Spain 2018

The Passion of Catholic Spain

Join a small group of Regina Magazine insiders (ages 21-35) as we explore Andalucia, Spain at the most evocative season: Holy Week and over the Easter holiday from March 28 -April 5, 2018. Get close up to the stunning Semana Santa processions. Bask in the spring sunshine as we explore the ancient streets, Roman ruins, medieval castles and churches of Jerez, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, and Seville. Tread the paths of St Dominic, St Teresa, St. Ignatius and a host of other Spanish saints. Spanish guitars, superb Rioja wines, tapas, the burial places of the Spanish kings, Latin Masses in ancient chapels and so much more!

When is it?

We will meet at Malaga Airport on Wednesday, March 28 and drop everyone off there on Thursday, April 5 to catch their flights.

What is the exact itinerary?

  • WINE TASTING, authentic Spanish meals shared with local Catholics, romantic walks through ancient cities
  • JEREZ & CADIZ:  Deep immersion in the Semana Santa processions for Holy Thursday and Good Friday, the Alcazar de Jerez, the old city,  Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Church of St. Dominic, the Cathedral, Genovese gardens,  the ancient city walls. On Easter, Mass of the Resurrection in the Extraordinary Form.
  • SEVILLE:  Cathedral and the Giralda tower, the Alcazar, the winding streets and a private visit to the Palacio Santa Ana, a magnificent Renaissance palace in the heart of Seville.
  • CORDOBA: Mezquita/Cathedral, the Jewish quarter, the Roman bridge, the Palacio de Viana Plaza de Tendillas.
  • GRANADA:  Alhambra, the Cathedral and the Chapel of the Kings (the burial place of the Catholic Kings)

Do you have to be single?

No. Though many travelers are.

Do you have to be Catholic?

No, though what we’re going to see might make more sense if you have been formed as a Catholic.

Why is this just for young people ages 21-35?

Basically, because this age group is in the prime of life, and many who are interested in their faith are also interested in meeting Catholics of this same age from other cultures.

Why is this trip different from other trips?

Basically, it’s an insider’s tour. In addition to seeing the beauties of Spain, you will meet and hang out with Spanish people who take their Faith seriously. You will assist at Latin Masses in parishes and Orders. And you will travel with other people your age, who also take their Faith seriously.

Will we have a Latin Mass every day?

No. We will have a Novus Ordo Mass available every  day with our Chaplain, and we will have a Latin Mass on both Sundays.

Who is coming on this trip?

Last year we had people from the US, Canada, Singapore, and Ireland.

Can we bring kids?

You can, although we would caution strongly that this trip is probably not suitable for children under 14. Too tiring, and too intellectual.

What kind of places will we stay in?

We’ll stay in places REGINA knows personally.

It says 'deep immersion in the Semana Santa processions'!?

Yes, for Holy Week these ancient penitential processions feature magnificent “pasos” — floats with sculptures that depict scenes from the Gospels related to the Passion of Christ or the Sorrows of Virgin Mary. Penitents, ‘nazarenos' in robes widely used in the medieval period, demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity. They carry processional candles or rough-hewn wooden crosses, walk the city streets barefoot, and carry shackles and chains on their feet as penance. We will be there, in the thick of it.

Do I have to share a room?

You have a choice of sharing a room or not. Obviously, if you share with a friend, we can accommodate you both. If you don’t have a friend to accompany you, let us know and we will assign someone of the same sex to share with you, if we can. Single rooms are available, too.

What's the difference in cost?

A shared room package will cost US$2500. A single room package will cost US$3400. Neither includes airfare.

What does the tour fee include?

Transportation around Spain, overnight accommodations, breakfast and dinner, entrance fees and charitable contributions to Catholic Orders. Basically everything except airfare, lunch, drinking and spending money.

How many people are going on this tour?

The maximum we will take is 22.

Is there a fee to reserve my seat?

Yes. A non-refundable fee to reserve your seat is $500, which goes towards your total Trip fee.

How do I pay it?

Reserve fees must be paid via Paypal  HERE. You don’t need a Paypal account. All you need is a MC or Visa, and you can go onto the Paypal website and work from there!

When is the rest due?

The second installment of $1500 (for a shared room) or $2400 (for a single room) is due on January 30, 2015 via Paypal, Square or check to REGINA, 12042 SE Sunnyside Rd Suite 486 Clackamas OR 97015. The remainder of the $500 trip fee is due February 26, 2018.

How can I get updates?

Once you send us your $500 reserve fee, we will include your name on the trip email list and provide regular updates that way.

What is the weather like in April?

Andalucia's day time temperatures will be comfortable: 60's- low 70's Fahrenheit/18-24 Celsius. Evenings are cooler. Almost no rain, but do bring comfortable footgear for walking.

How much should I pack?

We recommend that you pack as lightly as you can, as you will be carrying your own luggage.

Can we get cellphone service in Spain?

Most carriers have plans which you can buy to provide service in Spain.

Can I learn more about the places we will visit on this tour?

Yes indeed. Everyone who signs up for the Trip will receive a free ‘Secret Catholic Insider Guide to Spain’ to help bring them up to speed. In the interim, you can also check HERE.

I'm interested! What's my next step?

Ready to sign up? Click HERE to register and reserve your place!  Have more questions? Send us the contact form below!

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