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Day 1Arrival into Mexico City international airport and transfer to hotel. Group dinner and hotel in Mexico City.
Day 2We start in the morning visiting the Cathedral and then the Basilica de los Remedioswith the tomb of the martyr Blessed Miguel Pro, and on to the Shrine of Christ the King. You attend Mass here before the visit to Blessed Juan Diego’s Baptismal Church and the Church of Our Lady’s apparition to his uncle, Juan Bernardino. Also admire the nearby, impressive 18th century aqueduct, a magnificent hydraulic construction, with its peculiar towers reminiscent of the legendary Tower of Babel. Return to Mexico City to visit the National Museum of anthropology, in Chapultepec Park, dominated by its castle, once the residence of ill-fated emperor Maximilian of Habsburg. Admire the museum’s large collections of pre-Hispanic art, including the Aztec Calendar and the sculpture of the gruesome goddess Coatlicue, the snakeskirted one. The striking construction is the work of architect RamiárezVázquez, also the creator of the new Basilica of Guadalupe. Its entrance is guarded by the impressive, over 200 ton sculpture of the Aztec rain god Tlaloc. Afterwards return to the hotel for a free evening. Group Dinner at night. Ater our group lunch we visit Sacromonteine afternoon. Hotel in Mexico City.
Day 3

We first drive to San Juan Teotihuacan a city that flourished several centuries prior to the arrival of the Aztecs. It was probably the largest of Mexico’s ancient cities, the capital of a great and powerful empire that reached its apogee approximately at the time Constantinople was founded, in the 4th century. Inspect the awe inspiring pyramids of the Sun and Moon and walk down the Road of the Dead to the Citadel, to wonder at the extraordinary Temple of Quetzalcoatl, with its stone-sculptured plumed-serpent heads, and the masks of raingod Tlaloc.

After our group lunch we spend the afternoon at the Basilica of Guadalupe. Mexico’s foremost and most revered shrine. The cathedral is built on the Tepeyac, a hill north of the city, which was the site of the temple of Tonantzin, the Aztec goddess of fertility. Religious tradition has it that in the winter of 1531 a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an indigenous farmer and recent convert to Christianity, who was canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2002. This appearance took place 10 years after the Spanish had defeated the Aztecs. The grand city of Tenochlan – today’s Mexico City – was in ruins. Juan Diego, born in 1474, witnessed the collapse of his civilisation. What is important in the story is that Mary appears not to the Spanish conquistadores, but to the Mexicans. And it is to Juan Diego, a poor farmer, that she requests a church be built on this hillside, sacred to the Aztecs. Mass will be celebrated here, after which there will be an introductory tour of the Basilica and the surrounding grounds, and an opportunity to ascend Tepeyac Hill. The New Basilica of Guadalupe replaced the Ancient Basilica (Basilica Antigua) that had housed the Image of the Virgin of Guadalupe for 267 years. Built on the lake, the Ancient Basilica sank increasingly and began leaning as a result of its massive weight and Mexico City’s frequent tremors. The older Basilica is characterised by its Doric interior architecture and marble statues of Juan Diego and Father Juan de Zumarraga, the first bishop of Mexico City. Lunch is included in a local restaurant. After lunch there will be free time for exploration of the area on your own before the transfer back to the hotel in the early afternoon, with the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is at choice.

Hotel in Mexico City.
Day 4

Board our bus with a morning visit to the Colonial town of Cuernavaca. Cuernavaca is a beautiful city known as the 'City of Eternal Spring' for its joyous atmosphere and enjoyable climate. It was established at the archeological site of Gualupita I by the Tlahuica, "the mother culture" of Mesoamerica, approximately 3200 years ago. We then proceed to the town of Chalma.

Our Lady of Chalmahome of the Black Christ in the Austinian Church of San Miguel. According to the renownd anthropologist John Hobgood…the great traditions of Chalma were Aztec and Spanish Catholic; the little tradition was that of the Ocuiltec Indians, who occupied the canyon at the time of the Aztec conquest and were later integreated into the Aztec empire. In Hobgood´s view the contemporary culture of Chalma is a provincial manifestation of the Catholic European culture, overlaying ad fusing with surviving elements of Aztec great tradition and the local little tradition of Ocuiltec-Chalma.

