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Lourdes, Fátima & the Way of St. James

13 days Religious Heritage Tours
Spiritual, legendary and steeped in mystery—travel to the remote villages and vibrant cities of France and Spain that have lured Christian pilgrims since the dawn of the Middle Ages. Walk the well-paved route to Santiago de Compostela, final resting grounds for St. James, Spain’s patron saint. Stand in the fields where visions are said to have appeared. Explore the churches and cathedrals in the heart of Paris. And soak up the incredible seaside cultures in San Sebastian, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Board an overnight flight aboard an internationally recognized airline to Paris.

Paris2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Enjoy exploring the charming streets of Paris before this evening’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, discover the City of Light on a guided tour. Marvel at landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Saint-Sulpice Church before a free afternoon. Tonight, opt for the Evening in Paris excursion, with dinner and a cruise on the Seine.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Lourdes2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning to stroll the streets of Paris. After free time for lunch, take the high-speed TGV train through the French countryside to Lourdes, France’s most sacred Christian pilgrimage site.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Basilica, Grotto of Massabielle

After a free morning in Lourdes, join a guided sightseeing tour of the once-sleepy mountain town that was transformed into one of the world’s most-visited religious sites in 1858, when a young girl claimed to have had a series of visions of the Virgin Mary in the Grotto of Massabielle. During these apparitions, the Virgin is said to have told the girl that the people should make a pilgrimage to the Grotto for healing. Ever since, Lourdes has been a destination for the sick and infirm. During your tour, you’ll visit the Basilica and the Grotto of Massabielle. Join your group for an included dinner this evening.

San Sebastian2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel over the Pyrenees to the seaside city of San Sebastian, a beautiful port built around the natural harbor of La Concha Bay. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads this morning’s tour of San Sebastian, a town bordered by both green mountains and a roaring coastline. Pass by Playa de la Concha and through the town’s Old Quarter, where Isabel II spent her vacations. Notice the numbers on the balconies above the Plaza de la Constitución—these used to be seats for medieval bullfights in the plaza below. Enjoy a free afternoon, perhaps by taking a two-hour walk to the peak of Monte Urgull for a wonderful panoramic view of San Sebastian and its surroundings.

Burgos1 night Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Burgos Cathedral

This morning, transfer to Burgos for a guided city tour featuring the enormous Gothic cathedral begun by King Ferdinand III of Castile in 1221 and left unfinished for more than 200 years until it was ultimately completed in 1567. During your guided tour of the city, you’ll take in the cathedral’s beauty and the flamboyant architecture of some of its chapels. You’ll also see the tombs of El Cid and his wife, both buried in the cathedral in 1919.

Santiago de Compostela2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, transfer to Santiago de Compostela, the destination of medieval pilgrims. Tonight, join our optional Traditional Galician Dinner.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Galician Dinner $79*pp Details

For a true taste of Galicia, sit down to a succulent dinner at a local restaurant in Santiago de Compostela. Savor the freshest seafood and meat specialties Spain has to offer as you choose from a variety of menu options. As you dine, enjoy some of the region's finest wines including Ribiero, Godello or Albariño. At the end of the meal, observe the preparation ritual of queimada, a drink of distilled spirits blended with herbs, fruits and spices.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

On this morning’s walking tour, an expert local guide introduces you to the historic features of Santiago de Compostela, the town which ranked just behind Jerusalem and Rome as Christendom’s third most important pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages. Stroll along the ancient city’s narrow streets, viewing the twin-spired cathedral, the Praza do Obradoiro, the 9th-century monastery and the 17th-century fountain in the center of the Praza das Praterias. Explore the town on your own this afternoon or join an optional visit to Cape Finisterre, a coastal pilgrimage site.

Optional Excursion - Cape Finisterre Coastal Pilgrimage $95*pp Details

Make your way to the Galician Coast and enjoy an included lunch in the traditional fishing village of Muros before making a stop at the Río Xallas waterfalls. Then, continue on toward Cape Finisterre, the final destination for pilgrims on the Way of St. James. Visit Santa María das Areas Church on the edge of town for a small private choir concert. Afterward, end your excursion in Cape Finisterre and enjoy picturesque views of the coastal cliffs and famous lighthouse. Please note: The private choir concert may take place in an alternate location depending on the departure.

Fátima1 night Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima

Travel to Fátima, where you’ll embark on a tour of this famed Catholic site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared six times to three shepherd children, Lucy, Francisco and Jacinta, between May 13 and October 13, 1917. On today’s tour, you’ll explore the sanctuary and grotto and find out about the three Secrets of Fátima—those that have been revealed, that is. Dinner is included this evening.

