Marian Pilgrimage 2018
September 16 – October 03 (18 days)
France – Spain – Portugal
Paris: Rue du Bac with the famous chapel of the Miraculous Medal, where in 1830 Our Lady appeared to Catharine Laboure, the Latin District, Notre Dame Cathedral, Montmartre district, the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. Champs Elysees (considered to be the most beautiful avenue of the world) and the Arc de Triomphe. Louvre museum, famous for e.g. Mona Lisa, stalls with the laws by Hammurabbi, works by Duerer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Giotto, Titian and Eiffel Tower (This is optional and you can visit these two places in your free time).
Lisieux: The city of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. She was a French Discalced Carmelite nun, who died in 1897 in Lisieux.
Chartres: The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, which is considered one of the finest and best preserved Gothic cathedrals in France and in Europe (Unesco World Heritage Site).
Nevers: Related with Bernadette Soubirous, the Benedictines’ Abbey of Saint Gildard, where (in St. Joseph’s chapel) Bernadette is buried.
Lourdes: The House of St. Bernadette, the church of her Baptism, the Basilica of the Holy Rosary and the Apparition Grotto.
Barcelona: Las Ramblas, visit to the Gothic District, the Catherdal of St. Eulalia, the Royal Palace (from outside), the church of the Holy Family (Sagrada Familia) – the project by Antonio Gaudi, still under construction.
Montserrat: The most important shrine in Catalonia, famous for the statue of the Black Madonna)
Manresa: The place, where (after his pilgrimage to Montserrat) St. Ignatus of Loyola spent a couple of months in a grotto.
Zaragoza: The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pilar, the Roman Walls, Santa Maria Magdalena church and lastly, Puente de Piedra (Stone Bridge).
Burgos: The gothic Our Lady Cathedral (Unesco World Heritage List), Monastery of the Royal Retreats, short walk through the historical centre.
Leon: The romanesque Basilica of St. Isidoro (the early-medieval scientist from Sevilla), the Our Lady Cathedral with some thousand-years-old tombs, and the San Marcos Parador, the former hospital for pilgrims heading to Santiago.
Santiago de Compostela: The city of Apostle St. James and one of the oldest (after Jerusalem and Rome) pilgrimage sites in the Christian world. Cathedral with the tomb of St. James.
Pontevedra: The Gothic Santo Domingo Church, Baroque San Bartolomé Church, town connected with the revelation in 1929 – concerning the mystery of the Holy Trinity and the dedication of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Chapel of the Apparitions of Virgin Mary to Lucía of Fatima.
Madrid: The Plaza de España with the monument to Cervantes, Puerta del Sol – the symbolical centre of Spain, the church of St. Isidoro, the Basilica of St. Francis with frescoes by Goya.
Toledo: The Our Lady Cathedral – the second (after Burgos) biggest gothic sacred building in Spain, the Chapel of St. George with the treasury and The Great Chapel.
Avila: The town of St. Teresa. This is one of the most spectacular towns in Spain, with 11th-century, well-preserved city walls with 88 towers, the House of St. Teresa and the Cathedral.
Segovia: Te famous aqueduct, Alcazar – the fortress built upon the hill over the Old Town and the cathedral, which was the last gothic building erected in Spain.
Batalha: The monastery of Our Lady Victorious (Unesco Heritage List), the pearl of gothic architecture with tombs of Portuguese rulers.
Fatima: Procession with candles (if available). Prayer in the Apparition Chapel in Fatima, the Old Basilica, the new Church.
Santarem: The place of a Eucharistic Miracle.
Lisboa: District of Belem with the marvellous Hieronymites’ monastery, the Monument to Discoverers, who left Lisbon to conquer the New World. The Cathedral Se, the church of St. Anthony of Padua (built upon his birthplace, Eucharist), the medieval Alfama district.
(for a group of 15 to 20 persons)
$ 3,900 USD and € 150 Euro
– air ticket: New York, USA (JFK) – Paris, France (CDG) – Madrid, Spain (MAD) – New York, USA (JFK)
– tips for local staff,
– AC coach in France, Spain and Portugal,
– 16 nights in *** hotels with continental strengthened breakfast and dinner
– Eucharist in shrines,
– licensed tour guide,
– local guides
– bus entry and parking fees in all cities,
– tour audio guide radio for all pilgrims,
– medical insurance
– single supplement ($ 550.00 USD)
– lunches, drinks for dinner,
– personal expenses,
– visa (if necessary),
– Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months.
Itinerary could be changed according to the circumstances.
On September 8, 2018 (Feast: The Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary) we will have a Marian Retreat so we can prepare better for this trip and know more about Apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
St. Julia Catholic Church, Siler City and Franciscan Travel Agency invite you to join our Marian Pilgrimage.