Mexico in 11 Days

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The perfect trip for those looking to dive deeper into Mexican culture and history, fall in love with the country's most alluring colonial cities and towns on this inspiring tour.

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Guadalajara
Guanajuato
Mexico City
Morelia
Patzcuaro
San Miguel de Allende
Tequila
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All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
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Breakfast only
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Discover the real Mexico on an unforgettable journey through its colonial cities and central highlands. From the mega-metropolis of Mexico City, explore the ruins of Teotihuacan. Uncover the charms of the lakeside town of Patzcuaro and the Mariachi music of Guadalajara. Taste tequila in its birthplace and fall for the magnificent architecture and cultural heritage of San Miguel de Allende.

11 days trip including flights*

10 days and 9 nights in destination

1

LON - MEX

Mexico City

2

Mexico City

3

Mexico City

4

Patzcuaro

5

Guadalajara

6

Guadalajara

7

Guanajuato

8

San Miguel de Allende

9

Mexico City

10

MEX - LON

11

MEX - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Mexico City

Ready to uncover the vibrant culture, immersive history and mouth-watering cuisine of Mexico? Head to your departure airport to catch a flight to Mexico City.* Touch down in the Mexican capital and take a shared-transfer to your hotel. Famed for its huge population of more than 9 million people and high-altitude location, Mexico City is the largest city in North America and its incredible Centro Historic dates back to the days of the Aztec Empire. If time allows, spend the evening exploring at your leisure, taking in the breathtaking skyline or enjoying the capital's energetic nightlife. Overnight stay in Mexico City.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Mexico City

Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to get to know this megacity with a full-day Mexico City & Teotihuacan tour. Begin at the historic Plaza de las Tres Culturas, the main square within the Tlatelolco neighborhood of Mexico City. This is the site of the last battle between the Aztecs and the Spanish and the fusion of both cultures to create mestizo culture. Continue to the Basilica of Guadalupe, one of the most important religious sites in the country, which houses the cloak containing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Leave the city and continue to Pachuca to visit the incredible Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone. Known as the city of the gods, here you can admire the impressive Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, see the Palace of the Butterflies and be amazed by the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. After the journey back in time, return to Mexico City to visit the Zócalo and the National Palace as well as the Templo Mayor archaeological zone and the Metropolitan Cathedral. After an action-packed day, return to the hotel and spend the evening relaxing at your leisure. Overnight stay in Mexico City.

Included
Full-Day Mexico City & Teotihuacan Tour
3rd Day: Mexico City

Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a free day to explore Mexico city at your leisure. There's a limitless number of things to see and do in this vast city, but some of the most popular sights include the magical Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, the National Anthropology Museum, the legendary Frida Khalo Museum and the hilltop Chapultepec Castle. Of course, simply soaking up the atmosphere in the city's expansive plazas or diving into Mexican street food at the enormous Mercado de la Merced are equally as rewarding ways to spend the day! Overnight stay in Mexico City.

4th Day: Mexico City - Morelia - Patzcuaro

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the capital behind this morning, as you are picked up from the hotel and depart to Morelia, known as the city of the Pink Quarry. Admire this colonial city's beautiful pink sandstone architecture as you see its most important buildings including the Government Palace, the Plaza de Armas and the 18th-century Aqueduct. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Morelia was known as Valladolid until 1828 and is today considered one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the country. Visit the Fuente de las Tarascas and the Church of Gualupita before strolling through a local craft and candy market. In the afternoon, continue your journey west to the charming lakeside town of Patzcuaro, known for its cobblestone streets and fusion of indigenous and colonial architecture. Get settled at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing or exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Patzcuaro.

Included
Morelia City Tour
5th Day: Patzcuaro - Tzintzuntzan - Santa Clara - Guadalajara

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a tour of Patzcuaro, once the capital of the ancient Purépecha kingdom. Known for its unique ambience and fusion of indigenous and colonial influences, visit the most emblematic sights in the city, such as the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, the House of Eleven Patios and Gertrudis Bocanegra Library, home to a mural by Juan O'Gorman. Visit Plaza Vasco de Quiroga and enjoy the panoramic views of Lake Janitzio. Afterwards, delve deeper into Mexican history at the magnificent Tzintzuntzan archaeological site before heading to Santa Clara del Cobre to learn more about its copper crafts! Continue your journey around Lake Janitzio as you travel to Guadalajara, most famous as the capital of mariachi music! Arrive in the afternoon and get settled at your hotel. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps indulging in the city's lively nightlife and excellent Mexican cuisine. Overnight stay in Guadalajara. 

Included
Patzcuaro City Tour
6th Day: Guadalajara - Tequila - Guadalajara

Breakfast at the hotel. Today begins with an eye-opening tour of the glorious city of Guadalajara. As the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, this vibrant city is home to an array of beautiful colonial-era architecture, such as its Guadalajara Cathedral and Government Palace. See the Degollado Theatre and the Hospicio Cabañas, a cultural venue home to the murals of the renowned Jalisco painter José Clemente Orozco. After a good overview of Guadalajara, leave the city and head north to the world-famous town of Tequila. Of course, this town is known for one thing in particular, as the birthplace of one of the world's most popular spirits. On arrival, pay a visit to a local distillery to see how the blue agave plant is used to produce tequila. Afterwards, return to Guadalajara and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Why not visit a local bar to indulge in a tequila-based drink or dive into the city's fantastic food scene? Overnight stay in Guadalajara. 

