Spain – Ignatian Camino - 20 Days

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April 28, 2023 - May 17, 2023 Available $2,050.00
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April 28, 2024 - May 17, 2024 Available $2,050.00
10 Available

You are invited on a journey of the heart.

A beautiful 20 day pilgrimage with 11 walking days, mixed with prayer and meditation. This will be an amazing pilgrimage. St. Ignatius himself walked this pilgrimage for his inner journey.

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Overview

  • You have options! Choose between joining us in Spain or joining us on a Virtual Pilgrimage!
  • Daily prayers/contemplative exercises, this is more than a pilgrimage it is a retreat for your soul.
  • Visit The Black Madonna of Montserrat, It is tradition for you to kiss or touch the Virgin’s hand whilst opening out your other hand to Jesus.
  • Explore Zaragoza a 2000-year-old city (from 13BC). Shrines to tapas, plenty of options for your day in one of Spains great cities.
  • Enjoy the beauty of Aizkorri-Aratz National Park as we make our way to the contemporary sacred Sanctuary Arantzazu.
  • Sit in contemplation in the Cave of Manresa open your heart and listen. Allow the Spirit to move you, this is the exact spot where Ignatius retreated for contemplative prayer and wrote the Spiritual Exercises.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Bilbao

We will meet in Bilbao on the first day of the pilgrimage. (so plan your flights to arrive in time) We can help you arrange the best flights and times to arrive.

Once we gather, we will transfer to Loyola
Night: Loyola

Day 2
Day in Loyola

Discovering Loyola – We will start our pilgrimage exploring Loyola.
We will visit the Shrine, Ignatius family home, Parish, Hospital Saint Magdalena.
Night: Loyola

Day 3
Walk to Legazpi, 25km

As we leave Loyola we go looking for the river. Today the river is our guide. We will follow this along an old railway which has been converted into a magnificent path.

Night: Legazpi

Day 4
Walk to Arantzazu, 18km

Today is a mixture of walking along the river, passing by a reservoir, and walking through an impressive spruce forest. Let us spend a few quiet moments in this forest. A cathedral which was made by God!

Visit the Arantzazu shrine. According to legend, the Virgin appeared to a shepherd named Rodrigo de Balzategi, the Virgin was on a hawthorn. He was amazed and asked, “Arantzan zu?” (You in a hawthorn?). During the following centuries, the Franciscan friars made Arantzazu a place of devotion and pilgrimage. A beautiful Holy Site along this Ignatian Camino, with many more to come!

Night: Arantzazu

Day 5
Transfer to Laguardia

Today we will transfer ourselves to Laguardia.

After a leisurely morning, we will make our way to LaGuardia by private transfer. Tonight we will be joined by fellow pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago. LaGuardia is a stop-off for them as well, let’s share our journey with each other.

Night: Laguardia

Day 6
Walk to Navarrette, 20km

Rioja is a fertile region of farms and vineyards. Many ancient civilizations lived in this region, including ancient Celtic peoples, the Roman, Visigoth, and Muslim civilizations. We will be walking along the Camino de Santiago, but in the opposite direction. We might hear, “buen camino” or “hey you are going the wrong way”

Night: Navarrette

Day 7
Walk to Logrono, 13km

Today we keep following the arrows on the Camino but still in the opposite direction.

Night: Logrono

Day 8
Transfer to Zaragoza

Today we will transfer to Zaragoza.

We will enjoy a day off from walking and a day to explore this beautiful city.

Zaragoza, a 2000-year-old city (from 13BC) is a large city and we will not have time to see everything. A must-visit is to the Virgin, which commemorates St. James’s legendary passage through Spanish lands. The basilica is the first center of Marian devotion in Christendom. Bearing witness to the St. James tradition are the many hospitals, which served pilgrims walking on the Camino Real.

Night: Zaragoza

Day 9
Transfer to Lleida

Another day free from walking, but the rest of the way will be in Catalonia as we make our way to Manresa!

Lleida is a big and beautiful Catalonian city, with unique buildings and museums. With so much to explore, we will arrive before lunch. This will allow us to explore and enjoy this city. One interesting place to visit is in the chapel on Main Street which recalls a legend about the Apostle James: while preaching the gospel on his journey through Spain, James got a thorn in his foot and walking became impossible. He was unable to see where the thorn was because it was very dark. Sensing his desperation, some angels came from heaven with their lanterns lit, to help him out of his difficulty. Every 24th July, Lleida children process through the streets of Old Town with lanterns lit in honor of James the apostle.

Night: Lleida

Day 10
Walk to Palau D'Anglesola, 25km

It will be nice to be walking again. We have now started our final 6 walking days until we reach Manresa.
Today we will be skirting along the highway on dirt and gravel paths for most of the day.

Night: Palau D’Anglesola

Day 11
Walk to Verdu, 25km

Today we will be passing through fields of olive trees, vineyards, and grain. We may be greeted by red poppies. Most of the day will be on asphalt and dirt paths.

We will arrive in time to see the Shrine of Saint Peter Claver

Night: Verdu

Day 12
Walk to Cervera, 17km

Today we will be on the “Cami Ral”, probably the true “Camino Real” which Ignacio followed on his trip to Montserrat.

Visit the old town

Night: Cervera

Day 13
Walk to Jorba, 32km

Today is a long day, we will walk to Jorba. If a taxi is needed along this stretch for you, it will be at your cost.

Day 14
Walk to Sant Pau de la Guardia, 15km

Night: Sant Pau de la Guardia

Day 15
Walk to Montserrat, 11km

Visit the Shrine: Vigil of Our Lady-Saint Ignatius

Night: Montserrat

Day 16
Walk to Manresa

Night: Manresa

Day 17
Manresa

Discovering Ignatian Manresa

Night: Manresa

Day 18
Transfer to Barcelona

Transfer to Barcelona, visit Old Town

Day 19
Barcelona

Explore Barcelona

Day 20
Depart for home

Today we say our goodbyes and depart for home or another adventure.

Included

  • Pre-departure information including planning and packing suggestions. Phone time with Mary.
  • Guide/Spiritual Coach/Priest accompanying the group
  • Transfer from Bilbao to Loyola
  • Nights in double rooms, single occupancy add $250
  • The Way of St. James devotional
  • Pilgrims passport
  • Daily/retreat guide book.
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Transfer from Manresa to Barcelona

Doesn't Include

  • Airfare to and from Europe. We will meet in Bilbao
  • Traveler’s insurance or trip cancellation insurance.​
  • Tips
  • Luggage Transfer, additional $100

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Spain – Ignatian Camino
From $2,050.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • Limited to 10 pilgrims
  • $300 deposit of which $150 is non-refundable
  • $250 additional for single room
  • $200 additional for optional Van Support

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