Multi-Day Tour

Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende (7 days)

Journey Mexico

León, Mexico To León, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2099

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
León, Mexico
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Arrival to Leon

You will be welcomed and privately transferred from the Leon Airport to your lovely Boutique hotel in Guanajuato.

Day 2
Guanajuato, Mexico
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Guanajuato

You will meet your expert guide in the hotel lobby for an orientation of Guanajuato’s fascinating city center and then hit the streets for a taste of the vibrant cultural center. Guanajuato’s history is as rich as its mines full of silver during the Colonial Era. With your guide, you will enjoy a walking tour of the historic landmarks of the city center and use the morning to orient yourself to the winding streets and subterranean passages that make this city a Mexican medina! The thriving down town is full of interesting shops, and the smells of delicious Mexican fare wafts through the streets inviting you in to the many delicious eateries.

Day 3
Guanajuato, Mexico
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Guanajuato Artistico

Today you will delve deeper into the soul of this creative center of Mexico. Literature, painting, art, and hand crafts have all flourished here along with the spirit of independence and expression that made this the cradle of Mexican independence. You first arrive to the Casa de los Espirituos, an 18th Century Colonial Mansion and current day textiles museum. The view from the balcony is unbeatable. You then continue on to Gorky Taller (Workshop) to view the works of the famous Gorky Gonzales. Gorky Gonzalez began his studies under his father, the Sculptor Rodolfo Gonzalez. In 1963, he founded Alfareria Tradicional, a pottery work shop in Guanajuato, in order to reproduce and revive the Traditional Majolica of the region. In 1965, Gorky Gonzalez was granted a scholarship to study pottery in Japan, under the artists Tsuji Seimei and Kei Fijiwara who were considered two of Japan’s national living treasures. Since his return from Japan, Gorky Gonzales has devoted himself to the preservation of the Traditional Majolica technique in Mexico, utilizing the original designs used during the colonial period. After lunch, you will visit the home of the late Chavez Morado and Olga Costa-Jose and have a chance to view the fine collection of paintings, hand crafts, and other fine artwork housed in this exceptional structure. Time permitting, you may visit the Museo y Casa de Diego Rivera. You return to your hotel to relax and freshen up in the late afternoon.

Day 4
San Miguel Allende, Mexico
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San Miguel Allende

After a free morning to have one last chance to stroll the winding streets of Guanajuato, you will be met in the hotel lobby and privately transferred to the small and charming colonial city of San Miguel Allende. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a walking tour of the city center and the sites of most importance including the famous Parroquita de San Miguel Arcángel designed by the indigenous stonemason Zeferino Gutierrez from a postcard depicting a Belgian Church! The history and lore of San Miguel are intertwined with the Independence Movement, and the energy and spirit of freedom of expression have continued on in the lively creative enclave of modern day San Miguel. After you check into your lovely and luxurious boutique hotel, the late afternoon is open for you to relax in the hotel or to browse the many interesting shops, visit museums and galleries, and relax in the central square of San Miguel Allende.

Day 5
Mineral de Pozos, Mexico
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Mineral de Pozos

After breakfast, you will transfer to the little known colonial mining center of Mineral de Pozos, a Mexican Magic Town. “Pozos”, once known throughout colonial Mexico for its opulence and its thriving mining industry, has been a virtual ghost town for almost a century and is now experiencing a resurgence of interest on the part of visitors looking for a unique experience with authentic Mexico. You will visit the mysterious ruins of the Seven Brothers Mine and Hacienda and city center before a lovely lunch in the courtyard of the boutique hotel Posada de las Minas. Following lunch, you will visit a local artisan who crafts unique, hand-made musical instruments in his workshop with a demonstration and opportunities to buy. You return to San Miguel Allende in the mid-afternoon with some time on your own in the city center or in your hotel to relax. You are free to make your own dinner plans.

