From $2999 pp
*Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy, tour inclusions and available options may vary based on departure date.
12 days 11 nights includes 19 meals (10 B, 1 L, 8 D)
Travel with Collette Tours to three of the world’s most revered pilgrimage centers and experience the wonderful cultures and beauty of Portugal, France, and Spain. Explore the famous Basilica and the tombs of Francisco and Jacinto in Fatima. Visit the Batalha Monastery, an impressive Dominican convent. Breathe in the sights of the popular Medieval pilgrim destination, the Santiago de Compostela. Visit the ancient city of Porto and its stunning riverfront. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of Burgos, and the impressive 12th-century Monastery of Santa María Real de las Huelgas. Enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes. View Antonio Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece “La Sagrada Familia” in vibrant Barcelona.
Day 1 – Overnight Flight
Travel overnight to Portugal, one of Europe’s most hospitable countries. Here, you can enjoy a superb climate, historic sites and beautiful scenery.
Day 2 – Fatima, Portugal – Tour Begins
Your tour begins in Fatima, Portugal’s world-famous religious center.
Day 3 – Fatima – Aljustrel – Batalha – Fatima
You may celebrate Mass* before travelling to the original town of Fatima and the parish church where the children Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia were baptized. Continue on to Aljustrel, where the children lived, and view the site of the fifth apparition in Valinhos. Visit the Batalha Monastery, an impressive Dominican convent. Later, return to Fatima** to enjoy free time for personal worship and to explore the basilica and its grounds.
Day 4 – Fatima – Porto – Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Make your way to Porto and envelop yourself in the sights and sounds of the city’s riverfront. Join a local expert and discover Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Your tour takes you through the city’s historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage site) highlighting the cathedral of Porto. See the imposing 18th-century Clerigos Tower; the impressive Dona Maria Pia Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel; and the medieval quarter. Continue on to Santiago de Compostela; the pilgrim city where the tomb of the Apostle St. James was discovered. Breathe in the sights of one of the most popular pilgrim destinations since the Middle Ages.
Day 5 – Santiago de Compostela
Learn about the “Way of St. James” from a local expert and find out why hundreds of pilgrims walk here daily. Explore the world-famous cathedral, adorned with an ensemble of soaring towers, arches and windows. Discover Praça do Obradoiro, a monumental square of pure grandeur in granite and home to some of Europe’s finest historical buildings. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 6 – Santiago de Compostela – Burgos
Attend a morning Mass* before travelling east to Burgos, known as the cradle of the Castile region. Situated on the Pilgrim’s Road, Burgos stands on the banks of the Rio Arlanzon with the slender, elegant spires of its famous cathedral
rising into the sky. Mass* is available this evening.
Day 7 – Burgos
Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour of Burgos’ beautiful medieval town center. Spend time at the Cathedral of Burgos (UNESCO), a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture. The cathedral, the third largest church in Spain, offers such masterpieces as the filigree work in the spires of the towers; the starry dome; the choir; the sarcophagi and the golden staircase. Next, visit the 12th-century Monastery of Santa María Real de las Huelgas. Founded as a Royal Pantheon and a spiritual retreat for society ladies and royalty, the complex consists of the church, monastery and the enclosed premises of the Cistercian nuns. Mass* is available this evening.
Day 8 – Bu
rgos – Lourdes, France
Travel northeast through the Pyrenees Mountains to Lourdes. This is where the Virgin Mary appeared in the Grotto of Massabielle to the poor shepherd girl, Bernadette, for a total of 18 times between February 11 and July 16, 1858. Since then, this little market town has been a world-renowned pilgrimage site. Tonight you may wish to partake in a candlelight procession.**
Day 9 – Lourdes
After morning Mass,* enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes, visiting the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette: the “Boly Mill” (site of the birthplace of St. Bernadette), the “Cachot,” and the parish church housing the baptismal font of St. Bernadette. Later, enjoy some time at leisure to explore the town’s rich historical and natural heritage. Become immersed in the atmosphere that reigned during the apparitions and revel in the spirit of brotherhood that is still present today.
Day 10 – L
ourdes – Carcassone – Barcelona, Spain
Celebrate Mass* before your journey through southern France’s Pyrenees to historic Carcassone. Feel as though you’ve travelled back in time as you explore this well-preserved medieval city on your own. Later, cross back into Spain and travel to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most fascinating cities.
Day 11 – Barcelona
Celebrate Mass* at the crypt of La Sagrada Familia, followed by a visit to the elaborate, expansive basilica. Once completed, Gaudi’s masterpiece will have 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, four to the evangelists, one to Jesus and another to Mary. Later, get to know more of the city’s treasures, including views of Antonio Gaudi’s Mila House (UNESCO), the Columbus Monument and Parc de Montjuic. Spend this afternoon at leisure exploring the city further or choose an optional excursion to the quaint mountain village of Montserrat. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a dinner celebrating the end of a memorable tour.
Day 12 – Barce
lona – Tour Ends
Return home eager to share vivid memories of a spectacularly beautiful land with an old, rich and diverse cultural heritage.
*Mass is subject to availability and may not be offered in English.
**In Fatima & Lourdes, there is a candlelight procession every night at 9:00 p.m. and a procession for the sick every day at 3:00 p.m. (available from Easter through the end of October).