Shrines of Europe

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Shrines of Europe

On the 13 Day Tour trough Europe we will visit many beautiful places, for example: – Lourdes – Santiago de Compostela – Lisbon

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Depart on an overseas International flight, with dinner and breakfast on board.
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Paris – Lisieux – Paris

Upon arrival at Paris International Airport, you will be met by your Tour Escort, who will escort your party all the way to Lisbon.Immediate departure for Lisieux. Visit the Shrine of Saint Theresa and attend Mass. Time for lunch, not included.

Return to Paris. Depending on remaining time available, either you end your day at the Hotel, or you proceed to the Hill of Montmartre for a visit of the Sacré Cœur, a beaming white Basilica built on top of the Butte de Montmartre, overlooking the entire city. Continue on your day’s program, driving by the Trocadero, viewing the Eiffel Tower from its Belvedere. It will be possible, at an extra cost, to take the lift to the second floor of the Tower. Likewise, to sail along the quays of the Seine, for a short or long cruise on the famous Bateaux Mouches.

Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

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Paris

Your morning-guided tour will take you to the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal at Rue du Bac. Visit the Church of Saint Vincent de Paul in Rue de Sevres, just two blocks away. Your tour of the “City of Lights” will also include a drive from one of the most beautiful squares of this city, Place de la Concorde, up to the Champs Elysées and around the Étoile with its overwhelming Arch of Triumph, quoted by Victor Hugo, “a mountain of stones for a mountain of glory”.

You shall visit Notre Dame, the classical gothic Cathedral of Paris. Drive along the quays of the Seine to see the Rue de Rivoli, the Louvre, and the ancient King’s Palace, rue de la Paix with its glittering stores and the Opera Square. Lunch not included during your day’s program. Return to the hotel for dinner and accommodation.

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Paris – Chartres – Orleans – Nevers

Breakfast and morning departure, with your luggage, toward Chartres. You will visit one of the most beautiful Cathedrals of France, after Notre Dame of Paris. Its stained glass windows are some of the most beautiful created during medieval times. Drive along to Château Roux to arrive Orleans, the city liberated by Saint Jeanne d’Arc during the year 1429. If there is sufficient time, we suggest visiting the Cathedral of Sainte Croix, dating 1287. Lunch not included.

We will then proceed toward Nevers, where we should arrive in the late afternoon. Drive by the Gonzaga Palace. Devotions at the Cathedral of Saint Cyr and Saint Juliet. Bernadette Soubirous joined the Sisters of Charity in Nevers, where she lived for the remaining 13 years of her short life. She died in the Convent of St. Gilard on April 1879, aged only 35. Her body was discovered intact in 1909. In 1925 she was placed in the Chapel of Saint Gilard, where she still rests to the present day. December 1933, Bernadette Soubirous was canonized Saint. Depart for the last Shrine of this journey, Lisieux. In its Basilica rests Saint Theresa or « The Little Flower » canonized in May 1925. The pilgrims visiting this white Basilica come from all over the world. Time for Devotions and Mass. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.

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Nevers – Limoges – Lourdes

After breakfast, Mass and a further panoramic tour of the city. Depart for Limoges, a city known for its beautiful porcelains. We stop here for lunch, not included. If time allows, you shall visit a store specialised in this famous ware. We proceed toward the South of France, to arrive late afternoon in Lourdes.

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Lourdes

The first apparition to Bernadette Soubirous, at that time only 14 years old, dates to, February 11,1858. She was blessed 18 times and at the same time, the first miracles were announced. Soon, the devotion to the Holy Mary made Lourdes known worldwide and the first pilgrimages started to arrive. The Esplanade has been opened on the left side of the Grotto and the little river that cuts the city of Lourdes in two parts. All the pilgrimages meet here and it is here that is held, every night, the Torchlight Procession dedicated to Our Lady.

