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Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC

Shrines of Spain Pilgrimage

Dec 26, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021

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Barcelona · Manresa · Montserrat · Zaragoza · Madrid · Toledo · Astorga · O' Cebreiro · Santiago de Compostela (St. James)

Join Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC is on a Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Spain! For nine days visit Spain's most sacred places like Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Montserrat, Manresa, Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Santiago de Compostela and more! Celebrate the New Year with your fellow Pilgrims in Madrid, where the tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight takes place in the Puerta del Sol. Enjoy first class hotels and take in the rich culture of Spain in its ornate architecture, gorgeous Cathedrals, and exquisite cuisine. Father Donald Calloway is an experienced traveler and extraordinary Spiritual Director who will celebrate Mass daily. This is sure to be one of the most spiritual journeys of your life!


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Your trip includes

Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Hotel Ayre Caspe
Barcelona

1 Night

hotel
Hotel Abat Cisneros
Montserrat

2 Nights

hotel
Hotel Preciados
Madrid

2 Nights

hotel
San Francisco Hotel Monumento
Santiago de Compostela

2 Nights

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  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
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Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Supplemental Cancellation Protection

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

Itinerary

Day 1, Saturday, December 26, 2020: Depart for Barcelona

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

Day 2, Sunday, December 27, 2020: Arrive Barcelona

Upon arrival in Barcelona, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival's hall where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Make your way to the vehicle for your transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival, you will check-in and have free time to rest and refresh or explore this vibrant city. This evening, you will enjoy a welcoming dinner, followed by an overnight in Barcelona.

Day 3, Monday, December 28, 2020: Barcelona - Manresa - Montserrat

This morning, your day will begin with breakfast and a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, the capital of Spain's Catalonia region! Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of from Montjuic mountaintop, the cities highest point. The Port was created 2,000 years ago on the coastal area in order to protect and provide access for ships and goods. Currently, it is home to numerous walking areas, businesses, cultural and sporting events. Plaza de Espana is right outside the center of town and, was formerly known for its old bull-fighting ring. Presently, the Plaza is renowned for containing the Museum of Catalan art, situated on the side of Montjuic. Plaza de Catalunya is located in central Barcelona, and is known for its fountains and statues. Your day of touring will continue with a guided walk through the Gothic Quarter that contains remains from an ancient Roman village, including the Cathedral of Barcelona. We will continue to the Eixample quarter to visit Antoni Gaudi's stunning, unfinished Roman Catholic Basilica, La Sagrada Familia. La Sagrada Familia is considered an UNESCO world heritage site and is Barcelona's top tourist destination. Construction on the Basilica began in 1882 and when completed, the tallest spire will stretch almost 560 feet into the sky, making it the tallest religious building in Europe. Gaudi believed no manmade structure should be taller than God's which is why La Sagrada Familia will be just a meter shorter than Montjuic. While there are currently only 8 towers, the finished product will include 18 towers, 12 for one of each of the apostles, four for the evangelists, one for the Virgin Mary, and the highest for Jesus Christ. In the afternoon, we will travel to Manresa with a visit to the Sanctuary of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the Holy Cave where St. Ignatius lived. Continue to Montserrat, home to the miraculous Black Madonna. Arrive in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 4, Tuesday, December 29, 2020: Montserrat

After breakfast, we visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat , located on a rugged mountainside. According to Catholic tradition, St. Luke carved the statue of the Black Madonna around 50 A.D. and brought it to Spain. While in Spain, it was hidden from the Moors and then, was later rediscovered by shepherds. In 880 A.D., the shepherds and the Bishop of Manresa were drawn to a grotto by a bright light and heavenly music. Upon discovery of the statue of the Black Madonna in the grotto, the Bishop of Manresa suggested that it be moved to Manresa. However, the statue was too heavy that it could not be lifted. As a result, the Virgin remained in Montserrat and continued to be venerated there for centuries. As years progressed, a number of chapels were built upon the site and in the eleventh century, the abbot bishop Oliba founded a monastery on Montserrat next to one of these chapels. Our Lady of Montserrat is the Patron Saint of Catalonia. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5, Wednesday, December 30, 2020: Montserrat - Zaragoza - Madrid

After breakfast, today you will journey to Zaragoza, you will have the opportunity to visit the incredible Basilica del Pilar that was built upon the site of where Our Lady appeared to St. James in 44 A.D. At this time, St. James the Greater was spreading the Gospel in Spain but, making very little progress and questioning his mission. According to Catholic Tradition, the Virgin Mary, who was still living in Jerusalem, bi-located and appeared to St. James the Greater to boost his morale. While inside the Basilica, you will view the pillar that was carried by angels and from atop Our Lady appeared. Following your visit to the Basilica del Pilar, you will visit La Seo Cathedral (Cathedral of Zaragoza). Formally known as the church of San Vicente during the Visigoth period, it contains architectural elements of Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque styles. In addition to the famous cathedral, Zaragoza is also known for its folklore and local gastronomy, both of which will be explored on your walking tour of the city. This evening, your group will continue to Madrid where you will enjoy dinner and a restful overnight.

