DAY 1 - Good Friday
We will depart in the morning from Dublin to Lisbon. On arrival, we will meet our guide and drive to Fatima. After checking into our rooms we will check into our rooms and have free time for lunch.
On this Good Friday afternoon, as we will walk the Way of the Cross, it will allow us as Christians, to pause and enter reflectively into those last moments of Jesus's journey of love. Time permitting this evening, we will visit some of the following places:
- Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary - It was barely a decade after the apparitions that construction began on this church with its stirring Neo-Baroque architecture. It is now home to the tombs of the shepherd children.
- Chapel of the Apparitions - considered as �the heart� of the Marian Shrine and where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1917
- Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity - built to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims arriving in Fatima. The basilica can accommodate more than 8,000 pilgrims and boasts some magnificent works of liturgical art.
DAY 2 - Holy Saturday - Valinhos & Aljustrel
This morning we will visit the sites associated with the apparitions and three shepherd children.
Loca do Cabe�o
As the site of the first and third apparitions of the Angel of Peace to the children of Fatima, Loca do Cabe�o is a true place of reflection and prayer.
Between the 8th and 9th station of the Way of the Cross in the Path of the little Shepherds, there is the place where the fourth apparition of Our Lady took place, on August 19th, 1917.
Here we will see the late 19th century family houses of the children.
In the backyard of Lucia's house, we will see the famous well associated with the second apparition of the Angel, in the summer of 1916.
Church of St. Stephen
Our morning will end at the Hungarian Calvary where we will have time for private prayer in the church dedicated St. Stephen, King of Hungary.
We will return to Fatima and have the opportunity to spend some time at the sanctuary before the Vigil Mass that will take place this evening after dinner.
DAY 3 - Easter Sunday - International Sanctuary Mass
We will begin our celebrations on this Easter Sunday in the heart of the sanctuary, with prayer of the International Rosary at the Chapel of the Apparitions, and afterwards partake in the procession which will be followed by the International Mass. We will have an afternoon at leisure with the opportunity to relax on this Easter Sunday.
DAY 4 - Easter Monday - Optional visit to Santarem
This morning we will have time for private prayer at the sanctuary and in the afternoon have the opportunity to visit the historical town of Santar�m and Church of the Holy Miracle where we will celebrate Mass.
The Eucharistic Miracle of Santar�m which dates to 1247, is considered amongst one the most important Eucharistic Miracles. Today we will have the opportunity to venerate the relics of this Eucharistic Miracle which have been carefully preserved for centuries in the church dedicated to St. Stephen. We will have time for private prayer in this very special place.
DAY 5 - Tuesday - Optional visit to Nazar�
We will enjoy a morning at leisure and in the afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit the town of Nazar�. Departing from Fatima, our first stop will be Sitio, a historic and charming district of Nazar�. We will visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazar�, home to a unique statue, believed to be the earliest carved statues of Mary and the child Jesus, which legend tells us may have been carved by St. Joseph. After time for private prayer, we will drive down to the seaside town of Nazar� where we can have time for shopping and private sightseeing, enjoy a walk along the promenade, or simply relax in one of the many cafes and bars and soak up the atmosphere of this modern resort.
DAY 6 - Lisbon
This morning we will check out of our hotel and time to return to the sanctuary. In the afternoon we will depart Fatima and drive to the nearby village of Lumiar, situated on the outskirts of Lisbon. We will visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, home to a precious relic of St. Brigid which has been carefully preserved for centuries. We will have time for private prayer before continuing 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.