Avila Castle

Fully Booked - Avila, Segovia and Salamanca

4 nights | from £620pp excluding flights

Join us on our Spain pilgrimage flying into Madrid, staying in Avila and Segovia, and visiting Salamanca

Overview & Itinerary

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St Teresa of Avila was a Spanish Nun, one of the great mystics and religious women of the Roman Catholic Church, and author of spiritual classics. She was the originator of the Carmelite life and was elevated to Doctor of the church in 1970 by Pope Paul V1.

Avila, Segovia and Salamanca are places of interest to pilgrims to walk in the steps of St Teresa and St John of the Cross and visit their relics.

These locations on this tour boast amazing architecture, cathedrals and castles that make these destinations very popular with our pilgrims.

An outline itinerary of our Pilgrimage

Cathedral Street View

During the Spain Tour there will be a daily programme in the various locations that you will visit, this may include the following:

3 nights In Avila, 1 night in Segovia

Day 1
Madrid- Fly into Madrid and transfer for a visit to the Catedral de la Almudena and celebrate Mass.

Day 2
Avila- Guided tour of the city and celebrate Mass at the Convent of St Teresa. The Convent of St Teresa was built over the site of the house she was born in. The convent also contains her relics along with those of her friend St John of the Cross in a small museum available to visit.

Day 3
Salamanca- Day trip to Salamanca, visit the Monastery of the Annunciation and Museum in Alba de Tormes en-route where St Teresa died at the age of 67. Her incorrupt body is kept here along with 2 of her most renowned relics: the left hand and her heart. There was a time in the year that her heart bled and expanded causing the glass cylinder that holds it to break!

Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage site, has two Cathedrals and is also famous for its university, which is the oldest in Spain, founded in 1215. Lunch locally, and a guided tour of the city before returning to Avila for the evening meal and overnight stay.

Day 4
Segovia- Transfer to Segovia. Segovia is also a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. A guided tour of the city, we will visit many of the attractions including

  • Alcázar, a royal palace built sometime around the 11th century where Queen Isabel agreed to fund Christopher Columbus’ exploration of the New World.
  • Finely preserved Roman aqueducts – being over half a mile long and 100 feet high.
  • The St San Juan de la Cruz Monastery to view, venerate the incorrupt body/relics (head and torso) of St. John of the Cross in the Monastery Church.
  • Cathedral of Segovia

 

Day 5
Transfer to Madrid for a half day guided tour before transferring back to the airport for the return journey back to the UK.

 

*Please note, some entrance fees to sites are not included in the tour price