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My love of travel and discovering new places began when I was very young, with my parents regularly taking me abroad on family vacations. Later, as a teenager, if not off having adventures in foreign lands, I could be found reminiscing and daydreaming about travel and sharing my passion with others. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have set foot on all seven continents (the most recent being Antarctica in 2011), to have visited over 65 countries worldwide and to have lived for extended periods in five remarkable destinations: Wales, France, Germany, Australia and Bali. Now in my 15th year in the travel industry, my passion is as fervent as ever and these days I am the one planning the family vacations; taking my own children out to discover the world and to see them grow through their experiences. From snorkelling with sharks in Belize and zip-lining at Copan to watching orangutans in the wild in Borneo and climbing the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, I hope that I have instilled a love of travel in them and that they find as rewarding as I have over the years. Helping people discover the pleasure of travel and watching them get bitten by the travel bug is what I enjoy most.
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Colonial Treasures of Mexico offers visitors the chance to explore the central area of this vibrant country. After beginning in Mexico City, the tour heads to the historic heritage site of San Miguel de Allende before continuing to Guanajuato, a city rich in Mexican culture, and the colonial city of Zacatecas. The tour then takes you to the ambient city of Guadalajara to soak up some local flavour before visiting the Tequila region and returning to the capital city, where the tour ends.

Tour Highlights
See the incredible murals at the National Palace in Mexico City
Marvel at the opulent colonial buildings in Guanajuato
Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Zacatecas
Visit Guadalajara, the home of tequila and mariachi music
See and learn the elaborate tequila distilling process at Tequila town
Enjoy typical dishes and live music at the portals of Pátzcuaro

Colonial Treasures Of Mexico 10 Days

Please note that this tour is offered with the services of multilingual tour escorts. English-speaking site guides may be provided when available.

Tour departs every Friday
Welcome to Mexico City! You will be amazed by the size of the city from the moment you arrive. Meet and greet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, you will have free time to start exploring the city. As the country’s capital, the "Distrito Federal" is a mosaic of contrasts but most of all an experience in which all of Mexico comes together. It’s the perfect place to start your trip in Mexico. Overnight in Mexico City

After breakfast, get to know one of the world’s biggest and most exciting cities! With its distinct mestizo culture, blending native Indian (Nahuatl) and Spanish heritage, this megacity is the beating heart of the country. Enjoy a guided visit in the historical centre, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This interesting tour will include “The Zocalo,” the heart of the city, where you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the oldest and largest of the Americas, and the National Palace, home of the famous murals of Diego Rivera. You will also see the ruins of the Templo Mayor, one of the most important temples of the Aztecs in their ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. Next, we drive down the beautiful Paseo de la Reforma Avenue to arrive in Chapultepec Park. In pre-Hispanic times a summer residence for the noble class of the Aztecs, now it is Mexico City’s largest park and one of the largest city parks in the world. We will visit the Museum of Anthropology (closed on Mondays). This museum is considered to be among the finest in the world. Here you will admire the famous Aztec calendar stone, models of Tenochtitlán, a fascinating market place diorama, giant stone Olmec heads from the jungles of Tabasco and Veracruz, among many other interesting treasures. Overnight in Mexico City

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Teotihuacán, “the place where gods were created,” is one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the country. The history of Teotihuacan is quite mysterious. The earliest buildings were constructed around 200 BC. It is assumed that the city may have counted 200,000 inhabitants during its period of prosperity. In those years, Teotihuacán was the biggest city of the American continent and one of the biggest of the world. Until its inhabitants abandoned the city around the 8th century, Teotihuacan was probably the most significant and civilized cultural centre of ancient Mexico. During this guided excursion you will encounter the magic and mystery of Teotihuacan. Admire (and climb?) the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Walk down the Avenue of the Dead, visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl with its unique stone sculptures of plumed serpents, the Temple of the Butterflies, and the Fortresses. Before arriving back at your hotel, we make a stop at the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a pilgrimage place for millions of Mexicans and people from all around the world. Overnight in Mexico City

After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave the big city. Departure to Tula. Once upon a time, after the fall of Teotihuacan, Tula was the capital of the Toltecs and one of the most powerful cities of Mesoamerica. The most famous building of this archeological site is the temple of “Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli,” an impressive pyramid with beautiful statues of Toltec warriors (Atlantes) on top of it. We will then continue to Queretaro, an attractive city which has played a crucial role in Mexican history. In Queretaro we will enjoy an included lunch. After a short tour around the town’s well-preserved historic centre, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, we will go to San Miguel de Allende, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico. Let us show you the highlights of the city, including the famous “Parish of San Miguel,” the iconic church in Neo-Gothic style, with pink, sugar-candy pointing towers. These bizarre towers were designed by an untutored Indian, Zeferino Gutierrez, in the late 19th century. In the main chapel you will see the much-revered image of the Cristo de la Conquista, made from cornstalks and orchid bulbs by Indians in Patzcuaro in the 16th century. In the evening you will have some free time for dinner and to enjoy the night ambiance of the city. There is also ample opportunity for shopping for traditional crafts. Overnight in San Miguel de Allende

