A Spiritual Journey to Spain, France & Portugal- Pilgrimage


A Spiritual Journey to Spain, France & Portugal- Pilgrimage

14 days Sep 11 – Sep 24, 2024


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Program Overview

Day 1: Departure from Las Vegas or other USA major airport

Day 2: Arrival & Tour of Sagrada Familia
Welcome to the lively capital of Catalonia – Barcelona! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.

Shortly after enjoy a guided walking tour to the longest ever construction process that is yet to be finished, Sagrada Familia, is a symbol of Barcelona and is already unmatchable in architectural detail. Spanish are hopeful of honoring the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death with the completion of the building.

Day 3: Tour of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter
After breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a wonderful half-day walking tour around the most outstanding attractions of Barcelona.

Barcelona obtains one of the biggest and architecturally diverse Medieval districts in Europe. During the city tour you get to see Barcelona’s Old Town called “Casc Antic” and its medieval landmarks.

You walk through the maze of old narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter that was formed around the Roman forum. Then you see the Barcelona Cathedral both from the outside and the inside, pass the former Jewish District “Call”, the Sant Jaume Square, see the Generalitat Palace and City Hall from the outside, pass the Square of the King and the former Royal Palace.

You then proceed to the Ribera shore district where you see the Santa Maria del Mar church – the former residence of sailors, traders and craftsmen who lived and worked there in the Middle Ages.

The tour finishes on the most vivid street in Barcelona La Rambla, where you can take a rest at one of the open-air terraces.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 4: Private Transfer to Lourdes
Following breakfast, you check out and depart from Barcelona with your private driver to Lourdes.

Arrival to Lourdes
Welcome to Lourdes – a unique city in France! Upon arrival, you have a private transfer to the hotel for the check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Possibility to participate in the night procession to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary.  

Day 5: Pilgrimage Lourdes City Tour
Today you have a private guided walking tour to explore the city of Lourdes and learn more about the Marian apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the mid 19th century.

Follow in the footsteps of the peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous. In the sanctuary, hear of the story of the 3 Basilicas from your guide.

Then make your way to the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette before finally reaching the baths. Here is the sacred location which attracts pilgrims from all over the world in search of a cure for various ailments and illnesses.  

Go to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes on the banks of the Gave de Pau River and see the miracle water taps around the grotto.

Listen to the story of the 18 apparitions of the Immaculate Conception of 1858 before going to the Underground Basilica, built to accommodate up to 22,000 pilgrims. 

Experience the unique atmosphere that makes Lourdes so special.

Day 6: Departure to Burgos via San Sebastian
After breakfast and check-out you depart from the city.

Stop in the beautiful city of San Sebastian, considered the pearl of the Basque country and the Cantabrian Sea. Enjoy a brief guided city tour of San Sebastian.

During the tour, you see the Kursaal Palace area and the historical Neo-Gothic style Cathedral as well, dating back to the 19th century. You also visit one of the most-visited tourist sites – Santa Maria del Coro’s Basilica, an 18th-century baroque church built on an ancient Roman temple site. You then proceed to a local market and shopping area, wander around the charming Old Town, the picturesque port, and the bay of La Concha.

After the tour, you continue to Burgos.

Arrival to Burgos
Welcome to Burgos! Upon arrival, you have a private transfer to the hotel for the check-in. 

Rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Day 7: Burgos Sightseeing Tour
Today after breakfast enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Burgos – the city of El Cid, and many Spanish kings who were buried in this spectacular Cathedral. 

Stroll through the city center and take in the beauty of Burgos Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today’s tour includes a visit to the amazing Cathedral of Saint Mary.

Step inside the enormous Gothic structure to admire the architecture of its chapels. See the tombs of El Cid and his wife, both buried in the cathedral in 1919.

Day 8: Travel to Santiago de Compostela via Leon
After breakfast and check-out you depart from Burgos to Santiago de Compostela.

Along the way we stop in Leon. Leon is one of the most historic regions of Old Castile. 

Very few Celtic remains have been found here but there is evidence of Roman occupation. Other peoples have settled here including the Moors but it was the Knights Templar who built castles and fortifications here in the Middle Ages.

One of Leon’s glories is, without doubt, the Cathedral, one of the finest in Europe. Construction started in the 13th century and continued for a period of 200 years before it was completed. Among its unusual features are its towers and steeples where no attempt was made to make them match. 

