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MARIAN SHRINES II

DAY 1 MADRID – LISBON Breakfast and departure for Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 LISBON – SANTAREM – FÁTIMA Breakfast and Panoramic tour of this lovely city, where we can contemplate, among other beautiful monuments the Hieronymites Monastery, Marquis de Pombal Square, the Monument to the Navigators, the Tower of Belem, the Main Square and the pedestrian center of the city. Lunch. Afternoon departure for Santarem, where we will visit the Church of the Eucharistic Miracle. Continuation to Fátima, world famous pilgrimage center since the 13th of May of 1917, when the Virgin appeared to the three little shepherds. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 FATIMA – PORTO Breakfast. Transfer to the Shrine to attend the religious acts. Lunch and departure for Porto. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 PORTO – VIGO Breakfast and Panoramic tour of Porto, important city and ancient maritime port, situated next to the mouth of the Duero River and famous, in addition, for its wines and wineries. We will be able to contemplate its very steep streets, Clerics Tower, the Church of Saint Benedict, etc. Lunch. Tour of a wine cellar. Then, Departure for Vigo. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 VIGO – A TOJA – O GROVE – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Breakfast and departure for the area of the Lower Rías traveling through Hio, Combarro, Sanjenjo to arrive in A Toja, small and paradisiac island covered in green vegetation and surrounded by crystalline water. Lunch. Continuation via O Grove and Combados to arrive in Santiago de Compostela. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – COVADONGA – GARABANDAL Breakfast and departure for Covadonga, veneration site for the Virgin of the same name. Lunch. Continuation to Garabandal, typical small mountain town. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 GARABANDAL – SANTO TORIBIO DE LIÉBANA – SANTANDER Breakfast and departure for the hill where the Archangel Michael and then the Virgin appeared in 1960. Continuation to Santo Toribio de Liébana to visit Its monastery, famous for its Lignum Crucis, the largest known piece of the cross of Christ. Lunch. Continuation to Santander. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 8 SANTANDER – LOYOLA – LIMPIAS – LOURDES Breakfast. Departure for Loyola to visit the Shrine of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Lunch. Continuation to Limpias and tour of the Shrine of the Most Holy Christ of Agony, where we can contemplate the prodigious image of Christ, lifesize image with an indescribable expression. Continuation to the border of France to arrive in Lourdes. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 9 LOURDES Breakfast. Morning tour of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, which is made up of three Basilicas: the Rosary, the Superior (or the Immaculate Conception) and the subterránea (or of Saint Pius X). Lunch. We will be able to visit the Grotto where where the 18 appearances of our Lady to Bernadette Soubirous took place in the year 1858. In addition we can take an immersion bath in the miraculous waters. Evening participation in the torch procession. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 10 LOURDES – NEVERS – PARAY LE MONIAL Breakfast. Departure for Nevers and Tour of the Convent of Saint Girard, which guards the incorrupt body of Saint Bernardita. Lunch. Continuation to Paray le Monial to visit the Convent of the Visitation, origin of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, when our Lord appeared to Saint Margarita Alacoque. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 11 PARAY LE MONIAL – DOZULÉ Breakfast. Departure for Normandy, among beautiful French country landscapes, to the city of Dozulé. Lunch. Tour of the church where the Glorious Cross of Dozulé is venerated. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 12 DOZULÉ – PARIS Breakfast. Departure for Paris. Lunch en route. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 13 PARIS Breakfast. Departure to visit the Church of the Rue du Bac, where in 1830 the Virgin appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré and where the Miraculous Medallion that was given to her is found. Then, panoramic tour of the city, where we can contemplate the Arc de Triomphe, The Champs-Élysées, the Place de la Concorde, the Opera, Museum of the Louvre, the famous Eiffel Tower, myth and symbol of the city, constructed for the Universal Exposition and inagurated March 31, 1889 etc. Lunch. Tour of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Rest of the day free. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 14 PARIS – GRENOBLE Breakfast. Departure for the city of Grenoble. The largest city in the Alps is not rich simply because of the mountains that surround it, but it also offers an important cultural and architectural heritage to visit. Lunch. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 15 GRENOBLE – VENICE Breakfast. Departure for the city of Venice, the “floating city” constructed one thousand years ago on more than 100 islands with more than 150 canals and more than 400 bridges. It is a cultural city with many exhibitions, museums and galleries. The most famous event is Carnival in February, when the city fills with an almost unimaginable number of tourists. Lunch. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 16 VENICE – PADUA – FLORENCE Breakfast. Tranfer in vaporetto to the city. Panoramic tour in which we will be able to see the Saint Mark’s Square, Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile, the Clock Tower, the Ducal Palace, etc. Lunch. Free time and departure for Padua. We will see the Church of Saint Anthony. Continuation to Florence. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 17 FLORENCE – ASSISI Breakfast and Tour of this lovely museum city going from the Franciscan Church of the Holy Cross to the Piazza della Signoria with its important outdoor works like the Rabe of the Sabines, Perceus, Zeus and the replica of David among others. Afterwards we will continue to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore dressed in several colors of marble, we will get to know the bell tower and its Baptistery, where it is worth noting the world famous Doors of Paradise. After the visit we will have free time to get to know the Straw Market and the Market of Saint Lorenzo, as well as the Ponte Vecchio with its famous jewelry stores. Lunch. Departure for Assisi. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 18 ASSISI – ROME Breakfast and tour of the town of Saint Mary of the Angels where the Porziuncula, first Franciscan Church of Christianity and the cell where Saint Francis of Assisi died, is found. Then we will go up to Assisi to visit the Basilica of the Saint in whose interior the Tomb of Saint Francis, is found, as well as a small museum where you will be able to observe his personal objects. Lunch. We will stroll through its medieval streets to arrive at the Church of Saint Clara, which conserves her incorrupt body. Continuation to Rome. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 19 ROME Breakfast and tour of the Vatican Museum, which are the most important and famous in the world. In them are kept longs centuries full of history and art. We will continue to the world famous Sistine Chapel to admire the frescos of Michelangelo and finish with the Basilica of Saint Peter, majestic Christian Church, the richest in artistic and architectural value. Lunch. In the afternoon we will visit Imperial Rome covering the great Avenue of the Imperial Fora with the Trajan Column and the ruins of the lavish empire, In addition we will get to know the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and that of Titus, the Palatine, the Altar to the Patria, Piazza Venezia, etc. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 20º ROME – MADRID Breakfast. Transfer at the designated time to the airport to embark on a scheduled flight for Madrid. Arrival and

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