9 Day Colonial Mexico



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9 Day Colonial Mexico
Barcelo Mexico Reforma Mexico City
Hotel Real de Minas San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Hotel Alameda Morelia
Hotel De Morales Guadalajara

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2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $600

Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
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.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

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 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, Guadalajara-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Mexico City
    • 2 nights San Miguel de Allende
    • 2 nights Morelia
    • 2 nights Guadalajara
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 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

  • Visit Casa Azúl, the museum dedicated to the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo
  • Tour Mexico City’s historic center including the National Palace and Palacio de Bellas Artes
  • Visit the mysterious archaeological site of Teotihuacán, also known as the City of the Gods
  • Walking tour of Queretaro, known for its magnificent Spanish colonial architecture
  • Enjoy San Miguel Allende, whose history is intertwined with Mexican Independence
  • Travel via the lush farmlands of El Bajío to Guanajuato known for its silver mining history
  • In Morelia, a UNESCO Site, view the elegant historic center and inspirational cathedral
  • Visit the Patzcuaro Artisan Center housing small shops where artisans display their wares
  • Explore Guadalajara, the quintessential Mexican city where tequila and mariachi were born

†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 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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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Mexico
Welcome to Mexico City, a thriving metropolis and the nation's capital. The rest of the evening is at leisure to discover Mexico City's restaurants and nightlife on your own
Overnight: Mexico City

DAY 2, Sunday - Coyoacán, Mexico City Tour
The day begins in the neighborhood of Coyoacán, childhood home of Frida Kahlo. Here, visit Casa Azúl (Blue House), now a museum where the renowned Mexican artist lived most of her life. The museum is not only a testament to her life but also a fine example of early 20th century Mexican architecture. After an exploration of this delightful city, on to Xochimilco with its gorgeous Floating Gardens, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the festive atmosphere before returning to cosmopolitan Mexico City to tour the 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. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink during an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner to celebrate your arrival to Mexico
Overnight: Mexico City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Teotihuacán, Travel to San Miguel de Allende
Departing Mexico City, travel to the mysterious archaeological site of Teotihuacán, known as the City of the Gods, built around 100 BC as the centerpiece of an enormous ancient city often compared to ancient Rome. View the Jaguar Temple before continuing to the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and the Avenue of the Dead flanked by temples and palaces. If time allows, enjoy some free time to journey to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. Depart to the charming city of Queretaro famous for its beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. Take a walking tour of the city's historic center with its fountain-filled squares and winding cobbled streets lined with bougainvillea. After lunch at leisure, continue to San Miguel Allende, a city whose history and lore intertwines with the Mexican Independence movement. Dinner is together at the hotel
Overnight: San Miguel de Allende
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - City Tour of San Miguel de Allende
Morning tour of this colonial-era city submersed in arts and architecture. Stroll the cobblestone streets to the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, whose dramatic pink towers rise above the main plaza and the Templo de San Francisco church with its 18th century façade. In the afternoon, leisure time to explore the city's markets and museums or, join the optional tour to the important city of Dolores Hidalgo where the seeds for the Mexican independence movement began in 1810
Optional: Half-Day Dolores Hidalgo (PM)
Overnight: San Miguel de Allende
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Guanajuato, Travel to Morelia
Today, a drive through the lush farmlands of El Bajío to the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage city of Guanajuato. View the opulent colonial buildings, tree-filled plazas and brightly colored houses. After leisure time for lunch in the main square, visit the major historic sites of the city including the Juarez Theatre built in 1903, San Diego Church and Shrine of Our Lady of Guanajuato. Stroll along the Alley of the Kiss and stop at the Garden of the Union, the city's lively meeting place. Later, proceed to Morelia, composed of elegant 16th and 17th century stone buildings, baroque facades and inspirational cathedral. Dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Morelia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Patzcuaro, Tzintzuntzan
Morning drive past scenic Lake Pátzcuaro to the quaint hillside town of Pátzcuaro, accented by terracotta tile roofs, red-and-white adobe walls and narrow cobblestone streets. Visit Vasco de Quiroga Square and the House of Eleven Courtyards, originally a convent, now housing a labyrinth of small shops where artisans display their crafts. After lunch at leisure, travel to the ancient capital of Tzintzuntzan, ceremonial center of the pre-Columbian Tarascan state. Circular pyramids called Yacatas were built to protect the city lined up overlooking the lake. Visit the old Franciscan Monastery of Santa Ana - a unique architectural jewel!, before returning to Morelia for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Morelia
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Travel to Guadalajara
Depart to Guadalajara often referred to as the quintessential Mexican city, where tequila and mariachi music were born. After lunch, arrive in a colorful contrast of both modern and historic features, embraced by verdant green parklands, rushing fountains, inspiring 16th century architecture and beautiful tree-lined avenues. On this evening at leisure, acquaint yourself with the iconic downtown at your own pace
Overnight: Guadalajara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday - Walking Tour of Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque Artisan Square
The discovery of Guadalajara begins with a walking tour in the heart of the city; visit the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral with its twin golden spires and beautiful stained glass windows. Pause at the Government Palace, the site where Padre Miguel Hidalgo abolished slavery in Mexico; view the powerful murals by famed artist Jose Clemente Orozco. Next, a visit to Tlaquepaque with its renowned artist's village -- the perfect showcase for Mexican arts and crafts. Time to explore the area and sample local favorites at one of the sidewalk cafes. Tonight, bid adios to your newfound friends at the Farewell Dinner -- share wonderful memories of your journey together through Mexico
Overnight: Guadalajara
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Mexico
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Half Day Dolores Hidalgo Tour

