Great Viceregal Cities
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 tour begins in Mexico City on
the following Saturdays - January 7, 14 and 28,
February 11 and 18, March 11 and 18, April 1 and 8, May
13 and 20, June 10 and 17, July 15, August 12, September
2 and 8, October 14, November 11 and December 2 and 16.
(Arrive the preceding Friday for optional
Teotihuacán/Guadalupe Shrine tour*.) The tour ends
in Mexico City the following Sunday.
MEXICO CITY - MORELIA - PATZCUARO - GUADALAJARA - TEQUILA
TLAQUEPAQUE - GUANAJUATO - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE -
DAY 1 (SAT). Arrival in Mexico City.
Meet and greet at the Mexico City's
“Benito Juarez” international
airport, transfer to your Mexico City hotel for
overnight accommodation. No guide on this day.
DAY 2 (SUN). MORELIA.
Transfer to Patzcuaro, visiting en route the beautiful city of Morelia, a perfect example of a Spanish Colonial City, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit includes the Cathedral, the Governor Palace, the Martir Plaza, the
Aqueduct and its typical Candies
Market. Overnight in Patzcuaro. (B)
DAY 3 (MON). PATZCUARO.
Visit the House of the Eleven Patios, the cathedral of our lady of health, the Gertrudis Bocanegra Library –with its murals painted by famous muralist Juan O´Gorman, the Don Vasco de Quiroga Plaza and its typical Indian market; continue to Guadalajara.
Overnight in Guadalajara. (B)
DAY 4 (TUE).
TEQUILA – TLAQUEPAQUE. Departure to the “Tequila” region, that is also a cultural and historic heritage site; at the
Amatitlán village visitors will go to the Hacienda San José del Refugio, which hosts one of the
country's best Tequila distilleries, to see the whole
manufacturing tequila process. After this visit, you continue to San Pedro Tlaquepaque, where its inhabitants are dedicated to glassblowing manufacturing and all kinds of handcrafts. Overnight in Guadalajara
DAY 5 (WED).
GUADALAJARA. The day starts at the
historical district visiting the Degollado Theater, the Cathedral, the main square, the Government Palace and the Cabañas Orphanage with their famous murals painted by Orozco, which are cultural and historic heritage sites. Overnight in
DAY 6 (THU).
GUANAJUATO - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE. The tour starts visiting the Basilica, the University, its mansions, its temples, its picturesque and narrow Colonial streets. Its underground streets (former riverbeds) and the famous Callejon del Beso (The Kissing Alley). Downtown
Guanajuato is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to San Miguel de Allende, arrival and visit to the city recently named an UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has beautiful Colonial mansions, colonial streets and alleys, impressive colonial churches and its new Gothic style Parish church at the main square, symbol of this beautiful City. Overnight in San Miguel de Allende.
DAY 7 (FRI).
QUERETARO. Departure to Querétaro, which is also a cultural and historic heritage site to visit its cathedral, its convents, its mansions, its streets, squares and the alleys, and the world famous convent of the crosses. Return to Mexico City, arrival at your hotel.
Overnight in Mexico City. (B)
DAY 8 (SAT).
MEXICO CITY. The city tour begins visiting the cultural and historic heritage downtown 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.
Downtown Mexico City is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour follows with the visit to the Chapultepec Park, an important Residential area of Mexico City, and the “Zona Rosa” vibrant district with restaurants and shops. In the afternoon, the Mesoamerican cultures best museum by far: The Museum of Anthropology. Overnight in Mexico City.
the time indicated, transfer to the airport to board
your return flight home.
nights in México City, 1 night in San Miguel Allende, 1
night in Guanajuato, 2 nights in Guadalajara, 1 night in
Patzcuaro, daily breakfasts, arrival and departure
transfers, Mexico City tour, all land transfers, English speaking guide,
What’s not included:
Meals other than breakfasts,
tips to your driver and
guide (suggested minimum tips are $2 per person, per day
for the driver and $4 per person, per day for the guide).
items of a personal nature, tips for baggage handling,
nothing that is not mentioned in the itinerary.
ALSO, no international airfares are
Begins and ends in
Per Person Tour Prices -
Minimum 2 persons on tour*
Single - $1,710 Double - $1,225
Triple - $1,120
Additional charge for a single passenger traveling alone
prices 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
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.
Hotels on route will be
confirmed according to the availability.
An optional tour of the Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacán
is available with this tour. 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 tour
presented above is not private. This tour is 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 pick
up others at other hotels 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.
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