PLACE OF ORIGIN | SALAMANCA | BURGOS
The time and place to indicate, departure and travel through Ciudad Rodrigo to Salamanca. Lunch. Brief visit to the wonderful Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful in Spain. Then continue on to Valladolid and Burgos. Installation, dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
BURGOS | BILBAO
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to visit the wonderful cathedral, considered one of the most important in Europe in Gothic style. Inside, we can see the various Chapels, the most famous of which are S. Nicolau (the oldest); that of Santo Cristo, with the venerable Christ of Burgos that is attributed to Nicodemos; and the Constable. In the end, trip to Bilbao. Lunch. Afternoon visit to the city of Bilbao, the heart of a metropolis with more than one million inhabitants. Since its foundation more than 700 years ago, it has been an engine of social and economic development and a fundamental factor in the modernization of the Bizkaya area. Then, visit the spectacular Gugenheim Museum, a wonderful building of avant-garde architecture that houses works of art of world importance. Installation, dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
BILBAO | LOURDES
After breakfast departure towards Lourdes. Arrival in the early afternoon. Installation at the hotel and lunch. Then visit the city, a great religious center. On February 11, 1858, Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879), daughter of the village miller, had a vision of the Virgin at the age of 14, which occurred to her in Massabielle's cave; the vision was repeated 18 times. After the first appearance, the first miraculous feats began to take place. Annually, Lourdes is visited by millions of pilgrims and the sick. Visit to the Sanctuary, with its 3 overlapping Churches (the Crypt, the Basilica of the Rosary and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception), the underground Basilica (with capacity for 20,000 people); ”Cachot”, the Wax Museum, etc. Dinner at the hotel. At night, the possibility of assisting the imposing procession of candles that takes place every day near the Grotto.
LOURDES | ANDORRA
Breakfast and lunch at the hotel. In the morning Mass celebration. Then free time for independent activities or personal visits. In the afternoon, travel through the Pyrenees to the Principality of Andorra. Andorra-La-Vella is a modern city, located at the confluence of two valleys, a lively center for tourist, sports and, above all, commercial attractions. Arrival in the late afternoon. Installation, dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
ANDORRA | MONTSERRAT | BARCELONA
Breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Free morning for shopping. Afternoon trip to Montserrat, already in Spain. Time to visit the Benedictine Monastery, founded in 986, and the Basilica of the Black Virgin of Montserrat. In the end we will proceed to Barcelona. Installation, dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Stay at the hotel on a full board basis. In the morning departure for a city tour, guided by a local guide, highlighting: the city center, the Temple of the Sagrada Familia, Montjuich, etc. In the afternoon, climb to Tibidabo (from where you can see one of the most impressive views of Barcelona) with the beautiful Church, where you can find the famous image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, always on display.
BARCELONA | ZARAGOÇA | MADRID
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Zaragoza. Time to visit the Temple of the Virgin del Pilar, a masterpiece of Aragonese baroque. Lunch. In the afternoon, continue on the highway to Madrid. Arrival, installation and dinner at the hotel. In the evening departure for an evening visit to the city of Madrid, one of the busiest European capitals. Return to the hotel. Accommodation.
MADRID | EL ESCORIAL | ÁVILA | PLACE OF ORIGIN
After breakfast, departure to San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a living monument, testimony to the Spanish splendor in days gone by. For its universal reputation it was declared a Historic Artistic Monument in 1971, and thirteen years later, on November 2, 1984, UNESCO highlights it as a Monument of World Interest. Possibility of outside visits. Then continue to Ávila, a walled city. The walls of the 11th century are more than 2000 meters long and are punctuated by 88 cylindrical towers; the section on the east side forms the apse of the Cathedral, with an unusual fortress exterior and the interior showing a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Many of the city's religious temples are associated with Santa Teresa de Jesus, such as the Convent of Santa Teresa, built on the site of the house where he was born, or the Monastery of la Encarnación, where he lived for 27 years. Also noteworthy is the Royal Monastery of Santo Tomás, built by order of the Catholic Kings and completed in 1492; with three beautiful interconnected cloisters, it also includes a museum of religious art. Lunch. In the afternoon, the time to be indicated locally, we will proceed to the place of departure.