Travel to the charming city of Dolores Hidalgo, where the seeds for the independence of modern day Mexico started. It was at the foot of its main church that Father Miguel Hidalgo ignited the insurgence against the Spanish in 1810. The tour begins at the tree-lined Zocalo, a popular meeting point; view the magnificent monument dedicated to Mexico’s national heroes. Next, visit the beautiful baroque church followed by a delicious homemade ice cream tasting from one of the many street vendors around the main square. Be adventurous and try the different exotic flavors! After, visit a “talavera” factory to see how local colorful ceramics are made before returning to San Miguel Allende.

Day #4 16 Jan 2021 - 15 Jan 2022 $50.00
16 Jan 2022 - 15 Jan 2023 $50.00
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9 Day Colonial Mexico, September 2021
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This was our first experience with GATE1 TRAVEL and i just wanted to express my gratitude for a wonderful vacation we had during 8 day colonial Mexico trip. I want to recognize our trip manager/guide Liliana for her exceptional organization and problem solving skills as well as her friendliness. Every day she went above and beyond to please everyone on the trip. She is a true value to GATE 1. We will miss her. Our trip driver Aurelio was our guardian for sanitation and cleanliness during long hours on a bus. Thank you Gate 1 for a great time and see you soon. We already booked two more trips with you for upcoming year.

Elizabeth A.
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2020
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This trip was so breathtaking that I don't know where to begin. It was a wonderful experience and a lot of surprises in seeing SW & E of Mexico. I cannot stop talking about it. I didn't expect the this part of Mexico to be so LOVELY. We especially enjoy the train ride, the Copper Canyon, the cow pastures, not to mention the food, entertainment and the people, we love this trip. Our tour Manager Raul makes us feel safe & comfortable: not to mention his professionalism. He is one of the hardest working tour manager I ever came across in my 35 years of travelling. His working ethics are endless.

Dorrett S. Beltsville, MD
9 Day Colonial Mexico, February 2020
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Our trip to Mexico City and Colonial Mexico tour was very good! Ivan, our tour director was amazing and one of the best we've had on our guided tour travels. He was knowledgeable, accommodating, organized and communicated very well. Leading a group of 40 individuals is no small feat but he pulled it off well! He went out of his way to make everybody feel comfortable and respected as individuals. The tour itself was well organized and we had the opportunity to visit many places and experience good dining. I liked that there was plenty of 'time on our own' and the option to eat on our own while providing a good amount of preplanned and prepaid food. The restaurants we ate as a group provided decent food with options to choose. The hotels we stayed at were pretty well located in the key parts of the city. We could walk in a safe environment to visit on our own and find alternate dining options. The pace of the tour was good and we had the opportunity to see a lot. The optional excursion, which we took part in, was very good and definitely added some good flavor to the trip which we otherwise wouldn't have experienced. This was a our first trip with Gate 1 and it likely won't be our last.

