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2020 Mexico Colonial Cities Tours

The following are brief summaries of the many Colonial Mexico tours offered.  The tours are listed shortest to longest. Please click on the tour's name, picture or DETAILS button for complete tour descriptions and prices.  It is important that you recognize that many of these tours have specific starting dates, some run every week of the year and a few only available on request.

PLEASE NOTE - Our tours (other than the Mexico City tours) are not "day tours" or "seat in bus" tours. Our tours are high quality, escorted shared services tours - we do not use "local guides". Our tours are operated with the local ground operator's own private vehicles - accept in certain situations that are spelled out in some itineraries, we do not utilize "public transport".

Shared service tours means that you are almost assured that you will be sharing the tour with other guests and that there is no flexibility in the itinerary. The tours are fast paced and cover a lot of ground. Our guests tend to agree that the guides and drivers are outstanding and that there much to see but not always enough time to get into detail on all the attractions. Our tours are structured this way to keep the quality high, the costs low and afford more people the opportunity to visit these wonderful places and experience the wonderful things on tour in a relatively short period of time.

Please keep in mind that we do offer these same tours or expansions of these tours on a private basis. The pace of these private, custom tours is much slower, more time is spent in the cities and at the various attractions and we can modify any itinerary to accommodate any special requests. Of course, for good reasons, these private tours are more costly than the shared service tours.

Please let us know if, instead of our shared service tours, you would prefer your own private, custom tour. We would be delighted to be of service.

Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato

Angel de la Independencia, Mexico City

Santa Domingo de Guzman Church, Oaxaca

Independence Route - This is our shortest tour, 6 days/5 nights, that highlights the major Colonial Cities where significant events took place in Mexico's independence movement, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo and Guanajuato.  Our 2020 set departure tours begin in Mexico City on the following Mondays -  January 6 and 20,  February 3 and 7, March 2, 16 and 30, April 13 and 27, May 12, 25 and 30, June 8 and 22, July 6 and 20, August 3, 17 and 13, September 28, October 12, November 19 and 23 and December 7. (Arrive the preceding Sunday for optional Teotihuacán/Guadalupe Shrine tour*.) The tour ends in Mexico City the following Saturday.  Private tours can start on any date.
Wonderful Mexico -  This 7 day/6 night tour offers a few of the most popular day tours available in and around Mexico City using Mexico City as a base for all accommodations, including the city highlights aboard a "hop on, hop off" bus, the Shrine of Guadalupe, the ruins of Teotihuacán, Xochimilco, Cuernavaca, Taxco, Puebla and Cholula.  This tour is available to start any day of the year.  The tour can be expanded to include even more sites and attractions than are already part of the tour.
Colonial Oaxaca and Archaeology - This exciting and beautiful 8 day / 7 night tour explores the ancient civilizations and legacy of ancient, colonial and native Mexico.  The tour includes ruins and remnants of the Zapotec and Mixtecs cultures plus the UNESCO World Heritage site of Oaxaca.  Begins and ends in Oaxaca Mexico.  This is a "request only" tour that can begin any day, year round., based on confirmation of the number of persons on tour and the tour price. 

Teatro Degollado, Guadalajara


  Dolores Hidalgo

Monte Alban

The Great Viceregal Cities - The Path of the Spanish Conquistadores - For 9 days / 8 nights this tour follows the path of the Spanish Conquistadors through Mexico’s Central Highlands from Mexico City to Morelia, Patzcuaro, Guadalajara, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. The 2020 set departure tours begins in Mexico City on the following Saturdays -  January 11, February 7, March 7, April 18, May 42 and 30, June 13 and 27, July 11, August 8, September 5, October 3, November 28, December 12. (Arrive the preceding Friday for optional Teotihuacán/Guadalupe Shrine tour*.)  The tour ends in Mexico City the following Sunday.  Private tours can start on any date.
Colonial Route - This is the most comprehensive of our Colonial Cities tours (except this tour doesn't visit the northern colonial city of Zacatecas).  This program allows you to visit 10 magnificent cities in only 9 days and 8 nights.  The tour begins in Mexico City on any Monday. (Arrive on Sunday for optional Teotihuacán/Guadalupe Shrine tour*.)  The tour ends in Mexico City the following Tuesday.  Extension details on the itinerary page. 
Zapotecas and Mayas - Mexico, Oaxaca and Chiapas.  Another great 9 day/8 night tour that includes the wonders of Mexico City and the extraordinary attractions of the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.  This tour combines some of the best of Colonial Mexico with the wonders of the ancient Zapotec and Maya civilizations.  The tour begins on Tuesdays in Mexico City and ends in either Mexico City or Villahermosa on the following Wednesday.  This is a "request only" tour that could begin any day, year round, based on confirmation of the tour price. 

