IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. IGNATIUS

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DEPART: New York Area Airport

AIRLINE: TBD

TERMS SUMMARY:

*Price is per person based on double occupancy. There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single Supplement: $TBA. Land Only (no airfare included): $TBA. Price is based on a minimum of 25 passengers. **Price does NOT include tips to drivers and guides or any items not specified.

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Tour updated: 1/11/2014 8:25:32 AM

 

DAY 1: DEPART USA
Depart USA for trans‑Atlantic flight to Madrid. Dinner and breakfast served in flight.

DAY 2: MADRID
Arrive Madrid. Transfer to hotel, via deluxe motorcoach. Check‑in at hotel followed by orientation. Lunch together. Optional afternoon visit to Ignatian sites in Alcala. Dinner and overnight in Madrid. (B, L, D)

DAY 3: MADRID
Morning guided tour of Prado Museum or the Royal Palace. Lunch on own. This afternoon, those who wish can travel to the Escorial or Alcala by train. Dinner together overnight in Madrid. (B, D)

DAY 4: MADRID / TOLEDO / MADRID
Following breakfast leave for Toledo, one of Europe's most ancient and beloved cities. Here you will visit the El Greco Museum, tour Old Town by trolley, have lunch together at a Parador perched above the city. Enjoy the afternoon wandering the quaint streets. Those who wish to return to Madrid in late afternoon will be taken by motor coach. Others may stay in Toledo and return by train.  Overnight in Madrid. (B, L)

DAY 5: MADRID / SALAMANCA
Motorcoach to Salamanca. Stop en route at Avila, home of St. Theresa founder of the Order of Carmelites. Mass and visit at Monastery of the Incarnation, major religious home of St. Theresa. Lunch together en route. Late afternoon arrival to Salamanca. Visit the medieval university where Ignatius studied with time for a stroll in its Baroque Plaza Mayor, one of the country's grandest squares. Dinner and overnight in Salamanca. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: SALAMANCA / LOYOLA
Leave Salamanca for Loyola. En route visit the Cathedral at Burgos. Lunch on own. Arrive for night at Loyola Hotel, just outside Santuario de Loyola. Initial visit and Mass at the Holy House, home to Ignatius and the Loyola family. Dinner and overnight Loyola Hotel. (B,D)

DAY 7: LOYOLA
Visit the birthplace and home of St. Ignatius and the medieval section of the town of Azpetia. Experience something of the person of Ignatius and his roots. Join for Mass in the room of St. Ignatius' conversion. Lunch together. Dinner and accommodations at the Hotel Loyola. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: JAVIER
Motorcoach to Javier. Visit Javier Castle, family home to St. Francis Xavier. Mass together in the parish church. Accommodations and dinner at Javier Hotel. (B, L,D)

DAY 9: JAVIER / BARCELONA
Travel by motorcoach through the rustic Catalonian landscape to Barcelona. Lunch en route. Check in followed by dinner. Overnight in Barcelona. (B, L, D)

DAY 10: BARCELONA
Half‑day tour of key Ignatian sites, including the Church of Santa Maria del Mar. Visit the unfinished cathedral Sagrada Familia plus other highlights of Barcelona. Lunch on own. Remainder of afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona. (B, D)

DAY 11: BARCELONA / MONTSERRAT / MANRESA
Day trip to Montserrat to visit the Benedictine Archabbey and pilgrimage site where Ignatius kept vigil during his conversion. Lunch on own. Visit to nearby Manresa where Ignatius prayed over a one-year period and composed the Spiritual Exercises. Mass at Manresa. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona. (B, D)

DAY 12: BARCELONA / ROME
Depart from Barcelona to Rome via inter­-Europe air. On arrival to Rome airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. En route there will be a brief orientation tour of Rome. Remainder of afternoon at leisure to explore on your own. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)

DAY 13: ROME
Transfer to the chapel at La Storta, continue to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls followed by a half day guided tour of ancient Rome. Remainder of afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)

DAY 14: ROME
This morning opportunity for extended guided visit to St. Peter's, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Lunch on own. This afternoon half‑day tour of Christian Rome. Includes the Triton Fountain by Bernini, the Holy Stairs, Old Appian Way, the ruins of Caracalla Baths, basilica of St. Mary Major, basilica of St. John Lateran, and the Catacombs, where we will have Mass.  Dinner on your own. Overnight in Rome. (B)

DAY 15: ROME
Visit to the Ignatian sites in Rome. Mass together at Gesu Church with visit to the Ignatius' rooms. Visit the Church of St. Ignatius. Lunch on own. Remainder of day at leisure. Tonight a farewell dinner together at Cecelia Matella's Restaurant. Overnight in Rome. (B, D)

DAY 16: ROME / USA
After breakfast early transfer to Rome's airport for the return flight to the United States of America. Arrival same day. (B)

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

* Airfare: Roundtrip from New York area airport
Accommodations: 12 days /14 nights in first class hotels
Meals: Breakfast daily, six lunches and twelve dinners.
Sightseeing: As listed in the itinerary.
Also Included: Daily Mass, Airport-hotel transfers, hotel tips & taxes, baggage handling, Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach, Services of Professional Pilgrimage Escort.