Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims as you make your way through France, Spain, and Portugal on this immersive tour. As you go, admire some o…
Basilica of St. Sernin, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Burgos Cathedral, the Way of St. James, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Basilica of Our La…
On this guided tour, you'll walk for at least 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.
Board your overnight flight to Toulouse today.
Welcome to France! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Set out with a local guide for a walking tour of Toulouse. • Explore the Place du Capitole, a square lined with grand government buildings • Browse fresh flowers as you stroll through the outdoor market (seasonal) • Step inside the Basilica of St. Sernin, a UNESCO World Heritage site • Admire the imposing Church of the Jacobins, the city’s historic Bernuy Mansion, and the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques
Transfer to Lourdes, France’s most sacred Christian pilgrimage site, for a guided sightseeing tour. • Visit the houses of Bernadette • Enter the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes to see the Rosary Basilica and the Grotto of Massabielle, a healing site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared • Step inside the Basilica of Saint Pius X, completed in 1957 Enjoy a free evening to attend the Marian Procession, which has occurred every night since 1872, ending at a mass in the Grotto of the Apparition.
Spend a full free day exploring Lourdes on your own. If you choose, attend an international mass in the Basilica of St. Pius X during the morning. This afternoon, you may spend free time attending the Blessed Sacrament Procession at an open-air altar. (Please note: The procession lasts one hour. In the event of inclement weather, the procession will take place inside the Basilica of St. Pius X.)
Make your way to Zaragoza, Spain, driving along a French portion of the Way of St. James in the Pyranees Mountains as you go. Stop in the Spanish town of Jaca for free time before arriving in Zaragoza, the capital of the historic Aragon region.
Join a local guide for a tour of Zaragoza. • See the Plaza de las Catedrales and La Seo, an architecturally impressive cathedral • Enter the Basílica del Pilar, a major pilgrimage center that was built after a Marian apparition appeared on the bank of the Ebro River This afternoon, transfer to Burgos, another important city along the Way of St. James.
Join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of Burgos. • Stroll through the city center and take in the beauty of Burgos Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site • Step inside the enormous Gothic structure to admire the architecture of its chapels • See the tombs of El Cid and his wife, both buried in the cathedral in 1919 Enjoy a free afternoon in Burgos or add an excursion.
For centuries, the revered route to the final resting place of St. James has been traversed by countless pilgrims. Today, follow in their footsteps as you make your way along a 3.5-mile portion of the trail, passing through picturesque countryside outside of Burgos as you go. Please note: This excursion is walking-intensive and takes place on mostly flat terrain with some hills. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat are all recommended as the route does not offer much shade.3 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.
This morning, continue on to León for a guided walking tour. • View Plaza Mayor and the 14th-century Palace of Count Luna • Admire the Palacio de los Guzmanes and the striking Casa de los Botines, designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí • Step inside León Cathedral, which was built over ancient Roman baths • Enter the Romanesque Basílica de San Isidoro, which dates back to the 11th century
Travel to Santiago de Compostela, the UNESCO-listed destination of medieval pilgrims. Stop along the way at the Monte de Gozo, or “Hill of Joy,” which is the site where pilgrims can first look at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in the distance. Spend a free afternoon exploring or add excursions.
For a true taste of Galicia, sit down to a succulent dinner at a local restaurant in Santiago de Compostela. Savor the freshest seafood and meat specialties Spain has to offer as you choose from a variety of menu options. As you dine, enjoy some of the region’s finest wines including Ribiero, Godello, or Albariño. At the end of the meal, observe the preparation ritual of Queimada, a drink of distilled spirits blended with herbs, fruits, and spices.3 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.
Set off from Santiago de Compostela and make your way to the town of Melide, which has been a stop along the Way of St. James since the 10th century. With a local guide leading the way, follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims as you make your way along a 3-mile portion of the time-worn Galician path to the town of Boente. As you go, stroll through lush forest and cross medieval bridges before returning to Santiago de Compostela. Please note: This excursion is walking-intensive and takes place on mostly flat terrain with some hills. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat are all recommended as the route does not offer much shade.4.5 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.
Walk through Santiago de Compostela, a town that once ranked just behind Jerusalem and Rome as one of Christendom’s most important pilgrimage sites. • Stroll along the ancient city’s narrow streets and stop at Parque de la Alameda • Enter the Gothic Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, which marks the end of the Way of St. James Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in Santiago de Compostela or add an excursion.
Join a local guide as you make your way to the Galician Coast, stopping at the Río Xallas waterfalls in Mirador de Ézaro on the way. Arrive in the traditional fishing village of Fisterra, where you'll enjoy free time to explore. Then, continue on toward Cape Finisterre, the final destination for pilgrims on the Way of St. James. End your excursion taking in picturesque views of the coastal cliffs and famous lighthouse. Please note: The weather in autumn and winter can be cold and humid.5 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.
Cross the border into Portugal as you journey to Fátima for a free afternoon and evening. If you wish, you may spend your time at an afternoon mass or an evening candlelight rosary procession.
Join a local guide for a tour of Fátima, the famous Catholic site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared six times to three young shepherds. • Step inside the Houses of Jacinta to learn more about the three Secrets of Fátima • Enter the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima and explore its grotto Later, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.
Transfer to the Lisbon airport for your flight home, or continue your journey in the Portuguese capital.
Whitewashed buildings, red-clay roofs, and winding yellow trams are all part of the colorful cityscape of Portugal’s capital. Take two nights in Lisbon to explore this historic city’s monuments, cafes, and winding streets. Walk through the Alfama District, seek out the best bachalau and caldo verde, or pack a picnic lunch and watch the world go by on the banks of the Tagus. In Lisbon, there's discovery around every corner.
Continue on to Lisbon, making two stops along the way. • Join a local guide during a visit to the city of Tomar, where you’ll enter the UNESCO-listed Convent of Christ • Enjoy a brief visit to Santarém, a city located on the Portuguese Way of St. James
Get to know the Portuguese capital on a tour with a local guide. • Take in panoramic city views from Eduardo VII Park and pass Plaza del Marqués de Pombal • View the Tower of Belém, the Maritime Monument, and the impressive Jerónimos Monastery, which was built to honor voyagers • Walk from the Bairro Alto through Chiado square to the Baixa district in the heart of the city • Step inside Santo António Church, the site where many believe Saint Anthony of Padua was born Spend a free afternoon in Lisbon or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.
Spend your evening at a Lisbon tavern listening to fado. Derived from the Latin word fatum—meaning “prophecy” or “fate”—fado is Portugal’s national musical treasure. Fado’s traditional theme is saudade, a word that doesn’t quite translate to English but conveys a sense of both nostalgia and longing. Dinner is included during this memorable musical evening.3 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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