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MEXICO CITY
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12
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MEXICO CITY

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Itinerary

Day 1: Mexico DF
Welcome to EuropaMundo!!!. On arrival, transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area. 

IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.  

NB:  The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.    


Day 2: Mexico City.-
Today we have a fantastic day acquaint ourselves with Mexico. We include a sightseeing tour of the city. We will visit the Plaza of Three Cultures, and the historic centre in which the Zócalo (main square) and its Metropolitan Cathedral stand out, the main Aztec temple, Chapultepec Park, the “Paseo de la Reforma” Avenue and the other main avenues of this impressive city. 

At the end of the visit we travel to the BASILICA OF GUADALUPE, the most visited Catholic temple in the Americas where the Virgin of Guadalupe is found. There we will be able to explore the old basilica dating back to the 18th Century and also the modern temple. 

In the afternoon we travel to the neighbourhood of XOCHIMILCO, a wonderful place with its canals and semi-floating gardens. Here we include a ride in a “trajinera”, one of the boats festooned with flowers.  

In the evening we include a transfer to the Plaza de GARIBALDI, with its many bars, restaurants and bars where tacos and tequila are served and the Mariachis sing. Dinner is included in a traditional restaurant. 
Day 3: México city- Morelia- janitzio- Patzcuaro.-
Total distance by road: 380 km 
Scenery: Pleasant mountain landscapes. 

07.30 h.- Mexico –Departure-.  We enter the state of Michocaín and its lush, green countryside. 
12:30 h.- MORELIA –Arrival- . The centre of the splendid capital of Michoacán is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its magnificent cathedral, large busy square and aqueduct.  Time to explore and have lunch. 
15.00 h.- Morelia –Departure- . 
16.15 h.- Pátzcuaro Lake –Arrival-. Visit to the beautiful Pátzcuaro Lake, in the Purépecha region, where we take a boat to JANITZIO Island.  After a 25-minute crossing, we reach this pretty town with its busy streets, restaurants and arts and crafts shops. Time to explore. 
18.30 h.- We return from the island in our small boat and continue our journey.
19.00h. PATZCUARO, arrival to the pretty colonial town with the basilica of Our Lady of Health and the House of Eleven Patios, now an arts and crafts centre.  Accommodation in in this “magical town”.
Day 4: Patzcuaro- Chapala- Tlaquepaque- Guadalajara.-
Total distance: 350 km 
Scenery: Pretty countryside near Chapala Lake. 

08:30 h.- Pátzcuaro –Departure-. We set out for the state of Jalisco where we visit Chapala lake, the largest natural lake in Mexico, set amidst mountains. 
13:00 h.- CHAPALA, time to wander around and have lunch in this small tourist resort near the lake.  
15:00 h.- Chapala –Departure-. 
16.00 h.- TLAQUEPAQUE arrival to this quarter, with its pretty streets filled with shops and arts and crafts centres. Free time to explore.

17.15 hrs.- Tlaquepaque. Departure. 
17.45 h.- GUADALAJARA. –Arrival- Free time and then in the late afternoon we will go to a typical restaurant, "Casa Bariachi" where we will enjoy dinner (included)  accompanied by the songs of the Mariachis. 
Day 5: Guadalajara- Tequila- Guadalajara.-
In the morning we include a visit to Guadalajara, the modern metropolis with its colonial historic centre, its cathedral, its market, its Tapatía square. We will enter the Cabañas Hospice, declared Unesco World Heritage. After the visit, we will go on to the next town of TEQUILA, we include entrance to the MUNDO CUERVO distillery and will see how this famous Mexican drink is made (entrance and tasting included). After this, time for a stroll and lunch in the picturesque town of Tequila. After lunch, we return to Guadalajara.
Day 6: Guadalajara- Guanajuato.-
Total distance: 275 km  

09:00 h.- Guadalajara –Departure-.  
12:45 h.-  GUANAJUATO – Arrival-. Free time to have lunch, followed by a two-hour visit with a local guide to this beautiful university city and World Heritage Site, with its narrow, steep streets and churches. The visit ends with a trip on the funicular railway to admire the view from “el Pípila”, followed by free time. Visitors who are interested can visit the impressive “Mummies’ Museum”.

Note: The cable car to the Pipila is currently under restoration and closed to tourism. During these works we will use an alternative transportation.
Day 7: uanajuato- Dolores Hidalgo- San Miguel Allende- Atotonilco- Queretaro.-
Total distance: 170 km 
Scenery: Attractive mountain scenery between Guanajuato and Dolores Hidalgo.  

08:30 h.- Guanajuato –Departure-. We travel through impressive mountain landscapes. 
09:45 h.- DOLORES HIDALGO, the birthplace of Mexican independence. Visit to the church where the priest “Hidalgo” cried out for independence. 
11:00 h.- Dolores Hidalgo –Departure-. 
11:45 h.- SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, a beautiful city with colonial architecture and cobbled streets, declared a World Heritage Site. Time to explore. Lunch included.  
15:00 h.- San Miguel de Allende –Departure- On the way we will visit ATOTONILCO Sanctuary, known as the “Sanctuary of God and the Fatherland”, a World Heritage Site. 
16:30 h.- QUERÉTARO –Arrival-. Time to explore the city, with its attractive colonial centre, parade square and busy restaurants and pedestrian streets.
Day 8: Queretaro- Teotihuacan- México City.-
We travel to TEOTIHUACAN, in Náhuatl “the place where men become gods”, one of the most impressive cities in the ancient world. Here we admire the pyramids of the sun and the moon, entrance and tour. Continuation to MEXICO CITY, arrival at lunchtime.
Day 8:
End of our services. Check the time of your flight in case you need an additional night. 

Price includes

Included

  • Europamundo General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • City tour in: MEXICO CITY, GUADALAJARA, GUANAJUATO, TEOTIHUACAN
  • Boat: Boat trip in Xochimilco in Ciudad de México in MEXICO CITY, to the island of Janitzio in Patzcuaro lake. in JANITZIO
  • Evening transfer: Plaza de Garibaldi in Ciudad de Mexico. in MEXICO CITY, Tlaquepaque neighborhood in Guadalajara in GUADALAJARA
  • Transfer: Basilica of Guadalupe in Ciudad de Mexico in MEXICO CITY
  • Ticket admission: Cabañas Hospice and Mundo Cuervo Tequila Distillery in Guadalajara in GUADALAJARA, To the Sanctuary of Atotonilco in SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, archaeological site of Teotihuacán in TEOTIHUACAN
  • Funicular: Ascent to the Pípila in Guanajuato in GUANAJUATO

Planned Hotels

MEXICO
CASA BLANCA
****
5550964500
reservasmexico@europamundo.com
Lafragua 7, Col. Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México
01430 MEXICO DF
MEXICO
HOTEL MISIÓN PÁTZCUARO CENTRO
****
4343421037
reservasmexico@europamundo.com.mx
Álvaro Obregón, 10. Colonia Centro, Pátzcuaro, Michoacán
61600 PATZCUARO
MEXICO
HOTEL PLAZA DIANA
****
3335409700
ecastillo@euromundo.com.mx
Agustín Yáñez 2760, Arcos vallarta, 44130 Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
44130 GUADALAJARA
MEXICO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GUANAJUATO
****
4737352000
ecastillo@euromundo.com.mx
Euquerio Guerrero 120, Col. Burocrata, 36250 Guanajuato, GTO, México
36250 GUANAJUATO
MEXICO
REAL ALAMEDA QUERETARO
****
4422518900
ecastillo@euromundo.com.mx
AV.CORREGIDORA 184-D
76000 QUERETARO
MEXICO
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