Lisbon1 night Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Ajuda National Palace

This morning, transfer to Lisbon. A local guide will lead a tour of the highlights of the Portuguese capital, including Ajuda National Palace, Belém Tower and the Maritime Monument. The tour includes a walk around the Alfama district, the city’s oldest section, which is packed with elaborate churches and lively Fado bars. In the evening, share a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Board an overnight flight aboard an internationally recognized airline to Paris.

Paris2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Enjoy exploring the charming streets of Paris before this evening’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, discover the City of Light on a guided tour. Marvel at landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Saint-Sulpice Church before a free afternoon. Tonight, opt for the Evening in Paris excursion, with dinner and a cruise on the Seine.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Lourdes2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning to stroll the streets of Paris. After free time for lunch, take the high-speed TGV train through the French countryside to Lourdes, France’s most sacred Christian pilgrimage site.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Basilica, Grotto of Massabielle

After a free morning in Lourdes, join a guided sightseeing tour of the once-sleepy mountain town that was transformed into one of the world’s most-visited religious sites in 1858, when a young girl claimed to have had a series of visions of the Virgin Mary in the Grotto of Massabielle. During these apparitions, the Virgin is said to have told the girl that the people should make a pilgrimage to the Grotto for healing. Ever since, Lourdes has been a destination for the sick and infirm. During your tour, you’ll visit the Basilica and the Grotto of Massabielle. Join your group for an included dinner this evening.

San Sebastian2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel over the Pyrenees to the seaside city of San Sebastian, a beautiful port built around the natural harbor of La Concha Bay. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads this morning’s tour of San Sebastian, a town bordered by both green mountains and a roaring coastline. Pass by Playa de la Concha and through the town’s Old Quarter, where Isabel II spent her vacations. Notice the numbers on the balconies above the Plaza de la Constitución—these used to be seats for medieval bullfights in the plaza below. Enjoy a free afternoon, perhaps by taking a two-hour walk to the peak of Monte Urgull for a wonderful panoramic view of San Sebastian and its surroundings.

León1 night

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Burgos Cathedral

This morning, transfer to Burgos for a guided city tour featuring the enormous Gothic cathedral begun by King Ferdinand III of Castile in 1221 and left unfinished for more than 200 years until it was ultimately completed in 1567. During your guided tour of the city, you’ll take in the cathedral’s beauty and the flamboyant architecture of some of its chapels. You’ll also see the tombs of El Cid and his wife, both buried in the cathedral in 1919. Later, continue onto to León for the evening.

Santiago de Compostela2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, transfer to Santiago de Compostela, the destination of medieval pilgrims. Here, you will walk the last 2km of the Way of St. James route. Tonight, join our optional dinner featuring traditional Galician cuisine.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Galician Dinner $79*pp Details

For a true taste of Galicia, sit down to a succulent dinner at a local restaurant in Santiago de Compostela. Savor the freshest seafood and meat specialties Spain has to offer as you choose from a variety of menu options. As you dine, enjoy some of the region's finest wines including Ribiero, Godello or Albariño. At the end of the meal, observe the preparation ritual of queimada, a drink of distilled spirits blended with herbs, fruits and spices.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

On this morning’s walking tour, an expert local guide introduces you to the historic features of Santiago de Compostela, the town which ranked just behind Jerusalem and Rome as Christendom’s third most important pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages. Stroll along the ancient city’s narrow streets, viewing the twin-spired cathedral, the Praza do Obradoiro, the 9th-century monastery and the 17th-century fountain in the center of the Praza das Praterias. Explore the town on your own this afternoon or join an optional visit to Cape Finisterre, a coastal pilgrimage site.

Optional Excursion - Cape Finisterre Coastal Pilgrimage $95*pp Details

Make your way to the Galician Coast and enjoy an included lunch in the traditional fishing village of Muros before making a stop at the Río Xallas waterfalls. Then, continue on toward Cape Finisterre, the final destination for pilgrims on the Way of St. James. Visit Santa María das Areas Church on the edge of town for a small private choir concert. Afterward, end your excursion in Cape Finisterre and enjoy picturesque views of the coastal cliffs and famous lighthouse. Please note: The private choir concert may take place in an alternate location depending on the departure.

Fátima1 night Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima

Travel to Fátima, where you’ll embark on a tour of this famed Catholic site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared six times to three shepherd children, Lucy, Francisco and Jacinta, between May 13 and October 13, 1917. On today’s tour, you’ll explore the sanctuary and grotto and find out about the three Secrets of Fátima—those that have been revealed, that is. Dinner is included this evening.

