Mexico's Colonial Gems
There are a series of charming and picturesque colonial towns between Mexico City and Guadalajara. Built by the Spanish, they were funded by immense silver finds and are rich in history and culture. Delightful cobbled streets, wonderful churches and historic houses, excellent hotels, great food and some fascinating archaeological sites await you on this tour. This is the real Mexico!
Day 1: Mexico City > San Miguel de Allende Leaving Mexico City with a private guide, your first stop is at Tula, once capital of the Toltec Empire. Continue to the city of Queretaro to see its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture and impressive aqueduct before arriving in San Miguel de Allende in the late afternoon for your two-night stay.
Day 2: Dolores Hidalgo & Sanctuary of Atotonilco Start the day at the town of Dolores Hidalgo, the cradle of Mexican independence and today known as an important centre for ceramic production. Next, visit the UNESCO Heritage listed Sanctuary of Atotonilco with its rich Mexican Baroque murals, dubbing the complex 'The Sistine Chapel of Mexico'. Return to San Miguel de Allende for the night
Day 3: San Miguel de Allende > Guanajuato > Morelia Drive to Guanajuato, a quaint maze of alleys and plazas, with colonial-era mansions and churches built using pink or green sandstone. Continue to Morelia and undertake a late afternoon walking tour of this colonial gem before checking into your hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 4: Quiroga & Tzintzuntzan Touring today includes a visit to the major handicraft centre of Quiroga and then onto Tzintzuntzan, once the capital of the Pre-Columbian Tarascan culture and famed for its round pyramids.
Day 5: Morelia > Patzcuaro > Guadalajara Visit the charming lakeside town of Patzcuaro famed for its arts and crafts, before continuing to Guadalajara, home for the next three nights.
Day 6: Guachimontones & Guadalajara Visit the fascinating archeological site of Guachimontones and then back to Guadalajara for sightseeing this afternoon.
Day 7: Tequila Drive a short distance to Tequila where you visit the Botanic Gardens, museum and a distillery before returning to Guadalajara, allowing time for independent exploration.
Day 8: Depart Guadalajara Transfer to the airport for departure.
• Tailor-made journey with private English-speaking local guide • 7 nights' accommodation • Transfers and transport • Sightseeing and entrance fees • 7 breakfasts
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions NOTE:Price not valid 13-28 Apr or 24 Oct - 05 Nov 2019. The single price is based on one person travelling alone. A single cost for those travelling with other guests is substantially cheaper. Contact World Journeys for details.
NOTE:Price not valid 13-28 Apr or 24 Oct - 05 Nov 2019. The single price is based on one person travelling alone. A single cost for those travelling with other guests is substantially cheaper. Contact World Journeys for details.