Mexico Colonial Cities Tour

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights

People often characterize Mexico by its beach cities, and we understand the appeal. But Mexico has so much more to offer beyond the sand and sea. The history of indigenous peoples and Spanish conquerors alike meld together in a cultural excursion you cannot find anywhere else in the world.

Following the conquest of the Aztecs in 1521, the Spanish Empire worked diligently to model its prized new territory after the mother country. Hundreds of years later this Latin country stands tribute with European architecture, monuments, and art. Countless cities in Mexico echo the legacy of the Spanish colonial era. Prepare for an extraordinary voyage to discover what makes these cities in Mexico such remarkable treasures.

Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico, and it is bursting with culture. Guadalajara’s extremely well-preserved colonial architecture creates a sophisticated atmosphere for the city’s beautiful parks and plazas. Detailed fountains and rustic churches set the scene for museums, galleries, and unparalleled shopping. Enjoy lively music in the hometown of mariachi. Nearby in Tlaquepaque and Tonala, native crafts and folk art abound.

Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s hidden gems. While not the most common of tourist destinations, Guanajuato offers so much to those who do visit it. With a mystique reminiscent of small Tuscan villages or Andalusian cities of Spain, this is one of the most magical cities in Mexico. Constructed over an intricate network of subterranean streets, Guanajuato originated as a silver mining town in the 16th century. Winding roads that once served as channels for floodwaters now showcase the city in a fascinating way, twisting through arched tunnels of stone to surface in various city locations. Historic buildings painted in greens, blues, and yellows lend a fairytale quality to the tiny maze of streets and stairwells that clutter the hillsides. This enchanting city simply begs to be photographed, but its elusive aura cannot be captured.

San Miguel de Allende is gaining popularity as one of the most intriguing cities in Mexico. A haven for international artists and art enthusiasts, San Miguel is home to the Instituto Allende, a superb school of fine arts. While the historic grandeur of the city endures, this city is clearly a place of creativity and innovation.

Package Includes:

  • 2 nights in Guadalajara
  • 2 nights in San Miguel Allende
  • 2 nights in Morelia
  • 3 nights in Mexico City
  • Daily American Breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinners with 1 cocktail or glass of wine
  • Entrance to a distillery in Tequila
  • Bilingual tour guide during the entire program
  • Motorcoach with WC, AC and bottled water on board
  • Sight-seeing tours as described in the itinerary
  • Round trip airport transfers

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Guadalajara

Arrive to Guadalajara International Airport. Guadalajara is the second largest city in México, and is a modern metropolis with an international flavor that still maintains its colonial traditions. We transfer from the airport to the hotel, located in the heart of the beautiful historical district, where we spend two nights. This evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner and meet our Tour Director. (D)

Day 2 - Guadalajara and Tequila

After breakfast, we begin our day with a guided walking tour of the main plazas that surround the historical center. At the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Government Palace, we view the murals by José Clemente Orozco. We continue to Tequila, where the internationally renowned Mexican beverage is produced by dozens of distilleries set amidst the blue agave fields. Upon arrival, tour the city and visit a distillery to learn the process of making tequila. We return to Guadalajara this evening. (B L D)

Day 3 - Morelia

This morning we head for the beautiful city of Morelia, where we check into our centrally located hotel for two nights in this elegant colonial city. After free time for lunch, we tour the city, where the buildings date back to the 17th century, allowing visitors to recapture the spirit and elegance of Old Spain. Our tour includes the Cathedral, Government Palace with murals depicting the history of the state, and the Candy Market. (B D)

Day 4 - Patzcuaro/ Tzintzuntzan/Morelia

After breakfast, we drive to the hillside city of Pátzcuaro, one of México’s Pueblo’s Mágicos that still retains its quaint 16th-century atmosphere. Afterward, we go to the ancient capital of Tzintzuntzan, where circular pyramids called Yácatas were built overlooking a lake and where we will visit the charming Santa Ana monastery, dating back to the 1500s. (B)

Day 5 - Guanajuato/ San Miguel Allende

Our route today will take us through the farmlands of El Bajío, arriving in the city
of Guanajuato. Our first stop is the Garden of the Union, the city’s lively focal point. After free time for lunch, our guide will lead us down the narrow cobblestone streets lined with the gorgeous architecture of this World Heritage Site city. Our walking tour includes a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guanajuato, Alley of the Kiss, Alhóndiga de Granaditas, Hidalgo Market, and the University of Guanajuato. This afternoon we continue to San Miguel Allende, one of México’s most charming towns, also designated as a National Historic Monument to preserve its unique atmosphere. check in to the hotel in San Miguel de Allende, our home for two nights. (B D)

Day 6 - San Miguel de Allende

After breakfast, we will tour San Miguel de Allende to admire the colonial homes with their gorgeous inner patios, wrought-iron trimming, and massive wooden doors. The square is filled with artists capturing the magic of the city with their paints and easels. After the guided tour, the day is free to stroll through the city’s famous art galleries and eateries. (B D)

Optional: Half Day Dolores Hidalgo Tour

Day 7 - Queretaro/ Mexico City

This morning we leave lovely San Miguel Allende to visit another colonial jewel, the city of Querétaro. This is a charming colonial city steeped in Mexican history, with graceful balconies, tree-lined plazas, colonial streets, and alleyways. After free time for lunch, we continue to México City. Before we arrive at our hotel we will have a short panoramic tour of Reforma Avenue, Ángel of Independence Monument, the Chapultepec area, and Castle. (B, D)

Day 8 - Mexico City

Today is a free day to explore México City. (B)

Optional: Half Day Taxco Tour

Day 9 – Xochimilco/ Mexico City

After breakfast, we depart for Xochimilco, located in the southern part of Mexico City. We will also enjoy a trip through the canals on a trajinera (gondola). This afternoon, we tour the central plaza visiting the National Cathedral, the Government Palace, and Templo Mayor. We finish this busy, exciting day with a farewell dinner. (B L D)

Day 10 – Return flight home

After breakfast, we head to the airport for our flights home, with memories of the beautiful colonial cities of México. (B)

Dates & Prices

2024 Tour Dates

  • October 8

2024 Price Per Person

  • Single – $2,650
  • Double – $2,199

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2025 Tour Dates


  • TBA




2025 Price Per Person

  • Single – $2,650
  • Double – $2,199

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