Day 1: Arrival to México city on Saturday, transfer from airport to Hotel Marco Polo, located in Pink Zone heart of the city, ready to start next day the tour.
Day 2: Morning departure from Mexico City to the Toluca Highway. Pass through the Desert of the Lions, Salazar, and the La Marquesa National Parks. Continue to Morelia. Afterwards, visit the city of Morelia, founded in 1541, which displays outstanding examples of XVII and XVIII century Mexican Colonial architecture built with pink stone. See the Cathedral, the Government Palace, Plaza de Armas, Clavijero Palace, the monumental aqueduct, and many charming plazas with fountains. Late afternoon travel to nearby Patzcuaro to overnight at the Hotel selected.
Day 3: After breakfast, visit the city of Patzcuaro, the ancient capital of the Purepecha tribe with its special colonial flavor, founded in 1534. Visit the Church of our Lady of Health, The House of the Eleven Patios, the Gertrudis Bocanegra Library with its famous mural by Juan O’Gorman, Don Vasco de Quiroga Plaza, and the local bustling market. Continue to Guadalajara and the Hotel selected for the next two nights.
Day 4: After breakfast, visit the nearby city of Tequila, You'll visit an authentic hacienda where the famous liquor, tequila, is made. Afterwards, visit Tlaquepaque, the largest handicraft center in Mexico. Wander leisurely through the art galleries and workshops that display an amazing variety of fine Mexican handicrafts. Discover great bargains for clay figures, paper mache, tin ware, pottery, and more. Lunch is included and is accompanied with Mariachis. Free time in the late afternoon and evening.
Day 5: After breakfast, visit the city of Guadalajara, founded in 1542, known for its many Colonial buildings including the Government Palace, the Degollado Theater, the Cathedral, an imposing XVI century structure, and the Cabanas Hospicio, now a cultural center, renowned for its Jose Clemente Orozco mural. Continue to Guanajuato to spend the night at Hotel selected.
Day 6: After breakfast, visit Guanajuato, considered by UNESCO to be part of the "Historic Legacy to Humanity" with its underground streets and opulent XVI to XVIII century civil and religious architecture made possible by the rich lodes of gold and silver nearby. Tour the Juarez Theater, the University, Hidalgo market, Valencia mine and church. Walking tour through the legendary side streets such as "Callejon del Beso" and visit the Plaza of the Lanterns. Travel to San Miguel de Allende and spend the night at Hotel selected.
Day 7: After breakfast, visit San Miguel de Allende, a lovely mountainside town and see House of Mayorazgo de La Canal, the Allende Institute of Art and Culture, Royal Convent of the Conception, and a myriad of art and handicraft galleries housed in colonial mansions. Continue to Queretaro, the last colonial stop. Take a walking tour and enjoy the tranquility of this well-preserved city. See House de La Corregidora, Palace of the Marquis de la Villa del Villar, and the House of the Count of Sierra Gorda. Continue to San Juan del Rio, before arriving into Mexico City for overnight at Hotel Marco Polo.
Day 8: Breakfast and transfer out to airport. End of services.
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