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Colonial Mexico

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7 Days
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MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH: Discover the influences and legacies of the Spanish Colonial era in Mexico. Visit exceptionally beautiful towns and immerse yourself in history. You will be delighted at the colourful cities and towns offering extraordinary and remarkable sights including the Colonial-style buildings, plazas and avenues.


The Spanish Colonial era lasted around 300 years between 1521 and 1821 after which Mexico became independent. During this period, many cities and towns in Mexico inherited the style of architecture and ambience of the Spanish influence which can be experienced today.

Your Colonial Mexico journey will start and finish in Mexico City. After a night here, you will head north west to the city of Morelia, one of the most beautiful cities in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant 16th and 17th Century stone buildings, baroque facades and archways line the narrow downtown streets and are home to museums, hotels, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and a popular university. The baroque cathedral is exceptionally large covering more than 2 city blocks and is unforgettable when it is lit up at night. It dominates the main city plaza and took more than a century to build (1640−1744). In the interior is a well preserved sculpture of the Senor de la Sacristia made from dried corn paste and topped with a gold crown. It also has a working organ with 4600 pipes.

Other highlights to view are the main square, the Plaza dos Armas, the Government Palace constructed between 1760 and 1770 and the Clavijero Palace with its large courtyard. Continue later to Patzcuaro where you will have an overnight stay.

Patzcuaro is an attractive mountain town and is Colonial Mexico at its most enchanting. A charming Zocalo (main square) is lined with hotels, restaurants and shops housed in buildings dating from 14th Century. Here you will visit the Basilica de la Nuestra Senora de Salud, Patzcuaro's most important church, the Gertrudis Bocanegra Library, a beautiful public library which also houses a famous mural by modern artist Juan O'Gorman, the House of 11 Patios constructed in 1742 for Dominican nuns and the local market.

Continue north to the city of Guadalajara for a 2 night stay. Guadalajara is the second largest city in the country. It is a lovely Colonial city and contains many pleasant areas for walking. The historic centre is filled with Colonial era buildings. It also boasts several important mural paintings by Jalisco-born José Clemente Orozco, one of Mexico's most important artists which you will have the opportunity to see.

Start your first day here visiting one of the only tequila-producing regions in Mexico to discover how tequila is made. You will visit a tequila distillery and witness the process of making this famous drink. Also have a tequila tasting session. Then visit the village of Tlaquepaque with its important shopping district as it is a main arts and crafts centre. You will have a demonstration of glass blowing at a local studio.

The following morning brings a tour of the highlights of Guadalajara including the Palacio de Gobierno (Governor's Office), mostly visited for the murals painted there by José Clemente Orozco. the twin towered cathedral which boasts a richly decorated interior with gold-leaf pillars, Gothic vaults and a stained-glass window of the Last Supper, the Teatro Degollado (Degollado Theater) with its neo classical design and the Hospicio Cabanas, built at the beginning of the 19th century to provide care and shelter for disadvantaged orphans, old people, the handicapped and chronic invalids.

Later, drive to Guanajuato for overnight.

Guanajuato means "Place of Frogs" in the local indigenous language. It is a beautiful mountain Colonial town which many consider to be the most beautiful in Mexico. Here you will see El Pipila, A 28-metre tall statue of an independence hero on top of a hill, the Teatro Juarez. Juan Jose Martinez whose architecture is part Roman, part Greek and part Moorish making it a really beautiful building, the Callejon del Beso (Back Alley of the Kiss), its two balconies separated by only 69 centimetres and the scene of an old love legend and the Basilica of our Lady of Guanajuato, built in the 17th Century.

Afterwards, head to San Miguel de Allende for overnight. It is one of a group of old silver mining cities with quaint, cobblestone streets. Most activities surround the arts and learning, painting, weaving, photography and sculpture. Gathered around the Colonial centre are a number of fine examples of great Colonial architecture including the Parish Church which resides in front of the tree-lined main plaza.

The following morning, continue to the town of Querataro. The historic centre here is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is another silver city with charming pedestrian streets, stunning plazas and interesting churches. Finally arrive back at Mexico City for one more night’s accommodation.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,199

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Day 1

Arrive Mexico City

Arrive at Mexico City International Airport and transfer to your accommodation.

