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Sanctuary of Loyola (Santuario de Loyola) Tours and Activities

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In 1491, on the once much humbler site of this enormous and ornate Mudejár-style shrine that is the Sanctuary of Loyola (Santuario de Loyola), a family of minor nobility welcomed its 13th child, who would one day change the world. San Ignatius Lopéz de Loyola, a soldier turned to the priesthood by his strange visions, founded the Brotherhood of Jesus, or Jesuit order, whose radical interpretation of Catholicism left its mark on both the New and Old World.

A place of pilgrimage and wonder for the devout and secular alike, San Ignatius' former home has been transformed with Chirriguerresque flair into a grand compound. In addition to the basilica and shrine, there is an art museum displaying a few of his belongings and writings, as well as religious objects collected over the centuries.Shrines to other Jesuit saints are also arranged around the grounds.

The gardens and surrounding mountains make a fine backdrop to the scene, and you're welcome to stay on at their inexpensive hostel.

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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

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Explore the spectacular and sacred sites of the Basque country on an enriching full-day excursion from Bilbao. Visit grand ecclesiastical structures like the Sanctuary of Loyola to attend an enlightening prayer ceremony; discover the quaint fishing villages that pepper the coastline to see why Bilbao residents favor them for their summer sojourns; and tour the stunning sights of the city of San Sebastian with an accomplished guide. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Bilbao hotel is included in this tour.       
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.96
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$92.96
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Three Temple Tour The Ignatian Way

Three Temple Tour The Ignatian Way

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Combine several Christian sites in one itinerary with this full-day tour in the Basque Country. Learn about religion and architecture from a local guide while you explore the hilltop San Telmo hermitage, the Sanctuary of Loyola, and the Sanctuary of Aranzazu. Relax between stops over lunch with wine. Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$217.50
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7-Day Bilbao and Basque Country

7-Day Bilbao and Basque Country

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Experience some of northern Spain’s top destinations on this multi-day excursion. After a convenient airport pickup, enjoy activities that include exploring Bilbao and San Sebastian, traveling by boat to Hondarribia, touring and tasting in the Rioja wine region, and visiting traditional Basque Country. Enjoy complimentary transportation, select meals, accommodations, and access to a knowledgeable, friendly guide.
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  • 7 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,265.10
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7-day Basque Country Tour with Guggenheim Museum Ticket

7-day Basque Country Tour with Guggenheim Museum Ticket

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Experience some of Basque Country’s top destinations on this multi-day excursion. After a convenient airport pickup, enjoy activities that include exploring the cities of Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, and Rioja, and enjoy complimentary access to museums like the Guggenheim and San Telmo. Enjoy all-inclusive transportation, select meals, accommodations, and access to a knowledgeable, friendly guide.
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  • 7 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$989.61
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5-day Basque Country Tour

5-day Basque Country Tour

5 days - 4 nights basque country circuit Places to visit: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Rioja Included: - Tickets to visit freely the San Telmo Museum                - The Shrine of Our Lady of Arantzazu                - Salt Museum                - Transporter Bridge of Biscay                - Guggenheim museum entrance
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$920.73
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Countryside & Coast Private tour

Countryside & Coast Private tour

One of the most attractive things about San Sebastian is its magnificent hinterland. Although the city itself has much to offer, it is well worth venturing further afield to discover the lesser known Basque Country. Continuing north we will find the coast. The Basque Coast is an authentic natural paradise with treasures you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Discover a territory that holds, a lush green maze-like countryside, a versatile coastline, a strong cultural tradition, the oldest language in Europe and where cooking is an essential part of the culture and of life itself.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$226.52
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Basque Country 5 days

Basque Country 5 days

5 days - 4 nights basque country circuit Places to vitit: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Rioja Included: - Tickets to visit freely the San Telmo Museum                - The Shrine of Our Lady of Arantzazu                - Salt Museum                - Transporter Bridge of Biscay                - Guggenheim museum entrance
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$828.90
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San Sebastian: The route of the three Temples

San Sebastian: The route of the three Temples

Discover the Route of the Three Temples: From Loyola to Arantzazu through the San Ignacio Road. As San Ignacio de Loyola did, visitants can follow the Route between Loyola and Arantzazu crossing La Antigua in GR-120, the Route of the Three Temples. This, is the beginning of the Ignatian Way, which the Saint started in 1522 in a pilgrimage that brought him to Manresa. Three temples, three styles, all of which with its own style, personality and legend. The Route begins in the Loyola Sanctuary, a place with great historical value in which the founder of The Company of Jesus lived his revolutionary change. In a natural terrace in the Beloki mountain located a few kilometres away, we will find the romanesque herminate of La Antigua which offer views of the industrial landscape of Urretxu and Zumarraga. Last stop of the route. The legend of the Arantzazu Sanctuary went up to the XV century when the Virgin, hanged in a hawthorn, was showed up to shepherd.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$410.83
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Bilbao Night Tour

