12-Day Pilgrimage from Lourdes to Fatima, including SSPX festivities for 100 years of Fatima
August 10-21, 2017
Accompanied by Fr. David Thomas and Fr. Richard Boyle, SSPX

Day 1. Thursday, August 10: Fly

Depart today on your flight to Toulouse, France.

 

Day 2. Friday, August 11: Toulouse – Lourdes

Upon arrival in Toulouse, transfer to Lourdes for a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)

 

Day 3. Saturday, August 12: Lourdes

This morning is free for private devotions. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the main sites related to St. Bernadette and the apparitions. Afterwards, you may want to participate in the procession of the sick and the rosary procession. (BB, D)

 

Day 4. Sunday, August 13: Lourdes – Roncesvalles – Pamplona

This morning, depart from Lourdes toward Roncesvalles, on the Spanish side of a pass through the Pyrenees, and a major stop on the road to Santiago de Compostela. This town was the site of a major battle in 778 in which the Basques of Navarra slew the rear guard of Charlemagne’s army as it marched homeward, described in the 12th-century French epic poem, The Song of Roland. Visit the 13th-century Colegiata Real, which has a silver-plated Virgin and Child below a high canopy, and houses the tomb of Sancho VII the Strong, hero of the battle of las Navas de Tolosa. Continue to Pamplona to visit the Gothic Cathedral and its cloister, and the Church of San Saturnino, where the saint is said to have baptized more than 40,000 pagan townspeople. (BB, D)

 

Day 5. Monday, August 14: Pamplona – San Millan de la Cogolla – Santo Domingo de la Calzada – Burgos

This morning, travel to San Millan de la Cogolla, which grew up around two monasteries. On a hillside above the village is the Monastery of San Millan de Suso, built in the 10th century on the site of a community founded by St. Emilian, a hermit shepherd, in 537. The Monastery of San Millan de Yuso is below it, in the Cardenas Valley. It was built between the 16th and 18th centuries on the site of an earlier monastery. Next, visit the town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, which is named after this 11th-century saint, called St. Dominic of the Road, who built bridges and roads (calzadas) to help the pilgrims. Visit the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, which houses the tomb of St. Dominic. Miracles performed by the saint are recorded in carvings on his tomb. Continue to Burgos for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 6. Tuesday, August 15: Burgos – Leon

This morning visit Burgos’ majestic Cathedral, the third-largest church in Spain, housing the tomb of El Cid and his wife. Continue to Leon, the capital of the province and of the old kingdom of Leon. There, visit its magnificent Cathedral that houses the remains of Leon’s patron saint, St. Froilan. Among the many impressive features of Leon’s Cathedral are its great doors, its rose window, its choir (one of the oldest in the country), and its magnificent glass work. Continue to the Basilica de San Isidoro, built in honor of St. Isidore of Seville, whose relics are venerated here; and the Royal Pantheon, the resting place of more than 20 Castilian kings. (BB, D)

 

Day 7. Wednesday, August 16: Leon – Astorga – Ponferrada – O’Cebreiro – Santiago de Compostela

On your way to Santiago de Compostela, stop at Astorga to visit its Cathedral and museum displaying many fine exhibits. Continue to Ponferrada to visit the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Encina, which houses a statue of Our Lady found by the Templars in the heart of a holm oak tree. Continue to O’Cebreiro to visit the Church of Santa Maria la Real, enshrining the 14th-century Eucharistic Miracle in which a priest who no longer believed in the Real Presence consecrated the sacred species, which became real Flesh and Blood. Continue to Santiago de Compostela for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 8. Thursday, August 17: Santiago de Compostela

Today enjoy a full-day excursion of the city, including a guided visit to the third most important Catholic pilgrimage site of the middle ages: the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the relics of St. James the Apostle are venerated. Also visit the Convent of San Martino Pinario and its Museum of Religious Art. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, with dinner on your own. (BB)

 

Day 9. Friday, August 18: Santiago de Compostela – Pontevedra – Tui – Coimbra – Fatima

This morning, travel to Pontevedra for a visit to the Dorothean Sisters Convent, where Our Lady appeared to Sr. Lucy requesting the devotion of the Five First Saturdays. Continue to Tui to visit the convent where Sr. Lucy was commanded to ask the Pope for the consecration of Russia. Afterwards, visit Coimbra, the Carmelite Convent where Sr. Lucy died. Continue to Fatima for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 10. Saturday, August 19: Fatima

All day today, participate in the international festivities of the Society of St. Pius X, visiting sites in Fatima, Aljustrel and Valinhos. (BB, D)

 

Day 11. Sunday, August 20: Fatima

Continue participating in the SSPX festivities. Late in the afternoon, enjoy some free time before a farewell dinner to celebrate the end of your pilgrimage. (BB, FD)

 

Day 12. Monday,  August 21: Fly

Early this morning, transfer to Lisbon airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB)

 

(BB) Buffet breakfast; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome dinner; (FD) Farewell dinner

 

* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.

 

 

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