03 December 2016
8 nights fr £1395ppIncludes flights
Explore the fascinating history of colonial Mexico
On this nine day tour around Mexico, which begins and ends in the vast capital city, you will see so much of the country's colonial charm when visiting lots of places that are off the usual tourist track. As well as having time to see the sights in Mexico City, you will visit San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Guadalajara, Patzuaro and Morelia.
After arriving at Mexico City International Airport you check into your hotel and the rest of the day and evening you are free to explore one of the world's great tourist destinations. Places worth seeing are the Temple Mayor, a 13th century Aztec temple, the baroque Catedral Metropolitana of the Spanish Conquistadors and the National Palace which houses the historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these places are within walking distance of the Plaza de la Constitucion, the massive main square also known as the Zocalo.
Make an early start after breakfast today for the 200 mile journey from Mexico City to Queretaro. This is the capital of the state of Queretaro and was of major importance during the Independence wars. Enjoy a city tour seeing all the sights followed by a one hour drive to San Miguel de Allende. Explore this colonial city with its beautiful mansions and it’s symbol - the Gothic style cathedral. Tonight your will be staying at the Real de Minas or similar.
Leave San Miguel de Allende this morning for Guanajuato, which is an an hour's drive away. Once there you are taken on a city tour seeing the Basílica, the university, the picturesque historic centre with its narrow colonial roads, the underground streets, which were former riverbeds, and the famous Callejón del Beso - the Alley of the Kiss. You will also be able to admire the panoramic view from the El Pipila monument. Overnight at the hotel Mexico Plaza or similar.
Today after breakfast at your hotel you leave for San Luis Potosi, which is a drive or around 150 miles. 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 you continue to Zacatecas, two hours away, where you have time to explore this beautiful city. Accommodation tonight is at the hotel Emporio.
This morning a visit has been arranged to the historical centre and the cathedral, one of the pearls of Mexican baroque architecture, which was 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 Eden. In the afternoon enjoy a scenic four hour drive to Guadalajara, named for its beauty as the The Pearl of the Occident. Tonight you will be staying at the hotel Morales or similar.
This morning you have time to visit the Teatro Degollado, the Palacio de Gobierno and the cathedral. Your tour also takes in the nearby village of San Pedro Tlaquepaque, now a part of the city, which is famous for glassblowing and a variety of arts and crafts, making it a great place for souvenir shopping. In the afternoon visit the “Tequila” region, home of the ancient and famous Mexican alcoholic drink. At the Tequila village you can watch a demonstration of the whole manufacturing process at the Hacienda La Cofradia, which houses one of the country’s best Tequila distilleries.
Leave Guadalajara this morning for Patzcuaro and visit of the House of the Eleven Patios, the Basílica of Nuestra Senora de la Salud, Gertrudis Bocanegra Library, with its murals painted by Juan O’Gorman, and the typical market in the Don Vasco de Quiroga Plaza. In the afternoon you travel by bus to Morelia, the gorgeous capital of the State of Michoacan, where you stay at the Mision Catedral hotel or similar.
In the morning your first visit is to the cathedral, with its Baroque exterior and Neoclassic interior. Then it's on to the Plaza de Armas (Weapon’s Plaza), the Government Palace, the Clavijero Palace and other interesting monuments. After another fascinating day of colonial sightseeing you then return to Mexico City for your final night of the tour staying at the Casablanca hotel.
Today your wonderful visit to Mexico City and the nearby colonial towns comes to an end. Perhaps some time for sightseeing or last minute shopping for souvenirs before heading to the international airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home.
Superior fr £915pp
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International flights not included unless otherwise stated