Mexico's Colonial Heartland & Pacific Coast

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IDEAL LENGTH 13 nights
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Mexico's Colonial Heartland & Pacific Coast

Mexico’s colonial cities are alive with buzzing markets, culture and baroque architecture, perfect for those keen to experience a different side to this fascinating destination.

Day 1

Day 1
Arrival in Mexico City

Upon arrival at Mexico City, you’ll be escorted by car to your accommodation.

The remainder of your day will be spent at leisure.

Day 2

Day 2
Mexico City

Your Mexico City stay begins with a full-day tour of the historic centre. The tour includes Zocalo Square, the National Museum and Metropolitan Cathedral, before lunch at a local restaurant.  

After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the Anthropology Museum.

Day 3

Day 3
Mexico City - Teotihuacan

Today’s full-day excursion takes you to one of Mesoamerica’s most important sites, Teotihuacan. Learn about the rituals, beliefs, cosmology and everyday lives of the Aztecs and their predecessors.  

Day 4

Day 4
Querétaro – San Miguel de Allende

Head into the colonial heartlands of Mexico, starting with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Querétaro and its Baroque monuments.

Afterwards you’ll continue to San Miguel de Allende where you’ll check into your hotel.

Day 5

Day 5
San Miguel de Allende

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the historic centre of San Miguel de Allende, including its famous pink church. You’ll also visit La Aurora where you’ll see local artists and craftsmen at work.

Day 6

Day 6
San Miguel de Allende

Enjoy leisure time in San Miguel de Allende this morning – your Travel Designer can recommend activities that suit your interests prior to departure.

After lunch, visit the local market to learn about and purchase Mexican ingredients and visit the vineyard at Cuna de Tierra to buy an accompanying bottle of wine. Enjoy a cookery class, before feasting on your creations.

Day 7

Day 7
San Miguel de Allende – Cuna de Tierra – Guanajuato

You’ll have time for a final wander around San Miguel de Allende before heading on a vineyard experience to Cuna de Tierra, where you’ll taste some of their finest wines paired with a four-course gourmet meal.  

End the day checking into your Guanajuato accommodation.

Day 8

Day 8
Guanajuato

Your guide will lead you on a full-day tour of the creative city of Guanajuato, where you’ll enjoy a walking tour through the historic old centre and lunch in a renowned local restaurant (not included).

Day 9

Day 9
Guanajuato – Morelia – Patzcuaro

Today you’ll head into the volcanic heartlands of Mexico: Patzcuaro. You’ll stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Morelia before enjoying a private guided tour of Patzcuaro, known as ‘the door to heaven’.

Day 10

Day 10
Patzcuaro – Santa Clara de Cobra

Spend the first half of the day exploring the former copper mining town of Santa Clara de Cobra, where you’ll see local coppersmiths at work. You’ll also visit the communities of Lake Patzcuaro and, time permitting, you’ll explore the ruins at Tzintzuntzan.

Day 11

Day 11
Ixtapa

Today you have a four-hour transfer to Ixtapa. After checking into your hotel, you have an evening at leisure.

Day 12

Day 12
Ixtapa

The final two days of your trip to Mexico will be spent at your leisure in the resort town of Ixtapa.

Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities that suit your needs prior to departure.

Day 13

Day 13
Ixtapa

Spend today at leisure.

Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities that suit your needs prior to departure.

Day 14

Day 14
Departure

Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.

HOTELS IN Mexico City

HOTELS IN Mexico's Colonial Cities

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itinerary highlights
  • Explore the pre-Columbian city of Teotihuacan

  • Wander around the Baroque monuments of Queretaro

  • Visit the historic centre and artisans’ quarters of San Miguel de Allende

  • Discover Mexico City's local food and wine with a cookery class and vineyard visit

  • Relax at the idyllic beach resort of Ixtapa

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