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St Ignatius Pilgrimage visiting Ignatian Pilgrimage Sites 2024

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St Ignatius Pilgrimage visiting Early Ignatian places 2024

The St Ignatius Pilgrimage visiting Ignatian Pilgrimage Sites in Spain visits some of the most important sites in the life of Saint Ignatius Loyola the founder of the Society of Jesus more commonly known as the Jesuits. Beginning in Madrid, the Capital of Spain, travel through the picturesque countryside of Northern Spain where you’ll experience the magnificence of the Cathedral in Burgos, pray at the site of the Virgin Mary’s first recorded apparition at the Shrine to Our Lady of Pilar in Zaragoza, and then take in the awe-inspiring architecture of the still unfinished Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. Itinerary highlights include 2 nights in Loyola, with a private mass celebrated in the very room where St. Ignatius experienced his spiritual conversion; a visit to Pamplona where St. Ignatius encountered his life-changing “Cannonball Moment” and is birthplace of the Society of Jesus co-founder, St. Francis Xavier; and a visit to Manresa to visit the Cave of Saint Ignatius where the saint retired to meditate and write his Spiritual Exercises and the Chapel of the Rapture where St. Ignatius remained motionless in ecstasy for eight days.

Come sample the tapas, paella, and sangria, as well as the Jesuit spirituality which invites us to encounter God in all things and witness the joy of the Gospel on this special Pilgrimage in the Land of St. Ignatius.  Why don’t you go ahead and book the St Ignatius Pilgrimage visiting Ignatian Pilgrimage Sites in Spain for 2024 or 2025 today?

Tour Details for St Ignatius Pilgrimage visiting Early Ignatian places
Visit the sites important for St. Ignatius in Spain: Barcelona · Montserrat · Manresa · Madrid · Burgos - Loyola - Pamplona - Xavier - Huesca

Departure & Return Location

Your local airport of choice — Or you can choose land only and make your own flight arrangements.

Departure Time

Arrive for Check-in 3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares - Round trip airfare listed below Airfare is included for most major airports
  • 1 Checked Bag with the Airlines
  • Hotel Accommodations - First Class Hotelswith Porterage 1 night Madrid 2 nights Loyola 1 night Zaragoza 2 nights Montserrat 1 night Barcelona
  • Meals - Breakfast and Dinner DailyWine & mineral water with dinners
  • All transportation in destination locationAirconditioned Motor Coach with Bottled Water available onboard
  • Tour Guide - Professional English Speaking Guides - always Catholic
  • Entrance Fees - Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itineraryWhisper Headsets where needed
  • Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated

Price Excludes

Complementaries

  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag
Itinerary for St Ignatius Pilgrimage visiting Early Ignatian places
On this Ignatian pilgrimage to Spain see Barcelona · Montserrat · Manresa · Madrid · Burgos - Loyola - Pamplona - Xavier - Huesca

Day 1Depart USA

spain tourisim logo pilgrimageDepart from the USA aboard overnight flight(s) to Madrid to begin your Ignatian pilgrimage. Breakfast and dinner are served aboard the transatlantic flight.

Day 2Arrival in Madrid

cathedral in madrid spain pilgrimage tourUpon arrival in Madrid, you will meet your local tour escort and transfer to your hotel located in the heart of Madrid’s historic center. Tonight you will walk through the Plaza Mayor.  Overnight in Madrid with Dinner.

Day 3Madrid - Burgos - Loyola

This morning you will depart for Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile and the hometown of the most important converso in the Society of Jesus, Juan Alfonso de Polanco, who served as the order’s secretary and Ignatius’s collaborator in composing the Constitutions. You will have Mass at the Santa Maria Cathedral, the burial place of Spanish Kings, and El Cid Spain’s famous hero. He is buried in the Cathedral of Burgos, the third largest church of Spain and one of the country’s most striking for its beautiful Spanish gothic style. Everyone is free to enjoy lunch in this charming medieval city, before making their way to Loyola, where in 1491 St. Ignatius Loyola was born in the Castle of Loyola. Dinner and overnight in Loyola.

 

Day 4Loyola: Ignatius home and museum - Aranzazu

In Loyola, you have a guided tour of Ignatius’s childhood home. The tour culminates with Mass and a private visit to the room where Ignatius experienced his spiritual conversion. The readings include some of the very texts that Ignatius read leading up to his conversion as well as accounts of how Ignatius later assisted others through spiritual conversation. You will also visit the basilica adjacent to the castle—together forming much of the Sanctuary of Loyola—as well as the Loyola family archives. In the afternoon, you venture into the town Azpeitia to visit the church in which Ignatius was baptized as well as the church outside of which he preached and the hospital in which he lived and worked upon his return after his studies in Paris. In the afternoon you travel to the Hermitage of Olatz and to Aranzazu, a popular shrine to Our Lady at the time of Ignatius, where we know Ignatius prayed for strength to overcome his former temptations.  Dinner and overnight in Loyola.

