Pilgrimage to Avila
Dates: 1st – 8th October 2018
Led by: FR. MATT BLAKE
Tour Agent: PAX TRAVEL
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PILGRIMAGE TO AVILA IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. TERESA
We shall be visiting places that are significant in the lives of St Teresa and St John of Cross: Avila, the birth place of St Teresa, now the Convent de la Santa, the Convent of San Jose, the first of her foundations, the Convent of the Incarnation; Alba des Tormes, the convent she founded in 1571 and where she died; Fontiveros, the birth place of John of the Cross; Toledo, the place where John of the Cross was imprisoned; Segovia, the priory where John of the Cross was the Prior and where his tomb is; Medina del Campo, where Teresa and John met for the first time. We walk in their footsteps to gain insight into their lives and to enrich our spiritual heritage.
1st October London Gatwick – Madrid – Toledo
We leave Gatwick Airport at 10:50 and arrive at Madrid at 14:15 for transfer by coach to Toledo. Toledo is the birthplace of John of the Cross. It is also a city of arts and cultures, known as the City of the Three Cultures (Christian, Muslim and Jewish), and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The famous El Greco Museum is well worth a visit. We stay for two nights in Toledo.
2nd October Toledo
More sight-seeing in Toledo. Stay the night in Toledo.
3rd October Toledo – Avila
We leave Toledo after Mass to go to Avila. Avila is an impressive medieval walled city. The wall has 88 turrets. We check into our hotel in Avila where we shall stay for five nights.
4th October Avila
We spend the morning visiting the Convent de la Santa, built over the site of Teresa’s birthplace, and the Convent of San Jose, her first foundation. There will be Mass during the morning. The afternoon is free.
5th October Avila – Alba des Tormes – Avila
After breakfast we visit the Convent of the Incarnation where Teresa lived for 27 years. In the afternoon we visit Alba des Tormes where Teresa died. Mass will be celebrated here before returning to Avila.
6th October Segovia
We travel to Segovia, another of Spain’s beautiful towns, to visit the 17th century priory where John of the Cross was the Prior. His tomb is in the church. There is an amazing modern artwork in the church depicting his works. It is worth coming just to see this. Mass will be celebrated here. We return to Avila for the night.
7th October Fontiveros – Medina del Campo
We go to Fontiveros, the birthplace of John of the Cross. Mass will be celebrated in a chapel built over his home. After Mass, we go to Medina del Campo where Teresa met John for the first time. We return to Avila for the last night.
8th October Return to Madrid – London Gatwick
Mass will be celebrated in the morning, and there will be some free time before we leave Avila for Madrid to catch the flight at 18:15 for London. We arrive at Gatwick Airport at 19:35.
This is a provisional itinerary, subject to confirmation.