Great pilgrimage trip between November and March, visiting the shrines of
Nostra Senora de Guadalupe, and Our Lady of Ocotlan
Departure date: November 28, 2018.
IF YOU LIKE TO ORGANIZE YOUR PRIVATE GROUP (16+ ) YOU CAN CHOOSE THE OTHER DATE AS WELL
Day-1 DEPARTURE CITY - MEXICO CITY: Morning departure and late afternoon (evening) arrival. Then transfer to your hotel in Zona Rosa. Based on arrival, possible Holy Mass at the Sacred Heart Church before late dinner and overnight. D.
Day-2. MEXICO CITY: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE / TEPEYAC HILL After breakfast, we depart for Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Following Mass, we tour the grounds and visit the museum that houses a collection of paintings and colonial religious art by pilgrims in gratitude and thanks for miracles. We ascend Tepeyac Hill to visit the Capilla del Cerrito, the place of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in 1531. Next we see Tepeyac Garden and its statues symbolizing the union of the Aztec people and the Spanish Christian mission. A stop at the Chapel of the Indians completes the tour. Later in the afternoon we drive to Chapultepec Park to visit the National Museum of Anthropology. We will also see a number of historical sites during the driving portion of our tour. Dinner and overnight in Mexico City. B.D.
Day-3. MEXICO CITY / ZOCALO PLAZA: Following breakfast, we drive to the historical archaeological center of Mexico to celebrate Mass at Santo Domingo Church, which houses two shrines; Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Cavadonga. Following Mass, we drive past the National Palace, continuing on to Zocalo Plaza where we visit the largest cathedral in Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral, where Juan Diego's Bishop, Juan Zumarraga is buried. We continue our walking tour passing by the site of the Palace of the Archbishop where Juan Diego unfurled his tilma and flowers fell to the ground and the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary appeared on the cloth. Our day concludes with a visit to Garibaldi Square and Mariachi Bands. B.D.
Day-4. MEXICO CITY: TLAXCALA / OUR LADY OF OCOTLAN / PUEBLA
This morning we depart for Tlaxcala, the smallest of Mexico's States, for a visit and celebration of Mass at the Shrine of San Miguel del Milagro, site of apparitions of St. Michael the Archangel and the spring of curative waters blessed by St. Michael. Next we drive to Tlaxcala City to visit the Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan, “place of the burning oak”, where Mary caused her image to be burned into the tree. In the afternoon we continue on to Mexico's most beautiful city Puebla, situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet near Mexico's snow-capped peaks. Puebla is well known for its beautiful churches and its hand-painted tiles, or “Talavera”. While in Puebla, we visit Santo Domingo Church, where we see its beautiful Chapel of the Rosary, followed by a visit to Puebla Cathedral, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. The remainder of our time before dinner is free for shopping the many vendors in Puebla. Our day in Puebla concludes with dinner at a local restaurant. Following dinner, we return to Mexico City for overnight. B.D.
Day-5. TLATELOLCO / TULPETLAC / TEOTIHUACAN
This morning we drive to Tlatelolco to visit the Square of the Three Cultures, where we visit and celebrate Mass at St. James Church. It is here that Juan Diego was baptized as a child. Next we drive to Tulpetlac for a visit to the Shrine of the Fifth Apparition, where Juan Diego's uncle experienced his own apparition of the Virgin Mother. We continue on to Teotihuacan and visit the incredible ruins of the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon. We return to Mexico City where we enjoy our “Farewell Dinner” at El Lugar del Mariachi restaurant for this evening's dinner and Flamenco Dance Show. Overnight in Mexico City. B.D.
Day-6. DEPARTURE: Return flight home, or extend your trip in Mexico with optional 3 days relax in Puerto Vallarta (ad. $440)
Our Tour hotels are never far from where you need to go. We choose only the best hotels in centralized locations so you can get on with your tour.
Your tour is important to us and we provide the most inclusive tour possible. This student group tour includes the following:
-round trip airfare
-airport taxes based on present fees
-5 night saccommodation in centrally located hotel
-6 open buffet breakfasts
-6 dinners or lunches
-excursions as per program
-Holy Mas as per program
-Mariden tour director
Not included: insurance and tips ($50)