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Portugal – Fatima – Santiago de Compostella and Lourdes

Oct 1, 2010   //   by admin   //   Group Tours  //  Comments Off on Portugal – Fatima – Santiago de Compostella and Lourdes

Portugal

 

FATIMA ALONE ITINERARY

DAY 1: MANCHESTER / LISBON
Arrive at Lisbon Airport (NI601 – 22.45hrs) Assistance and transfer by deluxe motor coach to Hotel Metropolitan in Lisbon.

DAY 2: LISBON/FATIMA Fatima, Portugal
After breakfast, half day city tour of Lisbon, after lunch in Lisbon we depart to Fatima – dinner and overnight in Hotel Santo Amaro in Fatima.

DAY 3: FATIMA
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning visit the Shrine, Aljustrel, Valinhos, (via crucis) Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon visit to Mostereiro da Batalha – dinner and overnight in Hotel Santa Amaro in Fatima.

DAY 4: FATIMA/LISBON/MANCHESTERMostereiro da Batalha
Breakfast at hotel, departure to Lisbon Airport for the flight home NI600 at 14.20 hours.

FATIMA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – LOURDES

Suggested group itinerary

 

DAY ONE – LISBON

Meet and greet at Lisbon airport by our special English guide and departure for a panoramic city tour of Lisbon including one of the noblest areas of Lisbon. Belem reflects the birth of a new Era, during which, Portugal had an important role. With most monuments and buildings dating from the 15th and 16th century, it is considered the finest example of the Gothic-Naturalist, a new decoration style by the named “Mannueline” in honour of our King D. Manuel. Built in the 1500’s the Jeronimos Monastery (Hieronymite Monks) church, with its main-altar in Gothic-Renaissance style, houses the beautiful tombs of Luis de Camões, (The Portuguese Poet that wrote about the Portuguese epopee)”, Vasco da Gama (The Navigator that discovered the sea route to India) and King’s Manuel Dynasty. Across the gardens of Belem by river bank, the Belem Tower, also Gothic-renaissance style and the Monument to the Portuguese Navigators, is considered one of the most well known trade marks of Lisbon and obviously deserving a stop for a memorable group photo stop

Continue north in direction of Fátima a symbol of the Virgin Mary and one of the world’s most important religious sites. Check in at the Hotel. Dinner and accommodation

 

DAY TWO – FATIMA

Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning free for individual activities. Afternoon departure for a visit of Alcobaça Monastery, a Roman settlement named Helcobatie previously inhabited in the Neolithic, it was conquered by the first Portuguese King during the Arab occupation in 1147, being its most representative monument the Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça.  Continuation of the tour to Nazaré, the most famous fishing town in Portugal. Among the bright coloured rowing boats moored on the beach bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. A superb view is enjoyed from the “Sítio”, a belvedere on top of the hill while in the streets you may observe women still wearing the traditional 7-skirted costumes. Return to Fatima

 

DAY THREE -FATIMA

Buffet breakfast at the Hotel. Free day in Fatima for religious activities.

Return to Fatima. Dinner and accommodation

 

DAY FOUR – FATIMA/PORTO/SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning departure to Porto, capital of northern Portugal, beautifully located above the river Douro. The wealth of Portugal’s colonies flowed into Porto and evidence of it is everywhere. Gold and exotic woods from Brazil embellish the churches, and prosperous merchant buildings are decorated with elaborate paintings and azulejos (decorative tiles), the city was considered World Patrimony by Unesco since 1999. Visit a Port wine cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia, including wine taste. Proceed for a panoramic city tour of Porto passing by Stock exchange palace, Av dos Aliados and others interested points. Continue to Spain border in direction of Santiago de Compostela a world heritage that receives hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, most with an interest in exploring culture, buildings or places with an historic reference. Santiago de Compostela is the jewel in Galicia’s historic and medieval crown. Check in at the Hotel. Dinner and accommodation

 

DAY FIVE – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA /COVADONGA

Breakfast at the Hotel. Early morning City tour of Santiago de Compostela with local guide. Visit the St James Cathedral, that is part of the Way of St. James, an important medieval pilgrimage route, dating back to the 9th century. It is also home to the University of Santiago de Compostela, which was established in the 16th century. Santiago is divided into two main areas, the Old Town and the New Town

Continue to Covadonga, located just to the west and north of the Picos de Europa mountain range in the heart of Asturias. This is the spiritual heart of North Spain. This mountain sanctuary near Cangas de Onís is where King Pelayo led a ragtag bunch of Christians to victory over a much larger Muslim force in the 8th century. It was Christianity’s first triumph since the Moorish conquest of Iberia, and marked the beginning of the 800-year Reconquista. Check in at the Hotel. Dinner and accommodation

 

DAY SIX – COVADONGA/ SANTANDER/LOURDES

Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure in direction of Santander, an attractive seaside town and a busy working port. Santander grew up and became wealthy because of its naturally deep harbour, which led to it becoming an important port town. In the early 1900s the Spanish Royal family started coming to Santander for their holidays and built the Magdalena Palace. Wealthy and noble Spanish families followed and Santander gained a reputation as an elegant seaside resort, which it retains today.

Short panoramic visit of the downtown and highlights points of the city.

Proceed to Lourdes, has been a great Roman Catholic pilgrimage site since 1858 when the Virgin Mary revealed herself to Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old shepherd girl. This took place in an underground grotto on the left bank of the Gave de Pau where Mary appeared on a further 17 occasions. Bernadette’s visions were authenticated by Pope Pius IX in 1862, and she achieved sainthood in 1933. The mountain spring uncovered by Bernadette is said to be responsible for many miraculous recoveries and the sick travel from all over the world to bath in the waters.

Check in at the Hotel. Dinner and accommodation

 

DAY SEVEN – LOURDES

Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning walking tour of Lourdes, a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees, famous for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes that are reported to have occurred in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous. At that time, the most prominent feature of the town was the fortified castle that rises up from a rocky escarpment at its centre. Afternoon at leisure for individual or religious activities. Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel

DAY EIGHT LOURDES /HOME

Breakfast at the Hotel. Coaches and ground staff are ready at both the Hotel and airport, for all procedures concerning transfers and check in at the airlines.

Arriving at the Pau airport, guests will check in and lead to the security areas.

Board and flight to back to home

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