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$5,595 *

$200 discount for check or Zelle payment

Cursillo Fatima Pilgrimage
w/ Fr Chris Talbot and Fr Paul Ballien

March 24 - April 3, 2025


Spring  & Fall


ET +6 hours 


Fr Chris Talbot and Fr Paul Ballien invite members of Cursillo on pilgrimage to Fatima, The Shrine in Fatima, Portugal commemorates the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children: Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, in 1917.  According to the children, the Virgin Mary appeared to them on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting from May until October. The messages conveyed during these apparitions included calls for prayer, penance, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The Sanctuary includes the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Chapel of the Apparitions, and the vast open square where pilgrims join in a nightly, candlelit Rosary procession.

This is a once in a lifetime journey of discovery, and we hope you will join Fr Chris and Fr Paul!

DAYS 1 & 2: Detroit > Lisbon

We depart USA en route to Lisbon with complimentary meals and beverages served aloft.  Arrive in Lisbon where will be met by our guide and bus driver.  After checking into our hotel, the afternoon is ours to explore Lisbon before our Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

DAY 3: Lisbon

After breakfast we visit the Jerónimos Monastery. Construction was started in 1501 and completed 100 years later.  The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style in Portugal.  We will also visit the Tower of Belem. Built in 1520, the Tower served to defend the Tagus riverbank.  The tower had been given different functions such as a customs control point, a telegraph station, a lighthouse and even a political prison.  Both the monastery and the Tower were classified as “Cultural Heritage of All Humanity” by UNESCO in 1983.  Lunch at a local restaurant with the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. (B|L)

DAY 4: Lisbon> Óbidos>Batalha>Fatima

Today we depart Lisbon and start our pilgrimage journey to Fatima.  On the way we will visit the captivating town of Óbidos for a half day tour.   Óbidos became home to Portugal’s queens after Afonso II gifted it to his wife Urraca of León in the 1200s. Many of the buildings and monuments in Óbidos were founded or funded by a queen. On a narrow ridge, the town’s weaving, carless streets are contained by the dominant walls of a medieval castle.  After lunch at a local restaurant, we depart for Batalha and a tour of the Monastery of the Dominicans.  The Monastery of Batalha was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It was to be the Portuguese monarchy's main building project for the next two centuries. Here a highly original, national Gothic style evolved, profoundly influenced by Manueline art, as demonstrated by its masterpiece, the Royal Cloister.  We continue to our hotel in Fatima for dinner and overnight at the hotel.  (B|L|D)

DAY 5: Fatima

At the center of Catholic faith and a place of world pilgrimage, Fatima is visited by thousands of people each year. We will visit the Basilica or Our Lady of the Rosary where the tombs of Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, the three children who were visited by Our Lady of Fatima, are located, Holy Trinity Church, as well as the Chapel of Apparitions.  We will celebrate Holy Mass and visit the Fatima Sanctuary, where Our Lady of Fatima appeared in 1917.  Since then, millions of pilgrims go there to pray or just to feel its mystical strength. The Sanctuary Square is so big that it can only be described by numbers: it can receive simultaneously 300,000 visitors and it's twice the size of St. Peter's Square in Rome.  Back to our hotel for dinner before returning to the Sanctuary for the Candlelight Procession.  Overnight in Fatima.  (B|L|D)

DAY 6: Fatima

After breakfast and Holly Mass, today is ours to spend on our own in Fatima.  (B) 

DAY 7: Fatima> Coimbra >Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast we depart for the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela. Along the way we will stop for lunch in the wonderful town of Coimbra for a half-day tour.  Coimbra offers a rich history, a beautifully preserved medieval old town, and other hidden architectural gems for us to discover.  Included is a guided tour of Coimbra University, one of the oldest universities in the world.  After lunch on our own, we will continue to Santiago de Compostela and dinner at a local restaurant. (B|D)

DAY 8:  Santiago de Compostela

Today we will have a beautiful half-day tour of Santiago de Compostela including the magnificent Santiago de Compostela Arch cathedral Basilica - the burial place of St James the Great and termination point of El Camino de Santiago.  After we celebrate the Pilgrims Mass, we will have lunch at a local restaurant. The remainder of the afternoon is free with dinner on our own.  (B|L)

DAY 9: Santiago de Compostela>Braga>Porto

After breakfast, we depart Santiago de Compostela for Porto with a stop in Braga for a half day tour including the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte (funicular ride included), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  After lunch on our own, we will continue to Porto with the afternoon at leisure before dinner at a local restaurant. (B|D)

DAY 10: Porto

Today we will enjoy a half-day guided tour of Porto, one of Europe’s oldest cities.  We will visit the city's most emblematic monuments in a colorful urban landscape.  With many centuries of history, we will visit the most picturesque corners of Porto and witness the magnificence of the great architectural symbols of the “Cidade Invicta” (The Unvanquished City), like the Cathedral, the neo-Classical Stock Exchange Palace, the Cathedral Quarter and Church of St. Francisco.  After lunch on our own, the day is ours to relax before our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant (B|D)

DAY 11: Porto > Detroit

Today we say, “tchau” after an incredible pilgrimage to these holy sites of Portugal and Spain. (B)

What’s Included 
· Round trip airfare from Detroit to Portugal**
· Meeting/assistance upon arrival and departure at airport w/ porterage at airport and hotels
· Daily Holy Mass w/ Fr Chris and Fr Paul
· 9 nights in beautiful 4* hotels 
· Daily breakfast, 6 dinners (including wine) and  4 lunches
· 9 full days sightseeing as per program with Catholic guide
· Luxury air-conditioned coach
· Entrance fees as per itinerary 
* Price is for double occupancy - single supplement is $700. $200 discount for check or Zelle payment (all payments must be check or Zelle, otherwise full price applies)
**Price is budgetary until international airfare is published in late May 2024
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