Mexico City Pilgrimage

A Discerning Deacons gathering

August 31 - September 5, 2022

About

The Discerning Deacons community is invited to an international summit in Mexico City. While there, network with other members and friends of the Discerning Deacons’ mission, while immersing yourself in Mexican history, culture, hospitality, and spirituality. The pilgrimage culminates with a full day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Feast of St. Phoebe.

Trip Details

Group Type & Size

Discerning Deacons Members and Friends, 30-100 pilgrims

Length

6 days, 5 nights

Accommodations

Standard

Cost

As low as

$2,831

Deposit:

$500

What's Included

Dedicated pilgrimage director, supplemented by local guides
Custom booklet for each pilgrim
Private transportation on motor coach, including airport transfers
All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary
Standard accommodations
Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners, with beer/wine at dinners
Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), driver(s), hotels and meals
Audio headsets

Itinerary

August 31
Mexico City
  • Arrive in Mexico City (flights not included in the package)
  • Group transfers and check-in at hotel
  • Welcome Mass
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in Mexico City
  • Accommodations: Hilton Mexico City Reforma
  • Meals included: Dinner
September 1
Mexico City
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • All day Discerning Deacons conference in the hotel, with lunch included
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Mexico City
  • Accommodations: Hilton Mexico City Reforma
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
September 2
Los Remedios, Cuautitlan
  • Morning Mass at Los Remedios
  • Continue to Cuautitlan, the birthplace of San Juan Diego
  • Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, then continue on to visit a local ministry site
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Mexico City
  • Accommodations: Hilton Mexico City Reforma
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
September 3
Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Day pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe with private Mass, veneration of the Tilma, and exploration of surrounding areas
  • Free time for lunch
  • Return to the hotel for an evening prayer service (livestream pending)
  • Evening celebration with food and fellowship
  • Overnight in Mexico City
  • Accommodations: Hilton Mexico City Reforma
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
September 4
Santa Maria Tulpetlac, Teotihuacan
  • Morning Mass at the Church of the 5th Apparition (Santa Maria Tulpetlac)
  • Continue to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan to learn more about the native history and culture of Mexico
  • After lunch in a local restaurant, visit another local ministry site
  • Evening Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Mexico City
  • Accommodations: Hilton Mexico City Reforma
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
September 5
Depart for airport or continue to extension
  • Group shuttles to the airport and depart for home (flights not included in the package)
  • Optional extension commences for those who wish to stay
  • Meals included: Breakfast
(extension)September 5
Coyoacan, Xochilimilco
  • Mass at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Coyoacan
  • Continue south to Xochilimilco (the floating gardens) and enjoy a gondola ride
  • Free late afternoon and evening to enjoy the city on your own
  • Overnight in Mexico City
  • Accommodations: Hilton Mexico City Reforma
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
(extension)September 6
Mexico City
  • Morning Mass at the Church of the Holy Family
  • Walking tour of the Zocalo, with visits to the Metropolitan Cathedral, ruins of Templo Mayor, and the National Palace, followed by lunch
  • Tour the world-famous Museum of Anthropology, a must-see for all visiting Mexico City
  • Conclude the pilgrimage with a memorable evening at Guadalajara by Night to enjoy dinner and a show
  • Overnight in Mexico City
  • Accommodations: Hilton Mexico City Reforma
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
(extension)September 7
Depart for airport
  • Pilgrims shuttled to airport and depart for home (flights not included in the package)
  • Accommodations: Hilton Mexico City Reforma
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

As low as

$2,831

Package Cost (without savings)

$2,881

Trip Savings

Pay balance by check
Save $50/person*

Optional Add-ons

Single room supplement (limited availability)
$430/person
Optional Mexico City Extension (September 5 - 7, 2022)
$999/person
Optional extension single room supplement
$163/person
Optional Travel Protection
Quote provided upon registration or contact Travel Insured International**

“As low as” price includes savings for pay balance by check.
Pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms and does not include airfare.
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.

Rates assume a minimum of 30 full-paying pilgrims.

 

*Pilgrims from outside of the United States do not qualify for the Pay balance by check savings. All pilgrims from outside of the United States must pay by credit card, money order, or wire transfer as we cannot accept checks for payment from customers located outside of the United States.

**For your convenience, we have partnered with Travel Insured International (TII) to offer pilgrims travel protection. Upon registration, pilgrims will receive information about travel protection. To review additional information about TII please click here. If you are a U.S. citizen or resident and are interested in receiving a quote for or purchasing a policy, please click here.
Please note that policies can only be purchased for U.S. citizens or residents as well as Canadians through TII. 

