Pictures from Spain

Church of the Holy Communion

Youth Pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal

Led By

Christy Beesley
Church of the Holy Communion
Memphis, TN

May 31 – June 7, 2012

Trip map

DAY 1, Thursday, May 31, 2012 - Depart the United States from Memphis, TN on Continental Airlines to Newark.  There we transfer to Continental Airlines for our flight into Madrid, Spain. M

DAY 2: Friday, June 1, 2012 - Upon arrival in Madrid we meet our driver and guide.  We travel to Avila, the city of St. Teresa, named the first woman doctor of the Catholic Church and without a doubt born before her time.  Avila is a town surrounded by medieval walls whose cobble stone streets and ancient noble houses are a delight.  We visit the Convent of St. Teresa where St. Teresa started her religious life and where many of her visions took place.  It is here where she went to begin her own religious order, the Barefoot Carmelites.  We return to Madrid for dinner and overnight. D

DAY 3: Saturday, June 2, 2012 - After breakfast we enjoy a panoramic tour of Madrid.  We see the Puerta del Sol, literally the center of Spain.  We visit the Plaza de Colon, named after Columbus. By day the plaza is very busy and it houses one of the main bus transfer stations in Madrid.  At night the plaza becomes awash in lights giving the square almost the look of a fantasyland.  Here we will see several large structures which expand across the plaza with inscriptions related to the voyage of Columbus.  We see the Gran Via, the lively street which is one of the city’s most important shopping areas and Paseo de la Castellana, built in the 18th century.  We see many monuments, squares, modern architecture, and sculptures including the Palacio Real, also known as the Royal Palace, the official residence of His Majesty The King of Spain, now used for official ceremonies only.  We see the San Jeronimo el Real, founded as a convent, a Gothic building used for many royal occasions including the coronation of King Juan Carlos I in 1975 and the Cathedral of our Lady of the Alumudena (Cathedral de Nuestra Senora de la Alumudena) which is by the Palacio Real.  This relatively new cathedral was sanctified by the Pope in 1993.  We see Monasterio de la Encamacion (Monastery of the Incarnation) where nuns of the Agustinas Recoletas (Augustinian order) still use the monastery.  This evening we transfer to the Chamartin Train Station where we will take the 10:30 PM train to Santiago.  Overnight on Train to Santiago. BD

DAY 4: Sunday, June 3, 2012 - We will have an early morning (7:20 AM) arrival on the train into Santiago.  Upon arrival we transfer to the Monte del Gozo (Mount Joy) from which the spires of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela can be seen.  We walk the final steps into Santiago as so many pilgrims have done before.  We attend the Pilgrims’ Mass where we will see the Botafumeiro, a 4 foot incense burner that is swung across the cathedral.  In the medieval days, the incense was burned to mask the smell of the pilgrims in the church.  This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour of Santiago de Compostela with a local guide.  Overnight Santiago de Compostela. BD

DAY 5: Monday, June 4, 2012 - Today we begin our journey via Pontevedra and Vigo to the Portugese border and continue on to Cabedelo Beach.  We enjoy our morning at Cabedelo Beach which is surrounded by a pine wood and has many restaurants and wonderful shopping.  It is located on the south side of the Lima River which runs through this quaint Portugese town.  After lunch we board our bus and travel to the town of Fatima where we will visit the Shrine.  Dinner and overnight Fatima. BD

DAY 6: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - We continue traveling south today to Evora, a city still partially enclosed by medieval walls.  We visit the Temple of Diana dating from the 2nd or early 3rd century, it is among the best-preserved Roman monuments in Portugal.  We see St. John the Evangelist Church, a 15th-century convent whose greatest attraction is a floor-to-ceiling collection of blue azulejos by António Oliveira Bernardes (early 1700s) which depict scenes from the life of São Lourenço Justiniano, founder of the Lóios order.  We see the Igreja Real de São Francisco (Royal Church of St. Francis), best known for the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) where the walls and central pillars are covered with human skulls and other parts of skeletons.  We continue on to Lisbon for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - After breakfast we enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon.  Our first stop will be Rossio, one of the most beautiful squares in Lisbon and then we move on to Alfama, the oldest picturesque quarter where we will see the Roman and Arab remains of two of the most dominating civilizations in Lisbon’s past.  The narrow streets are a mark of the Quran where little value is given to facades but much greater value is given to the interiors of the houses.  We continue driving along the Tagus River to Black Horse Square, Belem Tower, built as a fortress in the middle of the Tagus in 1515 – 1521.  The starting point for the navigators who set out to discover the trade roués, this Manueline gem became a symbol of Portugal’s great era of expansion.  We see the Monument of Discoveries, inaugurated in 1960 during the celebrations of the 500 year anniversary of the death of Infant D. Henrique (Henry the Navigator).  We also see Jeronimos Monastery, the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery.  It was built in 1502 on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henry the Navigator.  This is where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal in prayer before leaving for India.  We continue on to the Lisbon Cathedral, which, according to legend, was home to a mosque that was converted to a cathedral after the city was conquered by the Crusaders in 1147 (led by Portugal's first king, Alfonso Henríques).  This evening we enjoy our “farewell to Spain and Portugal” dinner and have our final overnight in Lisbon. BD

DAY 8: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - We have a very early wakeup call and transfer to the Lisbon Airport where we bid goodbye to our driver and guide and board our return flight to the U.S. arriving back this evening. BM

Price: $2,759.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Memphis, TN Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $349.00

Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of 1/19/2012 $571.12.

Price includes trip cancellation/interruption insurance.

The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro and the US dollar.  We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the Euro.  Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.36 to the Euro

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

Final payment due March 1, 2012

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until February 29, 2012: $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 1 – April 13, 2012: $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After April 14, 2012: 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.