Duration2 Nights
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Barcelo Mexico Reforma

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    Barcelo Mexico Reforma



    Located in Mexico City, the Barcelo Mexico Reforma hotel is a great option for those who visit the capital of the Aztec country. Its privileged location, in the center of the capital, gives it all the advantages of an ideal establishment for business, cultural or …

    Located in Mexico City, the Barcelo Mexico Reforma hotel is a great option for those who visit the capital of the Aztec country. Its privileged location, in the center of the capital, gives it all the advantages of an ideal establishment for business, cultural or leisure tourism.

    The hotel is located on the most important and emblematic avenue of the city, Paseo de la Reforma, known for its celebrations and concerts, making it a wonderful option for city visitors. It's a close walk to the Monumento a la Revolucion, very close to numerous financial points of interest and 20 minutes from the Benito Suarez International Airport. Surrounded by a varied architectural style, its building is among vestiges of modernism and works of contemporary architecture.

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    • Meeting Facilities
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    • Transfer Service
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Day 2

Mexico City

Embark on a captivating Mexico City tour that takes you to some of its most iconic sites. Begin at the Plaza de la Constitucion, also known as the Zocalo, surrounded by elegant baroque structures, including the Cathedral— a monumental religious monument built atop the former Aztec temple. Explore the National Palace, home to the Presidency of the Republic, adorned with Diego Rivera's remarkable murals. Delve into history at the Templo Mayor, the recently unearthed grand temple of the Aztec capital. Venturing south, experience the vibrant Bazar de San Angel (only on Saturdays), a colorful market that adds a unique touch to the cityscape. Transfer to Coyoacan for a delightful lunch at a local restaurant. Following your meal, immerse yourself in the world of art and culture at the Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as "La Casa Azul" (The Blue House). This museum was Frida Kahlo's birthplace and final abode, offering a glimpse into her intimate universe through personal artifacts and significant artworks, including pieces like "Viva la vida" (1954), "Frida y la cesarea" (1931), and "Retrato de mi padre Wilhem Kahlo" (1952), among others. Once the tour is complete, you will return to your accommodation.

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Day 3

Mexico City, Queretaro & San Miguel de Allende

Begin your day with a scenic road trip from Mexico City to Queretaro. Queretaro serves as the capital of the state bearing the same name and holds significant historical importance as a pivotal city during the Mexican fight for independence. Explore this historical gem before continuing your journey to San Miguel de Allende, just an hour away from Queretaro. San Miguel de Allende is renowned for attracting artists and intellectuals, and its architectural wonders range from Baroque to Neo-Gothic. You'll be captivated by landmarks like the awe-inspiring Parish of San Miguel Arcangel. Check-in to your accommodation.

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Duration1 Night
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Casa Primavera Hotel Boutique Spa

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    Fortified City of San Miguel and Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is the ideal place to get lost in a world of sensations, mixing the most beautiful Mexican traditions with the customs of its international visitors. From …

    Fortified City of San Miguel and Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is the ideal place to get lost in a world of sensations, mixing the most beautiful Mexican traditions with the customs of its international visitors.

    From its colorful streets and houses to its unique gastronomy, passing through museums, churches and its cosmopolitan nightlife, San Miguel de Allende never ceases to amaze tourists in search of new and enriching experiences.

    Boutique Hotel Casa Primavera is a tribute to the architecture of San Miguel de Allende. We have put all our effort into creating a concept that generates emotions and sensations that will make your stay pleasant and unforgettable.

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    • Business Centre
    • Child Friendly
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
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San Miguel de Allende & Guanajuato

This morning, head to Atotonilco. Here, you'll have the opportunity to visit the majestic 18th-century Sanctuary dedicated to Jesus Nazareno. In 2008, UNESCO recognized it as a World Heritage Site due to its remarkable architecture and decoration, reflecting the influence of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's doctrine. The church comprises a main nave, seven adjacent chapels, a sacristy, and six dressing rooms, adorned with paintings by Juan Rodriguez Juarez. Afterward, continue to Guanajuato, a stunning colonial city. Your tour will commence with a panoramic view of the Pipila monument, followed by exploration of the city center, where you'll encounter attractions such as the Juarez Theater, the Basilica, the University, and the charming, narrow colonial streets. A word to the wise: don't miss the famous Callejon del Beso. Check-in at your accommodation.

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Duration1 Night
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Edelmira Hotel Boutique

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    Edelmira Hotel Boutique



    Nestled in one of Mexico's most enchanting cities, Edelmira Boutique Hotel proudly traces its roots back to the 19th century, blending a seamless integration of modern style, comfort, and an exceptional location. Originally an age-old house dating back to the times of President Benito Juárez, …

    Nestled in one of Mexico's most enchanting cities, Edelmira Boutique Hotel proudly traces its roots back to the 19th century, blending a seamless integration of modern style, comfort, and an exceptional location.

