UNESCO World Heritage Cities

Travel Partner: Journey Mexico

Duration | 8 Days

Destination | Mexico

Starting Price | $3,391


The UNESCO World Heritage Cities tour takes you on a journey through central Mexico as you discover the rich civilization that came to be after the encounter of the New and Old Worlds. You will explore cities like Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Morelia, and other towns—all recognized by the UNESCO. Be awed by the cultural heritage that lives on through painting, architecture, gastronomy, and music.

Day 1 – Mexico City

Overnight – Las Alcobas México

Today you will be met by your representative outside of customs and privately transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 – Mexico City

Overnight – Las Alcobas México

Today your expert guide will lead you on an exploration of Teotihuacán, which in Nahuatl means “the birthplace of the gods,” considered one of the most important sites in Mesoamerican. You will also have a chance to climb the Pyramid of the Sun and/or the Pyramid of the Moon and look out across the city and valley of Teotihuacán.

This afternoon your journey continues with a sightseeing tour of cosmopolitan Mexico City. You will visit the Zócalo (Central Square), the second largest plaza in the world, and the adjacent National Palace, notable for Diego Rivera’s moving murals depicting more than a thousand years of Mexican history. You will be privy to a fascinating and lesser visited area of the National Palace with portraits of Mexico’s Presidents. Next to the Zócalo, is the enormous Metropolitan Cathedral, taking almost 300 years to complete it displays a mix of varied architectural styles. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a visit to the world famous Anthropology Museum. Designed and built by architect Pedro Ramirez Vasquez in 1964, it is considered important for its architectural design as well as the vast array of artifacts that it houses. Your expert guide will lead you on an exploration of the museum, taking you on a journey through the many histories and cultures of Mesoamerica.

Day 3 – San Miguel de Allende

Overnight – Casa de Sierra Nevada

You will meet your bilingual driver in the hotel lobby for a private transfer to San Miguel de Allende. En route, you will stop for a city tour of Queretaro. The Centro Histórico (downtown area) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Cerro del Sangremal (Hill of Sangremal) crowned by the Convent of the Holy Cross. Visit some of the city’s many museums such as the Art Museum and Regional Museum as well as several open pedestrian streets with art galleries and lovely plazas that will take you into the aristocracy mansions and convents that have been witness to the rich history and development of México.

After your visit, you will have free time for lunch before continuing to your hotel in San Miguel de Allende, 1.5 hours away. Enjoy the remainder of your evening at leisure.

Day 4 – San Miguel de Allende

Overnight – Casa de Sierra Nevada

Your personal expert guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to start your day exploring the colorful historic center of San Miguel de Allende. You will visit the iconic central plaza before going inside San Miguel’s famous pink church (Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel) that boasts Gothic-style architecture.

Next, you will visit art galleries and contemporary art studios at La Aurora and observe firsthand Mexican artisans working on their art and crafts at the Institute of Culture. Admire the traditional and unique process of how rugs are made using wool, in the workshop of a local family’s home and depending on time and interest, you may also visit the Cultural Center art school, a paper-mâché shop and the handicap artist studio of arts and crafts. This experience will be custom-designed according to the availability of the artisans and based on traveler’s particular interests.

Upon completion of your visit, you will be taken back to your hotel for an evening at your leisure.

Day 5 – San Miguel de Allende

Overnight – Casa de Sierra Nevada

Your personal expert guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and you will be driven to Guanajuato. Here your guide will lead you in exploring the historical center, starting with a panoramic view over the city, taking in the interesting architecture and the plethora of colors. You will stroll the streets of the city with its underground passageways heading to the central square, visiting churches and museums along the way. As you explore the city, its university, the Juarez Theatre and its tranquil plazas, your guide will tell you all about its rich history. The day will also include a visit to the house of muralist Diego Rivera, where you will receive a special talk about his life and work. No visit to Guanajuato is complete without passing by the Alley of the Kiss, where you will learn about the love story that gives the street its name.

Upon completion of your visit, you will be driven back to your hotel in San Miguel de Allende.

Day 6 – Pátzcuaro

Overnight – Casa de la Real Aduana Boutique Hotel

This morning after breakfast, you will meet your private driver for transfer to Pátzcuaro, stopping en route for an impressive historic city center tour of Morelia. You will awe in the elegant Spanish Colonial architecture like the pink stone Morelia Cathedral that took more than a century to build and dominates the main plaza. Look inside to see its large organ and noted sculpture of the crucifixion. Your tour continues to the Palacio Clavijero, which has gone from being the Jesuit School of St. Francis Xavier to a prison and now local government offices.

Upon completion, you will be driven to your hotel in Pátzcuaro.

Day 7 – Pátzcuaro

Overnight – Casa de la Real Aduana Boutique Hotel

Your private guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and your day will start with an exploration of the town of Pátzcuaro, wandering its cobblestone streets and taking in its colonial and indigenous feel. You will visit the central plaza and sites of interest and stroll through the streets lined with cafes, restaurants and handicraft shops. As you wander, your guide will tell you all about the history of this pueblo mágico, or magic town.

Heading next to Santa Clara del Cobre, located on the south side of Lake Pátzcuaro, you will visit the workshops of local copper workers. While the copper mines are now closed, copper crafting continues. Watch families of three or four generations as they work on items with ease and skill. You will then stop for lunch before heading on to Lake Zirahuén, where you will enjoy a peaceful boat ride. Zirahuen is a place with colorful flowers, pink and red geraniums, waxy white calla lilies, delicate begonias, roses and petunias all thrive here.

Upon completion of your visit, you will be driven back to your hotel in Pátzcuaro.

Day 8 – Pátzcuaro

Your journey ends with a private transfer from Pátzcuaro to Morelia City airport for your flight home.

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing. Room categories, dates of travel and changes to services will affect the price. Dollar conversions shown (if applicable) will fluctuate throughout the year. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office to customize this itinerary to fit your needs.

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