OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, MEXICO

  • Duration:6 nights/ 7 days
  • Countries Visited:Mexico
  • Highlights:Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Taxco, Cholula, Puebla, Ocotlan, San Miguel
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/MEXICO CITY/NYC
    • Accommodations in First class hotel
    • English speaking tour escort
    • Buffet breakfast daily, one lunch and 5 dinners
    • Transportation by private deluxe air condition motorcoach
    • Comprehensive sightseeing and admissions
    • Baggage handling
    • Spiritual program/Holy Mass daily
    • Select International portfolio

DAY 1: USA- MEXICO CITY

Depart for Mexico City. Upon arrival you are greeted by your tour escort and transferred to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel, in Zona Rosa, an active area filled with shops, markets and restaurants. Overnight Mexico City. (D)

DAY 2: MEXICO CITY

Morning buffet breakfast. We start the day with Holy Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. We then visit the Plaza of Three Cultures, baptismal site of St.Juan Diego.  After lunch, in a typical Mexican restaurant, we visit the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Overnight Mexico City. (B.L.)

DAY 3: MEXICO CITY

Morning buffet breakfast. Today we have a full day city tour of Mexico City, starting with a visit to Chapultapec Park and the famous Archeological Museum. Then on to the Metropolitan Cathedral, where Blessed St.Juan Diego’s Bishop, Juan Zumarraga, is buried and where we have a Mass.  Our next stop is Zocalo Square, the main square from the time of the Aztec. We’ll see the Church of Santo Domingo, which   contains two shrines; Our Lady of Rosary and Our Lady of Cavadonga. Visit the ruins of the Aztec Temple of human sacrifice that was replaced by the Cathedral. Visit the National Palace seat of the Mexican Government. Our tour continues to Xoxhimilco to make a promenade through its channels in one of its typical “Trajineras” (Mexican Boat Trip).  Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Mexico City. (B.D.)

DAY 4: CUERNAVACA-TAXCO

We start with a visit to Cuernavaca, “City of Eternal Spring”, to see the Borda Gardens and Palace of Cortes, housing murals by Diego Rivera, the famous Mexican artist. There is no word for Taxco…only feeling, and one must go there to experience the sensations brought about only by a visit to this “City in the Clouds”.  We have time to bargain for silver treasures and see the silver mines. A late afternoon visit to the Church of San Prisca for Mass allows time to shop and explore the market and many artisan shops.  Overnight Taxco. (B.D.)

DAY 5: CHOLULA-PUEBLA

{mosimage} Morning buffet breakfast, and then depart for Pueblo, City of the Angels and Churches. The ride today takes us through the famous Cortes Pass. We arrive in Cholula, a town very rich in Mexican history. Cholula is where the world famous “Cinco de Mayo” (May 5th) battle occurred. Cholula also claims to have a Chapel for every day of the year! Here we see what’s reputed to be the largest pyramid in the world. On top of the pyramid lies the Church of Our Lady of Good Remedy. Later, we visit the Church of Tonantzintla where the most beautiful example of Indo-Christian decoration can be admired. Continue to Puebla, the fourth largest city in México and a great example of Spanish colonial architecture. We stop for lunch at an old Spanish house for a delicious buffet (optional, at your expense) and some great music from the University of Puebla students. The Puebla region is famous for its beautiful Churches and its hand painted “Talavera” tiles. We visit the unforgettable Chapel of the Rosary where we celebrate Mass and the Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament. We then visit the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, the Santa Monica religious museum, and Church of St. Francis to see the incorrupt body of Blessed Sabastian. In the afternoon we have ample time to shop in the open-air market and bargain for souvenirs and silver. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Puebla. (B.D.)

DAY 6: OCOTLAN-SAN MIGUEL

Today we visit San Miguel del Milagro, site of the apparition of St. Michael to Diego Lazaro. Our next stop is Tlaxcala City for a visit to the Monastery of San Francisco, one of the first catholic buildings in Mexico. This is known as the Lourdes of Mexico because of its miraculous statue and spring water. Then depart for Ocotlan, where we have Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Ocotlan. This is where a statue of Our Lady appeared in a burning tree and where she designated a healing well. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Mexico City. (B. D.)

DAY 7: MEXICO CITY

After breakfast we have a Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, followed by transfer to the airport and your return flight home. (B.)

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