Monasteries and Basilicas

DAY 1 MADRID – ZARAGOZA – LERIDA – MONTSERRAT Meet at the agreed upon time to leave by coach for Zaragoza. Brief stop in order to admire the Plaza of the Pilar with the Basilica de Our Lady of the Pilar, the Cathedral of the See. Lunch and Continuation to Lérida, the most western city in Catalonia. Free time and Continuation to Montserrat. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 MONTSERRAT – EXCURSION TO BARCELONA Breakfast and morning tour of the Monastery, 11:00 A.M. attendance at the Celebration of the Holy Mass. Free time to visit the Basilica. At 1:00 P.M. attendance at the singing of the Salve Regina by the Monastery Coral. Lunch. Departure for Barcelona. Panoramic tour where we can contemplate Columbus Square, the Paseo de Gracia, las Ramblas, the Cathedral. Dinner in restaurant. Return to Montserrat. Lodging.

DAY 3 MONTSERRAT – EXCURSION TO THE MONASTERY OF SAINTES CREUS AND MONASTERY OF POBLET Breakfast and departure for the Monastery of Saintes Creus, one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian complexes. Founded in 1168, protected by the nobility and the kings, it became a spiritual center and a place of study. The scenographic and audiovisual montage “The world of the Cister” considered among the best in Europe of its genre, gives a very coplete and fascinating idea of the Order and its legacy. Continuation to the Monastery of Poblet, one of the most important examples of religious architecture in Catalonia. Lunch. Return to Barcelona. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 MONTSERRAT – EXCURSION TO BANYOLES, OLOT AND RIPOLL Breakfast and departure for the Lake de Banyoles, a naturally occurring lake of karst origin tied to the presence of certain millenary cultures. Continuation to Olot, the capital of the region of the Garrocha with all of its municipality inside a Natural Park. Lunch. Continuation to Ripoll where we point out the Benedictine monastery of Ripoll, founded by Count Wifredo the Beautifulo in the 9th century. Return to Montserrat. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 MONTSERRAT – MADRID Breakfast and departure for Madrid. Lunch en route. Arrival and end of services.