Lisbon1 night Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Ajuda National Palace

This morning, transfer to Lisbon. A local guide will lead a tour of the highlights of the Portuguese capital, including Ajuda National Palace, Belém Tower and the Maritime Monument. The tour includes a walk around the Alfama district, the city’s oldest section, which is packed with elaborate churches and lively Fado bars. In the evening, share a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Paris, 3 nights $299 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Paris—the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs Elysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, history and beauty. Browse boutiques, stroll manicured parks, take a seat at a sidewalk cafe and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Included meals: Breakfast (in flight)

Board an overnight flight aboard an internationally recognized airline to Paris.

Paris2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Upon arrival, you can set out to discover the City of Light, taking your time to wander the vibrant neighborhoods, shop the markets, investigate the museums and sit at the cafes.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another day exploring Paris on your own. Or, explore the city’s most famous art museum by joining an optional excursion to the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden. This afternoon you may choose to visit Versailles on an optional excursion.

Optional Excursion - The Louvre & Tuileries Garden $85*pp Details

The extravagant Tuileries Garden is located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Each section of the Garden has something to offer, including majestic statues, glimmering fountains and intricate pathways. Next, make your way over to the Louvre, considered one of the world’s largest art museums. With more than 8 million visitors each year, it is also the world’s most visited museum. Once you arrive, join a museum guide for a detailed tour. You’ll find some famous, familiar pieces such as the Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join the main tour (on Day 2 of regular itinerary).

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Board an overnight flight aboard an internationally recognized airline to Paris.

Paris2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Enjoy exploring the charming streets of Paris before this evening’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, discover the City of Light on a guided tour. Marvel at landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Saint-Sulpice Church before a free afternoon. Tonight, opt for the Evening in Paris excursion, with dinner and a cruise on the Seine.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Lourdes2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning to stroll the streets of Paris. After free time for lunch, take the high-speed TGV train through the French countryside to Lourdes, France’s most sacred Christian pilgrimage site.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Basilica, Grotto of Massabielle

After a free morning in Lourdes, join a guided sightseeing tour of the once-sleepy mountain town that was transformed into one of the world’s most-visited religious sites in 1858, when a young girl claimed to have had a series of visions of the Virgin Mary in the Grotto of Massabielle. During these apparitions, the Virgin is said to have told the girl that the people should make a pilgrimage to the Grotto for healing. Ever since, Lourdes has been a destination for the sick and infirm. During your tour, you’ll visit the Basilica and the Grotto of Massabielle. Join your group for an included dinner this evening.

San Sebastian2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel over the Pyrenees to the seaside city of San Sebastian, a beautiful port built around the natural harbor of La Concha Bay. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads this morning’s tour of San Sebastian, a town bordered by both green mountains and a roaring coastline. Pass by Playa de la Concha and through the town’s Old Quarter, where Isabel II spent her vacations. Notice the numbers on the balconies above the Plaza de la Constitución—these used to be seats for medieval bullfights in the plaza below. Enjoy a free afternoon, perhaps by taking a two-hour walk to the peak of Monte Urgull for a wonderful panoramic view of San Sebastian and its surroundings.

León1 night

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Burgos Cathedral

This morning, transfer to Burgos for a guided city tour featuring the enormous Gothic cathedral begun by King Ferdinand III of Castile in 1221 and left unfinished for more than 200 years until it was ultimately completed in 1567. During your guided tour of the city, you’ll take in the cathedral’s beauty and the flamboyant architecture of some of its chapels. You’ll also see the tombs of El Cid and his wife, both buried in the cathedral in 1919. Later, continue onto to León for the evening.

Santiago de Compostela2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, transfer to Santiago de Compostela, the destination of medieval pilgrims. Here, you will walk the last 2km of the Way of St. James route. Tonight, join our optional dinner featuring traditional Galician cuisine.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Galician Dinner $79*pp Details

For a true taste of Galicia, sit down to a succulent dinner at a local restaurant in Santiago de Compostela. Savor the freshest seafood and meat specialties Spain has to offer as you choose from a variety of menu options. As you dine, enjoy some of the region's finest wines including Ribiero, Godello or Albariño. At the end of the meal, observe the preparation ritual of queimada, a drink of distilled spirits blended with herbs, fruits and spices.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

On this morning’s walking tour, an expert local guide introduces you to the historic features of Santiago de Compostela, the town which ranked just behind Jerusalem and Rome as Christendom’s third most important pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages. Stroll along the ancient city’s narrow streets, viewing the twin-spired cathedral, the Praza do Obradoiro, the 9th-century monastery and the 17th-century fountain in the center of the Praza das Praterias. Explore the town on your own this afternoon or join an optional visit to Cape Finisterre, a coastal pilgrimage site.

