Welcome to Morelia

Elegant 16th- and 17th-century stone buildings with their baroque facades and graceful archways line the downtown streets and house museums, hotels, restaurants, chocolaterías (chocolate shops), sidewalk cafes, a popular university and cheap-and-inviting taquerías (taco stalls). There are free public concerts, frequent art installations and relatively few foreign visitors. Those who do make it here often extend their stay and enrol in classes to learn how to cook or speak Spanish. Word will almost certainly get out, but for the moment unspoiled Morelia is like a Oaxaca waiting to happen.

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$1010 Cultural & Theme Tours

Colonial Treasures, Four City, 10-Day Tour from Mexico City

Day 1: Arrival transferWelcome and transfer from Mexico City “Benito Juarez” international airport to the hotel of your choice and accommodationDay 2: Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende (B) Departure to Querétaro. Visit San Miguel’s Parish with the Holy House Chapel, the San Francisco church and the Allende´s house.Day 3: San Miguel, Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato (B)Departure to Dolores Hidalgo. Then, visit to Guanajuato to see its streets and subterranean avenues. See the classic "callejoneada" accompanied by students dressed in typical clothes, singing and playing music through the streets and alleys. Other attractions are the Museum of Don Quixote, and the Guanajuato Mummies.Day 4: Guanajuato - Zacatecas (B)Head to Zacatecas, a World Heritage Site. From "La Bufa" Hill you will be able to appreciate an interesting panoramic view of the city. We will descend in funicular and afterwards an educational visit of the mine of Eden.Day 5: Zacatecas - Guadalajara (B)Continue on to Guadalajara the capital of state of Jalisco, where tequila and mariachi were born. Day 6: Guadalajara, Tequila (B)Departure from the City of Guadalajara to visit the Tequila town. Day 7: Guadalajara, Patzcuaro, Morelia (B) Depart from Guadalajara to Patzcuaro which in the Purépecha language it means “The door to heaven”. Accommodation in Patzcuaro or Morelia, according to the operation.Day 8: Morelia - Mexico City (B)Visit Morelia, a World Heritage site, worldwide known for its student habitat and its magnificent colonial constructions of “pink cantera”: the Cathedral, the Government Palace, Clavijero Palace, the Major Plaza, the market of typical candies and the Aqueduct. Departure to Mexico City. Day 9: Mexico City (B)Start a city tour visiting the Cultural and Historic Heritage downtown district. Later, you will visit Chapultepec Park and one of the most important Residential areas of Mexico City, and the "Pink Zone".Day 10: Departure Transfer At the time indicated, transfer to the airport to board your return flight home.Hotel Options:Four-Star HotelsMexico City - Galeria Plaza or Hampton Inn (depending on time of the year)San Miguel de Allende - Mision or similarGuanajuato - Emporio or similarGuadalajara- De Mendoza or similarMorelia – Mision or similarFive-Star HotelsMexico City - Geneve or similar (depending on time of the year)Note: Five-star hotel options are in Mexico City only. Hotels in the rest of the towns all four-star.

$21 Cultural & Theme Tours

Morelia City Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Catedral de Morelia, Morelia, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastMorelia's main churchDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Government Palace, Morelia, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastVisit according to availabilty (closed on sundays)Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Colegio Primitivo y Nacional de San Nicolás de HidalgoCollege with great influence on leaders of mexican independence war and one of the oldest in American Continent.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Palacio Clavijero y Biblioteca Universitaria, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastFormer monastery and one of the most beautiful buildings in Morelia.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Templo de Santa Rosa de Lima, Morelia, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastChurch of the first nun convent in Morelia.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Conservatorio de las Rosas, Morelia, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastFirst music conservatory in American continent. (Visit according to availability - closed on weekends-)Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Museo Michoacano de las Artesanias en Exconvento de San Francisco, Morelia, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastVisiting "Casa de las Artesanías", a museum and local handcraft shop Duration: 40 minutesPass By: Callejon del Romance, Morelia, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastDel Romance AlleyPass By: Calzada Fray AntonioPath to Our Lady of Guadalupe SanctuaryStop At: Guadalupe Sanctuary, Morelia, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastA master piece of catholic ornaments in Morelia.Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Acueducto de Morelia, Morelia, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastA 253 arch and nearly 1 mile long aqueductPass By: Pack and LearnEmpresa de tours dedicada al acercamiento de los turistas con las comunidades locales y sus tradiciones diarias así como los espacios naturales y culturales. Salidas programadas y privadas disponibles.

