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Viva Mexico Tour + Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

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mexico city + puerto vallarta, cancun

Overview

Enjoy an authentic tour in the fantastic, unique country of Mexico where there is loads history and traditions to discover sure to provide memories to last a lifetime. This tour is ideal for those who search for places with a profound culture, historic legacy, colonial monuments, world class museums and archaeological sites.

Day 1: Mexico City

Arrival in Mexico City. Transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Mexico City - Tepotzotlan - Tula - Queretaro

Tepotzotlan is a city and a municipality in the state of Mexico. It is located 40 km northeast of Mexico City about a 45-minute drive along the Mexico City-Queretaro. In Aztec times, the area was the centre of a dominion that negotiated to keep most of its independence in return with being allied with the Aztec Triple Alliance. Later, it would also be part of a "Republic of the Indians," allowing for some autonomy under Spanish rule as well. The town became a major educational centre during the colonial period when the Jesuits established the College of San Francisco Javier. The college complex that grew from its beginnings in 1580 would remain an educational centre until 1914. Today this complex houses the Museo del Virreinato (Museum of the Vice Regal or Colonial Period), with one of the largest collections of art and other objects from this time period. Tula Archaeological Site, which was the most important of the Toltec Culture, with a series of important buildings, such as the Central Altar, the Coatepantli, also known as the wall of the serpents, The Burnt Palace and the Ball Court. Still spectacular and one of the most regarded attractions are the "Atlantes" Gigantic Stone Sculptures of enormous warriors that symbolized the army, prevalent before the Aztec take over. After this visit we will continue to Queretaro in the afternoon to visit the city. Queretaro was an important city during the Colonial Period, surrounded by gold and silver mines, which produced wealth to build and impressive colonial architecture, filled with eighteenth century mansions and churches, specially nominated by the UNESCO. Queretaro is a state capital north west of Mexico City, which played an important role in history, where the insurgent plans were prepared for the Independence from the Colonial Domination of Spain in the Early 19th Century. Queretaro witnessed the burial of Austrian Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg. It was also the siege of the Promulgation of the Constitution that emerged from the Mexican Revolution 1910-1917.

Overnight in Queretaro.

Day 3: Queretaro - San Miguel de Allende - Dolores Hidalgo - Guanajuato

We will continue the route of the most outstanding cities of the 18th Century, which in 1810, played the role of the "Cradle of Independence". These cities surrounded by important mining facilities, also constructed monumental colonial buildings of outstanding architecture. First stop will be San Miguel de Allende with elegant mansions and palaces which were the residence of the owners of the silver mines. Today San Miguel is a City sponsoring art in all sorts of manifestations. Later, through a patch of mountains, we will reach Dolores Hidalgo where the Bell of Independence was first sound on the 15th of September of 1810. We then a bit later, will arrive to Guanajuato, a State Capital and a very important Colonial City during the Spanish Domination. The Historic District is a very well conserved jewel and tourist destination.

Overnight in Guanajuato.

Day 4: Guanajuato - Morelia

Today we will leave from Guanajuato to the neighbouring State of Michoacan. We will drive towards Morelia through one of the most fertile vegetable intensive agriculture land and pass rivers and lagoons along the way before we reach this other State capital. Morelia was founded in 1541. It was named Valladolid by Don Antonio de Mendoza, the first Viceroy of "Nueva España" as the Country was known during the Colonial Period. In 1828, it was renamed Morelia in honour of Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon one of the Generals who consolidated the Independence of Mexico. In Morelia, We will visit the State Museum: this 18th century mansion was restored to contain the State Museum in 1986. It is divided into three sections: Archaeology, History and Ethnology. There is example of an antique pharmacy dating from 1868. The city is really imposing; you will feel back in the 17TH and 18TH century due to the excellent conservation of the Colonial Heritage.

Overnight in Morelia.

Day 5: Morelia - Santa Clara del Cobre - Patzcuaro

We will depart from Morelia onto Santa Clara del Cobre which is a town and municipality located in the centre of the state of Michoacan, Mexico, 18 km from Patzcuaro and 79 km from the state capital of Morelia. While the official name of the municipality is Salvador Escalante, and the town is often marked as "Villa Escalante" or "Salvador Escalante" on maps, both entities are interchangeably called Santa Clara del Cobre. The town is part of the Patzcuaro region of Michoacan, and ethnically dominated by the Purepecha people. These people have been working with copper since the pre-Hispanic era, and led to this town's dominance in copper crafts over the colonial period (1519-1821) until well into the 19th century. Economic reverses led to the industry's near-demise here until efforts in the 1940s and 1970s managed to bring the town's work back into prominence. We will continue to Patzcuaro. Since the Mexican Revolution, Patzcuaro has worked to keep its traditional colonial-indigenous look. Unlike the capital, houses in Patzcuaro are made of adobe and/or wood and generally have tiled roofs. Cobblestone streets dominate the centre of town down to the lake. The town is filled with stores and vendors selling a wide variety of crafts, many in bright colours. Patzcuaro is the market hub of the region, with smaller villages bringing in their own specialised crafts such as copperware, black pottery, musical instruments, baskets etc. Local dishes include tamales filled with fish, tarasca soup, red pozole, atole, and a number of cold drinks based on corn. The courtyards and balconies are almost always filled with flowering plants, which is a tradition in Patzcuaro, with many homeowners sharing tips and plants with each other, sometimes even cross breeding a new variety of flower.

