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DAY 01     MADRID AIRPORT / ARRIVAL BURGOS 

Arrival Madrid Airport. Travel to Burgos. HOTEL DINNER and overnight in Burgos

DAY 02    BURGOS 

Breakfast BURGOS: We will follow Saint Teresa’s steps in Burgos, where she established the last of her foundations in 1582, the Carmelite Convent of San José and Santa Ana. It is home to various relics of Saint Teresa (sandals, veil, handwritten letter, etc.). There is an interesting sculpture of Saint Teresa, which dates from the 17th century, according to the model by Gregorio Fernández, made by one of the artist’s contemporaries and friends. The Hospital of La Concepción was built to cure sick poor people, it was the first modern-style general hospital in Burgos. Saint Teresa lived here with her nuns from 23rd February to 18th March 1582. Saint Teresa heard Mass in the Chapel of La Buena Mañana in the Church of San Gil, accompanied by her nuns while they were living in the house of Doña Catalina de Tolosa on Calle Huerto del Rey.  This church was built at the end of the 13th century on the site of a previous Romanesque church. The exterior sobriety contrasts with the beauty and refinement of the interior. We will stroll along the Plaza del Huerto del Rey: in the past, this area was laden with palaces and mansions. The buildings that are now numbers 14 and 16 mark the location of the first house in which Saint Teresa of Jesus stayed.) Independent lunch

Possibility to celebrate Mass in Burgos

HOTEL DINNER and overnight in Burgos

DAY 03    BURGOS – PALENCIA – VALLADOLID – SALAMANCA 

Breakfast Travel to Palencia

PALENCIA: We will have the chance to discover Palencia, located in northern central Spain in the autonomous community of Castilla y León. It is a typically Castilian city, quiet and ideal for enjoying walks and the beautiful countryside, its imposing monuments such as the Cathedral. After returning from the foundation in Villanueva de la Jara, Teresa left Valladolid on 28th December 1580, crossed the River Pisuerga at Cabezón, passed through Cigales and Dueñas and entered Palencia at the Market gates to the south of the city at the beginning of what is today known as Calle Mayor.

The convent was founded provisionally in a rented house in the centre of the busy quarter of La Puebla to the southeast of the city, on the street currently known as Calle Colón.

The Bishop then suggested that they should move next to the church of Nuestra Señora de la Calle and establish the community there. In a very solemn manner, the community moved to its new home on 26th May 1581, the feast day of Corpus Christi. The new location was set on Calle de Nuestra Señora, today known as Calle de San Bernardo, next to the church of Nuestra Señora de la Calle.

Saint Teresa visited the city twice more: once on 13th January 1582, staying in the town of El Carrión for ten days, quite ill, until she set off for Burgos on 24th January; and a second time in summer of 1582, when, very tired and ill, she arrived in the city at the end of June 1582 accompanied by her nurse, Ana de San Bartolomé. On 25th August, she left for Valladolid. Her intention was to travel to the monastery of San José in Ávila, but an order from Father Antonio de Jesús took her to Alba de Tormes, where she died on 4th October of the same year.

Possibility to celebrate Mass in Palencia

Independent lunch

Continue to Valladolid

VALLADOLID: Today we can discover Valladolid, witness of historical events such as the coronation of King Ferdinand III as King of Castile, the wedding of the Catholic Monarchs, the death of Christopher Columbus and the births of Philip II and Philip III of Spain.

Saint Teresa arrived in Valladolid 9th August 1568 to found her 4th convent of the Discalced Carmelites in the Quarter known as “Rondilla de Santa Teresa”.

The Convent la Concepción del Carmen -a privileged enclosure- has been conserved with great care by the Discalced Carmelite Sisters over the centuries. The church is a genuine museum with beautiful sculptures by Gregorio Fernández. The convent is home to exceptional works of art in the cloister and the choir stalls. It conserves the best of its treasures: the cell occupied by Saint Teresa during her stays and the two exceptional gems: the original handwritten version of her The Way of Perfection, the second edition written by the author, and the largest collection of her letters, also handwritten.