Included
Visit to a Tequila Distillery
Included
City Tour of Guadalajara
7th Day: Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - Guanajuato

Breakfast at the hotel. Your journey through Jalisco state continues today as you pay a visit to the charming city of Tlaquepaque. Known for its handicrafts and artistic heritage, Tlaquepaque is a colourful city and one of the best places in the country to buy authentic Mexican ceramics. After some time wandering the vibrant streets of Tlaquepaque, depart for Guanajuato, a city in central Mexico known for its silver mining history and colonial architecture. Arrive, check-in at the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Discover Guanajuato's atmospheric old town and narrow cobblestoned alleys or people watch from the cafe terraces at the leady Jardín de la Unión. Overnight stay in Guanajuato.

8th Day: Guanajuato - San Miguel de Allende

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a morning city tour of Guanajuato. Discover its subterranean streets and its opulent 18th-century architecture, a result of the city's wealth during the boom years of silver mining! Visit Juarez Theatre, the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato, the University, the Hidalgo Market, the Alhóndiga Museum. Finally, walk through the legendary 'Alley of the Kiss', one of the city's narrowest streets where the balconies facing each other are so close, that it's said the residents could lean across and kiss their neighbor on the opposite side of the street! In the afternoon, head east to the famous city of San Miguel de Allende, in Mexico's Central Highlands. Home to an enchanting mix of colonial and baroque-era architecture, a vibrant foodie scene and excellent rooftop bars, San Miguel de Allende has become very popular with tourists and ex-pats in recent years. Once settled at your hotel, spend the evening exploring the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in San Miguel de Allende. 

Included
City Tour of Guanajuato
9th Day: San Miguel de Allende - Queretaro - Mexico City

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a city tour of San Miguel de Allende today to discover its most emblematic buildings and get a feel for the city's vibrant atmosphere. Visit the Municipal Palace, the Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal, the Allende Institute of Art and Culture, with its beautiful chapel, and the Royal Convent of La Concepción, among other highlights. Afterwards, continue to Querétaro, to explore its magnificent colonial centre home to the house of the Corregidora, the stately Mansions of the Marquesa de la Villa del Villar del Águila and the house of the Count of Sierra Gorda. End the day with a final journey back to Mexico City. Once you've checked in at the hotel, spend your final evening in Mexico at your leisure, doing some last-minute souvenir shopping or dining on authentic Mexican cuisine! Overnight stay in Mexico City.

Included
City Tour of San Miguel de Allende
10th Day: Mexico City - UK/Ireland

Breakfast* at the hotel. Sadly, it's time to say 'Adios' to Mexico! At the indicated time, shared-transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board. 

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

11th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

Accommodation: 9 Nights

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Included

Included activity for day 2

Full-Day Mexico City & Teotihuacan Tour

Begin the day with a city tour of the Mexican capital including the Plaza de las Tres Culturas and Basilica of Guadalupe before heading to Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone to explore the pre-Columbian ruins.

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Included activity for day 4

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Morelia City Tour

Admire the colonial architecture of Morelia as you see its most important buildings including the Government Palace, the Plaza de Armas and the Aqueduct. Visit the Fuente de las Tarascas and the Church of Gualupita and stroll through a local craft market.

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Included activity for day 5

Patzcuaro City Tour

Get to know Patzcuaro, once the capital of the ancient Purépecha kingdom. Visit the most emblematic sights in the city, such as the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, the House of Eleven Patios and Gertrudis Bocanegra Library, Plaza Vasco de Quiroga and more!

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Included activity for day 6

Visit to a Tequila Distillery

Visit a distillery in the Mexican town of Tequila, the birthplace of the world-famous spirit of the same name! Learn about the distilling process and how tequila is made from the blue agave plant.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Mexico City - UK/Ireland.*
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  • 9 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 9 breakfasts.
  • Shared-transfers throughout.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • Local guide in Mexico City & English-speaking driver for the entire tour.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Taxes, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Please note: all transfers included in this trip are shared services, not private.

If your destination is in the USA or Canada, or if your selected flights to a different destination have connections in the USA or Canada, it is mandatory to have an ESTA (for USA) or an eTA (for Canada) before travelling. ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ eTA: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Visa
    No visa is required. Departure tax from Cancun is 1000 pesos (around 55$).
  • Currency
    Peso.
  • Language
    Spanish.
  • Electricity
    127 V. Adapter required.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC - 06:00 to UTC - 08:00.
  • Other useful information
    Free support for tourists by calling 078.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://www.visitmexico.com

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

In Mexico, triple rooms do not have 3 beds, will be always 2 double beds.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

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