Fatima, Santiago, Loyola, Lourdes and more (Portugal, Spain & France) May 2020
18 May 2020 to 27 May 2020
Steve and Janet have perfected this pilgrimage over many years. Our good friend Fr. Abel Ruiz will be the tour leader for this pilgrimage along with our fantastic Catholic historian and guide Teresa Torres. This pilgrimage will be a smaller and more intimate group during one of the most beautiful months in Europe.
Janet and I have put this package together with all our details. Even though we will not personally be able to join this trip, it will run smoothly and spiritually like all our pilgrimages do. This trip will sell out fast so make sure to get registered soon.
Don’t forget MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY and this is an exquisite Marian pilgrimage.
Day 1: Monday, May 18, 2020 • Departure
Depart the USA with your Footprints of God Tour Manager for overnight flights to Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 2: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 • Lisbon | Fatima
Upon arrival in Lisbon, meet our local Catholic Footprints of God Tour Guide, who will lead us through all the sights from Fatima to Lourdes. Board our private motor coach and depart for Fatima. Depending on flight arrival times, there may be time for a stop at the Church of The Holy Miracle in Santarem. Then proceed to world-famous Fatima for a Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Fatima.
Day 3: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 • Fatima
Celebrate Mass at the Chapel of Apparitions. Next, see the Hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) built by Hungarian refugees that culminates in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Visit the church where the children were baptized. The rest of day will be free for private devotions. In the evening, join pilgrims from around the world in an evening candlelight procession. Dinner on your own and overnight in Fatima.
Day 4: Thursday, May 21, 2020 • Fatima | Coimbra | Bom Jesus | Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast, travel to the city of Coimbra. Here we will celebrate Mass in the Carmelite cloister where Sister Lucia, one the three visionaries of Fatima, lived. Continue on to Santiago de Compostela, the destination of the important medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Before leaving Portugal behind, you will visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, Portugal’s most photographed church. Check into your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 5: Friday, May 22, 2020 • Santiago de Compostela
This morning visit the beautiful cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. We will take part in the morning Pilgrim Mass when the swinging “botafumeiro” is celebrated. The “botafumeiro” is a three-foot high iron censer that is suspended by a two hundred foot rope and swung over the heads of the congregation (pending renovations). The relics of St. James, the Apostle, repose in the high altar. Pilgrims can follow the centuries-old tradition of climbing the stairs behind the altar to kiss the shells that rest on the golden statue of the saint. Below the statue is the crypt that contains the bones of St. James in a silver reliquary. Free time this afternoon. Dinner on your own and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 6: Saturday, May 23, 2020 • Santiago de Compostela | Burgos
This morning, depart Santiago, with a brief walk on the famous “Camino” pilgrim walk. Continue to Burgos, which was a major stop for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Burgos, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by a tour of the cathedral. After, time at leisure for shopping or strolling along the “Paseo del Espolon,” a tree-lined promenade along the Rio Arlanzon that winds through Burgos, consisting of a landscaped walk with sculptures, fountains and manicured gardens. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the “gastronomic capital of Spain”. Overnight in Burgos.
Day 7: Sunday, May 24, 2020 • Burgos | Loyola | Lourdes
This morning depart early from Burgos to Lourdes, France through the Pyrenees Mountains, stopping enroute in Loyola, Spain, the birthplace of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. Visit the 17th century basilica dedicated to St. Ignatius and his family home, located behind the basilica. Celebrate Mass in the room where Ignatius experienced his conversion at age 30 after he was seriously wounded in the Battle of Pamplona. Proceed to Lourdes and, upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Tonight, join pilgrims from around the world in the candlelight procession. Dinner on your own and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 8: Monday, May 25, 2020 • Lourdes
Celebrate Mass at the Grotto. After, take a guided tour of Lourdes. Visit the Sanctuary, the Basilica of St. Pius X and the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. See a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes. Free time is provided for private devotions and the candlelight procession this evening. Dinner on your own and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 9: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 • Lourdes
Celebrate Mass, then, walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. See Boly Mill where St. Bernadette was born and the Cachot, an abandoned prison where Bernadette’s impoverished family lived. Pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the healing baths. Walk the life-sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedience of the request of the Immaculate Conception. Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in the nightly candlelight procession requested by Our Lady. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening to celebrate the spiritual journey just completed. Overnight in Lourdes.
Day 10: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 • Departure for USA
|$4939||Regular price, per person after Sep. 01 2019|
|-100||Early Bird Discount|
|-140||Discount for payment by cash or check|
|*$4699||Cash discount price per person (double occupancy)|
*See brochure for complete details. Child discount available.
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