Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage, Cultural & Sightseeing Tour
With Fr. Jude Iloghalu and Fr. Terry Larkin, Chaplains
“To See Our Lady!”
July 8- 14, 2019
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Journey with Holy Rosary Cathedral of Vancouver and Fr. Jude & Fr. Terry on a summertime pilgrimage to see Our Lady of Guadalupe! July is the best time to visit – the rainy season in Mexico City. Join us and avoid the summer crowds and heat. Be transformed while seeing Our Lady. Be sure to bring your prayer intentions while taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of Mexico City. Enjoy the local culture with its unique cuisine and wealth of Spanish and Aztec history. Special overnight trip to Puebla, one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, the first foreign place St. John Paul II visited after his election to the papacy. All meals included. This trip will be the trip you will never forget – come and see Our Lady!
Frequently Asked Questions
July 8– 14, 2019
Mexico City, Guadalupe, Puebla, Acolman, Cholula, Teotihuacan
From $1,795 CAD per person (sharing a room); please note: airfare is additional cost
What is included?
- accommodations for 6 nights in downtown hotels (Mexico City and Puebla)
- ground transportation in deluxe coach
- all meals
- entry fees and guided tours
- professional local guide
- tour escort
- and much more
Does the cost include air?
No, the flight is a separate cost. Contact OC-Travel for flight info.
May I extend my stay?
Yes, you have the option to travel early or stay later.
DAY 1: Monday, July 8, 2019 – Departure Flight
Depart on flight to Mexico City and arrival. Meet our bus escort and guide, transfer to downtown welcome Mass at typical Mexican parish. Hotel check-in and festive welcome dinner served at hotel with local cuisine. Overnight in Mexico City. [Dinner]
DAY 2: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 – Mexico City, Guadalupe
This morning we begin our pilgrimage with a visit to see Our Lady at the most revered place of pilgrimage in the Americas, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The entire day is spent at the shrine. Each year several million pilgrims visit here to see the miraculous tilma (or cloak) of St. Juan Diego, which has imprinted on it the heavenly image of Our Lady. Experience the grace and miracles of this holy place. Mass at the shrine in the presence of the tilma. Quiet time for prayer and reflection. Walking tour of the shrine campus, exploring the sites of apparition. Lunch. In the afternoon we have free time for shopping and souvenirs. Dinner and overnight in Mexico City. [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
DAY 3: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – Mexico City
Mass at the church of the Holy Family (Sagrada Familia) at the tomb of Blessed Miguel Pro, a Jesuit priest who was executed in Mexico City in 1927 by the anti-Catholic government. Special visit to the museum dedicated in his honor, a new attraction highlighting the life and martyrdom of the saint. We will continue to the Plaza of the Three Cultures to visit the church of St. James where Juan Diego was baptized. This is an original church from the colonial period of New Spain. This revered place is symbolic of the unity of pre-Hispanic and Hispanic cultures. Drive through the historic heart of downtown to the heart of the city, the Zócalo. Here we visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the most revered church buildings in Latin America, built by the Spanish over the ruins of the main Aztec temples. See the golden altars and pray close to the final resting place of the first bishop of Mexico, the Franciscan Juan de Zumarraga, a friend of Juan Diego. Tour of the famous National Palace. Dinner and overnight in Mexico City. [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
DAY 4: Thursday, July 11, 2019 – Mexico City, Acolman, Teotihuacan
We continue our journey to the National Museum of Anthropology, the largest and most visited museum in Mexico City. This interesting museum tells the story of the Aztec people. Next we make our way to the fascinating former Augustinian convent of Acolman for Mass. There will be time for Confessions. Next, we venture to the pyramids and archeological zone located outside the city at Teotihuacan. Lunch. Free time to explore the pyramids with an optional climb to the top of the pyramids of the sun and moon. Afterwards time for shopping with tequila tasting. Dinner and overnight in Mexico City. [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
DAY 5: Friday, July 12, 2019 – Mexico City, Cholula, Puebla
Today after breakfast we make our way outside the city to the countryside for a day excursion to see the enchanting Spanish colonial town of Puebla, an opulent creation of the Spanish. Enjoy the stunning ride with views of spectacular mountains and rolling countryside. We will stop in the famous town of Cholula to visit two historic churches, both masterpieces of Spanish art, Santa Maria Tonanzintla and San Francisco Acatepec. Our next stop will be the Real Chapel of Cholula of the former convent of San Gabriel, built in 1540 to evangelize the native population. From the outside we will admire the Shrine of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, built atop the ruins of a pagan pyramid. Lunch. Visit to a “Talavera” workshop to learn about the colorful tiles made in this region, the majolica art typical of Puebla. Mass in Puebla. Check-in to hotel and dinner and overnight in Puebla. [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
DAY 6: Saturday, July 13, 2019 – Puebla, Mexico City
Today after breakfast we start our guided visit of the colonial town of Puebla, an opulent creation of the New World. The historical and cultural value of Puebla’s stunning architecture comes alive as we visit the cathedral and nearby Dominican church, Santo Domingo. Here is the famous Chapel of the Rosary, described by local guides as the “eighth wonder of the world.” Mass. Visit also the former convent of St. Monica, today a Museum of Religious Arts. See the Bishop’s Palace which now houses the cultural and tourist office, the Biblioteca Palafoxiana – the first public library in the Americas which today holds thousands of rare books, some dating back to the 1400s. We will also visit the El Parian Market, where regional artisanal sweets are offered in great variety as well as the colorful quarter known as Los Sapos. We also visit the church of St. Francis of Assisi to see the incorrupt remains of St. Sebastian of Aparicido. Return to Mexico City. Check-in to hotel and overnight in Mexico City. [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
DAY 7: Sunday, July 14, 2019 – Return Flight
This morning we travel to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Mass and to bid Our Lady farewell. Lunch at airport on our own. Return flights home. [Breakfast]
*Nota Bene: Itinerary is subject to change.
Your deposit of $1,000 CAD is due at time of registration along with your completed registration form and a copy of your passport. Small group tours fill quickly.
Deadline for Registration
Deadline and final payment is May 1, 2019.
From $1,795 CAD per person (double-occupancy)
If you wish to share a room, it is easiest if you can bring a friend or relative. There is an extra cost for a single room ($595 CAD).
We recommend you purchase international travel insurance that includes medical – this is best done at time of deposit/registration.
Tips for the guides and drivers are 70 USD and will be collected in cash by your tour director at the beginning of the tour. A free will offering will also be taken up at every Mass for the local church.
Is this tour for you?
Please note: you must be able to carry your own luggage. You must be in good physical shape. You must be flexible. Please note: do not drink the tap water (bottled water is available at hotels).
Terms and Conditions
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