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Spain: In the Footsteps of Ignatius of Loyola & Francis Xavier


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11 Days / 9 Nights, Madrid, Burgos, San Sebastian, Loyola, Aranzazu, Pamplona, Xavier, Huesca, Zaragoza, Barcelona


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES: • Round-trip air: USA – SPAIN – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• English speaking Catholic tour guide(s) • Your choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels • 9 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast and dinner daily • Lunches as indicated • 8 Days of sightseeing tours • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


The Sanctuary of Loyola


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA


Depart to Madrid, Spain, Complimentary meals and beverages are served in-flight.


DAY 2: MADRID


Arrive in Madrid and meet your Homeric Tours representative. We proceed by our private motor- coach to our hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner included at the hotel. (D)


DAY 3: MADRID: (CITY TOUR) After breakfast we begin our city tour. Visits include the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum. Lunch at a local restaurant is included. After completing our tour we return to our hotel. Those wishing are free to browse at the Plaza Mayor or Plaza del Sol, a prime shopping area or a stroll in the famous park – Parco de Buen Retiro. Dinner at our hotel is included. (B,L,D)


DAY 4: MADRID / BURGOS / SAN SEBASTIAN Today we depart Madrid to Burgos. El Cid, Spain’s most famous national hero, was born just north of this charming city. He is buried in the Cathedral of Burgos, the third largest church of Spain and one of the country’s most striking beau- tiful Spanish gothic style. After we make our way to San Sebastian for dinner and the evening. (B,D)


DAY 5: SAN SEBASTIAN / LOYOLA / ARANZAZU Breakfast then head south to the area of Azpeitia. Here in 1491 Iñigo Lopez de Loyola Oñaz was born in the Castle of Loyola, better known as Ignatius of Loyola. We visit his former house and


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the museum with a stop at Aranzazu, a shrine to Our Lady at the time of Ignatius and where we know Ignatius prayed for strength to overcome the temptations which he had formerly yielded. Lunch in Loyola is included. Return to San Sebastian for dinner and overnight accommodations. (B,L,D)


DAY 6: SAN SEBASTIAN / PAMPLONA / XAVIER / HUESCA


After breakfast we motorcoach to Huesca. First stop is Pamplona, the site where Ignatius received a wound that was to change his life. This event was the starting point for his conversion to Christ. Continue to Xavier Castle, (a castillo strategically positioned between Navarra and Aragon) recalling the life of St. Francis Xavier. Dinner and overnight accommodations in Huesca. (B,D)


DAY 7: HUESCA / ZARAGOZA Depart Huesca after breakfast for Zaragoza a lively city with a vast 17th-century basilica dedicated to Spain’s patron saint, the Virgin of the Pillar, (also the fortress Aljafería), parts of which date back to the 9th century. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 8: ZARAGOZA / BARCELONA Morning visit to Zaragoza and continue to Barcelona, once home to the Olympics. We proceed to our hotel for check-in. Afterwards enjoying dinner at a local seaside restaurant. (B,D)


DAY 9: BARCELONA: EXCURSION TO MONTSERRAT & MANRESA


After breakfast, depart for Montserrat, home to the dramatically set Benedictine monastery. This


The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group. * Ask about our church donation program


Marian shrine has attracted pilgrims for over 700 years, much as it did Ignatius in March of 1522. We pause here to visit the Black Madonna of Montserrat, before whom Ignatius put his sword and exchanged his clothes for those of a beggar. We make our way 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.” Ignatius remained in Manresa for about a year and a half. We enjoy an audiovisual presentation and tour of the museum at Manresa, and then celebrate Eucharist in the nearby cave. We return to Barcelona for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 10: BARCELONA: (CITY TOUR) We begin with Mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, where Ignatius would often beg for alms. We then continue by coach to the major sites of Barcelona including Gaudi’s Basilica of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family). Afterwards, stroll in the gothic quarter of the city and shop. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)


DAY 11: USA Transfer to airport for our return flight home. (B)


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