A 12-Day Escorted Pilgrimage to Spain
March 23 - April 3, 2020
Accompanied by an SSPX priest

Itinerary:*

 

Day 1. Monday, March 23: Transatlantic flight to Madrid

 

Day 2. Tuesday, March 24: Madrid – Avila

Welcome to Spain! Upon arrival in Madrid’s airport, board your private motor-coach and drive to Avila, the city of St. Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582). There, visit the Basilica of St. Vincent, where, according to tradition, Sts. Vincent, Sabina and Christeta were martyred and buried during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century. Afterwards, admire Avila’s 12th-century Cathedral, a strong, fortress-like cathedral adjoining the famous medieval walls of Avila. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner to meet your travel companions. (WD)

 

Day 3. Wednesday, March 25: Avila

Today, stroll along Avila’s streets and go back in time to the days of St. Teresa. Visit the house where she was born, today the Church and Convent of St. Teresa. Then, visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, where one can see the baptismal font where she was baptized on April 4, 1515. Outside the city walls is Cuatro Postes, the place where Francisco de Cepeda, St. Teresa’s uncle, stopped the saint and her brother Rodrigo when they were running away from home to reach the Moorish lands and suffer martyrdom.  Visit the Incarnation Monastery, where she lived for more than 20 years, the place of her conversion, and where an angel pierced her heart with a flaming spear. Finally, visit her first foundation, the Monastery of St. Joseph, founded in 1562. Tonight, you may sample on your own one of Avila’s excellent restaurants. (BB)

 

Day 4. Thursday, March 26: Avila. Excursion to Valladolid & Medina del Campo

This morning, journey to Valladolid, witness of historical events such as the coronation of King Ferdinand III as King of Castile, the wedding of the Catholic Monarchs, the death of Christopher Columbus, and the births of Philip II and Philip III of Spain. Visit the Carmelite Monastery of the Conception, St. Teresa’s fourth foundation, treasuring the cell she occupied during her stays, as well as the original handwritten version of her Way to Perfection. Continue to visit Valladolid’s National Sculpture Museum, housed in the elegant San Gregorio College, featuring everything from wooden sculptures to stone statues and altarpieces, some dating back to the 16th century. On your way back to Avila, stop at St. Joseph’s Convent in Medina del Campo, St. Teresa’s second foundation. Tonight, enjoy an independent dinner and overnight in Avila. (BB, L)

 

Day 5. Friday, March 27: Avila. Excursion to Alba de Tormes & Salamanca

Head west to Alba de Tormes, to pray before the relics of St. Teresa of Avila, housed in the Carmelite Church and Convent of the Annunciation. After a short drive, arrive into Salamanca, famous for its University of Salamanca. Visit the Casa de Santa Teresa, her 7th foundation. After lunch at the main plaza, visit Salamanca’s Old and New Cathedrals and pray before the miraculous image of Our Lady of La Vega and the relics of Sts. John of Sahagun and Thomas of Villanueva. Continue to the Convent of San Esteban, whose Dominican Fathers helped St. Teresa of Jesus during her time in Salamanca as can be seen in the confessional box used by the saint when she sought advice. Tonight, enjoy an independent dinner an overnight in Avila. (BB, L)

 

Day 6. Saturday, March 28: Avila – Segovia – Toledo

Travel to the historic city of Segovia. Visit the Discalced Carmelite Convent of St. Joseph, the ninth foundation of St. Teresa. Enjoy a stroll in the Old Quarter of Segovia. Admire its impressive Roman aqueduct, its beautiful Cathedral, and the magnificent medieval fortress El Alcazar. Afterwards, visit the Carmelite Church to give homage to St. John of the Cross, whose relics are enshrined in a glorious chapel. In the evening, continue to Toledo for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 7. Sunday, March 29: Toledo

Begin your day with a walking sightseeing of Toledo’s downtown. This spectacular city is situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. View the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites of St. Joseph, St Teresa’s fifth foundation, and visit its magnificent Cathedral, a brilliant example of Catholic architecture. Spanning three centuries, its construction exhibits a mixture of styles: French Gothic, Spanish Mudejar, and Plateresque work. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore this breathtaking city. Overnight in Toledo. (BB)

 

Day 8. Monday, March 30: Toledo – Malagón – Granada

This morning, journey to Malagón to visit the third foundation of St. Teresa: the Carmelite Discalced St. Joseph Monastery. Afterwards, continue to Granada to see the Monastery of St. Joseph there, which was the 16th and second-to-last convent founded by St. Teresa, led by St. John of the Cross. Visit its splendid Cathedral, a jewel of Renaissance architecture, and the Royal Chapel, housing the tombs of the Catholic Kings, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. Dinner and overnight in Granada. (BB, D)

 

Day 9. Tuesday, March 31: Granada

Today discover Granada’s Moorish past as you visit the Alhambra Palace and its Generalife gardens, showing the grandeur of what was once a Nasrid kingdom. Afterwards, enjoy a free afternoon to explore this magnificent city on your own. (BB)

 

Day 10. Wednesday, April 1: Granada – Seville

Journey west to Seville, the beautiful capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. There, visit the Basilica of the Macarena, home of one of the dearest treasures of Seville, the statue of the Virgen de la Esperanza (Our Lady of Hope). Afterwards, visit its emblematic Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world, extending across 124,000 square feet. Enjoy a walking tour of Seville’s downtown, including a visit to the Convent of St. Joseph, St. Teresa’s 11th foundation. Dinner and overnight in Seville. (BB, D)

 

Day 11. Thursday, April 2: Seville – Madrid

Spend today’s morning and early afternoon at leisure in beautiful Seville. In the afternoon, take a fast train to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the end of a memorable pilgrimage. (BB, FD)

 

Day 12. Friday, April 3: Homebound flight

Transfer to Madrid’s airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB)

 

Buffet breakfast (BB), Lunch (L), Dinner (D), Welcome dinner (WD), Farewell dinner (FD)

 

* In case of unforeseen circumstances, this itinerary is subject to change.

 

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