Mexico & Guadalupe

Mexico & Guadalupe

Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Guadalupe

Group trip dates: From 10 December 2020 To 15 December 2020
Duration: 6 Days

Take part in annual celebrations commemorating Our Lady of Guadalupe. Also included: Mexico City, Cholula, Puebla. 

Optional trip to All Inlcusive Cancun.

$1,690
Price includes flight from Newark
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Day 1:  Flight: Newark - Mexico City

Departure to Mexico City with United Airlines.
Airport pick up by our guide Gregory and transfer to hotel Casablanca in city center.  On the way, a short tour of the capital. Welcome drink, dinner and overnight. (D)

Day 2:  City tour Mexico City

After breakfast, drive to the famous Anthropological Museum, which will allow you to better understand the history of Mexico. Then we will visit the historical city center starting from the monuments located at the square called "Zocalo". We will visit the Church of Saint Catherine, the Cathedral, the National Palace with the famous frescoes of Diego Rivera and see the ruins of Templo Mayor, the most important Aztec temple, destroyed during the Spanish conquest. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 3:  Celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Teotihuacan 

After breakfast, transfer to Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the main annual ceremonies celebrating the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego. Participation in Holy Mass celebrated by the episcopate of Mexico as well as priests from around the world taking part in the ceremonies. Some time to observe the thousands of natives arriving and celebrating from all over the country to pay homage to Our Lady. In the afternoon, drive to the famous Teotihuacan ruins with huge pyramids of the Sun and the Moon as well as dozens of other buildings along the Avenue of the Dead. Farewell dinner buffet in a local restaurant by the pyramids. Return to our hotel in the city center. (B,D)

Day 4:  Mexico City - Cholula - Puebla 

Breakfast at hotel. Departure from the hotel heading towards Puebla. We will stop at Cholula, famous for 365 churches; we will see only a few of them - including the church situated on top of a huge pyramid from the times of Toltec and Aztecs. After arrival to Publa we'll check into our hotel. We will begin a tour of Puebla, known for the great religiousness of the inhabitants, founded in 1531 by monks from the Franciscan and Dominican orders, we will see the beautiful colonial center of the city with the cathedral and the church of Santo Domingo. Holy Mass. Dinner at a restaurant serving the famous "mole" - a chicken in chocolate with spicy spices. Overnight in a hotel in the city center. (B,D)

Day 5:  Puebla - Tenango del Aire - return to Mexico City

After breakfast, drive to Chalco, situated in a wide valley, where John Paul II, in 1990, celebrated Mass for over 500,000 faithful. A visit to the Cathedral dedicated to Saint James the Apostle. Transfer to Tenango del Aire, where there is the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, which is looked after by the Polish Pallottine Fathers. Meeting with the parish priest and brothers, who will discuss their often difficult pastoral work. Mass in the church of St. John the Baptist. Arrival in the city of Mexico for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 6:  Flight: Mexico City - Newark

Breakfast at hotel in Mexico City. Transfer to airport and non-stop flight to Newark. (B)

***End of the program***

Abbreviations: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D – Dinner


OPTIONAL TRIP TO CANCUN (Dec 15-18)

Day 6:  Flight: Mexico City - Cancun

Breakfast at our hotel in Mexico City. Transfer to the airport and non-stop flight to Cancun. Welcome by a local guide and transfer to All-Inclusive hotel, located directly on the beach. (B,D)

Days 7-8:   Cancun All-Inclusive Stay

Enjoy the facilities and attractions of our All Inclusive resort, taking advantage of the all entertainment that Cancun offers.
On the first day, an optional half-day trip to the nearby ruins of the city of Tulum situated strategically on a high cliff above the sea. Visiting the ruins of the city once surrounded by walls, where the worship of the so-called Descending God took place. Return to the hotel to rest. The second day open for leisure or other optional tours like a full-day excursion to the Chichen Itza pyramids. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Flight: Cancun - Newark

Free time in the morning. Afternoon transfer to the Cancun airport. Departure with United Airlines and non-stop flight to Newark. (B)

*** End of our trip to Mexico***

Abbreviations: B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe is a celebrated Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary.