Day 6, Thursday, December 31, 2020: Madrid & Toledo

Following breakfast, enjoy a tour of the marvelous city of Madrid including the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. The depart for Toledo which sits on a rocky mound isolated on three sides by a looping gorge of the Rio Tajo. Toledo is known as the City of the Three Religions or Cultures because for many centuries the Christians, the Moors, and the Jews lived together in relative equality and peace. The city surrounded by walls hides great treasures including its awesome Cathedral, the Church of Santo Tome, the Transito Synagogue, Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, the superb Church of San Juan de los Reyes, Puerta de Bisagras, Puerta del Cambron, and more. Return to Madrid in time to celebrate New Year's Eve! Each year, thousands gather in Puerta del Sol to ring in the New Year with the tradition of eating twelve "lucky" grapes in accordance with the striking of the clock at midnight.

Day 7, Friday, January 1, 2021: Madrid - Astorga - O'Cebreiro - Santiago de Compostela

Feliz Ano Nueva! Happy New Year! Today celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. On this feast day, you will depart Madrid and head towards the city of Santiago de Compostela. On your way, you will make a stop in Astorga, with a visit to the Bishop's Palace built by Antonio Gaudi, which holds the Museum of El Camino. Later this afternoon, you will enter Galicia, by way of the city, Lugo. Your first stop will be to O Cebreiro, the first village in the region of Lugo and nestled in the mountains at an altitude of 1,300 meters. While in O Cebreiro, you will have the opportunity to view the iconic palloza styles houses, and the site of a Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the year 1300. In the evening, you will proceed to Santiago de Compostela for your dinner and overnight.

Day 8, Saturday, January 2, 2021: Santiago de Compostela

Eat a hearty breakfast this morning to prepare to walk a few miles of El Camino, or the Way of St. James! Immerse yourselves in the fragrant eucalyptus groves and experience the breathtaking scenery. Reflect on your journey and feel connected to St. James the Apostle, and all the millions of Pilgrims who have walked this path before you. Later this morning attend the International Pilgrim Mass at the Cathedral of St. James. After Mass there will be free time for lunch. Then visit the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral which was formed by Galician granite. This Cathedral is one of the finest architectural examples in Europe as it encompasses Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. Additionally, the Cathedral contains numerous valuable pieces of art. Upon entering the Cathedral, tradition will lead, as you will hug the dazzling statue of St. James. Following this intimate embrace, you will descend into the crypt where the Patron Saint of Pilgrims' relics are kept. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city of Santiago de Compostela making stops at Obradoiro Square, Fonseca Palace, Gemirez Palace, Franco Street, and much more. Your evening will be free to spend at your leisure until a final dinner with your group. You will spend a final overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 9, Sunday, January 3, 2021: Return Home

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

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2020 Dates & Prices

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Dec 26, 2020
Saturday
Jan 3, 2021
Sunday
Dec 27
Sunday
Jan 3, 2021
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*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $831.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Would like to stop over in Europe?

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

Options and upgrades

Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $831.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

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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

About your trip

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  • Barcelona
  • Manresa
  • Montserrat
  • Zaragoza
  • Madrid
  • Toledo
  • Astorga
  • O' Cebreiro
  • Santiago de Compostela (St. James)
About the Shrines of Spain:

Begin in the vibrant city of Barcelona to start your 9 day tour of the Shrines of Spain. On this Pilgrimage, you will visit Montserrat, Manresa, Zaragoza, Toledo, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela and more, encountering God all along the way. In Barcelona, visit Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece, the stunning Sagrada Familia Basilica. See the Holy Cave where St. Ignatius lived in Manresa, view the miraculous Black Madonna in Montserrat, and see the site where our lady appeared to St. James in Zaragoza. Continue to explore the marvelous city of Madrid, and conclude your tour with a spiritual visit to Santiago de Compostela.

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