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Colonial Mosaic

Overview

Not a 'lying on a beach for a week' kind of person? Neither are we! Embark on this fantastic itinerary where you have the chance explore some of the most impressive colonial towns of Mexico. Steeped in rich and fascinating history, this tour gets to the very heart of these often missed destinations!

Begin by heading to a World Cultural Heritage site - Morelia where an extensive tour of the area showcases this amazing place. Spend some time soaking up the atmosphere of the beautiful village of Patzcuaro before moving onto Guadalajara to appreciate some of the finest artwork in wood, copper and leather.

From the unique city of Guadalajara, home to some of the very best examples of colonial architecture, take a trip out to Tequila to learn about and sample its world famous export! Nearby is Tlaquepaque home to beautiful cobbled streets and beautiful Mexican folk art. Guanajuato in the mountains is both beautiful and extraordinary and is a treat to wonder through its streets.

San Miguel de Allende is your next stop - undoubtedly the prettiest town in Mexico! One last stop at the historical city of Querétaro brings you to the end of your experience of the colonial towns of Mexico!

This tour has a minimum of 4 star accommodation or similar throughout - this is the way to see Mexico in style!

Why not extend your trip with a few extras days in the exciting capital Mexico City, or spend some time relaxing on Mexico's beautiful beaches? Get in touch for more information!

This is an international group tour. On arrival, you will meet up with the rest of your group who are travellers from all over the world! This is a great way to meet new people from different cultures and enjoy your experiences with a group of like-minded individuals! If you would prefer to do this tour privately with just you and your group then get in touch!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Mexico City
Today you arrive in magical Mexico City! Your guide will be waiting for you in the airport and you will be taken to your hotel in the centre of the city. The rest of the day is yours to explore.

Day 2: Mexico City - Morelia - Patzcuaro
Depart to the old town of Morelia, known as “the town of the pink canter stone" - a World Cultural Heritage site founded in the middle of the 16th century. Take an extensive visit of the area to; the Aqueduct, Temple of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Las Tarascas, The Municipal Palace, The Cathedral, Morelos Birthplace, The Palace of Justice, The College of Sn. Nicolás de Hidalgo, Clavijero Palace and the Garden of Roses. In the afternoon continue to Pátzcuaro, a beautiful picturesque village and ancient capital Purépecha this is where you will stay for the night.

Day 3: Pátzcuaro - Guadalajara
Visit the beautiful village of Patzcuaro, part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, and its main attractions: The Main Square and the Library Gertrudis Boca Negra, Plaza de Tata Basque, the House of Eleven Patios and the Basilica of Our Lady of Health. In the afternoon continue to Guadalajara. En route visit the village of Tzin Tzun Tzan - a lovely small town of artisans, where Tata Vasco planted the first olive trees in Mexico. Later visit Quiroga where you can appreciate some of the finest artwork in wood, copper and leather.

Day 4: Guadalajara - Tequila - Tlaquepaque - Guadalajara
Visit of the city of Guadalajara founded in the middle of the sixteenth century, Capital of Mariachi and Tequila. Visit some of the most beautiful examples of colonial architecture which make this city so unique: Plaza Hidalgo, Plaza de Armas (Cathedral and Government Square), Plaza Fundadores (Degollado Theatre), Plaza Rotonda de los Ilustres and Plaza Tapatía. You will then drive to Tequila, a beautiful sleepy town where we will visit a tequila distillery. In the afternoon visit Tlaquepaque with its beautiful cobblestone streets, and its beautiful shops of Mexican folk art before heading back to Guadalajara for the evening.

Day 5: Guadalajara - Guanajuato
Depart to Guanajuato, a beautiful mountainous town home to many silver mines. Its extraordinary and majestic civil and religious architecture as well as its many alleyways make it a real pleasure to walk around and discover more about its impressive cultural heritage. In the afternoon visit; Juárez Theatre, Union Garden, San Diego Temple, Jesuit College (San Felipe Neri), The University, Guanajuato Basilica, Callejón del Beso, San Fernando Square, San Roque Square, Alhóndiga de Granaditas and Monument to the Pípila. After the tour you have the evening to relax and explore this beautiful area in your own time.

Day 6: Guanajuato - San Miguel de Allende
Depart towards the town of Dolores Hidalgo, where the priest Miguel Hidalgo in 1810 uttered his famous cry of independence! The village is nowadays mainly devoted to the production of ceramics Talavera. You will visit the Parish of Dolores, Plaza de Armas, House of Visitors and the tomb of José Alfredo Jiménez (author of the famous ‘ranchera' song "EL REY"). Continue onto San Miguel de Allende. Arrival to hotel Real de Minas or similar. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is arguably the prettiest town in Mexico. Visit the Parish of San Miguel de Allende, the Municipal Palace, the House of the Canal, the Royal Convent of the conception, Chapel of Our Lady of Loreto and the Allende Institute before heading to your hotel here for the evening.

Day 7: San Miguel de Allende - Querétaro - Mexico City
After brekfast, depart for Querétaro - the last city of the old Viceroyalty of New Spain. You will visit its historical centre where you can admire the Plaza de Armas, the House of the Marquesa, the Temple of Santa Clara, The Republic Theatre, Plaza de la Corregidora, Plaza de la Independencia, Palace of Justice, Aqueduct, The Convent of the Holy Cross and Cerro de las Campanas. In the afternoon return to Mexico City.

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport in Mexico City for your onward flight.

Why not extend your trip with a few extras days in the exciting capital Mexico City, or spend some time relaxing on Mexico's beautiful beaches? Get in touch for more information!

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Essentials

Included:
  • Accommodation - 4* or similar throughout
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transport in air conditioned bus
  • English speaking guides
  • Entry to archaeological sites and museums mentioned in the programme
  • Porter services in airports and hotels
  • Not Included:
  • International flights
  • Meals & drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • Immigration fees for each entry and stay in Mexico
  • Essentials

    Are you wondering about flights, deposits and other bits and pieces? Here are a few items of essential information that could help with the planning of your trip with Tango Tours. If you have any questions please just contact us.

    International Flights
    Getting to Mexico is straightforward from most areas of the world, but you may find that the choice is bewildering, or you’re not sure about the easiest route. Tango Tours are experienced in planning flights and we are very happy to advise you on the different choices available. Because prices tend to increase closer to your departure date, we advise that you buy your international flight tickets as soon as you have made a decision about your trip. As an ATOL bonded tour operator, we can assist in your purchase of international flights. In fact, your entire tour can be protected under our ATOL licence by booking your international flight with us. Please note that 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation and is non-refundable.

    Payment
    To confirm your booking with Tango Tours, we require a payment of 20% of the ground-based arrangements and 100% of all flights booked with us. The remaining balance of your tour is then payable 10 weeks prior to departure. For any bookings made within these 10 weeks, the full amount is payable.

    Activities
    We provide brief information about activities/ excursions in the itinerary, if you would like to know more we are very happy to provide more in-depth details. Please note all itineraries may be subject to change.