Renowned pilgrimage trails and elegant cathedrals offer historical acts of devotion, inspiring a renewal of faith during your customizable Spain and Portugal itinerary. Ringing church bells in Braga convey the new day. Christian Pilgrims following the Camino de Santiago string shells to their bags, indicating their acts of piety. Fountains bubble as adornments along an elegant switchback stairway. The tomb of Vasco de Gama commemorates a golden age of exploration that helped build the Jerónimos...
Lisbon – Renewing the Spirit
Lisbon is a city of majesty and history, charm, and spirit. The whitewashed homes and orange-tiled rooftops of the Alfama district contrast the golden walls of Saint Gorge’s Castle. The faint aroma of the ocean sweeps in from the Atlantic in the west and the waters of the Tagus River ripple beneath the image of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. The monument was erected to commemorate the 500th-anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, who helped usher in the Golden Age of Discovery. Images of famous Portuguese explorers, including Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco de Gama, adorn the ship-like image.
The esplanade contains a compass and mosaic map charting the world, along with the dates in which the Portuguese discovered new lands. Your flight lands at Lisbon Portela Airport. Your private transfer greets you upon your arrival and escorts you to the comforts of your hotel offering views of the riverbanks and the cobbled lanes of the historical city. Funiculars traverse the various hills and patrons of charming cafes watch passersby from patio tables. After settling into the serene charm of your hotel, you set out with your guide for an introductory walking tour of the city, leading you to treasured churches of Lisbon. Igreja da Pena was erected in the 18th century with baroque aesthetic gilding the nave and altar. The aromas of frankincense and myrrh continue to drift beneath the archways and along the vaulted ceiling, accentuating the opulent décor.
Fatima – An Individual Journey
Fatima – In Honor of the Shrine
Santiago de Compostela – Inside Portuguese Rome
Santiago de Compostela – On the Path of Pilgrims
Burgos – Magnificence in the Cathedral
Barcelona – Treasures of Zaragoza
Barcelona – A Culmination of Devotion
Barcelona – Reaffirmation of Wonder
- Follow a portion of the Comino del Santiago de Compostela, the trail which pilgrims have followed since the 9th century
- Traverse the mixture of dramatic architecture and serene ambiance inside the Knights Templar Monastery-Fortress in the Portuguese town of Tomar
- Embrace the stunning architecture and spirited atmosphere deriving from the Shrine of Our Lady Fatima in Fatima, Portugal
- Traverse the zigzagging stairway connecting to the plateau of Bom Jesus do Monte outside of Braga, Portugal
- Kiss the marble pillar associated with Santiago’s vision of the Virgin Mary along the outer walls of Our Lady of Pillar Cathedral in Zaragoza, Spain
- Wander the stunning grounds of Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon to view stunning maritime motifs, grand architecture, and the tomb of Vasco de Gama
- Relish the unique beauty and intricate details of the Sagrada Familia Basilica during your private tour of Barcelona
- Discover Moorish features and gilded décor inside the medieval cathedral of Burgos, Spain
Celebrate faith and history, art and architecture during your 9-day tour of Portugal and Spain highlighting the religious monuments and pilgrimage sites of the Iberian Peninsula. The journey begins with your arrival in Lisbon. The capital of Portugal offers a blend of historic neighborhoods and contemporary comfort overlooking the Tagus River. Your private transfer escorts you from Lisbon Portela Airport to your hotel located in the heart of the historic district. Spend time in the afternoon visiting the notable churches around the city, including Igreja da Pena.
The next morning, your guide introduces you to the stunning Christian and Catholic history of Lisbon embodied in the religious architecture of the cathedral and Jeronimos Monastery. Continue to the town of Fatima to visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which lead to the Three Secrets of Fatima. Then, you venture to the medieval town of Tomar to explore the Monastery-Castle first erected by the Knight’s Templar in the 12th century. Return to Fatima for the evening to enjoy the candlelight procession at Our Lady of Fatima Basilica. Before crossing into Spain, your private transfer escorts you to Braga.
Explore the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary to find elegant baroque décor. Venture into Spain to visit the Christian city center of Santiago de Compostela and the remarkable interior of St. James’ Cathedral. Next, you traverse to the ends of Spain to view Cape Finisterre, the unofficial end of the Pilgrim’s Route, fulfilling your religious aims. Return to Santiago to follow a portion of the trail on which pilgrims have traveled since the 9th century. Your private transfer escorts you to Burgos. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic castle and majestic gothic cathedral.
Reach Zaragoza for a half-day tour of the often-overlooked city. Wander along the remarkable cathedral to find devout pilgrims kissing fragments of a 2nd-century pillar said to be where Mary stood during Santiago’s vision. Continue to Barcelona to settling into the luxuries of your hotel. Then, you have a grand tour of Barcelona, introducing you to the historic architecture of the Gothic Quarter and the surreal aesthetic of architect Antonin Gaudi, culminating at La Sagrada Familia Basilica. On the final day, your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to Barcelona El-Prat Airport for your flight home.
$1,975 per person (excluding international flights)
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