Sacred Sites in Spain & Portugal 13 Day | 12 Night Tour

Embark on a sacred path, inspired by St John of the Cross, visiting sites of historical and religious significance.

Itinerary

Day1: Arrive at Madrid and be transferred to a guesthouse in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Madrid.

 

Day 2: After a Spanish breakfast and introductions we will meet our guide who will accompany us to explore the old part of Madrid.

 

Day 3: After a Spanish breakfast, optional morning contemplative practice and reflection, we will leave Madrid for the Imperial City of Toledo where we will spend a few hours before we travel to Avila, to stay for two nights at Casa Natal de Santa Teresa. On arrival to the convent you will be introduced to the Teresian style interior spaces: rooms, common rooms, dining room and chapels and have free time to have dinner and relax.

 

Day 4: After breakfast, optional morning contemplative practice and reflection, we will travel to the small city of Segovia. Here Saint John of the Cross helped Saint Teresa found a new monastery in 1574, and 14 years later, returned to serve as prior of the Discalced Carmelite monastery. On our return to Avila you will have free time for dinner, optional evening contemplative practice and reflection.

 

Day 5: After breakfast, optional morning contemplative practice and reflection, we will spend our morning in the city of Avila, a UNESCO World Heritage site, surrounded by the best-preserved medieval walls in Europe. The city is dedicated to Saint Teresa, a Christian mystic who was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. After our tour and lunch we will head for Salamanca, stopping briefly at Fontiveros, the birthplace of St. John of the Cross, and Alba de Tormes where Saint Teresa died in 1582 and is buried. On arrival at our hotel in Salamanca, there will be an optional evening contemplative practice and reflection. Guests will then have free time to have dinner and relax.

 

Day 6: After breakfast, optional morning contemplative practice and reflection, we will depart Salamanca for Medina del Campo, where Saint Teresa founded a reform Convent in 1567. Saint John spent most of his formative years in Medina living with his mother and after his ordination attended his first Mass here in August 1568. After lunch near Palencia we will drive through the scenic countryside of Cantabria, the land of jagged peaks, unspoiled villages, dramatic cliffs and sandy coves to reach our picturesque destination on the northern coast, Santillana del Mar. Santillana is considered one of the prettiest towns in Spain. At the hotel there will be optional evening contemplative practice and reflection. Guests then have free time to have dinner and relax.

 

Day 7: After breakfast, optional morning contemplative practice and reflection, we will drive through San Vicente de la Barquera, one of the most picturesque sights on the Cantabrian coast. The old village, hilltop church, castle, bridges, 13th century walls and magnificent beaches are set against an exceptional backdrop of snow-capped mountains. We will then continue to Garbandal through lush green mountains, pastures and tiny villages. Here we will take time for contemplative practice. Following this time of peace, we will travel to Oviedo. After our tour, there will be optional evening contemplative practice and reflection. Guests then have free time to have dinner and relax.

 

Day 8: After breakfast, optional morning contemplative practice and reflection, our morning drive will follow the Northern Camino trail, which will wind along the green coast of the Asturias, named after the colour of the sea and the pine and eucalyptus trees that line the shore. Our route will reveal glorious coastal vistas and delightful seaside villages before turning inland to Lugo. We will make brief scenic stops along the way in places such as Cudillero, Navia and Ribadeo. After lunch we continue on, following the last part of the Camino de Primitivo through peaceful forests and farmland, passing delightful villages and stopping briefly in Melide and Arzua before reaching Santiago. On arrival to our hotel at Santiago de Compostela, there will be optional evening contemplative practice and reflection. Guests then have free time to have dinner and relax.

 

Day 9: After breakfast, optional morning contemplative practice and reflection, we will visit the amazing pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. Here we will meet our second tour guide whom is experienced in the historical and artistic heritage of the city. After lunch there will be time for optional contemplative practice and reflection. Guests will then have free time to have dinner and relax and we will stay overnight in Braga.