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Meals while traveling, as well as one lunch and two dinners
  • Drinks at meals
  • Recommended travel protection*
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

 

*Travel protection through Travel Insured International is only available to U.S. residents.

Designated arrival and departures times

  • Arrival information
    • Arrive by: August 31, 2022
    • Arrival time: By 3:00 p.m.
    • Arrival airport: Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
    • Arrival transfer: Pilgrims will be transferred in groups according to arrival time from Mexico City International Airport to the hotel.
  • Departure information
    • Depart on: September 5, 2022
    • Departure time: Anytime on September 5, 2022
    • Departure airport: Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
    • Departure transfer: Pilgrims departing on September 5 will be transferred to the airport in groups according to departure time.
  • Extension departure information
    • If you have elected to add on the Extension package, please arrange your departing flight plan according to the following information.
      • Depart on: September 7, 2022
      • Departure time: Anytime on September 7, 2022
      • Departure airport: Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
      • Departure transfer: Pilgrims departing on September 7 will be transferred to the airport in groups according to departure time.

 

Want to arrive or depart outside of the designated times?

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designated times, 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.
  • Need to book a private transfer? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

 

Want help arranging your flights?

Standard Accommodations

  • Mexico City: Hilton Mexico City Reforma or similar

 

Need to get around? Private transfers

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times at the Mexico City International 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.
  • Need to book? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

 

Arriving early or staying late? Pre-stay and post-stay options

Optional Mexico City Extension
September 5 – 7, 2022 (3 days / 2 nights)

Price: $999/person in double occupancy room
Rates assume a minimum of 6 full-paying pilgrims; pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms.

Single room supplement: $163/person
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.

Standard Accommodations:
Mexico City: Hilton Mexico City Reforma or similar

 

Extension includes:

  • Professional, licensed Tour Guide(s)
  • Private transportation
  • All tickets and activities for included activities listed on itinerary
  • Standard accommodations
  • Breakfast daily, two lunches, and one dinner

Extension does not include:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any required COVID tests or vaccinations
  • Any personal purchases
  • Any meals not listed on itinerary
  • Drinks at meals, except wine at dinners
  • Recommended travel insurance
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

 

Curious how this extension will affect your flight arrangements?

  • Please see the Flight Information section above for more information about flight arrangements.

Need to get around? Private transfers

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times at the designated airport, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times and locations are not included in the package pricing.
  • Need to book? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

Staying late? Post-stay options

Deposit due upon registration – $500/person
Final balance due 100 days prior to departure – Final balance

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

Final package price is estimated. 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.

 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted to Verso Ministries in written form and received via email or mail. Any refunds, as applicable, will be processed based on the date stamp of email or mail received. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims and fees will be charged per person per booking.

Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.

  • Within 2 weeks of deposit: Free Cancellation*
  • 91 days or more from departure: Deposit is retained
  • 90-61 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost is non-refundable
  • 60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost is non-refundable
  • 30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of trip cost is non-refundable

*Free cancellation (if deposit is made more than 180 days prior to departure)

Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, tickets, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed here. All group flight airline tickets, optional excursions, trip options, pre/post extensions, private transfers, and additional hotel nights are non-refundable 100 days or less prior to departure unless otherwise noted.

FAQ

The sooner you register for the pilgrimage, the better! Not only does registering guarantee you a spot on the pilgrimage before the departure fills up, but if you are one of the first 20 pilgrims to register you will receive the early bird discount. Also, there is no risk for 14-days after you register should you then have to cancel (must register 180 days or more prior to departure). So let’s say you register for a pilgrimage, but then realize you can no longer attend, as long as you cancel your pilgrimage within 14-days of registering and registered more than 180 days prior to the departure, then we will fully refund your deposit no questions asked. Just send us a written confirmation of your cancellation and we will take care of the rest. Plus, the sooner you register the sooner your journey begins. Register today!

There is no risk! Your deposit will be fully refunded as long as you cancel within 14-days of registering and you have registered more than 180 days or more prior to departure. With no risk, why wait? Get registered today!

Registration closes when the pilgrimage reaches the maximum number of pilgrims. If the pilgrimage is filled when you register, you will be added to our waiting list, and contacted in the event that space on the pilgrimage becomes available. Don’t miss your chance, register now and begin your journey.

