Avoid the crowds and fall in love with colonial Mexico over 5 fantastic days of city tours and activities. Your journey will begin in Guanajuato, a charming city once thriving on its silver and gold deposits, and now enriched with colonial architecture and brightly coloured houses that will fill the air with magic. The history continues on to the city of San Miguel Allende, where you will learn more of the Mexican Independence movement that ended the 300 year colonial rule under Spain, giving Mexico its unique identity today
Upon arrival to Del Bajío International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Guanajuato. Known as an important UNESCO World Heritage Site, Guanajuato was founded in 1559 with a fascinating history around its rich silver and gold deposits. Spend your evening exploring beautiful streets filled with opulent colonial buildings, colourful houses and interesting people, all of which are attributed to the magical atmosphere of this city.
No meals included.
Day 2: Guanajuato City Tour
After breakfast, you will meet your guide and begin your city tour with a visit to the famous Museum of the Mummies of Guanajuato. The exhibition includes a number of naturally mummified bodies that resulted from a cholera outbreak in the city back in 1833. Following on, you will also visit the Valenciana mine and its majestic temple, one of the most beautiful in the country with its 23.5 carat gold-framed altarpieces and tunnel zones. If you have yet to find yourself in a mine 200ft deep within the surface of the Earth, then the Valenciana will be a perfect start.
The tour will take you to the Mirador del Pipila monument, a famous statue set on a panoramic hill that depicts El Pipila, an important figure during the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. The steep stairways leading to the top of the hill will have you at a perfect spot to overlook the whole city of Guanajuato.
Day 3: Guanuajuato - Dolores - Atotonilco - San Miguel Allende
Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the cradle of the Mexican independence movement as well as some of the most beautiful colonial cities in the country. The tour will begin in Dolores Hidalgo, where you will go to the mausoleum of the singer-author Jose Alfredo Jimenez. The absence of tourists in this town will perhaps make this a highlight of your trip as you learn about the history of Mexico's independence in peace and quiet.
Afterwards, visit the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, also known as the Mexican Sistine Chapel. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can step inside to admire its detailed murals, ceiling paintings and architectural designs that are deeply moving. The next stop will be San Miguel de Allende, stroll through the baroque architecture and neo-gothic style churches that were built around the 17th century. Check in to your hotel in the afternoon before spending the evening at your leisure.
Day 4: San Miguel Allende City Tour
After breakfast, you will visit the most interesting monuments of the city, including the Parish of Sangiual Arcangel with incredible history of Zeferino Gutierrez, the house of Captain Ignacio Allende, and the Temple of Immaculate Conception. San Miguel encapsulates the religion, history and hard work that people value, which can be experienced with your visit to the Fanciscan Monastic Complex, and the Old Town of San Miguel el Grande. Your guide will tell you an interesting story on how the Independence of Mexico in the House of Conspiracies was forged.
Day 5: Depart San Miguel
Today, you will depart from San Miguel and transferred to Mexico City to continue your next adventure. Should you wish to arrange further excursions or trip extensions, feel free to consult us!
Departs - Daily
Quinta Las Acacias
San Miguel de Allende
Hotel San Miguel de Allende
Casa Sierra Nevada
Accommodation with private facilities
English speaking guided tours
Meals as specified
What's not included?
Airport arrival/departure taxes
Any items not mentioned as included
Hotel rates are based on lead-in rooms. Other room types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events.