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Days of Devotion

12 Days from $2,275 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Active

A place of pilgrimage, piety and miracles – over century since the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three young shepherds at the holy sanctuary of Fátima on this 12-day tailored trip through Spain and Portugal. Your pilgrimage will take you to Barcelona, the French medieval walled city of Carcassonne and Grotto in Lourdes. Follow the 9th century Way of St. James through Burgos and Santiago de Compostela – your journey culminating in Lisbon, a city of seven hills fearlessly facing the Atlantic.

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A place of pilgrimage, piety and miracles – over century since the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three young shepherds at the holy sanctuary of Fátima on this 12-day tailored trip through Spain and Portugal. Your pilgrimage will take you to Barcelona, the French medieval walled city of Carcassonne and Grotto in Lourdes. Follow the 9th century Way of St. James through Burgos and Santiago de Compostela – your journey culminating in Lisbon, a city of seven hills fearlessly facing the Atlantic.

  1. Welcome to Barcelona. After meeting with your Travel Director, you might like to explore Spain's most cosmopolitan city. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an included dinner at the hotel.
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    hotel:FrontAir Congress
  2. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including the Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya and spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Visit inside Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. Enjoy free time to explore the city or join an Optional Experience to Montserrat.
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  3. This morning leave the bustling city of Barcelona and travel to the border with France. In the walled city of Carcassonne, our orientation will highlight the main attractions. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the finest medieval and preserved cities in France. See the well-preserved ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges dating from the Middle Ages. Relax at your hotel this evening.
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    hotel:Campanile La Cité
  4. Travel today to one of the world's most famous places of pilgrimage - Lourdes. Every year, millions visit the Grotto of Massabielle where, in 1858, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a local woman. Pilgrims can drink the water flowing from a spring in the grotto. Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession for a memorable experience.
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    hotel:Quality Christina
  5. Today's guided walking tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, the shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes, the birthplace of Bernadette and her home. The afternoon is free to explore this little market town that became a world-renowned pilgrimage site during the 19th century. There is the chance to partake in the 11pm mass with other international pilgrims.
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  6. Cross back into Spain this morning and travel through the Basque region to Burgos. Visit this impressive city and its magnificent French Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary, where you will find the tomb of El Cid (Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar), the 11th century military commander. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.
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    hotel:Silken Gran Teatro
  7. Your journey today will follow part of the route taken by pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, also known by the English name the ‘Way of St. James'. The aim of pilgrims is to walk to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great, in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, north-western part of Spain. Many embark on this route as a spiritual journey. The walk between these two points normally takes pilgrims between two to three weeks to walk. On arrival in the city, a short orientation will show you the main sights before you check into your hotel.
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    hotel:Eurostars San Lázaro
  8. After a relaxed start, we explore the city with a Local Specialist. Visit St James' Cathedral which is said to house the Apostle James' remains beneath the high altar. In the afternoon, you have free time or an opportunity to join an Optional Experience to Rias Baixas. In the evening we attend the Pilgrims Mass.
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  9. Leave Spain this morning and travel into Portugal. A scenic drive through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains bring you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles made famous by the Virgin Mary's appearance to three shepherd children – Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia – on 13th May 1917. After a brief orientation, check into your hotel. Experience Mass at the shrine of Fatima. You will see the tombs of the visionaries, and the Chapel of the Apparitions.
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    hotel:Fatima
  10. Why not join us for an Optional Experience to the Monastery of Batalha and Nazare. This afternoon there is time to explore on your own.
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  11. Today travel to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. This great seafaring city is situated near where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter of the city before taking in views of the Belém Tower on an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Enjoy time at leisure or perhaps join an Optional Experience to explore the famous golden triangle and visit the beautiful baroque palace of Queluz. Tonight, enjoy a final dinner with your travel companion at your hotel.
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    hotel:Olaias Park
  12. Say goodbye to your companions after a memorable pilgrimage. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $440 p.p.

Airport transfers: Transfers on arrival to Barcelona Airport will operate at 9:30 am, 12 noon and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Lisbon Airport at 7 am and 9:30 am.

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  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

11 Nights accommodations, 11 Buffet breakfasts, 5 Three-course dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the Ramblas and views from Montjuïc. Visit inside Gaudi's Sagrada Familia
  • Orientation of this UNESCO World Heritage city
  • With Local Specialist Visit the Grotto, join the nightly candlelight procession and celebrate mass
  • Visit the magnificent French Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist to the main sites including the Cathedral. Attend Mass
  • Visit the celebrated Shrine and experience Mass there
  • View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Spain, France, and Portugal must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Spain, France, or Portugal.

  • Spain offers a delicious selection of cured hams, chorizo sausage, seafood, cheeses, and more.  Try traditional dishes such as tortilla española (Spanish omelet), paella, and desserts such as flan, churros, and Catalan cream. For a quick lunch at a reasonable price, stop by a café or food cart for a bocadillo, a traditional Spanish sandwich made with baguette-style bread, ham and cheese.  In the evening, try a selection of tapas with a glass of the local wine.

    The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    With Portugal’s long coastline, seafood is featured prominently on their menus. Popular dishes include sopa de mariscos (a shellfish soup) and bacalhau (dried codfish), and Portuguese grilled chicken prepared with chili, garlic and olive oil. For dessert, don’t miss out on the famous pastéis de nata custard pastry or arroz dolce (rice pudding) and a glass of port wine.

  • The currency in Spain, France, and Portugal is the Euro. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Spain, France, and. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home, so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase.  This will also give you many options for how to dress in varying climates. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. Hence, it’s a good idea to bring a lightweight scarf that can be worn at each site throughout your trip and at night when temperatures cool off. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Spain and Portugal is much less common than in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appreciated, although not required, to leave a few extra euros for your server, and up to 10 percent for particularly good service.  Leave your tip on the table rather than adding it to your credit card slip to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. Tipping in addition to this service charge is never expected, but always appreciated. If you’d like to leave something extra, keep in mind that even in the fanciest restaurants, people rarely tip more than 5-10%. A good rule of thumb is to leave an extra €1 for every €20 spent. Rather than adding gratuity to your credit card slip, leave coins in the tray where the check was presented to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.

     

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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