Multi-Day Tour

Mexico’s Great Colonial Cities (8 days)

Journey Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico To Mexico City, Mexico

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Mexico City, Mexico
None None

Mexico City- Bienvenidos a Mexico! After being greeted at the airport, you will be transferred by private car to Mexico City’s best hotel — the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. Your Tour Director will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions you may have about the exciting days ahead. Take the rest of the day to do some exploring on your own, get in a bit of shopping or relax and enjoy the pool. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and light buffet meal. Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F.

Day 2
Mexico City, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mexico City- Begin your explorations of La Capital at the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology with its stunning collection of Aztec, Mayan and Olmec treasures. Take a walk through history and see such wonders as the Aztec calendar inscribed upon the Stone of the Sun, which was excavated from Mexico City’s main square (the Zócalo) in 1790. After lunch at a local restaurant, discover the secrets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Teotihuacan, once the largest city in the Americas. As you walk along the Avenue of the Dead with your expert guide, visit the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, and learn about the history and culture of this lost civilization. This evening, indulge in some of Mexico’s finest cuisine while being serenaded by mariachi musicians. (B,L,D)

Day 3
Morelia, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mexico City-Morelia- Immerse yourself in the tradition of a nation in the historic centre of Mexico City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be swept away by the grand murals of Diego Rivera on the walls of the National Palace. Then pay a visit to the 16th-century Metropolitan Cathedral, built by the conquistadors atop a former Aztec temple. Travel back in time to the reign of the Aztecs at the massive pyramid of Templo Mayor. Later, hit the road to the colonial city of Morelia, built in the 16th century according to plans that melded Enlightenment ideas with local traditions. Enjoy a cool drink on the terrace of your exquisite hotel as the sun begins to set, casting a warm glow upon the typical pink sandstone buildings of the city. This evening at the hotel’s elegant restaurant, sample some Morelian specialities or the sumptuous international cuisine. Hotel: Villa Montana Hotel & Spa (B,L,D)

Day 4
Morelia, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch

Morelia-Patzcuaro- Journey off the beaten path today on your excursion into the atmospheric Purepecha highlands. Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the region’s famed copper workshops in the scenic town of Santa Clara del Cobre. After watching the expert crafts people shape copper into exquisite works of art, perhaps try your own hand at this ancient art. Stop for a panoramic view of lovely Lake Patzcuaro’s shining waters and the very steep and rocky island of Janitzio. In the colonial village of Patzcuaro, be sure to try some of the local Tarascan specialities at lunch before returning to Morelia where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Spend some time in the pool, kick back on the terrace or venture into town for a bit of shopping. (B,L)

Day 5
San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch

Morelia-San Miguel Allende- On your way out of Morelia, marvel at the 18th-century aqueduct designed to bring water from hillside springs to the growing city. Then pay a visit to another colonial jewel, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Queretaro. Stroll the cobblestone streets and view landmarks such as the lovely Church of San Francisco and the expansive Plaza de Independencia. Relax and savour the royal treatment during your lunch at Casa de la Marquesa, one of the city’s grandest colonial mansions. This afternoon, relish the fresh mountain air of San Miguel de Allende, another UNESCO World Heritage site and home to gorgeous mansions with bougainvilleadraped walls, luxuriant gardens and burbling fountains. Upon arrival, check in to your luxury hotel in the centre of the city. Hotel: Casa de Sierra Nevada by Orient Express (B, L)

Day 6
San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch

San Miguel Allende- The best way to experience the wonders of San Miguel de Allende is on foot, so strike out today with your Tour Director to see the parish of San Miguel, a neo-Gothic cathedral unique in Mexico. Then take a stroll through the town’s history at the Casa de Allende. Enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, spend some time in El Jardin, the central square; visit some of the stellar art galleries or private gardens that have put the town on the map; or browse one of the bustling markets full of handicrafts. Perhaps return to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon in the colonial-style spa or try on your chef’s hat and whip up some local specialities at the hotel’s cooking school. This evening, why not try one of the esteemed restaurants within walking distance of your hotel? (B,L)

Day 7
Guanajuato, Mexico
None Breakfast, Dinner

Guanajuato- The Age of Silver had its epicentre in the mines of Guanajuato, and today your Tour Director leads you on a captivating journey through the winding streets and subterranean passageways of this UNESCO World Heritage city. View the grand Juarez Theater, the Alhondiga de Granaditas, a massive building that could store a year’s worth of grain; and the cast-iron-and glass Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustave Eiffel. Then, tour a local mine to learn about the rise of the mining industry after the discovery of silver in the 16th century. Before returning to San Miguel de Allende, you have some time for a bit of exploring, shopping or just soaking up the atmosphere. This evening, raise a glass to your travels through colonial Mexico during a festive Celebration Dinner at the stunning Andanza restaurant. (B,D)

Day 8
Mexico City, Mexico
None None

Mexico City- This morning, return to Mexico City. Your tour ends at Mexico City International Airport or the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. if you’d like to extend your stay. Please do not schedule flights before 2:30 p.m.

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Description

On this trip through colonial Mexico you will be winding down cobblestone streets, exploring colorful folklore, discovering pre-Columbian sites and devouring Mexican cuisine. Friendly locals from the regions we will visit are glad to share a smile or invite you into their workshops to browse the rich crafts traditions that have continued unchanged for generations. Through The journey will blend together for a full immersion in the beautiful colonial Mexico.


Highlights


Mexico City:


Visit historical places such as the Mexico City Center, National Anthropology Museum, and UNESCO's Teotihuacan

Morelia & Patzcuaro:


Charming highland Michoacan and its lake district

Local Purepecha communities with traditional food and custom

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

San Miguel Allende:


Visit one of the many churches in town and explore the Museo Casa de Allende (house of San Miguel's most famous son and namesake, Ignacio Allende).

Guanajuto:


Spectacular colonial era architecture including Barroque churches and facades

Discover Juarez Theater, the Alhondiga de Granaditas and the cast-iron-and glass Hidalgo Market

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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Family Trip

By: Deni170


Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2014

Our family trip to RIU Tropical Bay in Negril, Jamaica was great. Staff was nice and food was good. 2 minor problems: tour desk asked for vouchers, so I gave them my travel sheets and the return transportation to the airport got messed up. Regardless, we enjoyed the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Highly Recommended

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
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Journese is no bargain

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2014

Booking any travel program with any company should mean care free fun with no worries with what can go wrong next with the itinerary.  We travel often but this is our first trip with Journese.  It will be our last. Journese is out of date beginning with their systems, product, and customer service reps that lack basic knowledge.
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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!

Yucatan Journey

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

Review Journey Mexico

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