Day 5Loyola - Pamplona - Xavier - Huesca

 

This morning you will travel to Pamplona, the birthplace and childhood home of St. Francis Xavier the great Evangelist of the 16th century. After the battle of Pamplona, young St. Francis Xavier was sent to the University of Paris where he would meet his roommate, Ignatius, with whom he would later co-found the Order of the Society of Jesus. Visit the site where Ignatius was wounded defending the city against the French in 1521 visit Xavier (Navarre) where you will tour the castle in which Francis Xavier was born and which contains a sculptured Crucifix, The Smiling Christ. Continue on to Zaragoza for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6 Zaragoza - Verdu - Montserrat

mountserrat mountain spain pilgrimage tour or st ignatius pilgrimageBegin the day with Mass and a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar, built to commemorate the place where the Virgin Mary standing atop a pilar carried by Angels, appeared to St. James. The basilica’s small, wooden statue of Our Lady of Pilar has been a regular stopping point for pilgrims, both now and during Ignatius’s life. Continue to Montserrat, stopping along the way in the small town of Verdú, the birthplace of St. Peter Claver, SJ, who dedicated his life to the aid of enslaved people in the New World. Upon arrival in Montserrat, you will settle into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7Montserrat - Manresa

manresa sign in spain st ignatius pilgrimageThis morning you will travel to Manresa, a place of profound conversion for Ignatius. and visit the Cave of Saint Ignatius where the saint retired to meditate and write his Spiritual Exercises. You will see the Chapel of the Rapture where St. Ignatius remained motionless in ecstasy for eight days and visit the Basilica of la Seu, the large Gothic Church that has come to symbolize Manresa. You will enjoy an audiovisual presentation and a tour of the museum at Manresa. Ignatius remained in Manresa for about a year and a half before continuing his journey to Barcelona.
In the afternoon you will make your way back to Montserrat, home to the dramatically set Benedictine monastery. On a rugged mountainside, you will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. Since the 12th century, pilgrims have been drawn to the mountain to venerate the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna. According to Catholic tradition, the statue of the Black Virgin of Montserrat was carved by St. Luke around 50 AD and brought to Spain. It was later hidden from the Moors in a cave, where it was rediscovered by shepherds in 880 AD. They saw a bright light and heard heavenly music that eventually led them to the grotto and the statue. The Bishop of Manresa, present at the discovery, suggested that it be moved to Manresa, but the small statue was discovered to be so heavy it could not be lifted. Thus the Virgin had indicated her will to stay in Montserrat to be venerated there. In the 11th century, the abbot-bishop Oliba founded a monastery on the mountain of Montserrat next to one of the chapels, where the Benedictine Abbey is still preserved.  It is believed that the founding of the Society of Jesus by St. Ignatius of Loyola was inspired by the Black Madonna’s apparition to St. Ignatius during his pilgrimage to the Shrine of Montserrat. Visit the museum containing works by great artists such as Caravaggio, El Greco, Rusiñol, Cases, Picasso, and Dalí, and celebrate Mass in the Basilica housing the image of La Moreneta, Our Lady of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia. Dinner and overnight in Montserrat.

 

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Day 8Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia - Gothic Quarter

city of barcelona spain pilgrimage or st ignatius pilgrimageThis morning we will depart for Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia where you will enjoy a guided walk through the
Gothic Quarter to have Mass and visit the cathedral. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided tour of the famous basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia followed by some free time to explore life and markets along Las Ramblas.  Special Farewell Dinner and overnight near Las Ramblas in Barcelona.

 

Day 9Return to USA

After an early breakfast, depart for the Barcelona Airport for your return flight(s) home.

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Price circa $4,499 per person.

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Single Room Supplement: $TBA unless otherwise specified.

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Options

Pre-Stay in Madrid – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $159 · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $289 · Private Airport Transfer per person $55

Post Stay in Barcelona – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $129 · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $255 · Private Airport Transfer per person $55

Upgrade to Premium Economy 

An upgrade to premium economy is available for $1,850 per person roundtrip with the following conditions:  the pilgrimage tour must be 1) paid in full more than 90 days before departure and 2) Guest Information Completed in order to guarantee the price and schedule.

Call for a quote if less than 90 days before departure for an expected higher price.

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Travel Insurance - St Ignatius Pilgrimage visiting Early Ignatian pilgrimage places
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Travel Insurance is available for a pilgrimage to Spain and – is recommended!

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FAQ for the St Ignatius Pilgrimage visiting Ignatian Pilgrimage Sites in Spain
Frequently Asked Questions about this Ignatian pilgrimage to Spain

How do I meet up with the group if I make my own flight arrangements? 

Arrival times vary between dates and within pilgrimages.  If you make your own flight arrangements, we can arrange a private airport transfer from Barcelona Airport to the group hotel for $55 per person.  We can also arrange a private transfer to the airport in Santiago de Compostela for $100 per person.  We recommend using our transfer service because they are known and trusted drivers.  As soon as you have your flight information, email Marcelle.

Will I need an electrical adapter? Yes, you will need an adapter for Spain.

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