Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Western Europe

(Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Avila, Loyola,
Lourdes, Lisieux and Paris)
Fr Marcel Bouchard/Randy and Bernadette Pinto
October 18 – 31, 2017 (14 days)
$4,499 from Orlando or Boston

Dear Friends,

I invite you to join us on a pilgrimage that is both exciting and soul-searching. We’ll visit and pray at shrines of some of that great cloud of witnesses (Heb. 12:1) in western Europe. We’ll visit Fatima during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions. We’ll celebrate Mass at St. James Cathedral in Santiago. ere will be an opportunity to walk the final steps of the El Camino. We’ll join hundreds praying the rosary in the evening at Lourdes. We’ll visit holy sites in Paris, most notably Notre Dame Cathedral. Much more is included in our spiritual journey from Portugal, through Spain, and into France. On our pilgrimage we’ll celebrate faith, friends, and fun.

Fr. Marcel H. Bouchard,
Pastor St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Parish, Nantucket, Mass

 

Dear Friends,

Join us in WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE SAINTS and visiting the Marian Shrines of Western Europe that have made their mark on our Catholic spirituality. We have an itinerary that provides an introduction to the important shrines in Portugal, Spain and France. We will form our own Catholic community as we share in the Eucharist at our daily Mass and pray at the holiest of shrines. Our team of tour manager, private coach bus and driver, and spiritual direction of our cousin Fr Marcel will provide a most spirit filled and loving encounter of Jesus, Mary, the Saints and our church in Europe.

Randy & Bernadette Pinto.
Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Ministers Holy Name of Jesus Church, 
Indialantic, Florida

THIS PILGRIMAGE INCLUDES:

Round trip airfare on United Airlines
Breakfast and dinner per itinerary
Specially selected hotel accommodations
Air-conditioned motor coach
Full-time tour manager
Departure tax and current fuel charge

For Information & Reservations Contact:
Randy and Bernadette Pinto
2580 Red Maple Place, Melbourne, FL 32935
Telephone: 321-987-8173 – Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;
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Have questions about this pilgrimage? Ask us! Go to www.Unitours.com/questions.

Unitours will provide the travel arrangements for this tour. You will discover joining us is a wise choice, given Unitours’ extensive worldwide reputation for quality tours since 1957. Under the same American ownership since its founding, Unitours maintains close partners in Tel Aviv, Athens, Italy and London. Unitours has arranged for your transfers, hotels, meals, air-conditioned motor coach, English-speaking guides of the highest quality, sites for your Masses and other services along the way and every detail. You can rest assured that Unitours’ financial security, attention to detail and high standard of service will assure you the most memorable travel experience.

ITINERARY

Wed, Oct 18, Day 1DEPART THE USADepart from Orlando & Boston, connect in Newark, transatlantic to Lisbon, Portugal.

Thurs, Oct 19, Day 2LISBON/SANTAREM/ NAZARE/FATIMAAfter arriving in Lisbon late morning, we will visit the Church of Santo Antonio (St Anthony) and Basilica of Lisbon, go to lunch, and then travel to Santarem, Mass at the Church of the Holy Miracle. Following Mass we have a short visit of the fishing village of Nazare, then dinner and overnight in our hotel in Fatima Village.

Fri, Oct 20, Day 3 – FATIMA SHRINE & EXCURSION TO ALCOBAHAAfter enjoying breakfast, we begin today with Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. We will also visit the Tombs of Francisco, Jacinto and Sr. Lucia, the Aljustrel where the children lived, and the Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared after the children’s return from prison. This afternoon you can choose between free time for individual sightseeing or personal devotions (rosary or prayers at the Hungarian Stations of the Cross); or, take an excursion to the 12th century monastery of Alcobaha. Founded in 1153, it was one of the most important of the medieval monasteries in Portugal. We return to our hotel in Fatima Village for dinner and overnight.

Sat, Oct 21, Day 4 – FATIMA/BOM JESUS SHRINE/SANTIAGOThis morning after enjoying breakfast, we make our way to Bom Jesus do Monte, one of Portugal’s most spectacular religious sanctuaries. Upon arrival, we celebrate Mass at the Bom Jesus Shrine. Our journey continues as we make our way to Santiago. As we approach Santiago you can choose to walk the final 2-3 kilometers to Saint James Cathedral, the final few steps of the El Camino, which thousands of pilgrims walk each year. We gather at St James for transport to our hotel, dinner, and overnight.

