8 Day Central Mexico with Oaxaca

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8 Day Central Mexico with Oaxaca
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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.


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Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program, includes long drives, covering a good amount of ground each day. In return, you will be rewarded with stops at fascinating sites. Expect up to four hours walking on some touring days. A few early wake-ups as well as one long drive to Oaxaca are necessary to cover the territory. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The altitude throughout the program varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Hotels may provide limited amenities. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Mexico City, Oaxaca-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Mexico City
    • 2 nights Puebla
    • 3 nights Oaxaca
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
 

Special Features

  • Tour the world-famous National Museum of Anthropology, the largest museum in Mexico
  • Explore Mexico City’s historic center including the National Palace and Palacio de Bellas Artes
  • Visit Cuernavaca, the capital of the state of Morelos, known as the “City of Eternal Spring”
  • A walking tour of Oaxaca, reveals lavish colonial mansions and historic buildings
  • Admire the intricate stone mosaics that adorn many of the walls of the Mitla ruins
  • Observe a weaving demonstration at Teotitlan del Valle, renowned for its weaving wares
  • During the tour of a Mezcal distillery, learn about the process of producing it and enjoy a tasting

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program, includes long drives, covering a good amount of ground each day. In return, you will be rewarded with stops at fascinating sites. Expect up to four hours walking on some touring days. A few early wake-ups as well as one long drive to Oaxaca are necessary to cover the territory. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The altitude throughout the program varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Hotels may provide limited amenities. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Mexico
Welcome to Mexico City, a thriving metropolis and the nation’s capital and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Mexico’s vibrant capital, first built by the Aztecs in the 1300s
Overnight: Mexico City

DAY 2, Thursday - Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City’s Historic Center
The day begins with a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology, the largest and most visited museum in all of Mexico. Learn from the vast collection of archaeological treasures from pre-Hispanic civilizations. After lunch, take a tour of Mexico City’s Centro Historico. Stop at the Zocalo (Central Square), the second largest plaza in the world; view the National Palace* known for Diego Rivera’s dramatic murals depicting thousands of years of Mexican history. Travel past the city’s iconic buildings including the art nouveau Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest in the Americas. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with you Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
*The visit to Diego Rivera’s murals is subject to unexpected closures that occur for political activities, renovations and routine maintenance.
Overnight: Mexico City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Historic Cuernavaca, Atlixco, Drive to Puebla
Leaving the city, travel to Cuernavaca, the capital of the state of Morelos. Embark on a walking tour of its historic center. View Plaza de Armas, admire the magnificent architecture, a blend of Gothic and Moorish style of the Palacio de Cortes and the 16th century Cathedral de la Asuncion. After lunch, travel to Atlixco, boasting the best climate in the country, located along the slopes of Popocatepetl volcano. Take an orientation walk of the charming downtown before continuing to Puebla. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. The evening is free to explore the city's charm and exquisite regional cuisine on your own
Overnight: Puebla
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Saturday - Colonial Puebla
This morning, tour the picturesque Centro Historico de Puebla. Admire gorgeous views of the stunning cathedral, a wealth of beautiful churches, and colonial buildings adorned with Talavera ceramic tiles for which the city is famous. Balance of the day is at leisure, or join the optional Half Day Cholula with lunch. A short drive from Puebla transports you to the city of Cholula with its more than 3,000 years of history. After lunch, begin the exploration of the city and marvel at the Mexican Baroque style churches. Continue to the Great Pyramid, the largest pyramid in the world. Spend time wandering through its tunnels, visit the church of los Remedios at the top and admire panoramic views of the area . Return to Puebla for an evening at leisure
Optional: Half Day Cholula with lunch (PM)
Overnight: Puebla
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Travel to Oaxaca
Depart Puebla and travel to Oaxaca, a bastion of indigenous culture and colonial history. The drive will take you through craggy mountains, remote villages, valleys, and volcanoes looming on the horizon. Stop for lunch along the way and later continue your drive to Oaxaca. Arrive at the hotel in the afternoon. After time to settle in, take an orientation walk with your Tour Manager, followed by dinner together
Overnight: Oaxaca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Explore Cultural Oaxaca
Spend a leisurely morning in Oaxaca today, or join the optional to Monte Albán archaeological site, an ancient center of Zapotec and Mixtec culture. After a short drive, arrive at the impressive pre-Columbian ruins, located on a mountaintop with stunning views of the Oaxaca Valley. Tour the complex, filled with temples, pyramids, magnificent tombs and learn about the Zapotec culture. Afterward, return back to the hotel. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of Oaxaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you stroll along the picturesque streets of the city’s historic center, view lavish colonial mansions, Santo Domingo Church, Museum of Cultures, Centro Cultural Santo Domingo, Government House and the Zocalo (Main Square). Conclude the tour at the colorful local market with stalls brimming with textiles, jewelry, fresh produce and much more
Optional: Half Day Monte Albán (AM)
Overnight: Oaxaca
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday - Mitla, Teotitlan Del Valle, Mezcal Distillery
Begin the day with a drive to the archaeological site of Mitla, which means “place of the dead”, known for its unique architecture. Admire the intricate stone mosaics that adorn many of the walls of the ruins. Proceed to the Zapotec village of Teotitlan del Valle and observe a weaving demonstration. Marvel at the beautiful wool weavings before sharing lunch at the artisan’s home. Later, visit a Mezcal distillery. Tour the facility and learn about the process of producing this alcoholic drink from any type of agave. Conclude your visit with a tasting, before departing for Oaxaca. En route, stop to visit Santa Maria del Tule, known for its giant 2,000-year-old cypress tree. Tonight, bid adios to your newfound friends and Tour Manager at the Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Oaxaca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Depart Mexico
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Half Day Cholula with lunch

