Multi-Day Tour

Colonial Mexico (7 days)

Journey Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico To Morelia, Mexico


Day 1
Guanajuato, Mexico
Quinta Las Acacias None

Arrival: Home/Leon/Guanajuato.

Arrival and private transfer from the Leon or Mexico City International Airport to the World Heritage City of Guanajuato (:30 mins / 4:30 hrs.).  Check in and enjoy a well deserved rest!  (Overnight Quinta Las Acacias: Std. Suite)

Day 2
Guanajuato, Mexico
Quinta Las Acacias Breakfast

Guanajuato/City Tour.

Today you will enjoy a privately guided tour of this incredibly interesting and historical city. You will visit the sites of most interest including: The central plaza or Zocalo as it is known in all Mexican towns and cities in the Republic, Teatro Juárez, Callejón del Beso, Alhondiga de Granaditas (site of the first rebel victory in the War of Independence), Museo y Casa de Diego Rivera, the Museo de las Mómias, the Mina and Templo de la Valencia and more depending on time and interest. Lunch and dinner are on your own today and you will finish your tour in the mid-afternoon.  Enjoy the atmosphere in the city center before returning to your hotel for the night.  (Overnight Quinta Las Acacias: Std. Suite)

Day 3
Morelia, Mexico
Masion de los Suenos or Casa de la Real Aduana Breakfast


After breakfast you will be picked up and privately transferred to the highland colonial gem of Patzcuaro (3:00 hrs.).  Mid-day arrival and check in to your lovely boutique hotel located right off of the Central Plaza and Basilica followed by a guided tour of the city center.  Upon deeper exploration, the cobble stone streets and 17th C. Architecture give way to the Tarascan and Purepecha traditions of the indigenous inhabitants in a delightful blend of modern Mexico that piques your interest and imagination.  (Overnight in Patzcuaro Mansion de los Sueños or Casa de la Real Aduana)

Day 4
Morelia, Mexico
Masion de los Suenos or Casa de la Real Aduana Breakfast, Lunch

Patzcuaro/Isla Janitzio/Santa Clara del Cobre/Tzintzuntzan.

Alter breakfast you will be picked up for a full day privately guided tour of Isla Janitzio and the fascinating crafts villages that surround Lake Patzcuaro.  This picturesque lake, is accented with the now famous island of Janitzio, one of the most important and visited villages for Dia de los Muertos ritual celebration. The moderate walk (:30 mins.) to the top of the gently sloped island is great to stretch your legs and acclimatize further to the crisp mountain air.  Climb the several hundred steps to the top of the 140 ft. statue of Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon up onto his wrist to view the lovely panorama or simply relax in the small park at his feet enjoying the view.  We return mid-day and will continue on to Santa Clara del Cobre for a delicious locally prepared lunch of Tarascan fare.  During the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead Nov. 1st – 2nd), Isla Janitzio and the villages surrounding Lake Patzcuaro are swarmed with visitors clamoring to understand the mystical and somber rituals of the locals that go to sit vigil with their deceased family members in commentaries.  However, during the rest of the year, the island and surrounding villages offer a window into pre-Columbian times and the friendly Purépecha indigenous people who are glad to share a smile or invite you into their work shops to browse the rich crafts traditions.  We will have ample time to visit the silver shops for which Santa Clara is famous for before continuing on to the Purepecha ruins of Tzintzuntzan for a brief, but interesting visit.  Late afternoon return to our hotel.  (Overnight in Patzcuaro Mansion de los Sueños: Jr. Suite or Casa de la Real Aduana)

Day 5
Morelia, Mexico
Los Juaninos Breakfast, Lunch


Today after breakfast you will have our last morning to enjoy the shops and plazas of Patzcuaro.   You will be picked up at 11:00 a.m. and privately transferred to the economic center of Michohuacan, the impressive colonial city of Morelia (:40 mins.).  Named after one of the most important fathers of the independence movement and hero of countless epic battles, Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, the exquisite colonial architecture and 16th century ambience have made the historic center of Morelia a UNESCO world heritage site.  Lunch is on your own at one of the many fine restaurants in the city center before returning to your lovely and well-situated hotel in the Historic City Center to check in.  In the afternoon, you will see the important historic sites including: The Cathedral (which took over a century to build!), the Palacio Clavijero (site of the Jesuit school of St. Francis Xavier, and the Casa de Artesanias (where you’ll find a robust array of handicrafts from all over the state of Michohuacan and beyond). (Overnight Hotel los Juaninos: Superior Room)

Day 6
Morelia, Mexico
Los Juaninos Breakfast


Free morning to enjoy the city center and soak in the local flavor of the Plaza.  It is here where the daily life of Morelianos is transacted and despite the international recognition and acclaim Morelia has received, this still remains very much a typical Mexican City.  After lunch on your own, you will be picked up 2:00 p.m. for a privately guided tour to visit local artisans in the workshops.  Depending on interest you may visit craftspeople working with clay, wood carving, weaving, furniture and more.  Alternately you may opt to focus on colonial history, architecture, or the archeological past of this rich city and surrounding country side.  Late afternoon return to your lovely hotel for dinner on your own. (Overnight Hotel los Juaninos: Superior Room)

Day 7
Morelia, Mexico
None None

Departure: Morelia / Home.  

Pick up and private transfer to the Leon/Toluca/Mexico City Airport (3:00/3:00/4:30 hrs.) for your onward flight home.

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Mexico's Colonial Heartland offers the inquisitive and sophisticated traveler the opportunity of authentic contact with Mexico’s rich and multi-layered history, culture, and people.  From the pre-Columbian past through the colonial era and on to modern day integration of the old with the new, the colonial heartland boasts a deep cross section of Mexico’s engaging and colorful history.  

Join us for a journey into the heart of Mexico's independence and revolutionary past. Prepare for an intimate experience with the history and lore of the colonial heartland. Accompany us on unexpected explorations of the highlands of Michoacán where the independence movement intertwines with Purépecha traditions and handicrafts that are coveted worldwide. Delve into pre-Columbian times in Morelia and Pátzcuaro where the friendly locals are glad to share a smile or invite you into their workshops to browse the rich crafts traditions that have continued unchanged for generations.



 Spectacular colonial era architecture including Barroque churches and facades

 Diego Rivera house and museum, one of Mexico’s most famous and renowned muralists

 Underground passage ways and mines including the Boca Mina, one of Latin America’s most productive silver mines for over a century

 The beautiful Quinta de las Acacias: boutique hotel that combines old world charm and authenticity with modern day comforts and service

 Lively music, art, restaurants and nightlife


 Charming highland Michoacan and its lake district

 Surrounding artesan communities with their still functioning copper work shops

 Local Purepecha communities with traditional food and customs


 United Nations World Heritage City and its beautifully maintained and restored colonial architecture

 Impressive Cathedral and central square

 Casa de las Artesanias; a local crafts market with hand crafts from the state of Michoacan and beyond

 Tzintzuntzan, one of the only and most important Purepecha archeological sites

Other Departure Dates:

2011-2012 Departure Dates (7 Days)

October 23 2011

November 27 2011

December 24 2011

February 12 2012

March 25 2012

April 15 2012

June 27 2012

July 01 2012

October 21 2012

November 25 2012

December 23 2012

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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


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.


By: kerri

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

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

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By: Bob

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

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

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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

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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