Day 1. Monday, August 14: Transatlantic flight
Depart today on your flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 2. Tuesday, August 15: Lisbon
Upon arrival into Lisbon, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city. Visit San Roque Church and Museum with its remarkably rich interior. In addition to its decorative attractions, the church contains one of the thorns from Our Lord’s crown and a piece of the wood from His crib. Continue to Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150, three years after Lisbon was recaptured from the Moors. The cathedral’s most prized possession is the casket containing the remains of St. Vincent, the city’s patron saint. Close by, visit San Antonio a Sé, where St. Anthony of Padua was born. Then, visit and admire the magnificent Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow pilgrims. (WD)
Day 3. Wednesday, August 16: Lisbon – Santarem – Tomar – Fatima
This morning, travel to Santarem and visit the Church of the Eucharistic Miracle where a Eucharistic Miracle took place in 1225 and continues to this day. Pray before the crystal flask that contains the Blood of Christ. Continue to Tomar, a charming city founded by the Knights Templar, and home to the Convent of Christ, featuring fascinating Templar history and the astounding stone carvings characteristic of Manueline architecture. Continue to Fatima for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 4. Thursday, August 17: Fatima: Excursion to Coimbra
Today travel north to Coimbra, the birthplace of six kings of Portugal and the seat of Portugal’s oldest university. Your first visit is to the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites where Sister Lucy of Fatima died, and which now contains a museum related to her life in the convent. Continue to the National Museum Machado de Castro that holds several treasures of St. Elizabeth Queen of Portugal as well as other ecclesiastical gems. Before you return to Fatima, visit the Convent of St. Clare the New which holds the remains of St. Elizabeth Queen of Portugal; the visit includes also the cloister and treasury. Next to it, visit the now renovated Old St. Clare Convent which suffered from flooding and was abandoned. (BB, D)
Day 5. Friday, August 18: Fatima: Excursion to Alcobaca, Batalha and Obidos
This morning, visit two great monasteries near Fatima: the 12th-century Monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaca, Portugal’s largest church, famous for its simple, medieval architecture; and the Dominican Abbey of Our Lady of Victory at Batalha, a masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic architecture. Continue to the nearby coastal town of Obidos for lunch on your own and free time. Return to Fatima for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 6. Saturday, August 19: Fatima
Today, participate in the festivities of the Society of St. Pius X to commemorate 100 years since the apparitions of Our Lady, visiting sites in Fatima, Aljustrel and Valinhos. (BB, D)
Day 7. Sunday, August 20: Fatima
Continue participating in the SSPX festivities. In the late afternoon, enjoy some free time on your own before returning to the hotel for a farewell dinner and overnight. (BB, FD)
Day 8. Monday, August 21: Transatlantic flight
Transfer to Lisbon airport for your flight back to the USA.
Buffet Breakfast (BB), Dinner (D), Welcome Dinner (WD), Farewell Dinner (FD)
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.