In the morning after breakfast we will go for a short drive to the town of Atotonilco. Here we will visit the Chapel built in the 16th century. You can see the fusion of the European and Pre-Hispanic cultures in its walls and ceilings. We will continue to the town of Dolores Hidalgo, a small town where Miguel Hidalgo, father of Mexico, delivered his famous “Grito de Dolores” (Cry for Independence). This cry symbolizes the start of the Mexican independence movement in the early 19th century. In the evening we will arrive in Guanajuato. After checking in at the hotel we will go for a night tour to see the illuminated centre of the city. Overnight in Guanajuato

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. With its history as an important mining centre, Guanajuato derived great wealth from its abundant silver deposits. The city is a true jewel among Mexico’s colonial cities. You will be surprised by its beauty, with its winding lanes, plazuelas shaded by Indian laurels, large variety of decorative styles, and curious Underground Avenue. In the morning we will further explore the city. Enjoy sights such as the Hidalgo market, Juarez Theater, the University, the “Alley of the Kiss,” the Alhondiga de Granaditas, and the monument of El Pipila. After this we will travel to San Luis Potosi. Panoramic tour of the centre and then continue to the beautiful city of Zacatecas, a magnificent historic monument of the vice royal era, located on a hillside of the Cerro de la Bufa. At night we will go for a walk to get a first impression of this colonial jewel. Overnight in Zacatecas

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Pink quarry stone constructions and plazas, filigree ironwork on balconies, narrow streets and stone-paved streets, polished by time, characterise Zacatecas. The city was founded in 1548, originally as a residence for those working in the surrounding mines. In time it became a cultural centre with beautiful architecture. Visit the cathedral, built in 1752, which is considered a masterpiece of the baroque style. You will have a gorgeous panoramic view of the city from Cerro de la Bufa, where we take the cable car and visit the Eden mine. It will be a great experience entering the mine, as we hop on a small train with narrow wagons, similar to those used in the New Spain era to transport precious minerals. Next, travel to western Mexico, to the pottery village of Tlaquepaque. Tlaquepaque is probably Mexico's largest and most important arts and crafts centre, hosting wares from all over the country. Present-day Tlaquepaque is still rich in local tradition and art. It attracts many of Jalisco's most talented artists, and has a reputation for the quality and diversity of its products. Many summer homes have been converted into shops which house crafts, arts and restaurants. The heart of Tlaquepaque is El Parian, a popular place to relax, enjoy a local bite, or simply to sit and watch the world go by, enjoying the steady pace of life in this small town. We proceed to nearby Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city and home of many of Mexico’s most beloved traditions. Overnight in Guadalajara

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today we start with a visit to the town of Tequila, to the origins of Mexico’s most famous liquors. On the way to Tequila, we will enjoy spectacular views of agave plantations. In the colourful town of Tequila, we will visit one of the most recognized haciendas dedicated to the production of tequila, to learn about the production process of Mexico’s national drink. Of course we will also have the opportunity to taste some tequila! Afterwards, return to Guadalajara. Before arriving in the city we will visit the impressive crafts market of Tonalá. Back in Guadalajara we will go for a tour including the huge twin-towered cathedral surrounded by attractive plazas, the “Government Palace,” Degollado Theater, and Hospicio Cabañas. Overnight in Guadalajara

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, departure to Lake Chapala, the biggest lake in Mexico, surrounded by mountains. We visit Chapala and then continue to Ocotlán, where we will visit the Temple of the Merciful Lord. We then continue to the State of Michoacán. A short visit is planned in Tzintzuntzan, once the capital of the Purepecha people. Next stop will be Pátzcuaro, a magical town located on a large lake, famous for its colonial beauty and unique for its traditional customs. Among its attractions are the “Basilique of Our Lady of Health,” the “House of the Eleven Patios,” and the historic centre. Don’t miss the traditional “Danza de los Viejitos” (Dance of the Old Men), probably the most entertaining Purépecha tradition. After some free time in the afternoon, we proceed to Morelia. This beautiful city was founded in 1541 by Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza, with the name of Valladolid. In 1828 its name was changed to Morelia, to honor Don Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, hero of the Mexican independence movement. Morelia is known as the aristocrat among Mexico’s colonial cities. Enjoy the wide variety of cafes and restaurants with typical dishes from the region. Overnight in Morelia

After breakfast at the hotel, tour through the historic centre of Morelia, listed as World Heritage. Here you can see some of the most beautiful examples of baroque architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. We will visit the Cathedral – with a Baroque exterior and Neoclassic interior – Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, the Clavijero Palace, and the monumental Aqueduct. We will then depart towards the town of Tepotzotlan, for a short visit of this beautiful place and its impressive church (now the Vice Regal Museum). Late in the afternoon we continue towards Mexico City, arriving in the early evening. Possibility for drop-off at the airport, without an extra charge, or inquire about an extension in Mexico City.


