Central Mexico and Cuba

Duration

16 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Mexico City, Mexico DF

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Mexico City, Mexico DF; Morelia, Michoacan; ; Patzcuaro, Michoacan; Chapala, Jalisco; Guadalajara; Guanajuato; San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato; Queretaro; Havana; Guama; Caleta Buena; Giron; Cienfuegos; Trinidad; Guachinango; Camaguey; Guaimaro; Bayamo; Santiago De Cuba

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

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.    

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. 

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”.

Total distance: 360 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.

17.30 hrs.- Tlaquepaque. Departure. 
18.00 h.- GUADALAJARA. –Arrival- Free time in the capital of Jalisco, Mexico´s second largest city and birthplace of mariachi and tequila.

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.

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”.

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 - Dolores Hidalgo - departure - We visit Santuario de ATOTONILCO , known as the “Sanctuary of God and Country”, a World Heritage Site (it may not be possible to visit the interior if the sanctuary is hosting religious retreats). 
12.15 h.- SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, a beautiful city with colonial architecture and cobbled streets, declared a World Heritage Site. Time to explore and have lunch.

15:30 h.- San Miguel de Allende –Departure- 
16:30 h.- QUERÉTARO –Arrival-. Time to explore the city, with its attractive colonial centre, parade square and busy restaurants and pedestrian streets.

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.

After breakfast a transfer takes you to the airport to take your flight to La Havana . Upon arrival, we shall be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. 
To welcome you at the end of the afternoon we will include a trip in an old classic car to the fortress of San Carlos passing the ‘Malecón’ and we will attend the cannon shooting ceremony (admission included). Return to the hotel (by coach or vehicles) and accommodation.

Arrival. welcome to cuba!. transfer to the hotel and, depending on the time of your flight, free time. to welcome you at the end of the afternoon we will include a trip in an old classic car to the fortress of san carlos passing the ‘malecón’ and we will attend the cannon shooting ceremony(admission included). return to the hotel (by coach or vehicles) and accommodation.

We will leave havana for the south of the island, where we can enjoy its beautiful tropical landscapes. arrival in guama, and a visit to the crocodile farm, including a boat trip to admire this area declared a national park. in the village of taina we will see a little more about the population that existed before the arrival of the europeans. we continue along the caribbean coastal road. have your swimsuit to hand! we will have time in caleta buena, where we will include lunch, and you can swim, see its cenotes or snorkel! after that in giron, we will visit the girón beach museum which tells us about the bay of pigs invasion and the revolution. continuation to cienfuegos, “the pearl of the south”, a very nice colonial city, where we will walk through its french neoclassical colonial streets. dinner included and accommodation.

A little under a hundred kilometres take us to trinidad, arrival and visit to cuba’s most beautiful and best-preserved colonial city, a true “open-air museum”, declared a world heritage site. after the visit we will see the “temple of santería yemayá”, dedicated to the orisha (god) of the sea, with its offerings of fruit, water and stones; a santero will tell us about this religion and its beliefs. after the visit and lunch included, we will stay at our resort hotel at ancon beach. you will have the afternoon free to enjoy the caribbean sea on this magnificent beach, or, if you prefer, to stroll at leisure in trinidad. at night we provide a transfer to the cathedral to enjoy the “place of music” and its little restaurants with cuban music.

Our day is full of beautiful landscapes and unforgettable experiences. by coach we travel to manaca iznaga, at the centre of the sugar zone that brought trinidad prosperity; here we will remember the story of the slaves next to the ancient 44-metre tower that was used to watch over them. we will then take a historic train with its old wooden carriages that slowly runs through the hacienda. the train stops at fenota, a sugar mill today a museum, and goes on to guachinango, in this beautiful area of ??hills we will have time to relax over lunch (included). in the afternoon, by coach, we will continue to sancti spiritus, a charming little colonial town little visited by tourism, where we will have time for a walk and a coffee. continuation through the centre of the island towards camagüey-arrival in the country’s third city, considered the city of art and with a lot of atmosphere at night.-

morning visit  to the city’s great historical centre with its many theatres, squares, alleys and churches. we will include a visit to the camaguey ballet centre, where they will tell us about the origin of the company, and we will watch dancers, teachers and choreographers rehearsing and assembling their works. lunch included. we continue on our route, with a brief stop in guáimarowhere the first cuban constitution which was approved, and the slaves’ emancipation was demanded. bayamo, a picturesque small colonial town; here we will stroll and see the schoolchildren practising at the chess academy. santiago de cuba, arrival at the end of the afternoon. in the evening we will go to casa de la trova, a meeting place for cuban music lovers, with its live performances.

We include a tour of santiago, cuba’s second city and one of contrasts, capital of the ‘son’ and the revolution. around 20 km from the city, in the mountains, we will go to the basilica of our lady of charity of copper, where we will be surprised at the veneration for the virgin patron of cuba. after that we will go to the santa ifigenia cemetery, where fidel castro and josé martí are buried. we will see the ron bacardí factory and go to the castillo del morro, an impregnable citadel on a promontory declared a world heritage site, which houses an interesting museum on piracy. lunch included. free time in the afternoon.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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