Strengthen your faith on a pilgrimage to Mexico City

A young adult pilgrimage hosted by Our Lady of Grace Parish in Noblesville, Indiana

 

Highlights

 
 
  • Pray at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    Spend time in prayer where pilgrims have flocked since 1531. The grounds hold a Roman Catholic church, basilica and National Shrine of Mexico built near the hill of Tepeyac where Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Saint Juan Diego. Pilgrims will see the tilma—the only true picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe in existence.

  • Climb the Pyramids of Teotihuacan

    Visit the world-famous Pyramids of Teotihuacan, the Aztec city meaning “Place Where Gods Were Made.”  In 600 A.D., Teotihuacan was one of the largest cities in the world with more than 75 temples to the Aztec gods. Spend time learning about the history of this area, climbing the pyramids, and touring the Avenue of the Dead.

  • Float in Xochimilco

    Spend a day riding colorful gondola-like boats (trajineras) along the canals while eating delicious local mole and listening to mariachis. Afterwards there are many small chapels holding images of the child Jesus called the Niñopa.

Pictures below: (1) Looking at the “New” Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Plaza Mariana; (2) Teotihuacan; (3) Xochimilco; (4) Mariachi Band


Schedule

 

Dates of this pilgrimage are:
June 20-27, 2020 - 8 days / 7 nights

  • Day 1: Saturday, June 20 (D) - Depart from U.S. (flights not included). Check into hotel and welcome dinner. Overnight in Mexico City.

  • Day 2: Sunday, June 21 (B, L) - Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Mass, and walking tour of Plaza Mariana, the Old Basilica, Capuchin Nun’s Temple, Pocito Chapel, Tepeyac Hill, and the Garden of Roses. Also visit the Plaza of 3 Cultures. Overnight in Mexico City.

  • Day 3: Monday, June 22 (B, L) - Mass and visit at Tulpetlac, the Church of the Fifth Apparition. Buffet lunch with live music and native dancers. Afternoon visit to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan. Overnight in Mexico City.

  • Day 4: Tuesday, June 23 (B, L) - Depart for Puebla. En route visit Tlaxcala, Shrine of San Miguel del Milagro, Ocotlan, and San Francisco Church. Overnight in Puebla.

  • Day 5: Wednesday, June 24 (B, D) - Mass at Rosary Chapel, followed by visits to the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, Immaculate Conception, and tour of historic center of Puebla. Stop at Indian Church of St. Ma. Tonanzintla en route to Mexico City. Optional Ballet Folklorico performance (prices available ~1 month prior). Overnight in Mexico City.

  • Day 6: Thursday, June 25 (B) - Free day to explore the city at leisure. Overnight in Mexico City.

    • Optional add-on visits (non-guided): the Museum of Anthropology, Chapultepec Castle, the National Palace with its murals by Diego Rivera depicting the history of Mexico, the Metropolitan Cathedral, or the ruins of Templo Mayor.

  • Day 7: Friday, June 26 (B, L, D) - Mass at a local church in Coyoacan, then visit to St. John the Baptist Church. Continue to Xochimilco, Mexico’s Floating Gardens and a World Heritage Site, with a gondola ride and box lunch on board. Farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Mexico City.

  • Day 8: Saturday, June 27 (B) - Depart for U.S. (flights not included)

    (B,L,D) denotes meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) which are included in the package. Itinerary is subject to change.


Details

 

Pilgrimage package includes:

  • Preparation and follow-up materials delivered via email

  • A dedicated tour director, supplemented by local guides

  • Custom-designed booklet for each pilgrim

  • Private transfers on minibus or motor coach

  • All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary

  • 7 nights accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, including taxes, in 4-star hotel properties (single-occupancy supplement available, with limited availability)

  • Bellman and chambermaid gratuities, as well as luggage handling (1 piece per person)

  • Breakfast daily at hotel, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners

  • Gratuities for guide(s), driver(s), and meals

  • Promotional and registration support

  • Preparation meeting for all pilgrims to review itinerary and logistical arrangements

Pilgrimage does not include:

  • Airport transfer to/from airport, if needed

  • Round trip, economy-class airfare from U.S. to Mexico City (Optional group flight from Indianapolis: +$764 per person)

  • Optional Ballet Folklorico performance (optional add-on, prices available ~1 month prior to departure)

  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees, or any personal purchases

  • Meals while traveling, drinks at meals (except coffee or tea), as well as 2 lunch and 4 dinners

  • Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on)

  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

Suggested hotel properties

  • Mexico City: Hotel Catedral or similar - 6 nights

  • Puebla: San Leonardo Hotel or similar - 1 night


PAYMENT

Individual rates as low as $1,998 for 15 pilgrims!*

Estimated Core pilgrimage package total cost: $2,248 per person (if 15-29 pilgrims register)

Individual rates as low as $1,798 for 30 pilgrims!*

Estimated Core pilgrimage package total cost: $2,048 per person (if 30+ pilgrims register)

 

*Save $250! Register by October 1, 2019, for early-bird savings of $200, and save $50 if you pay by check.

