Portugal & Spain

Day 1
Depart Dallas
DallasToBarcelona
Depart Dallas Airport for your overnight flight to Barcelona. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

 

Day 2
Arrive in Barcelona

Upon arrival in Barcelona, you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or Driver. You will be escorted to the vehicle which will then take you to your Hotel. Once you unpack, you will have the remainder of the day to spend at your own leisure. You will celebrate a private Mass at the Cathedral of Barcelona. Return to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3
Barcelona

After breakfast we will enjoy a tour of Barcelona including: panoramic views of the Harbor area, Montjuic, Plaza de España, and Plaza de Catalunya. Afterwards, continue on a guided walk through the Gothic Quarter to visit the cathedral and to view Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, a beautiful, unfinished Roman Catholic basilica of impressive proportions. We will celebrate Mass at the Basilica following the tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the colorful markets of Las Ramblas. We will have dinner at the flamenco show, and return to the Hotel for overnight in Barcelona.

 

Day 4
Barcelona – Montserrat – Freixenet or Codorniu – Barcelona

Benedictine Monastery

Benedictine Monastery

After breakfast we make our way to Montserrat, home to the dramatically set Benedictine monastery. On a rugged mountainside we will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. Since the 12th-century, pilgrims have been drawn to the mountain to venerate the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna. According to Catholic tradition, the statue of the Black Virgin of Montserrat was carved by St. Luke around 50 AD and brought to Spain. It was later hidden from the Moors in a cave, where it was rediscovered by shepherds in 880 AD. They saw a bright light and heard heavenly music that eventually led them to the grotto and the statue. The Bishop of Manresa, present at the discovery, suggested that it be moved to Manresa, but the small statue was discovered to be so heavy it could not be lifted. Thus the Virgin had indicated her will to stay on Montserrat to be venerated there. In the 11th century, the abbot-bishop Oliba founded a monastery on the mountain of Montserrat next to one of the chapels, where the Benedictine Abbey is still preserved. We will make our way to Freixenet or Codorniu for Lunch, and then take a tour of the Winery after. Return to Barcelona where you will have free time to have dinner on your own. Overnight at your Hotel.

 

Day 5
Barcelona – Lisbon

Following breakfast, we will make our way to Barcelona Airport for our flight to Lisbon. Upon arrival, we will make our way to our Hotel, and Check-In. You will have some free time to relax before dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6
Lisbon

After breakfast, we will visit Lisbon and Mass at Saint Anthony’s. The balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7
Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima

25 April Bridge

25 April Bridge

Following breakfast, you will be escorted to the vehicle which will then take you on a sightseeing tour of this beautiful Portuguese city. We will visit the Cathedral, St. Jerome’s Monastery, Saint Anthony’s Church (the patron saint of lost objects), Belem Quarter, the Belem Tower, 25 April Bridge, and Discoveries Monument. Our drive will also take us through the Basilica of the Star, Rossio Square, Commerce Square and Marquee of Pomba Square. There will be free time for lunch on your own, and then depart for Santarem, one of the oldest cities in the world. We will walk through its narrow streets to the Church of St. Stephen, containing the oldest recorded Eucharistic miracle. This miracle has been on continuous display since 1269 A.D. We will celebrate Mass at this holy site. We then continue on to Fatima, where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to three simple shepherd children and exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. We arrive in time for dinner and retire for a restful evening.

 

Day 8
Fatima

After breakfast, we begin our day celebrating Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. After Mass we begin our tour of Fatima where we will experience the beauty of this spiritual town. We will see the Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta’s graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison. Experience Christ’s love as you walk and follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous well. Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady. Time for private devotions before dinner and a restful night’s sleep.

 

Day 9
Fatima – Porto – Santiago de Compostela

Santiago De Compostela

Santiago De Compostela

After a filling breakfast we depart north to Santiago de Compostela. On the way, we will stop in Porto and take a short tour of the city. It is the second largest city in Portugal, next to Lisbon. Along with the city tour, we will stop at the Porto Cathedral located in the center of the city, and is one of the oldest monuments and is one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Portugal. Continue on to a boat ride in the Douro River. We will make our way to Porto Wine Cellar where we will have lunch, and take a short tour. Continue on to Santiago de Compostela. Upon arrival, you will have free time to spend at your own leisure. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 10
Santiago de Compostela

Walking the El Camino

Walking the El Camino

After breakfast we set out to join the walking pilgrims at the Monte del Gozo from which the spires of the Cathedral are first visible. We will walk the last couple of miles of El Camino arriving at the Cathedral, the destination we have been yearning to reach. We will attend the International Pilgrim Mass at the Cathedral of St. James, one of the finest examples of architecture in all of Europe. Tradition invites us to perform some rites. The most important and meaningful one is the hug to the Saint, go under the main altar and visit the crypt where the relics of St. James are preserved. In the afternoon we will visit to the city of Santiago to see: Obradoiro Square, Fonseca Palace, Gelmirez Palace, Franco Street, etc. Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

 

Day 11
Santiago de Compostela – Dallas
Following breakfast, we will make our way to the airport for our return flights home to Dallas.