Optional Pilgrimage Destinations

Lourdes is unquestionably the most important place of pilgrimage in the world for Catholic people. Visiting Lourdes is a must for Catholic people, but many other shrines can be added to a visit to Lourdes.| More info… (video)

Basilica of Nuestra Seora del Pilar


Cathedral-Basilica del Pillar, Zaragoza, Spain

On the other side of the Pyrenees, the Spanish pilgrimage destinations of Zaragoza with the Basilica del Pilar, Torreciudad known as the Sanctuary of the Families set in a beautiful natural environment, with wide views over Grado Lake and the Pyrenees and Montserrat (a characteristic Marian destination which is not only a sanctuary, but a monastery and a mountain at the same time) can be additional stops on a Marian Tour in between France and Spain. | More info

Between four and six million pilgrims from all countries annually travel to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, near Ourém, in Portugal.

Fátima, in Portugal is a great place of Catholic pilgrimages, if you plan to visit both Lourdes and Fátima, we can assist you on your organization of that trip. | More info…

In France, Nevers is a pilgrimage destination totally linked to the city of Lourdes, as it is where St Bernadette ended her life. We can assist you to plan your trip to Nevers or other places of Catholic pilgrimages in France. | More info…

Jerusalem; the bible instructs all Jews to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem | More info…

Pilgrimage is an ancient form of mobility and a fundamental precursor to modern tourism. Traditionally, it applies to journeys with a religious purpose, but it can also refer to secular travel with particular importance for the spiritual pilgrim.

Espousing a distinctive ritual structure, pilgrimage is often considered to be personally and collectively transformative. Though individually experienced, pilgrimage is a social process developed iteratively over time; pilgrims walk in the footsteps of Others.


Montserrat Barcelona, Benedictine Monk mountain retreat

Montserrat is a spectacular Benedictine monk mountain retreat about one hour North West of Barcelona by train. Not only is Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is breath-taking. | More info…


The Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering for religious purposes in the world © Yosarian | More info… 

Spiritual tourism is to travel to find purpose and meaning to your life. It lifts your physical, mental, and emotional energies. It develops, maintains, and improves your body, mind, and spirit. Spiritual tourism is not connected with any specific religion. It is different from religious tourism.

Spiritual Tourism is linked to Religious Tourism. In this sense, pilgrimage implies a ritualized, hyper-meaningful journey – both inward and outward – to a person’s or group’s sacred center, set apart from everyday life, and built on rich mythological representations and symbolic markers

BAYONNE

Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. It is located at the confluence of the Nive and Adour rivers in the northern part of the Basque Country, as well as the southern part of Gascony where the Aquitaine basin joins the Pre-Pyrenees. Together with nearby Anglet, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and several smaller communes, Bayonne forms an urban area with 288,359 inhabitants, 45,855 of whom lived in the city of Bayonne proper.

The site on the left bank of the Nive and the Adour was occupied before ancient times as a fortified enclosure was attested in the 1st century at the time when the Tarbelli occupied the territory. Archaeological studies have confirmed the presence of a Roman castrum, a stronghold in Novempopulania at the end of the 4th century before the city was populated by the Vascones.

In 1023 Bayonne was the capital of Labourd and, in the 12th century, extended beyond the Nive. At that time the first bridge was built over the Adour. The city came under the domination of the English in 1152 through the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine: it became militarily and, above all, commercially important thanks to maritime trade. It was separated from the Viscount of Labourd in 1177 by Richard the Lionheart. In 1451 the city was taken by the Crown of France after the Hundred Years’ War. The loss of trade with the English and the silting up of the river as well as the movement of the city towards the north weakened it. The district of Saint-Esprit developed thanks to the arrival of a Jewish population fleeing the Spanish Inquisition. From this community Bayonne gained its reputation for chocolate. The course of the Adour River was changed in 1578 under the direction of

Louis de Foix and the river returned to its former mouth, returning business lost to Bayonne for over a hundred years. In the 17th century the city was fortified by Vauban. In 1814 Bayonne and its surroundings were the scene of fighting between the Napoleonic troops and the Spanish-Anglo-Portuguese coalition led by the Duke of Wellington: the city then underwent its final siege.

In 1951 the Lacq gas field was discovered whose extracted Sulphur and associated oil are shipped from the port of Bayonne. During the second half of the 20th century many housing estates were built forming new districts on the periphery and the city was extended to form a conurbation with Anglet and Biarritz: this agglomeration became the heart of a vast Basque-Landes urban area.

Bayonne is the heart of the urban area of Bayonne and of the Agglomeration Côte Basque-Adour which includes Anglet and Biarritz. It is an important part of the Basque Bayonne-San Sebastián Eurocity and it plays the role of economic capital of the Adour basin. Modern industry—metallurgy and chemicals are established to take advantage of procurement opportunities and sea shipments through the Harbour. Today it is now mostly business services which represent the largest source of employment. Bayonne is also a cultural capital, a city with strong Basque and Gascon influences and a rich historical past. Its heritage lies in its architecture, the diversity of collections in museums, its gastronomic specialties, and traditional events such as the famous Fêtes de Bayonne.

