California Missions with Pilgrim's Place
California Missions with Pilgrim's Place
May 31 - June 8, 2018
Father Bruce Nieli
Father Ben Bradshaw
Kristin Walker Piknjac
Your Pilgrimage Includes...
- Roundtrip Airfare from EWR, MEM, or another airport (on request)
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- 4-Star Hotel Accommodations
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation
- Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
- Lectures on St. Junípero Serra & the missions offered along the pilgrimage route
- Air-conditioned motor coach
- Professional tour manager & local guides
- Sightseeing & admissions fees as per itinerary
- Pilgrimage chaplain offering Daily Mass & Spiritual activities during the Pilgrimage
- Tips for hotel staff & restaurants
Highlights include some of the most famous Mission Churches in the United States, such as San Diego de Alcala, Carmel Mission where Saint Junipero is buried, and Mission San Juan Capistrano, which is one of the most picturesque sites in California. We'll see many of the other missions Saint Junipero Serra founded as we make our way up the coast of California, ending in the beautiful Napa Valley.
Your Pilgrimage Itinerary...
May 31-June 1, 2018*: Our pilgrimage begins as we depart our local airport for our flight to San Diego
*Note: departure date may differ depending on departing airport of choice.
June 1: Upon touch down into San Diego Airport this morning you will be met by your Canterbury Tour Manager who will remain with your throught the Mission Trail. Our first visit is to the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá, known as the “Mother of the Alta California Missions.” We will learn the history leading up to this challenging undertaking and see a re-creation of the cloister of St. Junípero Serra, OFM (canonized on September 23, 2015). Next, we will visit “Little Italy” in San Diego where you will have some leisure time for lunch followed by a visit to the beautiful church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Before checking into our hotel we will also visit the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. St. Louis led the crusades to regain the Holy Land for Christ. Overnight Oceanside
June 2: Following breakfast we’re off to visit the Mission San Juan Capistrano, named after the 14th century theologian, one of the most picturesque sites in all of California. Next, we’ll see the famous Christ Cathedral (the former Crystal Cathedral) in Orange, now the home of the diocese. Continue on to visit the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart and the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, aka the“Pride of the Missions”. We cap the day with the Mission San Fernando Rey de España. Overnight Ventura
June 3: Following breakfast, we visit the Mission San Buenaventura, named after St. Bonaventure. We then visit the Mission Santa Barbara, known as the “Queen of the Missions.” Following lunch, we visit the Mission Santa Inés, named for St. Agnes of Rome, and the Mission Purísima Concepción, “Immaculate Conception.” Overnight Santa Barbara
June 4: We depart the Santa Barbara area for the scenic drive to Carmel and Monterey. Our first stop along the way is the Mission San Luis Obispo. We then proceed to the Mission San Miguel Arcángel, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Following a stop for lunch, we visit the Mission San Antonio de Padua, St. Serra’s third Mission. We end the day with the beautiful area surrounding the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad. Dinner. Overnight Monterey
June 5: After breakfast, we’re off to the Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, where St. Junípero Serra is entombed beneath the sanctuary of this mission church. We’ll view his sarcophagus as well as that of three of his fellow missionaries. We then proceed to visit the “Mission of Music,” the Mission San Juan Bautista. We view the only remaining original Spanish Plaza, surrounded by 30 buildings including the original adobe manjerio (nunnery). Following lunch, we make a brief visit to the Mission Santa Cruz alongside the San Lorenzo River, and finish the day with a beautiful drive by Cannery Row in Monterey. Tonight following dinner there will be a presentation given by James Kelty, who produced the movie on St. Junípero Serra, Ever Forward, Never Back. Overnight Monterey
June 6: This morning we travel to Santa Clara where we find ourselves in the middle of the Santa Clara University campus to visit the Mission Santa Clara de Asís. Following our visit, we stop at the Mission of San José, an active participant in the Parish of St. Joseph. We break for lunch, then proceed to the Mission San Francisco de Asís, home to the “National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.” We end our day with the Mission San Rafael Arcángel, which began as an off site hospital to the Mission of San Francisco de Asís. Overnight San Francisco
June 7: Following breakfast, we proceed to the famed Sonoma Wine Region and Marin County area by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge for a visit to the 21st and last of the originally established California Missions: the Mission San Francisco Solano, which is nestled in the wine country 40 miles north of San Francisco and across from the site of the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846. We will enjoy a farewell dinner in Napa Valley tonight. Overnight San Francisco
June 8: With a renewed sense of pilgrimage, we board our plane for the return flight home.
Optional Tour Extension (Napa Valley)
June 8-10*: Visit Napa Valley! This two-night tour extension is highlighted by the Napa Valley Wine Train tour through the Napa wine region while enjoying fine food and wine.
*Note: If participating in this extension, you will overnight in Napa Valley on June 7th.