Also known as the Convento de San Marcos, is the former house of the Knights of Santiago. This magnificent building was originally a Hostal built to shelter the pilgrims on the Santiago. In the 15th century it was converted into a monastery, in the 17th century it was a prison and during the Spanish Civil War, it served as an army barracks.

The Collegiate Church of San Isidoro. San Isidro houses an impressive collection of early manuscripts. It is an early example of Romanesque construction. This is a truly romantic church in San Isidoro Plaza with a beautiful façade and an 11th-century baptism fountain. It has an interesting museum and pantheon of St. Isidoro with sculptures, works of art, medieval textiles, and the magnificent Royal Pantheon. If you are interested in painted murals then this is the place to be. Today it is a fantastic hotel whose interior has the appearance of a museum.

Arrival to Santiago de Compostela
Upon arrival, you are transferred to the hotel for check-in and have the evening at leisure.

Day 9: Santiago de Compostela Sightseeing
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places of Santiago de Compostela.

During the tour you see its main attractions, including the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela. The capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region is known as the culmination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, and the alleged burial site of the Biblical apostle St. James.

After the tour you return to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Day 10: Departure to Fatima via Oporto & Coimbra
Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for the transfer.

Along the way you have a brief stop and a guided tour of Porto’s main landmarks. Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto encompasses one of the oldest European town centers which is in fact registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

During the tour you also admire the most iconic city monuments, including the railway station of Sao Bento, the Porto Cathedral and San Francisco Church.

Next stop – Coimbra. Enjoy a brief guided walking tour to explore Coimbra highlights.

Coimbra, located in the heart of Portugal, was the medieval capital for more than 100 years and is the oldest university city in Portugal. Monumental, inspiring and surprisingly charming, the city faces the Mondego River, crowned by the University and its stunning baroque library.

After the tour you continue to Fatima.

Arrival to Fatima
Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 11: Guided Tour of Fatima
In the morning you meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and embark on a guided city tour of the sites connected to the Apparitions of Fátima.

You start the tour at the Sanctuary of Fátima where you visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary designed by the Dutch architect Gerard van Krieken.

Continue to the small village of Aljustrel to learn about the Apparitions of 1917 and the seers families. The other sights you visit today are Mother Church and Olive oil museum.

After the tour you return to your Fatima hotel.

Day 12: Departure to Lisbon via Batalha & Sintra
Following breakfast you check out and depart from Fatima to Lisbon.

Along the way enjoy brief stops.

First stop – nearby Batalha. Visit Batalha Monastery and marvel at the largest Gothic monument in Portugal. Hear the history of the building and learn the legend of Henry the Navigator who helped put the nation on the map.

Continue to Alcobaça Monastery, founded by the first Portuguese king, Afonso Henriques, in 1153. Hear the tragic story of King Pedro I and his beloved Inês de Castro, murdered on the orders of his father.

Then you have a brief visit to UNESCO-listed Cultural Landscape of Sintra, that is famous for its fairy-tale castles and beautiful scenery. 

Continue to Lisbon.

Arrival to Lisbon
Upon arrival to Lisbon, you have a transfer to your hotel for the check-in.

Day 13: Guided Tour of Lisbon with Belem Quarter
Today after breakfast we invite you on a sightseeing trip around the Portuguese capital city, Lisbon.

Uncover the history and beauty of this amazing city, visiting it’s most famous attractions with a private expert guide.

During the tour you take a funicular up to the Bairro Alto and admire the view of the Mouraria district and the Sao Jorge Castle, the charming neighborhood of Chiado abundant in old cafés, shops and theaters. 

We also visit the Belem Quarter, where you admire the Jerónimos Monastery (from the outside). You also make photo stops at the ancient Belem Tower and Monument to the Discoverers.

Day 14: Departure Home
In the morning following breakfast you check out from your hotel and depart from Lisbon. 

Private transfer to the airport is included.

Useful information:

  • International flights
  • accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels.
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Dinners
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary.
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides.
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, local city taxes and all personal expenses.

Please note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

3. Сity taxes are not included in the price. This is a small tax (1-5 EUR per person per night) collected by many cities. You will need to pay it at the hotel on checkout.

4. As a standard, our travel packages include one checked-in bag, one carry-on, and one handbag per person. Please let us know if you require additional luggage beyond our standard allowance. Please note that there may be an additional charge for extra luggage. The charge will depend on the amount and size of the luggage you wish to bring.