GUIDED TOUR OF BAYONNE
Bayonne travel through history from its beginning as a Roman military camp, to its importance as a commercial port during the middle ages and its geostrategic status during the wars between France and Spain. Visit its magnificent system of defensive walls, including the Roman one, enjoy the picturesque architecture, and see the stunning views of the ‘Nive’. Includes talk about the well-known features of Bayonne, the famous ‘Fetes de Bayonne’ and the delicious ‘Jambon de Bayonne’. Tour highlights: Bayonne’s Cathedral, The Old Castle (‘Chateaux Vieux’), The Roman defensive walls, Middle ages streets of Bayonne, the ‘Chocolate Street’ (‘Rue du Port Vieux’), ‘Nive’ Riverside, the square of the old medieval pillory (Place Pasteur), and much more.

GUIDED TOUR OF BAYONNE in English
(Any Day: 7 persons minimum – 2 hours duration).
Prices from €25.00/person + VAT.
Contact babanglophonegroup@gamil.com for more information.

City walking Tour (2hours)
City tour (3hours)
Small groups €25.00/person. + VAT

BOOKING
• Booking terms and conditions Available upon reservation.
• Advance/early booking is recommended due to availability and limited booking capacity.
• Bookings subject to availability on date/s requested
• Restricted bookings on Sundays and certain Bank Holidays

TO RESERVE/BOOK
• Booking request must be made by email.
• Reserve/book your tour at babanglophonegroup@gmail.com.
• Booking deposit of 50% required to confirm any/each reservation.
• Remaining 50% payment required 60 days prior to departure of Tour.
• Payment via PayPal, or by direct bank transfer in certain circumstances.
• In the event Operator cancels tour, Operator’s liability is limited to refund of payment received.
• Operator will do its best to assist Customer with finding an alternative option.

 

 

 

ESPELETTE (PAYS BASQUE)

If you could only visit one village in the interior of the French Basque Country, it would have to be Espelette. Its picture-perfect streets are lined with traditional Basque houses.

Espelette village is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees south-east of Biarritz below Mondarrain mountain. The village is within the Basque province of Labourd and is famous for its chili peppers and has an ‘appellation controlée’ vouching authenticity.

After the harvest the houses are strung with strings of the ‘piments’ to dry. Most of the houses are  in Traditional Basque style, with white houses and red or occasionally green shutters. These villages in the Basque region are unique in France.

The origins of the Espelette Pepper date back to 1650 when a Basque sailor that had been traveling with Christopher Columbus brought some chili peppers to the Basque Country. These peppers were first used medicinally and then later for conserving meat and ham.

With time, they have become a cornerstone in Basque cuisine. The ‘Espelette Pepper,’ is also grown in 10 villages of the region, among them Ainhoa and Espelette. The European Union has granted a protected designation to the Espelette region which means only peppers from this particular area can have the name Piment d ’Espelette.

At one end of the main street the 16th century castle is now the village town hall and Tourist Office and holds exhibitions including:
• an exhibition related to chili peppers
• another dedicated to Agnes Sauret, who lived in Espelette and was the first lady to win the ‘Most beautiful woman in France’ award (around 1920),
• another for Armand David, an intrepid explorer from Espelette who travelled the world in the first half of the 19th century.

The village itself is the main attraction to visitors. Be sure to visit the Church of Saint-Etienne. The church has a typical Basque church interior with three levels of wooden galleries going round the walls and a decorative 18th century altarpiece. The style of church interiors in the region is unique.

Shops, boutiques and artisans in Espelette offer souvenirs and home-made chocolates (chili flavor). Other villages nearby that have similar Basque architecture are Sare and Ainhoa which are both listed among the most beautiful villages in France.

The countryside is perfect for exploring, walking or cycling – or taking the small train that climbs the La Rhune Mountain offering magnificent panoramic views of the countryside, coast, and ocean. Whilst in the region you might be lucky enough to come across the semi-wild horses called ‘pottok’.

Sare; ranked among the ‘most beautiful villages in France’. It is surrounded by mountains and located 14 km from the sea. Visit the church, the pediment, the neighbourhoods with the beautiful plough dine houses, its medieval way, and its famous oratories, and the exhibition on the Basque ball.

Ainhoa; Among the ‘most beautiful villages in France’. This bastide/village in the Basque Country, on the El Camino to Santiago de Compostela: located on the edge of the province of Labourd and Navarre, a few kilometres from Espelette and Sare, the village has the white and red facades of its typical houses along its unique street.

In the 13th century Remonstrated monks created a vicarage on the road to Compostela. This would be the village of Ainhoa, a low-bastide village with houses perfectly aligned on either side of a wide avenue. The village experienced many avatars under English suzerainty disputed between England and Navarre in the 13th and 14th century and land between the two kingdoms. In 1451, under Charles VII, Ainhoa became a French commune.

