Day 1 Monday, April 27
3pm check-in at Boston airport for overnight TAP Airlines flight to Lisbon onward
to Toulouse, departing at 6.20pm. Check luggage through to Toulouse.
Day 2 Tuesday, April 28
Arrive in Lisbon and connect with your onward TAP flight to Toulouse arriving at
11am. On arrival, you will be met by your guide and take a coach to the 4 Hotel
Astrid in Lourdes. Check-in for 3 nights with dinner, breakfast and lunch. Lourdes
where Our Blessed Lady appeared to little Bernadette Soubirous 18 times in 1858.
In the evening your guide will give an orientation talk at the Sanctuary and take you
to visit the Grotto of Massabielle.
Day 3 Wednesday, April 29
After breakfast we leave the hotel for morning Mass in the lower Dolors . After Mass
we will have an orientation tour of the Sanctuary area. Drink from the spring near the
Grotto. The original spring that Bernadette located is still visible, protected by a glass
cover and illuminated by a light. Group photo. After Lunch we take a walking tour to
the Boly Mill, where Bernadette was born, and to the Cachot, an abandoned prison
where Bernadettes family lived. Dinner in your hotel. After Dinner participate in the
evening torchlight procession.
As early as February 18th 1858, the day of the third Apparition, one of the two people
accompanying Bernadette had carried a candle. After this, Bernadette herself always
came with a candle. The iconic Lourdes Torchlight Procession, known throughout the
world, was introduced in Lourdes in 1863 by Father Marie-Antoine, a Capuchin also
known as the Saint of Toulouse. The Marian Procession is the most popular celebration
During the Procession, and depending on the day, the pilgrims recite the Joyful,
Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. At the beginning of each
decade, a few words in several languages give direction to the prayer so that it does
not become a monotonous repetition. The Ave Maria and other hymns can be heard
in many languages. In the serenity of the evening, each pilgrim carries his or her
own personal intentions as the prayer gathers the assembly of all nations, people and
languages with the Virgin Mary, like the disciples in the Cenacle after the Ascension of
Christ. The procession always takes place regardless of the weather.
Day 4 Thursday, April 30
Morning free to visit to the Baths of Lourdes, a focal point of the sanctuary, filled
with thehealing spring water of Lourdes. Immerse yourself in the baths where
hundreds of miraculous healings have taken place. Go and drink at the spring and
wash yourself there! these words of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette during one of the
Apparitions inspired the creation of the Baths near the Grotto in which the pilgrims
are immersed. Lunch at the Hotel. Afternoon optional visit to Bartres for Mass. After
Dinner participate in the evening torchlight procession.
Day 5 Friday, May 1
After breakfast we gather in the hotel lobby and leave for morning English Mass at
the Grotto. Following Mass your guide will take you to the Low Stations of the Cross
and you will have some free time for reflection and prayer. Back to the hotel for
lunch. After lunch we take our Coach transfer to Toulouse for our connecting flights
to Lisbon. On arrival in Lisbon we meet the Marian Pilgrimages guide and transfer
to Fatima for 4 nights in hotel, with lunch, dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 6 Saturday, May 2
Morning Mass in the Capelinha 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 7 Sunday, May 3
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 8 Monday, May 4
This morning we again join the many pilgrims for the Rosary in the Capelinha
followed by 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. Return to hotel for final dinner.
Day 9 Tuesday, May 5
Coach transfer to Lisbon airport for return flights to Boston.