MADRID, SEGOVIA, AVILA & SALAMANCA. Breakfast. This morning you will depart at first to Segovia , a medieval enclave which has maintained its ancient monuments and ambience with particular success. Upon arrival we will drive around this two-millennium-old Castilian city which is enhanced by spiritual qualities of undeniable value. We will stop to visit the convent where Saint John of the Cross, friend of Saint Theresa, theological scholar and one of the greatest poets of the Spanish language is buried. You will continue across Castilian lands to Avila . We will stop at first at the Encarnation Monastery, the place where Saint Theresa of Jesus started the foundation of the Carmelite order and where she lived most of her live After lunch on your own, we will continue towards the university city of Salamanca , a true marvel of renaissance art. The University is among the three most ancient in Europe (founded in 1218) and has had among its students and professors Brother Luis of Leon and Saint John of the Cross. In addition, the city is one of the few European cities with two cathedrals, one ancient in the Romanesque style, and the other in late gothic style. We will enjoy this afternoon a walking tour of Salamanca before dinner and overnight.
SALAMANCA – FATIMA.
After breakfast, we will leave Salamanca towards the borderline city of Portalegre, and soon we will arrive into Portugal. We will continue towards our main destination Fatima , where we will arrive early afternoon. Check in at the hotel and rest of the afternoon we will be able to attend some of the local pilgrimage masses before dinner and the candlelight after our dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Fatima.
After breakfast you will celebrate mass at the Chapel of Apparitions with other pilgrims. After Mass you will tour Fatima, where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to three shepherd children (two of these children were Beatified in May 2000). See their houses in the village of Aljustrel, the parochial church of Fatima where they were baptized, and of course, the chapel erected on the site of the Virgin Mary's appearances, and the basilica. It is not surprising that Fatima is one of the most visited Christian pilgrimage destinations of the world. Dinner at hotel. Join other pilgrims gathering at the Shrine for a candlelight procession.
BURGOS, LEON & SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA.
After Burgos, you will depart following the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route towards the city of Leon. Upon arrival you will have a tour of the Cathedral of Leon and once the tour is finished, you will have some time for lunch on your own before you will continue on route towards Santiago de Compostela, following the French route to Santiago. We will continue on our way, leaving Castilian territory via the Galician province of Lugo. Arrival at Santiago de Compostela. Dinner and overnight stay in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 5, FATIMA & MADRID.
After breakfast we will depart towards Madrid. We will stop along the route for lunch on your own before arrive into Madrid in the afternoon. End of services.