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Marian Shrines & the Way of St. James

with Lisbon extension
  • Duration: 14 or 16 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 41
Trace the route devout pilgrims have walked since the middle ages.

Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims as you make your way through France, Spain, and Portugal on this immersive tour. As you go, admire some of the holiest sites in Christendom and step inside soaring churches where people have prayed for centuries. From bustling Toulouse and historic Lourdes to the ancient streets of Santiago de Compostela, spirituality comes to the forefront on this memorable journey.

Your tour package includes
  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Basilica of St. Sernin
  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • the Way of St. James
  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Toulouse today.

Toulouse2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Toulouse
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to France! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Toulouse
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out with a local guide for a walking tour of Toulouse.

• Explore the Place du Capitole, a square lined with grand government buildings

• Browse fresh flowers as you stroll through the outdoor market (seasonal)

• Step inside the Basilica of St. Sernin, a UNESCO World Heritage site

• Admire the imposing Church of the Jacobins, the city’s historic Bernuy Mansion, and the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques

Lourdes2 nights
Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Lourdes
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Lourdes, France’s most sacred Christian pilgrimage site, for a guided sightseeing tour.

• Visit the houses of Bernadette

• Enter the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes to see the Rosary Basilica and the Grotto of Massabielle, a healing site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared

• Step inside the Basilica of Saint Pius X, completed in 1957

Enjoy a free evening to attend the Marian Procession, which has occurred every night since 1872, ending at a mass in the Grotto of the Apparition.

Day 5: Free day in Lourdes
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day exploring Lourdes on your own. If you choose, attend an international mass in the Basilica of St. Pius X during the morning. This afternoon, you may spend free time attending the Blessed Sacrament Procession at an open-air altar. (Please note: The procession lasts one hour. In the event of inclement weather, the procession will take place inside the Basilica of St. Pius X.)

Zaragoza1 night
Day 6: Zaragoza via Jaca
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Zaragoza, Spain, driving along a French portion of the Way of St. James in the Pyranees Mountains as you go. Stop in the Spanish town of Jaca for free time before arriving in Zaragoza, the capital of the historic Aragon region.

Burgos2 nights
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Zaragoza
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local guide for a tour of Zaragoza.

• See the Plaza de las Catedrales and La Seo, an architecturally impressive cathedral

• Enter the Basílica del Pilar, a major pilgrimage center that was built after a Marian apparition appeared on the bank of the Ebro River

This afternoon, transfer to Burgos, another important city along the Way of St. James.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Burgos
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of Burgos.

• Stroll through the city center and take in the beauty of Burgos Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site

• Step inside the enormous Gothic structure to admire the architecture of its chapels

• See the tombs of El Cid and his wife, both buried in the cathedral in 1919

Enjoy a free afternoon in Burgos or add an excursion.

Burgos & the Way of St. James Walk
Excursion (additional cost)
León1 night
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of León
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, continue on to León for a guided walking tour.

• View Plaza Mayor and the 14th-century Palace of Count Luna

• Admire the Palacio de los Guzmanes and the striking Casa de los Botines, designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí

• Step inside León Cathedral, which was built over ancient Roman baths

• Enter the Romanesque Basílica de San Isidoro, which dates back to the 11th century

Santiago de Compostela2 nights
Day 10: Transfer to Santiago de Compostela
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Santiago de Compostela, the UNESCO-listed destination of medieval pilgrims. Stop along the way at the Monte de Gozo, or “Hill of Joy,” which is the site where pilgrims can first look at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in the distance.

Spend a free afternoon exploring or add excursions.

Melide & the Way of St. James Walk
Excursion (additional cost)
Traditional Galician Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Santiago de Compostela
Included meal: Breakfast

Walk through Santiago de Compostela, a town that once ranked just behind Jerusalem and Rome as one of Christendom’s most important pilgrimage sites.

• Stroll along the ancient city’s narrow streets and stop at Parque de la Alameda

• Enter the Gothic Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, which marks the end of the Way of St. James

Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in Santiago de Compostela or add an excursion.

Cape Finisterre Coastal Pilgrimage
Excursion (additional cost)
Fátima2 nights
Day 12: Transfer to Fátima
Included meal: Breakfast

Cross the border into Portugal as you journey to Fátima for a free afternoon and evening. If you wish, you may spend your time at an afternoon mass or an evening candlelight rosary procession.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Fátima
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a local guide for a tour of Fátima, the famous Catholic site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared six times to three young shepherds.

