Shrines of Spain Pilgrimage

In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Spiritual Director: Fr. Russell Roide

June 1 - 11, 2020


San Sebastian · Loyola · Arantzazu · Lourdes · Montserrat · Manresa · Barcelona

Fr. Russell Roide, S.J.

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
      ~ 3 nights: June 02 - 05: Hotel Zenit, San Sebastian
      ~ 2 nights: Jun 05 - 07: Hotel Gallia & Londres, Lourdes
      ~ 2 nights: Jun 07 - 09: Abat Cisneros, Montserrat
      ~ 2 nights: Jun 09 - 11:, Ayre Caspe Hotel, Barcelona
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners with wine and mineral water
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Tour Escort throughout
  • Assistance of professional local Catholic guide(s) in San Sebastian, Lourdes, Montserrat and Barcelona
  • Sightseeing and admission fees as per Itinerary
  • Mass Daily and Spiritual activities
  • Whispers
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
Hotel Zenit
San Sebastian

3 Nights

Hotel Gallia & Londres

2 Nights

Abat Cisneros

2 Nights

Ayre Caspe Hotel

2 Nights

Not included
  • Meals and beverages unless mentioned, Tips to your guide and driver.
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.


Day 1, Monday, June 1: Depart USA

We depart en route to Bilbao, Spain via Barcelona. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2, Tuesday, June 2: Arrive Spain

Upon arrival in Spain, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival's Hall, where we will be greeted by a tour escort and/or driver. We proceed to San Sebastian via private motor coach to our hotel where we check in. Dinner is at the hotel. (D)

Day 3, Wednesday, June 3: San Sebastian - Loyola

Today, after breakfast, we make an excursion south to Loyola (near Azpeitia). Here in 1491 Inigo Lopez de Loyola Onaz was born in the Castle of Loyola. We know him better as Ignatius Loyola. We will visit his house and museum, have Mass in the Room of Conversion, and enjoy lunch here. After lunch we can walk to Our Lady of Olatz one of the places he often prayed. Time permitting we will walk to the village, or stay near the Castle and Basilica. Then we will return to our hotel in San Sebastian, where we will enjoy some of the tapas restaurants in the old city. (B)(L)

Day 4, Thursday, June 4: San Sebastian - Arantzazu

Today after breakfast, we make an excursion to Our Lady of Arantzazu, a famous pilgrimage stop of Ignatius. After his convalesce, he began his journey to Montserrat on a donkey. He was still uneasy of his past life and wanted to ask Our Lady for the strength to continue on. Here we visit the shrine, celebrate Mass and have lunch. Then we return to San Sebastian where we are free to explore, on our own, the many tapas restaurants in this seaside town. (B)(L)

Day 5, Friday, June 5: San Sebastian - Lourdes

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we depart lovely San Sebastian and make our way to Lourdes with a stop in Javier - the Castle and home of St. Francis Xavier. We will celebrate Mass, have lunch and continue on our way to Lourdes. Here in 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared to young Bernadette Soubirous. In a series of apparitions that would draw worldwide attention. The Lady introduced herself to Bernadette as "The Immaculate Conception." We check in to our accommodations to Lourdes. After dinner, feel free to join in the evening candlelight procession or to pay a late night visit to the Grotto. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6, Saturday, June 6: Lourdes

We begin this morning with Mass. After Mass, we enjoy a walking tour in the Footsteps of St. Bernadette and/or find our way to the baths. This afternoon at 4:30 p.m. we are welcome to participate in the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessing of the Sick, dinner and then the candlelight procession, beginning about 8:30 p.m. After the procession, we return to our hotel. (B)(D)

Day 7, Sunday, June 7: Lourdes - Montserrat

This morning, we depart Lourdes after Mass and make our way to Montserrat, home to the Benedictine monastery dramatically set in the Montserrat mountain range. Pilgrims from around the world flock to this monastery to view its magnificent architecture in such a striking setting. Enjoy dinner at hotel Abat Cisneros. (B)(D)

Day 8, Monday, June 8: Montserrat - Manresa - Montserrat

This morning after breakfast we will make our way to Montserrat. Monserrat is home to the 13th Century Benedictine Monastery. This Marian shrine has attracted pilgrims for over 700 years, much as it did for Ignatius in March of 1522. We pause here to visit the Black Madonna of Montserrat, before whom Ignatius put his sword and exchanged his fancy clothes with a beggar. In the afternoon about 4 p.m. we continue to Manresa, a place of profound conversion for Ignatius. Here, in a cave on the banks of the Cardoner River, 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 pen the Spiritual Exercises, the fruit of his meditations. Ignatius remained in Manresa for about a year and a half. We will celebrate Mass in the cave, tour the museum at Manresa, and continue to Montserrat for the evening. Where we will enjoy dinner at hotel Abat Cisneros. (B)(D)

Day 9, Tuesday, June 9: Barcelona - visit to the city

This morning after breakfast, we will travel to Barcelona and upon arrival, we will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy the broad avenues of this beautiful city admiring its marvelous building contrasts dating back nearly 2000 years. We will visit the Gothic Quarter that includes Saint Eulalia Cathedral and its 14th C Roman Wall and celebrate Mass. Today, lunch and dinner will be at your leisure. (B)

Day 10, Wednesday, June 10: Barcelona - Visit to the city

Our tour today includes the renowned Basilica of Sagrada Familia. We will have Mass in the lower church near the tomb of Gaudi. We will tour the Basilica. Then we finish with a short walking tour of Ignatian sites including the Basilica of Our Lady of the Sea where Ignatius would often go to seek alms. This afternoon is free to explore Las Ramblas and prepare for our festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant. We will drive back to our hotel stopping shortly to visit the city of Barcelona's light show. (B)(D)

Day 11, Thursday, June 11: Return to the USA

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the USA.

*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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