The Heart of Mexico’s Colonial Charm
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The Heart of Mexico’s Colonial Charm

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Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrive in Mexico City
Your journey begins in Mexico City today with an included transfer from the Mexico City International Airport to your hotel. Join your fellow travelers at 6:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. Meal: D

Day 2 - Mexico City Touring and Cooking Experience
Begin the day at Teotihuacán (Place of the Gods), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vast archaeological site features the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Road of the Dead. Lunch is included today Gran Teocalli Restaurant where you will learn to make traditional Guacamole sauce from chilis, green tomatoes, avocados and spices. You will also prepare your own tortillas from corn dough and learn everything about the principal component of many Mexican dishes. Later, visit a co-op food factory where they produce jam, honey and candy before coming to an obsidian workshop to see the raw material being crafted into unique hadicrafts. You may also taste a local liquor called “pulque”, drawn from the Agave plant before returning to the hotel. Meals: B, L

Day 3 - Queretaro and San Miguel de Allende
Depart this morning for the state capital of Queretaro, who played an important role in the Independence Wars. Lunch in Queretaro is at Restaurante 1810 featuring live music and delicious cuisine. Then, continue to San Miguel de Allende known for its beautiful mansions and Gothic cathedral, its landmark symbol. Populated by many American and Mexican artists, this charming colonial city is full of galleries, shops, and colorful winding streets. In 1926, the whole town was declared a national monument. Dinner tonight is at Jacinto 1930 Restaurante whose meals celebrate the popular Mexican ingredient Maize and whose architecture is a blend of colonial and contemporary design for a modern Mexican experience. Meals: B, L, D

Day 4 - Hidalgo and Guanajuato
Begin the day in Hidalgo, an idyllic town where in 1810, the Mexican independence movement began with parish priest Miguel Hidalgo issued the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Independence). While here, taste a delicious regional ice cream and visit a local Talavera Pottery workshop to see the manufacturing process of this type of decorated pottery. Continue to Guanajuato where a city tours shows you the Basilica, University and the picturesque, historic center with its narrow colonial roads. See the underground streets, the famous Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss) and enjoy views from El Pipila monument. Following dinner, join a group of Estudiantinas (strolling musicians) whose street tours are one of the city’s great traditions. Meals: B, D

Day 5 - Zacatecas
In the town of Zacatecas a tour shows you the highlights of this magnificent colonial jewel. Visit the historical center whose 18th century rose stone cathedral is one of the jewels of Mexican Baroque architecture. Also visit the Plaza de Las Armas (Weapons Plaza), the mineral rich Mine of El Eden and enjoy a cable car up the Cerro de la Bufa hill for fantastic panoramic views of the city. Meals: B, D

Day 6 - Guadalajara
Begin the day with a leisurely morning drive to the town of Guadalajara, known as “The Pearl of the Occident” because of its beauty and region. Enjoy an included lunch in Guadalajara before a tour of the Tlaquepaque neighborhood, famous for manufacturing the finest glassblowing handicrafts and other variety of arts and crafts of the state. Meals: B, L

Day 7 - Guadalajara Touring and Tequila
Today, enjoy a city tour of Guadalajara, including the Teatro Degollado, (neoclassical Mexican theater), Palacio de Gobierno (Mexican parliament) and the Guadalajara Cathedral. Also visit the Hospicio Cabañas (hospital complex) a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its famous murals by the painter José Clemente Orozco. Later, visit the Tequila region, home of the ancient and famous Mexican alcoholic drink. At the Tequila village enjoy a demonstration of the whole manufacturing process at the José Cuervo Distillery to learn about the production of this national liquor. Return to Guadalajara for an included dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, D

Day 8 - Santa Clara del Cobre and Morelia
Arrive in the town of Pátzcuaro this morning for a sightseeing tour. See the House of the Eleven Patios, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud and the Gertrudis Bocanegra Library, with its murals painted by Juan O’Gorman, noted artist and architect. Also stop in a typical Mexican market in the Don Vasco de Quiroga Plaza before coming to Santa Clara del Cobre. Here, visit a copper workshop and even create your own copper masterpiece. Later, arrive in Morelia. Tonight, dinner is a San Miguelito Restaurante, whose motto is ”we do not allow someone to leave without being better and happier.” Meals: B, D

Day 9 - Morelia to Mexico City
In the morning enjoy a city tour of Morelia, the gorgeous capital of the State of Michoacán. See the exquisite Cathedral, with its Baroque exterior and neoclassic interior, the Plaza de Armas (Weapons Plaza), the Government Palace and Clavijero Palace before returning to Mexico City. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at Restaurant Villa Maria featuring live music and a delicious menu. Meals: B, D

Day 10 - Depart for Home
Following breakfast a group transfer to the Mexico City International Airport is available for flights out after 11:00 a.m. Meal: B

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