A short drive from Puebla transports you to the city of Cholula with its more than 3,000 years of history. After lunch at a local restaurant, begin the exploration of the city and marvel at the Mexican Baroque style churches. Continue to the Great Pyramid, the largest pyramid in the world. There will be free time to wander through its tunnels, visit the church of los Remedios at the top and admire panoramic views of the area.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 25 Mar 2020 - 31 Jan 2021 $49.00
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Half Day Monte Alban

Explore the extraordinary archaeological site of Monte Albán, an ancient center of Zapotec and Mixtec culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.. After a short drive, arrive at the impressive pre-Columbian ruins, located on a mountaintop with stunning views of the Oaxaca Valley. Tour the complex, filled with temples, pyramids, a ball court, magnificent tombs and learn about the Zapotec culture. Afterward, return back to the hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 25 Mar 2020 - 31 Jan 2021 $49.00
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9 Day Colonial Mexico, May 2019
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The entire trip was wonderful. We have taken many group tours with several different tour companies. Our tour guide, Liliana, was by far the best of any. Her knowledge of the art, history, customs, traditions, etc. of Mexico is exceptional. In addition, she is a lovely, caring person. The trip itinerary, accommodations, etc. made this a truly memorable trip.

Charles P. Renton, WA
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Our trip was magnifico. Travel Manager, Ivan, was hard working, passionate about his country and a delightful person. I would rate him a 10 plus. All aspects of the trip - hotels, meals, sights, weather, free time, safety and transportation services either met or exceeded are expectations.

Martin W. Lakeville, MN
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2019
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We had a wonderful trip to Mexico. We have taken about 10 Gate 1 tours and liked them all. Our tour manager, Douglas, made this trip special. He is knowledgeable and careful with details to make sure that all of us were pleased. He has a great personality and went out of his way to get to know all of us on the tour, providing us with little extras to make us feel welcome and valued. I can't say enough to praise Douglas. He is a real asset to Gate 1, which he praises regularly, telling us about his training and how Gate 1 goes to great lengths to make sure the meals and accommodations are the best possible. I want to mention Panchito, our bus driver, also. He is a cheerful person and a highly skilled bus driver. We were all impressed by how he was able to maneuver the bus in tight quarters and keep us all safe.

Kathryn R. Fallon, NV
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2019
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The trip was great. Very impressive of the boat ride at Marina San Carlos, and the train ride from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas and the two day visit at the Copper Canyon. I learned a lot of Tarahumaras people and their community. The Mexican food was very tasty. It was a very good trip arrangement. Thanks again to Gate 1 for providing high quality, and affordable trips. I really enjoyed it.

Greta L. Tallahassee, FL
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2019
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The trip was wonderful. We were so fortunate to have Raul, the perfect guide! He obviously was so pleased to know we were enjoying ourselves, and we could totally depend on him to look after us. Very sincere, so knowledgeable. I’ve been to Mexico many times, but this was the first time I experienced the range of socioeconomic citizens and learned so much about the history of the country.

Judith S. Langley City, Canada
Mexico's Mayan & Aztec Illumination, January 2019
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Our Mexico trip was our 14th Gate 1 trip and it was perfect as usual. Baccho, our tour manager, was excellent, attentive to our needs, and filled almost every minute with great activities and additional optional walking tours.

