Spain: Pilgrimage and Retreat with Father Murr

      Carmona, Seville, Spain

      It
      33 reviews
      Oct 24 - 31, 2024
      Group size: 12 - 22
      Spain: Pilgrimage and Retreat with Father Murr
      Carmona, Seville, Spain

      33 reviews

      Oct 24 - 31, 2024
      Group size: 12 - 22

      About this trip

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      Come with us on this unique pilgrimage and retreat to renew your spirit this autumn. Not only will you pilgrimage through Southern Spain, a beautiful land where the Catholic Church's rich 2,000-year history comes alive, but also you will partake in a retreat led by Father Charles T. Murr, a well-known Catholic priest who is a best-selling author, philosopher, theologian, trained psychologist and pastor of souls. 


      (Go to Urbi et Orbi Communications' YouTube channel to get a sense of Father Murr's love of Christ, intellect, joy and great sense of humor.  Click here for a playlist of his videos.)


      For the entirety of our pilgrimage and retreat, you will spend seven (7) nights in Carmona, Spain at the Convento Madre de Dios de Carmona, a convent hotel that has been home to Dominican nuns since 1515. In this convent, Father Murr will lead our retreat and celebrate Mass.  During our days together, we also will journey to some of the most beautiful towns in all of Andalusia, Spain:


      Carmona is a town where you will feel, breathe and experience its true essence as you walk along the streets. At each turn, you will be transported to a different period - from the city's Neolithic origins, to Julius Caesar’s revolt in Rome in 69 B.C., to the Christian-Muslim struggle after the Muslim invasion in the 700s. 


      Córdoba was once the premier city of the Western World, the greatest metropolis west of Constantinople, and the seat of Europe's first university.  All agree that it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world!


      Ronda is one of the most beautiful (and visited!) villages in Andalusia. This village, located on a rocky promontory offers magnificent panoramas over the whole valley. Divided in 2 by the Guadalevin river, it’s famous for the Puente Nuevo, the bridge linking the 2 sides of the 100m deep El Tajo Canyon.


      Setenil de las Bodegas  is a very unusual village to see and discover. It is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. It is atypical because many of the houses are troglodyte. They are built from caves or under rocky overhangs. It seems that this little village made up of natural caves, has been inhabited for more than six thousand years. Its particular geography made Setenil a strong place and particularly difficult to conquer. It took 7 sieges of the city before the Catholic kings were victorious and took Setenil. The last, victorious attack took place on 21 September 1484. The city fell into the hands of the Catholic kings following an assault by troops led by Rodrigo Ponce de León, Duke of Cadiz. Legend has it that the name Setenil comes from the translation of the Latin words “Septem Nihil” which means “seven times nothing”. The full name, on the other hand, dates from the 15th century. This was the period when new Christians settled here. In addition to preserving the olive and almond fields, they introduced vines. The caves that were used to preserve the wine naturally gave the name of “Bodegas”.


      Seville was founded as a Roman city and is now home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is bursting with antique charm. The Alcazar palace complex is a stunning collage of architectural styles, and the Cathedral is famed for its beauty and its status as the burial site of Christopher Columbus.


      The people, the history, and the traditions of these towns will give richness, beauty and context to the talks of our retreat.  


      This retreat led by Father Murr will be a profound spiritual journey.  Father Murr's steadfast faith, his wide learning, and his unfailing humor will make this retreat engaging, spirit-filled and Christ-centered. 


      Although Mass will be offered daily, we can not guarantee that the Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated every day.


      Experience this once-in-a-lifetime Pilgrimage and Retreat and grow closer to Christ. 



      Optional Add-On: 3 nights in Madrid 


      October 31, 2024 - November 3, 2024 — 3 Nights at a 4 star hotel in the heart of Madrid


      Damian Migallo will be your tour guide and will be with you the entire time during your stay in  Madrid. Damian will also be the guide on the pilgrimage and retreat with Fr. Murr (and with you for the entire retreat).  He lives in Madrid and speaks fluent Spanish.  