Day 6
San Miguel Allende, Mexico
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San Miguel Allende

After breakfast, you will walk down to the renowned Sazon Cooking School only 4 blocks from your hotel to enjoy a group (shared) cooking class. In the late afternoon, you may choose from two optional activities: San Miguel Artistico or San Miguel Relajado (Relaxed). In San Miguel Artistico,you will visit Canadian Troller Cranston’s home for a viewing of his eclectic paintings, and other unique artwork. His house and garden are art in and of themselves. You continue on to the private collection of Bill and Heidi La Vasseur filled with original works by little known Mexican artists including Milagros by Estela Ogazon; unique silk embroidered stitchery by Natividad Amador; Ceremonial masks from a variety of artists; ingenious toys by Gumercindo España Oliveres, celebrated Mexican Folk Artist; handmade hammered paper art by Humberto Trejo Gonzalez; and unusual and elaborately painted tin box art by Blanca Estela Gomez Santiago. Some items are available for purchase. Time permitting, we may also visit a private gallery exhibiting work by renowned artist Romero V. Tabuena Filipino (1921-2015) included in the "who's who" list of internationally renowned artists, Tabuena’s works continue to attract high dollar bids. If you choose option two, San Miguel Relajado, your expert guide will take you to Las Grutas, the mineral hot springs 15 minutes outside of San Miguel to soak and heal in the crisp high desert air.

Day 7
León, Mexico
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Departure from Leon

You will be privately transferred from San Miguel de Allende to the Leon Airport for your homeward flight.

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Description

The Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende tour leads you on a cultural and artistic journey that is not to be forgotten.

Guanajuato Cathedral Journey into the heart of Mexico’s independence and revolutionary past by visiting the UNESCO World Hertiage Cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende. You will also have the chance to visit one of Mexico’s Magic Towns, Mineral de Pozos.  Marvel at the colonial architecture, see what inspired two of Mexico’s greatest artists, meet local chefs and taste the finest of the area’s cuisine. You will be welcomed into the homes and shops of local artisans, and led on underground passage ways and mines including the Boca Mina, one of Latin America’s most productive silver mines for over a century.

About Us

Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry

Delightful trip

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

Great Customer Service

By: JJT


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

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By: Magritte's Hat


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

When I decided I wanted to visit Mexico for the first time, I spent hours online trying to plan a trip. Luckily, I came across an article recommending using travel advisors. Because I took that advice, I now have countless bad photographs and good memories of a trip to Mexico. Stacy was able to arrange a trip for me after a couple of phone calls and a few emails that was better than anything I could have done myself. I experienced the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Merida, explored Mayan ruins (culminating with the awesome ancient city of Chichen Itza), and spent a few relaxing days on a sugar-sanded beach in Tulum. My guide was terrific and the hotels were clean and comfortable without being impersonal and generic. The whole trip was great. After over a decade of staying close to home, I think I'm going to be hitting the road more often; and I'm sure I'll be using Stacy's services again.

Great Service

By: mh123


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.

attentive

By: kerri


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

San Miguel

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

All was good,timely,courteous etc
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

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By: DSL


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Puerto Aventuras

By: Rita


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

True Campions of their Beautiful Country

By: Partridge Travels


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar

Luxury Interior Mexico

By: Kane


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Journey Mexico made our family of 4 Spring Break Trip to Interior Mexico a breeze. The drivers were all very professional and we felt completely safe with the adventure travel operators. It was the perfect mix of adventure family fun and luxury travel.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Watkins

Perfect

By: KZB


Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

Our hotel was perfect and in a lovely location. Our guide Louis was well informed and friendly. Cesar our driver was prompt and showed up exactly where we needed him every time. I was very impressed with the skillful coordination of our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones

Journey Mexico in Mexico City

By: TECIV


Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

Journey Mexico was very easy to work with and completely enhanced our trip to Mexico City. We had the same driver for both tours who was wonderful and our guide at the pyramids, Isaias, was extremely knowledgeable and really made the experience there. I cant imagine having done the pyramids without his insight and guidance. I would highly recommend Journey Mexico to any friends and family.
Travel Advisor:  Abby Michaud