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Exploration of the Great Colonial Cities


Mexico’s Great Colonial Cities is the perfect trip for a full immersion into the colorful folklore and flavors that make up Mexico. On this trip through colonial Mexico you will be winding down cobblestone streets, exploring colorful folklore, discovering pre-Columbian sites and devouring Mexican cuisine. Friendly locals from the regions we will visit are glad to share a smile or invite you into their workshops to browse the rich crafts traditions that have continued unchanged for generations. The journey will blend together for a full immersion in the beautiful colonial Mexico.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Family

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Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrive in Mexico City
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodations to the Mexico City Airport.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

Day 2 – Teotihuacan Archaeological Site & Mexico City Historic Center
Today travel 31 miles (approximately 1 hour) to Teotihuacán, which in Nahuatl means ‘the birthplace of the gods’. Your expert guide will lead you on an exploration of the area that echoes with the sound of Mesoamerican flutes played all around. You may also have a chance to climb the 213 foot tall Pyramid of the Sun and/or the 141 foot high Pyramid of the Moon and look out across the city and valley of Teotihuacán. Afterwards, you will be driven back to the capital for lunch (not included), followed by a tour of Mexico’s Mesoamerican, Colonial and Revolutionary history while exploring the historic center of the capital. What is now the heart of this modern city was also once the center of the Aztec world, Tenochtitlan. You will visit the Cathedral built upon the main Aztec temple by the Spanish conquistadors, as well as the painted representation of Mexico’s past by muralist Diego Rivera. Taking a walk along some of the center’s iconic streets, you will arrive at the Palace of Fine Arts where you can explore its varied architecture. It is also the theater that famously hosts the Folkloric Ballet and is home to more murals by Diego Rivera. Return to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (B)

Day 3 – Mexico City Anthropology Museum Tour with Transfer to Morelia
This morning you will visit Mexico City's Anthropology museum for a private tour. This museum houses important pieces from all over the Mesoamerican world and is the most visited museum in Mexico. Designed and built by architect Pedro Ramirez Vasquez in 1964, it is considered important for its architectural design as well as the vast array of artifacts that it houses. Your expert guide will lead you on an exploration of the museum, taking you on a journey through the many histories and cultures of Mesoamerica. One of the most important pieces housed at the museum is the 24-ton Aztec Sunstone, found buried beneath the city´s main square in 1790. While you observe its intricate craftsmanship, your guide will explain the legend of the five suns that is depicted in the stone. Thereafter transfer by road to the colonial city of Morelia, built in the 16th century according to plans that melded Enlightenment ideas with local traditions. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Casa Grande Hotel Boutique, Morelia (B)

Day 4 – Santa Clara del Cobre and Patzcuaro
Today explore the atmospheric Purepecha highlands with your expert guide. Travel approximately 1 hour (44 miles to Santa Clara del Cobre. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at one of the region’s famed copper workshops. While the mines of this copper mining town are now closed, copper crafting continues. Watch families of three or four generations as they work on their works of art with ease and skill. You will visit the central plaza, named after Vasco de Quiroga, the Spaniard in charge of building the town after the Spanish conquest. Wander the cobble stoned streets, taking in its colonial and indigenous feel as your guide shares the history of this magic town. Afterwards, you will stop for a panoramic view of lovely Lake Patzcuaro’s shining waters and the rocky island of Janitzio. In the colonial village of Patzcuaro, be sure to try some of the local Tarascan specialties at lunch (not included) before returning to Morelia where you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Starting Accommodation: Casa Grande Hotel Boutique, Morelia (B)

Day 5 – San Miguel City Tour and Dos Buhos Vineyard
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a walking city tour of the colorful historic center of San Miguel de Allende. You will visit the most important attractions including the famous Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel designed by the indigenous stonemason Zeferino Gutierrez from a postcard depicting a Belgian Church. You will learn how the history and lore of San Miguel are intertwined with the Independence Movement.

At noon, your guide will drive you just outside of central San Miguel de Allende for a visit to the Dos Buhos Vineyard. Upon arrival you will be received with a glass of cold sangria (or bottle of Sentia water) to begin your privately guided tour of the property, the vineyards and the wine-making facilities before enjoying a deluxe wine pairing of 5 wines. You will sample the wines with a gourmet picnic meal that includes a cheese platter with baguettes, homemade marmalade, Quiche Lorraine, a salad, prosciutto, cold cut meats, a gourmet chocolate chip cookie and chocolates. This menu can either be packed into a picnic basket or served under our beautiful Mesquite tree on an antique picnic table with elegant table settings.

After your tour and picnic lunch at the vineyard, you will be driven back to San Miguel de Allende by your private bilingual guide, for a visit to the Botanical Gardens. This large nature reserve is home to a varied collection of cacti and other Mexican plants. Many of the plants and flowers found there are rare and endangered. You will have a chance to explore the gardens and learn more about the diverse range of flora before returning to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada (B)

Day 6 – San Miguel City Tour with Fabrica 'La Aurora' the Art & Design Center
Today enjoy privately guided tour exploring the colorful historic center of San Miguel de Allende. Your day will begin by looking out over San Miguel de Allende, taking in the architecture and the surrounding area. You will then head into the town to visit the iconic central plaza, where locals come to gather and chat under the shade of the trees before going inside San Miguel’s famous pink church (Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel) that boasts gothic-style architecture. Lead by your guide, wander through the cobbled streets of this culturally rich town and visit museums, churches, art galleries and workshops, as well as some of the most iconic buildings and structures. Visit Fabrica La Aurora a beautiful art and design center housed in a former textile factory that dates to the turn-of-the century. The Fabrica La Aurora is home to over forty galleries, studios, shops, and restaurants. Among old textile machines and hydraulic turbines, you will find artists busy at work in their studios, new exhibits in contemporary art galleries, furniture and interior design stores, antiques and jewelry boutiques. Upon completion of your tour, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada (B)

Day 7 – Guanajuato Full Day City Tour
Start your day exploring the colorful capital of the state by the same name. Lead by your guide explore the historical center, visiting the statue of Pipila, one of the earliest heroes of the revolution, the Juarez Theater with its roof crowned with Greek muses and the narrow Alley of the Kiss, where you will learn about the love story that gives the street its name. Stroll the streets of the city with its underground passageways and if time allows you will visit some of the multiple museums of the city and the workshop of renowned local artist Gorky Gonzalez. After your tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada (B)

Day 8 – Travel to Mexico City


Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (B)

Day 9 – Depart Mexico City


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Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
Mexico City
Deluxe:
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
Morelia
Deluxe:
Casa Grande Hotel Boutique, Morelia
San Miguel de Allende
Deluxe:
Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada
Mexico City
Deluxe:
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
Twin Share
11/1/2020 - 12/31/2021
Deluxe:
$5,240
Single Traveler
11/1/2020 - 12/31/2021
Deluxe:
$10,340


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Price does not include airfare unless otherwise stated. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: www.swaindestinations.com/terms