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Discover Mexico's Colonial Cities

Colonial Cities - Teotihuacan - Wine Tasting - Monarch Butterflies
Unique about this tour:
  • Take a tour of a vineyard and sample local wine and freshly made cheese.
  • Visit Santa Clara del Cobre and take part in a copper workshop with Don Rafael
  • Embark on an evening food tour of Mexico City
  • See the phenomenon of the Monarch Butterflies (November to March)

Journey into the heart of Mexico and explore some of this colorful country's incredible colonial cities. Stroll down atmospheric cobbled streets and admire the colorful patchwork architecture of renowned Spanish colonial landmarks. Delve into Mexico's colonial past as you travel through the states of Michoacan, Guanajuato, and Queretaro, where you will experience a quieter, more peaceful side of Mexico, away from the tourist trails. You will find that every region has its own identity, culture, and way of life.

Visit vineyards, lakes, and archeological sites. Taste locally made wine, cheese, and the best street food in the country. Stay in small guesthouses, colonial buildings and boutique hotels. And above all, take a trip of a lifetime through Mexico's heartland.

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  • 12 nights accommodation in double room in 3 to 5-star hotels
  • 12 x breakfasts
  • Lunch included where stated in the itinerary
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Private transfers and transportation with local driver
  • English-speaking local guides at points of interest
  • Entrance fees to sights of interest
  • English-speaking assistance of our team 24/7 for the duration of your trip
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Mexico City  

Welcome to Mexico!

Upon arrival at Mexico City International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel.



Check in to your hotel in the city center and freshen up after your flight. Spend some private time in the comfort of your room, or enjoy a meal.

Standard Accommodation: Punto Mx

Comfort Accommodation: Zocalo Central Hotel

Day 1

Mexico City - Xochimilco - Coyoacan  

Tour the City and Visit the Frida Khalo Museum

After breakfast, head out on a city tour that starts with a visit to the Zocalo, one of the largest squares in the world. View the largest cathedral in the Americas, built on the site of the former grand Aztec temple "Teocalli." Continue to the Palacio Nacional, which features frescos by Diego Rivera



Then, head to the south of the city for lunch on a boat on Lake Xochimilco. Appreciate the festive colors and flavors of Mexico and the music of a Mariachi band.



In the afternoon, visit the small bohemian village of Coyoacan, where numerous artists still live. Its little squares and cobblestone streets are incredibly charming. Visit the Frida Khalo Museum, where the painter’s influence can still be felt.

Standard Accommodation: Punto Mx

Comfort Accommodation: Zocalo Central

Day 2

Mexico City - Teotihuacan  

Venture to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Head out on an excursion to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A major pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics, this is one of the most important religious sites in Latin America. You can also see the Old Basilica that is slowly sinking into the ground. The Old Basilica shelters a reproduction of the Black Madonna.



Continue on to the archeological site of Teotihuacan, where you will discover the pyramids of the Moon and the Sun, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent (Quetzalcóatl), the Temple of the Feathered Snails, and the Palace of the Jaguars. The "City of the Gods" was built in the 7th century and with its 200,000 inhabitants, is thought to have been the most populated city in the world at that time.



The day continues with a visit to an obsidian workshop with a tequila tasting, and ends with a Mexico City food tour. Discover traditional taquerias in Mexico City and taste traditional mezcal.

Standard Accommodation: Punto Mx

Comfort Accommodation: Zocalo Central

Day 3

Mexico City - Morelia  

Travel to Enchanting Morelia

Today, travel through the state of Michoacan and discover the pink colonial city of Morelia. Its historical center has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Explore the treasures and secrets of this charming city. Visit important sights such as the Palacio de Gobierno, the Museum of the State of Michoacan, the San Nicolas de Hidalgo University, the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the aqueduct of Morelia, the cathedral, the Conservatory de las Rosas, and the house of the handicrafts.



This evening, meet at the Plaza de Armas, next to the cathedral and embark on a late-night, guided tour of this enchanting colonial city.

Standard Accommodation: Los Juaninos

Comfort Accommodation: Casa Grande

Day 4

Morelia  

Discover the Charm of Mexico's Pink City

After breakfast, set out on a walking tour of the city of Morelia. Here, the houses are made of pink stone and the essence of ancient times can still be felt.



The Baroque cathedral dominating the central square is considered one of the most refined religious buildings in Mexico. It mixes Baroque, Herreresque, and Neoclassical styles. The regional museum, located in a former monastery, pays tribute to the country's indigenous artists; the Casa de las Artesanías, located in the former San Francisco convent, honors the capital of one of Mexico's first artisanal regions. Morelia is proud to host San Nicolas, the oldest university in all of America.



During the tour, visit the Candy Museum (Museo del Dulce), a must-see attraction in the Mexican city of Morelia. Watch as candy is made in the traditional way and sample some at the end.

Standard Accommodation: Los Juaninos

Comfort Accommodation: Casa Grande

Day 5

Morelia - El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve - Morelia  

Witness the Monarch Butterflies of Central Mexico

Every year, between November and the end of March, about 100 million, perhaps even a billion, Mariposas Monarcas (Monarch Butterflies) escape the Canadian cold, and fly south to spend the winter in the mountains of central Mexico. This bright orange, black-stripped butterfly lives for about 9 months, about 12 times longer than other butterflies.