• Step inside the Houses of Jacinta to learn more about the three Secrets of Fátima

• Enter the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima and explore its grotto

Later, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Lisbon airport for your flight home, or continue your journey in the Portuguese capital.

Extension to Lisbon

Whitewashed buildings, red-clay roofs, and winding yellow trams are all part of the colorful cityscape of Portugal’s capital. Take two nights in Lisbon to explore this historic city’s monuments, cafes, and winding streets. Walk through the Alfama District, seek out the best bachalau and caldo verde, or pack a picnic lunch and watch the world go by on the banks of the Tagus. In Lisbon, there's discovery around every corner.

Lisbon2 nights
Day 14: Lisbon via Tomar & Santarém
Included meal: Breakfast

Continue on to Lisbon, making two stops along the way.

• Join a local guide during a visit to the city of Tomar, where you’ll enter the UNESCO-listed Convent of Christ

• Enjoy a brief visit to Santarém, a city located on the Portuguese Way of St. James

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know the Portuguese capital on a tour with a local guide.

• Take in panoramic city views from Eduardo VII Park and pass Plaza del Marqués de Pombal

• View the Tower of Belém, the Maritime Monument, and the impressive Jerónimos Monastery, which was built to honor voyagers

• Walk from the Bairro Alto through Chiado square to the Baixa district in the heart of the city

• Step inside Santo António Church, the site where many believe Saint Anthony of Padua was born

Spend a free afternoon in Lisbon or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Fado Dinner & Show
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 16: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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by 2nd time traveler 

I would like to start by saying your question on if I would re comment Go Travel to someone else needs a "Maybe" option. For older senior citizens - No, For younger seniors - Yes. Pros: Excellent Tour Director. Very knowledgeable. Accommodating. Bus drivers were cautious, maintained corr...

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by 7th time traveler 

The Marian Tour was truly exceptional! My expectations of the tour were surpassed by the content, beauty, and planning of the trip to maximize the experience. Although staying in a city/town for one or two nights or walking on uneven terrain can be a chore for some travelers the entire journey was...

by 2nd time traveler 

I did enjoy my trip but was disappointed with the changes that had to be made to the walking distance of the Camino walk. I realize that the abilities of the group have to be given high priority but I feel there could be adjustments. During the first walk at Burgos anyone who took a long time to com...

Enlightening and Enjoyable Tour
by 22nd time traveler 

This is a very enlightening, enjoyable and excellent tour. The itinerary allows time for participation in activities at the shrines and for touring the area or shopping. The hotels are in town so we could walk around the area and easily get back to the hotel on our own, except for the hotel in Lisbo...

My first Tour
by 2nd time traveler 

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Muralhas

This upscale hotel is located in the historic center of Évora. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, a restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Giraldo...

Gran Hotel Santiago

This welcoming hotel is located near the city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Santiago de Compostela Cathe...

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits France, Spain, and Portugal. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Toulouse, France, and depart from Lisbon, Portugal. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at [cdc.gov](https://www.cdc.gov).
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • In Spain, breakfast like a local with just a pastry and coffee. Then, tuck into a three-course lunch featuring a Spanish staple like savory seafood paella or grilled meat and fried potatoes. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served late, between 9pm and midnight. Snack on small plates called tapas any time of day.
  • Portuguese food is fresh, hearty, and delicious. Try seafood stew cooked in a cataplana, a shell-shaped copper pan, or the national dish, bacalhau (salted cod). A couvert, or simple plate of bread, butter, and olives, is often served when you sit down to a meal—while it is free in many restaurants, some will add a charge to your bill for it.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • France, Spain, and Portugal operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • France and Spain are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • Portugal is on GMT, which is five hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in France and Spain and 5pm in Portugal.
Currency
  • You will use the euro on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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11 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Sep 4–Sep 17, 2019
Extension available
$3,999$3,849
Oct 16–Oct 29, 2019
Extension available
$3,699$3,599
Nov 6–Nov 19, 2019
$3,299$2,999
Feb 19–Mar 3, 2020
Extension available
$3,349$3,249
Apr 1–Apr 14, 2020
Extension available
$3,699
Jun 3–Jun 16, 2020
Extension available
$4,099$3,999
Sep 2–Sep 15, 2020
Extension available
$3,999
Oct 28–Nov 10, 2020
Extension available
$3,699$3,599
Nov 4–Nov 17, 2020
Extension available
$3,299$3,199
Mar 31–Apr 13, 2021
$3,599
Apr 14–Apr 27, 2021
Extension available
$3,699
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