- Flight to Mexico City Today we take our scheduled flight to Mexico City. Upon our arrival, our English-speaking guide will meet us at the airport and accompany us to our centrally located hotel in Mexico City.
Your Adventure, Day by Day
- Plaza de la Constitucion Today we will explore the section of Mexico City known as the Zocalo, which is the historic center and is dominated by the Plaza de la Constitucion, the third largest square in the world.
- Templo Mayor ur morning commences with a visit to the Templo Mayor, sight of the great Aztec temple which stood at the heart of Tenochtitlan. Our visit will include a tour of the Excavations and the Museum. We continue with a visit to the Cathedral Metropolitana, the biggest church in Latin America, and the heart of the world's largest Catholic diocese.
- Palacio Nacional Our afternoon commences with a brief visit to the Palacio Nacional, which is highlighted by the great mural by Diego Rivera painted above its main staircase and along two walls of the courtyard. This spectacular mural, painted between 1929 and 1935 in the aftermath of the Revolution, illustrates Rivera's view of the history of Mexico.
- Museo Nacional de Antropologia We continue to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, a vast and airy museum, which houses a spectacular collection of finds from Mexico's pre-Columbian cultures, including the Teotihuacán, the Toltecs, the Oaxaca, the Maya and the Aztecs.
- Local Orphanage We will also spend time at a local orphanage and enjoy a visit with these beautiful children
- Chimalistac & Walking Tour After breakfast we celebrate Mass at the beautiful colonial church of Chimalistac in the old suburb of San Angel; then we will visit the section of the city known as San Angel and Coyoacan, as we begin with a guided Walking Tour from San Angel to Coyoacan, which boasts a magnificent display of well-preserved domestic architecture of the colonial and pre- revolutionary eras.
- El Carmen & Santa Catarina Our walk through tree-lined, cobbled streets will connect the two squares at the heart of each of the districts, lunch at the Hacienda San Angel Inn (on your own) after lunch we will visit the former convent and church of El Carmen and the church of Santa Catarina in the suburban Coyoacan. Dinner at the hotel.
- Tlaxcala Breakfast at the hotel. Then we begin a full-day tour to Tlaxcala. We enjoy the ride through the mountains as we travel to Tlaxcala and the shrine of San Miguel del Milagro; Celebrate mass at the site where St Michael the Archangel appeared to Diego Lazaro in 1631, directing him to the Grotto and to a well of miraculous curative waters.
- Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan Then see the image of Our Lady of Burnt into a tree trunk after she appeared to Juan Diego Bernandino in 1541. Perfectly preserved, the image in tree sides in the Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan. Lunch is included in this special excursion.
- Basilica de Guadalupe Breakfast at the hotel; Early in the morning we travel to Plaza of the three Cultures to visit the baptismal place of Juan Diego; Our destination is the Basilica de Guadalupe, the richest and most visited Catholic shrine in all the Americas. It is considered the holiest place in the Western Hemisphere. President John F. Kennedy and French President Charles de Gaulle testified to this during state visits to Mexico. Pope John Paul II preached to millions of the faithful from this holy Shrine during his 979 visit to Mexico. The Basilica commemorates the Virgin Mary’s appearance to a humble Indian and honors her request that a Shrine be build in Her honor. In December of 1531, Juan Diego informed a skeptical bishop of this encounter with Mary. A few days later, Juan Diego returned to the site of vision and once again Our Mother appeared. The humble man relayed the bishop’s request for proof of Her visitation, whereupon the Virgin instructed Juan Diego to gather roses from the frozen, rocky terrain and present them to the bishop. Remarkably for the cool season, he found a great number of roses strewn all around. Gathering the roses in a sackcloth, he opened the cloak to present the roses to the cleric, it was not only the blooms that amazed the bishop. Stamped on the humble cloth was an image of the Virgin! The same miraculous image exists for you to see, hanging in splendor above the main altar. The complex of buildings was built on the spot where a brown-skinned Virgin Mary appeared to Indian Juan Diego in 1531. We will explore the complex of buildings, including the Antigua Basilica, the modern church, the Capilla del Pocito and the Capilla de Indios, where Juan Diego lived after the Virgin's appearance. Celebrate Mass in the brilliantly colored, modern Basilica dedicated in 1976. Join your prayers with those of other pilgrims as you kneel before the altar displaying the astounding Tlma, the sackcloth bearing the image of the Holy Virgin.
- Mercado de Merced If time permits we will visit in the afternoon the Mercado de La Merced, one of the biggest markets in the Americas, with 5,514 separate stalls, and located where an Aztec market stood prior to the conquest by the Spanish.
- Avenida Insurgentes Sur We will have time to browse and shop in the market, before continuing to the Avenida Insurgentes Sur, the longest street in Latin America.
- Return Flight Home Our enjoyable and rewarding tour comes to an end, and we transfer to the airport for the flight home.