Day 1 Friday, April 16
After-noon check-in at Boston airport for overnight on Air France flight to Lisbon via Paris.
Day 2 Saturday, April 17
On arrival, you will be met by your guide and take a coach to the 4 Hotel Styler in Fatima. Checkin
for 3 nights with dinner, breakfast and lunch. After check-in and breakfast, we will all attend the
International con-celebrated Mass at 11am. After lunch we take an afternoon tour to Santarem and
visit the Church of St Stephen site of a Eucharistic Miracle over 700 years ago.
Day 3 Sunday, April 18
After breakfast we will have morning Mass in the Capelinha, the Apparition site at Cova da Iria. On
our orientation tour of the Sanctuary we see the Rosary Basilica with the tombs of Francisco, Jacinta
and Lucia, the Berlin Wall, the Old Holmoak, Monument to the Sacred Heart, the Fountain, Basilica
of the Holy Trinity, and the Chapel of Adoration. Afternoon visit to the Museum of Light and Peace.
Dinner at hotel.
Day 4 Monday, April 19
Morning walk the Hungarian Way of the Cross, through the Olive and Oak trees, to Valinhos (where
Our Lady appeared on 19th August 1917) to the Calvary. Visit Loca do Anjo where the Angel of
Peace appeared to the Children. Continue to Aljustrel and visit the homes of the Little Shepherds and
see the Well in Lucias garden where they also had a vision. Return to hotel for lunch. This afternoon
is free in Fatima to explore the town. After dinner we join the many pilgrims for the Rosary in the
Basilica at 9pm.
Day 5 Tuesday, April 20
This morning we again join the many pilgrims for the Rosary in the Capelinha. After an early
lunch we will transfer to Lisbon airport to take our flight to Lourdes, France, arriving at 6pm. On
arrival, you will be met by your guide and take a coach to the 4 Hotel Astrid in Lourdes. Check-in
for 4 nights with dinner, breakfast and lunch. Lourdes where Our Blessed Lady appeared to little
Bernadette Soubirous 18 times in 1858. After check in and dinner, time permitting, your guide will
give an orientation talk at the Sanctuary and take you to visit the Grotto of Massabielle.
Day 6 Wednesday, April 21
This morning after breakfast we will depart as a group and make our way to celebrate our first Mass
of the pilgrimage. Over the next few days all our intentions, the intentions we carry from friends and
family will be offered up at each Mass. Following Mass, we will make our way to the sanctuary area
where we will have a detailed orientation tour and Our guide will explain where and why the Rosary
Basilica was built and introduce us to the confessional chapel and the baths area. We will return to the
hotel for Lunch which is usually served at 12 noon. After lunch we generally meet with our guide at
our hotel to embark on the walking tour which follows in the footsteps of St Bernadette. We begin at
the cemetery where her parents are buried and walk back in time to visit the Boly Mill, the birthplace
of St. Bernadette and the Cachot an abandoned prison where she and her impoverish family lived.
During the walking tour we will hopefully get the sense of how the apparitions had such an impact
on the family and this small village of Lourdes. After our walk we can take some free time to go back
to the sanctuary area for some time of personal prayer before attending the blessing of the sick. After
dinner we will take part in the evening programme as per the Sanctuary schedule which is optional
for those who wish to attend the Rosary and the candlelight procession, beginning at 9pm.
Blessed Sacrament Procession
Each day at 5pm we will have an opportunity as pilgrims to walk with the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament
reminds us all that Jesus is truly walking among us and that Our Lady is always drawing us back to her Son. The
Procession starts in the Prairie of the Sanctuary and finishes in the Basilica of Saint Pius X in time for Adoration
and Blessing of all Pilgrims. This is an optional part of the programme, and will generally not be accompanied by the
Day 7 Thursday, April 22
After a restful nights sleep, we leave the hotel as a group and visit the baths. After lunch there we
travel to Bartres. Bernadette held a special place for Bartres in her heart as it was where she stayed and
studied the Catechism to prepare to receive her first Holy Communion. As a group we will celebrate
Holy Mass in the chapel where Bernadette prayed. We shall return to our hotel for dinner at 7pm.
After dinner this evening we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening programme as per
the Sanctuary schedule.
The baths are a major highlight in Lourdes. Dont worry about feeling nervous. This is a very relaxing and stressfree
time. Its a time to bring our intentions and needs to Our Lady and her Son. The baths are, for many, a place of
physical and spiritual healing and a conversion of heart. (The baths may be very busy depending on the day or time
and we may need to return on an alternative day. Our guide will advise the group of this.)
Day 8 Friday, April 23
We will begin today at the most sacred site at the sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, the grotto where
Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858. During our time at the Grotto we can walk in and
around the Grotto area placing our hands on the grotto walls where the original spring is still visible.
There is also an intentions box situated within the Grotto area where we can leave our intentions.
Attend Mass in the Lower Dolores. After lunch we will meet up as a group at St. Josephs Gate with
our guide and participate in the High or Low stations of the cross. The high stations are life size
figures which re-enact the passion of Christ. They are located at the top of the Rosary basilica hill and
will take approximately 1.5hr to complete. The low stations are located across from the baths area and
have been designed to facilitate anybody who may have any walking difficulties. Both the high and
low stations are an opportunity to experience Christs unconditional love for us all as we pray together
on the passion through Our Ladys eyes. After dinner we again have an opportunity to take part in the
evening programme as per the Sanctuary schedule.
It was here while gathering wood that Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858. During the first two
apparitions, little Bernadette prayed the Rosary with Our Lady and left without any exchange of words. During one
of Our Ladys visits to Bernadette, She announced herself saying I am the Immaculate Conception. Throughout
the following apparitions, Our Lady emphasised Gods love for us, penance and the necessity of performing acts of
penance for sinners.
Day 9 Saturday, April 24
After breakfast we gather in the hotel lobby to take our Coach transfer to Toulouse for our connecting
flight to Boston via Paris.