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COLONIAL ROUTE

Excluding  the northern colonial city of Zacatecas, this is our most comprehensive of our Colonial Cities tours.  This program allows you to visit 10 magnificent cities in only 9 days and 8 nights. 

The tour begins in Mexico City on any Monday. (Arrive on Sunday for optional Teotihuacán/Guadalupe Shrine tour*.)  The tour ends in Mexico City the following Tuesday.  


MEXICO CITY - QUERETARO - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE - DOLORES HIDALGO - GUANAJUATO - GUADALAJARA - TEQUILA - TLAQUEPAQUE - PÁTZCUARO  - MORELIA

 


Day 01-(MON) ARRIVAL TRANSFER - Welcome at the Mexico City's Benito Juarez international airport, transfer to the hotel of your choice and accommodation, no guide.

Day 02 (TUE) MÉXICO CITY - Breakfast. The city tour begins visiting the cultural and historic heritage downtown with the National Palace and its beautiful murals, painted by the famous muralist Diego Rivera, the Constitution Square or “Zocalo”, the Aztec Templo Mayor  and the Metropolitan Cathedral.  Downtown Mexico City is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Tour follows with the visit to the Chapultepec Park, an important Residential area of Mexico City, and the “Zona Rosa” vibrant district with restaurants and shops.  In the afternoon, the Mesoamerican cultures best museum by far:  The Museum of Anthropology.   Overnight in Mexico City. 

Day 03.(WED) MÉXICO CITY - QUERETARO - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE - Breakfast. Departure to Querétaro, a cultural and historic heritage site to visit the Aqueduct, the Convent of the crosses and its Historic Downtown district; Continue to San Miguel de Allende, also declared as cultural and historic heritage site, where many intellectuals and artists live. Visiting San Miguel's Parish church with the Holy House Chapel, the Inquisitor's House, the San Francisco church and the Allende's house. You will enjoy a great variety of handicrafts stores, restaurants and bars. Overnight.

                  

Day 04. (THU) SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE - DOLORES HIDALGO - GUANAJUATO Breakfast. Departure to Dolores Hidalgo, where in 1810, the father Don Miguel Hidalgo, began the Independence war. Also José Alfredo Jimenez, one of the most famous musician composers, was born here. Continue to spectacular Guanajuato, another cultural and historic heritage site of humanity. Overnight.

Day 05 (FRI) GUANAJUATO - GUADALAJARA - Breakfast. In the morning we will visit this fabulous city, full of beautiful colonial alleys and plazas, the University, the Juarez Theater, the Kissing Alley and the Diego Rivera's house amongst others; Its streets and subterranean avenues are one of a kind in the country. Other attractions are the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, the Museum of Don Quixote and the museum of the mummies. Then we travel to the Lion City, famous for the manufacture of footwear, hence depart to San Juan de los Lagos one of the most famous religious sanctuary; then Guadalajara, where tequila and mariachis were born. Overnight.

                                       

Day 06- (SAT) GUADALAJARA - TEQUILA - TLAQUEPAQUE - GUADALAJARA - Breakfast. Departure to the Tequila region, that is also a cultural and historic heritage site; at the Amatitlán village visitors will go to the Hacienda San José del Refugio, which hosts one of the country's best Tequila distilleries, to see the whole manufacturing tequila process. After this visit, we continue to San Pedro Tlaquepaque, where its inhabitants are dedicated to glassblowing manufacturing and all kinds of handicrafts. Overnight.

      

Day 07- (SUN) GUADALAJARA - PATZCUARO - MORELIA - Breakfast. In the morning we leave early to Tonalá and craft market. Then to Pátzcuaro, which is famous for its colonial beauty and its unique traditions; Continue on to Morelia, a Cultural and Historic Heritage site, worldwide known for its student habitat and its magnificent colonial buildings of pink cantera stone such as the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Clavijero Palace, the Major Plaza, the market of typical candies, the Aqueduct, and the Guadalupita Temple at San Diego Convent with its majestic Indian baroque décor. Overnight.

   

Day 08- (MON) MORELIA / MÉXICO CITY - Breakfast. Transfer to the Bus Station to take your first class bus service to Ciudad de México. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight.

                              

Day 09- (TUE) DEPARTURE TRANSFER - Breakfast. At the time indicated, transfer to the airport to board your return flight home.

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What’s included:

3 nights in México City, 1 night in San Miguel de Allende, 1 night in Guanajuato, 2 nights in Guadalajara, 1 night in Morelia, daily breakfasts, arrival transfers in Mexico City, Mexico City tour, departure transfers in Morelia, first-class bus ticket from Morelia to Mexico City, transfer in Mexico City, tours of Patzcuaro, Morelia, Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo and Guanajuato, English speaking guide, lodging taxes.

What’s not included:

Meals other than breakfasts, tips to your driver and guide (suggested minimum tips are $2 per person, per day for the driver and $4 per person, per day for the guide) items of a personal nature, tips for baggage handling, nothing that is not mentioned in the itinerary.  ALSO, no international airfares are included.

Hotels on Route are 4* or similar and will be confirmed according with the availability.

 

Shared services, minimum of 3 passengers

 

Per Person Tour Prices*

Two Persons on tour

 Double - $2,275  

Three or more persons on tour

Single - $1,980   Double - $1,920     Triple - $1,540

*These prices anticipate accommodations while in Mexico City at either the Hotel Geneve or the Galeria Plaza in the Zona Rosa or at either the Historico Central or Zocalo Central in the downtown area near the Zocalo.  Upgrade accommodations in Mexico City are available at increased prices.

Hotels while on tour are rated from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 on Trip Advisor.  They are all rated as at least 4 star accommodations under the Mexico hotel rating system.  This category includes hotels that have a high level of, but not elaborate, service. They have adequate staffing, in room entertainment and, in most cases, WiFi. They offer enhanced overall physical design elements and amenities. The accommodations guarantee cleanliness with bathrooms cleaned and linens washed and changed daily and services such as hot water and purified drinking water (but we do recommend bottled water).  All hotels have restaurant facilities, in some cases a specialty restaurant, and most offer at least limited room service hours.  Hotels on tour can be upgraded only on private tours. 

Hotels on route will be confirmed according to the availability.


 

An optional tour of the Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacán is available with this tour.  You would need to come in one day before the start of the selected tour.   You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel for the evening.  The next day you will visit the Square of the Three Cultures, where the past and the present mix, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of America; the impressive archaeological zone of Teotihuacán to admire the monumental Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the temple of  Quetzalpapalotl, the Citadel and the Avenue of the Dead. You will also visit an arts and crafts center tour before being returned to you hotel for the first night of your selected tour.  The cost is $100 to $150 per person, depending on the category of your selected accommodations.

 

Please call us at 1-888-843-6292 or email us at info@MexicoColonialCities.com with your questions or for more information. 

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