Northern Spain & Portugal: October 9-24, 2017
Roundtrip economy airfare
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Local Tour Guide
Filipino Tour Escort
Travel Bounty giveaway
Organized together with the College of the Holy Spirit Foundation, this European Pilgrimage brings you to of it most sought after holy countries. Visit apparition and miraculous sites plus churches and structures that stood throughout history. Enjoy Spain and Portugal's heritage, culture and food.
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel then rest of the day is free.
After a restful night’s sleep, drive by the lively Rambla and along the Passeig de Gracia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and flamboyant Modernist buildings. Explore the narrow lanes and old squares of the Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter. Proceed to the hill of Montjuic, home of the Olympic Games in 1992. Reach the 17th century fortress on the hill with great panoramic views of the city and the harbor. Highlight is a visit to spectacular Sagrada Familia Basilica, the most prestigious and complex project of Gaudi.
After breakfast, travel to Montserrat to see the Black Madonna, framed in an ornate setting and overlooking the church's altar. The Basilica itself, the Atrium, the Chapels within the Basilica and the Black Madonna are all of interest from an architectural, spiritual and historical perspective.
Depart Barcelona for Zaragoza to visit Plaza Del Pilar, one of Spain’s grandest squares. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pilar, where according to legend the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James.
From Zaragoza, head to the lovely San Sebastian, the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast” and the culinary epicenter for the Basque Country in Northern Spain. Walk around the Parte Viejo (Old Quarter), where every other door seems to lead to a pintxo bar. Pintxos are the Basque version of tapas. Tiny cafes and bars line their counters with platters of bite-sized creations, typically eaten with the hands and often served on a piece of toasted bread.
After breakfast, we are off to Loyola to visit the Basilica and see the house where Saint Ignatius was born. Then drive through Azpeitia to reach Getaria, a charming fishing village located on a mountain slope. We pass through the Catrapona Arch, a medieval passageway hidden beneath the San Salvador Church.
One does not leave Bilbao without a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, an amazing feat of construction created by the North American architect Frank O. Gehry. Time to rest as we drive to Oviedo, capital city of the Principality of Asturias.
Our guided sightseeing features the Cathedral of San Salvador and an exclusive visit to the Camara Santa de Oviedo (holy chamber of Oviedo). Dating back to 802 A.D., it houses the Arca Santa chest reliquary of the Sudarium of Oviedo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cap the day with a walk along ‘Boulevard of Cider’ and try the famous local drink.
Along the Asturian coast to the most important pilgrimage city in Spain and the second in Europe after Rome, a pilgrimage highlight – Santiago de Compostela, destination point for millions of people on their way of Saint James, also called, “Camino de Santiago”. Together, let us walk the last 5 kms. to Santiago de Compostela. Buen Camino!
Enjoy a half-day tour to explore the most important sights of the city and to visit the Old Town, as well as the impressive Cathedral - the end of the Camino pilgrim’s journey. Also visit the Museum of Pilgrimages which allows visitors to discover the fascinating history of the pilgrims of Saint James. Embark on a gastronomic adventure in search of the Percebes, Pulpo de Gallego, Bogavante con Vieiras and Berbedechos!
Bid goodbye to Santiago de Compostela and continue our journey to Braga. Here we see the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, the city’s highlight. Continue to Porto, situated on the River Douro and celebrated as the Port Wine capital of the world. Time permitting, visit a Port Wine cellar.
After breakfast, travel through central Portugal to Fatima, one of the most important centers of pilgrimage in the Catholic world. Visit the impressive Basilica and join the faithful at one of the holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917 at Cova da Iria in Fatima.
Free day for your personal devotion.