Pilgrimage to Mexico
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe & Mexico City
Spiritual Director: Fr. Edward Lamp
December 8 - 13, 2018
Your trip includes
- Roundtrip Airfare from
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 5 nights: Dec 8 - 13: Galleria Plaza, Mexico City, Mexico
- Breakfast & Dinner daily at your hotel or local restaurants
- Lunch daily at local restaurants (except on day of arrival/departure)
- Wine and mineral water with dinners
- Free WiFi at Hotel Galleria Plaza
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a professional local guide(s)
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Meal and beverages not mentioned
- Tips to your guide & driver
Saturday, December 8 | Depart for Mexico City
Depart Tampa or your local airport where you’ll board your flight(s) to Mexico City. Upon arrival, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival's Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. The transfer to your hotel, dinner, and lodging will be accommodated.
Sunday, December 9 | Guadalupe - Teotihuacan
This morning you will transfer to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas) , by way of the Plaza of the Three Cultures. This plaza symbolizes the unique blend of pre-Hispanic, and Hispanic cultures that make up Mexico. This Shrine was built in response to Our Lady's request to the visionary, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Upon arrival at the Shrine, you will celebrate Mass as you marvel at the brilliantly colored Basilica. Following Mass, you will join the other pilgrims as you kneel in front of the "Tilma", where Our Lady's image was miraculously imprinted. Following this visit, you will make your way to San Juan Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to mythology, this site was chosen to be the center of the universe, and from then it became a prominent political and religious center from the second century until the ninth century. While in San Juan Teotihuacan, you will enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the Archaeological zone. While on this tour, you will view the pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and local art markets. Your fun-filled busy day will culminate with a delicious dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Monday, December 10 | San Miguel de Los Milagros - Puebla
A fun-filled day is ahead. Spectacular drive to what is known as Mexico's most beautify city Puebla. On your ride, you will climb to over 10,000ft above sea level, and view two magnificent peaks; one that is covered with snow and the other that is an active volcano. Stop in Tlaxcala to visit the Shrine of San Miguel Del Milagro. Holy Mass will be celebrated upon the site where St. Michael the Archangel appeared to Diego Lazaro in 1631. Next we head to Puebla, where lunch is waiting for us. We will visit Puebla's Cathedral St. Dominic's Church, and its Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, Church of St. Francis of Assisi where you will view the incorrupt body of St. Sebastian of Aparicido. Return to Mexico City for dinner and overnight.
Tuesday, December 11 | Mexico City
This morning, your day will begin with breakfast and Mass at the Holy Family Church where you will view the tomb of Fr. Miguel Agustin Pro, the Jesuit martyr. In a time of great religious persecutions, Fr. Pro was exiled from Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. However, he returned to Mexico and was aided by a secret ministry who helped him hide from authorities. During his time in Mexico, he assisted many individuals in their spiritual, as well as temporal, needs. Although he helped many, he was eventually arrested and killed by authorities. While at this church, you can pray to this great martyr who remained filled with the joy of serving Our Lord even in the midst of very difficult times. After this visit, you will tour the oldest and largest cathedral in all of Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral. Throughout your time in the cathedral, you will become overwhelmed by the stunning paintings, altar pieces, and statues. Your tour continues as you will transfer to the National Palace. This extraordinary palace has been a building of the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec Empire's rule. Your tour continues as you will visit the Plaza of Santo Domingo. This plaza contains two Holy places that are architecturally exquisite; the Church of Santo Domingo, the first church built by the Dominicans in 1576 and; the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, the first Rosary Shrine in Mexico. Also on your tour, you will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Covadonga, the headquarters of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. This Shrine is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Asturias (Spain). Around 4pm we will return to the your hotel for time to rest and dinner.
Optional: For those who are interested in attending the special event at the Shrine of Guadalupe we will serve an early dinner and transfer you to the Shrine to pay tribute to Our Lady. At midnight we will sing the Mexican version of Happy Birthday “Las Mañanitas”, together with thousands of pilgrims coming from all around the world. Late return to your hotel.
Wednesday, December 12 | Mexico City Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day and Coyoacan
Today is a very important day. We will make a return to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to celebrate HER Feast and to attend the beautiful Mass of Roses at 12pm (concelebration upon request) and join hundreds of pilgrims dressed colorfully and with typical costumes, dancing, singing, praying all together, coming from all over Mexico and the world. Following lunch we will continue on to Coyoacan. Upon arrival visit of the pretty plaza and suburbs of Coyoacan with its Church of St. John the Baptist. This church was originally constructed as a Dominican Monastery, but then changed to a Franciscan Monastir, where we will view the stunning architecture of seven chapels, as well as an altar piece that dates back to the seventeenth century. Free time to stroll around and make sure to taste the famous ice cream of Coyoacan, where during the weekend locals queue up to enjoy a delicious ice cream. Return to the hotel dinner and overnight.
Thursday, December 13 | Mexico City - Tampa
Prepare for your departure to the airport and your return flights home. You will say farewell to friends and a pilgrimage that will last in your memory for years to come.