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Day 2: Lisbon
Arrive Lisbon airport, meet your Teach By Travel tour manager, and board your coach for an orientation drive through Lisbon. Included stop at St. Anthony's Church, whose name is called upon to help locate lost objects. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.
Day 3: Santarem - Fátima
Travel to Santarem. Stroll through Santarém's main square, Praça Sá da Bandeira, the site of a palatial baroque 17th century Jesuit seminary, now serving as the town's cathedral, with gilded carved altars and a painted ceiling. Special visit to the Church of the Holy Miracle, home to a 13th-century eucharistic miracle. The shrine is among the most famous of its kind and is visited by thousands of pilgrims. Proceed to Fátima.
Day 4: Fátima
A full day to experience the intense spirituality at Fátima, one of the most visited holy places for Catholics, best known for the famous apparitions that took place in 1917, when three peasant children claimed to have seen the "Virgin of the Rosary", Our Lady of Fátima. See the shrine called the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, built to commemorate the events of 1917 and the Sanctuary of Fátima where the tombstones of the three young visionaries lie. Also see the Hamlet of Aljustrel where the children lived, and Valinhos, a site of Our Lady's appearance. Walk the Sacred Way to the Chapel of Calvary, overlooking Fátima. Dinner and overnight in Fátima.
Day 5: Salamanca
Journey to Salamanca, rich in Renaissance architecture. Enjoy your guided tour of this university city, including the University of Salamanca, a masterwork of Plateresque style, the University Hospital with its beautiful Renaissance court, the Renaissance Palacio Anaya, and more. Time to explore the 18th century Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful squares in Spain. Dinner and overnight in Salamanca.
Day 6: Ávila - Burgos
Transfer to Ávila, one of the finest remnants of Europe's medieval era, featuring Renaissance churches and palaces. Guided tour of Ávila before continuing to the Monastery of Santo Domingo, famous for its very old Romanesque cloister and the chanting of the Gregorian monks. Continue to Burgos for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Burgos - Lourdes
Guided city tour of Burgos, a major stop for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy the 13th century Gothic Cathedral, La Casa del Cordon, Puerta de Santa Maria, and Monasterio de las Huelgas, with its gothic chaperterhouse and its Romanesque cloister, considered one of the most important monuments in Spain. Sit back and enjoy the view of the Pyrenees Mountains, dividing Spain and France, as you travel to Lourdes for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Lourdes
A full day in Lourdes, where millions of Catholic pilgrims gather each year, a result of visions of the Virgin Mary reported by a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. See the cave where the sightings occured and the Basilica of the Rosary built to watch over it, as well as the House of Bernadette Soubirous' parents, featuring a kitchen, Bernadette's bedroom, photographs and other memorabilia of the childhood life of Lourdes' most famous daughter. View the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place.
Day 9: Lourdes - Paris
Transfer to the train station and board your train bound for Paris. Time to explore on your own before dinner and overnight in Paris.
Day 10: Paris
Morning guided city tour. See the Eiffel Tower
, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame
Cathedral, and more. Free time before Special Farewell Dinner at Restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel!
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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