The revolutionary turmoil of 1789 deeply affected the religious life of the Basque Country. The church of Ainhoa, was closed to worship, and turned into a fodder store. The parishioners, remained faithful to their faith, and clandestinely went to the abbey of Urdax over the border in Spain.

After the Revolution, war reappeared on the banks of the Nivelle River at the end of the Spanish campaign (1813-1814). Since then, the village of Ainhoa has moved away from the battles that have been fought on other fronts, during many wars.

Today the village the village has 680 inhabitants living in the village and in eight Neighbourhoods, the most important of which is the border district of Dancharia.

La Bastide Clairence 700 years of history Founded in 1312 under the name Bastida de Clarenza, the village has retained its original urban layout and its architectural peculiarities of bastide La Bastide Clairence is part of the network of the Most Beautiful Villages of France… a walk through the streets and you’ll quickly understand why!

TOUR ELEMENTS
• Coach picks you up and drops you off at Biarritz hotel.
• Biarritz to Espelette travel time approx 0h40.
• Tour guide joins your coach in Biarritz.
• Free-time in Espelette and villages, before you return to Biarritz.

Etienne Church

Highlights
• Hear the history of events that shaped the history of Espelette.
• Visit Espelette village. St Etienne Church, the Chocolaterie, Piment Exhibition
• Get tips on the best things to see and do in Espelette during your stay.
• Enjoy some of the best views of Espelette and surrounding countryside.

Tour includes
• Transport from Biarritz to Espelette and villages and return.
• Guided tour of Espelette and its history
• Pick-up/drop-off at Biarritz hotel
• The services of a professional guide

What’s Not Included?
• Food and drinks
• Tips (optional)
• All other extras

 Availability:
• as schedule and subject to availability (excluding exceptional dates)
• Duration: All day en route and in Espelette
• Departure point: Biarritz

• Language: tour conducted in the English language
• Reserve/book your tour/group at babanglophonegroup@gmail.com
• Guided tours are subject to availability on the reservation date/s desired.

BOOKING
• Full booking terms and conditions available upon reservation.
• Advance/early booking is recommended./Limited availability and booking capacity.
• Restricted bookings on Sundays and certain Bank Holidays

TO RESERVE/BOOK
• Booking request must be made by email.
• Reserve/book your tour at babanglophonegroup@gmail.com.
• Booking deposit of 50% required to confirm any/each reservation
• Remaining 50% payment required 60 days prior to departure of Tour.
• Payment via PayPal, or by direct bank transfer in certain circumstances.
• Should Operator cancel tour, Operator’s liability is limited to refund of payment received.
• Operator will do its best to assist Customer with finding an alternative option.

 

BILBAO/GUGGENHEIM

Bilbao is the Basque Country’s biggest and busiest city. It is a thriving cultural metropolis. The famous Guggenheim Museum has secured Bilbao´s position on the international stage


Guggenheim Museum


Calatrava Bridge

Visit one of the most vibrant cities in Spain. This once industrial motor of Spain which supplied iron and steel to the rest of Europe has undergone a massive rejuvenation and is now considered a world class cultural centre. The Basque Country’s biggest and busiest city, Bilbao is a thriving cultural metropolis where daytime and night-time entertainment abounds.

The famous Frank Ghery designed building, the Guggenheim, has secured Bilbao´s position on the international stage. The same can be said about the art work spread over 20 galleries. It hosts some of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary art.

Stroll along the banks of the Nervion River and arrive at the place where the city began in 1300. Enjoy the local atmosphere while sipping traditional Basque drinks and savouring authentic Basque ‘pintxos’. Meander through the Seven Streets and witness the important point of transit (Cathedral of Santiago) that pilgrims used for centuries to get to Santiago de Compostela.

Enjoy the lively ambiance of Plaza Nueva, see the replica of the Paris Opera House here in Bilbao (Theatre Arriaga), and bear witness to the incredible user friendly infrastructure that has made Bilbao a sought after example for urban planners and strategic smart city planning internationally.

Visit Bilbao Guggenheim museum with an expert tour guide. Discover the great building designed by Canadian Frank Ghery with its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

The tour of the Guggenheim museum consists of three parts:
First, the historical context and reasons why the foundation came to Bilbao.
Second, analyses of the architectural features design by architect Frank Ghery.
Third, masterpieces of the permanent and temporary art exhibitions.

TOUR ELEMENTS
• Bus/Coach picks you up and drops you off in Biarritz.
• Biarritz to Bilbao travel time approx 1h45mins
• Tour guide meets you at your Biarritz hotel.
• Free-time after the Tour in Bilbao, before you return to Biarritz.

