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The Path of the Spanish Conquistadores - For 9 days / 8 nights this tour follows the path of the Spanish Conquistadors through Mexico’s Central Highlands from Mexico City to Morelia, Patzcuaro, Guadalajara, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende.

The tour begins in Mexico City on the following Saturdays -  January 7, 14 and 28, February 11 and 18, March 11 and 18, April 1 and 8, May 13 and 20, June 10 and 17, July 15, August 12, September 2 and 8, October 14, November 11 and December 2 and 16. (Arrive the preceding Friday for optional Teotihuacán/Guadalupe Shrine tour*.)  The tour ends in Mexico City the following Sunday.   


MEXICO CITY - MORELIA - PATZCUARO - GUADALAJARA - TEQUILA - TLAQUEPAQUE - GUANAJUATO - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE - QUERETARO

 


  • DAY 1 (SAT). Arrival in Mexico City.  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 2 (SUN). MORELIA.  Transfer to Patzcuaro, visiting en route the beautiful city of Morelia, a perfect example of a Spanish Colonial City, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Visit includes the Cathedral, the Governor Palace, the Martir Plaza, the Aqueduct and its typical Candies Market.  Overnight in Patzcuaro. (B)

       

  • DAY 3 (MON). PATZCUARO.   Visit the House of the Eleven Patios, the cathedral of our lady of health, the Gertrudis Bocanegra Library –with its murals painted by famous muralist Juan O´Gorman, the Don Vasco de Quiroga Plaza and its typical Indian market; continue to Guadalajara.    Overnight in Guadalajara.   (B)

     

  • DAY 4  (TUE). TEQUILA – TLAQUEPAQUE.  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, you continue to San Pedro Tlaquepaque, where its inhabitants are dedicated to glassblowing manufacturing and all kinds of handcrafts.  Overnight in Guadalajara  (B)

                 

  • DAY 5 (WED). GUADALAJARA.  The day starts at the historical district visiting the Degollado Theater, the Cathedral, the main square, the Government Palace and the Cabañas Orphanage with their famous murals painted by Orozco, which are cultural and historic heritage sites.  Overnight in Guanajuato.   (B)

      

     

  • DAY 6 (THU). GUANAJUATO - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE.  The tour starts visiting the Basilica, the University, its mansions, its temples, its picturesque and narrow Colonial streets.  Its underground streets  (former riverbeds)  and the famous Callejon del Beso (The Kissing Alley).  Downtown Guanajuato is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Continue to San Miguel de Allende, arrival and visit to the city recently named an UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has beautiful Colonial mansions, colonial streets and alleys, impressive colonial churches and its new Gothic style Parish church at the main square, symbol of this beautiful City.  Overnight in San Miguel de Allende.    (B)

                  

  • DAY 7 (FRI). QUERETARO.  Departure to Querétaro, which is also a cultural and historic heritage site to visit its cathedral, its convents, its mansions, its streets, squares and the alleys, and the world famous convent of the crosses.  Return to Mexico City, arrival at your hotel.  Overnight in Mexico City.   (B)

  

  • DAY 8 (SAT). MEXICO CITY.  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.   (B)

  

  • DAY 9 (SUN). Departure.  Transfer to Mexico City International Airport. (B)

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 Allende, 1 night in Guanajuato, 2 nights in Guadalajara, 1 night in Patzcuaro, daily breakfasts, arrival and departure transfers, Mexico City tour, all land transfers, 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 - $1,860     Double - $1,390     Triple - $1,300  

Additional charge for a single passenger traveling alone $ 515

*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.


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