Colonial Charm

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9 Days

 

Starting and ending in Mexico City, this itinerary includes many of the historic and colonial towns that have helped form modern Mexico. From Queretaro and San Miguel de Allende to Zacatecas and Guadalajara, there is much Mexican heritage to admire. This is the perfect journey for those who love history and admire great architecture.

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From Mexico City to Mexico City
Guaranteed departures with minimum 2 passengers.
Departure dates: 5/Feb, 19/Feb, 5/Mar, 19/Mar, 2/Apr, 30/Apr, 14/May, 28/May, 11/Jun, 25/Jun, 9/Jul, 23/Jul, 6/Aug, 20/Aug, 3/Sep, 17/Sep, 1/Oct, 15/Oct, 12/Nov, 26/Nov, 10/Dec.
From USD 780 (net) per person
sharing a double room

DAY 1 – Mexico City

Arrive at Mexico City International Airport and transfer to Hotel Plaza Florencia or similar.

DAY 2 – Mexico City / Queretaro / San Miguel de Allende (290 km)

Depart early for a city tour of Queretaro, the capital of the state of Queretaro and of great strategic importance during the Independence Wars. After a one-hour drive to reach San Miguel de Allende, enjoy exploring this colonial city with its beautiful mansions and its main symbol; the Gothic style cathedral. Stay overnight at the Hotel Real de Minas or similar.

DAY 3 – San Miguel de Allende / Guanajuato (94 km)

Depart for Dolores Hidalgo and on to Guanajuato, an hour’s drive away, to admire the highlights of this city including the Basílica, the University, the historic centre with its narrow colonial roads, the underground streets (former riverbeds), the famous Callejón del Beso (The Alley of the Kiss) and enjoy a panoramic view from the El Pipila monument.
Overnight stay at the Hotel Misión Guanajuato or similar.

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DAY 4 – Guanajuato / Zacatecas (310 km)

Depart for Zacatecas for a visit to the historical centre and cathedral, one of the pearls of Mexican baroque architecture which was built of rose stone during the 18th century. 
Visit the Plaza de Las Armas then the Cerro de la Bufa hill offering a fantastic panoramic view of the city and the Mine of Edén. Stay at the Hotel Emporio or similar overnight.

DAY 5 – Zacatecas / Guadalajara (362 km)

In the morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Guadalajara, stopping on the way to visit the neighbourhood of Tlaquepaque, famous for manufacturing the finest handicrafts of the state. Visit the region of San Pedro Tlaquepaque, once an independent village and now a part of the city, whose inhabitants are dedicated to glass-blowing and a variety of arts and crafts. There are excellent holiday souvenirs here. Stay at the Hotel Morales or similar.

DAY 6 – Guadalajara

Visit the historical centre, including the Teatro Degollado, the Palacio de Gobierno, the Cathedral, the Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres monument (Rotunda of Illustrious Men) and a panoramic visit of the Hospicio Cabañas.
Depart for the Tequila region, home of the ancient and famous Mexican alcoholic drink. At the Tequila village, watch a demonstration of the whole manufacturing process in one of the best Tequila distilleries. Return to Guadalajara.

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DAY 7 – Guadalajara / Pátzcuaro / Morelia (347 km)

Heading for Pátzcuaro, we stop on the way to visit the ranch of Vicente Fernandez (opening hours may vary). Once in Patzcuaro we visit the House of the Eleven Patios, the Basílica of Nuestra Señora de la Salud, Gertrudis Bocanegra Library (with its murals painted by Juan O’Gorman) and a typical local market in the Don Vasco de Quiroga Plaza.
In the afternoon, travel by bus to Morelia, the attractive capital of the state of Michoacán for an overnight stay at the Mision Catedral Hotel or similar.

DAY 8 – Morelia / Mexico City (295 km)  

Visit the cathedral, with its baroque exterior and neo-classic interior, the Plaza de Armas (Weapon’s Plaza), the Government Palace, the Clavijero Palace and other interesting monuments. On return to Mexico City, overnight stay will be at the Plaza Florencia Hotel.

DAY 9 – Mexico City

Transfer to Mexico City International Airport.

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Inclusions:

Overnight stay in the hotels listed or similar, American breakfast each day, except first, transportation in 10-seat van, microbus or autobus, with air conditioning and sound system, English-Spanish speaking guides throughout the tour, entry to the archaeological sites and museums mentioned in the programme, porter service in airports and hotels.

EXCLUSIONS:

Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the programme, beverages and extras in hotels and restaurants, tips to drivers and/or tour guides, international airport taxes, immigration fees for each entry and stay in Mexico.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Renata Rizzo
renata@plateauinternational.com
Mobile +44 7973 876967

Marco Rosa
marco@plateauinternational.com
Mobile +44 7973 876967

 
Marco Rosa