Yong Y. Phoenix, AZ
Mexico's Mayan & Aztec Illumination, January 2020
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We had a fabulous time. Our tour director Bacho was knowledgeable, funny, organized and very helpful. Our whole tour worked liked clockwork, the weather was perfect, and there was so much to see. Would recommend the tour to all my friends!

Lisa S. Walnut Creek, CA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, October 2019
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We had a wonderful time on the tour of The Copper Canyon. It was everything that we had hoped that it would be. The accommodations were top rate, the meals were good and we were pleased that almost all of the meals for the entire nine days were included, as well as all the tours, train ride and arial tram ride over the canyon. Our tour guide, Raul, was absolutely the best, so knowledgeable and personable. He went out of his way to make sure that we had a safe and enjoyable trip. The visit to a Taramasalata home was a highlight of the trip.

Sandra H. Lakeland, FL
Mexico's Mayan & Aztec Illumination, September 2019
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"Bacho" (Bonifacio) was the best guide I've ever had. In addition to being a really fine human being, his organizational ability was beyond reproach, even somehow managing to make it seem low-key despite all that went into it. Gate 1 is very fortunate to have him.

Catherine B. Montague, CA
9 Day Colonial Mexico, September 2019
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I thoroughly enjoyed my trip...I found a love for Mexico, the land and the customs of the people...I met people who became friends in one week...our guide Ivan was the most caring, helpful , well informed person imaginable...he went so far beyond his role to help us in any way, share his knowledge and love of his country and his huge , giving person...it was one of my favorite trips

Kathrynne F. Flanders, NJ
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, September 2019
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My trip to Copper Canyon was wonderful. The bus ride was so scenic and Copper Canyon and San Carlos were just magical. I never imagined that Mexico was so beautiful. Our guide, Manuel, made the trip so special. He kept us informed about everything and taught us so much about the floral and fauna of Mexico. The train ride and the cable car ride into the canyon was the icing on the cake for this trip. The memories from this trip will be with me for a long time. Thank you Gate 1 for this special experience.

Penny H. Stone Mountain, GA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, September 2019
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Our trip to Mexico and Copper Canyon was wonderful. Edel was a fabulous guide who is incredibly knowledgeable about everything we saw and did. He is a great tour manager who took care of all our needs seamlessly and way exceeded my expectations. I always felt secure with him in charge. This was the 4th Gate 1 trip for my husband and I, and we plan to take many more in the future.

Patricia K. Chapel Hill, NC
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, September 2019
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There are two things that make for a great trip beyond the itinerary: the weather and the tour manager. We were blessed with great weather but the greatest contribution was our manager, Edel. We have taken guided small-group trips with various companies over the years, with this trip being our second with Gate 1. All have been grand experiences, but this one stands out. Edel is the most personable, knowledgeable, caring person we have encountered. At every turn of the road, we would be introduced to local people, who were friends of Edel. This lead to experiences with indigenous people and facets of the varied Mexican cultures we may well have not otherwise experienced. Edel was totally organized throughout the tour, so his clients had no concerns but to soak in all the wonderful sensory inputs. We all left with gratitude, new understandings, and not a small sense of loss in leaving our new friend behind. We cannot say enough positive comments about Edel and Gate 1.

Bruce and Jan E. Deep River, CT
9 Day Colonial Mexico, August 2019
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Fabulous! Our first time with Gate 1 and everything was well organized and thought out. The accommodations, food, and travel were excellent. Best of all, we had phenomenal tour guides. We are now huge Gate 1 fans and intend to try other trips in the near future. Thank you! Thank you!

Harry G. Austin, TX
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
9 Day Colonial Mexico, March 2019
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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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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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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 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, 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
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


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