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Colonial Central Mexico

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10 days 9 nights

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22 personas

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Colonial Mexico Unearthed:
Explore, Discover, and Experience

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Central Colonial Mexico, where every cobblestone street whispers tales of history and charm. This escorted tour promises an unforgettable adventure led by an English-speaking Tour Manager and a dedicated team of collaborators.

From the vibrant streets of Guadalajara to the aristocratic allure of Morelia, you’ll delve deep into the captivating heritage of these UNESCO World Heritage cities. Explore ancient temples in Tzintzuntzan, admire the monumental monolith in Bernal, and stroll through picturesque plazas in Tequisquiapan.

But this tour is more than just sightseeing; it’s an invitation to immerse yourself in Mexico’s rich culture, sample artisanal delicacies, and embrace the harmonious blend of expatriates and locals that makes each destination unique.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Mexico’s hidden treasures, indulge in its culinary delights, and create cherished memories. Join us on this extraordinary journey through Colonial Mexico, where every step is a new discovery and every moment an adventure waiting to happen.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Historic City Exploration: Immerse yourself in the rich history of Central Colonial Mexico as you explore UNESCO World Heritage cities like Morelia and Guanajuato. Discover the architectural marvels, cobblestone streets, and captivating plazas that transport you to another era.
  • Cultural Immersion: Engage with local culture and traditions, from sampling artisanal foods in Bernal to mingling with expatriates and locals in San Miguel de Allende. This tour provides a unique opportunity to connect with the heart and soul of Mexico.
  • Architectural Marvels: Marvel at the stunning architecture of colonial churches, monasteries, and museums, including the National Museum of Viceroyalty in Tepotzotlán. Each destination is a treasure trove of artistic and historical value waiting to be explored.
  • Scenic Landscapes: Journey through picturesque highlands and visit towns like Bernal, known for its colossal monolith, and Tequisquiapan, where you can stand at the precise geographical center of Mexico, marked by a unique giant structure.

Expert Guided Tour: Enjoy the comfort and convenience of an escorted tour led by an English-speaking Tour Manager and a dedicated team of collaborators developing the best tours in Mexico.

 

UPCOMING DEPARTURES

  • 25 November, 2023
  • 2 March, 2024
  • 13 April, 2024
  • 11 May, 2024
  • 5 October, 2024
  • 16 November, 2024
  • 14 December, 2024
PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE

$ 2,395 USD

SOLO

$ 3,150 USD

 

This tour is sold through a travel advisor or agency

Indicaciones/Recomendaciones

  • On certain days this tour requires up to five hours drive travel distances.
  • If you suffer from a medical condition, inform the staff to take the necessary precautions.
  • Minimum age: 15 years old
  • Physical effort level: Medium

Incluye/No incluido

  • ACCOMODATION:
  • MEXICO CITY: Emporio Hotel Reforma
  • MEALS:
  • Breakfasts (B)
  • Lunches (L)
  • TRANSPORTATION:
  • Depending on the number of passengers: motor coach or Sprinter Van, both with reclining seats.
  • Small groups of maximum 22 passengers
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Transfers from and to airport
  • English Speaking Tour Manager
  • Entrances fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips for BellBoys, Maids and waiters on included meals
  • Air fare
  • Travel Insurance. When you sign up for a Sendero Travel tour, it is mandatory to obtain sufficient travel insurance coverage for the entire duration of your trip. If you fail to provide Sendero Travel with evidence of adequate travel insurance before the start of your tour, you will not be allowed to begin your journey on day one. You must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid
  • Optional tours
  • Tips for drivers and Tour Manager/Tour Guides

Itinerario

Check in: Guadalajara City (Jalisco)

Check out: Mexico City

As you touch down in Guadalajara, Mexico, your adventure begins with a warm and hassle-free welcome. Our friendly local representative will be waiting for you at the airport, ready to whisk you away to your comfortable hotel. Say goodbye to any travel worries as you settle into your new surroundings.

 

In the afternoon, get ready to kick-start your journey with a special Welcome Briefing led by your seasoned Tour Manager. This is your opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the exciting days ahead, ask any burning questions you might have, and meet your fellow travelers. We'll gather at 7:00 pm in a charming location to be revealed, setting the stage for the epic experiences that await you in Central Colonial Mexico.

 

Get ready to dive into the heart of Mexico's rich cultural tapestry and explore its captivating history. Your adventure is about to unfold, and we're thrilled to have you with us!

Overnight: Guadalajara City

Get ready for an enriching day of discovery as we delve into the historic charm of Guadalajara, the capital of the State of Jalisco.

 

After savoring a delicious breakfast, our adventure kicks off with a comprehensive tour of the Centro Histórico. We'll begin with a comfortable bus ride, allowing you to take in the bustling cityscape while our knowledgeable guide shares intriguing tales of this vibrant metropolis. Our journey through the historic center will lead us to the Cabañas Cultural Institute, a neoclassical masterpiece that once served as a sanctuary for hundreds of orphaned children. Here, you'll be captivated by the awe-inspiring murals of Jose Clemente Orozco, one of Mexico's most celebrated muralists.

