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Lourdes to Fatima: the Way of St. James (14 Days)

These beautiful churches and religious sites in remote villages of France, Spain and Portugal have brought Christian pilgrims here since the Middle Ages. This Edventure gives travelers an opportunity to trek the same roads taken by centuries of dedicated Christian believers. Attend a mass at the Basilica in Lourdes. Visit locations where miracles occurred at the Marian Shrines. Walk on a portion of the well-paved route to Santiago de Compostela, final resting grounds for St. James, and view the incredible stained-glass windows in Burgos Cathedral. This tour is organized to bring travelers closer to those who have shared its path of enlightenment for over a millennia.
Your Edventure includes:
  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price varies depending on additional departure gateways)
  • 12 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 three-course meals served with beer or wine
  • Full-time tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Private, deluxe motorcoach
  • Transportation (planes, trains, boats, etc.) while on tour
  • Selected admissions with priority entry
  • Muret Detention Center Toulouse (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

The Town And Basilica at Lourdes

The Marian Shrine at Lourdes

Burgos' Cathedral Ornate Staircase

The Cathedral in Leon

Cross at Cape Finisterre

Santiago De Compostela

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Price: $4,668.00 (2019) based on double occupancy, plus optional $409.00 premium trip protection*

Next Departure Dates: 

July 2019 (FRSP 0719)
May 2020 (FRSP0520)
June 2021(FRSP0621)
March 2022 (FRSP0322)
August 2022 (FRSP0822)

Contact us for exact departure dates

Edventure Highlights Include:

~ Welcome Dinner

~ A tour of Toulouse, including the Place du Capitole, the Basilica of St. Sermin, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the imposing Church of the Jacobins, the  city’s historic Bernuy Mansion, and the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques

~ The Muret Detention Center in Toulouse (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

~ The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes to see the Rosary Basilica and the Grotto of Massabielle, the site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to the young child, Bernadette, and her sisters, before stepping inside the Basilica of Saint Pius X and the houses of Bernadette

~ The opportunity to attend an international mass in the Basilica of St. Pius X during the morning. and to attend the Blessed Sacrament Procession at an open-air altar

~ The journey along a French portion of the Way of St. James in the Pyranees Mountains to the Spanish town of Jaca

~ Zaragoza, to visit the Plaza de las Catedrales and La Seo, and enter the Basílica del Pilar, a major pilgrimage center that was built after a Marian apparition appeared on the bank of the Ebro River

~ A tour of Burgos and its enormous Gothic cathedral, to take in the cathedral’s beauty and the architecture of its chapels, and to see the tombs of El Cid and his wife, both buried in the cathedral in 1919

~ An optional excursion to traverse the path taken by countless pilgrims for centuries on this revered route to the final resting place of St. James, following in their footsteps along a 3.5-mile portion of the trail, which passes through the picturesque countryside outside of Burgos ($59/pp)

~ Plaza Mayor and the 14th-century Palace of Count Luna in Leon, admiring the Palacio de los Guzmanes, the striking Casa de los Botines, before stepping inside the León Cathedral, built over ancient Roman baths

Walking through Santiago de Compostela, a town that once ranked just behind Jerusalem and Rome as one of Christendom’s most important pilgrimage sites, strolling along the ancient city’s narrow streets, before entering the Gothic twin-spired cathedral, a World Heritage site, to view Praza do Obradoiro, the 9th-century monastery

~  An optional excursion along a 2.5-mile portion of the time-worn Galician path, from Santiago de Compostela to the town of Melide, a stopping point along the Way of St. James since the 10th century, as a local guide leads the way, including a stroll through lush forest and crossing ancient Roman bridges ($65/pp)

~ The Galician Coast, stopping at the Río Xallas waterfalls in Mirador de Ézaro on the way before arriving in the traditional fishing village of Fisterra for lunch

~ Cape Finisterre, the final destination for pilgrims on the Way of St. James, to take in picturesque views of the coastal cliffs and famous lighthouse

Fátima, the famed Catholic site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared six times to three shepherd children, to explore the Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima and its grotto and find out about the three Secrets of Fátima at the Houses of Jacinta

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 1.5 Hours
Average Activity Level: Easy to Moderate (mostly flat terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets, few hills and stairs)

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