The Aztec godess of carnal love, Cihuacoatl-Tlazolteotl, had certainly been worshiped in the cave of Chalma. Her cult image in the cave was replaced with a statue of Mary of Egypt, the sain who had spend her early life in carnal sin and had lived her later years in penitence as a cave dwelling hermit. The missioniaries did not destroy the thegianahuehuete tree sacred to the Chihuacaotl, however. The great tree, a few miles to the north of Chalma, still refreshes pilgrims today, and the cult of the goddess lingers on!

and after our group lunch a visit to local artiasan markets. Hotel in Mexico City.

Day 5After checking out of our hotel we ride outside of Mexico City to visit Tlaxcala, Basilica of Ocotlan,  Puebla– Templo Santo Domingo. after breakfast,  you drive across the mountains, in sight of the towering, snow-covered Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, rising well over 17,000 feet above sea level, and soon reaching the neighbouring state of Tlaxcala and its similarly named capital city, where you visit the Blessed First Martyrs’ Shrine and the Church of San Francisco, continuing to San Miguel del Milagro for Mass. This is the site of miraculous apparitions of St Michael to Diego Lázaro in 1631, and of a well of curative waters. Just outside of this charming provincial town you visit the Shrine and Sanctuary of Our Lady of OcotlaÅLn, where an apparition is said to have occurred to Juan Diego Bernardino in 1541. Tradition has it that the Virgin left her statue in a burnt tree, as a proof of her apparition. But apart from its religious significance, the Sanctuary of Ocotlán also represents one of the high points of Mexican baroque art, its gleaming white stucco facade being a classical example of the Churrigueresque style. This is without doubt one of the country’s most spectacular churches, which makes this day one of the highlights of the tour. In the late afternoon you reach nearby Puebla, Hotel in Puebla
Day 6Puebla is a historic city, emblematic of Mexican resistance to foreign intervention. It was here that General Zaragoza’s sparingly armed troops defeated Napoleon III’s Imperial French Army: the battle took place at the hilltop forts of Loreto and Guadalupe, from where today you enjoy an unforgettable view of the snow-capped volcanoes. Descend into the Historical Centre of Puebla, which is now a World Heritage site. Visit the 17th century Cathedral, boasting the country’s highest bell towers, and on to the Chapel of the Rosary in Santo Domingo church, a real gem of gilded plaster and carved stone with angels and cherubim popping out from behind every leaf. Many people think of this as the eighth wonder of the New World. Hotel in Puebla and group dinner.
Day 7In the morning, you proceed to Cholula, the town of 365 churches – one for every day of the year, so the saga goes – that is also the site of Mexico’s largest pyramid, still fully covered by weed and topped by a Catholic church. This was the Spaniards’ usual practice to symbolise the triumph of Christian faith over the pagan religions of the conquered native cultures. Afterwards, we have lunch at the Villas Arqueologicas Cholula. After our group lunch, you continue to Tonantzintla, a tiny nearby village, famous beyond Mexico’s borders for its unique church, a real gem of Mexican baroque. It contains dark angels, plumed feathers, exotic fruit and ears of corn. Late afternoon return to Mexico City, with an afternoon flight to Merida.
Day 8           in the morning we visit the archeological sites of Kabah and Uxmel with a group lunchThe name "Kabah" or "Kabaah" is usually taken to be archaic Maya language for "strong hand". This is a pre-Columbian name for the site, mentioned in Maya chronicles. An alternative name is Kabahaucan or "royal snake in the hand". The area was inhabited by the mid 3rd century BC. Most of the architecture now visible was built between the 7th century and 11th centuries AD. Uxmal  is an ancient Maya city of the classical period in present-day Mexico. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with Chichen Itza. Hotel in Merida.
Day 9

In the morning we visit Pyramids at Chichen Itza and Izamal.ChichenItza  was a large pre-Columbiancity built by the Maya civilization. It is perhaps the most visited archeological site in the north Americas.Izamal has been a great center of religious Pilgrimages from Mayan times. After the conquest of Yucutan in the 16th Century, the Spaniards decided to build a great Franciscan convent upon the central pyramid of the town, Pap holChac (the house of Chak, God of Rain). This convent received the name of San Antonio de Padua. Home of the Virgen of the Immaculate Conception, the parton saint of the Yucutan since 1648, it is now one of Mexico´s most important shrines. The image presides over the greater altarpiece of the temple of the convent – Our Lady of Izamal – was taken to Izamal to Izamal from Guatemala by orders from Fray Diego de Landa. To this Virgin is attributed many miracles.

Group lunch and hotel in Merida.

Day 10

Morning free in Merida with group lunch. Transfer back to Merida airport for flight to Mexico D.F. Afternoon free in Mexico

D.F. and transfer to hotel.

Day 11Free morning with transfer back to airport for flight out.