Optional Excursion - Cape Finisterre Coastal Pilgrimage $95*pp Details

Make your way to the Galician Coast and enjoy an included lunch in the traditional fishing village of Muros before making a stop at the Río Xallas waterfalls. Then, continue on toward Cape Finisterre, the final destination for pilgrims on the Way of St. James. Visit Santa María das Areas Church on the edge of town for a small private choir concert. Afterward, end your excursion in Cape Finisterre and enjoy picturesque views of the coastal cliffs and famous lighthouse. Please note: The private choir concert may take place in an alternate location depending on the departure.

Fátima1 night Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima

Travel to Fátima, where you’ll embark on a tour of this famed Catholic site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared six times to three shepherd children, Lucy, Francisco and Jacinta, between May 13 and October 13, 1917. On today’s tour, you’ll explore the sanctuary and grotto and find out about the three Secrets of Fátima—those that have been revealed, that is. Dinner is included this evening.

Lisbon1 night Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Ajuda National Palace

This morning, transfer to Lisbon. A local guide will lead a tour of the highlights of the Portuguese capital, including Ajuda National Palace, Belém Tower and the Maritime Monument. The tour includes a walk around the Alfama district, the city’s oldest section, which is packed with elaborate churches and lively Fado bars. In the evening, share a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Paris, France
  • Lourdes, France
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • Burgos, Spain
  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Fátima, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: France, Spain and Portugal. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is 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 particular entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the TGV train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

The countries on this itinerary tend to be cool and often damp at certain times of year. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something formal to wear. Also, remember that 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 when traveling to France, Spain and Portugal. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafés. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Spain boasts a wide array of local specialties such as the typical dish of chicken, seafood and saffron rice known as paella. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served quite late—from 9pm until midnight. Portuguese cooking relies heavily on seafood: dishes made with shrimp, octopus, lobster and cod are especially delicious. Portugal is also well-known for its breads and other baked goods as well as savory sausages. You might wish to sample local vintages of port wine, one of the nation’s most popular exports.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Paris and depart from Lisbon. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach and train. In your free time, most locations are best accessed on foot.

Electricity

All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France and Spain are two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in these countries. Additionally, Portugal is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in Portugal.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it is 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. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Paris, France
  • Lourdes, France
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • León, Spain
  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Fátima, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: France, Spain and Portugal. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is 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 particular entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the TGV train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

The countries on this itinerary tend to be cool and often damp at certain times of year. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something formal to wear. Also, remember that 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 when traveling to France, Spain and Portugal. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafés. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Spain boasts a wide array of local specialties such as the typical dish of chicken, seafood and saffron rice known as paella. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served quite late—from 9pm until midnight. Portuguese cooking relies heavily on seafood: dishes made with shrimp, octopus, lobster and cod are especially delicious. Portugal is also well-known for its breads and other baked goods as well as savory sausages. You might wish to sample local vintages of port wine, one of the nation’s most popular exports.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Paris and depart from Lisbon. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach and train. In your free time, most locations are best accessed on foot.

Electricity

All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France and Spain are two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in these countries. Additionally, Portugal is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in Portugal.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it is 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. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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  • Paris, France
  • Lourdes, France
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • León, Spain
  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Fátima, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
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Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: France, Spain and Portugal. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is 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 particular entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the TGV train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

The countries on this itinerary tend to be cool and often damp at certain times of year. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something formal to wear. Also, remember that 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 when traveling to France, Spain and Portugal. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafés. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Spain boasts a wide array of local specialties such as the typical dish of chicken, seafood and saffron rice known as paella. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served quite late—from 9pm until midnight. Portuguese cooking relies heavily on seafood: dishes made with shrimp, octopus, lobster and cod are especially delicious. Portugal is also well-known for its breads and other baked goods as well as savory sausages. You might wish to sample local vintages of port wine, one of the nation’s most popular exports.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Paris and depart from Lisbon. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach and train. In your free time, most locations are best accessed on foot.