Highlights
• A guided tour makes for a personal way to discover Bilbao.
• Enjoy spectacular views of the Basque Country and Pyrenees en route
• Take a walking tour of one of the most vibrant places in Euskadi.
• Discover why Bilbao became the site of the Guggenheim Museum
• See the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Description
Enjoy a guided tour of Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum. Join a local guide on a tour that takes you through the history of Bilbao. Visit the Guggenheim Museum and the permanent and temporary exhibitions. Bilbao is the Basque Country’s biggest and busiest city and is a thriving cultural metropolis. On this tour you will visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Ghery and visit the permanent and temporary art exhibitions.

Tour includes
• Transport from Biarritz to Bilbao and return.
• Guided walking tour of Bilbao and the museum (17€ per person entry is additional).
• Pick-up/drop-off at Biarritz hotel.
• The services of a professional tour-guide.

What’s Not Included
• Food and drinks.
• Tips (optional).
• All other extras.
• Entry ticket to Guggenheim Museum: 17€ per person.

Availability:
• Every day (excluding exceptional dates).
• Duration: All day in Bilbao.
• Departure point: Biarritz.
• Language: tour commentated in the English language.
• Reserve/book your tour/group at babanglophonegroup@gmail.com.
• Guided tours are subject to availability on the reservation date/s desired.

BOOKING
• Booking terms and conditions are available upon reservation.
• Advance/early booking recommended/limited availability and booking capacity.
• Restricted bookings on Sundays and certain Bank Holidays

TO RESERVE/BOOK
• Booking request must be made by email.
• Reserve/book your tour at babanglophonegroup@gmail.com.
• Booking deposit of 50% required to confirm any/each reservation.
• Remaining 50% payment required 60 days prior to departure of Tour.
• Payment via PayPal, or by direct bank transfer in certain circumstances.
• Should Operator cancel tour, Operator’s liability is limited to refund of payment received.
• Operator will do its best to assist Customer with finding an alternative option.

LOYOLA

Visit the Shrine and Basilica of Loyola and see the house where Loyola was born, the Saint Ignatius Tower. Learn about the history of the founder of the Jesuits.


Sanctuary of Loyola

LOYOLA is the birth place of St. Ignatius to Loyola founder of the Jesuit Order. The Cantabrian corniche en route offers spectacular views with limestone cliffs dropping vertically to the ocean, coves, beaches, and charming fishing villages that follow one another along the wild coastline.

Follow in the footsteps of St. Ignatius to Loyola, in a monumental complex built between the 17th and 18th centuries. Visit The Holy House, the life and conversion of the Saint; The Basilica, The Prayer Space; the Spirituality of St Ignatius and the history of the Order.

En route enjoy the little port of Getaria, Mount Jaizquibel, Zarautz, and Hondarribia.

TOUR ELEMENTS
• English-speaking tour-guide
• Bus/Coach picks you up and drops you off in Biarritz.
• Biarritz to Loyola along corniche travel time approx 1h00.
• Tour guide meets/joins bus-coach at your Biarritz hotel.
• Free-time in Loyola, and villages, before your return to Biarritz


Getaria

Highlights
• Hear the history of events that have shaped the story of Loyola.
• Visit Loyola’s iconic sites, the Holy House, the Basilica, and the Prayer Space
• Get tips on the best things to see and do in Loyola during your stay.
• Enjoy some of the best views of Loyola and surrounding countryside.

Description
The basilica is located right in front of the old Loyola’s family house, where St. Ignatius of Loyola was born. Visit the “conversion chapel” (capilla de la conversion), where Ignatius had a God experience and decided to follow Jesus, founding the Jesuit Order years later.


Sanctuary of Loyola

Tour includes
• Transport from Biarritz to Loyola and return
• Guided tour of Loyola and its history
• Pick-up/drop-off in Biarritz
• The services of a professional guide

What’s Not Included?
• Food and drinks
• Tips (optional)
• All other extras

 Availability:
• Every day (excluding exceptional dates)
• Duration: All day en route and in Loyola
• Departure point: Biarritz

• Language: tour commentated in the English language
• Reserve/book your tour/group at babanglophonegroup@gmail.com
• Guided tours are subject to availability on the reservation date/s desired.


Zarautz

PRICING
Guided tour groups are limited to a minimum  size of two persons
Each group participant pays their respective share of the total, in advance.
To reserve/book your tour/group; contact babanglophonegroup@gmail.com
(Pricing based on 2021 tariffs at time of publication)

Other Full Day Excursions
Larger group size prices available on request to babanglophonegroup@gmail.com

BOOKING
1, When booking, please specify the tour option number of interest.
2, When booking, please specify the number of persons in your group/party.
3, When booking, please specify your desired tour Start and End dates.