      These days in Madrid will be special as the Spaniards celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day.  All Saints Day is a national holiday.  There will be many festivities remembering the saints and the "day of the dead".  These are spiritual celebrations unlike the Halloween celebrations in other countries. 


      The following are some highlights of your days in Madrid:  

      * The Cathedral of the Almudena and adjoining Royal Palace

      * The Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande

      * The San Isidro Museum

      * Plaza Mayor

      * The Pontifical Basilica of San Miguel, Plaza de la Villa and Mercado de San Miguel

      * Puerta del Sol, Calle Preciados, Callao and Gran Via (landmarks, restaurant and shopping area)

      * El Prado Art Gallery and the Retiro Park


      The advantage of this small group with Damian as your private guide is that as time allows, places you see or things you do can be added to meet your interests. Be aware that there will be walking involved on this add-on to Madrid.  

      Cost for Madrid Add-On  (minimum 6 participants)

      $1,999 for double occupancy (Choose "2" when booking this options)

      $2,499 for single occupancy.  

      Included

      3 nights in a four star hotel

      3 breakfasts

      Train ticket from Seville to Madrid

      private guide the entire time in Madrid

      Not Included

      3 lunches 

      3 dinners dinner 

      Departure transfer to the Madrid airport

      Click Here to view our 2-page flyer (This 2 page flyer is more concise than the brochure you can download on the right)

      Why Choose ITV Pilgrimages?

      With more than 30 years of publishing Inside the Vatican magazine, we have colleagues and friends all over the world — and many of them have become part of our Pilgrimage family. Designing an Inside the Vatican pilgrimage begins with a theme or a particular country; then we weave in encounters with real people who live and work there, as well as those with expert knowledge in its historical and spiritual perspectives. Each day we will have the opportunity to attend Mass. Our itineraries include both world-renowned and little-known places, and every detail has been arranged to create a truly unique experience; we do not have cookie-cutter pilgrimages! Whether you choose one of our intimate-sized Signature Pilgrimages,  or a Classic Pilgrimage with budget-friendly pricing, we work hard to ensure that every pilgrimage is a moving experience, an authentic spiritual journey for each pilgrim.

      Questions or Booking Assistance

      Call our U.S. Office: +1.202.536.4555  Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET. If you call after hours, leave a message. You can email our office: Pilgrimages@InsideTheVatican.com. 

      Terms and Conditions

      Before you book your trip with us, please read carefully our Terms and Conditions

      Discount Codes

      Call us to inquire about any applicable discounts: U.S. Office +1 202.536.4555  Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET. You can email our office: Pilgrimages@InsideTheVatican.com. 

      What’s included

      • Meals
        Seven (7) breakfasts, four (4) lunches, and seven (7) dinners are included. On your own meals: two (2) lunches.
      • Hotels
        Seven (7) nights
      • Private Motor Coach
        Private motor coach bus and all group transfers are included.
      • Taxes and Fees
        All local taxes are included.
      • Entrance Fees
        All entrance fees are included.
      • Arrival Group Transfer
        There will be a group transfer from Seville Airport (SVQ) to the hotel.
      • Departure Group Transfer
        There will be a group transfer to Seville Airport (SVQ) from the hotel.

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
        Airfare to and from Spain
      • Gratuities
        Gratuities payable to the bus driver.
      • Individual Transfers
        Airport transfers for participants not arriving or departing within specified time frames to participate in the group transfers.
      • Meals
        Meals not specifically identified: two (2) lunches.
      • Other Personal Expenses
        Other personal expenses including, but not limited to, laundry services, minibar in hotel rooms, et cetera.
      • Other
        Items not specifically mentioned in the pilgrimage description.

