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Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House

Shrines of Spain Pilgrimage

Spiritual Leader: Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ

Group Leaders: Erin Maiorca, Betsey Beckman & Robert McCaffery - Lent

June 12 - 23, 2023

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Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House

Shrines of Spain Pilgrimage

Spiritual Leader:
Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ

Group Leaders:
Erin Maiorca, Betsey Beckman & Robert McCaffery - Lent

June 12 - 23, 2023

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Madrid · Alcala · Avila · Salamanca · Burgos · Loyola · Azpeita · Pamplona · Xavier · Sos del Rey Catolico · Montserrat · Manresa · Barcelona



Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ & Erin Maiorca


Betsey Beckman & Robert McCaffery - Lent

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first class centrally located Hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: June 13 - 15: Hotel Catalonia Atocha, Madrid
      ~ 1 night: June 15 - 16: Hotel Palacios de Los Velada, Avila
      ~ 1 night: June 16 - 17: Palacio de las Salinas, Medina del Campo
      ~ 2 nights: June 17 - 19: Hotel Loiola, Loyola
      ~ 1 night: June 19 - 20: Hotel Parador Sos del Rey Catolico
      ~ 1 night: June 20 - 21: Hotel Abat Cisneros, Montserrat
      ~ 2 nights: June 21 - 23: Hotel Ayre Caspe, Barcelona
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • 3 Lunches (June 14, June 19 and June 20)
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wireless headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Porterage service at hotels (1 piece per person)
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Hotel Catalonia Atocha
Madrid
hotel
Hotel Palacios de Los Velada
Avila
hotel
Palacio de las Salinas
Medina del Campo
hotel
Hotel Loiola
Loyola
hotel
Hotel Parador
Sos del Rey Catolico
hotel
Abat Cisneros
Montserrat
hotel
Hotel Ayre Caspe
Barcelona
Not included
  • Meals and Beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
Optional
Travel Protection

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Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 48 hours prior to departure.

Itinerary

Day 1: Mon, June 12: Depart for Madrid

Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2, Tue, June 13: Arrive in Madrid

Upon arrival in Madrid, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival hall where you will be warmly greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Make your way to the vehicle and start the pilgrimage with a tour of Madrid and visit some of Madrid's most famous sights like: "Pierta de Alcala", "Puerta del Sol", the Royal Palace and the massive "Cathedral de la Almudena" (Cathedral of Madrid)dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Here group will celebrate Holy Mass. Following Mass visit the Prado Museum housing a collection of masterpieces by Spain's artists Velazquez, Goya and El Greco. Your evening is at leisure to explore or shop on your own. Dinner and overnight in Madrid.

Day 3, Wed, June 14: Madrid - Alcala - Madrid

Following breakfast visit Alcala de Henares, city located 22 miles north-east of Madrid where St Ignatius founder of the Jesuit Order attended the school. Group will tour the University where St Ignatius studied and celebrated Holy Mass at the University Chapel. Enjoy the authentic Spanish lunch at local parador and continue with visits before group return to Madrid for restful overnight.

Day 4, Thu, June 15: Madrid - Avila

After breakfast, we depart for the medieval city of Avila. Upon arrival in Avila, you will immediately notice the perfectly preserved eleventh-century walls surrounding the old town. The conservation of architecture in this city, to which St. Teresa was born, deems its shrines, convents, and churches necessary to visit any Catholic pilgrimage. Visit the Incarnation Convent, where St. Teresa became a nun. Saint Teresa convinced Saint John of the Cross to reform the male Carmelite order, the reform she started when she met Saint John in Medina del Campo. Group will celebrate Holy Mass and then proceed to check-in hotel. In the afternoon continue with guided walking tour of the old City of Avila including the Shrines of St John of the cross. Dinner and overnight in Avila.

Day 5, Fri, June 16: Avila - Salamanca - Arevalo

After breakfast continue to Salamanca. Salamanca is a city in the Castilla y Leon region known for its large university, the oldest in Spain that is still active along with its prominent culture. Our walking tour will bring us to the most noteworthy sites, such as: the grand Plaza Mayor, an iconic square filled with food, shopping, and city events. La Clerecia, a church, and college of the Jesuit Order constructed in the seventeenth century. La Casa de las Conchas currently a public library and monument, decorated with shells that symbolize the famous pilgrimage to Santiago (El Camino). The University of Salamanca is the oldest University in Spain and the third oldest in Europe. Here St. Ignatius studied before moving on to the University of Paris. The Roman Bridge is a national monument that extends along the River Tormes and is among Salamanca's sturdiest bridges. La Iglesia de San Marcos, constructed in the Romanesque style contains breathtaking paintings that portray many scenes of Our Lady's life. La Iglesia de San Martin is a Church devoted to St. Martin de Porres, who is the patron saint of mixed-race people and all those seeking interracial harmony. Visit the inside of the two joint Salamanca Cathedrals (old and new), one Romanesque style and the other Gothic style. Following this visit, you will continue to Arevalo. In 1506 when he was 15, Ignatius was sent by his father to be a page in the household of Juan Velasquez de Cuellar, one of King Ferdinand's provincial governors and his treasurer general, at his castle in Arevalo. The castle of Arevalo stands near the junction of the Arevalillo and Adaja rivers which originally worked as a defense and natural moat. This stone and brick construction was built in the 15th century by Alvaro de Zuniga y Guzman, who was given the title of Duke of Arevalo by King Henry IV. At the death of the Duke, the castle passed on to the Catholic Queen and King who turned it into a prison until the 17th century. With the wars of Succession and Independence, the castle was in ruins and became a graveyard until the 20th century. Here Ignatius stayed until 1516 being trained like others of his age and class to be a good soldier, horseman and courtier. This training in the soldierly virtues probably exerted some influence on the society he founded. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Medina del Campo.

