Marian Shrines Tour - To Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, Lourdes & Fatima
Our Lady, Gospa, has been coming to the Medjugorje village in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1981; pilgrims from all over the world started coming just couple years later, ever since over 30 million pilgrims have been praying in the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace!
On this tour, we will pray to Queen of Peace in Medjugorje, to Immaculate Conception in Lourdes and to Our Lady of Rosary in Fatima, pilgrimage Journey to three wells of spiritual healing, to places where Divine touched the earth!
Day 1 - DEPARTURE FOR MEDJUGORJE
Our journey starts with a flight to Croatia, city of Split. Meals served on board the plane.
Day 2 – ARRIVAL to MEDJUGORJE
Upon arrival to Split (alternatively Dubrovnik), you will meet with your guide & bus driver and head towards Medjugorje. Only a few minutes after crossing the border you will be in Medjugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina!
Day 3, 4 MEDJUGORJE PROGRAM
Our Medjugorje pilgrimage will be filled with the prayer, daily morning English speaking Holy Mass and in the evening at the time of the apparition of Our Lady International Mass and prayer of the Rosary. This will be a real spiritual retreat, and your life for a few days will go to the triangle of Podbrdo (Apparition Hill), St. James church and Krizevac (Cross Mountain).
With thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, you will celebrate daily mass at St. James church. Visiting Bijakovici village, all six visionaries come from it; you will go up the Apparition Hill, Podbrdo place where Our Lady first appeared. Holy Rosary is prayed during the evening program with Mass; Our Lady repeated many times how important is to come to mass where “we meet Jesus alive”. Messages of Prayer of the Rosary, Holy Mass, and Confession are the center of the evening program in St. James church. According to the three visionaries they still every day receive the apparition of Our Lady, pray with her and are blessed by Gospa daily! The apparition takes place at 5:40 pm or 6:40 daylight savings time, and Vicka, Ivan and Marija are the ones who experience this daily. Mirjana, Jakov, and Ivanka are the three visionaries who don’t have daily apparitions but once a year.
Among other activities you will have a chance to climb the “Cross Mountain”, Krizevac as Croats call it, visit the “Blue Cross”, another place of the apparition. Each pilgrim will have time for private devotions, shopping, or simply enjoying your “freedom of prayer” as Rosary in the hands of people you see on the streets or in the fields in Medjugorje aren't a strange thing!
Day 5 MEDJUGORJE – LOURDES
Today group will leave Medjugorje – early departure for Toulouse International Airport for a flight to France! Upon arrival to Toulouse (alternatively Pau) follows the transfer to Lourdes! Check into hotel, dinner and our first night in the Shrine of Immaculate Conception - Lourdes!
Day 6 LOURDES SHRINE
Tour of the Shrine, visiting the Grotto of Massabielle where the Blessed Virgin appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Tour will also include The Baths, The Basilica of Immaculate Conception with Crypt, which is underneath and was the first chapel built here as a place of worship, also Rosary Basilica, Church of St. Bernadette. Visit will then continue with the town Lourdes, the visit to all of the places associated with the St. Bernadette. The Bolly Mill in Rue Bernadette Soubirous where the saint was born on the January 7th, 1844 and it is the place where she spent the first years of her life. The group will also visit “Cachot” or jail where Bernadette lived with her family in great poverty at the time of the apparitions. Return to Sanctuary area for lunch on your own. Free afternoon until dinner and in the evening group can participate Candlelight Marian Procession starting each day at 9:00 pm. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 7 LOURDES – LOYOLA – AVILA
After breakfast in Lourdes, we will depart for LOYOLA. Holy Mass and visit the Sanctuary of Loyola, the birth place of the founder of the Jesuit order St. Ignatius of Loyola. After the visit and Holy Mass, we are on our way to Avila. In the evening after the dinner time permitting we can take a walk to the along the streets of Old Avila! Today we are in our hotel in Avila!
Day 8 AVILA – FATIMA
This morning we will spend in Avila, guided tour of this gorgeous town surrounded with high walls! We will walk the narrow cobblestone streets of the city as we trace the life of St. Teresa of Avila. We will see the garden where she played as a child, and visit the museum dedicated to her life. The museum also contains relics of St. Teresa and her spiritual advisor St. John of the Cross. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Convent of the Incarnation where St. Teresa first took her orders and would remain based for more than thirty years; its museum has an interesting drawing of the crucifixion by St. John of the Cross, and a reconstruction of the cell used by the saint when she was prioress there. After this morning visit, we will continue towards Fatima in Portugal! Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Fatima.
Day 9 FATIMA ALJUSTREL VALINHOS
Visit of places connected with the apparition in Fatima, tiny village Aljustrel, home of visionaries, pasturage at Valinhos where Our Lady also appeared and to the Cova da Iria, the actual place of the apparition where Our Lady of Fatima gave a message to the world through Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia. Holy Mass, providing priest is with the group, will be in one of the chapels in the Shrine. In the evening participating in the prayer service (optional). Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 10 – FATIMA
Today we are with thousands of pilgrims from all over the World together in prayer to Our Lady Of Fatima! A day filled with the devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary, Holy Mass, candlelight procession....free day in Fatima we will be also an opportunity for a shopping, additional visits to New and Old Basilica or Museum. Dinner and last night in Fatima!
Day 11 – FATIMA – LISBON
We are leaving Our Lady of Fatima today, breakfast, load our luggage and leave for Lisbon! On the way to Lisbon short stop for a visit to Saint Nicholas church in Santarem hosting the Eucharistic Miracle Relic from the 13th century! In Lisbon we will have a couple a hours tour visiting the Church of St. Anthony and next door Cathedral! Story on St. Anthony will be the last one we will enjoy in Portugal before the farewell dinner!
Day 12 – LISBON – USA
Early morning breakfast and transfer to airport for flight back home – transfer with the guide as assistant at the airport – wish you safe and sound journey home.
- Flights from Philadelphia, International Airport
- Airport taxes - SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY AIRLINE UNTIL TICKETS ARE ISSUED
- 3 nights in Medjugorje, 4* first class hotel or very fine 3* hotel
- 2 nights in Lourdes, 4* first class hotel
- 1 night in Avila, 4* first class hotel
- 3 nights in Fatima, 4* first class hotel
- 1 night in Lisbon, 4* first class hotel
- Breakfast and dinner daily, drink per person included
- High-class air-conditioned tourist coach
- Escort Fatima – Lourdes + Medjugorje
- Local English speaking guides Fatima, Avila, Loyola, Lourdes, Medjugorje
- Entrance fees according to the itinerary, Avila Monastery, Loyola St. Ignatius Museum
- Daily Mass in Fatima, Avila, Loyola, Lourdes
- Lunches daily
- Tips for guides, escort and drivers
- Porterage of luggage, in & out hotels
- Travel Insurance strongly recommended
- Personal items, visa costs....
RATES & DATES:
August 17 - 28, 2017 (rate is based on 25 people in the group):
Land and air from New York JFK, Newark EWR...................US$ 3890.00
Land and air from Los Angeles, Houston, Minneapolis.......US$ 3990.00
Single room supplement...........................................................US$ 420.00
April 3 - 14, 2018 (rate is based on 25 people in the group):
Land and air from New York JFK, Newark EWR....................US$ 3590.00
Land and air from Atlanta, Boston............................................US$ 3590.00
Single room supplement.............................................................US$ 420.00
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