DAY 1 - Arrive Fatima
This morning we will depart from Dublin to Lisbon. Upon arrival we will be met by our guide and drive to Fatima where we will stay for the following four nights. Our introduction to Fatima will begin with a guided tour of the sanctuary which will include visits to the Chapel of the Apparitions (considered as "the heart" of the Marian Shrine and where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1917); the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary (where we will see the tombs of the three little shepherds: Lucia dos Santos, St. Francisco and St. Jacinta Marto); and the modern Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, built to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims arriving in Fatima.
DAY 2 - Valinhos & Aljustrel
Our morning guided tour will take us to Valinhos, the site of the 4th apparition of Our Lady on August 19, 1917. After time for private prayer, we will walk to Loca do Cabeço where the first and the third apparition of the Guardian Angel of Portugal (also knowns as the Angel of Peace) took place. Continuing onto the village of Aljustrel, we will see the late 19th century family houses of the children. Our morning tour will conclude with a visit to the Parish Church of Fatima where the three shepherd children were baptized.
We will return to our hotel for lunch and have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. After dinner there will be Rosary in the sanctuary, followed by the Candlelight Procession.
DAY 3 - Santarem (optional)
This morning there will be an optional half day excursion to Santarem. Here we will visit the Church of St. Stephen – current Sanctuary of the Most Holy Miracle – which marks the place where the sacred particles of the 13th century Eucharistic miracle are preserved. We will celebrate Mass and afterwards venerate the relics of the Eucharistic Miracle which took place in 1247.
We will return to our hotel for lunch and in the afternoon have the opportunity to visit the museum and permanent exhibition “Fatima Light and Peace”, home to the precious Crown of Our Lady of Fatima with the bullet that hit John Paul II and the wonderful Monstrance which was gifted by the people of Ireland to the Shrine of Fatima in 1949.
After dinner there will be Rosary in the sanctuary, followed by the Candlelight Procession.
DAY 4 - Hungarian Way of the Cross
This morning we will walk the Way of the Cross. The “Sacred Way” marks the path taken by the three shepherd children when they came from Aljustrel to Cova da Iria to graze their herds. As we arrive at the 15th station, dedicated to the Resurrection of Jesus, we will have time for private prayer. After the celebration of Mass at the Chapel of St. Stephen, King of Hungary, we will have the opportunity to climb the steps to the calvary on the roof of the chapel, where we can enjoy beautiful views of Aljustrel, Fatima parish church and the Rosary Basilica. We will return to our hotel and have the afternoon at leisure for private sightseeing. After dinner there will be Rosary in the sanctuary, followed by the Candlelight Procession.
DAY 5 - International Mass
This morning after breakfast we can attend International Mass in the Sanctuary. Return to the hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon take some free time to explore the town or for private prayer. In the late afternoon attend the Blessed Sacrament Procession and Benediction in the Sanctuary and attend Holy Mass in the Hotel Chapel before dinner. Rosary and Candlelight Procession in the evening.
DAY 6 - Lisbon
This morning we will check out of our hotel and depart to the village of Lumiar, situated on the outskirts of Lisbon. We will celebrate the closing Mass of our pilgrimage in the parish church of St. John the Baptist, home to a precious relic of St. Brigid which has been carefully preserved for centuries. After time for private prayer, we will drive to Lisbon airport for our return flight to Dublin.
*It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events.