Continue to Salamanca

HOTEL DINNER and overnight in Salamanca

DAY 04    SALAMANCA 

Breakfast

Possibility to celebrate Mass in Salamanca

SALAMANCA: Salamanca welcomes us and invites us to know follow Saint Teresa’s trail in the heart of the city.

Saint Teresa created her 7th foundation in 1570 in the building nowadays know as Casa de Santa Teresa in the Calle Crespo Rascón -the house was owned by the Ovalle family- and where she spent the night of 31st October -night of the souls-. This house served as inspiration for the famous “vivo sin vivir en mí”, “I live, but within myself am not alive”.

In the Pontificia University we will remember as the Jesuits -more specifically Father Álvarez- encouraged Teresa to visit the university city of Salamanca and start a new foundation. They asked her to prepare the Book of the Foundations.

The University of Salamanca -with Don Miguel de Unamuno as vice-chancellor- awarded Saint Teresa with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in 1922, the first time ever the University gave this title to a woman and it was due to the quality of her literature, spirituality and reformist values.

The relationship between Saint Teresa and the University of Salamanca is linked to Brother Fray Luis de León, Saint John of the Cross and Don Miguel de Unamuno himself.

Independent lunch

SALAMANCA: We can visit the New Cathedral with the chapel dedicated to Saint Teresa.

In the Plaza Mayor we can see the medallion that is dedicated to Saint Teresa, located on the Pavilion of Petrineros. Next to the medallion, there are others of Brother Luis de León and Miguel de Unamuno. We will discover the Convent of San Esteban whose Dominican fathers helped Saint Teresa of Jesus during her time in Salamanca as can be seen in the confessional box used by the Saint when she sought advice. The box can be visited inside the convent.

HOTEL DINNER and overnight in Salamanca

DAY 05   SALAMANCA – ALBA DE TORMES – Stop at “LOS CUATRO POSTES” – AVILA 

Breakfast

Travel to Alba de Tormes ALBA DE TORMES: medieval town and seat of the ducal states of the powerful Álvarez de Toledo family -Duke and Duchess of Alba-.

Saint Teresa of Jesus was linked to the town through her sister, Juana de Ahumada and her husband, Juan de Ovalle, the Duke of Alba’s accountant, with whose wife she exchanged letters and friendship. In Alba de Tormes, she founded the Convent of La Anunciación in 1571, which would be the site of her death and would also become a Teresian place of privilege since, besides the sepulchre, visitors can worship the major relics, her heart and left arm.

Possibility to celebrate Mass in Alba de Tormes

Independent lunch

Continue to Ávila with stop at “Los Cuatro Postes”: a privileged viewpoint where we can remember the place where Francisco de Cepeda, Teresa’s uncle, found the Saint and her brother Rodrigo when they were running away from home to reach the Moorish lands and suffer martyrdom.

ÁVILA: Old Quarter, Cathedral

HOTEL DINNER and overnight in Ávila

DAY 06   AVILA 

Breakfast

ÁVILA: The lands of Ávila were home to some of the most outstanding pages in the history of the Jewish, Islamic and Christian mystic: Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, John of the Cross, Pedro de Alcántara, Mosé de León, Nissim Ben Abraham and El Mancebo de Arévalo; however, Ávila is above all the city of Saint Teresa of Jesus, one of the most exceptional figures of Spanish spirituality. It is the city of her childhood, youth and maturity, years of enthusiasm, projects, starting point and point of return of her foundations. Her life coincides with the city’s ‘golden age’.

We invite you to stroll along Ávila’s streets and see in its emblematic places and architecture the life and concerns of this woman, who revolutionized the society of her day with her attitude and the reform of the Carmelite Order.

We will follow the first trails of Saint Teresa in the house where she was born, nowadays Church and Convent of Santa Teresa, also in the Church of San Juan Bautista where we can see the baptismal font where she was baptised on 4th April 1515.

Saint Teresa’s father Alonso de Cepeda committed her to the Convent de Nuestra Señora de Gracia against Teresa’s will in 1531 to help her mature and study.

Independent lunch

ÁVILA: It was in the Incarnation Monastery outside the city walls where Saint Teresa stayed almost constantly between 1535 and 1574 and where she received counsel from important mystics and prepared the Carmelite Reform.