 

As we continue our exploration, we'll embark on a leisurely stroll through the main plazas of downtown Guadalajara, immersing ourselves in its rich history and cultural heritage.

 

At midday, your Tour Manager will grant you some well-deserved free time to indulge in a delightful lunch of your choosing and explore the city's shopping opportunities.

 

After a brief return to the hotel for relaxation, we'll reunite in the mid-afternoon to board our comfortable bus, bound for Tlaquepaque. Here, your Tour Manager will lead you on an orientation walk through this charming town, followed by leisure time to browse local boutiques and immerse yourself in its unique arts and crafts scene.

 

The evening culminates in a warm welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Tlaquepaque, where you can savor the flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine. After this delightful meal, we'll return to the hotel, ready to rest and rejuvenate for the adventures that lie ahead.

 Overnight: Mexico City

As the sun rises on another day of exploration, we bid farewell to Guadalajara and set our course through the picturesque highlands of Mexico. Today, our journey takes us to Morelia, the epitome of Mexican aristocracy and the capital of Michoacan, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Upon arriving in this captivating city, we'll dive straight into its rich culture and flavors. Our first stop is a charming restaurant, where you'll indulge in a delectable lunch, savoring the unique culinary delights that Michoacan has to offer.

 

After lunch, we'll make our way to our cozy hotel, where you can check in and unwind. Take some time to relax in your comfortable accommodations, soaking in the tranquil ambiance.

 

In the late afternoon, we'll embark on an exploration of Morelia's historic downtown. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to provide recommendations for dining options, ensuring you experience the city's gastronomic treasures.

 

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Whether you choose to further explore the city's charming streets, relax at the hotel, or discover hidden gems on your own, the day is yours to savor. Tomorrow holds even more enchanting experiences, but for now, soak in the beauty and heritage of Morelia, and let the city work its magic on you.

Overnight: Morelia City

Today, we embark on a captivating journey through time as we depart from Morelia to explore the ancient capital of Tzintzuntzan, once the heart of the powerful Purepecha Nation. This is where history whispers through the winds of time.

 

Our first stop takes us to the late 16th-century Franciscan Monastery of Santa Ana, a spiritual sanctuary that resonates with centuries of devotion. Here, you'll also encounter the remarkable old olive trees, planted by Bishop Vasco de Quiroga in the late 1500s, a testament to the enduring legacy of this region.

 

Continuing our adventure, we ascend to the picturesque hillside town of Patzcuaro, where our local guide will lead us on a fascinating journey through its history and culture. The town's colonial charm comes to life as we explore iconic landmarks such as the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, the Museum of Popular Arts, and The House of the Eleven Patios, originally a convent that now houses a labyrinth of small shops where local artisans showcase their exquisite creations.

 

Following this enlightening walk, you'll have the opportunity to savor a leisurely lunch at your own pace and browse directly from the artisans, acquiring unique handcrafted treasures to cherish as mementos of your journey.

 

In the afternoon, we return to Morelia, where the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Whether you choose to continue exploring Morelia's hidden gems or simply relax and reflect on the day's discoveries, the choice is yours. Tomorrow promises even more adventures, but for now, relish in the cultural richness of Tzintzuntzan and the charms of Patzcuaro. Overnight: Morelia City

A new day dawns, and we're off to discover the enchanting city of San Miguel de Allende. But before we immerse ourselves in the beauty of San Miguel, we'll make a poignant stop in Dolores Hidalgo, often referred to as the cradle of Mexican independence.

 

Here, history comes alive as you stand in the very atrium of the church where, on September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo delivered "El Grito," the Cry of Independence. This momentous event ignited the flame of liberty and set Mexico on the path to freedom from Spanish rule.

 

After this stirring experience, we'll gather for a satisfying lunch in Dolores Hidalgo before continuing our journey towards the captivating city of San Miguel.

 

By mid-afternoon, we'll arrive in San Miguel de Allende, a city that has earned its rightful place as a UNESCO World Heritage site. To help you get acquainted with its charms, your Tour Director will lead you on an orientation walk through the cobblestone streets, showcasing the city's timeless beauty and unique character.

 

For dinner, you'll have the freedom to explore the local culinary scene at your own pace, savoring the flavors that San Miguel has to offer. Tonight, immerse yourself in the city's vibrant culture and prepare for more unforgettable experiences in the days to come.

Overnight: San Miguel de Allende (Guanajuato)

Today, we embark on an exciting day trip to the enchanting City of Guanajuato, a place that has earned its spot as a UNESCO World Heritage City. Get ready for a day of exploration, discovery, and immersion in the rich history of this charming destination.

 

Our adventure begins with a leisurely walk along the winding streets of Guanajuato, where colonial buildings and picturesque plazas tell stories of a bygone era. Learn why this city was among the wealthiest in Mexico during the Spanish colonial period, as our knowledgeable guide unveils the secrets and tales that shaped its history.