Kenneth M. Bay Village, OH
9 Day Colonial Mexico, January 2019
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The trip to Mexico was amazing. As were the warm and welcoming people of Mexico. Each & every city we visited offed something unique & delightful. And the Gate 1 hotels, once again, were outstanding. And...once again our tour bus driver was THE BEST - I always felt safe! ...

Susan W. Laguna Beach, CA
9 Day Colonial Mexico, December 2018
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Colonial Mexico was my 31st trip with Gate 1 and I always love it when a trip exceeds expectations in every way, as this one did! I knew little about Mexico outside of a visit to Cancun and Mexico City, and this exploration of its Colonial Cities was marvelous. Everything started with having a superb tour manager, Bacho, who was personable, extremely kind, knowledgeable, funny and so organized. He was always there for us, whether it be having Pesos for bathroom stops or treating us to candy or prizes for quizzes, and even organizing a special double decker bus tour of Guadalajara, plus so much else - he is one of the very best! Our driver Aurelio was also skilled and safe and very pleasant. The itinerary was perfectly timed, with the right balance between time spent on walking tours of the cities and free time to explore. The hotels were all really lovely and well situated. The restaurants we went to for group meals were uniformly excellent. The dinner at the #1 restaurant in Morelia - San Miguelito was fantastic, as was the farewell dinner at El Sacromonte in Guadalajara. My personal favorite cities were the stops in Queretaro and Guanajuato and favorite city that we stayed in Morelia - I loved it so much that I am looking at spending a week at a language school there later this year! Can't say enough good things about this trip - safe, fun, interesting, cultural and very highly recommended. Thank you again!

Lorraine P. Stamford, CT
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson with Chihuahua, October 2018
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The trip was very good and our guide, Mr. Douglas did an excellent job. He was very knowledgeable, funny and provided all the important information on arrival. His knowledge of the area was most helpful and we had a great time. I have already recommended this trip to few of my friends who did not make it this time.

Laxmichand S. Schaumburg, IL
9 Day Colonial Mexico, October 2018
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Fantastic!! Nacho and Monica were both wonderful—as was their country! As a first-timer, I really appreciate the extra effort Gate 1 took while selecting the hotels and restaurants— thank you!

Paula S. San Diego, CA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson with Chihuahua, October 2018
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We had the best time...The tour guide Edel was very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and overall a great guy...The bus driver Panchito as well was a real professional..We felt very safe traveling through Mexico with him as our driver...Visiting the Copper Canyon is truly a highlight of this vacation..We made new friends, enjoyed the food we ate and took lots of pictures to enhance our memories of this fabulous trip...Thank you for making this excursion possible Gate 1!

Joyce O. Carmichael, CA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, October 2018
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The trip to the Copper Canyon was wonderful. The trip by bus showed us an extensive area of Sonora and Chihuahua. The vast canyon was beautiful to see in the varying light from morning to evening. The train ride from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas was spectacular with the mountains and changing vegetation as we climbed higher. Douglas was an excellent tour leader. On the long bus rides, he told us about the economies of the states, the history of the areas and the history of Mexico ..... He kept us informed about the daily schedules and helped to make sure that everyone was having a good time.

Loretta G. Minneapolis, MN
9 Day Colonial Mexico, October 2018
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We had a fantastic trip, the tour included very beautiful cities in Mexico and our tour manager, Ivan, was excellent. I would definitely recommend this trip.

Samuel B. New Iberia, LA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, May 2018
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It was absolutely incredible. It's a trip I have wanted to take for decades and glad I never made it until Gate 1 offered this tour. I always expect good tours from when I travel with you but this one really exceeded our expectations. The activities and programs were educational as well as just plain enjoyable. Our guide Edel and driver were excellent. Thanks for offering such fantastic tours.

Barbara H. Rochester, IN
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, April 2018
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The Copper Canyon trip was very rewarding. During the trip our guide Juan kept us informed about history, geography, culture, and the many birds and plants we saw during the bus rides. The restaurants were very clean and the food was delicious. Hotels were the best and had great views. Juan made sure we had a wonderful trip.

Frank R. Derwood, MD
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, March 2018
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Excellent! Great tour director/guide and very good driver. Interesting venues, and unique accommodations. Good food. We had a wonderful time. And we had a good group of interesting and nice people with us.

John D. La Honda, CA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, March 2018
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It was great. Most comprehensive tour yet. Informational videos, meals. Locations for meals. Quality of Hotels. Bay tour in San Carlos. Pearl hatchery. The menonite museum visit and lunch The tour guide was outstanding. He went above and beyond Best tour yet. I highly recommend it.

Bernardo S. Pasadena, CA

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