A century has nearly passed since ‘Our Lady Queen of Peace’ chose Fatima, a little hamlet in Portugal, to bring the message of love to the world divided in 1917 by the horrors of the First World War.
On the 13th May 1917 Our Lady appeared to three little shepherds while they were watching over their flocks at a place called Cova da Iria in the rocky unproductive area of central Portugal now known the world over as Fatima.
The three children, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia had already been prepared for the advent of ‘A Lady brighter than the Sun’ by the apparition of a shining angel. The apparition gave an urgent request for continued prayer and was reinforced by the Blessed Virgin’s insistence upon greater devotion to the Rosary.
The Lady from heaven asked the children to return six times at the same hour on the 13th of every month, May to October.
‘Our Lady of the Rosary’ subsequently made known that she wanted a chapel to be built there in her honour. She announced that the War was nearing its end and that Our Blessed Lord was outraged and offended by the behaviour of mankind. She stressed the importance of praying the Rosary every day and penance in reparation for the sins committed by man.
Many pilgrims, sometimes up to one million at a time, some on foot, make the pilgrimage to Fatima to pray to Our Lady
We offer pilgrimages to Fatima for May, June, September and October by air for 4 nights.
The flights for the pilgrimages detailed below all depart from LONDON HEATHROW but we can arrange flights from Manchester for groups of 20+ pilgrims on any date to suit your requirements, please contact us for details.
Because Fatima is celebrating its Centenary in 2017 hotel accommodation is very limited during the 12th and 13th of the months from May to October.
Dates and Prices 2017
Our Itinerary includes:
- Flights from London Heathrow to Lisbon
- Transfer from Lisbon to Fatima
- Full courier service and Spiritual Leader
- Full board accommodation
- Prayer book and badge
In Fatima there is a daily programme available for you to include the following:
- A walking tour of the Sanctuary with visits to both the Rosary Basilica, Holy Trinity Minor Basilica and Chapel of Apparition
- Concelebrated mass at the Chapel of Apparitions with participation in the ceremonies, including (on 12th & 13th of months of May to October) the International Rosary and vigil Mass at the outside altar and the torchlight procession of Our Lady of Fatima.
- Mass and the Adieu to Our Lady of Fatima with the waving of white handkerchiefs (a tradition at the closing Mass on the 13th of the Feast day ceremonies).
- Walk the Stations of the Cross to Calvary passing Valnihos and Cabeco (place of the Angel) and then to the small village of Aljustrel for a visit to the homes of the three children.
There will be plenty of time for personal devotions throughout the pilgrimage.
Our Hotels in Fatima
Centrally positioned in the heart of Fátima, the Católica Hotel is only a 3-minute walk from the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima. It has a restaurant serving traditional Portuguese cuisine. All rooms are neatly decorated, furnished in modern style and each has an ensuite bathroom with hairdryer. For added comfort, rooms are equipped with air conditioning and satellite TV.
This is a comfortable, family-run 3-star hotel which has been used by us with great success over a number of years. The hotel is situated on a road adjoining the Sanctuary and within easy walking distance of it. All bedrooms are ensuite with TV, hair drier and air conditioning. There is a lounge bar and the restaurant serves traditional Portuguese cuisine and a buffet breakfast. Internet access is available.
The Hotel Steyler Fatima
A newly refurbished hotel near the centre of town. The bedrooms are very comfortable and all have private facilities. The dining room & public spaces are air-conditioned, good food with local wines included. This hotel has its own Chapel available to guests, Spa and fitness room.
Hints & Tips
Transfer time from Lisbon to Fatima is approximately 1hr 30mins.
Our hotels are a 5 minute walk from the Sanctuary.
Wheelchairs can get priority access for the celebrations but need to be booked whilst in Fatima and this can take two hours or more to arrange.
Main routes in Fatima are good but some side streets are quite uneven and not ideal for wheelchairs.
We have a small number of wheelchairs available but we DO NOT supply pushers.
Flight time from London APPROX 2hrs 30mins
Weather May - October is warm but take a hat and an umbrella!
You may also be interested in our Fatima, Santiago and Lourdes pilgrimage in August 2017.