According to tradition, Juan Diego, a simple indigenous peasant, saw a vision of a young woman on December 9, 1531, while he was on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City, Mexico. He told the local bishop, who asked for some proof. Three days later, according to legend, the image of Mary appeared miraculously on his cloak when he was showing it to the bishop. Today the icon is displayed in the Basilica of Guadalupe nearby, one of the most visited Catholic shrines in the world. The Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image, with the titles "Queen of Mexico", "Empress of the Americas", and "Patroness of the Americas"; both Miguel Hidalgo (in the Mexican War of Independence) and Emiliano Zapata (during the Mexican Revolution) carried flags bearing the Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Guadalupe Victoria, the first Mexican president changed his name in honor of the icon.

Mexico City (Ciudad de México)

Mexico City is the Federal District (Distrito Federal), capital of the Mexico and seat of the federal powers of the Mexican Union. It is also the largest city in Mexico as well as the largest city in the Americas and the world's third largest metropolitan area by population, after Seoul and Tokyo. It is a federal entity within Mexico which is not part of any one of the 31 Mexican states but belongs to the federation as a whole. Mexico City is the most important political, cultural, and financial center in the country.

The city was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325 as Tenochtitlan, which was almost completely destroyed in the 1521 siege of Tenochtitlan , and subsequently redesigned and rebuilt in accordance with the Spanish urban standards. In 1524, the municipality of Mexico City was established, known as México Tenochtitlán, and as of 1585 it was officially known as La Ciudad de México (Mexico City). Mexico City served as the political, administrative and financial centre of a major part of the Spanish colonial empire. After independence from Spain was achieved, the Federal District was created in 1824.

Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico, containing some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Apart from the pyramidal structures, Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes, the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful, well-preserved murals. Additionally, Teotihuacan produced a thin orange pottery style that spread through Mesoamerica.

The city was thought to have been established around 200 BCE and continued to be built until about 250 CE. The city lasted until sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries CE. At its zenith in the first half of the 1st millennium AD, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. At this time it may have had more than 200,000 inhabitants, placing it among the largest cities of the world in this period. Teotihuacan was even home to multi-floor apartment compounds built to accommodate this large population.

Price of main program (Dec. 10-15 only): $1590

• Per person for 2 person room (min. 25 participants)
• Single supplement: +$240

Price of complete program (Dec. 10-18): $1995

• Per person for 2 person room (min. 25 participants)
• Single supplement: +$420

Included in main program:

• Flights: Newark-Mexico City-Newark
• Accommodations in 4* hotels
• Two meals daily: breakfast and dinner
• Private expert tour guide
• Entrance fees to museums/churches as listed in itinerary
• All transfers by private bus
• Completing the trip according to given itinerary
• Accommodations in 4* hotels

Note: In the event the group counts more than 35 participants, a Pilot from Classic Travel will join the trip / pilgrimage

Included in optional trip to Cancun:

• Flights: Mexico City-Cancun-Newark
• Accommodations in 4* hotels All Inclusive
• All transfers by private bus
• Private expert tour guide

Not included in price:

• Services not mentioned in the itinerary as well as costs for obtaining/renewing passports
• Tips for local guides and drivers $50
• Insurance
• Luggage (check in, up to 50lb/23kg) $25 each way on United airlines

Additional comments

• Price guaranteed up to two months prior to departure.
• In the event that there is an odd number of group participants, the person to last join the group will be required to buy a single supplement for the trip or, when possible, share a 3 person room.
• Anyone who is handicapped or who has a problem with walking must have the assistance of another person who will be fully responsible for this person throughout the whole pilgrimage
• In the event that 15 days before trip departure the number of trip participants is fewer than 25, a $100 additional payment will be required per person.

For non-US travelers: The cost of the trip includes flights from Newark. You can organize your flight to Newark either on your own or through Classic Travel when you make a booking on your chosen trip. In the "Trip cost", there are prices available with / without flights.

Trip Reservation

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Trip Cancellation

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Cancellation 90 or more days before the trip: return of deposit, less $20 for office fees.
Cancellation 89-60 days before departure: Loss of entire deposit.
Cancellation 59-31 days before departure: 50% of cost of services booked.
Cancellation less than 30 days before departure: 100% of cost of services booked.

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Receive a full refund of the paid deposit for the canceled trip

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Travel Insurance

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