$2098 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mexico Colonial Jewels 4-Day Tour from Mexico City

Day 1: Toluca - Morelia (B)In the morning, following pickup from your hotel or Mexico City airport, you'll travel towards the colonial city of Morelia. On route, stop at Toluca where you will visit its Cathedral, the Cosmovitral, and the botanical garden or simply stroll through the Civic Plaza. Continue to the historical center of Morelia, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. You will visit the Governors Palace, the Main Square, the Candy Market and a gorgeous church named Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. Day 2: Michoacan - Guanajuato (B)Travel through the green state of Michoacan to Patzcuaro in order to visit it and cross the lake to the island of Janitzio, for panoramic views from the monument to Morelos. On the way, you'll visit the archaeological zone and the monastery at Tzin tzun tzan town. Continue to Guanajuato for an overnight stay. Day 3: San Miguel de Allende – Guanajuato (B)After breakfast, you will depart to San Miguel de Allende. This appealing colonial village features several unusual buildings such as the Parroquia de San Miguel, the Municipal Palace (formerly the Casa Consistorial), and the Casa de Mayorazgo de la Canal. Return to Guanajuato.Day 4: Guanajuato – Mexico City (B)Start the day with a walking tour of magical and historical downtown, considered a World Cultural Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The Juarez Theatre, the Church of our Lady of Guanajuato, the University, the Hidalgo Market and its legendary cobblestone streets full of stories are some of the highlights of this city. In the afternoon you will return to Mexico City and be dropped-off at your hotel or the airport.