 

Day 10: After breakfast, optional morning contemplative practice and reflection we will depart for Coimbra to see the Carmelite convent where Sister Lucia lived from 1948 until her death in 2005 at 97 years of age. Here we will meet our third guide that will stay with us for the remainder of our tour. Following our day in Coimbra, we will depart for Fatima. On arrival to the hotel in Fatima there will be optional evening contemplative practice and reflection. Guests then have free time to have dinner and relax.

 

Day 11: After breakfast, optional morning contemplative practice and reflection our guide will accompany us to visit the sanctuary and places related to the apparitions and the lives of Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta, the three seers of Fatima. This will include the little Chapel of the Apparitions, built atop the site of the holm oak tree where the Blessed Mother appeared, the newly renovated Basilica of the Rosary. On return to the hotel in Fatima there will be optional evening contemplative practice and reflection. Guests then have free time to have dinner and relax.

 

Day 12: After breakfast, optional morning contemplative practice and reflection, our morning drive takes us towards the coast. Our first point of visit: a 12th century World UNESCO Heritage site at Alcobaca. Here we will meet our tour guide who will accompany us to visit a Cistercian monastery, gothic tombs and Portugal’s largest church. Then have free time for lunch in Nazare and continue our tour in Sitio – church of our lady of Nazareth, Memorial Chapel. In the afternoon, we will drive south to Santarem, on the shores of the Tagus River, home to a number of notable churches. On arrival to our hotel there will be optional evening contemplative practice and reflection. Guests then have free time to have dinner and relax.

 

Day 13:  Lisbon Airport to UK.

What's Included

  • Beautifully appointed accommodation (room upgrades available at an extra cost)
  • Daily breakfasts at hotel
  • Flights (luggage & reserved seating)
  • All airport transfers and transfers to sites
  • Accompanied by knowledgeable guide
  • English speaking tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Visits to Unesco World Heritage Sites
  • Contemplative Practice (Optional)
  • Financial Protection
  • All taxes

What's Not Included

  • Customary contributions to church collections (optional)
  • Any meals not listed above
  • Travel insurance
  • Services not listed in above inclusions
  • Expenditure of personal nature, such as family photo fees, soft drinks, souvenirs, laundry etc.

Additional Information

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Prices are subject to change after the sold out of our allocation . Not valid during exhibition or fair periods.

Sacred Spain & Portugal 13 Day Tour

Starting From
£1,690 per person
Upgrades available and supplements may apply for different room types
March 2020
Flights from Stansted Airport are included in this quote. Alternative routes available, please contact our team to get a flight quote departing from other UK airports.
Included with the package:
  • Beautifully appointed accommodation (room upgrades available at an extra cost)
  • Daily breakfasts at hotel
  • Flights (luggage & reserved seating)
  • All airport transfers and transfers to sites
  • Accompanied by knowledgeable guide
  • English speaking tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Visits to Unesco World Heritage Sites
  • Contemplative Practice (Optional)
  • Financial Protection
  • All taxes

* Deposit £500
* Pay in full or pay 3 x instalments of £397
* All payments due 6 weeks before departure

Our travel consultants can also arrange free airport assistance for you should you require it. We will advise airports and airlines in advance of any special requirements you may have, as well as any equipment you may wish to take abroad.

Airport lounges are also available to book so as to avoid the queues and relax in comfort before your flight. Contact a member of our team for more information.

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Atmashant Kaur

Sacred Sites Travel Host, Yoga/Contemplation Teacher and Relationships Director

Atma teaches with clarity and good humour, gained from the study, practice and teaching of Theology, Yoga and Contemplation. During the tour there will be optional morning and evening sessions which will include talks on Saint John of the Cross’s life as a poet, mystic and spiritual writer and an introduction to contemplative practice. Those new to Saint John will find helpful hints to begin reading his works and to the practice of contemplation.

To see full bio visit: https://www.pure-being.co.uk/about

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