Duration:

13 Days / 12 Nights

Distance:

144 km / 89.4 mi

Difficulty:

Medium

Start / End

Madrid - Barcelona

Ignatius Camino in Spain Walk

The Ignatian Way recreates the route that St. Ignatius walked in 1522 from Loyola to Manresa. We offer Pilgrims the opportunity to follow the same spiritual process as the Saint. The pilgrimage begins at his birthplace, Azpeitia, and ends in the Cave of St. Ignatius in Manresa.

From Loyola the route travels through picturesque mountains, beautiful deserts and wide plains before ending in the town of Manresa, where St. Ignatius rested for some months after his journey through Spain.

Manresa was a place of profound spiritual enlightenment for St. Ignatius. Here he wrote the essence of his spiritual masterpiece: The Spiritual Exercises.

We will walk virtually the same route as St. Ignatius: passing through many of the towns that he passed through, praying at several of the churches where he worshipped and marvelling at the same natural wonders that he saw.

Meals

All breakfasts and 7 dinners are included in this tour. We have carefully selected the included meals so you can have a taste of the most typical, most delicious, local cuisine. Lunches are not included, so depending on your tastes and preferences, you have the opportunity to experiment and choose on your own. You can stop and eat something along the way or at the end of the daily stage. There are plenty of options along the way.
Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (eg. gluten-free) can always find suitable options. Just let us know beforehand and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Accommodation

All of our accommodations are hand-picked to give you the best possible experience. We will stay in charming Galician manors, usually in rural areas, that used to be the homes of important people in the community in the past such as kings or noblemen. They form part of the cultural experience. Usually they are located in privileged areas surrounded with green, peaceful scenery. All our accommodations have private en suite bathrooms. You can be sure to receive personalized attention and excellent service from the owners, who will make you feel more than at home.

Walking

You walk at your own pace. There is no one you have to follow or walk with. We have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruit and water and to make sure everything is OK. We also offer assistance 
for any unexpected circumstances or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters. We start walking at around 9 am and finish our daily walk just in time for lunch. We meet at the end of the stage to eat, have a drink and relax.

If you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle or be taken back to the hotel. You mustn't worry about getting lost as the yellow arrows always show the way. Moreover, on the Camino you are never alone.
After the daily walk, and after we’ve all had lunch we will head back to the hotel where we can shower, freshen up and have a much-deserved rest.

Before and After

Before: Our Camino starts in the city of Bilbao, which enjoys easy access by air or by train from other cities in Spain. We recommend arriving at least one day before the starting date.

After: Our tour ends in Barcelona on the last day at around 1:00 pm. We offer optional add-on activities once the tour is finished like culinary tours. You can join one of our activities, stay in Barcelona an additional night, or leave on this day.

Means and Assistance

Vehicle and guide

A vehicle and guide for logistical support will be available during the entire route. It shall be of help not only for the pilgrims in transit but for the transport of luggage and to cover any other needs that might arise along the way. It will have fruits, snacks, water, medicine, first aid kits and everything necessary for unexpected situations.

Luggage transferred

The luggage will be transferred from one hotel to the next using the support vehicle. For the walk you can take a small/medium backpack for a camera, water bottle, and personal belongings. You can use the one we provide, or bring your own.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones with a spanish line will be handed out for the period of the tour for every 2 or 3 pilgrims. This will allow you to communicate with the driver or guides for any reason at all times. The number can also be given to family members back home to receive phone calls.

Pilgrim's Kit

We prepare you for your walk by sending you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, and provide a small backpack with famous Pilgrim’s Kit (Click here to view) that includes: Your Pilgrim's Passport, the shell, a Marly Camino program with reflections and waterproof Route Map, a waterproof pouch, notebook, snacks and more!

Dates & Price 2017:

2995 €

Single Supplement + 620 €

Dates & Price 2018:

2995 €

Single Supplement + 620 €

  • Apr 04 - Apr 18, 2018
  • Sep 12 - Sep 26, 2018

Our Camino Includes:

  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • BOTAFUMEIRO ritual upon up availability (Santiago only)
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • English-speaking guide assistance
  • Informational program and route map
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • Welcome lunch in Madrid
  • Welcome Mass at St. Ignatius' house
  • Visit in the Monastery of Loyola
  • Guided visit in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza
  • Guided visits in Manresa and Barcelona
  • Five dinners

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Madrid
Bus transfer to Loyola

We will meet at 8:30 am at the lobby of the 5-star hotel NH Paseo del Prado in Madrid. We head from Madrid to Loyola in our private vehicle. On our way up to Loyola we will stop and enjoy a delicious lunch. Arrival at Loyola in time for guided visit to the house and shrine of St. Ignatius in the afternoon.

