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Day 1 August 8 – Depart from San Francisco
Tavel to Guadalajara on a red-eye flight from San Francisco.
Day 2 August 9 – Arrive in Guadalajara
Welcome to Guadalajara! Arrival today is on the red eye from California at 6:00 am. Meet, greet and transfer to a local restaurant for an INCLUDED BREAKFAST. Check into your hotel. After lunch on your own, spend a half-day city sightseeing at Guadalajara’s Cathedral, Plaza Tapatio, Teatro Degollado, the State Capital Building, the Cabanas Hospicio, Mariachi Plaza and other points of interest. Check into your hotel with a welcome dinner.
Day 3 August 10 – Guadalajara - Sahuayo
After breakfast, drive to the city of Sahuayo. Visit the remains of St. José Luis Sánchez del Río (March 28, 1913 – February 10, 1928), enshrined above a side altar in the Church of Saint James the Apostle. Dubbed as “Joselito,” he was a Mexican Cristero who was put to death by government officials because he refused to renounce his Catholic faith during the Cristero War. His death was seen as a largely political venture on the part of government officials in their attempt to stamp out dissent and crush religious freedom in the area. Walk to the cemetery where José was martyred. Afterward, walk to the temple of The Sacred Heart where his remains were temporarily interred for 50 years. After, you will climb the Monument to Christ the King, where there is a beautiful Via Crucis. Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to him on January 21, 2016. He was canonized as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on October 16, 2016. Continue to Guadalajara for dinner in the hotel and overnight.
Day 4 August 11 – Guadalajara - San Juan De Los Lagos
After breakfast, we journey to San Juan de los Lagos, a city located in the northeast corner of the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It is best known as the home of a small image of the Virgin Mary called Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, which means “Great Lady.” Since the first major miracle ascribed to her in 1632, she has been venerated, especially for cases involving mortal danger. The miracles ascribed to her have made the basilica in which she is found a major tourist attraction, which has shaped the city’s history to this day. Continue to Guadalajara for dinner in the hotel and overnight.
Day 5 August 12 – Guadalajara - Tequila
After breakfast, depart for the town of Tequila, home of the famous drink for which the town is known. Stop by the Temple of the Purísima, a parish dedicated to Saint James the Apostle, patron saint of the peoples of the region and built in the 17th century and whose beauty lies in the simplicity of the building. A tower was later added, its frontispiece adorned with Doric columns, carved cherubs and a sculpture of St. Michael the Archangel. The atrium has a sculpture of Santo Toribio Romo, who died as a martyr for the Catholic faith on February 25, 1928. Twenty years after his sacrifice, Santo Toribio’s remains returned to their place of origin and were deposited in the chapel built by him, in Jalostotitlán. On May 21, 2000, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II along with 24 companions. Next, tour the Jose Cuervo plantation and distillery, including tequila tasting. Continue to Guadalajara for dinner in the hotel and overnight.
Day 6 gust 13 – Guadalajara - Morelia - Patzcuaro
After breakfast, depart for the City of Morelia, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center. Stop for a Mass at the cathedral and a tour of the Historic Center. Drive to Tzintzuntzan with a panoramic tour - The name comes from the Purepecha word, which means “place of hummingbirds.” This is the ideal place for people who appreciate craftsmanship firsthand and for those who enjoy historical and archaeological places. Tonight, enjoy an included Tarascan Dinner with Folkloric Show of the Little Old Men. Overnight in Patzcuaro.
Day 7 August 14 – Patzcuaro - Mexico City
After breakfast, drive to Mexico City. Continue to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan to see the Pyramids of the Sun, the Moon, and then time for shopping. Continue to Mexico City for dinner in the hotel and overnight.
Day 8 August 15 – Mexico City
After breakfast, drive to the shrine for public Mass. Climb the Hill of Tepeyac. The rest of the morning is for private devotions. In the afternoon, visit San Felipe Neri (La Profesa), established by the Society of Jesus late in the 16th century as the church of a community of professed Jesuits. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 9 August 16 – Mexico City
Departure will be after breakfast with luggage already on board. Attend a public Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Visit the Plaza of the Three Cultures, then continue to the Zocalo to see the National Palace with its murals by Diego Rivera depicting the history of Mexico and see the Metropolitan Cathedral. Continue to the airport for your late afternoon departure flight back home.
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