 

As you meander through the city's captivating streets, you'll gain a deep appreciation for its unique character and architectural splendor.

 

Before we return to the comfort of your hotel in San Miguel de Allende, we'll grant you some leisure time for lunch and additional exploration of Guanajuato. Savor a meal at your own pace and delve deeper into the city's cultural offerings, perhaps stumbling upon hidden gems and local treasures.

 

In the mid-afternoon, we'll arrive back at your hotel, where the remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy as you please. Whether you choose to relax and reflect on the day's adventures or continue to explore San Miguel's delights, you're sure to find the perfect way to conclude another remarkable day in Central Colonial Mexico.

Overnight: San Miguel de Allende (Guanajuato)

As our time in San Miguel de Allende draws to a close, we invite you to savor one last enchanting stroll along its historic cobblestone streets, where every corner whispers tales of history and charm. This morning is your opportunity to bid farewell to this captivating city that has left an indelible mark on your journey.

 

We'll also pay a visit to the local market, where you'll witness firsthand the delightful mingling of expatriates and locals, contributing to the harmonious blend of cultures that makes San Miguel so special. It's a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the unique community that thrives here.

 

Before we depart from San Miguel, we'll indulge in a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors that have defined our stay in this remarkable city.

 

In the mid-afternoon, we'll arrive in Queretaro, where you'll have the opportunity to check in to your accommodations. Our day isn't over yet, as we embark on a leisurely walk through the historic downtown area of Queretaro. This city, steeped in history and culture, is sure to captivate you with its beauty and charm.

As you explore the charming streets of Queretaro, take a moment to reflect on the memories you've created so far on this incredible journey. There's more to come, but for now, immerse yourself in the ambiance of this new destination and look forward to the adventures that await tomorrow. Overnight: Queretaro City

Today, after a hearty breakfast, we embark on a short but delightful journey to the charming town of Bernal. This quaint Pueblo Mágico exudes the authentic charm of a bygone era and is renowned for the colossal monolith that watches over it. Prepare to be captivated by the town's unique character and flavors.

 

Your Tour Director will invite you to savor the delectable artisanal foods that Bernal is known for, providing you with a taste of the town's culinary heritage.

 

Our journey continues to Tequisquiapan, where cobblestone streets lined with flowering trees create a picturesque setting that's nothing short of enchanting. We'll start with an orientation walk to help you get acquainted with the town's layout and highlights. While exploring, you might want to take a moment to stand in the very heart of Mexico, as it's been determined that the precise geographical point is located here in Tequisquiapan, marked by a giant structure reminiscent of a teepee shell.

 

Lunch today promises to be a culinary delight at a local restaurant, where you'll have the chance to savor the regional flavors of the area.

In the mid-afternoon, we'll return to Queretaro, arriving at your hotel with plenty of time to relax and reflect on the day's adventures. The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure, whether you choose to unwind at the hotel or explore more of Queretaro's offerings. Tomorrow holds even more discoveries, but for now, bask in the magic of Bernal and the charm of Tequisquiapan. Overnight: Queretaro

As our unforgettable adventure in Central Colonial Mexico nears its end, we embark on the final leg of our journey to the bustling capital of the nation, Mexico City. But before we immerse ourselves in the vibrant energy of the big city, we have one more captivating stop to make in Tepotzotlán.

 

Here, we'll have the opportunity to explore the National Museum of Viceroyalty, housed in the former Jesuit College of San Francisco Javier. This remarkable museum serves as a guardian of Mexico's viceroyal history, showcasing an impressive collection of artistic and historically significant treasures. It's a chance to delve into the rich tapestry of Mexico's colonial past and appreciate the beauty of its cultural heritage.

 

Following our visit to the museum, you'll have some leisure time to savor lunch at your own pace before we continue our journey to Mexico City.

 

In the mid-afternoon, we'll arrive at our hotel in Mexico City, where you can check in and relax, taking in the vibrant atmosphere of this dynamic metropolis.

 

This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell gathering, where you can reminisce about the incredible experiences and memories you've created throughout the journey. It's a time to say "ADIOS" to Mexico and bid farewell to your Tour Director, cherishing the connections made and the adventures shared.

Though our official journey may come to a close tonight, the memories and the magic of Central Colonial Mexico will stay with you forever. Until we meet again, Mexico City awaits, offering its own captivating stories and experiences for you to explore.Overnight: Mexico City

On this final day of your Central Colonial Mexico adventure, start your morning with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, savoring the last flavors of Mexico that have enriched your journey.

 

The day is dedicated to your transfer to Mexico City's airport, ensuring a smooth and comfortable journey home. Our team will assist you with all necessary arrangements and ensure that you have a hassle-free departure.

 

As you make your way to the airport, take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences, new friends made, and the cultural treasures you've discovered during your 10-day adventure through Central Colonial Mexico. Your memories will serve as a lasting reminder of the beauty and history of this captivating region, and we hope you depart with a heart full of cherished moments and a desire to return someday.

 

Safe travels, and until we meet again on another exciting adventure!

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