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  • Return international flights from the UK
  • All accommodation including breakfast (some hotels may include more meals & activities)
  • All private ground transfers
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Enjoying private tours and expert guiding throughout, this culture trip begins in cosmopolitan Mexico City where you’ll soak up the buzz, wade along neighbourhood canals and see the exceptional Teotihuacan archaeological site. A change of pace then comes with the small and charming San Miguel de Allende where you can wander around cobbled streets and baroque churches that ooze with colonial history.

Wrapped in mountains and volcanoes, Puebla then offers a look at Mexico’s past and future with its UNESCO-protected Old Town and burgeoning arts scene. Delve deeper into this local culture with feasts of traditional dishes such as the famous Mole sauce, before driving along the scenic highlight, Sierra Madre, to Oaxaca. Round off in this captivating city and discover the historically mesmerising Monte Alban and regional gourmet secrets during a culinary and cultural exchange.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Mexico City

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Arrival at Mexico City airport and private transfer to your Mexico City hotel

Accommodation in Mexico City

Three days in Mexico City Three days in Mexico City

Enjoy time in this bustling and cosmopolitan capital which has a fabulous selection of museums and art galleries for you to visit. Mexico City is also home to a great selection of bars and restaurants, where you will be able to rub shoulders with the locals and taste some of the finest local cuisine.

Private Full Day Tour to Mexico City with Anthropology Museum Private Full Day Tour to Mexico City with Anthropology Museum

Your day tour to Mexico City and Anthropology Museum will begin at 9:00am when you are collected from your hotel by your private driver guide who will take you around the historical city centre. Stops on the tour include the atmospheric Zocalo square. Surrounded by the country's major buildings, it is here at Zocalo that you will see the brilliant sights of The National Palace and The Metropolitan Cathedral. If there is enough time you will also have the chance to visit other places including the Palace of Fine Arts. Lunch, which can be included at an extra price, can be enjoyed at one of the lovely restaurants or cafes that Mexico city has to offer. Following a tasty meal your tour's next stop will be the internationally famous National Anthropology museum and Mexico's Historic City Center. Here, your expert guide will take you around the fascinating array of exhibitions including the Aztec and Maya rooms, before driving you back to your hotel during the late afternoon.

Private Full Day Tour of Mexico City's Southern Neighbourhoods Coyoacan, San Angel and Xochimilco Private Full Day Tour of Mexico City's Southern Neighbourhoods Coyoacan, San Angel and Xochimilco

Today your guide will meet you at your hotel for a 6-8 hour privately guided visit of Mexico City's charming southern neighbourhoods. You will visit the interesting colonial suburbs of Coyoacan and San Angel. You will also have the chance to visit pretty Xochimilco where you have a two-hour private ride in one of the traditional gondola-like boats, or trajineras, to explore these ancient waterways. Time and interest permitting, you can also visit the Dolores Olmedo Museum, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon to relax and freshen up for the evening.

Tour of Coyoaca?n and Xochimilco's canals Tour of Coyoaca?n and Xochimilco's canals

Visit Coyoaca?n, one of the 16 boroughs (delegaciones) of the Federal District of Mexico City as well as the former village which is now the borough's historic centre. The tour's next stop is at Xochimilco, a delegaciones that is characterised by its system of canals and the small colourful boats that float on them among artificially created land called chinampas. These canals are internationally famous and are all of what is left of what used to be a vast lake and canal system that extended over most parts of the Valley of Mexico.

Days 3-6

San Miguel de Allende

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende hotel with an optional tour to Teotihuacan

Accommodation in San Miguel de Allende

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Private tour to Teotihuacan Archaeological Site Private tour to Teotihuacan Archaeological Site

Today you will visit the ancient city of Teotihuacan in the valley of Mexico. This important archaeological site is a complex home to multi-family residential compounds, the avenue of the dead and a small portion of vibrant murals that have been exceptionally well-preserved.

Three days in San Miguel de Allende Three days in San Miguel de Allende

Time to relax and enjoy the charm of this small colonial town, which is home to a selection of great restaurants, good places to shop, architecture and murals to gaze at.

Private city tour of San Miguel de Allende Private city tour of San Miguel de Allende

Today your private guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a half day tour of the city and all its historical, architectural and artistic charms. Part of the excursion will include a fun visit to the Private Collection of Mexican Toys.

Privately guided tour of Guanajuato Privately guided tour of Guanajuato

Your private guide will meet you at your hotel to collect you for a full day’s private tour of the nearby UNESCO-protected colonial city of Guanajuato. A splendid day out enjoying some the country’s best museums (Mummy Musuem), or perhaps a trip to the old silver mines, to simply exploring this crooked jumble of a town on foot (cars cannot fit in the streets). Private transfer back to San Miguel de Allende at the end of the day.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from San Miguel de Allende to Puebla

Days 6-8

Puebla

Accommodation in Puebla

Two days exploring Puebla Two days exploring Puebla

Spend your time here in the cultural and scenic city of Puebla exploring the historic district and dining on the famous Mole Poblano (thick, spicy sauce), which your guide will advise you on where to eat. Soak up the literary scene and striking architecture, before enjoying private tours in this volcano and mountain surrounded city.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private and scenic transfer from Puebla to Oaxaca

Days 8-10

Oaxaca

Accommodation in Oaxaca

Three days exploring Oaxaca Three days exploring Oaxaca

Spend your time in Oaxaca exploring this ancient and captivating region. Discover the colonial past, ethnic influences and modern-day reality as you visit sites such as Mount Alban and the baroque cathedral and dine on quintessential Mexican cuisine.

Private full day tour visiting Monte Alban and Oaxaca City tour Private full day tour visiting Monte Alban and Oaxaca City tour

This private full day tour will begin at 9:00am when you are picked up at your hotel. The day will consist of a tour of one of Mexico's best archaeological sites, Monte Alban, and a half day city tour of Oaxaca. During the city tour you will visit the renowned Santo Domingo Church and experience the city's intriguing culture at the local market.

Private full day local Oaxaca village tour and cooking class Private full day local Oaxaca village tour and cooking class

Early today you will meet your guide at your hotel for a full day excursion to Teotitlan Del Valle, possibly the prettiest village in the east side of the Valley. Numerous families here are dedicated to weaving rugs and other woollen garments, you will spend some time visiting a family home/studio to see the process of how they are made. Many still use the traditional techniques of carding and spinning their own wool, then dying it with natural colours and finally weaving on solid-wood looms. Then, learn about the internationally famous cuisine of Oaxaca. Visit a Zapotec Family to discover the local people's secrets to Oaxacan cuisine whilst enjoying learning more about their culture. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure with dinner at one of the many fine eateries to savour the world-famous cuisine.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from hotel to Oaxaca airport

Flight

Flight from Oaxaca to Mexico City

Days 10-12

Mexico City

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Mexico City airport to Mexico City hotel

Accommodation in Mexico City

Overnight in Mexico City Overnight in Mexico City

Enjoy time in this bustling and cosmopolitan capital which has a fabulous selection of museums and art galleries for you to visit. Mexico City is also home to a great selection of bars and restaurants, where you will be able to rub shoulders with the locals and taste some of the finest local cuisine.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Mexico City hotel to Mexico City airport

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