El Tajin

Cathedral, Zacatecas

Chichén Itza

Central Mexico Archaeology Tours - Please take a look as some wonderful  private, fast-paced tours that explore the ancient civilizations and legacy of ancient and colonial Mexico.  These tours includes vestiges of the Aztec, Chichimec, Toltec, El Tajin, Olmec, Totonac, Huaxtec, Olmeca-Xicalanca, Maya, Teotihuacán, Zapotec and Mixtec cultures.  Begins and ends in Mexico City.  This is a "request only" tour that could begin any day, year round, based on confirmation of the tour price. 
Colonial Treasures Tour - 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.  In 2019 the set departures for this tour begins in Mexico City on the following Tuesdays -  January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18, March 3, 17 and 30, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, September 1 and 29, October 13, November 10 and 24, December 8. (Arrive the preceding Sunday for optional Teotihuacán/Guadalupe Shrine tour*.) The tour ends in Mexico City the following Thursday.  Private tours can start on any date.
The Grande Mexpedition Tour  This 12 day / 11 night comprehensive  historical, cultural and archaeological journey from Mexico City to Cancun via Oaxaca, Chiapas, Campeche and the Yucatan Peninsula.  The tour begins on any Tuesday in Mexico City ends in Cancun 12 days later.   This can be a "request only" modified tour that could begin any day, year round., based on confirmation of the tour price.

*An optional tour of the Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacán is available with any tour that begins in Mexico City.  You would need to come in one day before the start of the selected tour.   You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel for the evening.  The next day you will visit the Square of the Three Cultures, where the past and the present mix, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of America; the impressive archaeological zone of Teotihuacán to admire the monumental Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the temple of  Quetzalpapalotl, the Citadel and the Avenue of the Dead. You will also visit an arts and crafts center tour before being returned to you hotel for the first night of your selected tour.  The cost is $100 to $150 per person, depending on the category of your selected accommodations.


MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE NOTE – Even though private tours are available, the tours offered above are not private. These tours are offered on a shared basis so you will be traveling with others. It is possible that there will be different passengers traveling with you on some tour days. This is so the tour can be organized in such a way so that all passengers scheduled for that tour day can travel together. There will be the main tour route and some other shorter routes which overlap the main route. Again, there will not always be the same people touring days because they will be joining the main tour and in some of the cities visited.

TOUR LOGISTICS – Upon arrival you will be met and greeted outside the customs area by your pick up and transfer representative. He will provide you with our welcome packet with the local version of your itinerary, travel recommendations and the appropriate hotel vouchers, normally for the accommodations for the first and last nights. Vouchers will not be provided for all hotels on tour since your guide will be with you during your tour and he will have those vouchers. You will then be transferred to your first night’s hotel for check in and overnight accommodations.

During the rest of your tour you will be picked up at the entrance of your hotel at the time designated in your local itinerary. Then you will either begin your tour or be transferred to a meeting place where you will join other passengers to begin the tour. Where there is any question about the exact pick up time at your hotel your guide will call you and/or the front desk to confirm the exact time of his arrival at your hotel.

HOTEL CLASSIFICATIONS - Please note the following:

The tour prices presented anticipate accommodations while in Mexico City at either the Hotel Geneve or the Galeria Plaza in the Zona Rosa or at either the Historico Central or Zocalo Central in the downtown area near the Zocalo.  Upgrade accommodations in Mexico City are available at increased prices.

Hotels while on tour are rated from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 on Trip Advisor.  They are all rated as at least 4 star accommodations under the Mexico hotel rating system.  This category includes hotels that have a high level of, but not elaborate, service. They have adequate staffing, in room entertainment and, in most cases, WiFi. They offer enhanced overall physical design elements and amenities. The accommodations guarantee cleanliness with bathrooms cleaned and linens washed and changed daily and services such as hot water and purified drinking water (but we do recommend bottled water).  All hotels have restaurant facilities, in some cases a specialty restaurant, and most offer at least limited room service hours.  Hotels on tour can be upgraded only on private tours. 

Please call us at 1-888-843-6292 or email us at with your questions or for more information. 

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