Pilgrimage to Lisbon, Fatima and Porto
Travelling to Portugal, 8 - 16 May 2017
Since 1917, millions of pilgrims have visited the sanctuary of Fatima in northern Portugal to call on the protection of Our Lady who appeared here to three shepherd children for six months in succession instructing them to convey her message to the world that mankind should show penance for their sins and pray the rosary every day. Our pilgrimage will take place during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions. The three, originally secret, messages of Fatima were for prayer, reparation, repentance and sacrifice, and the abandonment of sin.
The first secret was a vision of hell which contrasts with the heaven previously shown to the children by Our Lady. The second secret included Mary’s instructions on how to save souls from hell and convert the world to the Christian faith. The third secret gives a vision of the death of the Pope and other religious figures. The message shows a flaming sword coming into contact with Our Lady and dying out, suggesting that in the end, good triumphs over evil.
Day one – Monday 8th May 2017 London - Lisbon
Scheduled flight from one of the London airports to Lisbon. Transfer to our hotel in central Lisbon. Subject to the flight arrival time, in the afternoon we visit the Church of St Anthony of Padua, who was born in Lisbon. Mass will be celebrated here, followed by a guided tour to include the 12th century cathedral and the Old Town. Dinner will be at our own choice on the two nights of our stay in Lisbon.
Day two – Tuesday 9th May Lisbon
Visit the Jeronimos’ Monastery founded by Prince Henry the Navigator in 1460. Drive to the little town of Sintra, 20 miles from Lisbon, high on a hill top, and see the Summer Palace used by Portuguese kings until the early 20th century. Return to Lisbon for the rest of the day at leisure.
Day three – Wednesday 10th May Santarem
An early start. Our coach takes us to Santarem to visit the church of “The Miracle of the Bleeding Host”. Mass will be celebrated here. Lunch will be at choice. Continue to Fatima, where we check into our hotel, Casa das Irmas Dominicanas, for a four-night stay. Dinner will be in our hotel on each night of our stay. We make our first visit to the Sanctuary before dinner.
Day four – Thursday 11th May Fatima - Aljustrel
Fatima is known as the Hope of the World, where Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children between 13th May and 13th October 1917. There will be a guided tour in the morning including a visit to the Basilica and the Chapel of the Apparitions. After time for lunch at choice we proceed to Aljustrel for Stations of the Cross and to visit the Shrines of the Apparitions of Our Lady and the angels, and to see the homes of the children, and possibly relatives of Jacinta (and Francisco) and Lucia.
Day five – Friday 12th May Fatima
Today will be spent in Fatima. In the morning, we take part in the Mass at the sanctuary. Lunch will be in our hotel. This afternoon there will be the opportunity for private devotions and shopping, or else the opportunity for a visit to the museum, O Milagre de Fatima, which recreates the historical events from the beginning of the 20th century, the apparitions of the Angel of Portugal, the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun. Also, the Fatima wax museum next to the sanctuary is worth a visit, where the story of the Fatima witnesses and other historical events is told through wax figures. After dinner in the hotel we join the famous celebrations marking the apparitions, beginning with International Rosary and Candlelight Procession, continuing with Holy Mass and Night Vigil.
Day six – Saturday 13th May Fatima
Today there will be special events to mark the 100th anniversary of the first apparition by Our Lady to the three shepherd children on this date in 1917. We join the concluding celebrations for the feast, including Rosary, Mass, the anointing of the sick and Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The afternoon will be free for private devotions and souvenir hunting. Lunch and dinner will be in our hotel today.
Day seven – Sunday 14th May Fatima - Porto
This morning, Mass will be celebrated, after which we depart for Porto, with a stop for lunch on the way. On arrival in Porto we check into our centrally-located hotel for a two-night stay. Dinner will be at our own choice on each night of our stay in Porto.
Day eight – Monday 15th May Porto
This morning, Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral, followed by a guided tour of Old Porto. Lunch is at choice. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure, or you can join an optional boat trip on the river Douro (about 60 minutes). Must be requested at the time of making your booking.
Day nine – Tuesday 16th May Porto - London
After Mass at one of the churches near to our hotel, we transfer to Porto Airport for our return flight to London.
This itinerary is subject to change without prior notification
This tour involves a substantial amount of long distance walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
Travel Insurance: £33
Single Room Supplement: £116
Scheduled flights: London - Lisbon, Porto -London. Accomodation based on sharing a twin-bedded room with en suite facilities at: Mercure Lisboa (4- star), Lison - two nights, bed and breakfast basis; Hotel Casa das Irmas Dominicanas (3-star) - four nights, on half board basis plus two lunches; Hotel da Bolsa (3-star), Porto - two nights, bed and breakfast basis. All coach transfers and touring in Portugal as per the itinerary, by air-conditioned coach. Portuguese and English speaking tour manager while in Portugal. Local English - speaking guides where appropriate to the itinerary. All entrance fees as per the itinerary. Daily Mass and other devotions as per the itinerary. ATOL and ABTA financial
Travel insurance at £33. Single room supplement of £116 for Lisbon and Porto (we regret to inform you that we cannot offer single rooms in Fatima). Lunches and drinks. Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airline. Gratuities for hotel staff, guides and coach driver. U.K. transfers. Optional boat ride on the River Douro at £19 (minimum of 20 participants required). Must be requested at the time of making your booking.
Terms of Payment:
To reserve your place on the tour you will need to complete a booking form and return it to Pax Travel Ltd with a deposit of £300 (plus the insurance premium if the cover we offer is required) per person. The tour price is guaranteed until 30th September 2016. Any bookings received after this date may be subject to a surcharge.