Spiritual journey in the Basque Country and France

Visit three special religious sanctuaries located near the borders of Spain and France. The birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the modern sanctuary of Aranzazu and Our Lady of Lourdes.
Lourdes

Day 1: Arrival & Welcome

Welcome and pick up from Bilbao´s Loiu airport. Transfer to your hotel in Bilbao. Free time to enjoy the city. Head to the modern architectural wonder that is the Guggenheim Museum or enjoy a walk through the historic Casco Viejo, the over 700 years of history which sits at the banks of the river is a popular destination for pintxos, shopping and cafes.

Day 2: St. Ignatius of Loyola Basilica and Aranzazu

Breakfast. Our professional English speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel. The first stop is the Sanctuary of San Ignacio de Loyola, located less than an hour away from Bilbao in the province of Gipuzkoa. Surrounded by mountains, the sanctuary was built in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuits who was born in this town in 1491. Visit the family home of St. Ignatius and the beautiful Basilica of Loyola. Next continue onwards to Tolosa, where you will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch; afterwards continue on to the Aránzazu´s Sanctuary. One of the finest examples of contemporary religious art, Aranzazu is one of the most important sights of devotion for the Basque people. After the visit we take you back to your hotel for a free evening.

Day 3: Our Lady of Lourdes

Breakfast. Our professional English speaking guide and transportation will pick up from your hotel. Travel across the border to France to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. Located three and a half hours away, the story of Lourdes began on 11 February 1858, when a 14-year-old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous claimed to have experienced a series of apparitions of a girl dressed in white and with a blue belt around her waist, who eventually introduced herself as the Immaculate Conception, a name by which the Virgin Mary was known. Enjoy a day in the Sactuary for solemn prayer and attend mass. In the afternoon we will return to Bilbao.

Day 4: Departure

Breakfast. Pick up from your hotel. Transfer to Bilbao´s airport.

  • WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • *Private roundtrip transfer Bilbao´s airport – Hotel – Bilbao´s airport
    • *3 nights hotel in Bilbao with Breakfast
    • *Private transport to the Sanctuaries of San Ignazio de Loyola, Aránzazu and Lourdes
    • *Guided visit and lunch in Tolosa
    • *Travel insurance

Details & Reservation

When: All Year
Book in Advance: Yes
Length: 3 night / 4 days

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