Strengthen your faith on a pilgrimage to Mexico City
A young adult pilgrimage hosted by Our Lady of Grace Parish in Noblesville, Indiana
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
Tentative dates of this pilgrimage are:
June 2020 (8 days / 7 nights - exact dates TBD until early August 2019)
Day 1: Saturday (D) - Depart from U.S. (flights not included). Check into hotel and welcome dinner. Overnight in Mexico City.
Day 2: Sunday (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 (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. Optional Ballet Folklorico performance (prices available ~1 month prior). Overnight in Mexico City.
Day 4: Tuesday (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 (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. Lively dinner show at Mariachi Plaza. Overnight in Mexico City.
Day 6: Thursday (B) - Free day to explore the city at leisure. Overnight in Mexico City.
Optional 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 (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 (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.
Exact dates and flights to be confirmed in Fall 2019.
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
Roundtrip, economy-class airfare from U.S. to Mexico City (to be added later)
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
Individual rates as low as $2,199 for 15 pilgrims!*
Estimated Core pilgrimage package total cost: $2,399 per person (if 15-29 pilgrims register)
Individual rates as low as $2,049 for 30 pilgrims!*
Estimated Core pilgrimage package total cost: $2,249 per person (if 30+ pilgrims register)
*Save $200! Register 9 months prior to departure, for early-bird savings of $200.
The pilgrimage package does not include airfare. Air schedules and costs are not available until 10 months prior to departure.
Estimated flights from U.S.: + $450-$650 per person
Single-occupancy supplement: + $399 per person
Early-bird savings (sign up 9 months prior to departure): Save $200 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 will be available Fall 2019. Flights are not included in the standard “land-only” package.
This pilgrimage is designed to arrive and depart from Mexico City, Mexico.
There will be a Group Flight option which will be arranged this Fall (flight schedules and fares are not available until 10 months prior to departure).
If registered pilgrims do not want to do the group flight, beginning in Fall 2019 (date to follow) 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?
More information to come. Flight schedules and final arrival and departure times to be confirmed Fall 2019.
Deposit - $300 due upon registration
Final balance - 120 days prior to departure
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 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.