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Join Father Tim Nadolski, parochial vicar at St. Joseph Church, Athens. on a special pilgrimage to the areas of colonial Mexico.

Mexico is home to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. It's also the site of the inspiring story of the 25 martyrs of Mexican Cristero War, where priests and the faithful defied the government's anti-Catholic policies in the 1920's and were executed for their continued practice of the sacraments.

The cities of Guadalajara and Guanajuato in colonial Mexico offer the opportunity to explore the authentic culture, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Walk the local towns, enjoy a tequila tasting, and visit artisan craft markets as you tour this area. A street food tour, a visit to an archaeological site of an Aztec pyramid and the floating gardens of Xochimilco are some of the experiences during this trip.
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Guadalajara (3 Nts) – Guanajuato (2 Nts) Mexico City (3 Nts)
9 Days/ 8 Nights

Depart US Thursday, May 30, 2019
Return Friday, June 7, 2019

  Air/Land Package:
$3,488 per person, double occupancy {Payments by Check}
$3,598 per person, double occupancy {Payments by Credit Card}
    Single occupancy is $695 additional   
    Land only option: $650 air credit


Highlights

  • Floating gardens of Xochimilco
  • Tequila distillery tour and tasting
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Archaeological site of Teotihuacan
  • Street food tour of Guanajuato
  • Mexican Folkloric Show

Inclusions

Tour Includes:

    • Daily Mass
    • Professional English-speaking licensed tour guide for the entire length of the tour         
    • Airfare on Delta
      • Thursday May 30      Delta #564 ATL>Guadalajara 9:59am-1:01pm
      • Friday June 7            Delta #314 Mexico City>ATL 11:50pm-4:03pm
    • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath for 9 nights
      • Guadalajara (3 nights): Hotel (4 star)
      • Guanajuato (2 nights): Hotel (4 star)
      • Mexico City (3 nights): Hotel (4-star) 
    • Buffet breakfasts (8)
    • Lunches (2)
      • Includes Street Food Tour in Guanajuato
    • Dinners (4):           
      • All dinners at local restaurants
    • Visit to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    • Visit to Guadalajara Cathedral
    • Walking tour of Guadalajara with local guide
    • Tour of Tequila Distillery
    • Visit to Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan
    • Visit to Sanctuary of St. Torobio Romo
    • Tour of Tequila with local guide
    • Tequila Tasting
    • Visit to Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos
    • Visit to Union Plaza in Guanajuato
    • Visit to Cristo Rey statue
    • Tour of San Miguel de Allende with local guide
    • Visit to Archeological site of Teotihuacan
    • Mexican Folkloric Show
    • Visit to Frida Kahlo Museum
    • Boat Ride through the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco
    • Transport by luxury motorcoach
    • Airport transfers on tour arrival and departure dates (for those on same flights as group scheduled flights)
    • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage at hotels
    • Personalized audio system to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance
    • Hotel taxes and service charges
    • City stay taxes   

    Itinerary

    Thurs, May 30

    ARRIVE IN GUADALAJARA  

    This morning board your group transfer from St. Joseph Catholic Church to the Atlanta Airport and check in for your flight. Depart Atlanta this morning for your flight to Mexico, and then…

    Welcome to Guadalajara, capital and the largest city of the Mexican state of Jalisco! After clearing customs, board your motorcoach to drive into the city. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city on your coach before arrival to your hotel. Afterwards partake in a short walking tour to help familiarize yourself with the area. This evening your Tour Director prepares for your upcoming adventure and hosts a welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant.  (Dinner)

    OVERNIGHT: Guadalajara

    Fri, May 31

    GUADALAJARA AND ZAPOPAN

    After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Guadalajara, visit Plaza de la Liberacion (Liberation Square) and explore the historical buildings and government palaces of the city center. Visit the Guadalajara Cathedral, a mixture of Spanish Renaissance and neo-Gothic styles, which soars above the plaza before it. Inside, see the bones of 23 of the martyred saints of the bloody Cristero Revolution, many of whom were priests who continued with their ministry in the face of anti-clerical laws. After our cathedral visit, there’s free time to explore and have lunch on your own.

    Continue to Zapopan, just north of Guadalajara, for a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, a 17th-century Franciscan sanctuary. Inside this basilica, view the revered Virgin of Zapopan, a statue carved from wood by the indigenous Michoacán people. We’ll celebrate Mass and return to our hotel for the evening at leisure. (Breakfast)

    OVERNIGHT:  Guadalajara

    Sat, June 1

    TEQUILA AND TLAQUEPAQUE

    This morning depart to Tlaquepaque, known for its beautiful pottery. Visit the Sanctuary of the Holy Martyrs of Christ the King, and celebrate Mass. Enjoy free time for shopping and lunch; explore the open-air market, where you can stock up on souvenirs of artisan crafts and handmade pottery. Be sure to make time to traipse down the colorful “umbrella lane”.

