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Colonial Treasures

   

COLONIAL TREASURES

Our Best of the Best tour, this 10 day/9 night program takes you to the most glorious and famous of Mexico's Historic Colonial Cities, including the northern cities of Zacatecas and Guadalajara.  This tour begins in Mexico City any Tuesday (arrive Monday for optional Teotihuacán tour*) and ends in Mexico City the following Thursday. 

Begins and ends in Mexico City.

This tour begins in Mexico City on the following Mondays -  January 3 and 24, February 7, March 7 and 21, April 18, May 9 and 23, June 20, July 4 and 18, August 8 and 22, September 5 and 19, October 10, November 7 and 21 and December 5 and 19. (Arrive the preceding Sunday for optional Teotihuacán/Guadalupe Shrine tour*.) The tour ends in Mexico City the following Thursday. 


MEXICO CITY - QUERETARO - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE-DOLORES HIDALGO-GUANAJUATO -ZACATECAS - GUADALAJARA - TEQUILA - PATZCUARO - MORELIA


Day 01 (TUE) ARRIVAL TRANSFER - Meet and greet at the Mexico City's  “Benito Juarez” international airport, transfer to your Mexico City hotel for overnight accommodation.  No guide on this day.

DAY 02 (WED) MEXICO DF. - 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 03 (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. In the afternoon 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. Overnight.

 

DAY 04. (FRI) GUANAJUATO-ZACATECAS - Breakfast. Head to Zacatecas, a World cultural and historic Heritage Site, called The beautiful colonial city of "Pink Cantera” and its most outstanding Mexican baroque style found in its Cathedral and other monuments at the historical district. Visit "La Bufa" Hill and take an unforgettable panoramic view of the city. You will descend in funicular and visit the mine of Eden. Overnight.

     

DAY 05 (SAT) ZACATECAS-GUADALAJARA - Breakfast. Continue on to Guadalajara, where tequila and mariachis were born, to visit Tlaquepaque colonial town, and enjoy its ambiance, its music, its folklore and its stores where our finest handicrafts are made.  Overnight.

                             

DAY 06 (SUN) GUADALAJARA-TEQUILA - Breakfast. Take a City Tour visiting the Government palace, the Plaza Tapatia, the Degollado Theater, the Cathedral and then continue to Tequila, the typical town where tequila was born and is still being produced in those traditional distilleries and the agave fields along the way which are as well as cultural and historic heritage sites of humanity. Return to Guadalajara. Overnight.

 

DAY 07 (MON) GUADALAJARA- PÁTZCUARO - Breakfast. Continue to Pátzcuaro, which is famous for its colonial beauty and its unique traditions; Within the attractions are the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, the “House of the Eleven Patios”, and the Historic Colonial Indian Downtown district.  Enjoy a wide variety of bars and restaurants which offer typical dishes and typical music at the portals of Pátzcuaro´s downtown area then continue to Morelia. Overnight

  

DAY 08 (TUE) MORELIA - MEXICO CITY - Breakfast. Continue on to Morelia, a Cultural and Historic Heritage site, worldwide known for its student habitat and its magnificent colonial buildings of “pink cantera”: 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. Continue to Mexico City.  Overnight.

     

DAY 09 (WED) MEXICO 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 10 (THU) DEPARTURE TRANSFER - At the time indicated, transfer to the airport to board your return flight home.

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What’s included:

3 nights in Mexico City, 1 night in San Miguel de Allende, 1 night in Guanajuato, 1 night in Zacatecas, 2 nights in Guadalajara, 1 night in Morelia, daily breakfasts, arrival and departure transfers in Mexico city, Mexico City tour, tours of  San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara, Tequila and Patzcuaro, 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.

 

Begins and ends in Mexico City.

 

Per Person Tour Prices - Minimum 2 persons on tour*

Single - $2,105    Double - $1,660     Triple - $1,385  

*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.

 

MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE NOTE – Even though private tours are available, the tour presented above is not private. This tour is offered on a shared basis so you will be traveling with others. It is possible that there will be different passengers traveling with you on some tour days. This is so the tour can be organized in such a way so that all passengers scheduled for that tour day can travel together. There will be the main tour route and some other shorter routes which overlap the main route. Again, there will not always be the same people touring days because they will be joining the main tour and in some of the cities visited.

TOUR LOGISTICS – Upon arrival you will be met and greeted outside the customs area by your pick up and transfer representative. He will provide you with our welcome packet with the local version of your itinerary, travel recommendations and the appropriate hotel vouchers, normally for the accommodations for the first and last nights. Vouchers will not be provided for all hotels on tour since your guide will be with you during your tour and he will have those vouchers. You will then be transferred to your first night’s hotel for check in and overnight accommodations.

During the rest of your tour you will be picked up at the entrance of your hotel at the time designated in your local itinerary. Then you will either begin your tour or pick up others at other hotels or be transferred to a meeting place where you will join other passengers to begin the tour. Where there is any question about the exact pick up time at your hotel your guide will call you and/or the front desk to confirm the exact time of his arrival at your hotel.


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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