COLONIAL CHARM

1st Day – Wednesday     Mexico City

Arrival at Mexico City International Airport and transfer to hotel Casablanca or similar accommodation.

2nd Day – Thursday  Mexico City / Queretaro / San   Miguel de Allende

Early departure to Queretaro, 211km from Mexico City.  Capital of the state of Queretaro and of major importance during the Independence wars. City visit followed by a 1 hour drive to San Miguel de Allende.  Explore this colonial city with its beautiful mansions and it’s symbol – the Gothic style cathedral. Accommodation at the hotel Real de Minas or similar.

3rd Day – Friday  San Miguel de Allende / Guanajuato

Morning departure to Guanajuato, an hours drive away, and City visit.  Admire the Basílica; the University; the picturesque, historic centre with its narrow colonial roads; the underground streets (former riverbeds); the famous Callejón del Beso (The Alley of the Kiss) and enjoy a panoramic view from the El Pipila monument. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel Holiday Inn or similar.

4th Day – Saturday  Guanajuato / San Luis Potosí / Zacatecas

Depart for San Luis Potosí, located 184 kms away.  San Luis Potosì is a colonial city that based its economy on mineral extraction during the New Spain era.  Your visit includes the Plaza de Las Armas with its gorgeous baroque Cathedral, built in 1730. Later we continue to Zacatecas, two hours away, with some time to explore this beautiful city. Accommodation at the hotel Emporio.

5th Day – Sunday  Zacatecas / Guadalajara

Morning visit to the historical centre and the Cathedral, one of the pearls of mexican baroque architecture, built in rose stone during the XVIII century.  Visit the Plaza de Las Armas; the Cerro de la Bufa hill offering a fantastic panoramic view of the city; and the Mine of Edén. In the afternoon enjoy a scenic 4 hour drive to Guadalajara, named for its beauty -“The pearl of the Occident”. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel Morales or similar.

6th Day – Monday  Guadalajara

This morning we have time to visit the TeatroDegollado; the Palacio de Gobierno and the Cathedral.  We also take in the nearby village of San Pedro Tlaquepaque, now a part of the city, whose inhabitants are dedicated to the manufacture of glassblowing and a variety of arts and crafts, so you can enjoy choosing some gift of your holiday.  In the afternoon we visit the “Tequila” region, home of the ancient and famous Mexican alcoholic drink. At the Tequila village enjoy a demonstration of the whole manufacturing process at the Hacienda La Cofradia, which hosts one of the country’s best Tequila distilleries. Accommodation.

7th Day – Tuesday  Guadalajara / Patzcuaro / Morelia

Morning departure to Patzcuaro and visit of the House of the Eleven Patios; the Basílica of NuestraSeñora de la Salud; GertrudisBocanegra Library, with its murals painted by Juan O’Gorman; and the typical market in the Don Vasco de Quiroga Plaza. In the afternoon we travel by bus to Morelia, the gorgeous capital of the State of Michoacán. Accommodation at the MisionCatedral hotel or similar.

8th Day – Wednesday  Morelia / Mexico City

In the morning we visit the cathedral, with its Baroque exterior and Neoclassic interior; the Plaza de Armas (Weapon’s Plaza); the Government Palace; the Clavijero Palace and other interesting monuments. The tour continue to Mexico City, with accommodation at the Casablanca hotel.

9th Day – Thursday  Mexico City

Transfer to the Mexico City International Airport and a farewell to your Mexico trip.

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

Hotels mentioned in the program or similar accommodations (4* in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Guadalajara – 3** in Morelia)

American breakfast in every hotel

Restaurant fees and tips.

Transportation in VAN (10 seats) or microbus or autobus with air conditioning and sound system.

Entry to the archaeological sites and museums mentioned in the program.

Porter services in airports and hotels.

English-Italian or English-French or English-Spanish speaking escort guide for the whole trip.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Dinners or other meals not mentioned in the program.

Beverages and extras in hotels and restaurants

Tips to drivers and/or tour guides

International airport taxes.

Immigration fees for each entry and stay in Mexico.

 

Prices in USD valid until December 15th, 2014.

NET and NOT COMMISSIONABLE prices.

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