Shrines of Europe Pilgrimage 2022

  • 2 October 2022
  • 9 Nights
  • 975 Per Person
  • Dublin
  • France, Spain and Portugal

This 9-night Shrines of Europe pilgrimage tour takes pilgrims on a rewarding and inspiring spiritual journey across three countries. This is a journey of faith, culture and tradition, as pilgrims experience some of the most special shrines in France, Spain and Portugal.

Starting our trip in Lourdes, where we will spend three nights, the group will visit this important Marian shrine at the foot of the Pyrenees, in a scenic region of the South of France.

The tour includes a guided walking tour of Lourdes, visiting the places associated with the life of Saint Bernadette; as well as a tour of the Grotto, Baths, Basilicas and Stations of the Cross.

From France we will continue our journey of faith travelling to Spain, where we will spend some time sightseeing and visiting the historic and sacred sites of Loyola and the wonderful cities of Burgos and Avila.

In Avila, the ‘City of Stones and Saints’, we will explore its stunning walled medieval town and visit the museum dedicated to St Teresa.

From Avila, we will travel to Fatima in Portugal, the ‘city of peace’ to visit its world-famous sanctuary. There we will enjoy a guided tour of the Fatima and Aljustrel region visiting places related to the life of the three shepherd children and the locations of the Apparitions.

Our Pilgrimages to Europe include return flights, accommodation in our hand picked hotels, support from our local guide and travel in a luxury air conditioned coach. Pilgrims on all our guided and escorted tours will have the full assistance of the knowledgeable Joe Walsh Tours guides and representatives throughout the trip.

A detailed religious programme has been organised by Joe Walsh Tours team and led by a Spiritual Director. For more information about the Shrines of Europe pilgrimage tours or to book your place, contact our pilgrimage experts.

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Shrines of Europe Pilgrimage 2022

This 9-night Shrines of Europe pilgrimage tour takes pilgrims on a rewarding and inspiring spiritual journey across three countries. This is a journey of faith, culture and tradition, as pilgrims experience some of the most special shrines in France, Spain and Portugal.

Starting our trip in Lourdes, where we will spend three nights, the group will visit this important Marian shrine at the foot of the Pyrenees, in a scenic region of the South of France.

The tour includes a guided walking tour of Lourdes, visiting the places associated with the life of Saint Bernadette; as well as a tour of the Grotto, Baths, Basilicas and Stations of the Cross.

From France we will continue our journey of faith travelling to Spain, where we will spend some time sightseeing and visiting the historic and sacred sites of Loyola and the wonderful cities of Burgos and Avila.

In Avila, the ‘City of Stones and Saints’, we will explore its stunning walled medieval town and visit the museum dedicated to St Teresa.

From Avila, we will travel to Fatima in Portugal, the ‘city of peace’ to visit its world-famous sanctuary. There we will enjoy a guided tour of the Fatima and Aljustrel region visiting places related to the life of the three shepherd children and the locations of the Apparitions.

Our Pilgrimages to Europe include return flights, accommodation in our hand picked hotels, support from our local guide and travel in a luxury air conditioned coach. Pilgrims on all our guided and escorted tours will have the full assistance of the knowledgeable Joe Walsh Tours guides and representatives throughout the trip.

A detailed religious programme has been organised by Joe Walsh Tours team and led by a Spiritual Director. For more information about the Shrines of Europe pilgrimage tours or to book your place, contact our pilgrimage experts.

Itinerary

• Direct flight from Dublin to Lourdes
• 3 nights in Lourdes; Hotel Agena or similar
• 1 night hotel accommodation in Burgos; Hotel Abba or similar
• 2 nights hotel accommodation in Avila; Hotel Palacio de los Velada or similar
• 3 nights hotel accommodation in Fatima; Hotel Cinquentenario or similar
• Daily breakfast and evening meal served at hotels; lunch also included in Lourdes and Fatima
• Transfer from your hotel to Lisbon Airport for return flight
• Luxury air-conditioned coach for all transfers and tours
• Full religious programme organised by Joe Walsh Tours and led by Spiritual Director
• Introductory tour of the Grotto Domain visiting the Grotto, Baths and Basilicas of Lourdes
• Guided walking tour of Lourdes visiting places associated with the life of St. Bernadette
• Sightseeing and visits in Burgos and Avila
• Guided tour of the Fatima and Aljustrel region visiting places relating to the three children
• Guided tour of the Sanctuary Square in Fatima
• Full assistance of Joe Walsh Tours guides and representatives throughout the pilgrimage