Bilbao Night Tour

Beyond the daily life of a big city, Bilbao offers magical views and corners when night falls. We will ascend by cable car to the Artxanda Lookout, an emblematic point from where we can admire the city in its maximum splendor, illuminated and at our feet. The funicular in just two minutes will take us to the top of the city to enjoy the views. After enjoying the panoramic view, we will enter Abandoibarra, the most modernist area of the city, until we reach the imposing Guggenheim Museum, surrounded by such famous sculptures as Puppy and Mamam. There we will take the tram to be in the Old Quarter of Bilbao, known for its “7 streets” in a few minutes. We will take a short walk through them. All the most emblematic places, accompanied by a local guide that will make you live a unique experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.19
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San Sebastian: Premium The route of the three Temples

San Sebastian: Premium The route of the three Temples

Discover the Route of the Three Temples: From Loyola to Arantzazu through the San Ignacio Road. As San Ignacio de Loyola did, visitants can follow the Route between Loyola and Arantzazu crossing La Antigua in GR-120, the Route of the Three Temples. This, is the beginning of the Ignatian Way, which the Saint started in 1522 in a pilgrimage that brought him to Manresa. Three temples, three styles, all of which with its own style, personality and legend. The Route begins in the Loyola Sanctuary, a place with great historical value in which the founder of The Company of Jesus lived his revolutionary change. In a natural terrace in the Beloki mountain located a few kilometres away, we will find the romanesque herminate of La Antigua which offer views of the industrial landscape of Urretxu and Zumarraga. Last stop of the route. The legend of the Arantzazu Sanctuary went up to the XV century when the Virgin, hanged in a hawthorn, was showed up to shepherd.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$694.78
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Bilbao: The Route of the Three Temples

Bilbao: The Route of the Three Temples

Discover the Three Temple Route: from Loyola to Arantzazu along Saint Ignatius' path. Following Saint Ignatius of Loyola, visitors can follow the route between Loyola and Arantzazu, going past La Antigua on GR-120, the Three Temple Route. This is the beginning of the Ignatian Trail, which the saint began in 1522, on a pilgrimage that took him to Manresa.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$549.78
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Basque MOUNTAINS, OCEAN & SANCTUARY of LOYOLA - Private Cultural Adventure

Basque MOUNTAINS, OCEAN & SANCTUARY of LOYOLA - Private Cultural Adventure

Incredible journey into the depths of Basque identity: mountain peaks, valleys, farmhouses vs rocky coast and rough waters of Cantabrian Sea. Discover back country roads, dramatic landscapes & vibrant Basque culture during this off the beaten track day adventure.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$277.11
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Three temple tour, the path of St. Ignatius, small group tour lunch included
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Three temple tour, the path of St. Ignatius, small group tour lunch included

This tour is focused on the path of St. Ignatius from his birth to the founding of the Society of Jesus. We will visit the spectacular Basilica of Loiola (built in the 18th century) and Saint Ignatius' family house and birthplace (in Loiola, Azpeitia), the hermitage of La Antigua in Zumarraga (where Saint Ignatius made a stop during his pilgrimage) and the Sanctuary of Arantzazu (located in a spectacular spot in a gorge, rebuilt in the 1950's and a showcase of modern religious art at its finest, awarded with several international prizes). A day full of spirituality that will leave the faithful tourist as well as the not religious one awed by the sheer beauty of the sights. **Note: Between November 1 and April 16 La Antigua hermitage will only open during weekends. If booked in a weekday during that period, the tour will go to San Telmo hermitage in Zumaia instead.**
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$229.58
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7-day Basque Country Tour with Guggenheim Museum Ticket

7-day Basque Country Tour with Guggenheim Museum Ticket

Enjoy the Basque Country with this 7D/6N tour, where you will sleep at the 3 main cities: Bilbao, San Sebastian & Vitoria. Accompained by a profesional local guide, you will discover the charms and most beautiful sceneries of this part of the north of Spain as Guggenheim Museum, La Concha Bay, Mount Igeldo or Laguardia.
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  • 7 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,192.60
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Three temple tour, the path of St. Ignatius, small group tour lunch included

Three temple tour, the path of St. Ignatius, small group tour lunch included

"This tour is focused on the path of St. Ignatius from his birth to the founding of the Society of Jesus. We will visit the spectacular Basilica of Loiola (built in the 18th century) and Saint Ignatius' family house and birthplace (in Loiola, Azpeitia), the hermitage of La Antigua in Zumarraga (where Saint Ignatius made a stop during his pilgrimage) and the Sanctuary of Arantzazu (located in a spectacular spot in a gorge, rebuilt in the 1950's and a showcase of modern religious art at its finest, awarded with several international prizes). A day full of spirituality that will leave the faithful tourist as well as the not religious one awed by the sheer beauty of the sights. **Note: Until April 5 2020 La Antigua hermitage will only open during weekends. If booked in a weekday during that period, the tour will go to San Telmo hermitage in Zumaia instead. Same applies for Mondays from April 5 to November 2, 2020 **"
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$226.56
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$226.56
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What are Sanctuary of Loyola (Santuario de Loyola) hours of operation?
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Sanctuary of Loyola (Santuario de Loyola) hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sanctuary of Loyola (Santuario de Loyola) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 15 Sanctuary of Loyola (Santuario de Loyola) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Sanctuary of Loyola (Santuario de Loyola) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sanctuary of Loyola (Santuario de Loyola) costs USD 92.96. Guided Sanctuary of Loyola (Santuario de Loyola) tours start around USD 92.96 per person. See all 15 Sanctuary of Loyola (Santuario de Loyola) tickets and tours on Viator.
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