Bookings relate specifically to excursion option number.
Bookings to one or more specific locations, available upon demand.
When booking, please specify tour option number and date/s desired.
Bookings option #1, Start Lourdes end Biarritz.
Bookings option #2, Start Biarritz end Biarritz.
Bookings option #3, select a destination below;
3A, Basilica of El Pilar, Spain
3B, Torreciudad Sanctuary, Spain
3C, Fatima Portugal,
3D, Montserrat (Barcelona) Spain,
3E, Nevers, France
3F, Other (link to all places page)

Bookings for excursion option #4 upon email request only.
1, When enquiring, please specify the tour number of interest.
2, When enquiring, please specify the number of persons in your group/party.
3, When enquiring, please specify your desired tour Start and End dates.

• Excursion option #4
4A, Bordeaux,
4B,Toulouse,
4C,Madrid,
4D,Pampelona
4E, Other (link to all places page)
Booking terms and conditions (in English) available upon request/reservation.
Advance/early booking is recommended due to limited availability.
Restricted bookings on Sundays and certain Bank Holidays

TO RESERVE/BOOK
• Booking requests must be made by email.
• Reserve/book your tour at babanglophonegroup@gmail.com.
• Booking deposit of 50% required to confirm any/each reservation
• Remaining 50% payment required 60 days prior to departure of Tour.
• Payment via PayPal, or by direct bank transfer in certain circumstances.
• In the event Operator cancels tour, liability is limited to refund of payment received.
• Operator will do its best to assist Customer with finding an alternative option.

Pan European Tours

Pilgrimage Excursions And You….

Tour #6 ‘options’

Tours #I, and #2, start from Biarritz or Lourdes Airport depending on the tour and dates you select. Optional excursions start/end in Biarritz. Contact babanglophonegroup@gmail.com for more information

Pilgrimage and Excursion tour options available are as follows;

#1, Start Lourdes end Biarritz
#2, Start Biarritz end Biarritz
#3, Buglose/Ranquines start/end Biarritz
#4, Excursions to El Pilar, Torreciudad, Zaragoza, Spain,
#4, Excursions to Fatima Portugal, Montserrat/Barcelona Spain,
#4, Excursion to Nevers France
#5, Visit Bordeaux, Toulouse, Madrid, Barcelona, and Pampelona
#6, Pan European
travel and destinations


Pan European;. From Montenegro’s rugged landscapes to sun-drenched beaches in Portugal, places to visit in Europe are endless. Be it England or Italy, European countries are full of unique travel attractions like stunning castles, royal museums, riverfront restaurants, cobblestone streets, and more. It is impossible to combine all travel destinations in Europe in a single guide. Should you wish to visit a remote pilgrimage site or famous tourist attraction, we can help you with a complete package of information and planning

Contact us at babanglophonegroup@gmail.com with your request and enquiry and we and our partners will do our very best to provide you the relevant information and pricing

Background: In the migration of people from the south-east and east, Europe embraced material and cultural exchange. Post the emergence of ancient Greece, the Roman Empire came to dominance while ruling the Mediterranean basin. Though in 14th century, and after the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe witnessed the existence of Protestant churches. Later the Industrial Revolution brought prosperity to Britain and Western Europe. After World War 1 and World War 2, the region went through some Cold War tensions from 1947 to 1989. Today, along with Canada and the United States, many countries to the west of Russia belong to the NATO military alliance.

The Balkan countries of, Albania, Romania, and Serbia feature stunning mountains, beaches, and multicultural towns. The United Kingdom is a microcosm of native and immigrant cultures. Estonia is famous for natural beauty and medieval old towns. In Central Europe, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, and Poland – are famous for plenty of historical towns, thriving nightlife, and fairy-tale countryside.

To be included in the itinerary of any Europe tourism package is France, the most visited country in the world and renowned for gastronomy, culture, and fashion. From the French Riviera to ski resorts in the French Alps, a tour to France comes with unrivalled beauty and glamor. The Alps are frequented by 120 million visitors every year for skiing, mountaineering, and backpacking. Some of the top ski resorts in the Alps include Oberstdorf in Bavaria, Davos in Switzerland, and Chamonix in France.

Italy comes to top destinations in Europe for art lovers. Be it art galleries in Florence or sightseeing tours in Rome, Italy harbours all the sweetness of life. Spain and Portugal, separated by a peninsula but, cities and its inhabitants are welcoming on both sides.

In Europe, enjoy the sunny weather, and indulge in sunbathing along the coast of the  Mediterranean and from Galicia in Spain to Naples in Italy and Mykonos in Greece. The Eastern Mediterranean region is paradise for beach-goers and cultural enthusiasts alike. North, Scandinavia is popular for spectacular scenery of lakes, glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, and waterfalls. Europe offers different opportunities for travellers to experience the continent at its best.

Some of the top attractions in Europe include Eiffel Tower, ColosseumBuckingham Palace, Acropolis of Athens, Van Gogh Museum, Grand Canal, and Sagrada Familia. Renowned for museums, Amsterdam is a popular haunt for art lovers and liberals. London is a top holiday destination in the world.

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux Barcelona etc

Pilgrimage Excursions And You….

