10-Day Pilgrimage | The California Mission Trail
- Tour Description
San Francisco | Los Angeles | San Diego
The Spanish Missionaries who came to America in the late 1700’s did more than spread the gospel and establish churches for the natives and the settlers - they created living monuments in the congregations they founded. Many of the parishes founded in those days are still thriving now, and the buildings they created tell a vivid history of the fearless people who came to the New World to spread the Good News, and how their work impacted civilization in ways that can still be realized today. Worship together with your parish in these unique and fascinating churches, and enjoy the natural beauty along with the fascinating artisanship and architecture that made such a significant impact on the California culture and tradition
Your Package Includes:
- Nine (9) nights’ accommodations in tourist class hotels with private facilities.
- Hotel upgrades are available upon request.
- Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure.
- Transportation in private motor-coach including airport transfers.
- Services of a Passages Tour Manager from arrival to departure.
- Sightseeing as per itinerary with a professional licensed guide.
- Porterage at hotels.
- Entrance fees to all sites on itinerary.
- Coordination of all Liturgies as needed.
- Portfolio of travel documents, including a Passages Flight Packet.
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Day 1 | Monday | Arrive in San Francisco
Upon arrival, enjoy an evening at leisure. Overnight in San Francisco
Day 2 | Tuesday | Highlights of San Francisco | Mission Dolores | Muir Woods
Visit to Mission Dolores, founded in 1776. The sixth of 21 missions established by the Franciscans was built to honor St. Francis of Assisi, and Our Lady of Sorrows. Celebrate Mass. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Francisco. Visit Muir Woods, a national monument featuring ancient and towering redwood trees. Continue to charming Sausalito and board the ferry for the bay crossing which passes the former island prison of Alcatraz, “The Rock.” The rest of the afternoon will be spent enjoying the Fisherman’s Wharf attractions. Overnight in San Francisco.
Day 3 | Wednesday | Mission San Juan Bautista | Mission San Carlos
See Mission San Juan Bautista. Founded in 1797, it is the largest church in the mission chain and the only one with continual service since it’s founding. The church’s three-aisle plan and large altar inspired many Native Americans to convert. Later, visit Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, the final resting place of Father Junipero Serra. Founded in 1770, one of the original 13 Spanish missions in California, it is considered to be one of the state’s most outstanding historic monuments. Celebrate Mass. Overnight in Monterey.
Day 4 | Thursday | San Simeon | San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Drive south along the beautiful Big Sur coastline. Upon arrival in San Simeon, tour the magnificent Hearst Castle. Visit the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, founded in 1772. California’s fifth mission, often called “the Prince of Missions,” remains one of the prettiest and most interesting in the Franciscan chain. Celebrate Mass. Overnight in San Luis Obispo
Day 5 | Friday | Mission La Purisma | Mission Santa Ines | Solvang | Santa Barbara
Visit Mission La Purisma Conception de Maria Santisima, founded in 1787. Celebrate Mass. Continue to Solvang in the Santa Ynez Valley, to visit the Mission Santa Ines. Founded in 1804, this perfectly restored Mission is the oldest structure in the area. Explore Solvang, better known as “Little Denmark,” a charming village that has developed into a veritable corner of Denmark itself. Continue to Santa Barbara for overnight
Day 6 | Saturday | Mission Santa Barbara | Mission San Fernando Rey
Visit Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786. Its beautiful setting, unique twin bell towers, and lovely facade have earned it the title, “Queen of the Missions.” Continue on to the Mission San Fernando Rey. Established in 1797, the mission complex was destroyed several times but was always faithfully rebuilt with low buildings surrounding grassy courtyards. Celebrate Mass. Overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 7 | Sunday | Los Angeles | Celebrate Mass.
Celebrate Mass. Visit North Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood and Vine, Avenue of the Stars, and Wilshire Blvd. The afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 8 | Monday | Mission San Juan Capistrano | Mission San Luis Rey | San Diego
Drive south to San Juan Capistrano, where flocks of swallows arrive on March 19th and depart on October 23rd each year, the date of the death of St. John of Capistrano. The Mission, built in 1776, is a living example of Spanish and early California history. Celebrate Mass. Continue south to visit Mission San Luis Rey, “the King of the Missions.” It is the largest of the Spanish missions and is one of the most impressive architecturally. Overnight in San Diego.
Day 9 | Tuesday | San Diego
Visit Presidio Park. See the Junipero Serra Museum, which overlooks the spot where the Spanish Franciscan missionary established California’s first mission in 1769. This afternoon, visit the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the “Mother of the California Missions.” This was the first of 21 missions founded by Father Serra. Celebrate Mass. Overnight in San Diego.
Day 10 | Wednesday | Return home