Overnight in Patzcuaro.

Day 6: Patzcuaro - Tlaquepaque - Guadalajara

Today we will leave onto Tlaquepaque, a fashionable colonial neighbourhood in the southeast of Guadalajara, was once a small village in its own right, even in pre-Hispanic times. Today, it's a trendy (and touristy) boutique shopping district offering fine arts & crafts, galleries and excellent food. If you are visiting Guadalajara city, make sure that you spend a few hours exploring the many treasures of historical Tlaquepaque. Continue to Guadalajara. Guadalajara is Mexico's second biggest city, and in many respects can be considered the quintessential Mexican destination. This is the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila, but also one of the country's industrial and business centres, sometimes referred to as Mexico's Silicon Valley.

Overnight in Guadalajara.

Day 7: Guadalajara -Tequila - Puerto Vallarta

On the last day, we will leave to visit Tequila. In the area around the town of Tequila in the state of Jalisco, greenish blue fields of agave stretch out mile after mile over the rugged, hilly terrain. All of the tequila in the world, some 60 million gallons a year, is produced in this region, which includes parts of the states of Guanajuato, Nayarit, Michoacan and Tamaulipas. In 1978 the "Appellation of Origin Tequila" was instituted, decreeing that agave-based drinks made anywhere else may not be labelled tequila. On our visit to Tequila you will see the town's 18th century church, the National Museum of Tequila and tour a distillery or two where you'll learn about the tequila-making process and sample different varieties of the spirit. We will continue to our final destination Puerto Vallarta.

Drop off at your selected hotel.

  1. Arrival
    Day 1

    Flight

    Fly from Heathrow to Mexico City on Aeromexico

  2. viva mexico tour
    Day 1-7

    viva mexico tour

    1. Day 1

      Mexico City–Arrival in Mexico City. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Mexico City.

    2. Day 2

      Mexico City - Tepotzotlan - Tula - Queretaro –Tepotzotlan is a city and a municipality in the state of Mexico. It is located 40 km northeast of Mexico City about a 45-minute drive along the Mexico City-Queretaro. Overnight in Queretaro.

    3. Day 3

      Queretaro - San Miguel de Allende - Dolores Hidalgo - Guanajuato –We will continue the route of the most outstanding cities of the 18th Century, which in 1810, played the role of the "Cradle of Independence".. We then a bit later, will arrive to Guanajuato, a State Capital and a very important Colonial City during the Spanish Domination. Overnight in Guanajuato.

    4. Day 4

      Guanajuato - Morelia –Today we will leave from Guanajuato to the neighbouring State of Michoacan. We will drive towards Morelia through one of the most fertile vegetable intensive agriculture land and pass rivers and lagoons along the way before we reach this other State capital. Overnight in Morelia.

    5. Day 5

      Guanajuato - Morelia –Today we will leave from Guanajuato to the neighbouring State of Michoacan. We will drive towards Morelia through one of the most fertile vegetable intensive agriculture land and pass rivers and lagoons along the way before we reach this other State capital. Overnight in Morelia.

    6. Day 6

      Morelia - Santa Clara del Cobre - Patzcuaro –We will depart from Morelia onto Santa Clara del Cobre which is a town and municipality located in the centre of the state of Michoacan, Mexico. Overnight in Patzcuaro.

    7. Day 7

      Patzcuaro - Tlaquepaque - Guadalajara –Today we will leave onto Tlaquepaque, a fashionable colonial neighbourhood in the southeast of Guadalajara, was once a small village in its own right, even in pre-Hispanic times.Guadalajara is Mexico's second biggest city, and in many respects can be considered the quintessential Mexican destination. Overnight in Guadalajara.

    8. Day 8

      Guadalajara -Tequila - Puerto Vallarta –On the last day, we will leave to visit Tequila. Tequila you will see the town's 18th century church, the National Museum of Tequila and tour a distillery or two. We will continue to our final destination Puerto Vallarta. Drop off at your selected hotel.

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    Day 7-11

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  4. Departure
    Day 11-12

    Transfer + Flight

    Private Car Transfer from Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

    Fly from Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport to Heathrow on Aeromexico

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Price for 10 nights, 2 Adults flying 24 October 2017 from Heathrow with Aeromexico