DAY 1 – DUBLIN LOURDES

Check-in at Dublin Airport and check in for your direct flight to Lourdes. A Joe Walsh Tours representative will meet us on arrival. We will transfer by private coach to our hotel for three nights’ accommodation with dinner, breakfast and lunch each day. The origins of the pilgrimages to Lourdes began when Bernadette Soubirous reported the first of eighteen visions of Our Lady on 11 February 1858. Since then, Lourdes went from being a small village in the Pyrenees to becoming the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in Europe. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, where the sacred grotto and the two Basilicas are located, embraces twenty-two places of worship and numerous facilities for the pilgrims and the sick, as well as the spring that began to flow from the spot dug by Bernadette on Our Lady’s instructions.

DAY 2-3 – LOURDES

A full religious programme will be organised for your time in Lourdes. We will have the opportunity to take part in the Blessing of the Sick, the Blessed Sacrament and the Torchlight Processions. We will also enjoy fully guided tour visiting places associated with St. Bernadette, including the Boly Mills, Le Cachot, the Hospice, the Parish Church and the Cemetery and a guided walking tour of the Grotto Domain visiting the Grotto, the Baths and the Basilicas.

DAY 4 – LOYOLA – BURGOS

After breakfast we depart Lourdes for Loyola. Visit the Basilica of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus, and his home. Continue to Burgos, a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. Burgos was once the capital of the Crown of Castile. It has many historic landmarks, of particular importance including the Cathedral of Burgos (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984), the Las Huelgas Reales Monastery and Miraflores Charterhouse and a large number of churches, palaces and other buildings from the medieval age. The city is surrounded by the Fuentes Blancas and the Paseo de la Isla parks. Dinner at hotel and overnight.

DAYS 5-6 – BURGOS – AVILA

We will enjoy a walking tour of Burgos after breakfast. Our journey will then continue to Avila. Situated on the bank of the Adaja River in a tributary of the Duero, Avila is the highest capital in Spain. It is also one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the country. Sometimes called the Town of Stones and Saints, it claims to have one of the highest numbers of Romanesque and Gothic churches. It boasts an impressive medieval wall built in Romanesque style and some parts are accessible for locals and tourist to walk along. Avila was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1985. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7 – AVILA

After breakfast we will take a guided walking tour of Ávila with a visit to the Museum dedicated to St. Teresa of Ávila and the Convent of the Incarnation. We will celebrate mass and the rest of the afternoon will be free to explore Avila. The Old Town is surrounded by imposing city walls comprising of 8 monumental gates, 88 watchtowers and more than 2500 turrets, and is one of the best-preserved medieval bastions in all of Spain. Dinner will be served in the hotel.

DAYS 7-9 – FATIMA

After breakfast in the hotel we will drive to Fatima. Located north of Lisbon, Fatima is site of the events of 1917 in which three shepherd children, Lúcia Santos and her cousins, Jacinta Marto and Francisco Marto, witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary on 13 May 1917 and on the thirteenth day of the five following months.

The sanctuary built to commemorate these events is dominated by the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, a magnificent church that overlooks a large open plaza where millions of pilgrims gather throughout the year. Check into your hotel for three nights’ accommodation with dinner, breakfast and lunch each day. In Fatima visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, Cova da Iria, Valinhos, the homes of the visionaries, the old Parish Church, the Rosary Basilica, wherein lie the remains of Francisco and Jacinta, and the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration.

DAY 10 – RETURN

Free time in Fatima until departure for Lisbon Airport for our direct flight to Dublin. * Please note itinerary and flight times may be subject to change.

• Prices per person sharing twin/double rooms with private facilities
• Airport taxes and charges applicable at the time of booking are included in the price
• Luggage allowance included per person and subject to airline’s conditions
• Payment terms: deposit €250 deposit per person and balances 12 weeks prior to departure
• Single rooms on request subject to supplement
• Lourdes city tax currently €1.50 (3-star) and €2.10 (4-star) is payable locally directly to hotels
• Children under 12 sharing with 2 adults receive a €50 reduction
• Infants under 2 years on date of return are charged €50
• It is each individual’s responsibility to ensure compliance with travel regulations and health and safety protocols in place at the time of travel

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