May 21 - June 1, 2017 - The Pilgrim’s Way to Spain and Portugal with Fr. Leo and Gus LloydJanuary 11, 2017 | Select International
Fr. Leo teams up with Gus and Michelle loyd once again to treat pilgrims to a most incredible adventure across Spain and Portugal in celebration of the Jubilee year for Our Lady of Fatima Apparitions from May 21 - June 1. The schedule is as follows (for the actual brochure and registration, visit the link below).
Sunday, DAY 1: May 21 – Depart USA Depart on an overnight flight from JFK to Madrid. Dinner and breakfast served on board.
Monday, DAY 2: May 22 – Arrival MADRID This morning we arrive in Spain and are greeted by our Select International Tour professional tour managers who will be our hosts for the next ten days. Mass is celebrated in one of the many beautiful churches which line the streets of this remarkable city. Madrid is bustling with energy which we see at the Buen Retiro Park with its immense Royal Palace. Our program includes the main Catholic sites which are not often part of a city tour such as Descalzas Reales and Encarnacion Monastery where we taste the sweets made by nuns called “torno” (tuntable). Our tour ends at the San Miguel Food Market where the entire city of Madrid shops for their food supplies. Overnight Madrid. (Special welcome in a local restaurant).
Tuesday, DAY 3: May 23 MADRID – AVILA – SALAMANCA Today is to enjoy and to explore Avila the town known for its city walls and St. Teresa. Born in Ávila in 1515, she went on to reform the Carmelite nuns and produce a profound body of writing on mystic and ecstatic experiences before her death in 1582. We visit places associated with the life of the saint including the Monastery of Incarnation and the Monastery of St. Joseph. Visit the Convent of St. Teresa which was built after her canonization over the house where she was born. The convent contains her relics, along with those of her friend St John of the Cross. We celebrate Mass in Avila. Dinner and overnight in Salamanca. (B,D,)
Wednesday, DAY 4: May 24 ALBA DE TORMES – SALAMANCA Alba de Tormes is the burial place of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). We celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St Teresa and have time for quiet reflection at her tomb. We visit the university city of Salamanca, also called the Golden City because of the glow coming from the sandstone buildings. We see the oldest university in Spain and the fifth oldest in the world and the bronze crucifix which was carried into the battle before the El Cid in the Romanesque Cathedral. We also see the House of Shells dedicated to St. James and the most beautiful square in Spain; Plaza Mayor. Tonight we learn to cook paella and make sangria in a local restaurant. Overnight in Salamanca. (B, Special dinner in a local restaurant)
Thursday, DAY 5: May 25 – PILGRIMS’S WAY TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Today we depart for Santiago de Compostela (six hour drive with a stop for lunch). While en route, we stop on the Calle del Agua of Villafranca del Bierzo. This main street, is filled with Baroque palaces and emblazoned houses. At the entrance of this village, we find the Romanesque church of Santiago. According to tradition, the pilgrims who were unable to finish El Camino as a result of an illness would receive the jubilee blessing at this church. We celebrate Mass and see the gothic styled Collegiate Church of Santa María and the Church of St. Nicolas, dedicated to the patron Saint of Villafranca del Bierzo. Late in the afternoon we enter Galicia by way of the city, Lugo. O’Cebreiro, the first village in the region of Lugo is nestled high in the mountains at an altitude of 1,300 meters. While in O’Cebreiro, we see the iconic palloza styles houses, and the site of a Eucharistic Miracle which occurred here in the year 1300. This evening, we proceed to Santiago de Compostela for dinner and overnight. (B,D,)
Friday, DAY 6: May 26 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA This morning choose to join pilgrims from all over the world in walking the last few miles of El Camino, 11 Km approximately, 2-3 hours walking time, or you may choose to visit a local monastery garden that this area is famous for. Both groups will congregate at the Monte del Gozo from which the spires of the magnificent Cathedral of St. James are visible. Formed by Galician granite, this Cathedral is one of the finest architectural examples in Europe as it encompasses Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. The Cathedral contains numerous, valuable pieces of art that truly captivate the eye. It is traditional to hug the statue of St. James upon entering the Cathedral. Our private guided walking tour takes us into the crypt where the relics of the Patron Saint of Pilgrims’ are kept. In the afternoon enjoy time at leisure to explore the city on your own. We return to the Cathedral to attend the 7:30 pm Pilgrims Mass with the Botafumeiro. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D.)