    Originally an age-old house dating back to the times of President Benito Juárez, Edelmira Boutique Hotel once catered to dignitaries visiting Guanajuato and served as a place of respite and hospitality during their stay.

    Conveniently situated in the historic center of Guanajuato, Edelmira has undergone meticulous restoration to emerge as a refined boutique hotel, preserving its original features while ensuring the utmost comfort for its cherished guests.

    Among the most splendid boutique options in Guanajuato, Edelmira Boutique Hotel harmoniously unites a captivating history with sophisticated luxury. We cordially invite you to revel in the allure of our beautifully appointed rooms, impeccable services, and abundant amenities, all complemented by our dedicated staff committed to making your stay a cherished memory, every hour of the day.

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Guanajuato and Guadalajara

Today, you will explore the captivating city of Guadalajara, often referred to as "La Perla de Occidente" (The Pearl of the West) due to its captivating beauty. The drive takes approximately 3.5 hours from Guanajuato. Upon arrival, explore the Tlaquepaque district, renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship that produces some of the finest crafts in the state. In the afternoon, delve into the heart of the city with a visit to the City Center. Your itinerary will encompass several notable sites, including the distinguished Degollado Theater, the imposing Government Palace, the grand Cathedral, and the Rotunda of illustrious men. Don't miss the chance to capture a panoramic view of the iconic Hospicio Cabañas. Following your explorations, you'll be transferred to your accommodation.

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Duration1 Night
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NH Collection Guadalajara Providencia

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    NH Collection Guadalajara Providencia



    The 14-storey NH Collection Guadalajara Providencia hotel, formerly know as NH Collection Guadalajara, comes with spectacular views across the city. Located in the financial district, the hotel is part of the exclusive Punto Sao Paulo Plaza. Here, you’ll find haute cuisine restaurants, bars, cinemas, and …

    The 14-storey NH Collection Guadalajara Providencia hotel, formerly know as NH Collection Guadalajara, comes with spectacular views across the city. Located in the financial district, the hotel is part of the exclusive Punto Sao Paulo Plaza. Here, you’ll find haute cuisine restaurants, bars, cinemas, and casinos.

    Sleek and spacious, our 137 rooms all come with soundproof windows offering panoramic views across Guadalajara. Each also features carefully chosen contemporary artwork from around the world, as well as large, modern bathrooms and free high-speed Wi-Fi.

    Our chic, glass-walled restaurant serves first-class international cuisine. Plus there’s a modern, well-equipped gym on the 2nd floor. Our expert Guest Relations team are also on hand to make reservations or to show you the city's hidden gems.

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Guadalajara & Tequila

Begin your day with a departure towards the enchanting region of Tequila, named after the famed Mexican spirit. Your journey will lead you to the town of Tequila, where you'll have the opportunity to visit the renowned "La Rojena" distillery. Here, you'll witness the intricate process of Tequila production and partake in a tasting session. In the afternoon, you'll be transferred to the unique "Matices Hotel de Barricas." This extraordinary accommodation offers a chance to immerse yourself in an extraordinary experience – spending the night in rooms nestled amidst fields of Agave. These millenary plants held significant importance in pre-Hispanic times, even surpassing the value of corn. The Spanish conquistadors referred to the agave plant as "The Tree of Wonders" due to its abundant resources that contributed to the livelihood of the people, ultimately yielding Tequila. Notably, the UNESCO recognition of the agave landscape as a World Heritage Site in 2006 underscores its cultural significance. Enjoy your stay at this distinctive retreat.

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Duration1 Night
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Matices Hotel de Barricas

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Day 7

Tequila & Guadalajara Airport

Check out and transfer to Guadalajara airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2023: October 4, 18; November 8, 22; December 6

2024: January 19; February 16; March 01; April 19; May 17; June 14, 28; July 12, 26; August 16, 30; September 20; November 08; December 06

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • 2 nights in moderate accommodations in Mexico City
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in San Miguel de Allende
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in Guanajuato
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in Guadalajara
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in Tequila
  • Tour at the Hacienda Tequilera with tasting
  • Escorted coach tour (max 47 guests) including:
  • Transportation
  • Entry to archaeological sites and museums as listed
  • English-speaking guide
  • Porter service in airports and hotel
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 1 lunch

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Itinerary and inclusions subject to change or amendment prior to departure due to local conditions. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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