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Mexico Pilgrimage

15 Night Pilgrimage to Mexico accompanied by Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett

Join us in the Colonial Heartland as we journey from Guadalajara to Mexico City including the Marian Shrines of Guadalupe, Zapopan and San Juan de los Lagos and places of the Martyrs of the Cristero War, 1927-1930.

25 SEPTEMBER - 10 OCTOBER 2019 – Guadalajara (4 nights) • San Juan de Los Lagos (1) • Sahuayo (1) • Pátzcuaro (2) • San Miguel de Allende (2) • Mexico City (5).
 
Middle East Cultural Experience

 
MEAL CODE: B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
DAY 1: WEDNESDAY 25 SEP – AUSTRALIA TO GUADALAJARA
Depart Australia and arrive into Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, 580km west of the capital. Private transfer to our centrally located hotel. Overnight in Guadalajara (D).

DAY 2: THURSDAY 26 SEP – GUADALAJARA
Walking tour visiting: • the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, rising above the central Plaza de Armas; • the Palacio de Gobierno, the seat of the government of Jalisco state, with its striking murals by José Clemente Orozco; • the Instituto Cultural Cabañas in Plaza Tapatía, one of Mexico’s finest neo-classical buildings; • the neo-Gothic Templo Expiatorio (of the Blessed Sacrament) for the celebration of Mass; • the neo-classical Templo de Nuestra Señora del Carmen. Guadalajara overnight (BD)

DAY 3: FRIDAY 27 SEP – GUADALAJARAA
Walking tour visiting: • the Templo de San Francisco, one of the earliest churches in the city and the nearby • Capilla de Aranzazú, with its three Churriguesresque altars; • the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Guadalajara’s shrine to the national patroness, for the celebration of Mass; • the Museum of the Cristero Martyrs, commemorating those who fell in the people’s war against the secularist, anti- Catholic policies of the Mexican government during the Cristero uprising of 1926–29; • the Templo de San Felipe Neri with its beautiful Plateresque façade; • the baroque Templo de Santa Monica. Guadalajara overnight (BD)

DAY 4: SATURDAY 28 SEP – GUADALAJARA
Zapopan is Mexico’s second largest pilgrimage destination, where we shall celebrate Mass before the small but greatly venerated statue of Our Lady of Zapopan, dating to the first evangelisation of the region by the Franciscan friars. Tlaquepaque is also now another suburb of Guadalajara, which we shall visit for its distinctive ceramics and craft workshops. Guadalajara overnight (BD)

DAY 5: SUNDAY 29 SEP– GUADALAJARA – SAN JUAN DE LOS LAGOS
An enjoyable full day touring the Jalisco state countryside, widely cultivated with blue agave for the distillation of tequila. We visit: • Tepatitlán: the martyrdom tree of San Tranquilino Ubiaco, and his relics in the church of San Francisco; • the Templo de Nuestro Señor de Misericordia and the Cristero Museum in Tepatitlán; • the town of Santa Ana de Guadalupe, the birthplace of Santo Toribio Romo, the church of his first Mass and the relics of martyrdom in 1928 and where we will celebrate Mass; • on to the city of San Juan de los Lagos, whose Cathedral Basilica contains Mexico’s third largest shrine of the Blessed Virgin. Overnight in San Juan de Los Lagos (BD)

DAY 6: MONDAY 30 SEP – SAN JUAN DE LOS LAGOS – SAHUAYO
Private transfer this morning to Sahuayo, Michoacán state: • In Sahuayo we visit the Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol, the place of martyrdom in 1928 of 15-year-old San José Sánchez del Río, where we will celebrate Mass. Overnight in Sahuayo (BD)

DAY 7: TUESDAY 1 OCT – SAHUAYO – ZAMORA – PÁTZCUARO
Private transfer from Sahuayo to Pátzcuaro, via Zamora. In Zamora we shall visit the neo-Gothic Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the celebration of Mass. Arriving in the lakeside town of Pátzcuaro, famous for its indigenous crafts, we can enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Pátzcuaro (BD)

DAY 8: WEDNESDAY 2 OCT– PÁTZCUARO
A full day tour in Michoacán state: • the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud, where we will celebrate Mass at the tomb of the saintly bishop Vasco de Quiroga (1488-1565); • the Biblioteca Gertrudis Bocanegra with its dramatic historical mural by Juan O’Gorman (1942); • a boat trip across Lake Pátzcuaro to the Isla Janitzio; • to the Tarascan archaeological site at Tzintzuntzán. Overnight in Patzcuaro (BD)

