Our Best of the Best tour, this 10 day/9 night program takes you to the most glorious and famous of Mexico’s Historic Colonial Cities, including the northern cities of Zacatecas and Guadalajara.
Arrive at Mexico City on any Tuesday (arrive Monday for an optional Teo-tihuacán and Guadalupe Shrine tour). The tour ends back in Mexico City 10 days later on Thursday.
Day 01 (TUE) ARRIVAL TRANSFER MEXICO CITY
Upon the arrival of your flight into Mexico City’s “Benito Juarez” international airport you will be met and transferred to your Mexico City hotel for overnight accommodation. No guide on this day, transfer driver only. (No meals)
DAY 02 (WED) – QUERETARO – SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
Breakfast. This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and depart for Querétaro, The city of Queretaro is an excellent point to begin your visit of Colo-nial Mexico. The city has preserved its historic downtown and taken steps to beau-tify many areas. The Historic Monuments Zone of Queretaro was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. The historic city center is filled with lovely colonial mansions, immaculate pedestrian walkways and quaint plazas little changed since colonial days. You will visit not only the historic downtown district but the aqueduct and the Convent of the Crosses. Afterwards you will continue to San Miguel de Allende, also declared as cultural and historic heritage site, where many intellectuals and artists live. Here you will visit San Miguel’s iconic parish church, the Parroquia de San Miguel de Archangel, with its Holy House Chapel. In the afternoon you can enjoy a great variety of handicrafts stores, restaurants and bars. Overnight.
DAY 03 (THU) DOLORES HIDALGO – GUANAJUATO
Breakfast. Today you will depart for a brief visit to the small and beautiful colo-nial town of Dolores Hidalgo, the cradle of Mexico’s Independence. Here in 1810, the father Don Miguel Hidalgo, began the Independence war. Also José Alfredo Jimenez, one of the most famous musician composers, was born here. Later you will continue to spectacular Guanajuato, another cultural and historic heritage site of humanity. In the afternoon you will visit this fabulous city, full of beautiful colonial alleys and plazas. Highlights will be the University, the Juarez Theater, the Museum of Don Quixote the Museum of the Mummies, the “kissing alley” and the Diego Rivera’s house, amongst others attractions. Guanajuato’s streets and sub-terranean avenues are one of a kind in the country. Other attractions are the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, the Regional Museum of Guanajuato. Overnight.
DAY 04. (FRI) ZACATECAS
Breakfast. This morning you will head to Zacatecas, a World Cultural and Historic Heritage Site. Zacatecas is a city of enormous beauty and unabashed Mexican pride. At 8,100 feet above sea level (making it Mexico’s second highest city), Zacatecas will quite literally take your breath away. The city’s stunning architec-ture includes many religious and civil buildings from the colonial era. The cathe-dral clearly dominates the center of town. There is an outstanding Mexican ba-roque style found in the Cathedral and other monuments at the historical district. As an added attraction you will descend in an aerial cable car to visit el Eden Mine. Overnight.
DAY 05 (SAT) GUADALAJARA
Breakfast. Now it’s on to Guadalajara, where both tequila and mariachis were born! You will take a tour of this city full of culture, history and traditions. Your tour will include its historic center, the Plaza Tapatia, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace and the Degollado Theater. Overnight.
DAY 06 (SUN) GUADALAJARA – TEQUILA
Breakfast. you will continue to the World Heritage Site and Pueblo Magico (Magic Town) of Tequila, a charming town, where you can find a large number of tequila factories, you can observe the whole elaboration process and also have a tasting of the distilled beverage. Afterwards you will return to Guadalajara. Overnight.
DAY 07 (MON) PÁTZCUARO
Breakfast. Today the tour will continue to Pátzcuaro, which is famous for its colonial beauty and its unique traditions. A Magic Town, full of colonial charm, it also is an important craft center. Its artisans, of Purepecha origin, are famous for their beautiful creations in wood, wrought iron, basketry and embroidery. At Patz-cuaro the attractions are the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, the “House of the Eleven Patios” and the historic colonial district. In the afternoon you will enjoy a wide variety of bars and restaurants which offer typical dishes and typical music at the portals of Pátzcuaro´s downtown square. Then you will continue to Morelia. Accommodation in Patzcuaro or Morelia, according to the operation.
DAY 08 (TUE) MORELIA – MEXICO CITY
Breakfast. Your tour continues on to Morelia, another Cultural and Historic Heri-tage site, known worldwide for its magnificent colonial buildings of pink cantera stone. Your tour here will include visits to as the magnificent Morelia Cathedral, the Government Palace (originally the Tridentine Seminary of Valladolid), the Clavijero Palace, Plaza de Armas (the city’s largest square), the Guadalupita Tem-ple at San Diego Convent with its majestic Indian baroque décor, the Aqueduct and the market of typical candies, the Mercado de Dulces, also known as the Sweet Market, famous for its many sugary delights including candied coconut and sweetened fruits and vegetables, as well as traditional local handicrafts. Continue to Mexico City. Overnight.
DAY 09 (WED) MEXICO CITY
Breakfast. Today is devoted to a tour of the highlights of this world class metropo-lis. The tour begins visiting the UNESCO designated Cultural and Historic World Heri-tage Site with the National Palace and its beautiful murals, painted by the famous muralist Diego Rivera, the Constitution Square or “Zocalo”, the Aztec Templo Mayor and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Touring continues with visits to Chapultepec Park and the “Zona Rosa”, a rich and vibrant district with restaurants and shops. Overnight in Mexico City.
DAY 10 (THU) DEPARTURE TRANSFER
Breakfast. At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the Mexico City airport in time to board your return flight home.
3 nights in Mexico City, 1 night in San Miguel de Allende, 1 night in Guanajuato, 1 night in Zacatecas, 2 nights in Guadalajara, 1 night in Pátzcuaro or Morelia, Daily breakfast according to the plan meals of the Hotel, Arrival and departure transfers in Mexico City, Mexico City Tour, Visits (Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Tequia, Guadalajara, Patzcuaro and Morelia, English speaking guide, Lodging taxes.