Tour #5 ‘options’

Tours #I, and #2, start from Biarritz or Lourdes Airport depending on the tour and dates you select. Optional excursions start/end in Biarritz. Contact babanglophonegroup@gmail.com for more information

Pilgrimage and Excursion tour options available are as follows;

#1, Start Lourdes end Biarritz
#2, Start Biarritz end Biarritz
#3, Buglose/Ranquines start/end Biarritz
#4, Excursions to El Pilar, Torreciudad, Zaragoza, Spain,                         
#4, Excursions to Fatima Portugal, Montserrat/Barcelona Spain,
#4, Excursion to Nevers France
#5, Visit Bordeaux, Toulouse, Madrid, Barcelona, and Pampelona
#6, Pan European
travel and destinations

If you plan to visit both Lourdes (France) and Fatima (Portugal), we can assist you with your organization of that trip to suit your needs and budget.

   
Tour Excursions #I, and #2,
start from Biarritz or Lourdes Airport depending on the excursion/tour and dates selected. Optional excursions start and end in Biarritz. Contact babanglophonegroup@gmail.com for more information (video)

Optional tour excursions #4 to Bordeaux, Toulouse, Madrid, Barcelona, and Pampelona are customized to suit your needs and budget, Contact babanglophonegroup@gmail.com for more information..


Bordeaux
is undoubtedly the most famous wine region in the world. Saint Émilion where many of Bordeaux’s top wines come from, is undoubtedly the unofficial wine capital of the world. Bordeaux is also known as little Paris, and a great place to visit. The city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List (like Saint Émilion) (video)


Toulouse
is feisty and full of history, located in southwestern France it is one of the most enjoyable cities in the country. It is 2000 years old and known as the ‘Pink City’ and is a large modern, city known for art, history and culture. (Video)

 
Toulouse
is the fourth largest city in France, partly because of the aerospace industry which is the largest centre for aerospace in all of Europe as the home of the European Airbus headquarters and the French space agency. (Video)   


Madrid i
s the capital of Spain and is also known as Villa y Corte. It is the biggest city in the country and the third largest in the European Union after London and Berlin. with over 3 million inhabitants After London and Berlin. It is the Largest bullfighting area in Spain, The Prado Museum has one of the finest collections of European art in the world. The University of Salamanca located in Madrid is one of the four oldest educational Institutions in Europe. (video)


Barcelona
is the capital city of Catalonia in Spain, and Spain’s second  city. It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers (video) 


Pampelona,
famous for the Running Of The Bulls held every July; this region boasts 16 century palaces, rich culture and a long history of decisive battles between kings who ruled the region. It is the historical capital of the Basque Country. Founded by the Romans, it  passed through the hands of both Visigoths and Muslims. It is situated at the beginning of the Camino de Santiago (Video)



Montserrat/Fatima etc

Pilgrimage Excursions And You….

Tours #4 ‘options’

Tours #I, and #2, start from Biarritz or Lourdes Airport depending on the tour and dates you select. Optional excursions start/end in Biarritz. Contact babanglophonegroup@gmail.com for more information

Pilgrimage and Excursion tour options available are as follows;

#1, Start Lourdes end Biarritz
#2, Start Biarritz end Biarritz
#3, Buglose/Ranquines start/end Biarritz
#4, Excursions to El Pilar, Torreciudad, Zaragoza, Spain,                         
#4, Excursions to Fatima Portugal, Montserrat/Barcelona Spain,
#4, Excursion to Nevers France
#5, Visit Bordeaux, Toulouse, Madrid, Barcelona, and Pampelona
#6, Pan European
travel and destinations

If you plan to visit both Lourdes (France) and Fatima (Portugal), we can assist you with your organization of that trip to suit your needs and budget.

 
Tour Excursions #I, and #2,
start from Biarritz or Lourdes Airport depending on the excursion/tour and dates selected. Optional excursions start and end in Biarritz. Contact babanglophonegroup@gmail.com for more information


Optional tour excursions #3
to Basilica del Pilar, Torreciudad, and Montserrat, Spain, Fatima, Portugal, and Nevers, France start and end in Biarritz and may be customized to suit your needs and budget, Contact babanglophonegroup@gmail.com for more information (video)


Basilica del Pilar is one of the most important Marian sanctuaries in the catholic world and is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. It is also a leading artistic centre with a collection of valuable works from different periods, in particular the frescos by Goya. (Video)


Torreciudad
is located in Aragon, near the town of Barbastro, in Huesca province, Spain. Its privileged  location on the top of a mount makes this unique location a perfect natural environment, with great wide views of ‘lake Grado’. (video)


Fatima
is located 130 km from Lisbon, also dubbed “City of Peace”, it is the most important Marian sanctuary in Portugal. The pilgrim can follow the story of the Apparitions and the three seers, visiting their tombs inside the Basilica. (video)


Montserrat is located about
45 km northwest of Barcelona. It is a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat. Not only is Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breath-taking (Video)


Nevers is located
 260 km (160 mi) south-southeast of Paris. While collecting wood in 1858, the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette in Massabielle, near Lourdes. Bernadette Soubirous, was born in 1844 in Lourdes, and died in 1879 in Nevers,. She is a French Catholic saint.(video)

 

 

Buglose/Ranquines

Pilgrimage Excursions And You….

