Mexico’s Colonial Cities
December 1, 2021 thru December 10, 2021
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.
Roundtrip air included
Motorcoach / transfers
10 days, 9 nights
Livery service to/from your home included
- Guided walking tour & motorcoach tour of Guadalajara
- Tequila tasting & tour
- Tour Patzcuaro – a Pueblo Magico
- Ancient Tzintzuntzan
- World Heritage Site city Guanajuato
- San Miguel Allende tour
- Tour Queretaro
- Dolores Olmedo Museum
- Mexico City Touring
- Performance of the Folkloric Ballet at the Palace of Fine Arts
- And much more!
- Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Guadalajara/Mexico City
- All transfers & motorcoach transportation
- Pickup/livery Service
- 9 nights lodging
- 19 meals (9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners)
- Admissions & tours as described
- Services of a Mexican tour director
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and tips for included items
- Tour director, driver & local guide tips
Day 1 – Arrival in Guadalajara
Arrive to Guadalajara International Airport. Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico and is a modern metropolis with an international flavor that still maintains its colonial traditions. We transfer from the airport to the De Morales Hotel, located in the heart of the beautiful historical district, where we lodge two nights. This evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner and meet our Tour Director. (D)
Day 2 – Guadalajara & Tequila
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, we will enjoy a Mexican Fiesta to include a traditional buffet and mariachi band. After lunch, we 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 in to the centrally located Alameda Hotel for two nights, the best location 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, the Clavijero Palace, the Music Conservatory of the Roses, and the Candy Market. (B D)
Day 4 – Pátzcuaro/ Tzintzuntzan/ Morelia
After breakfast, we drive to the charming city of Patzcuaro, one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos that still retains its quaint 16th-century atmosphere. Patzcuaro’s winding cobblestone streets, bustling plazas, and markets are a treat to explore. Lunch is on your own today. Afterward, we go to the ancient capital of Tzintzuntzan, now known for its craft markets and wood shops and home to the Santa Ana monastery, dating back to the 1500s. (B,D)
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 Mexico’s most charming towns, also designated as a National Historic Monument to preserve its unique atmosphere. We check in to the Real de Minas Hotel, our home for two nights. (B,L,D)
Day 6 – San Miguel de Allende/Dolores Hidalgo
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, we will have plenty of time to stroll through the city’s famous art galleries. It’s a true shopper’s paradise. (B,D)
Day 7 – Querétaro/Mexico City
This morning we leave lovely San Miguel Allende to visit another colonial jewel, the city of Queretaro. This is a charming colonial city steeped in Mexican history, with graceful balconies, tree lined plazas, colonial streets, and alleyways. Our tour includes the Jardín Zenea, Independence Plaza, Government Palace, and the baroque churches of Santa Clara and Santa Rosa de Viterbo. After free time for lunch, we continue to Mexico City. Before we arrive at our hotel Marquis Reforma, we will have a short panoramic tour of Reforma Avenue, Angel of Independence Monument, and the Chapultepec area. (B,D)
Day 8 - Xochimilco/ México City
After breakfast, we depart for Xochimilco, located in the southern part of Mexico City. Our first stop will be the Dolores Olmedo Museum that houses a great collection by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. You will enjoy the beautiful grounds complete with gorgeous peacocks roaming the gardens and famous xoloitzcuintles (rare precolonial hairless dogs). 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. After a stop for dinner, we will finish this busy, exciting day with a performance of the Folkloric Ballet at the Palace of Fine Arts. (B,L)
Day 9 - Free Day in Mexico City
Today is a free day to explore México City.
Optional Half Day Cuernavaca and Taxco Tour (L) Take a half day tour to Cuernavaca and Taxco, known for its Spanish colonial architecture, as well as its famous silver jewelry. $135.
Day 10 - Travel Home
We transfer to the Mexico City airport and head home to Tucson, with memories of this feast for our minds, souls, and bellies. (B)
Itinerary subject to change.
De Morales Hotel
Real de Minas Hotel
Mexico City, MX
$3,519 per person
$4,158 per person
Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Guadalajara/Mexico City
All transfers & motorcoach transportation
9 nights lodging
19 meals (9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners)
Admissions & tours as described
Services of a Mexican tour director
Taxes and tips for included items
Tour director, driver & local guide tips
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
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$187 covers trip costs $2,001-$3,000. $248 covers trip costs $3,001-$4,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
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For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel to Mexico. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On American Airlines our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $35 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.
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