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Pilgrimage day

Enjoy a nice pilgrimage day to Saint Toribio Monastery and to San Sebastian de Garabandal

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This is a lovely pilgrimage day for you to enjoy a peaceful day in the beautiful Cantabrian mountain's landscape.  We will drive you to Potes through the famous "Hermida gorge". We propose you to do a short pilgrimage to the Monastery Santo Toribio from Potes (3km). Once in the Monastery, you will participate in the Pilgrim's mass.

To complete this beautiful day, you will visit San Sebastian de Garabandal, a small village where the Virgin Mary appeared in the early 60's. 
This will be a day of self-reflection but also a day to enjoy and to know better this beautiful region of Liébana. 

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99.00 € / person
59.40 €/child . children (2-12 yo)
  • Duration:10,5 hrs approx.
  • Small Groups                    
  • Pilgrimage by bus and on foot
  • Food included
  • Languages: Spanish and English

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Departure from Santander
  • cross the Gorge of “La Hermida” by van
  • make a pilgrimage on foot from Potes to the Monastery of San Toribio (about 45 min).
  • participate in the pilgrimage mass (12.00 am)
  • give some time to visit the hermitages of San Miguel
  • We will enjoy a "Cocido Lebaniego" (stew with chickpeas and meat)
  • Visit the village of Potes
  • Visit San Sebastian de Garabandal and its sanctuary

TOUR DETAILS

  • Departure time:
  • from Santander: 9:00 am
  • Finish Time: 7:30 pm (approx) 
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Adults:
99.00 € / person TAX included
Children (2-12 yo):
59.40 € / child TAX included children (2-12 yo)

TOTAL: 99.00 €
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DESCRIPTION

We will Santander towards Potes (capital of Liébana region) at 9:00 am. To arrive there we will cross the impressive gorge of the Hermida (a set of narrow gorges along the river Deva).

Once in Potes, you will have the opportunity to do a short walking Pilgrimage to the Monastery of Santo Toribio (at 3 km from the village). The estimated time to arrive on foot to the Monastery from Potes is 45 minutes.


The Monastery of Santo Toribio is together with Santiago, Rome and Jerusalem the only one in the world that keeps a piece of the cross in which Jesus Christ died and one of the four places of Christianity where the jubilee or forgiveness of sins can be obtained through pilgrimage. 2017 was a Jubilee Year and the Door of Forgiveness was open. The door is close now and will remain closed for the next 5 years until the next Jubilee Year.

It was Holy Toribio of Astorga, custodian of the relics of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, who transferred a piece of the Cross to Astorga, city of which he was Bishop. This relic was transferred then to Liebana by Christians who wanted to keep it safe from the Muslims who had initiated the invasion of the peninsula.

The importance of this Monastery was already known in the Middle Ages, when the pilgrimage to the Monastery to see the Lignum Crucis was a must visit for the Pilgrims who went to Santiago de Compostela. In addition, this place was in itself a place of pilgrimage, with its own identity due to the curative and miraculous powers attributed to the remains of the Saint of Astorga and to the Relic itself.

The pilgrimage that we will carry out is the shortest possible route, in fact it is the last part of the Lebaniego Way prior arriving to the Monestry.

At 12:00 we will attend the mass of the pilgrim.

After the mass, we will visit the chapel of  San Miguel from where you will enjoy beautiful views of Picos de Europa. We will then go back to Potes to eat there. The menú included is  a “Cocido Lebaniego” (a stew of chickpeas and meat). This is the perfect local dish to recharge your batteries. However, should you prefer another menú, please let us know previously.

After lunch, we will give you some free time to visit Potes and do some shopping.

During the afternoon, we will visit San Sebastian de Garabandal, a small village in the mountains where there were appearances of Virgin Mary from 1961 to 1965. You will have the opportunity here to walk up to the "Sanctuary of Los Pinos", the main place where the Virgin appeared.

INCLUSIONS

Accompaigning Person
Transport (Renault Traffic 9 places)
Midday Meal Menu (Lebaniego Stew - local dish)
Taxes
Insurance

NOT INCLUDED

food and drinks a part from those included in the menu
monuments and cultural visit entries

WE RECOMMEND

cap
sun cream
sunglasses
comfortable clothing and walking shoes
jacket
a bottle of water

NOTAS:

You should be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior the departure time.

The van will leave from Santander towards Potes and might make any stops in Santillana del Mar, Comillas or San Vicente de la Barquera if there are other pilgrims wanted to do the tour. 

Infant seats are available, please advise a the time of booking if required.
We will offer you the possibility of going from Potes to the Monastery by car for those pilgrims who have mobility problems.

Upon arrival in Potes, the group will be released to head directly to the Monastery on foot or to first make a small visit to the village.

For the excursion to take place there must be a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 8 people.


The company reserves the right to cancel the departure if the minimum group is not reached. In such case, you would be given the option of full refund or change the tour date.

If you wish to book this tour in exclusivity for you, you can do so by choosing the PRIVATE TOUR option in the main menu box. Private tours give you the possibility of choosing the date to do it and change the programmed route.

 

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