September - 2017:
1 + 8 + 15 + 22 + 29
October - 2017:
6 + 13 + 20 + 27
November - 2017:
3 + 10 + 17 + 24
December - 2017:
1 + 8
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 1490.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 575.00  Per Single


January - 2018:
19 + 26
February - 2018:
2 + 9 + 16 + 23
March - 2018:
2 + 9 + 16 + 23 + 30
April - 2018:
6 + 13 + 20 + 27
May - 2018:
4 + 11 + 18 + 25
June - 2018:
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July - 2018:
6 + 13 + 20 + 27
August - 2018:
3 + 10 + 17 + 24 + 31
September - 2018:
7 + 14 + 21 + 28
October - 2018:
5 + 12 + 19 + 26
November - 2018:
2 + 9 + 16 + 23 + 30
December - 2018:
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 1575.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 595.00  Per Single

09 Nights accommodation at listed hotels or similar
Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Arrival and departure transfers in Mexico City
Sightseeing & entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of Bilingual English/Spanish speaking guides
Service charge on included meals
Currently applicable local taxes (VAT and hotel taxes)
Meals not mentioned in itinerary
Beverages with meals
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gratuities
Optional tours
Travel Insurance
International/Domestic airfare
Items not mentioned as being included

09 Nights Accommodation
Accommodation Type - Superior
Holiday Inn Express Guanajuato (Guanajuato)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Guanajuato, an amazing city registered on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Where Holiday Inn Express Guanajuato is located, beeing the best choice for tourists. Conveniently located only 3 miles from downtown and only 18 miles away from Guanajuato International Airport and Fipasi Industrial Park. This beautiful hotel offers free high-speed Internet access in rooms and wireless in public areas. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel offers 165 beautifully decorated guest rooms, including 6 suites and one handicapped room all equipped with modern amenities
Emporio Zacatecas (Zacatecas)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 5 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Emporio Zacatecas offers an example of the city’s baroque architecture from the moment you step into the lobby with its carved quarry stone decoration. Here you receive the warmest of welcomes to a peaceful setting ideal for couples, families or groups who will discover a wealth of hospitality and tradition. History and culture meet in this impressive building with its perfectly harmonic architecture, a fact recognized by UNESCO which has named it a World Heritage Site
Hotel de Mendoza (Guadalajara)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 5 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Hotel de Mendoza is located in an area that dates back to the 16th century, just where the city was founded. This hotel has become a reference place in historical downtown. Enjoy a unique relaxing experience in our beautiful colonial architecture. Hotel de Mendoza was built where the old Santo Domingo's Convent was located, next to the Santa Maria de Gracia church (1542) wich was the first metropolitan cathedral.
Hotel de la Soledad (Morelia)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Boutique hotel, located in the beautiful city of Morelia.Former private home built in the 1500's with garden courtyards
Imperio de Ángeles (San Miguel de Allende)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Experience the magic of Guanajuato and stay in a colonial hotel with excellent services and facilities. Hotel Imperio de Angeles is the three-star hotel in San Miguel de Allende that you’re looking for to make the best out of an executive or family stay in this lovely world heritage of humanity site. Enjoy a quiet stay in our facilities, decorated with elements and colors that highlight the colonial, rustic and cozy atmosphere of our San Miguel de Allende hotel. Swimming pool, restaurant and bar, gym, event facilities and large gardens to celebrate events of up to 600 people are part of the Hotel Imperio de Angeles distinctive offering.
Casa Blanca (Mexico City )
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 5 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Located in the political, economic and cultural heart of Mexico City (Hotel Mexico City), just a few steps from the most important avenues of the city: Reforma and Juarez. The professionally trained staff will always offer you the most friendly service.
Hi Tracey

We had an excellent trip. The surprising part, was there was only three of us for the tour. The tour was done by car with an excellent guide, Raul Cadena. The local staff did a very good job meeting us and returning us to the airport. The hotels were good. Overall, we are very happy to have seen this beautiful part of Mexico.

Sheila , Mar 2015
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