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The colonial cities of the west

This tour is dedicated to the discovery of Mexico's colonial cities: Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajato, Guadalajara, Patzcuaro, Morelia...

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: México
  • Day 2: México - Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe - Teotihuacan - Zócalo - México
  • Day 3: México - Tula - San Miguel de Allende
  • Day 4: San Miguel de Allende - Guanajuato
  • Day 5: Guanajuato - Janitzio Island - Patzcuaro
  • Day 6: Patzcuaro - Morelia - México
  • Day 7: México

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: México

Arrival to Mexico City Airport (flight ? at ?), Transfer to your hotel.



Overnight stay at the Metropol hotel.
Included : transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 2: México - Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe - Teotihuacan - Zócalo - México

Meeting in the hotel lobby and departure for a visit of the surroundings of Mexico City. North of the city, visit of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, built in the 17th century. It is the most important religious site of Latin America and major pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics coming from all over the world. There we also see the Old Basilica that is slowly sinking into the ground. The Old Basilica shelters a reproduction of the Black Madonna, which can be seen behind the choir inside the modern basilica.

Then we head to the archeological site of Teotihuacan with the pyramids of the Moon and the Sun, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent (Quetzalcóatl), the Temple of the Feathered Snails and the Palace of the Jaguars. The « City of the Gods» was built in the seventh century and was probably, with its 200,000 inhabitants, the most populated city in the world at that time.

Then we go for a city tour, mainly of the Zocalo, one of the largest squares in the world. There stands the largest Cathedral in the Americas, built on the site of the former grand Aztec temple «Teocalli». Its three naves shelter many chapels and altars adorned with gold, including the beautiful ‘Altar of Forgiveness’. The Palacio Nacional (National Palace) was built on top of the Palace of Moctezuma and features frescos painted by famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Nowadays, it houses the President’s offices. The Templo Mayor (only outside) is a relic of the ancient Aztec capital Tenochtitlan… a pre-Columbian temple in the middle of urban jungle: simply amazing!

Suggestions for the evening (contact us) : - Show of lucha libre (wrestling), very popular sport in Mexico, in the great arena of the capital… great atmosphere guaranteed! (only Tuesday at 19:00, Friday at 20:00 and Sunday at 17:00). - Ballet Folklórico (only Wednesday and Sunday - 20:30)


Option included : english speaking local guide for all the day.
Option included : Entrance fees to Teotihuacan.

Overnight stay at the Metropol hotel.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, room & breakfast
Included opts : English speaking guide, Entrance fees Teotihuacan

Day 3: México - Tula - San Miguel de Allende

Today we head to the archaeological site of Tula, former capital of the Toltec civilization. Visit of the site with its impressive statues, « Los Atlantes ».

Then we head to San Miguel de Allende, colonial city with narrow cobbled streets. It is a small colonial city with great charm. The pastel colors, the dozens of handicraft shops, the colonial architecture, give a lovely atmosphere to the city. Visit of the city and in particular of the parish church, the Plaza de Allende and the churches of Santo Domingo, San Francisco and San Felipe Neri.


Option included : Entrance fees to Tula.

Overnight stay at hotel Hacienda el Santuario. Junior suite.
Included : private transport, entrance fees, room & breakfast
Included opts : Entrance fees Tula

Day 4: San Miguel de Allende - Guanajuato





Overnight stay at hotel Meson de los Poetas.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: Guanajuato - Janitzio Island - Patzcuaro

Departure in the morning for the city of Patzcuaro, center of the Tarascan population. Visit of the ‘house of eleven patios’, an ancient dominican convent built in the seventeenth century.

In the afternoon, we take a boat trip to the Island of Janitzio. On the way we stop to see the fishermen, their famous boats and nets. On the island, visit of the statue of Morelos, a true architectural feat that tells the story of the Mexican Revolution. Stroll in the small streets and lunch in a tipical Fonda.

Return at the end of the day to Patzcuaro after a stop in the village of Tzintzuntzan, famous for its monastery and its wood handicrafts.


Option included : Janitzio island (boat + tickets included)

Overnight stay at hotel Casa del Refugio.
Included : private transport, entrance fees, boat ticket, room & breakfast
Included opts : Boat isla Janitzio

Day 6: Patzcuaro - Morelia - México

Departure from the hotel to Morelia, a colonial city built in pink stones that has kept a flair of the past and that has been designated a World ‘artistic’ Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Discovery of the cathedral on the Zocalo built in a mixture of baroque, herreresque and neo-classic styles.

Arrival in Mexico City at the end of the day.



Overnight stay at the Metropol hotel.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 7: México

Departure from the hotel to Mexico City Airport in private transportation 3 hours before take-off.


Included : transfer departure

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 3:

Option included : English speaking tour guide.
Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses
Included opts : English speaking tour guide.

Day 4:

Option included : English speaking tour guide.
Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses
Included opts : English speaking tour guide.

Day 5:

Option included : English speaking tour guide.
Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses
Included opts : English speaking tour guide.

Day 6:

Option included : English speaking tour guide.
Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses
Included opts : English speaking tour guide.

Metropol   México

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

This is a comfortable hotel set in a prime location. Situated in the heart of the city it is within walking distance to the Main Plaza or Zocalo, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Alameda Park. The comfortable rooms, each with a small shower room, are large and airy, pleasantly decorated, clean and in very good condition.

Hacienda el Santuario   San Miguel de Allende

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

This beautiful Spanish-style colonial home, built in 1571, transports you to a time long, long ago. A registered historic landmark, its ancient grandeur magnificently and lovingly restored, El Santuario Centro is a rare jewel that seemlessly blends historic charm with the plush amenites you expect from a certified 'Boutique' Hotel.

Meson de los Poetas   Guanajuato

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

The Meson of the Poets is the ideal place for people that enjoy a peaceful hotel of a special category. Located strategically in the downtown area of the city of Guanajuato, the hotel is in fact a restored XVIII century house that provides the perfect environment for relaxation and inspiration.

Casa del Refugio   Patzcuaro

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Casa del Refugio offers a specialized service that will make you feel at home. Located in the heart of the city of Patzcuaro this hotel affords modern facilities housed in an 18th century building.

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