll visit St. Stephen’s Church in Santarem and adore the miracle of the “Bleeding Host.” Afternoon arrival into Fátima. Tonight, we’ll all head to the shrine for the candlelight procession and Rosary. Overnight Fátima
March 21: We enjoy Mass this morning at the Capelinha built over the holm oak tree where Our Lady appeared five times to the three shepherd children Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco. We’ll tour the basilica and shrine. This afternoon, we’ll visit Aljustrel where the angel of Portugal appeared, and Valinhos where Our Lady appeared in August of 1917. Tonight we’ll all head to the shrine for the candlelight procession and Rosary. Overnight Fátima
March 22: This morning, we depart for Spain. Our first stop is at the Carmelite Convent where Sr. Lucia spent most of her life. On arrival into Santiago de Compostela our Chaplain will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela followed by a tour of the city. Overnight Santiago de Compostela
March 23: We depart for Burgos. En route we will visit León, where we’ll stop at the Gothic cathedral on the Plaza de Regla, as well as the Basilica of St. Isidore. Overnight Burgos
March 24: This morning, we’re off to the Casa del Cordón and the Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas. This afternoon we’ll depart Burgos and continue on to Loyola, known locally as the town of Azpeitia. Here, in 1491 Iñigo Lopez de Loyola Oñaz was born in the Castle of Loyola. We visit the Loyola Castle, originally the stone manor where the Loyola family lived. Overnight Loyola
March 25: This morning after breakfast we walk to the Olatz Hermitage for prayer and reflection. Next, we travel to Aranzazu, a popular shrine to Our Lady at the time of Ignatius and a place where he began his pilgrimage journey. This afternoon we will make an excursion to Bilbao, Spain to visit the Guggenheim Museum. Upon its opening in 1997, the museum was immediately hailed as one of the world’s most spectacular buildings. We continue on to the beautiful seaside town of San Sebastian founded around 1180 for dinner. Overnight Loyola
March 26: After breakfast, we depart for Madrid. Enroute we will visit Zaragoza and the magnificent Basilica del Pilar that was built upon the site of where Our Lady appeared to St. James. According to Catholic Tradition, the Virgin Mary, who was still living in Jerusalem, bi-located and appeared to St. James the Greater to boost his morale. Following our visit to the Basilica del Pilar, we will visit La Seo Cathedral and then continue onward to Madrid. Overnight Madrid
March 27: After breakfast we will enjoy a tour of Madrid including the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. We then depart for Toledo which sits on a rocky mound isolated on three sides by a looping gorge of the Río Tajo. Toledo is known as the City of the Three Religions or Cultures because for many centuries the Christians, the Moors, and the Jews lived together in relative equality and peace. The city surrounded by walls hides great treasured: its awesome Cathedral, the church of Santo Tomé, the Tránsito Synagogue, Santa María La Blanca Synagogue, the superb church of San Juan de los Reyes, Puerta de Bisagras, Puerta del Cambrón, Puerta del Sol, etc. Overnight Madrid
March 28: After breakfast, visit the world-famous Monastery of El Escorial and the “Valley of the Fallen.” Following our break for lunch, we make our way to Avila, the town associated with St. Teresa. In Avila we’ll visit the Convent of St. Teresa (site of her birthplace), as well as other places associated with St. Teresa. We head back to Madrid for our farewell dinner. Overnight Madrid
March 29: With a deeper love for Mary, gratitude to God, and wonderful memories of our pilgrimage, we’ll board our plane for our flight home.