Mexico's Colonial Cities
December 1 - 10, 2021 (10 Days)
Airfare ABQ to Guadalajara / Mexico City to ABQ (not including airline baggage fees or in -flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
9 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
Admission to all listed attractions
Your Professional Mexican Tour Guide
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
All taxes and tips for included items
$3,495 Double occupancy, per person
$4,055 Single occupancy
DEPOSIT: $250 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: July 27, 2021
None through July 27, 2021
$250 - July 28 - August 23, 2021
$2,100 - August 24 - October 26, 2021
100% After October 26, 2021
Mexico’s colonial cities are alive with culture…bustling markets, Baroque cathedrals, and archaeological museums. This is the heartland of Mexico. The colonial cities are ideal for walking: compact, yet architecturally rich and accentuated with unanticipated blasts of color and imagery.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
DAY 1 D
We fly from Albuquerque to the Guadalajara International Airport. Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico, and is a modern metropolis with an international flavor that still maintains its colonial traditions. We transfer from the airport to the De Morales Hotel, located in the heart of the beautiful historical district, where we lodge two nights. This evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner and meet our Tour Director.
DAY 2 B, L, D
We begin our day with a guided walking tour of the main plazas that surround the historical center. At the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Government Palace, we view the murals by José Clemente Orozco. We continue to Tequila, where the internationally renowned Mexican beverage is produced by dozens of distilleries set amidst the blue agave fields. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a Mexican Fiesta to include a traditional buffet and mariachi band. After lunch, we tour the city and visit a distillery to learn the process of making tequila. We return to Guadalajara this evening.
DAY 3 B, D
This morning we head for the beautiful city of Morelia, where we check in to the centrally located Alameda Hotel for two nights, the best location in this elegant colonial city. After free time for lunch, we tour the city, where the buildings date back to the 17th century, allowing visitors to recapture the spirit and elegance of Old Spain. Our tour includes the Cathedral, Government Palace with murals depicting the history of the state, the Clavijero Palace, the Music Conservatory of the Roses, and the Candy Market.
DAY 4 B
After breakfast, we drive to the hillside city of Patzcuaro, one of Mexico’s Pueblo’s Magicos that still retains its quaint 16th-century atmosphere. Afterwards, we go to the ancient capital of Tzintzuntzan, where circular pyramids called yacatas were built overlooking a lake and where we will visit the charming Santa Ana monastery, dating back to the 1500s.
DAY 5 B, D
Our route today will take us through the farmlands of El Bajío, arriving in the city of Guanajuato. Our first stop is the Garden of the Union, the city’s lively focal point. After free time for lunch, our guide will lead us down the narrow cobblestone streets lined with the gorgeous architecture of this World Heritage Site city. Our walking tour includes a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guanajuato, Alley of the Kiss, Alhondiga de Granaditas, Hidalgo Market, and the University of Guanajuato. This afternoon we continue to San Miguel Allende, one of Mexico’s most charming towns, also designated as a National Historic Monument to preserve its unique atmosphere. We check in to the Real de Minas Hotel, our home for two nights.
DAY 6 B, D
After breakfast, we will tour San Miguel de Allende to admire the colonial homes with their gorgeous inner patios, wrought-iron trimming, and massive wooden doors. The square is filled with artists capturing the magic of the city with their paints and easels. After the guided tour, we will have plenty of time to stroll through the city’s famous art galleries. It’s a true shopper’s paradise.
DAY 7 B, D
This morning we leave lovely San Miguel Allende to visit another colonial jewel, the city of Queretaro. This is a charming colonial city steeped in Mexican history, with graceful balconies, tree lined plazas, colonial streets, and alleyways. Our tour includes the Jardín Zenea, Independence Plaza, Government Palace, and the baroque churches of Santa Clara and Santa Rosa de Viterbo. After free time for lunch, we continue to Mexico City. Before we arrive at our hotel, the Krystal Grand Reforma, we will have a short panoramic tour of Reforma Avenue, Angel of Independence Monument, the Chapultepec area, and Castle.
Day 8 B, L
After breakfast, we depart for Xochimilco, located in the southern part of Mexico City. Our first stop will be the Dolores Olmedo Museum that houses a great collection by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. You will enjoy the beautiful grounds complete with gorgeous peacocks roaming the gardens and famous xoloitzcuintles (rare precolonial hairless dogs). We will also enjoy a trip through the canals on a trajinera (gondola). This afternoon, we tour the central plaza visiting the National Cathedral, the Government Palace, and Templo Mayor. After a stop for dinner, we will finish this busy, exciting day with a performance of the Folkloric Ballet at the Palace of Fine Arts.
Day 9 B, D
Today is a free day to explore Mexico City. Option: take a half day tour to Cuernavaca and Taxco, known for its Spanish colonial architecture, as well as its famous silver jewelry. $115 per person. We will have a farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant in Mexico City.
Day 10 B
After breakfast, we head to the airport for our flights home, with memories of the beautiful colonial cities of Mexico.
Itinerary subject to change