Mexico City, Puebla & Tlaxcala

A 7- Day Fully Escorted Pilgrimage to Mexico
With: Fr. Manny Gelido
October 2-8, 2017

Day 1. Monday, October 2: Flight from Charleston to Mexico City

Upon arrival into Mexico City airport, meet your tour escort and board your private motor-coach for a transfer to your hotel for a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)

 

Day 2. Tuesday, October 3: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe & Teotihuacan Pyramids

What a wonderful way to start your pilgrimage, praying before the famous Tilma of St. Juan Diego at one of the world’s most revered shrines – the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Within the complex, you will visit the first hermitage, the Indian Chapel, the Holy Water Well Chapel, the original Basilica, and Tepeyac Hill where the apparitions took place. Continue for a visit to Teotihuacan, one of the most impressive cities of the ancient world. A colossal urban center once housed up to 125,000 people and covered over 8 square miles, and was destroyed in 650 AD. Admire the imposing pyramids of the Sun and of the Moon, and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. Return to Mexico City for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)

 

Day 3. Wednesday, October 4: Mexico City: Downtown

Begin your day with a visit to the Holy Family Church to pray before the tomb of Blessed Fr. Miguel Agustin Pro (1891-1927), the Jesuit martyr. Fr. Pro spent most of his priestly life in secret ministry due to Mexican government’s prohibition of public worship. He was arrested and assassinated without trial during the Cristero War. Continue with a guided visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Latin America and the resting place of Bishop Juan de Zumárraga, first Bishop of Mexico, also known as the Protector of Indians. Next to it, see the archaeological excavations of the Main Aztec Temple. Before returning to your hotel, enjoy time to shop at a handicraft market. Tonight enjoy a Mexican Folklore Dance show at the main opera palace in Mexico City. (BB, L, D)

 

Day 4. Thursday, October 5: Mexico City – Puebla

This morning travel to Puebla, best known for the beautiful Talavera tiles that adorn its walls, domes, and interiors. Upon arrival, your guided sightseeing tour begins with a visit to Puebla’s Cathedral to admire its magnificent octagonal altar. Continue to see the Church of St. Dominic and its incomparable Holy Rosary Chapel, considered to be the eighth wonder of the art world. Enjoy a typical lunch at a local restaurant. This evening, visit a ceramic workshop to see how the Talavera ceramic is produced. Have some leisure time for shopping souvenirs before dinner. Overnight in Puebla. (BB, L, D)

 

Day 5. Friday, October 6: Puebla – Tlaxcala – Mexico City

This morning travel to Tlaxcala, one of Mexico’s colonial treasures. Visit the Old Franciscan Convent of Our Lady of the Assumption, one of the first convents built in Mexico. It was here that the main tribal chiefs were baptized. Continue to visit the twin-towered Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan, where Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego Bernardino in 1541 and left a miraculous spring and a wooden statue representing her Immaculate Conception. Admire her perfectly preserved image burned into the tree; since then, Our Lady of Ocotlan has been a place of pilgrimage. Afterwards, travel to Mexico City for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)

 

Day 6. Saturday, October 7: Mexico City: San Angel, Coyoacan and Xochimilco

After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the colonial well-preserved Coyoacan and San Angel towns, at one time on the outskirts of Mexico City. Coyoacan was one of the most famous conquerors’ residential areas. Visit its 16th-century St. John the Baptist Church and its ex-convent, and admire their premises and paintings. In San Angel District, visit the religious art museum of El Carmen, once a monastery and church; today it displays furniture, paintings and historical objects from the colonial period. Then, on to Xochimilco, the Aztec floating gardens, for a boat ride with mariachis playing traditional Mexican music. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)

 

Day 7. Sunday, October 8: Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine – Flight back to Charleston

On the way to the airport, make a farewell visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe in her Basilica. (BB)

 

Buffet Breakfast (BB); Lunch (L); Dinner (D); Welcome Dinner (WD)

 

 * In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.

 

For more information, please contact Catholic Heritage Tours or Amy Teleron, Group Coordinator, at (304) 389-7364 or amelinatel@gmail.com.

 

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