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Meals’ Legend: M = Airplane Meals B = Breakfast

L = Lunch

D = Dinner

Day 7: Saturday, September 11th, 2010: End of Conference, brief stop in Salamanca & Avila: : After breakfast , attend the last session of the conference.

Mass* is celebrated after the closing of the conference. Portugal for Spain this afternoon. Our first brief stop is by

Depart the old

Roman Bridge of Salamanca, a wonderful spot for beautiful pictures

of Salamanca’s impressive south for the walled city of reformer of the Carmelite Church. This evening, enjoy (B, D) * All Mass locations ecclesiastical authorities.

Cathedral. After this brief stop, head Avila, the birthplace of St. Teresa, the Order and first female Doctor of the a fabulous dinner at our hotel in Avila. are subject to final approval from local

Day 9: Monday, September 13th, 2010: Madrid: Depart this

morning for Madrid, the Capital of Spain. Enjoy a panoramic drive of Madrid’s most famous sights like "Puerta de Alcalá", the “Gran Via”, Cibeles Fountain, the Royal Palace and the neoclassical Cathedral of the “Almudena”, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Holy Mass celebrated in Madrid. After Mass enjoy a visit to the Talleres Granda one of the world’s most respected and talented artisan shops of liturgical arts. Anticipated Mass* for the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated in Madrid this evening. Afterwards, check into your hotel. Time to relax and pack for your next day’s transatlantic flight. Join your pilgrim family for the farewell dinner! (B, D) * All Mass locations are subject to final approval from local ecclesiastical authorities.

Walls of Avila

Day 8: Sunday, September 12th, 2010: Avila, Sonsoles & Segovia: Enjoy a morning walk of Avila featuring the

Puerta de Alcala, Madrid

life of St. Teresa.

Afterwards, if time allows, make

a

brief

visit

to

the

peaceful

Marian Shrine of “Our Lady of Sonsoles”.

Many

Castilian pilgrims come here in the months of May and October to visit Our Lady. Then travel to historic Segovia. With its imposing Alcazar Castle, ancient Roman aqueduct and historic Cathedral, Segovia is one of the most captivating

Alcazar of Segovia

Day 10: Tuesday, September 14th , 2010 (Feast of the Exaltation of The Holy Cross: Madrid to Chicago, USA (B, M): After

cities in Castile and one patrimonies of humanity. Mass Segovia. Afterwards, visit the

of UNESCO’s is celebrated in church which

houses the remains of St. reformer of the Carmelite

John of the Cross, co- Order. Return to Avila

Cuatro Postes” (four posts), a famous life of young St. Teresa and a great

spot in the panoramic

spot to take a picture of the city. (B, D) locations are subject to final approval ecclesiastical authorities.

* All Mass from local

for

a

leisure

evening

including

dinner

at

the

hotel.

Before

entering

the

walls

of

Avila

visit

the

famous

breakfast, transfer to Madrid’s Barajas Airport. As our plane takes-off, take one last look out the window at the unique landscape of this beautiful land and say:

Thank you Mary! ¡Gracias María! Obrigado Maria!

¡Adios España! Adeus Portugal!

Roman Aqueduct of Segovia

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