We highly recommend that all pilgrims buy travel protection. Travel protection is not only for peace of mind, but helps protect you and those you are traveling with from unforeseen emergencies, which always seem to happen at the worst possible time. In the event of emergencies, both before and during your travels, as well other circumstances, like travel delay, lost baggage, missed connection(s), and much more, travel protection can help. Upon registration you will receive a travel protection quotation. If you have any questions regarding your quotation, please call the issuing company. If you need an updated or new quotation, please contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at 574-383-9396. We are happy to help!

Including optional add-ons with your pilgrimage can really add to your experience whether it is one of the optional extension or arranging an extra night stay beforehand so you are rested when the pilgrimage begins. If you would to add on any optional arrangements, as listed above, please email us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at 574-383-9396.

A pilgrimage, at its simplest, is a trip of faith. Which means a pilgrimage can be anything from a walk around your city to an encounter of Jesus in the Holy Land. For Catholics, it’s a trip of faith that people have been taking for hundreds or even thousands of years, many times in the same exact places you can visit today. It’s an opportunity to experience the spots God has made his presence known most in time and space, whether that’s where Jesus walked, where Mary appeared, or where the saints have lived and worked.

At Verso, we believe in crafting pilgrimages that offer you a view of God’s world and his work in it that you can’t get anywhere else. We believe everything from the holy sites, to the meals, to daily Mass, to your fellow pilgrims are ways God can speak to you, which means we’re intentional about it all. We also believe a pilgrimage isn’t just the days you travel, it’s how you prepare from the moment you sign up, to the days and weeks after you arrive home. Which means it’s our intention to shepherd you through the entire process — before, during, and after — so you can have the best, most transformative experience possible. We’re not just travel experts, we’re experts in Catholic pilgrimage.

We know from experience that preparing for a journey is just as important as the journey itself. Our goal is to make sure you’re physically, logistically, and spiritually ready for your pilgrimage. You’ll receive essential emails that will walk you through the process and give you ways to prepare your mind and heart for what you’ll encounter. A pre-trip webinar will make sure you are in touch with the Verso leader of the trip, can get trip-specific info, and can ask questions. We’ll send you a pilgrim kit that contains a comprehensive booklet for your trip along with some Verso swag (such as a bag, pen, and sticker) that you can bring along with you on your pilgrimage. And of course, we’re always available by phone or email if you have any questions or special needs.

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Activity Level

Easy
This trip’s activity level is easy. It’s recommended that travelers be in good health to enjoy this itinerary and be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include half or full-day itineraries with 1-3 hours of leisurely walking per day on smooth or slightly inclined terrain. The pace is more relaxed, with opportunities to rest throughout the day.

Moderate
This trip’s activity level is moderate. Travelers must be in good health and be in good physical condition to enjoy this itinerary. Travelers must be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries of 3-5 hours of walking at a normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and hills. The pace is faster and more demanding, with some breaks throughout the day.

Difficult
This trip’s activity level is difficult. Travelers must be in good health and physically fit to enjoy this itinerary. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries with up to 5-7 hours of walking at normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and steep hills. The pace is vigorous and demanding, with little down time each day.

Accommodation Level

Simple
For the duration of your trip, enjoy a range of lodging accommodations — from quaint guesthouses to simple-styled hotels. Discover a newfound appreciation for each of these locations which often have a unique character of their own. With your private bathroom and sleeping quarters, these locations will provide you with a clean, comfortable, and cozy place to settle into during your journey.

Standard
Venues at this level will provide you with the best accommodations at a reasonable cost. Not only will you have access to modern amenities and services, but special care is taken to ensure hotels are located in close proximity to the area’s local attractions. Expect your stay at this level to provide you with an added feeling of comfortability and convenience as you experience your pilgrimage.

Premium
Your stay at the premium level will ensure that your travel involves the opportunity to experience some of the most unique and luxurious stays that a destination has to offer. You’ll find that traveling at this level will afford you the opportunity to optimize your experience at each spot. From fine dining to scenic views, anticipate that your pilgrimage will provide you with breathtaking experiences no other location could provide.

How will I know what my stay will be like?
Each of our pilgrimage locations come with their own unique accommodations. From simple to luxurious, you can know that the care and satisfaction of each pilgrim is our greatest priority. While specific amenities will vary, we are sure that each of these handpicked locations will leave you rested, rejuvenated, and ready for each day.

While all available spots are currently filled for the Discerning Deacons Pilgrimage to Mexico City, you can still join the waitlist! If spots become available, they will be offered to those registered on the waitlist. Please contact us with any questions about the pilgrimage or the waitlist process!