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15 Days / 12 Nights
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15 Days / 12 Nights  -  Barcelona to Fatima
Participate in the world's most requested Marian journey as we come to encounter first hand the tangible grace behind Our Lady's life-changing visitations from Barcelona to Fatima.
 
Highlights
Barcelona (1) – La Sagrada Familia / Montserrat (2) – Black Virgin & Monastery / Manresa – St Ignatius Cave / Lourdes Pilgrimage (3) / Loyola – St Ignatius / Santo Domingo de Silos (1) – Gregorian Chanting Monks / Segovia – St John of the Cross / Avila (2) – St Teresa / Alba de Tormes / Fatima Centenary (3) / Depart Lisbon

DAY 1: DEPART FOR SPAIN

DAY 2: ARRIVE BARCELONA

On arrival at Barcelona airport we will be met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure in this city synonymous with art, culture and faith.
Barcelona overnight (D)

 
DAY 3: BARCELONA TO MONTSERRAT
HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• Admire Gaudi’s architecture
• Visit the Cathedral built on the spiritual centre of Barcelona
We enjoy a morning in Barcelona to experience the cultural canvas that underpinned many of Picasso’s artworks and view the unique and colourful architecture of Antonio Gaudi dispersed throughout the city. We commence with a visit to Barcelona Cathedral (La Seu), a celebrated example of Catalan Gothic architecture dating from the 14th century. The elevated site occupied by the cathedral has always been the spiritual centre of Barcelona.

We will be awe-struck visiting Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Familia Basilica, before a leisurely visit to Guell Park where we can enter Gaudi’s house (now a museum) as well as enjoying spectacular views over the city.

This afternoon we will arrive into stunning Montserrat. The renowned 11th century sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat lies at the top of a 4,000 foot high mountain and is one of Spain’s most popular pilgrimage destinations. The shrine is home to a 12th century miraculous statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, lovingly known as the “Black Madonna”, discovered in the Santa Cova or Holy Cave. Here at Montserrat St Ignatius kept vigil with a coarse sackcloth and a pilgrim staff.
Montserrat overnight (BD)

 
 
DAY 4: MONTSERRAT MOUNTAIN RETREAT
 HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• Pray before the image of Our Lady of Montserrat
• Time for prayer in the Holy Cave


The spirit of Montserrat is a unique blend of the mountain, the sanctuary, and the life of monasticism. Around the sanctuary you will find many different banners and emblems representing various religious, cultural, social, financial and even sporting organisations.

Our spectacular day of pilgrimage begins with a visit and Mass in the Basilica, the construction of which began in the 16th century, and a viewing of the beautiful Holy Image of Our Lady of Montserrat, known affectionately as the “Black Madonna.”  

We will then board the Santa Cova funicular railway and after a short ride, enjoy a walk down the sacred path passing modernist sculptures of the Mysteries of the Rosary (all worked on by Llimona and Gaudi among others). Almost hanging from the rock’s edge at the end of the route is the Chapel where the image of Our Lady of Montserrat was found by young shepherds in the 13th century after seeing a bright light which led them to the grotto. We take time here at the Holy Cave for prayer and reflection before taking the funicular railway back up to the Sanctuary.

Before lunch, we will take our place among the privileged to hear the heavenly sounds of the Montserrat Boys Choir (The Escolania), one of the oldest and most renowned in Europe.
After lunch we will have a private guided tour of the museums.

The remainder of the afternoon will provide the option of time for rest and prayerful reflection.
Before dinner, we may take the opportunity to join the Benedictine monks in the Basilica for the beautiful sounds of evening Vespers.
Montserrat overnight (BD)

 
DAY 5: MONTSERRAT TO LOURDES (VIA MANRESA)
HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• Mass in the cave of St Ignatius at Manresa
• Journey through the breathtaking foothills of the Pyrenees

After an early breakfast we farewell Montserrat and travel to the nearby town of Manresa where St Ignatius came on retreat for 11 months between 1522 and 1523. Each day he spent seven hours in prayer in a cave and then helped the sick in the village with the time he had left over. Here too Ignatius began to develop the method for seeking God’s will and where he wrote his renowned Spiritual Exercises. We come as pilgrims to this amazing place with St Ignatius and pray in the actual cave where his life and spirituality developed.