Saturday DAY 7 : May 27- A TASTE OF SPANISH FOOD AND WINE Today we drive to O Grove for a boat ride along the Ria de Arousa to learn about the mussels production which this area is famous for. How about a breakfast of local mussel delicacies? In Combados we visit a Spanish winery and enjoy tasting of Albarino wine with lunch. We stop in Pontevedra to celebrate Mass at the largest Marian Shrine in Spain before crossing the border into Portugal and arriving our hotel in Porto for an overnight. Dinner is at leisure tonight. (B, Special Lunch,)
Sunday DAY 8: May 28 BRAGA We make our way to the city of Braga, where we will celebrate Mass at the spectacular Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro (Santuario de Nossa Senhora do Sameiro), the country’s second largest shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. We will also see the Sanctuary of Blessed Alexandrina in Balasar. This mystic and victim soul was beatified by Pope St John Paul II in 2004. Continue our visit with exploration of the Shrine of Good Jesus of the Mountain (Santuário Bom Jesús do Monte), a magnificent hilltop shrine surrounded by a lush forest. We explore the grounds, perhaps walking all the way up the Baroque double stairway to the top (381 feet) or taking the funicular which dates back to the end of the 19th century. Our next stop is to visit the Monastery of St Martin of Tibães (Monasteiro de São Martinho de Tibães), previously a Benedictine monastery known for its magnificent Rococo style. Time permitting on our way back to Porto, we stop at a winery to taste the local Mateus wine, so well-known to us in the US. Overnight Porto. (B,L,D,)
Monday Day 9: May 29 PORTO- FATIMA This morning we explore the beautiful port city of Porto, beginning with Mass at another UNESCO World Heritage site, the magnificent Church of St Francis (Igreja de São Francisco), one of the most opulent churches in all of Porto—and arguably all of Portugal. We then make our way to the top of a hill overlooking the city, where we can explore Porto’s Cathedral, the Sé. We’ll visit a Port making facility to learn how the famous wine is produced and buy some souvenirs. Following lunch on your own, we depart for Fatima and arrive at the great pilgrimage site in the afternoon. We settle into our hotel and later in the evening, we join the historic and moving Candlelight Procession. (B,D,)
Tuesday Day 10: May 30 FATIMA- RETREAT WITH GUS LLOYD Today, we are at the magnificent Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, built atop what was once the Cova da Iria, where, 100 years ago, the three little shepherds fed their flocks and met the Virgin Mary. We’ll celebrate Mass in the newly renovated Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, and visit the graves of Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. We’ll visit the Chapel of Apparitions, built atop the site of the Holm Oak Tree upon which the Virgin Mary stood when she met the children, and light the biggest candles you’ll ever see as we offer up our prayers to the Mother of God. In the afternoon our group will meet for a retreat with Gus Lloyd. Overnight Fatima. (B,D.)
Wednesday DAY 11: May 31 FATIMA- JUBILEE CELEBRATION This morning, following Mass at the Basilica we take a short trip to Aljustrel, to see the homes of the three pastorinhos, Lucia dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto. We pray the Stations of the Cross as we walk the Via Sacre, passing by the Loco do Anjo, where the Angel of Peace met the children and taught them how to pray, and the site of Our Lady’s 4th apparition on August 19, 1917, away from the Cova da Iria. We have time to see the newer Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, pray before a piece of the Berlin Wall, admire the many statues of saints in the square atop the colonnade, or do some souvenir shopping. Later this afternoon, we visit the fishing village of Nazare where we visit the Chapel of Our Lady of Nazare. Free time to stroll around the narrow streets or the village. We then meet for our farewell dinner in a restaurant overlooking the ocean to enjoy fresh seafood specials with wine as we fondly recollect all the wonderful moments and special blessings we had on this journey. Overnight Fatima. (B,Special Dinner.)
Thursday DAY 12: June 01- DEPART FOR USA Early this morning we depart for Lisbon airport ( 90 minute drive ) and our flights home. (B.)
Price including airfare from New York: $4975.00
Price without airfare: $4215.00
Single room supplement: $795.00