The Monastery of San José -also known as Las Madres- was her 1st foundation on 24th August 1562. Four novices were ordained in the new Order of the Discalced Carmelites of Saint Joseph. The convent represented the monastic ideal of Teresa of Ávila, characterised by its simplicity and austerity. It conserves the original

convent rooms, which show what the first convent of the reform and the spirit of its sponsor were like.

Possibility to celebrate Mass in the Transverberation Chapel of the Incarnation Monastery

HOTEL DINNER and overnight in Ávila

DAY 07  AVILA – SEGOVIA – TOLEDO 

Breakfast

Travel to Segovia

SEGOVIA: the city from where Alphonso X studied the firmament, city where Quevedo found the inspiration to write El Buscón Don Pablos, city where Isabella I the Catholic was proclaimed Queen of Castile and also site where a book was first printed in Spain.

Segovia reminds us of the mystics Saint John of the Cross and Saint Teresa of Jesus, as well as the brave soldiers Juan Bravo, El Comunero, Día Sanz and Fernán García, who conquered Madrid from the Moors.

Segovia also had a busy Jewish quarter, with personalities as important as Abraham Senneor, senior judge of the Jewish quarters of Castile.

Saint Teresa arrived in Segovia in the evening of 18th March 1574 accompanied by five nuns, two of them from Segovia, the gentleman Antonio Gaitán, Julián de Ávila, priest, and Brother John of the Cross, Confessor at the Monastery of La Encarnación in Ávila.

Santa Teresa created the 9th foundation in 1574 in the Calle Marqués del Arco -nowadays number 5- and when the nuns from Pastrana arrived, there was no room left and they had to buy other houses on the same street and they are still there today. There in the Discalced Carmelite Convent of San José, she started to write “Las Moradas”.

Possibility to celebrate Mass in the Carmelite Monastery by the Tomb of Saint John of the Cross

Independent lunch

SEGOVIA: We will enjoy a stroll in the Old Quarter of Segovia where we can admire its Roman Aqueduct, Cathedral and Medieval Fortress El Alcázar.

In the evening, we will travel to Toledo

HOTEL DINNER and overnight in Toledo

DAY 08  TOLEDO

Breakfast

TOLEDO: Descendant from Toledan converse Jews, Saint Teresa had no relationship with Toledo until the beginning of 1562, when she set off for the Castilian city at the request of her superiors to help and support Doña Luisa de la Cerda, a notable lady of Toledan society, after she had fell into deep depression following her recent widowing.

Toledo marks an essential stage in the life of Saint Teresa, since it was here -during the long winter nights- while she was in her bedroom accompanied by only candlelight, when she started to write down her thoughts, concerns and intentions, giving rise to her extensive literary work. At the same time, Toledo is where, thanks to her good work, she earned an excellent reputation among influential ladies at the Royal Court, which was to be very useful for her later foundation work and the spreading of the Carmelite message.

Saint Teresa created her 5th foundation in 1569. The convent or “Dovecot of the Madonna” -how Saint Teresa liked to refer to her foundations- was located in a house on Calle San Juan de Dios in the heart of Toledo’s Jewish quarter.

One year later, the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites of Saint Joseph, the 5th of her foundations, moved to its present-day location on Plaza de Santa Teresa de Jesús, which is very close to the Gate of El Cambrón.

In 1577, Saint Teresa returned to Toledo and spent time as a recluse in her convent. Here, she returned to writing her “Autobiography Life” and was to begin “Las Moradas”, a mystic masterpiece that ended Saint Teresa’s literary circle and closed her period in the city of Toledo.

Possibility to celebrate Mass in Toledo

Independent lunch

TOLEDO: The city of Toledo will surprise us with unique monuments such as its Cathedral, the Santo Tomé Church with the magnificent masterpiece “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz” by el Greco as well as its synagogues Santa María La Blanca and Santa María del Tránsito.

HOTEL DINNER and overnight in Toledo

DAY 09  TOLEDO – MADRID Airport Departure 

Breakfast. Transfer to the Madrid Airport 

End of Tour

 

 

 

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