Later we travel through the scenic foothills of the Pyrenees, crossing into Southern France before continuing on to Lourdes. It was in this small town that Our Lady first appeared to St Bernadette in 1858.
Lourdes overnight (BD)

 
DAY 6: LOURDES
HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• Visit the village of Bartres where little Bernadette lived
• Participate in the memorable Evening Candlelight Procession

We celebrate an International Mass this morning with pilgrims worldwide in the immense Underground Basilica of Pius X (schedule permitting) followed by a visit to the little village of Bartres, and the farm where St Bernadette was nursed and later returned in adolescence to help her foster mother. We will visit the Sheepfold and the Parish Church where she spent so many hours in prayer.
 
We will return to Lourdes to enjoy a peaceful afternoon to rest, wander at your own pace or take the time to pray the Stations of the Cross with the life sized copper images which overlook the holy Grotto. Spend some quiet time perhaps reflecting at the Grotto with its chapel built over the place of the apparitions.

Optional Blessed Sacrament Procession and evening candlelight procession.
Lourdes overnight (BD)

 
DAY 7: LOURDES
HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• Mass at the Grotto of Apparitions
• Guided walking tour of Lourdes
• Opportunity to immerse in the miraculous Baths

This morning we will celebrate a group Mass at the Grotto – the site where young Bernadette experienced visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We then meet our guide for a walking tour of Lourdes including the Sanctuary area: Upper & Lower Basilicas, and the Baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. See the Boly Mill where she was born in 1844, the original parish church and the Cachot (prison) where the family lived due to misfortune during the time of the apparitions.
 
Free time this afternoon for a visit and prayers for the sick at the miraculous Baths where the water has continued to flow since 1858. Pilgrims may choose to submerge themselves in the healing waters, or collect the Lourdes water at the taps. During her ninth apparition to Bernadette, Our Lady said “Go drink and wash yourself at the spring”. Optional afternoon Blessed Sacrament Procession and Blessing of the Sick before a final evening candlelight procession after dinner.
Note:  Washing at the baths is a personally rewarding experience and is carried out in a dignified manner and with sensitivity to the privacy of each pilgrim.  
Lourdes overnight (BD)

 
DAY 8: LOURDES TO SANTO DOMINGO DE SILOS
HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• Travel through the picturesque Pyrenees mountains
• Visit the birthplace of St Ignatius
• Attend Vespers in Santo Domingo de Silos

We set out for our travel day, passing through the foothills of the Pyrenees and crossing the border back into northern Spain. En route we visit Loyola where St Ignatius was born and where he later found his conversion. In Loyola pilgrims will have the opportunity to visit the impressive Sanctuary of St Ignatius, including the Casa Santa (Holy House) - 13th century tower house – where he was born and spent many of his early years. Visit also the ornate monastery complete with shrine and relics of the saint and a 65m dome, which can be seen from a great distance. See the sparse room where he lived and recovered from his injuries and developed his spiritual life.

Finally we arrive at the quaint village of Santo Domingo de Silos, home to the great Benedictine Abbey famous for its beautiful Romanesque cloister and for spreading the finest tradition of Gregorian chant throughout the world.
After dinner we will proceed up to the Abbey for evening prayer.
Santo Domingo de Silos overnight (BD)

 
DAY 9: SANTO DOMINGO DE SILOS / SEGOVIA / AVILA
HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• Experience the chanted Mass of the Benedictine Monks
• View the acqueduct and Alcazar in Segovia
• Walking tour of stunning Segovia

Seven times a day for over 1,500 years a sweet and sublime sound rises like a fragrance from the hills of Castille. Is it the sound of angels singing? One might be mistaken to think so. Enter the Romanesque cloisters of the sacred monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos and you will discover that this heavenly sound emanates from the Benedictine monks who became world famous after their recordings of Gregorian chant hit number one on the European pop charts.

This morning we will attend the chanted High Mass at the Abbey before visiting the adjacent Monastery and Museum.

We then rejoin our coach and journey south to Segovia, between the Eresma and Clamores Rivers. We will visit the stunning Segovia Cathedral, the last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain. Marvel too at the best conserved aqueduct of the Imperial Roman Empire. Outside the walls, we will visit the convent where the mortal remains of Saint John of the Cross are buried. View here the famous Alcazar.

