Pilgrimage to Mexico – Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Pilgrimage to Mexico - Our Lady of Guadalupe

£1,987 pp

£1,987 pp

9 days / 7 nights

  • DESTINATION Mexico
  • TRAVEL DATES 26th Mar - 3rd Apr 2025
  • DEPARTURE AIRPORT London Heathrow
  • SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR Fr John Moloney
  • Tour code:  MX0945
Spiritual Leader

I lived on the Mexican-American border for about 10 years. Every year we would go on Pilgrimage with groups to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is so loved and revered in Mexico and it is so powerful to walk amidst the millions of pilgrims from all over Mexico and the world and to see their great devotion and love for her and St Juan Diego. It is the most visited shrine in the world – over 20 million a year – the nearest to it is Rome with 7 million people. On the feast day of Our lady of Guadalupe over 4 million people flock to the shrine. Her apparition changed the course of the history of Mexico and of the world. Within 20 years of her apparition to Juan Diego, most of the Aztec people had become Christian (over 9 million Aztecs were baptised with in 10 years of the apparition). She united the country and brought consolation and hope to so many. I am really excited to be returning to the holy shrine and to hear and experience once again Our Lady’s tenderness and love for her people and her powerful presence and intercession at the heart of this huge and fascinating city and country. 

–  Fr John Moloney. Head priest of St Anthony’s church, London.

‘Am I not here. I who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection?’ So goes the famous words spoken by the Virgin Mary in Guadalupe Mexico during the famous 16th century apparition. She appeared to St Juan Diego, a man of typically humble origins, who later became the first Saint of the Americas in 2002 when he was canonised by St John Paul II for receiving the iconic image of the blessed mother. This pilgrimage itinerary is centred around the Marian shrine in Guadalupe (Mexico City) and other sites around Mexico, giving you a true experience of Christian Latin America.

Daily Itinerary
Day 1, Wednesday 26th March

UK - Mexico City

Depart London Heathrow to Mexico City. Upon arrival transfer to our hotel.

Day 2, Thursday 27th March

Tulpetlac - Teotihuacan Pyramids

Today we visit the town of Tulpetlac and its church built where Juan Diego was born. We then drive to the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, located 50km northeast of Mexico City. Teotihuacan is one of the most impressive cities of the ancient world, held sacred by the Aztecs. We will explore its temples, palaces and pyramids, including the Quetzalpapalotl Palace Complex, the Temple of the Feathered Conches, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the immense Pyramid of the Sun, ranked among the biggest in the world. Time for lunch before returning to Mexico City.

Day 3, Friday 28th March

Xochimilco floating gardens - University City

Today we visit the beautiful floating gardens of Xochimilco, in the south of the city. On the way we make a stop at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Latin America’s largest university, recently declared a World Heritage Site. We arrive at the floating gardens of Xochimilco, which were once connected to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) by a causeway, and where the Aztecs grew much of their food. We will navigate the canals on board a typical ‘trajinera’, a flower-decked punt, and will discover how Aztec life was before the conquest.

Day 4, Saturday 29th March

Full day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Drive to the Basilica de Guadalupe, Latin America’s most revered religious shrine. It is here where the Virgin of Guadalupe is said to have appeared before Juan Diego in 1531, and an image of her was miraculously emblazoned on his cloak. We will have time to explore the New Basilica de Guadalupe (the Old Basilica, built in 1700, is slowly sinking) and to see Juan Diego’s cloak.

Day 5, Sunday 30th March

Mexico City tour - Churches and Anthropology museum

We will explore magnificent Mexico City, built on top of the ruins of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Our first stop is the Zocalo (main square), one of the biggest public squares in the world. We will visit the Catedral Metropolitana - the biggest church in Latin America, and the Palacio Nacional - which hosts Diego Rivera’s murals depicting the history of Mexico. Your tour continues as you visit the Plaza of Santo Domingo. This plaza contains two Holy places that are architecturally exquisite; the Church of Santo Domingo, the first church built by the Dominicans in 1576, and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, the first Rosary Shrine in Mexico. You will also visit “La Enseñanza” Church, the Temple of San Felipe Neri “La Profesa” and Church of San Francisco. We then drive along the famous boulevard Paseo de la Reforma, built during the short-lived reign of Emperor Maximilian to connect the main square and his castle in Chapultepec. Our last stop is the Museum of Anthropology, where we will have some time to explore the treasures of the Aztec culture.

