On this journey through some of the beautiful cities left behind by the Conquerors, you will see many of the reminders of this turning point in Mexican history.
Arrive at Mexico airport where you will be met and greeted by your English speaking guide. Transfer to your hotel in an air-conditioned coach. Overnight is at Mexico City.
Mexico City Tour
After breakfast, you will visit the historic heart of the city and its wide plaza known as the “Zocalo”. It will include visits to the National Palace with the famous murals of Diego Rivera, the 18th Century Cathedral and an option to visit the excavated site of the Templo Mayor – the main temple of Aztec Tenochtitlan. Then there will be a short walking tour, which will more than display the colonial beauty of Mexico City. Following this, you will be taken out to see the magnificent Pyramids at Teotihuacan, which was Mexico’s biggest ancient city, with perhaps 200,000 people at its peak. Finish off the day at the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology. Overnight is at Mexico City.
Mexico City - Tepotzotlan - Queretaro - San Miguel de Allende - Guanajuato
After breakfast, drive out to Tepotzotlan, where one of the greatest treasures of the Colonial era lies. The Museo Virreinal was originally the church of San Francisco Xavier whose façade, with its single tower is an array of carved saints, angels, people, plants and more, while the interior walls are covered with a circus of gilded and multicoloured ornamentation. After visiting this impressive Museum, carry on to the City of Queretaro, conquered by the Spaniards in 1531. There will be a short walking tour of the centre of the city, which looks so much like a typical city of Spain. Continuing on from here the next stop will be the lovely town of San Miguel de Allende, which is an attraction for artists of all types, because of its beautiful cobble-stoned streets lined with bougainvillaea and houses opening out into courtyards. There will be a visit to the magnificent Cathedral before you continue on to your destination for the night, Guanajuato. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Overnight is at Guanajuato.
Guanajuato City Tour
Enjoy your breakfast in the morning. The day will be devoted to a visit to this most famous colonial city. Visit famous buildings like the Cathedral, containing a jewel-covered image of the Virgin, patroness of Guanajuato and the famous “Callejon del Beso”, the narrowest of the many narrow alleys. You will feel as if you are in Old Spain as you walk through this marvellous legacy of the Spanish Conquest. Later, return to your hotel. If you are lucky, you may get a chance to hear one of the typical “Estudiantina” bands which perform in the streets of Guanajuato at night. Overnight is at Guanajuato.
Guanajuato - Morelia
After breakfast, depart Guanajuato and drive south to the state of Michoacan and its beautiful capital city of Morelia. History has it that Virrey Antonio de Mendoza named it Valladolid, after the Spanish city of that name and encouraged families of Spanish nobility to move here. Even today, with its downtown streets lined by colonial buildings, Morelia still looks as Spanish as it probably did before Independence. The scenic drive will take you past the lovely lakes of Yuriria and Cuitzeo. The road actually runs along a causeway over the latter lake. On arrival in Morelia there will be a walking tour with the magnificent Cathedral being the centre of attraction. It has a sculpture of the Senor de la Sacristía made from dried maize and topped with a gold crown from the 16th century Spanish King Phillip II. Overnight is at Morelia.
Morelia - Island of Janitzio - Morelia
Just a short drive away from Morelia is the peaceful Lake of Patzcuaro. After breakfast, this will be the destination for the day. Pass through small villages with such names as Tzintzuntzan before reaching the lake. On arrival board a launch which will take you out to the Island of Janitzio, the largest island in the lake. The launch trip offers views of villages along the shore while local fishermen demonstrate the use of their famous butterfly-shaped fishing nets. There is a huge statue to the Independence hero, Morelos, dominating the island. Inside the statue is a set of murals depicting his life. Time will be spent on the island in order to explore all the area. Return to Morelia in the late afternoon. Enjoy rest of the day at leisure. Overnight is at Morelia.
Morelia - Guadalajara
After breakfast, continue to Guadalajara, the second biggest city in Mexico and reputed as the nation’s most “Mexican” city as many of characteristically Mexican things and traditions were created here, including mariachi music, tequila, the Jarabe Tapatio, the broad-rimmed sombrero and charreadas. On arrival visit the area of Tlaquepaque, known as a great centre for handicrafts and artisan’s work. Many flowers, small benches and monuments grace the plaza. The shops are full of ceramics, bronze figures, handmade glassware, embroidered clothing, leather gear, carved wood and more. Enjoy free time here shopping for souvenirs and just walking around, admiring artist’s works. Return to your hotel. Overnight is at Guadalajara.
Guadalajara - Puerto Vallarta
After breakfast, there will first be a tour of the centre of Guadalajara to see some of the beautiful colonial buildings in the centre like its huge twin towered Cathedral. Hospice Cabañas is a huge neo-classical gem, constructed between 1805 and 1810 by the Spanish architect Manuel Tolsa. The Degollado Theatre has over the columns on its front, a frieze depicting Apollo and the Nine Muses. Inside, the five-tiered theatre filled with lush red velvet and gold decoration is crowned by a Gerardo Suarez mural based on the fourth canto of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Following this, continue out of the city and over the Sierra Madre Mountains to the Pacific resort of Puerto Vallarta. Its cobble-stones streets lined with old fashioned white adobe buildings, and red tile roofs make Vallarta one of Mexico’s most picturesque coastal cities. On arrival enjoy a swim here at the costal town before retiring for the night. Overnight is at Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta - Mexico City
After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure in Puerto Vallarta to take in the sun and the sea. Late afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight back to Mexico City and for your flight back home. End of services.
09 Days / 08 Nights
From 01 May 2016
To 30 September 2016