This morning you will depart early for Ocampo (23 km) to visit this refuge of the monarch butterflies. Upon arrival, enjoy a walk through the pinewoods of the "El Refugio" reserve to observe this very rare, natural phenomenon.



Stroll through small areas of the forest reserve, where the butterflies gather, coloring the trees orange.

Standard Accommodation: Los Juaninos

Comfort Accommodation: Casa Grande

Day 6

Capula - Isla De Janitzio - Patzcuaro  

Encounter Local Folklore and Handicrafts

Spend the day traveling through the Michoacan region. Your first stop is the town of Capula, made famous as the home of the Catrina. This skeleton lady, dressed in fine clothes and a large hat, has become a symbol Mexico, particularly during  the Day of the Dead celebrations in November.



Capula is also famous for distinctive pottery. Take a stroll up the main street and see these handmade works of art for yourselves before setting off for the village of Tzintzuntzan, famous for its monastery and wooden handicrafts.



Later, journey by boat to Janitzio Island. En route, encounter fishermen with unique butterfly nets fishing in the lake. Once on the island, stroll up to the top to see the statue of Morelos, a true architectural masterpiece that tells the story of the Mexican revolution.



In the afternoon, arrive in the peaceful town of Patzcuaro.



 

Standard Accommodation: Refugio De Angel

Comfort Accommodation: Hotel Casa Del Naranjo

Day 7

Zirahuen - Santa Clara Del Cobre - Patzcuaro  

Learn About the Heritage of Small Mountain Towns

This morning, row a boat out onto Lake Zirahuen. Your local guide will share the legend of the lake and the story of Erendira's tears. The story says that Erendira, overwhelmed by life, threw herself into the lake and became a mermaid.



Later, travel to the magic town of Santa Clara del Cobre. The heritage of this beautiful town is based in copper. Here you will visit a copper workshop and take a copper class with Rafael, who has been working with copper for many years.



Return to Patzcuaro in the late afternoon.

Standard Accommodation: Refugio De Angel

Comfort Accommodation: Hotel Casa Del Naranjo

Day 8

Patzcuaro - Guanajuato  

Venture to Mexico's Silver Mining Capital

After breakfast, depart for Guanajuato, with its pastel colored houses and numerous flowered window boxes. Spend the day exploring this pretty city at your own pace. Roam the streets of this ancient silver mining capital, designated a World Heritage site by Unesco. Visit the monument El Pipila (Guanajuato savior) and the Dam de la Olla. Venture to a silver mine (guide and helmet available), or explore the Museo ex Hacienda del Cochero (a former dungeon during the Spanish Inquisition).



Stroll along the Callejon del Beso, the "Alley of the Kiss," and learn about the tragic love story of a boy and a girl separated by the alley between their windows.

Standard Accommodation: Meson De Los Poetas

Comfort Accommodation: Boutique 1850

Day 9

Guanajuato - Dolores Hidalgo - San Miguel De Allende  

Visit the Culturally Rich City of San Miguel de Allende

This morning, travel to San Miguel de Allende, a charming, colonial city with narrow cobbled streets. On the way, stop in Dolores Hidalgo, the peaceful little town where Father Miguel Hidalgo uttered his famous cry for the independence of Mexico on September 16, 1810. Visit the Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco in Dolores Hidalgo, a baroque 18th century temple.



Upon arrival in San Miguel de Allende, be delighted by the pastel colors, handicraft shops, and colonial architecture. Wander around the city and visit the parish church, the Plaza de Allende, and the churches of Santo Domingo, San Francisco and San Felipe Neri.



See the city's stunning Spanish architecture, experience the thriving arts scene, and immerse yourself in one of the many local festivals that take place throughout the year. In 2008, this amazing city was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Standard Accommodation: Mansion Virreyes

Comfort Accommodation: Clandestino Hotel

Day 10

San Miguel De Allende - Querétaro  

Discover the Wines and Cheeses of San Miguel de Allende

This morning, head just outside the city for a 2-hour tour of the vineyard Bodega Dos Buhos. Learn about the complexity of the wines produced here by taking a tour of the production area and barrel room. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding fields before tasting some of their best wines accompanied by a bread and cheese platter.



Continue to Queretaro and spend your evening sampling the local cheeses of the region in an atmospheric town square.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Madero

Comfort Accommodation: La Casa Del Naranjo Boutique

Day 11

Querétaro  

Visit the Famous Freixenet Winery

The state of Queretaro has some interesting places where wine is produced. One of the most important wineries to visit in the area is Freixenet. In this place you will learn about the production of the local wines, which include red, rosé, and white. A the end of the tour, you will enjoy a tasting of the winery's specialty sparkling wine.



In the cheese factory you will find out how cheeses are made and have the chance to sample some of the freshly made produce.



The state of Queretaro is home to beautiful small towns with a special atmosphere. You will visit two prime examples: Bernal and Tequisquiapan before returning to Queretaro in the evening.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Madero

Comfort Accommodation: La Casa Del Naranjo Boutique

Day 12

Querétaro - Mexico City Airport  

Farewell, Mexico!

Your Mexican adventure comes to an end today. Six hours before your scheduled flight, you will depart for Mexico City International Airport. We wish you pleasant travels!

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