Sun, Oct 22, Day 5 – SANTIAGO: VISIT OF THE SHRINEAfter breakfast, we make our way to St James Cathedral for Mass and then a full day of sightseeing in the city of Spain’s patron saint. After a tour of the Cathedral, we will have a walking tour of this medieval city. There will be ample time during the day to browse through the streets and plazas. We have dinner and overnight in our hotel in Santiago.

Mon, Oct 23, Day 6 – SANTIAGO/LEON/BURGOSAfter breakfast, we have a full day of travel, with a lovely stop in Leon on the way to Burgos. Upon arrival in Leon, we will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral. After lunch, we will have a city guide tour of Leon and the holy sites. We finish our day’s journey to Burgos, dinner and overnight.

Tues, Oct 24, Day 7 – BURGOS/AVILA/BURGOSAfter breakfast, we travel to Avila for the day and visit the holy sites of St Teresa of Avila. Mass today will be in the Cathedral of Avila. After a full day, we travel back to Burgos for dinner and overnight.

Wed, Oct 25, Day 8 – BURGOS/LOYOLA/ LOURDESAfter breakfast we start our day with Mass at the Cathedral of Burgos. After a tour of the Cathedral, we start our journey to Lourdes. At about halfway to Lourdes, we’ll stop in Loyola and visit St Ignatius birthplace and Cathedral. After lunch we’ll get back on the road for Lourdes. We plan on dinner at our hotel in Lourdes. If we arrive on time, we will attend the evening rosary and torchlight procession and return to our hotel for overnight in Lourdes.

Thurs, Oct 26, Day 9 – LOURDESThis day is spent in devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. After breakfast, we begin with Mass in the Basilica. We visit the legendary waters of the miraculous Lourdes springs, tour the shrine, Boly Mill, Cachot, and the local parish church. After dinner, we will attend the evening rosary and torchlight procession. Return to our hotel for overnight.

Fri, Oct 27, Day 10 – LOURDES/PARISBreakfast, and then travel to Paris via plane. On arrival in Paris, we enjoy an orientation bus tour of the City of Lights. As part of our tour, we pass by the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and travel down the famous Champs-Elysees. After completion of the tour, we will check into our hotel and the balance of the afternoon is free. After dinner, we will embark upon a lovely evening boat cruise along the Seine River to view the stunningly beautiful “City of Light”. We will return to our hotel for overnight.

Sat, Oct 28, Day 11 – PARIS/LISIEUX/BEC ABBEY/ROUEN/PARISToday we are spending the day outside of Paris visiting the holy sites so famous in northern France. We start the day in Lisieux and will have mass in the Basilica of Saint Therese, “The Little Flower.” We then travel a few kilometers to see the Abbey of our Lady of Bec. We conclude with travel to Rouen and trace the steps of St Joan of Arc and see where she went to trial and was martyred. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Paris.

Sun, Oct 29, Day 12 – PARISAfter breakfast, we will tour Notre Dame Cathedral and attend the special Sunday International Mass. After Mass our tour continues with a visit to St Chappelle, and then continue on to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. We conclude with our visit to the church of St Etienne du Mont (with the tomb of Paris patroness St. Genevieve). Afterwards we have free time for lunch and dinner (on your own) and touring. We have overnight in our hotel in Paris.

Mon, Oct 30, Day 13 – PARISAfter breakfast, we travel to the church of Sacré Coeur for Mass. Balance of the day is free for shopping or personal adventure or optional excursions. We enjoy our farewell dinner in a Parian restaurant and overnight in our hotel in Paris.

Tues, Oct 31, Day 14 – TRAVEL TO USAWith hearts full of gratitude and memories for a lifetime, we transfer to the Paris airport for the return flight home to the USA.

Land Arrangement. The tour operator reserves the right to change the itinerary due to emergencies. All items will be visited if possible but are subject to change due to local conditions and other contingencies.

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