Pictures from Spain

Abraham’s Spanish Children

A Pilgrimage to Spain
Interwoven Christian, Muslim and Jewish Stories

Led By

The Rev. Sam Craven
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
Houston, TX

December 29, 2012 – January 10, 2013

In today's world it is hard to believe that there was a time and place where Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in relative peace.  That is why this pilgrimage is called, “Abraham's Spanish Children:  Interwoven Christian, Muslim and Jewish Stories."  Spain is rich with architecture, art and traditions that reflect the three monotheistic faiths and how they influenced and informed each other on the Spanish Peninsula during the period between the 8th to 15th centuries.  Please join us for a memorable and enjoyable exploration of these unique but intertwined cultures and histories.

Trip map

DAY 1: Saturday, December 29, 2012 - Depart from Houston on American Airlines to Miami where you will connect to Iberia Airlines for the trans-Atlantic flight.  Meal on board the aircraft. M

DAY 2: Sunday, December 30, 2012 - Arrive in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela.  After settling into our hotel we will have time to wander through the winding streets and acquaint ourselves with this medieval cathedral city.  Dinner and overnight in Santiago. BD

DAY 3: Monday, December 31, 2012 - Visit the Cathedral of St. James and attend the Pilgrim’s Mass.  The afternoon is free for exploring some of the many other sites of interest, as well as shopping, relaxation and rest.  In the evening, we’ll find our way to a local restaurant for a dinner of traditional Galician food.  Overnight in Santiago. B

DAY 4: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - Drive to Leon where we will visit the Cathedral, with its magnificent stained glass windows, and the Old City.  Continue on to Salamanca for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - Day to visit Salamanca, seeing the Old and New Cathedrals, the University, Plaza Mayor and other Old City sites.  Dinner and overnight Salamanca. BD

DAY 6: Thursday, January 3, 2013 - We drive to Avila with its medieval walls, stopping at Alba de Tormes, where the remains of St. Teresa of Avila are interred.  We continue on to Segovia, for visits to the Alcazar, Roman Aqueduct and the imposing Gothic Cathedral, and then on to Madrid for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Friday, January 4, 2013 - Full day in Madrid, beginning with a morning panoramic sightseeing tour of the Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, and the Opera; in the afternoon we will visit the Prado Museum.  The evening is free with overnight in Madrid. BD

DAY 8: Saturday, January 5, 2013 - We leave for the beautiful city of Toledo where we will visit the Cathedral, one of the largest in Christendom, and the 14th century Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca.  We continue to Cordoba for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Sunday, January 6, 2013 - We will have a full day to visit Cordoba with its Cathedral within the walls of the magnificent Mezquite (Great Mosque) and the Alcazar of the Catholic Kings.  We will visit the ruins of the Medina Azahara palace and see the house of the Jewish philosopher Maimonides next to the Synagogue.  Dinner and overnight Seville. BD

DAY 10: Monday, January 7, 2013 - We will meet our city tour guide and take a walking tour which will include the Cathedral, the largest in Europe, the Real Alcazar and the Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz.  Dinner and overnight Seville. BD

DAY 11: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - We leave for the beautiful hilltop town of Ronda.  After lunch we will continue on to the port city of Malaga.  Dinner and overnight in Malaga. BD

DAY 12: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - Our last full day in Spain will take us on an excursion into the countryside through the olive-topped mountains to Granada.  There we will visit the Alhambra Palace, the old Muslim Quarter, and the Cathedral.  We will return to Malaga for our farewell dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 13: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our return flight home arriving back into Miami this afternoon and connecting for our flight to Houston. BL

Price: $4,199.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Houston, TX on American Airlines connecting in Miami, FL to Iberia Airlines.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $799.00

Pricing is based on exchange rate of 1.32 Euro to the dollar.  If rate changes, price may change.  Pricing does not include airline taxes and fuel surcharges which are currently $570 per person and may change.  These will be added to your final invoice.

$200.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.

Final payment due September 15, 2012

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until September 14, 2012 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ September 15, 2012 or later: NO REFUND

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.