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Viceregal Cities - 7 Days Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Mexico City - Queretaro - San Miguel de Allende Stop At: Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, San Miguel de Allende, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastDeparture towards to Queretaro City which has been called “World Patrimony”, we will visit the Aqueduct, the Ex Convent of the Cross and its beautiful Historical Center. We will continue towards San Miguel de Allende, a preferred place by artist, intellectuals and famous for its buildings which go from the baroque to the gothic style, among which stand out the Paroch of Saint Michael the Archangel which is the symbol of the city. Like many other places of interest there is the Saint House of Loreto’s Chapel, the Conception Convent, Saint Francisco Church and the Allende Institute. We recommend visiting the beautiful streets, the traditional coffee shops and restaurants. Lodging. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at San Miguel de Allende, Class P, Hotels Real de Minas or Casa Primavera. Day 2: San Miguel de Allende - Dolores Hidalgo - GuanajuatoStop At: Juarez Theater (Teatro Juarez), Guanajuato, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastBreakfast at the Hotel. Departure towards the City of Dolores Hidalgo; birthplace of Mexico’s Independence where the Priest Don Miguel Hidalgo, in the year 1810, declared the called “Grito de Independencia” which means Shout of Independence of Mexico. The House and Museum of this National Hero is located in this beautiful City, also is the birthplace of Jose Alfredo Jimenez who is one of the most famous composer in the world. Departure towards the beautiful City of Guanajuato which has been honored “Patrimony of the World” and where the Cervantino International Fest takes place every year. In the afternoon, we shall enjoy this wonderful City full of squares and narrow streets called “callejones” which has interesting places that are worth to be known as: the Juarez Theatre, the University, the romantic Kiss Street, the House and Museum of Diego Rivera (well known as an artist and painter). This City is the only one in Mexico which has underground streets and avenues. As an optional attraction (not included), we recommend walking by the streets called “Callejoneada”. It is customary to walk through these narrow streets accompanied by a musical group of students, generally you sing under the moonlight or another option is to visit the Museum of Quijote or the Museum of the Mummies. Lodging. Duration: 24 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Guanajuato, Class P, Hotels Misión Guanajuato or Hotel Guanajuato.Day 3: Guanajuato - Zacatecas Stop At: Catedral de Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastBreakfast at the Hotel. We will depart to Zacatecas, a beautiful Mine City, the facades of its houses are carved in pink stones and its Cathedra is the most outstanding example of the Mexican Baroque. We will enjoy the panoramic view of its Historical Center and also, we visit the “Eden’s Mine”. It is optional (not included) to visit the Museum of Rafael and Pedro Coronel and Francisco Goitia. Lodging.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Zacatecas, Class P, Hotel Emporio. Day 4: Zacatecas - GuadalajaraStop At: La Casa Historica de Tlaquepaque, Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara Metropolitan AreaBreakfast at the Hotel. We will depart to Guadalajara, birthplace of the Mariachi and the Tequila that is the emblem of Mexico in the world. We shall visit the Tlaquepaque’s Town, famous for its most fines handicrafts in the State. Here you can find the Gallery of the Sculptor Sergio Bustamante. It is possible to have lunch in some of the Typical Restaurants accompanied of a group of Mariachis. Lodging. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Guadalajara, Class P, Hotels Morales or De Mendoza. Day 5: Guadalajara - Tequila - Guadalajara Stop At: Teatro Degollado, Guadalajara, Guadalajara Metropolitan AreaBreakfast at the Hotel. Early in the morning we will visit places of interest in Guadalajara City like the Degollado Theater, the Cathedral, the rotunda of the Illustrious Men, the Government Palace which has the incredible murals of Orozco, the Tapatia Square and the panoramic “Hospicio Cabañas” (Cabañas Orphan’s Home). We will continue to visit Tequila, known as “Pueblo Mágico” (Magic Town) where you can find the principal distilleries of the liquor recognized all over the world. We shall visit the Agave Fields, plant of the “Jimadores” (person who cut the plants of the Agave), they extract the hearth of the plant in order to obtain the Tequila. Finally, we will visit a distillery to know the production process of this beverage. Return to Guadalajara. Lodging. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Guadalajara, Class P, Hotels Morales or De Mendoza. Day 6: Guadalajara - Pátzcuaro - MoreliaStop At: Isla Janitzio, Patzcuaro, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastBreakfast at the Hotel. By the route, we will visit the Vicente Fernandez Ranch (occasionally it is closed), our way will continue to “Pátzcuaro” which means in Purépecha dialect “La Puerta del Cielo” (the door of the sky). Famous City for its colonial beauty and originality in custom and local people. It is situated in the Patzcuaro Lake. Among its attractions, we can find the Basilica of Our Lady of Health. The Eleven Yards House, the Historical Center, the Janitzio Island. In the Arches of Patzcuaro Center you can enjoy a variety of coffee shops and restaurants where you can taste the Mexican and International traditional dishes. The tour will continue to Morelia City. Lodging. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Morelia, Class P, Hotels Misión Catedral or Casino.Day 7: Morelia - Mexico City Stop At: Catedral de Morelia, Morelia, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastBreakfast at the Hotel. We will take a tour by the main cities of Morelia which has been called “World Cultural Patrimony” by the UNESCO, Morelia is well known for its student environment and its magnificent buildings of pink stones: We will see the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Clavijero Palace, the Main Square, the Typical Candies Market and the Aqueduct. In the afternoon return to Mexico City. End of our services.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.


Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail

For the nature lover who also appreciates cultural luminescence, this butterfly adventure captures the brightest colours of Mexico in just ten days. From the historic streets of Mexico City, you'll travel through stunning national parks, colonial towns and beautiful countryside as you follow the migration of the monarch butterfly. Wander through flutters of butterflies in the reserves of El Rosario and Sierra Chincua. Off the beaten path, this quirky adventure will give you a unique insight into the people and "mariposas" of Mexico.