Day 6, Sat, June 17: Arevalo - Burgos - Loyola

This morning, depart Medina del Campo and stop at Dominica Convent marking the birth place of St Dominic at Caleruega. Celebrate Mass before driving north to Burgos, an important stop on the famous pilgrimage: El Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James). A city in the historic heart of Spain, Burgos served as one of the capitals of Castile and is the birthplace of El Cid, the 11th century hero. During a tour of the city visit the Cathedral of Burgos dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, a masterpiece of Spanish gothic architecture and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begun in the 13th century and completed in 1567, it is renowned for its immense size and unique architecture. You will also see the 12th century Las Huelgas Reales Monastery, the Cartuja of Miraflores and the medieval Arco de Santa Maria. Afterwards, continue to Loyola to visit the birthplace of St. Ignatius. Dinner and overnight in Loyola.

Day 7, Sun, June 18: Loyola - Azpeita - Loyola

St. Ignatius dedicated himself to becoming a soldier of the Christian faith, and as a result of many tribulations, he wrote the ever-famous Spiritual Exercises. In Loyola, you will see the 17th-century Basilica dedicated to this remarkable saint -the Basilica is part of a series of buildings surrounding the "Holy House," or birthplace of St. Ignatius. When you visit these Holy places, you will alsohave the opportunity to pray at the most venerated room, where St. Ignatius prayed and began his conversion. After meditating on the life of this founder of the Jesuit Order, enjoy free time for lunch. Following lunch continue to medieval section of the town of Azpeitia and visit the Church where st Ignatius was baptized in 1491 as well as a site where he taught catechism. The sanctuary, castle, basilica and museum recount the important history of Ignatius and the Jesuit Order. Dinner and overnight in Loyola.

Day 8, Mon, June 19: Loyola - Pamplona - Xavier - Sos del Rey Catolico

After breakfast group will board motor coach and continue to the hamlet of Xavier, located nearby Pamplona in the province of Navarra. First stop will be Pampl on a where group will be recalling the site where Ignatius received a wound that was to change his life. This event was the starting point for his conversion to Christ. We continue pilgrimage with a visit to Xavier Castle, (a castillo strategically positioned between Navarra and Aragon). We call to mind the life of St. Francis Xavieras we celebrate Holy Mass here. Following Mass group will gather at a local restaurant for our included lunch, followed by a guided tour of the Xavier Castle. Transfer to Sos del Rey Catolico for hotel check in, dinner and overnight.

Day 9, Tue, June 20: Sos del Rey Catolico - Zaragoza - Montserrat

We make our way to Montserrat, stop and visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Pillar in Zaragoza. Enjoy lunch on our own. We arrive later this afternoon in the spiritual heart of Catalonia and home to the dramatically set Benedictine monastery. This Marian shrine has attracted pilgrims for over 700 years, much as it did Ignatius in March of 1522. We view the Black Madonna of Montserrat before whom Ignatius laid his sword and exchanged his fancy clothes for those of a beggar. We celebrate our Eucharist at the Monastery of Montserrat before gathering for dinner at our accommodations.

Day 10, Wed, June 21: Montserrat - Manresa - Barcelona

Enjoy breakfast and visit Montserrat before departing for Manresa, a place of profound conversion for Ignatius. We enjoy an audiovisual presentation and a tour of the museum at Manresa. We celebrate Eucharist in the cave on the banks of the Cardoner River where Ignatius received a vision that provided him with deep insights into the spiritual life and altered the course of his own life. From the initial insights he received here, Ignatius went on to compose the "Spiritual Exercises." Ignatius remained in Manresa for about a year and a half before continuing his journey to Barcelona. We take some time for lunch on our own. We continue to Barcelona for dinner and overnight.

Day 11, Thu, June 22: Barcelona

This morning, your day will begin with breakfast and a sightseeing tour of Barcelona! Start a day with a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter containing remains from an ancient Roman village, including the Cathedral of Barcelona. Group will also visit the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, where Ignatius begged for alms for his journey to the Holy Land. Celebrate Holy Mass and continue touring some of the major sites of Barcelona, including Gaudi's masterwork unfinished Roman Catholic Basilica, La Sagrada Familia. The remainder of the day is at leisure to further explore this magnificent city on your own. You may wish to do more sightseeing, shopping or perhaps take time to relax and try some tapas at a sidewalk cafe. This evening group will gather at a local restaurant for farewell dinner.

Day 12, Fri, June 23: Return Home

Your last day in Spain will begin with breakfast at your hotel, followed by a transfer to Barcelona Airport for your return flight(s) home. You will say "hasta luego" (see you later) to your new friends made on this journey.

*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.


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*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $899.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $2,200.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $4,400.00 (USD)

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Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $899.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $2,200.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $4,400.00 (USD)

Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

  • Madrid
  • Alcala
  • Avila
  • Salamanca
  • Burgos
  • Loyola
  • Azpeita
  • Pamplona
  • Xavier
  • Sos del Rey Catolico
  • Montserrat
  • Manresa
  • Barcelona
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