DAY 9: THURSDAY 3 OCT– PATZCUARO – SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
Transfer from Pátzcuaro to the enchanting colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, a World Heritage site. On the way we call at the Santuario de Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco. Enjoy the afternoon roaming the cobblestone streets, discovering the town’s fine colonial architecture. Overnight in San Miguel de Allende (BLD)

DAY 10: FRIDAY 4 OCT – SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
Walking tour around the town including: • La Parroquia, with its curious neo-Gothic additions, where we will celebrate Mass; • the Templo de la Concepción, of San Francisco and Nuestra Señora de la Salud; • the Casa Allende, former family home of Ignacio Allende, a hero in the struggle for independence from Spain. Overnight in San Miguel de Allende. (BD)

DAY 11: SATURDAY 5 OCT – SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE – TEOTIHUACAN – MEXICO CITY
This morning we take a private transfer to Mexico City. On the way we shall enjoy lunch and spend the afternoon visiting the spectacular archaeological site of Teotihuacán with its two huge pyramids, Avenue of the Dead and murals. Overnight in Mexico City (BLD)

DAY 12: SUNDAY 6 OCT – MEXICO
Enjoy a walking tour today visiting: • The Zócalo: the Catedral Metropolitana; the Aztec Templo Mayor archaeological site; • the Palacio Nacional -– the seat of government since the days of the Aztec empire; • the Templo de la Enseñanza, with its dazzling gold retablo, to celebrate Mass; • the Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, all that now remains of the site of Mexico’s earliest church. Overnight in Mexico City (BD)

DAY 13: MONDAY 7 OCT – MEXICO CITY
Full day tour visiting: • Museo Nacional de Antropología, the renowned collection of finds from Mexico’s pre-Columbian cultures, particularly the Aztecs, Mayans and Zapotecs; • Chapultepec Castle with stunning views over the park and city below, once the residence of the Emperor Maximilian and later presidents; • Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia: we will celebrate Mass at the shrine of the Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ, martyr 1927. Overnight in Mexico City (BD)

DAY 14: TUESDAY 8 OCT– PUEBLA – CHOLULA
Full day tour in private transport visiting Puebla, the city of the famous Talavera ceramic tiles:: • the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, dedicated in 1649, with an octagonal baldacchino; • the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and its magnificent baroque Chapel of the Rosary; • the Casa del Alfeñique museum, a renovated colonial house and an outstanding example of the 18th-century decorative style; • the Great Pyramid of Cholula archaeological site, surmounted by the 16th century church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, with the snowcapped Popocatépetl volcano behind. Overnight in Mexico City (BD)

DAY 15: WEDNESDAY 9 OCT – MEXICO CITY – GUADALUPE AND XOCHIMILCO
The climax of our pilgrimage, the great shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the outskirts of Mexico City, which receives twelve million pilgrims each year. We will join a huge congregation for the day’s Mass at the altar before the miraculous image of 1531. Later we shall visit the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, so named because it symbolizes the fusion of pre-Hispanic and Spanish roots into the Mexican mestizo identity. In the afternoon we continue to the Xochimilco floating gardens, punting for three hours through the canals in our own colourful trajinera. Overnight in Mexico City (BD)

DAY 16: THURSDAY 10 OCT – DEPART MEXICO CITY
Private airport transfer for homebound flights (B)

St Jose Sanchez del Rio


 
St Jose Sanchez del Rio
St Jose Sanchez del Rio

cost
+ Tour Code: PV2019
+ Tour Begins/Ends: Australia
+ Tour Cost in Twin Share: AUD $6950
+ Single Room Supplement: AUD $2240
+ Tipping Made Easy: AUD $15 pp/per day

Inclusions
Accommodation and Meals: Based on Superior Standard / 4-Star accommodation • Meals – 15 Dinners / 15 Full Breakfasts.
Touring and Transportation: Return economy airfare from Sydney • Deluxe Air Conditioned Coach touring • Professional Pilgrimage Escort / Local Guides • Sightseeing and Entrance Fees.
Other: Fully Escorted by Pilgrimage Chaplain and Tour Leader • Porterage at hotels • Harvest Backpack, Pilgrims Journal and Tour Wallet.

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