Tour #3 itinerary 

Tours #I, and #2, start from Biarritz or Lourdes Airport depending on the tour and dates you select. Other tours and optional excursions start/end in Biarritz. For more information contact babanglophonegroup@gmail.com

Pilgrimage tour options available are as follows;

#1, Start Lourdes end Biarritz
#2, Start Biarritz end Biarritz
#3, Buglose/Ranquines start/end Biarritz
#4, Excursions to El Pilar, and Torreciudad, Zaragoza, Spain,                         
#4, Excursions to Fatima Portugal, Montserrat/Barcelona Spain,
#4, Excursion to Nevers France
#5, Visit Bordeaux, Toulouse, Madrid, Barcelona, and Pampelona
#6, Pan European
travel and destinations



Pilgrimage  / Excursion
Tour #3

Pouy/St Vincent de Paul 

Visit the Cradle (Berceau) of St. Vincent de Paul. Vincent was born in a small house “Ranquines” on the outskirts of the village of Pouy (which in the 19th century, was renamed “St. Vincent de Paul” in his honour). Next visit the nearby shrine of Our Lady of Buglose a Neo-Byzantine chapel. The oak tree next to the chapel is more than 800 years old.

The history of the shrine of Our Lady of Buglose (the chapel of miracles) built between 1850 and 1865.. is linked to a statue of the Virgin of the 15th century: buried in swamps during the Religious Wars to escape the rampage, and found 50 years later by a shepherd.

     
Miraculous spring fountain at Buglose      


Pilgrims attend Sanctuary Notre-Dame de Buglose

It  became an object of curiosity and devotion attracting many pilgrims. To welcome more visitors, the Basilica of Our Lady of Buglose was built! The building contains a bell tower that contains 60 bells! Every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (March to November), you can attend and hear the chimes!

Continue your day with a moment of relaxation at Lac Glacièr. It is a very nice and quiet place. The River Adour’s barthes (floodplains) constitute a vast protected natural area,  and a site to discover the fauna and flora of the area. Walk among the horses barthais, storks, kingfisher and others…

   

In order to immerse yourself 100% in the pilgrimage are three essential points: 1, the Bourg, 2, Buglose and 3, the Ice Pond/ lac Glacièr.

In Bourg, in the barthes cows and horses graze freely, protected fauna and flora may be observed before joining the local hiking loop trail. Continue on to the shrine of Our Lady of Buglose and Ranquines. A ww11 German prisoner camp is located on the road to Laluque.

Legend
In 1620, a local shepherd, having noticed that one of his oxen was licking an object, discovered it was a statue of the Virgin. In order to transport it to the church in the village, the statue was attached to the oxen, which refused to move. The animal was shot and remained there. This moment is interpreted as a sign of God’s will. It was later decided to build a chapel there. Next to it in the water-springs already nineteen healing miracles had occurred in 1662. Today, about sixty miracles have been recorded.

Tour includes
• Transport from Biarritz to Buglose and return.
• Guided tour of Buglose and environs and its history
• Pick-up/drop-off at Biarritz hotel
• The services of a professional guide
• After dinner in Biarritz, 12 Step meeting

What’s Not Included?
• Food and drinks
• Tips (optional)
• All other extras

 Availability:
• Schedule subject to availability (excluding exceptional dates)
• Duration: Half or all day en route and in Buglose
• Departure point: Biarritz

•Language: tour conducted in the English language
• Reserve/book your tour/group at babanglophonegroup@gmail.com
• Guided tours are subject to availability on the reservation date/s desired.

BOOKING
• Full booking terms and conditions available upon reservation.
• Advance/early booking is recommended./Limited availability and booking capacity.
• Restricted bookings on Sundays and certain Bank Holidays

TO RESERVE/BOOK
• Booking request must be made by email.
• Reserve/book your tour at babanglophonegroup@gmail.com.
• Booking deposit of 50% required to confirm any/each reservation
• Remaining 50% payment required 60 days prior to departure of Tour.
• Payment via PayPal, or by direct bank transfer in certain circumstances.
• If Operator cancels tour, Operator’s liability is limited to refund of payment received.
• Operator will do its best to assist Customer with finding an alternative option.

Biarritz > Biarritz

Pilgrimage Excursions And You….


