Colonial Mexico

from€3299
for 13 nights

Experience the welcoming culture of Mexico and explore the multitude of UNESCO heritage sites on this incredible 13 night escorted tour.

What's Included
  • Flights from Dublin to Mexico City, Mexico
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 13 nights accommodation in Mexico
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches and 3 dinners (as per the itinerary)
  • Tours each day, outlined in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites and parks on the itinerary
  • Ground transport with driver
  • Services of English speaking guide and local representatives
  • Flights from Mexico City to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges & 20kg check-in bag per person

Mexico has one of the highest number of UNESCO heritage sites of any country, many located in the central provinces, where ancient and colonial history are inextricably entwined. One of the few Latin American destinations reached by direct scheduled flight from the UK, Mexico City and its surrounds are a culturally fascinating contrast to the bustling coastal resorts. The colonial period lasted from around 1500 to 1800 with Mexico under Spanish military and economic control.

Explore ancient Aztec capitals, colonial cities, coastal Acapulco and a taste of Mezcal

One of the most impressive sites is the Aztec site of Teotihuacán, home to the immense and well-preserved Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. The mighty empire of the Aztecs founded Mexico City in the 13th century, naming it Tenochtitlan, and the remains of an Aztec temple sit alongside the city’s Baroque-style constructions. Morelia, is one of the country’s best preserved colonial cities. Baroque styles dominate the narrow streets and the pink stone cathedral, whose spires reach a height of over 200 feet, is one of Mexico’s finest. The beautiful pastel-coloured colonial buildings of picture-postcard San Miguel de Allende make this small city a haven for artists who flock to the local painting schools. Whilst colonial Zacatecas owed its wealth to silver mining and became one of the most important cities in ‘New Spain’, it is now a UNESCO site due to the mesmerising Baroque architecture dotted throughout the historical centre.

Overview

Mexico City – 3 nights
Guanajuato – 1 night
San Miguel de Allende – 1 night
San Luis Potosí – 1 night
Zacatecas – 2 nights
Guadalajara – 1 night
Pátzcuaro – 2 nights
Acapulco – 1 night
Taxco – 1 night
Flight – 1 night

Prices
Dates Price
20 Nov 2020 €3299 Book Now
15 Jan 2021 €4189 Book Now
05 Feb 2021 €4259 Book Now
12 Mar 2021 €4289 Book Now
Agent
Eleanor M
Eleanor M
Booking Remarks
Inclusive of taxes as indicated
Non refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person
Full payment due 12 weeks before departure
Optional Insurance €38 (conditions apply)
Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
Itinerary
Day 1

Mexico City, Mexico

Fly from Dublin to Mexico City. Stay three nights at the 3-star Royal Reforma Hotel.

Day 2

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico city walking tour including the Zócalo main square, National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral. Visit the Xochimilco Floating Gardens and the Frida Kahlo museum. (B)

Day 3

Mexico City, Mexico

Visit Teotihuacán pyramids. Later, visit the National Anthropology Museum. (B, D)

Day 4

Mexico City, Mexico

Travel to the state of Querétaro (3 hrs) and visit a small winery and the colourful village of Bernal founded in 1642 by a Spanish soldier and dominated by a giant rock, the third largest monolith in the world. Continue to the former mining town of Guanajuato for overnight at the 3-star La Abadia Hotel. (B)

Day 5

Guanajuato, Mexico

Walking tour of Guanajuato and visit Atotonilco Church. Travel to San Miguel de Allende for overnight at the 3-star Real de Minas Hotel. (B)

Day 6

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Walking tour of San Miguel de Allende including one of the few Neo-Gothic churches left in Mexico. Pass through the magical town of Mineral de Pozos which has been twice abandoned. Continue for overnight in San Luis Potosí at the 3-star Real Plaza Hotel. (B)

Day 7

San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Visit the historical centre of San Luis Potosí including the Viceroyalty Art Museum and Museum Leonara Carrington. Travel to Zacatecas (3 hrs) and stay two nights at the 3-star Santa Rita Hotel. (B)

Day 8

Zacatecas, Mexico

Drive to La Bufa hill for a spectacular view over the historical centre of Zacatecas and return by cable car. Visit the Rafael Coronel Museum, home to many pieces from the artist including a large collection of masks. Visit Jerez. (B, D)

Day 9

Zacatecas, Mexico

Travel to La Quemada, a prehispanic and ceremonial archaeological site and to Teúl (4 hrs) which dates from the preshispanic era. Enjoy a Mezcal distillery tour. Continue to Guadalajara for overnight at the 3-star Morales Hotel. (B)

Day 10

Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara city tour including the Degollado Theatre and Hospicio Cabañas. Travel to Pátzcuaro (4 hrs) for a walking tour and two nights at the 3-star Misión Pátzcuaro Centro Historico. (B)

Day 11

Pátzcuaro, Mexico

Visit Tupátaro Church and pre-Hispanic Purépecha capital of Tzintzuntzan by Lake Pátzcuaro. Later, tour Morelia including the colourful colonial aqueduct, Clavijero Palace, cathedral and ex-convent of Santa Rosa. Return to Pátzcuaro. (B)

Day 12

Pátzcuaro, Mexico

Travel to the fishing town of Zihuatanejo for a visit (5 hrs). Continue to Acapulco (4 hrs) for overnight at the 3-star Elcano Hotel. Visit La Quebrada rock point to see the famous cliff divers. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Acapulco, Mexico

Panoramic Acapulco tour and visit the Historical Museum in the old harbour fortress. Travel to Taxco (4 hrs) in the Sierra Madre mountains, famous for silver jewellery production. Overnight at 3-star Montetaxco Hotel. (B, L)

Day 14

Taxco, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

Enjoy a walking tour of Taxco including the Santa Prisca baroque church and Borda House of Culture. In the afternoon travel to Mexico City (3 ½ hrs) for the evening overnight flight back to Dublin. (B)

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