Paris . Versailles . Lourdes . Zaragoza . Barcelona . Montserrat . Lisbon . Fatima . Santarem . Batalha . Nazare +
NEVERS (St. Bernadette - Incorrupt Body)
MAY 29 - JUNE 10, 2014 | 13-Day Journey | US$3,399.00
RTA started this pilgrimage in 1986. 2014 is our 26th year of escorting and guiding pilgrims to numerous shrines around the world personally. Let us take you to Lourdes to rejoice the 6th year after the 150th Anniversary of the Apparition.
Day 1. Thursday, May 29 (USA/Paris)
Depart USA to Paris via Lisbon
[Meals on board]
Day 2. Friday, May 30 (Paris)
Welcome to Paris "City of Light". Meeting, assistance and transfer to our hotel. In the afternoon panoramic tour of Paris highlighting the famous Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Invalides and concludes with a visit to Notre Dam Cathedral. Informal orientation, Thanksgiving Mass followed by our Welcome Dinner.
Day 3. Saturday, May 31 (Nevers)
Early departure by way of Picturesque Loire Valley. St. Bernadette lived for 12 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. Other than Asthma, she had tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor in her right knee and eventually died at the age of 35. We'll visit her incorrupt body at the Convent of St. Gildard, miraculously preserved since her death in 1879.
Day 4. Sunday, June 1 (Paris/Versailles)
Mass at St. Paul Church. Then, we'll travel about 11 miles southwest of Paris to visit Versailles, best known as the site of the magnificent Palace of Versailles, built by King Louis XIV during the 1600's and was royal residence for more than 100 years. In the afternoon, enjoy the astonishing Seine River Cruise.
Day 5. Monday, June 2 (Paris/Lourdes)
Early morning Mass at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, where our Lady appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure in 1830. Immediately after Mass we'll proceed to the train station for our TVG Train ride to Lourdes via the picturesque Bordeaux wine region and the Chateau country. Late afternoon arrival in Lourdes (birthplace of Bernadette). The Grotto of Massabielle, where our Lady appeared to Bernadette in 1858; The Basilica; The Baths, where thousands of miraculous cures have taken place are the most respected shrine and sanctuary in France. After dinner, we can join the amazing "candlelight procession" where millions of people pray the Rosary and sing hymns in honor of "The Mother of God".
[Buffet Breakfast/Box Lunch/Dinner]
Day 6. Tuesday, June 3 (Lourdes)
Celebrate Mass at the Grotto. After mass and before our guided tour is our official group photo in front of the Basilica. Then our guided walking tour of Lourdes' sanctuaries. Highlighting the Basilica of the Rosary; the Upper Basilica dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and the Basilica of St. Pius X, the world largest underground church. We'll also visit sites associated to the life of Saint Bernadette. Body Mill (where she was born); Locale Mill (residence of her parents); Cachot (formerly used as a jail where she lived at the time of apparitions); Chapel (where she received her first Holy Communion); Parish Church (containing the Baptismal font of when she was baptized). In the afternoon our group will participate in the Blessed Sacrament Procession and Blessing of the Sick.
Day 7. Wednesday, June 4 (Lourdes)
Mass at the Upper Basilica. Immediately after is The Way of the Cross. "The way of love, which does not fear to pass through suffering and death, because our trust is in God, the Master of life." Today, like millions of Pilgrims, we will honor Mary, the purest of all women, Mother of Christ, and Mother of all people. The afternoon is for your own private devotions and/or participation in any spiritual activities your heart desire. Suggestions: confession, candle light offering, miraculous bath, drinking and/or taking home of the spring water. Or even just wander in silence in this sacred ground where one feels oneself surrounded by an invisible presence. "To say nothing, to look at your face, to be with you Blessed Mary, in this place where you are..."
Day 8. Thursday, June 5 (Lourdes/Zaragoza/Barcelona)
Early departure for Barcelona through the Pyrenees Mountains. Mass at the 18th century "Basilica of Our Lady of Pillar in Zaragoza" - one of the world's largest Marian Shrines. This place is reminiscent of the Holy Land, as this was visited by Our Lady before Her Assumption. Late arrival in the leading industrial city of Spain - Barcelona.
Day 9. Friday, June 6 (Barcelona)
Mass at the Crypt of the Barcelona Cathedral. This young and energetic city is best seen with a wandering face and an absorbing eye. The gothic magnificence of the Cathedrals and art nouveau fantasies of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia are revealed on our sightseeing city tour which will also include the monument of Christopher Columbus and venues from 1992 Summer Olympics. In the afternoon, we will have the chance to explore this lovely city perhaps by taking a stroll along Las Ramblas - a mile long pedestrian boulevard line with shops, cafes, food and flower markets, bar and street performers, and/or go shopping at "El Corte Englis" for Lladro and souvenirs.
Plus: Late afternoon special visit to the "Black Madonna of Monserrat". The Monastery amongst the strange rock formation.
Day 10. Saturday, June 7 (Barcelona/Fatima)
Early Mass. After breakfast transfer to the airport for our short flight to Lisbon (Lisboa to the Portuguese people). Lisboa lies at the estuary of the Tagus River - one of Europe's most important natural harbors. Our guided tour of the city includes: Church of St. Anthony, Lisbon Cathedral, The Gothic Monastery of St. Geronimo and the ancient Tower of Belem, built in the early 1500's to honor the Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gamma. Then, on to Fatima in time for the Rosary and Candlelight procession.
Day 11. Sunday, June 8 (Fatima/Batalha/Nazare)
Celebrate and participate Holy Mass on the outdoor altar. Co-celebration of the Eucharist, blessing of the sick, consecration and Adeus Farewell Fatima. After lunch, on to Batalha to visit The Monastery of St. Mary of the Victory. Then on to the coast. To the Village of Nazare.
Day 12. Monday, June 9 (Fatima/Santarem)
Mass at the Church of the Holy Miracle, where we'll view the venerated relic of the Bleeding Host. (Renewal of Wedding Vows). After lunch, we'll visit Aljustrel, the village where the three children lived; Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared to the children after their return from prison and the Chapel of Calvary overlooking all of Fatima. Then, walking tour of the Basilica.
Day 13. Tuesday, June 10 (Fatima/USA)
Thanksgiving Mass and time to say...
"Farewell Fatima". "Remember, O most gracious Lady of Fatima, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the World Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me - Amen".
Transfer to the airport for our flight back home.