Day 1: Depart USA
Depart USA for the overnight flight(s). Meals and entertainment will be available on board.
Day 2: Arrival in Madrid – Lisbon
Upon arrival in Madrid, meet your local guide at the arrivals hall and board your coach for transfer to Madrid. You will have a panoramic tour of Madrid. Free time for lunch on your own, before transferring to your bus and driving to Lisbon. Dinner at a local restaurant in Lisbon. Arrive in Lisbon hotel for check-in and overnight. (D)
Day 3: Lisbon – Panoramic City Tour – Opening Mass
After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby/reception around 10:30am and transfer to your bus for a panoramic city tour of Lisbon.You will have time for your lunch (on your own) In the afternoon, transfer to the WYD venue to participate in WYD activities and Opening Mass. After Mass, head back to your bus for transfer to your hotel for overnight. (B)
Day 4: World Youth Day Lisbon – Catechesis – Fatima-Santarem
After breakfast, meet your driver for transfer to WYD venue for the Catechesis. After Catechesis, you have time for lunch (on your own). Meet your guide and driver for an afternoon tour to Santarem and in Fatima. Our first stop will be Santarem for Mass at St. Stephens Church, and to venerate the 13th Century Eucharistic Miracle. Continue to Fatima, a Hamlet of Aljustrel, the birthplace and home of the three shepherd children. Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco. These apparitions occurred monthly from May through October of 1917. Our Lady’s most prominent message during this time was to pray for world peace. Our profoundly reflective day begins with a visit to the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. This chapel is the site where the Virgin Mary first appeared on May 13, 1917. Continue to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, where we will see the tombs of St. Francisco, St. Jacinta, and Sister Lucia. View the monument that commemorates the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the square. This Basilica also features fifteen altars, dedicated to the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. Visit the Museum and exhibition “Fatima: Light and Peace”. Light a candle near the Shrine, walk the lovely grounds or shop for religious articles nearby. Later in the evening, participate to the Rosary and Candlelight Procession. Meet your driver around 10:45pm to transfer back to the hotel for overnight. (B)
Day 5: Lisbon – World Youth Day – Holy Father arrives!
After breakfast, you will have a free day to enjoy the many World Youth Day activities. In the evening attend the Welcome Ceremony with our Holy Father. Return to the hotel for overnight. (B)
Day 6: World Youth Day Lisbon
After breakfast, enjoy the events organized by World Youth Day. Join the World Youth Day Stations of the Cross. Return to hotel for overnight. (B)
Day 7: World Youth Day Lisbon
After breakfast, enjoy the events organized by World Youth Day including participating in the Pilgrimage Walk. This evening you will join the Prayer vigil with our Holy Father.
On the evening from the 5th to the 6th of August 2023, after the Vigil, all pilgrims will spend the night outdoors at the place of celebration. Also here, each participant must bring a sleeping bag and a mat with them. (B)
Day 8: World Youth Day Lisbon World Youth Day “Mass of Sending”
World Youth Day “Mass of Sending”. This morning, the Pope will concelebrate Mass at “ Campo da Graca” (Parque Tejo) with thousands of Bishops and Priests, and he will address everyone young and old to send them out to the world to witness to their faith, as the Lord did with his Apostles. Afterwards participate in the Pilgrimage Walk. Return to your hotel to pack for your early morning check-out and transfer to the airport. (B,D)
Day 9: Lisbon – Madrid – USA
Very early morning transfer to Madrid airport for your flight home. Boxed breakfast is provided before you bid farewell to your new friends and to a World Youth Day experience, with memories that will last a lifetime.
*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner