Daily Itinerary for the 26 June 2023
Day 1 – Monday June 26th
Evening check-in at Chicago airport for overnight TAP Airlines flight to Lisbon,
departing at 10pm.
Day 2 – Tuesday June 27th
On arrival in Lisbon and after greeting your guide we will transfer to city center and
visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, home to a precious relic of St. Brigid which
has been carefully preserved for centuries and afterwards continue to the hotel to
check in for one night. After relaxing and some time to yourself we will have dinner in
the hotel and afterwards we will have an evening tour of this beautiful city.
Day 3 – Wednesday June 28th
After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for your flight from Lisbon to Toulouse.
On arrival, you will be met by your guide and take a coach to the 4 Grand Hotel
Moderne. Check-in for 3 nights with dinner, breakfast and lunch. After checking and
lunch 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 Bernadette’s family lived. Dinner in your hotel. After Dinner participate
in the evening torchlight procession.
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.
As early as 18th February 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 in Lourdes.
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 June 29th
Morning free to visit to the Baths of Lourdes, a focal point of the sanctuary, filled
with the”healing” spring water of Lourdes. Immerse yourself in the baths where
hundreds of miraculous healing’s 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 June 30th
After Mass we will 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 Christ’s unconditional love for us all as we pray together
on the passion through Our Lady’s eyes. Return to the hotel for Lunch at 12 noon.
Afternoon free. After dinner we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening
programme as per the Sanctuary schedule.
Day 6 – Saturday July 1st
Attend morning Mass in the Sanctuary. 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 &
Day 7 – Sunday July 2nd
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 8 – Monday July 3rd
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 Lucia’s 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
Day 9 – Tuesday July 4th
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 10 – Wednesday July 5th
Coach transfer to Lisbon airport for return flights to Chicago.