SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
THE WAY OF ST. JAMES
Oldest Pilgrimage Route
Day 1: DEPARTURE DAY (B,D)
Overnight flight to Paris, France. Dinner and breakfast served in flight.
Day 2: PARIS (D)
Upon arrival in the French capital, you`ll be greeted by your tour guide. Start with an orientation drive through Paris which highlights the Champs Elysees, l’Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Check-in your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: PARIS (B)
We celebrate Mass at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal where the Blessed virgin spoke to Catherine Laboure and pilgrims venerate the effigy of the saint. Next we visit Notre Dame Cathedral. Remainder of the day free for souvenir shopping.
Day 4: PARIS – LOURDES (B,D)
We depart the City of Lights via TGV ( the world`s fastest train) to Lourdes. Upon arrival check-in your hotel. After dinner we`ll join pilgrims from all over the world in a torchlight procession along Esplanade.
Day 5: LOURDES (B,L,D)
We celebrate Mass at the famous Grotto of Massabielle where in 1858 the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette. A guided walk takes us to the home of St. Bernadette, the Basilica of the Rosary, the Upper Basilica dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, and the Basilica of St. Pius X, the world’s largest underground church. After dinner you have the opportunity to join the candlelight procession.
Day 6: LOURDES – GARABANDAL (B,D)
We depart Lourdes and cross into Spain. There we skirt the Gulf of Biscay and visit San Sebastian and Loyola, birthplace of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order. Next we take in the spectacular mountain scenery of the Pyrenees on our way to the village of Garabandal where apparitions of the Archangel Michael and Our Holy Mother occurred between 1961 and 1965. We climb Apparition Hill and explore the village. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: GARABANDAL – LEON (B,D)
We join the pilgrims route to Santiago de Compostela on our way to Leon. Upon arrival we visit the magnificent Cathedral, the most stunning in all of Spain because of its 16,000 square feet of stained glass windows . Dinner and overnight.
Day 8: LEON – ASTORGA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (B,D)
After breakfast we journey to Astorga where we visit the magnificent Bishop’s Palace housing a museum dedicated to the Way of St. James. Then we motor through picturesque mountain area to Santiago de Compostela.
Day 9: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (B,D)
In 812, the grave of St. James was discovered by a hermit. He had been led to the spot by a bright star, hence the name Compostela, or field of stars. A church was erected over the site, now the monumental Cathedral begun in the 11th century. Under its magnificent tympanum, Christ is enthroned surrounded by angels and the saints. We celebrate Mass and join our prayers with the millions who have prayed here before us. We visit the Cathedral, its museum, and the inn for royal pilgrims. The latter is a luxury hotel now said by many to be the world`s most stunning. This afternoon we join a walking tour to the beautiful Plaza de la Quintana and San Martin Monastery.
Day 10: SANTIAGO – PORTO – BATALHA – FATIMA (B,D)
We head south and cross into Portugal on our way to Porto, famous for its port wine. During our city drive along cobbled streets we see the stock exchange with its famed Arabian Hall, the Tower of Clerics, and the Cathedral. Later we continue to Batalha to see the extraordinary church dedicated to the victory of Portugal`s independence. On to Fatima for dinner and overnight. You may wish to join other pilgrims for the candlelight procession.
Day 11: FATIMA – LISBON (B,L)
Mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions. Our guided morning visits include the Basilica, the site of Francisco’s and Jacinta’s graves, the hamlet of the Aljustrel where the children lived, and Valinhos, site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison. After lunch we proceed to Lisbon. A drive through the Portuguese capital features Belem Tower, Jeronimo’s Monastery, and St. Anthony’s birthplace. Tonight you have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Fado night.
Day 12: LISBON – SALAMANCA – MADRID (B,D)
We motor through the serene Portuguese countryside and cross into Spain on our way to the walled city of Salamanca. We stop at Plaza Major, considered the most grandiose of Spain, its magnificent cathedral and the House of Shells, covered with scallop shells in honor of the pilgrimage to St. James in Santiago de Compostela. Afterwards we continue to the Spanish capital for an orientation drive along acacia-lined broad boulevards past Puerta del Sol, El Retiro Park, modern Plaza de Espana and concluding with a stop at the monumental Plaza Mayor. Check-in and dinner at our hotel.
Day 13: MADRID (B)
A free day for independent exploration, a visit to famous El Prado Museum and perhaps an optional half-day excursion to Toledo or the Valley of the Fallen. Tonight you may wish to enjoy a relaxing dinner at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes or enjoy a traditional Flamenco show.
Day 14: RETURN FLIGHT (B)
The time has come to say `adios`as we transfer to the airport for our flight back home.
Tour #200 — 14 Days
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