      Available Packages

      Land Only: Double Room

      Price is per person for double room occupancy (2 people per room). Airfare is not included. If you are paying for both participants who are in the double room,  select "2" as the quantity to be able to add both names in the reservation. 

      $3,700
      Deposit: $750
      Land Only: Single Room

      Price is per person for a single occupancy room. Airfare is not included. 

      $4,200
      Deposit: $750

      Available options

      Madrid Add-On (Double Occupancy)
      $1,999

      Price is per person for double room occupancy (2 people per room).   Select "2" when booking to pay for both participants. 

      Madrid Add-On (Single Occupancy)
      $2,499

      Price is per person for a single occupancy room.



      Itinerary

      Day 1: Thursday, Oct. 24
      Carmona: Welcome Dinner and Mass with Father Murr

      We will transfer from the Seville airport to Carmona, Spain where we will stay in the Convento Madres de Dios. This convent provides a unique atmosphere as it is located in the heart of old Carmona, just off the Plaza San Fernando. 


      Carmona is a town where you will feel, breathe and experience its true essence as you walk along the streets. At each turn, you will be transported to a different period - from the city's Neolithic origins, to Julius Caesar’s revolt in Rome in 69 B.C., to the Christian-Muslim struggle after the Muslim invasion in the 700s. This charming, small walled city, will be our home for the next 7 nights. 


      After settling into our rooms, we will gather for a welcome Mass and dinner.


      Overnight in Carmona. Dinner is included.

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      With more than 30 years of publishing Inside the Vatican magazine, we have colleagues and friends all over the world — and many of them have become part of our Pilgrimage family. Designing an Inside the Vatican pilgrimage begins with a theme or a particular country; then we weave in encounters with real people who live and work there, as well as those with expert knowledge in its historical and spiritual perspectives. Every detail has been arranged to create a unique experience; an authentic spiritual journey for each pilgrim.

      Reviews

      We had a great time. I think people were so blest. It was also a wonderful people to walk on pilgrim with. The foods were delicious and great. We had a great accommodation. It was a memory to cherish.
      By Ronaldo M for USA, Wisconsin: Discovering Mary in the Heartland 2024 Private Group on May 13, 2024
      Pilgrimage beyond our expectations. Looking forward for more Pilgrimages with ITV Pilgrimages.
      By Nenita V for USA, Wisconsin: Discovering Mary in the Heartland 2024 Private Group on May 13, 2024
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      It was beyond expectation Debbie was super and the rest of the staff was wonderful We all have a great time and we look forward for more pilgrimages with ITV
      By Pilar C for USA, Wisconsin: Discovering Mary in the Heartland 2024 Private Group on May 13, 2024
      We had a good time and very spiritually uplifting.The only thing is that the hotel where we stayed served the same kind of breakfast every morning.And more thing the flight me and my husband were not seated together.When we flew in to Chicago we were not seated already and flying back the same.I had to request at the airline counter if it was possible that we could be seated together.Luckily they were able to do it for us
      By Maria Teresa D for USA, Wisconsin: Discovering Mary in the Heartland 2024 Private Group on May 12, 2024
      My husband and i had a wonderful spiritual pilgrimage experience and memories. The group was fun, the tour director was fantastic and caring, places we went to were amazing, Holiday Inn staff were very nice and accommodating. Love everything and hoping to tour with you again. An excellent pilgrimage tour. Lollie/Obet Ferrido
      By Lolita F for USA, Wisconsin: Discovering Mary in the Heartland 2024 Private Group on May 08, 2024
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      This was a wonderful pilgrimage! I am impressed by the vastness of the land, farms , rivers and lakes. The Catholic-European influence in the Heartland of Mary is undeniable. I enjoyed the Catholic spirit that was present among the pilgrims and at our accommodations. Thanks for all the work that went into planning this beautiful event. Mechtild Boles, Pilgrim "Wisconsin, the Heartland of Mary"
      By Mechtild B on 13 Sep, 2022