Europe – Pilgrimages through Spain and Portugal
Period : March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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Prepare to embark on a spiritual and cultural group trip to some truly exceptional sites, including Saint Jacques de Compostelle and Fatima. An unforgettable pilgrimage to the Christian sanctuaries of two European countries : Spain and Portugal. This trip is made by your incoming travel agency.
D1 Paris (25 km)
Arrive in Paris. Guided sightseeing tour: the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the
Concorde, Opéra, the Latin Quarter… Boat cruise down the magnificent Seine to appreciate Paris in all its splendour. Dinner. Board in Paris.
D2 From Rouen to the Lisieux Sanctuary (230 km)
Set off for Rouen. Guided tour of the historic town centre: the timbered houses, the Great Clock, the cathedral, the Vieux Marché square… Free time for lunch. Depart for Lisieux. Tour of the basilica devoted to Saint Theresa that was consecrated in 1954. Its walls and those of the crypt are adorned with mosaics that depict Saint Theresa’s message, based on the infinite love of God. Dinner and board in the Lisieux area.
D3 Mont St Michel and St Malo (240 km)
Guided tour of one of the wonders of the Western World – Mont St Michel. Following three successive apparitions of the Archangel Saint Michel, in 708 the bishop Aubert of Avranches built a sanctuary on the Mont-Tombe. Free time for lunch. Continue on to St Malo, the fortified city where pirates, ship-owners and adventurers left their marks on the ramparts. Dinner. Board in the St Malo area.
D4 Castles of the Loire and Saint-Martin de Tours (320 km)
Depart for Tours. Follow in the footsteps of Saint-Martin with a guided tour of the basilica and the crypt where his tomb lies. Free time for lunch. Tour of Villandry Castle and the magnificent gardens. Continue with a trip to the spectacular Renaissance-era Chenonceau Castle and its gallery over the River Cher. Dinner. Board in the Tours area.
D5 Poitiers and Rocamadour (380 km)
Set off for Poitiers. Guided tour of the town, the Roman Notre Dame la Grande church, the Saint Jean baptistery built upon the 5th century remains of a Roman domus. Free time for lunch. Continue on to Rocamadour for a guided tour of this Marian city that clings to the cliff side, suspended between earth and sky. Dinner. Board in the Rocamadour area.
D6 Toulouse, Occitan Capital (340 km)
Arrive in the morning. This ‘pink city’ built out of bricks of baked clay is also known as the city of violets, the capital of rugby, and the birthplace of the Airbus. Guided tour of Toulouse from the Place du Capitole square to the Garonne quays, the Saint Sernin basilica and its stunning Renaissance-era houses. Free time for lunch. Free afternoon to wander and explore as you please. Continue on to the province of Béarn. Dinner. Board in Lourdes.
D7 The Sanctuaries of Lourdes
Guided tour of the Marian city of Lourdes, including the sanctuaries and the caves in which Bernadette experienced a series of apparitions. Lourdes is the third most visited site of Catholic pilgrimage, following closely behind the Vatican and Guadalupe in Mexico. Free time for lunch and to explore the city for yourself. Dinner. Board.
D8 Notre Dame del Pilar Basilica (275 km)
Depart for Spain and Saragosse via the colourful and wild Pyrenees. Guided tour of the old town to discover the traces left by various civilizations and peoples – Roman, Muslim, Jewish and Christian – and the Notre Dame del Pilar basilica, where the pillar (or ‘pilar’ in Castilian) on which the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Jacques the Apostle in 40AD is preserved and venerated. Free time to have lunch and wander. Dinner. Board in Saragosse.
D9 Burgos and Leon (500 km)
D10 Saint Jacques de Compostelle (355 km)
The pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint Jacques fell out of favour and had all but disappeared in the 19th century, before experiencing a surge in popularity towards the end of the 20th century. The trails are loaded with history, and tales of adventure, life and spirituality. Free time for lunch. Guided tour of Saint Jacques de Compostelle, the impressive cathedral, Obradoiro Square, the Gelmirez Palace, the Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos. Dinner. Board in Saint-Jacques.
D11 The Baroque Town of Braga (245 km)
Set off for the capital of the Minho province. Guided tour of Braga : this old town is built in the baroque style, coiling around a magnificent cathedral, the stairway and the Bom Jesus sanctuary. Free time for lunch. Continue to Porto. Guided tour of the historic centre: the Praça da Liberdade, the St Francis medieval church, the authentic Ribeira quarter with its houses covered in azulejo tile work and narrow winding streets. Trip to a wine storehouse followed by a tasting session. Dinner. Board in Porto.
D12 The Sanctuary of Fatima (200 km)
On May 13th 1917, three shepherds – Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta – had a vision. They saw a ‘woman who shone more brightly than the sun’, who was sat on an oak-tree and who spoke to them. The last apparition they experienced occurred on the 13th of October, ending in the ‘miracle of the sun’. Guided tour of the sanctuary, the basilica, the chapel of apparitions and the shepherds’ houses. Free time for lunch. Dinner. Board in Fatima.
D13 A Monastery and Medieval Fortress (200 km)
Guided tour of the church in Batalha’s 14th century Gothic monastery. Continue on to Nazare, a picturesque fishing village home to brightly painted boats and a long beach punctuated by a cliff. Free time for lunch. Set off for Obidos. This beautiful medieval town is surrounded by ramparts, and for over six centuries was the property of the queens of Portugal. Dinner. Board in Lisbon.
D14 Lisbon (100 km)
Guided tour of Lisbon: the Rossio, Baixa, Bairro Alto, l’Alfama and Bélem quarters, the Hieronymite monastery and the outside of the Belém Tower. Visit a bakery to sample the delicious ‘pasteis de Nata’ pastries.
Free time for lunch. Explore Sintra and the Cabo da Roca cape. Return to Lisbon via the beautiful seaside towns of Cascais and Estoril. Dinner. Board.
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Guided tours: Paris (3h), Rouen (1h30), Lisieux (2h), Mont Saint Michel (2h), Tours (2h), Poitiers (2h),
Rocamadour (1h), Toulouse (3h), Lourdes (1h30), Saragosse (2h), Burgos (1h30), St Jacques (3h), Braga
(2h), Porto (3h), Fatima (1h30), Lisbon and Sintra (1j)
Admission fees : Mont St Michel Abbey, Villandry and Chenonceau castles (audio-guide), St Jean baptistery,
Notre Dame del Pilar, Burgos cathedral, shepherds’ house ( Fatima) Batalha and Hieronymite monasteries, Sintra Palace
Cruise on the Seine (1h)
Trip to a wine storehouse and port tasting
Single room (14 nights) : 490 €
Tour guide 15 days : 6,000 €
Jacobite Cloisters in Toulouse :1.80 €
Gelmirez Palace : 9.50 €
Palais de la Bourse Porto : 5.50 €
Cloisters : Hieronymite €9, Batalha 8 €
Fado musical evening and dinner : 30 €
Coach transport (see pricing table)