Day 6, Monday 31st March

Puebla - Cholula Archaeological site - Tonantzintla

We will drive to the World Heritage Site of Puebla, located 130km southeast of Mexico City. On the way we will make a stop in Tonantzintla, where we visit its exuberant church. Under its dome, the surface is covered with colourful stucco with saints, flowers, fruits, birds and more - a great example of indigenous artisanship applied to Christian themes. We continue to Cholula, where we will visit the Great Pyramid of Cholula, its remains measuring 450m along each side of the base and 65m high, making it larger in volume than Egypt’s pyramid of Cheops. Now overgrown and topped by a church, it is difficult to recognise this once magnificent pyramid. We arrive in Puebla in time for lunch. Mexico’s national dish, the ‘mole poblano’, originated here! We will explore the colonial centre, lined with churches and colonial mansions, many adorned with the beautiful hand-painted Talavera tiles for which Puebla is famous.

Day 7, Tuesday 1st April

Tlaxcala: San Miguel del Milagro - Sanctuary of Ocotlán - San Francisco church

Today we drive to Tlaxcala, upon arrival you will visit the Shrine of San Miguel Del Milagro, where St. Michael the Archangel appeared to Diego Lazaro in 1631. We visit the Grotto with its healing waters. You will have the opportunity to view these miraculous sites, as well as bring an empty bottle to collect the miraculous water. After viewing this exquisite site, you will enjoy lunch followed by a transfer to our next stop, the Church of St. Francisco.

Day 8, Wednesday 2nd April

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Shrine - Airport

We travel back from Puebla to Mexico City and have free time at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s shrine before travelling to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Day 9, Thursday 3rd April

Overnight flight to UK

Arrive back in London.

Price Includes
  • Direct, return flight between London Heathrow and Mexico City (British Airways)
  • 5 nights at Hotel Casa Blanca, Mexico City, 4*, or hotel of similar standard
  • 2 nights at Hotel San Pedro, Puebla, 3*, or hotel of similar standard
  • Half board (breakfast and evening dinner)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transfers between airport and hotel
  • Executive coach for touring
  • Professional local guide
  • UK Airport taxes and Government charges
  • Check-in luggage (23kg) + hand carry
  • Personalised ID badge and luggage label
  • Hymn booklet
  • Daily Masses arranged at various sites
  • ATOL Protection Contribution
  • In-flight meals
Not Included
  • Single room (limited availability), £395 for 8 nights
  • Lunches
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Tips & Gratuities - £40 per person, to be added to your invoice. Compulsory; goes directly to guide, driver and hotel staff.
Booking Deadline & Payment Terms

The booking deadline at this price is 28/06/2024. If you are booking after this date, please contact us first to confirm the current price.

A deposit payment of £400 with your completed booking form will confirm your place on this tour. The final balance is due 2 months prior to the departure date.

Travel Packs

We’ll mail your travel pack around two weeks before travelling, including your flight information, boarding passes (if applicable), general information booklet, hymn and prayer booklets, name badge, lanyard and luggage label.

ATOL Protection

All Saints Travel is an ATOL licence holder (no. 6049). In the very unlikely event of company insolvency, you are guaranteed a refund and repatriation back to the UK through the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Air Travel Trust Fund (ATTF). Please visit www.caa.co.uk/atol-protection for further information.

Passports & Visas

It’s your responsibility to ensure you have a passport with at least 6 months validity remaining from the date of return, in addition to any visas required to travel to the relevant countries. Please call us on 01793 881166 for further information.

Travel Advice

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Fitness Requirements

While people of all ages are invited to travel on this tour, a reasonable level of fitness is required in order to keep pace with the group. There may be extended periods of standing and walking on hard surfaces.

Travel Insurance

It’s compulsory to have adequate travel insurance for your journey. You have the option of purchasing cover from Global Travel Insurance when booking with us, or you can buy your insurance independently.