    This afternoon discover Tequila’s rich history with its fields of blue agave. Visit the town of Tequila with a Local Guide, followed by a tour of a local Tequila Distillery. More than Mexico’s delicious national drink, Tequila is also a breathtaking area in Jalisco. The town of Tequila is designated a “pueblos mágicos” by the Mexican government, noted for its natural beauty and cultural richness. Learn the importance of the agave fields to the fermentation process, then enjoy a tequila tasting. (Breakfast)

    OVERNIGHT: Guadalajara

    Sun, June 2

    GUADALAJARA TO GUANAJUATO

    After breakfast depart Guadalajara and travel to Santa Ana de Guadalupe and visit the Sanctuary of St. Toribio Romo, Catholic martyr and the patron of migrants. We’ll celebrate Mass before continuing to San Juan de Los Lagos. Visit Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, popular with pilgrims and known for its statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.

    Continue to Guanajuato, considered by many to be Mexico’s most picturesque city, for a two-night stay. This evening enjoy dinner at a popular local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

    OVERNIGHT: Guanajuato

    Mon, June 3

    GUANAJUATO AND CRISTO REY STATUE

    As the birthplace of painter Diego Rivera and important for its silver mining and production since 1548, Guanajuato has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this morning’s city tour, see Union Plaza, the busiest and most central of the town’s seven plazas. The bustling city center is bursting with picturesque churches and cathedrals. The vibrant yellow Basilica de Guanajuato dominates the main plaza.

    Continue to the Cristo Rey statue on Cubilete Hill, one of the most important religious shrines in Mexico. This special site was bombed by the Mexican government in 1928, leading to the famous refrain of the Cristero Revolution: "Viva Cristo Rey!" The site was reconstructed in 1950, and the monument of Christ the King soars 120 feet high on the hill.

    Return to the city to partake in a Guanajuato Street Food Tour and explore some local flavors for lunch. We’ll break into smaller groups and experience authentic cuisine as we wander the pedestrian alleys led by our home town guides.

    The remainder of the day is at leisure. Guanajuato is renowned for its high-quality handicrafts, so you may want to shop for local pottery or leather goods; your Tour Director will be on hand for suggestions. (Breakfast, Lunch)

    OVERNIGHT: Guanajuato

    Tues, June 4

    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE AND TEPOTZOTLAN

    After breakfast, journey to Mexico City. En route stop in San Miguel de Allende for a city orientation with a Local Guide. Like something out of a storybook, the hill town of San Miguel de Allende boasts quaint cobblestone streets, colorful colonial architecture, and a welcoming, festive spirit. San Miguel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was named Travel + Leisure’s Best City in the World in 2017.

    Depart San Miguel de Allende and enjoy a boxed lunch as we travel south. Continue to Tepotzotlán and visit the National Museum of Viceroyalty. This former Jesuit College, built in honor of St Francis Xavier in the 16th century, is now one of the most important cultural sites in Mexico, filled with colonial art and religious pieces. We’ll celebrate Mass at the adjacent Parish of San Pedro. Continue to Mexico City and check in to our hotel. This evening enjoy dinner at a rotating tower for spectacular views. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    OVERNIGHT: Mexico City

     Wed., June 5 OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE AND TEOTIHUACÁN

    This morning, learn about the ancient Aztec people that called this part of Mexico home centuries ago. First, visit the Plaza of Three Cultures, which is the site of modern high-rise buildings, Aztec ruins, and the Spanish colonial Church of Santiago Tlatelolco, home to the baptismal font of Juan Diego.

    Then, visit one of the world’s most revered shrines—the magnificent Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas), which was built in response to Our Lady's request to Juan Diego, who, in 1531, saw four apparitions of Our Lady on Tepeyac Hill. Engage in a spiritually charged visit to the shrine when you join other pilgrims and kneel in front of Juan Diego’s centuries-old tilma, or sackcloth, where Our Lady's image miraculously appeared. After attending Mass at the Basilica, there’s also time to visit the original basilica and the tranquil grotto.


    Afterward, journey to Teotihuacan to see the astounding ruins of Teotihuacán, which date back to 100 BC. Visit the ancient Pyramids of The Sun and Moon and an inside view from the extraordinary Temple of Quetzalcoatl. These impressive pyramids reveal insights into the complexities and triumphs of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

    Before returning to Mexico City, visit Tulpetlac Church, site of the fifth apparition and the miraculous healing of Juan Bernardino. Return to Mexico City for some free time for dinner, and this evening, enjoy a Mexican Folkloric Show at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts (Breakfast)


    OVERNIGHT: Mexico City
     Thurs, June 6 FRIDA KAHLO AND FLOATING GARDENS OF XOCHIMILCO

    Today, visit the Frida Kahlo Museum for a short visit. The famous Mexican painter was born, lived and died in the blue house that is now the museum showcasing her work.

    A highlight today is the floating gardens of Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage site, just south of Mexico City. Board your brightly colored flat-bottomed Trajineras and float along the garden’s canals, which were excavated to allow farming in swampy areas. Sometimes referred to as the Venice of Mexico, these floating gardens present the perfect opportunity to take in Mexico from a different point of view—from the water!

    This evening enjoy a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

     
    OVERNIGHT: Mexico City
     Fri, June 7 RETURN TO ATHENS

    After breakfast this morning depart the hotel for our group flight to Atlanta. Upon arrival at the Atlanta Airport, our group will be transported back to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Athens. (Breakfast)