Departing Segovia, travel west to the historic walled town of Avila. The atmosphere has changed little since the days of St Teresa to whom the city is dedicated. It was here that she entered the Carmelite convent and encountered many mystical experiences during her time.
Avila overnight (BD)

 
DAY 10: AVILA
HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• Birthplace of Saint Teresa
• Avila’s Cathedral
• Monastery of the Incarnation for Mass

We begin our day with a visit to the Convent of Saint Teresa built over the saint’s birthplace and located just inside the South Gate of the old town. Most of the convent remains in cloister but you can see the very spot where she was born, now a chapel in the Baroque church. We then visit Avila’s Cathedral which was started in the 12th century before entering the Monastery of the Incarnation for Mass where St Teresa’s cell can be seen as well as other relics of her life.

Afternoon at leisure.
Avila overnight (BD)

 
DAY 11: AVILA TO FATIMA
HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• Mass in Alba de Tormes where St Teresa and St John of the Cross lived
• Leisurely lunchbreak in the ‘Golden City’

Departing Avila, we travel by coach to nearby Alba de Tormes, the little village where St Teresa died. Her incorrupt heart and arm are enshrined and displayed here at the Carmelite convent. Here too we enter the convent for Mass, where St John of the Cross lived and who companioned St Teresa in her spiritual walk.

We enjoy a lunch stop in Salamanca, known as the ‘Golden City’ owing to the colour of its historic sandstone buildings. Cross the border into Portugal and continue on to Fatima where in 1917 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children as ‘a lady in white’.
Fatima overnight (BD)

 
DAY 12: FATIMA PILGRIMAGE
HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• Walk & pray the Way of the Cross
• Visit the homes of the visionary children
• Candlelight Centenary Anniversary Vigil

This morning we will walk and pray the Stations along the beautiful Way of the Cross (the Sacred Way).
Continue to Valinhos, the site of Our Lady’s appearance after the children’s return from prison before proceeding to Aljustrel to visit the homes where the children lived. Enter the original Parish church and see the Baptismal font where the children were baptised.

Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Back in Fatima tonight, the Centenary Anniversary Vigil ceremonies will continue with an extraordinary number of pilgrims joining together for the International Rosary followed by a Candlelight Procession and concelebrated Mass on the steps of the Rosary Basilica.
Fatima overnight (BD)

 
DAY 13: FATIMA CENTENARY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
HARVEST HIGHPOINTS
• 100th Anniversary Year Celebrations in the Square
• Tour of the Shrine highlights

We return to the Square this morning for the Extraordinary Centenary Anniversary celebrations. Commence with a Rosary followed by the procession of Our Lady’s statue. Celebrate the extraordinary International Anniversary Mass followed by the Blessing of the Sick and Consecration.

Enjoy a tour of the largest square in Christendom. Highlights being the site of the apparitions, Rosary Basilica with the Tombs of the visionaries, the Museum and Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Fatima overnight (BD)
 
DAY 14: DEPART PORTUGAL

Today we will be transferred to Lisbon airport for our homebound or onward flight connections.
(B)

 

2017 DATES AND PRICES

AIR & TOUR PACKAGE
Code Departs Aust AUD
7GM01A MON 1 MAY $6190
7GM02A THU 1 JUN $5990
7GM03A FRI 1 SEP $5990
7GM04A MON 2 OCT $5990
TOUR ONLY
Code Begins/Ends AUD
7GM01L 2 MAY TO 15 MAY $4190
7GM02L 2 JUN TO 14 JUN $3990
7GM03L 2 SEP TO 14 SEP $3990
7GM04L 3 OCT TO 16 OCT $4090
CHAPLAIN
Name
Fr Warren Edwards
Fr Patrick Vaughan
Fr Justin Darlow

 

 

 

Single Room Supplement: $990
NB. An additional mandatory prepaid tipping fund of $15 per day per person will be invoiced in advance by Harvest to avoid regular inconvenience to pilgrims on tour.
 
Full package based on departure from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth including all airline taxes and levies (subject to change). Tour Only costs include local internal airfares between Start/End dates. Refer to our full price inclusions and Booking Procedures for more information.
 

 

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Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
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Until further notice
Travel Period:
01 May / 1 Jun / 1 Sep / 2 Oct
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