Electricity

All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France and Spain are two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in these countries. Additionally, Portugal is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in Portugal.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it is 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. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Dream come true

For many years I have wanted to do a pilgrimage to Lourdes & Fatima. When a girlfriend found this tour, I couldn't help but say yes to going. I am so glad I did. The trip was wonderful!! I especially enjoyed Lourdes. While commercialized, it has maintained it's holiness. In all the trip was paced well and satisfied everyone's requests. The Tour Director, Dina, was a huge part in the success of the trip. She has great patience and a wonderful sense of humor. I would enjoy repeating the tour again.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour

Everything was great. A good group in personalities and number. Except for Paris the hotels were very convenient to the spots. My only complaint was that it was a bad weekend to be in Paris. It was the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Queen Elizabeth was there and it was the final weekend of the French Open tennis tournament. The traffic was awful. In addition the driver from the airport to the hotel was constantly looking at his I-Pad as if he did not know the way to the hotel. Dina was a great guide and had very thing under control. I would certainly use Go-Ahead again. It was a wonderful first impression. Ellen

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MI

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

So So

Go Ahead chose a mediocre hotel in Paris; too bad for us as there are so many lovely places to stay. THREE optional excursions were cancelled which was Go Ahead's big selling point for this tour. Three distinct excuses from Go Ahead as to why they were cancelled, and no substitutes. This might be my last tour w/ Go Ahead. There is lots of competition out there in the travel industry. Get it together Go Ahead; take your focus off corporate profits and you can salvage customer loyalty.

 

Hello Therese! Thank you very much for your review on our Lourdes, Fatima & the Way of St. James tour. We do value the feedback our customers provide to us as it is important to our evaluation of future departures. Optional excursions are meant to highlight the experience in each city that we offer them in. While we always try to make the customers aware of the availability of the excursions, ultimately it is the customer’s decision if they would like to join the excursion or enjoy a free day or afternoon. Many times, if an optional excursion does not run, the tour directors and hotel concierges are more than happy to assist in providing information on how to attend the sites on your own. All optional excursions require a minimum number of people to run. We even provide the opportunity while on tour for passengers to purchase the excursions if they did not do so prior to leaving. Many people decide to purchase the excursions while on tour as they may have questions they would like answered before they commit. Unfortunately, sometimes we do not reach the minimum amount of people required to successfully run the excursion resulting in a cancellation, which seemed to be the case for your tour. In terms of the hotel in Paris, while we always seek to find the best properties that are close to the city center, it is not always possible. Availability is a key factor in our decision making when it comes to the properties we use. It is important that everyone be comfortable and stay in one property instead of being separated. We will look into the specific hotel you stayed in and further evaluate the quality for future use in Paris. Ultimately, we want every one of our customers to feel completely satisfied. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you onto another tour in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on June 19, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director along with best trip!

Our trip to Lourdes, Fatima, and the Way of St James was so incredible. We have travelled on many group tours before and this was simply our best. There was an excellent blend of religious and secular sites. The pace was just right for a group that included 50-70 year olds. There was free time built into the itinerary so we could focus on areas important to us. Sabrina, our Tour Director was so very knowledgeable of all the areas. She kept everything moving without us being rushed. The bus drivers that we had were very friendly and accommodating as well. If you take this tour, be sure to sign up for ALL of the excursions. Each was worth the money and really added a lot to the trip. The hotels were very good ranging from European (small) to fantastic. The Staffs at each hotel was more than accommodating. Each presented the charm of the area. The food on this trip was the best of any trips we have experienced with each one outdoing the last. On our free evenings there were many varied selections available in the area. Every person at Go Ahead that I and other members of the group had the pleasure of working with were very knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. While we thought other companies we had worked with were wonderful, Go Ahead surpassed them all very easily.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

MEMORABLE!!!

We had a wonderful, incredible trip. It was well organized, hotels were very good, and our tour director, Sabrina, was EXCELLENT - enjoyable as well as knowledgable!!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director in the entire world!

Francisco is just excellent as excellent can be. Very knowledgeable, flexible, funny caring, considerate , sincerely concern efficient and most all , a kind soul! I would want to request for Francisco for our next tour, which would mostly likely be in Italy. I brag about what I know about Olives and olive oil. Thanks to how Francisco educated us while having fun at the same time. You are truly appropriately named as an org dedicated to "Education First". You are number ONE!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Francisko is one of the best Tour Director

All the Hotels are excellent, the food was excellent (the first evening was not so good but the rest of the days were excellent. The weather was excellent and of course all the friends on this journey - so nice and lovely,

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

This trip was magnificent. I was able to combine my lifetime dream to go to Paris, France with my desire to visit holy shrines,visit cathedrals and experience a pilgrimage. Three countries in one : France, Spain, and Portugal. I could not ask for more!!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lourdes, Fatima, and the Way of St. James

One of the highlights of the trip was having a priest from our parish with us. We had daily Mass and this made my pilgrimage really feel like a pilgrimage. I loved the trip! My only suggestions would be that I needed another day in Fatima and another day in Lisbon. This was a trip of a lifetime for me!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful time in France, Spain, and Portugal

Fabulous! Ranks up there at the top!

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