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ST IGNATIUS WAY - A BASQUE COUNTRY CAMINO

The journey of Ignatius de Loiola through the Basque Country

Our 70 mile continuous journey on foot leads us through the rugged, ever changing scenery of Spain’s Basque Country. From the Holy sanctuary in Loiola to the medieval walled town of Laguardia, in the Rioja-Alavesa wine region, history and legend follows us with every step. We traverse mountain paths through limestone landscapes to oak forests and serene meadows, navigate the Biozkonia Pass at 1200m with spectacular views and cross the green Cantabrian mountains. In pastures, the indigenous Basque sheep graze, horses roam in the natural parks and cow bells can be heard in the distance.

Ignatius came from a noble Basque family and was once a great knight. Gravely wounded in a battle with the French, defending Pamplona, he experienced a religious conversion during his recovery which led him to found the Jesuits. In order to atone for his former life, and for his life to follow a different path, he took a pilgrimage to Montserrat in Catalonia, where he lay his sword and armour at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary. Our journey through the Basque Country not only recreates the route, but also the spirit of that journey.

Accompanied by a specialist Basque walks guide as well as your leader, there is plenty to discover following this path from the impressive sanctuaries at Zumarraga and Arantzazu to Cabredo and the extensive vineyards in Rioja-Alavesa. The walled town of Laguardia with its cobbled streets, impressive views and imposing church is an ideal finishing point. The Basque cuisine will add to the delight of this holiday with hearty peasant stews, grilled meats and tasty cheeses.




WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding.




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    St Ignatius Way - A Basque Country Camino (Grade 5)
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    17 May 2018
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    7
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    GRADE 5
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    London (Heathrow)
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    St Ignatius Way - A Basque Country Camino (Grade 5)
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    St Ignatius Way - A Basque Country Camino (Grade 5)
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  • What's Included
    • Return flights from Heathrow to Bilbao (British Airways)
    • Airport transfers
    • Baggage transfer between hotels
    • B&B en suite accommodation 
    • Dinners taken at the hotels, and the last night we have dinner in the Los Parajes hotel in Laguardia
    • Knowledgeable Basque walks guide in addition to your leader
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Holy sanctuary in Loiola, birthplace of St Ignatius.
    • Limestone landscape of the Aizkorri-Aratz natural park, with views towards the Navarra mountains.
    • Magnificent vineyards of Rioja-Alavesa.
    • Walled town of Laguardia in the shadow of the Cantabrian mountains.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Return flights from Heathrow to Bilbao (British Airways)
    • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes

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