At the end of the Esplanade you will see the Basilica, built in the year 1876, with two ramps that allow the pilgrims to reach the Basilica, while in the lower floor you will find the Church of the Rosary “du Rosaire”. Facing the Basilica, you will find the grotto of Massabielle, where Bernadette had her first vision, and to its right, its miraculous source. In a separate building, there are three pools where the Pilgrims can bathe. Day of devotions at the Grotto. Attend Mass, either co-celebrating or just for your group.

Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.

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Lourdes – Biarritz – Hendaya – San Sebastian – Bilbao – Santander

Please remember to have your Passport available. It might be requested at the Border. Departure after breakfast toward Biarritz, where we shall stop to see the place in Europe with the highest tides. The European Surfers’ Championships take place in this Bay.

We proceed toward Spain and will cross the border at Hendaya. The lunch stop will be organised in San Sebastian, a quaint city dedicated to tourism. This city is also the capital of the Basque Nation, one half located in Spanish territory and the other half in French territory. Its name in the Basque language is Donostia. Continuation of your journey toward the first major city of Spain, Bilbao, another Basque city. Partly destroyed during the 1936 Civil War, it has been reconstructed beginning of the year 1980. Its most important monument is the Guggenheim Museum. Short panoramic tour of the city before departing for Santander.

Arrive in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.

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Santander – Oviedo – La Coruña – Santiago de Compostela

Early Mass, then breakfast. Meet your local guide for a tour of the city. Its origin dates back to the Roman times. In the third century Saint Emeterio and San Caledonio founded a Monastery in its vicinity. Santander was the centre of many battles during the “reconquista” – the battles against the Moors.

Depart and following the coast, with its beautiful and savage coastline, drive by Oviedo to see its spectacular Cathedral, to arrive at noontime at La Coruña. Free time for lunch, followed by some free time to enjoy the particular Spanish town with a blend of Celtic and Roman cultures.

Depart for the short drive to Santiago de Compostela. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be met by the local guide and proceed on tour of this city. Final destination of the medieval pilgrimages, Santiago has been named after Saint James the Elder, one of the 12 Apostles, whose relics are venerated in the Cathedral. There are still large numbers of Christians that come to Santiago walking the 170 kilometres (105 miles), which is the traditional “Way to Compostela”.

Late dinner (typically Spanish ) and accommodation.

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Santiago de Compostela – Vigo – Porto – Fatima

Please remember to have your Passport available. It might be requested at the Border. Departure after breakfast toward Vigo, then to the border of Tuy.

Enter Portugal by the famous farm country producing the Port Wine. We shall stop in its major city, Porto, for lunch and time at leisure. The second largest city of Portugal, it offers a fair climate throughout the year.

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Fatima

Breakfast. Meet the local guide who will accompany you for the day to visit the Shrines. View the movie regarding the apparitions to the three “pastoriños”, little shepherds. You will have the opportunity to attend, again, the evening Mass. Lunch not included in our arrangements.

Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.

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Fatima – Sintra – Lisbon

After breakfast at your hotel, depart toward Lisbon. On the way, visit the four villages pertaining to the life and the deeds of the three little shepherds. We will arrive in Sintra in the late morning, a beautiful seaside resort. Free time of lunch, not included, and some personal venturing in this city. Depart for the short drive to Lisbon.

Check in at your hotel. Dinner and accommodation.

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Lisbon

Breakfast. Meet your local guide for a morning tour visiting the city. Capital of Portugal, since its conquest from the Moors in the year 1147. Its oldest district is the Alfama. See the Castelo and the Mouraria. A visit of the Churches of Sao Vicente de For and Santa Engracia will be included in the tour. The tour will end at you hotel.

The afternoon is free for your personal venturing and shopping. Lisbon has many opportunities and its Antiques shops are renowned. Meet at the end of the day and depart for your Farewell Dinner, enriched with local food and the entertainment of a “Fado” singer, the famous Portuguese music. Transfer return to the hotel. Accommodation.

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Tour ends