Tour #2 itinerary 

Tours #I, and #2, start from Biarritz or Lourdes Airport depending on the tour and dates you select. Optional excursions start/end in Biarritz. Contact babanglophonegroup@gmail.com for more information

Tour # 2 includes
Transfer on arrival from the airport to your hotel with guide assistance
7 nights hotel accommodation in Biarritz
3 nights hotel accommodation in Lourdes
Daily breakfast and evening meal served at hotels
Lunch also included in St Jean Pied de Port
Transfer from your hotel to airport for return flight
Luxury air-conditioned coach for all transfers and tours

Pilgrimage and excursion tours are purpose designed for people in Recovery Programs. All fellowship members are welcome. Pilgrimage and Excursion tour options available are as follows;

#1, Start Lourdes end Biarritz
#2, Start Biarritz end Biarritz
#3, Buglose/Ranquines start/end Biarritz
#4, Excursions to El Pilar, and Torreciudad, Zaragoza, Spain,                         
#4, Excursions to Fatima Portugal, Montserrat/Barcelona Spain,
#4, Excursion to Nevers France
#5, Visit Bordeaux, Toulouse, Madrid, Barcelona, and Pampelona
#6, Pan European
travel and destinations

If you plan to visit both Lourdes (France) and Fatima (Portugal), we can assist you with your organization of that trip to suit your needs and budget
.

Pilgrimage  / Excursion Tour #2

Start Biarritz – End Biarritz 11 Days all-inclusive

Arrival: Day 1 Tour #2
Shuttle buses coincide with flight arrivals. (included in tour tariff for a limited number of hours) or taxi transport to your hotel (not included in tour tariff before and after shuttle bus hours) (video Pays Basque)


Biarritz Airport
– Go to Le Grand Large, ocean front hotel (7 nights ½ board)
Arrive at hotel, evening meal (dinner), and 12 Step Program meeting (optional)
Hotel rooms singles and doubles, include kitchenette and balcony
Biarritz Airport (video)


Day 2: Tour #2

Breakfast at (Biarritz) hotel,
Walking guided tour of Biarritz
Lunch not included
Afternoon free
Dinner at hotel
,
12 Step Program meeting (optional)
View (video)


Day 3: Tour #2

Breakfast at (Biarritz) hotel,
Transport to and walking guided tour of Bayonne
Lunch not included
Afternoon free
Dinner at hotel
,
12 Step Program meeting (optional)
View (video)


Day 4: Tour #2
Breakfast at (Biarritz) hotel
Depart hotel / Transport + tour guide à Loyola and San Sebastian
Visit Loyola (Morning)
San Sebastian in the afternoon, via Zarautz, & Getaria, the most elegant seaside resort in Spain. Panoramic tour of city.
Lunch included
Return to Biarritz 
Dinner at Le Grand Large,
12 Step Program meeting (optional)
View (video Loyola San Sebastian)


Day 5: Tour #2
Breakfast at (Biarritz) hotel,
Depart Grand Large Biarritz Mid-Morning Transport by coach / Biarritz  >  Buglose/ St Vincent de Paul (transport + tour guide)
Lunch included (25.00 max included in price)  
Visit Buglose and (Pouy) / the village of St Vincent de Paul (Tour #3)
Night at Le Grand Large in Biarritz
Dinner at Grand Large,
12 Step program meeting (optional)
View (video)



Day 6: Tour #2
Breakfast at (Biarritz) hotel,
Depart Grand Large Biarritz 09h30 Transport by coach / Biarritz to St Jean Pied de Port à Lourdes (transport + tour guide)
Lunch at Central Hotel included (25.00 max included in price)  
Visit the village of St Jean Pied de Port
Night at Astoria hotel in Lourdes
Dinner at Astoria hotel,
12 Step program meeting (optional)
View (video)


Day 7: Tour #2
Breakfast at (Lourdes) hotel,
Walking guided tour of Lourdes Sanctuary etc
Lunch not included
Afternoon free
Dinner at hotel,
12 Step Program meeting (optional)
View (video)


Day 8: Tour #2
Breakfast at (Lourdes) hotel,
Morning free
Visit outlying villages 2:00 pm / 6:30 pm :
Afternoon tour (transport + tour guide) to Cauterets departing from Lourdes (Hotel Astoria)
Dinner at hotel,
12 Step Program meeting (optional)
View (video)


Day 9: Tour #2

Breakfast at
(Lourdes) hotel,
Depart Astoria Hotel / Transport by coach / Lourdes à Espelette to Ainhoa, & Sare  (transport + tour guide)
Full day including lunch 
Return to Biarritz 
Dinner at Le Grand Large hotel,
12 Step program meeting (optional)
View (video Espelette Ainhoa Sare)


Day 10:
Tour #2
Breakfast at
(Biarritz) hotel,
Depart Grand Large hotel
à Bilbao & Guggenheim museum
Full day including transport, guide, and lunch
Visit Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao  
Lunch in Bilbao.
Afternoon; guided tour of “seven streets” of Bilbao.  
Museum Info: Visit subject to change by November 2021. – Allow 1h30 for visit to Museum
Return to Biarritz 
Dinner at Le Grand Large hotel,
12 Step program meeting (optional)
View (video) 


Day 11: Tour #2
Breakfast at (Biarritz) hotel,
Depart Grand Large hotel à your destination
View
(video)