Child Pricing:

  • Children under 2 - Free (limit of 1 child under 2 per double room, and also dependent on space availability in the vehicle)

  • Children ages 2-7 - Reduction of $750 (limit of 2 children with 2 parents in the same room)

  • Children ages 8-17 - Same price as adult

Please note that dinners for children under 8 are not included. Parents can order separately off the menu and pay it directly to the restaurant.

The pilgrimage package does not include airfare.

Additional Items:

  • Early-bird savings (until December 1, 2019): Save $200 per person

  • Pay balance by check: Save $50 per person

  • Optional group flight from Indianapolis: +$764 per person*

    *Please note that in order for the group flight to be offered at least 10 pilgrims will need to opt in. If 10 pilgrims do not opt into the group flight, the group flight will be cancelled and pilgrims will be responsible for arranging their own flights. Deadline to sign up for the group flight is December 1, 2019.

  • Individually arranged flights with LUXE Travel: +Published fare +$40 per person

  • Ballet Folklorico performance: +TDB (~1 month prior)

  • Single-occupancy supplement: +$399 per person*

    *Please note that singles are subject to availability. If you are a single traveler but would like to find a roommate, we will do our best to match you with another roommate. If you are a single traveler and we cannot find you a roommate, you would be required to pay the single-occupancy supplement for a single room.

Rates also assume a minimum of 15 full-paying pilgrims.

Flights:

Flights are not included in the standard “land-only” package.

  • Optional Group Flight

    • Saturday, June 20, 2020

      American #1296 - Departs Indianapolis (IND) at 8:05 am, arrives Dallas (DFW) at 9:24 a.m.

      American #393 - Departs Dallas (DFW) at 12:35 p.m., arrives Mexico City (MEX) at 1:10 p.m.

    • Saturday, June 27, 2020

      American #1374 - Departs Mexico City (MEX) at 8:00 a.m., arrives Dallas (DFW) at 10:50 a.m.

      American #1018 - Departs Dallas (DFW) at 12:30 p.m., arrives Indianapolis at 3:41 p.m.

  • If registered pilgrims do not want to do the group flight, beginning September 10, 2019 pilgrims can contact our travel partner - LUXE Travel - to make flight arrangements. Cost of this service is the published fare plus a $40 per person ticketing fee. Instructions on how to contact LUXE Travel and book your individual flights will be made available after registration. Please contact us directly if you have any questions regarding flights.

I/we are arranging our own flights, when should we plan to arrive/depart?

  • This pilgrimage is designed to arrive and depart from Mexico City, Mexico.

  • Please arrive to the Mexico City airport no later than 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

  • Please depart from the Mexico City airport anytime after 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 27. One transfer will be made from the Mexico City hotel to the Mexico City airport for those departing after 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.

  • If you elect to arrive/depart at times different than those listed here, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Please contact us for more information and to arrange private transfers.

Want to extend your stay?

  • Pre and post-pilgrimage hotel reservations in Mexico City

    • One-night stay at the Hotel Catedral or similar - $118 per room per night (single or double-occupancy, including breakfast buffet)

  • Private transport

    • Transfer from/to Mexico City airport to/from Mexico City Hotel

      • 1-3 persons: $100 per transfer

      • 4-6 persons: $175 per transfer

  • Need additional services? Please contact us directly if you’d like us to quote you for additional services during your stay. Additional nights accommodations, private guides, transfers, tours, tickets, and other concierge services available.

Need a transfer?

  • Private transport from/to Mexico City airport to/from Mexico City hotel - $100 per transfer (1-3 pax) or $174 (4-6 pax)

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times at the Mexico City airport, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times are not included in the package pricing.

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit - $300 due upon registration

  • Final balance - February 21, 2020

    • Invoices will be emailed approximately 4-6 weeks in advance of the final balance due date.

    • The final payment may be paid by credit/debit card, electronic bank transfer, check, or money order.

Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.

How do I pay?

  • During registration, the $300 deposit can be paid online with a credit card or debit card.

  • The final payments may be paid credit/debit card, check, money order, or electronic bank transfer or check for no fee. Checks and money orders can be made payable to "Verso Ministries LLC".

    • Payments can be mailed to:

      • Verso Ministries LLC

      • P.O. Box 986

      • Notre Dame, IN 46556

Registration is open until filled. If space is still available, registrations may be made at any time.

What is your cancellation policy?

$150 of the $300 pilgrimage deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.

  • Cancellation after deposit and 91 days or more from departure: $150 per person

  • 90-31 days prior to departure: $300 per person

  • 30-15 days prior to departure: $500 per person

  • 14-7 days prior to departure: $1,000 per person

  • 6 days or less: No refund given

Any cancellation charges incurred from other supplies or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed above. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims.

Why is this is an estimated final package price?

Final airline taxes and fees may fluctuate until flights are ticketed (about 30 days prior to departure). Any excess fees levied by the airlines beyond the original total price at time of booking will be the responsibility of each pilgrim. Also, prices are based on the current (as of June 2019) exchange rate of 100 Mexican Peso to $5.23 U.S. dollars. Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates could affect the final pilgrimage pricing.

If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.


Questions

 

Please contact us with any questions or if you would like to be added to the pilgrimage waitlist.