Day 1 – Wednesday, November 11
Check in at Dublin Airport for our flight to Mexico City via Amsterdam. Upon arrival in Mexico we will meet our coach and guide and transfer to the Hotel Punto Mx for 7 nights with breakfast and dinner. Our hotel is located in the historical centre of the city of Mexico.
Day 2 – Thursday, November 12
This morning we walk through the Hispanic Plaza of the Three Cultures and visit the Church of Santiago where Juan Diego was Baptised. Continue to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where we remember the apparitions to St. Juan Diego, and see the Tilma – cloak of Juan Diego – with the miraculous image of Our Lady. Visit the New and the Old Basilicas, and the Museum.
Day 3 – Friday, November 13
Full day in Mexico City. Visit Holy Family Church and see the tomb of Fr Miguel Agustin, a Jesuit Martyr, and visit the small museum. Visit the Metropolital Cathedral, the oldest and largest in Latin America, where you will enjoy the architecture, paintings and statues. We visit the extraordinary National Palace and enjoy the Murals. At the Plaza of Santo Domingo, we visit the shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, and the church of Santo Domingo. Before returning to our hotel for dinner, we visit the shrine of Our Lady of Covadonga.
Day 4 – Saturday, November 14
A spectacular drive to Mexico’s most beautiful city – Puebla, 10,000 feet above sea level. Here, we can view two magnificent peaks, one, an active volcano, and the other covered in snow. We visit the Cathedral, St. Dominic’s Church, Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, and in the church of St Francis of Assisi we see the in-corrupt body of St. Sebastian of Aparicido. Return to hotel for dinner.
Day 5 – Sunday, November 15
Morning tour to the Pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan – a vast archaeological complex, where we see the Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, Temple of the Feathered Serpent, the Ciudadela (old market place) with the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and connecting them all, is the Avenue of the Dead. Visit the on-site Museum of Teotihuacan Culture.
Day 6 – Monday, November 16
Morning visit to Tulpetlac where Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego’s Uncle. Here, we find a Well of Healing. Return for a final visit to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Take the afternoon free to explore the city or relax in the hotel before dinner.
Day 7 – Tuesday, November 17
After breakfast we will take a visit to the museum of anthropology in Mexico City. The museum contains significant archaeological and anthropological artefacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage, such as the stone of the sun (or the Aztec calendar stone) and the Aztec Xochipilli statue. After lunch we will have some free time in Mexico city to explore or head back to the hotel for some rest before dinner.
Day 8 – Wednesday, November 18
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and take the morning free in Mexico City before we depart from the hotel and transfer to Mexico airport to check-in for our return flight to Dublin via Amsterdam.
Day 9 – Thursday, November 19
Upon arrival in Amsterdam connect with onward flight to Dublin.