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Beautiful lights at night on the Colonial Cities Tour


Tour Itinerary

Picture of the De Morales HotelDay 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)

Picture of the Blue Agave FieldsDay 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)

Architecture in the City of MoreliaDay 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)

The Circular Pyramids of TzintzuntzanDay 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)

The University of GuanajuatoDay 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)

Architecture in San Miguel de AllendeDAY 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

Angel Statue, Paseo De La Reforma, Mexico City, MexicoDAY 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)

Picture of the Palacio de Bellas ArtesDay 8 – Mexico City

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

Optional: Half Day Taxco Tour

A Canal full of trajinera's (gondolas)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)

Return flight homeDay 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)

*Itinerary and hotels subject to change. Airfare not included.