Night in Loyola

Day 2

Loyola - Zumárraga
17.5 km / 10.9 mi

The Camino begins!

Morning welcome Mass at San Ignatius’ house at 8:30 am, after which we will begin our walk. We start our journey with a very easy and beautiful stage following in the footsteps of St. Ignatius. The route goes along the Urola River until we arrive in Zumárraga, from where we will be transferred to the town of Oñati.

Night in Oñati

Day 3

Arantzazu - Araia
17.7 km / 11 mi

We start in the beautiful Sanctuary of Arántzazu, site where the Virgin Mary once appeared before a local shepherd, and has since become a center of Marian devotion and pilgrimage site. We will also be able to see the famous Posada Goiko-Benta, which is one of the places St. Ignatius stayed during his pilgrimage. This is one of the most beautiful stages of the journey as it includes the unforgettable mountain scenery of the Aizkorri-Artz National Park.

Night in Argómaniz

Day 4

Alda - Santa Cruz de Campezo
13.3 km / 8.3 mi

On this relaxed stage we will enjoy walking through lovely towns like San Vicente de Aranda, Orbiso and Santa Cruz de Campezo as we walk through Basque plains set amidst breathtaking mountain ranges.

Night in Argómaniz

Day 5

Genevilla - Kripan
15.5 km / 9.6 mi

On this interesting stage we can marvel at the abrupt change from the mountainous landscape of the Basque Country to the wide vineyard-dotted plains of La Rioja. We will enjoy magnificent views of both landscapes. We will finish the stage in Kripan, from where we will be transferred to the beautiful town of Laguardia.

Night in Laguardia

Day 6

Laguardia – Navarrete
13.3 km / 9.6 mi

Today’s stage starts in the beautiful walled village of Laguardia. The stage passes through the vineyards of the region of La Rioja, crossing the Ebro River and reaching the beautiful village of Navarrete, famous for its pottery and ceramics. From here we will be transferred to the city of Tudela where we will have free time to explore the city.

Night in Vitoria

Day 7

Alagón - Monzalbarba
18.4 km / 11.4 mi

Today’s stage continues along the Ebro River, passing through many wonderful towns where we can see the best examples of the Mudejar style in the region. We finish the stage in the town of Monzalbarba and head back to Zaragoza to explore this stunning city founded in 14 B.C.. Its impressive Basilica del Pilar has the privilege of being the center of Christendom's oldest Marian tradition and housing the image of the Virgin of the Pillar, which commemorates the passing of the Apostle Santiago through Spanish lands.

Night in Zaragoza

Day 8

Venta de Sta. Lucía - Bujaraloz
11.4 km / 7 mi

We say goodbye to Zaragoza and the Ebro River, and travel to the village of Ventas de Sta. Lucía. Here we will walk through the most arid and deserted area of the region known as the plateau of the Monegros to enjoy its unique and beautiful landscape. After the walk we will travel to the town of Lleida. This city, with its four centuries of Muslim influence, houses stunning sites like the Seu Nova square and Cathedral and the remains of a ninth-century Moorish fortress.

Night in Lleida

Day 9

Castellnou de Seana – Verdú
16.7 km / 10.4 mi

In the morning we will be transferred to the town of Castellnou de Seana, starting point of today’s stage, the first one in Cataluña. Today’s walk is short and relatively easy, passing through small villages, olive groves, vineyards and fields of grain. The stage ends when we reach Verdú, famous for being the hometown of San Pedro Claver, holy defender of the black slaves of Colombia. After the stage we will be transferred back to Lleida to enjoy the afternoon in the city.

Night in Lleida

Day 10

Verdú – Cervera
12 km / 7.4 mi

Today’s stage is not very long so it will allow us to enjoy the town of Verdú and the old university town of Cervera. We will again be walking through olive groves, vineyards, fields of grain and towns like Tarrega. After the stage we will ride to the majestic Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat, which houses the famous Moreneta or "Black Madonna", patron saint of Catalonia. We will have the afternoon free to visit the Monastery and its beautiful surroundings

Night in Montserrat

Day 11

Cervera – Manresa
9 km / 5.6 mi

Today is the last stage on our pilgrimage. We will walk the final kilometers through beautiful fields enjoying breathtaking views of the sacred mountain of Montserrat until we reach Manresa. We will be rewarded with “La Ignaciana”, the document which certifies that we have completed the Ignatian Way.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a guided tour of Manresa including its stone bridge and the hospital of St. Lucia, then celebrate our arrival with
a wonderful farewell dinner.

Night in Manresa

Day 12

Guided visit in Barcelona
Leisurely walking

Transfer back to Barcelona in the morning in our private vehicle, where we will enjoy a private guided visit.

Our tour comes to an end at approximately 2:00 pm. Your Camino through life begins!

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