Way of Fatima/Carmelite Route - 13 Days

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March 9, 2022 - March 21, 2022 Limited $1,500.00
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Join us as we travel this The Way of Fatima, the Carmelite Route is between Coimbra and the Sanctuary of Fatima.

This walk is inspired by the life and work of Sister Lucia, one of the three visionary children of Fatima. In 1947, she entered the Carmel of St. Teresa in Coimbra and lived here until her death in 2005. This journey of 111 km will take us from the Carmel Santa Teresa in Coimbra to the Sanctuary of Fatima. We will enjoy natural footpaths in the quiet beautiful countryside of Portugal.

Our pilgrimage will start with a day of exploration in the majestic city of Porto and Coimbra. These days will give us time to rest from our travels as well as explore these amazing cities.

Are you familiar with Fatima?

In 1915, on the top of Monte do Cabeço, Lucia and her three companions – Teresa Matias, her sister Maria Rosa and Maria Justino – witnessed manifestations thus described in the seer’s Memoirs:

We had hardly begun when, there before our eyes, we saw a figure poised in the air above the trees; it looked like a statue made of snow, rendered almost transparent by the rays of the sun.
–  “What is that?” asked my companions, quite frightened.
–  “I don’t know!”
We went on praying, with our eyes fixed on the figure before us, and as we finished our prayer, the figure disappeared”

Fatima, in Lucia’s own words,  p.76

Join us along this special pilgrimage. We will start where Sr. Lucia spent most her life in Coimbra and make our way to Fatima Shrine, the location of the apparitions. This Holy walk will be a very special prayerful walk.

See the Itinerary and more details below.

Overview

DIFFICULTY: Average

ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights in local hotels 

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Porto

You arrive in Porto.

Porto is easily accessible from many airports throughout Europe or you can also fly via Lisbon and take a train to Porto (2.5h). We will be happy to help you plan your arrival into Porto. Meet me at the train station or airport.

Hotel 2-3*

Day 2
Day in Porto

We start our Camino in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto. This day in Porto is just what you need. Time to rest after your long travels and time to explore this vibrant city of Porto. Porto is famous for its production of port wine. With its medieval old town, baroque churches, and plentiful restaurants this is a wonderful place to start your pilgrimage.

Wander through the narrow cobbled streets of the Ribeira district before enjoying dinner and perhaps sampling some delicious vintage Port.

Hotel 2-3*

Day 3
Transfer to Coimbra

Mid-morning transfer to Coimbra. Check in to our new hotel for the next few nights and have time to explore. Free time.

Hotel 2-3*

Day 4
Day in Coimbra

We will start today off with a walking tour of Coimbra.

Discover the old capital of Portugal, Coimbra, on a private walking tour around the city. Learn about the rich history of this ancient city as you visit key landmarks such as the University of Coimbra, the New and Old cathedrals, the Monastery of Santa Cruz located in the Moorish part of the city, the old Jewish Quarter, and Santa Clara a Velha convent, where Queen Isabel lived and died.

Hotel 2-3*

Day 5
Coimbra to Condeixa-a-Nova ...  16 km, 10 miles

Our walking pilgrimage starts today. We begin with crossing over the Mondego, along the sidewalk of Santa Isabel, and with the Convents of Santa Clara and São Francisco as our backdrop, we will leave Coimbra behind us.

After our Alto de Santa Clara climb, it will be smooth sailing as we meander through forests and small towns and we will make our way to Condeixa-a-Nova.

Hotel 2-3*

Day 6
Condeixa-a-Nova to Rabaçal ...  13 km, 8 miles

Today will be rural and picturesque paths. Take advantage of this tranquility to enjoy your passage through the ruins of Conimbriga as we make our way to Rabaçal.

Day 7
Rabaçal to Ansião ... 20 km, 13 miles

As we leave Rabaçal, we will be able to see the ruins of Castelo de São Germanelo ordered by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques. Today we will follow a long stretch of an old Roman road, and see olive groves and agricultural fields. We will cross the Nabão River and make our way into Ansião.

Day 8
Ansião to Freixianda ... 23 km, 15 miles

Today we will be crossing large forest areas, until reaching the small village of Freixianda that will mark the end of another day.

Day 9
Freixianda to Ourém ... 23 km, 15 miles

Today is another day of forest sections and rural areas. As we walk through the fields, around Caxarias and Seiça, we will have a chance to visit the Church of Nossa Senhora da Purificação and the Casa Museu de Seiça. Once in Ourém, we can be sure to visit the medieval castle.

Day 10
Ourém to Fátima ... 16 km, 10 miles

On our last day of the Fatima Way, we will wind between rural paths and roads. As we arrive at the Sanctuary of Fátima, you can feel the Holy Spirit and stand in awe on this Sacred site.

We will arrive with plenty of time to join the Evening Mass and procession.

Day 11
Day in Fatima

Your day to explore, pray and shop.

Day 12
Transfer to Porto

Today we will return to Porto. Our final farewell dinner as a group.

Day 13
Depart for home

Today we will transfer to the Porto Airport to start our way back home or onto your next adventure!

Included:

  • Pre-departure information including planning and packing suggestions.
  • Guide/Spiritual Coach accompanying the group
  • Internal Transfers, to and from the Porto airport
  • Nights in double rooms, single occupancy add $250.
  • Journal
  • Daily Breakfast

Not Included:

  • Airfare to and from Europe. We will meet in Porto (We will give you all the information you need to make these arrangements correctly).
  • Traveler’s insurance or trip cancellation insurance.​
  • Tips
  • Luggage Transfer additional $100

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Way of Fatima/Carmelite Route
From $1,500.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • $300 deposit of which $150 is non-refundable
  • $200 additional for optional Van Support
  • Limited to 12 pilgrims
  • $250 additional for single room

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