Casaluna Restaraunt
Casa Luna
San Miguel de Allende / Guanajuato / Queretaro

This trip is a cultural and culinary tour to the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Guanajuato and Queretaro, and to the beautiful colonial city of San Miguel de Allende. Our longest stay will be San Miguel de Allende which has been designated a Historic Monument by the Mexican Government. San Miguel is a favourite destination for artists, writers, discriminating world travelers, and celebrities. This year we will start the trip with a visit to Mexico City.

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  • Day 1 - Mexico CityPyramid of the Sun

    Meet in Mexico City in the afternoon. We will gather at our hotel in the "Zona Rosa" and review our itinerary.
    Overnight: Mexico City
     
  • Day 2 - Mexico City

    AM - City tour
    PM - Archaeological Museum
    Dinner out as a group
    Overnight: Mexico City
     
  • Day 3 - Mexico City

    Visit to city monuments
    Lunch on own. Check out of hotel
    Late afternoon: Transfer to Queretaro
    Overnight: Queretaro
     
  • Day 4 - QueretaroHotel, Queretaro

    Queretaro is a large city which in fact is one of the fastest growing in North America. Despite this it has a very extensive colonial centre. It was for sometime the capital of Mexico after the Americans conquered Mexico City. In fact, it was here that the Emperor Maximilien of Habsburg ruled and where he died. Architecturally significant buildings abound. Our hotel is a meticulously restored mansion which is a destination in it's own right.

    AM - Walking tour of Queretaro
    Lunch on own
    Afternoon free
    Dinner together in the Colonial Centre
    Overnight: Queretaro 
     
  • Day 5 - Queretaro to San Miguel de Allende

    San MiguelAfter breakfast we will leave Queretaro for San Miguel de Allende.
    Check into the beautifully designed Casa Luna in San Miguel. This small hotel was featured in Travel and Leisure magazine which said Casa Luna was one of the most spectacular unknown small hotels in the world. It has been featured in several design magazines. The owner has used Mexican handicrafts and style ideas to create an enchanting environment

    In 1926, San Miguel de Allende was set aside by the Mexican government as a Historical Monument, preserving its colonial character. This foresight is one of the biggest reasons why it is such a beautifully preserved city.

    San Miguel was the place where the movement to gain Independence from Spain had its birth, so it is very important in the history of the country. Ignacio Allende, after whom the city is named, led the movement to start the drive towards independence from Spain. San Miguel also figured significantly in the Mexican Revolution. It was on the silver Route, as a former stop on the road transferring silver from the mines of Guanajuato to the Atlantic Coast and Mexico City.
     
  • Day 5 to 9 - San Miguel

    In San MiguelParroquia, San Miguel we will take part in a sunset cocktail event, a historical walking tour, two cooking classes, a market tour, a Tequila tasting evening, and two dinners out at special destination restaurants. Specific times of these events will be sent to you in November.
    There is also ample time to wander on your own and to explore the interesting shops and galleries San Miguel has to offer.
     
  • Day 9 - San Miguel to Guanajuato

    AM - Free in San Miguel
    Afternoon - Transfer in the early afternoon to Guanajuato via the historically important town of Dolores Hidalgo.
    Guanajuato is also a UNESCO world heritage site. It was the centre of very active silver mining in the past and was thus endowed with magnificent public buildings and has a very European feel. It is a University City and the seat of the State of Guanajuato  government.
    Evening - Dinner together in the Colonial Centre
    Overnight: Hotel right in the centre of townGuanajuato
     
  • Day 10 - Guanajuato

    AM - Walking tour of Historical Guanajuato
    Lunch - Casa Valenciana (in the suburbs)
    Evening - Free
     
  • Day 11 - Guanajuato

    AM - Free to explore. There are several good museums in town.
    Leave for home cities depending on the time of departure.

Includes

Museum of anthropology Maya Room - Image courtesy of Wikimedia - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/Mexico City Part:

- 2 Nights accommodation (1 if at reduced itinerary)
- 1 Dinner with group
- City tour
- Visit to Archeological Museum
- Entertainment
- Additional excursions

Queretaro Part:

- 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in a beautifully restored colonial-era hotel
- 1 dinner with the group
- Walking Tour of the Colonial City
- Evening event (Historical reenactment if being performed that night, or alternate activity
- One way transfer Queretaro to San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende Part:

- Sunset cocktail event
- 4 nights with 4 breakfasts, Hotel Casa Luna, San Miguel de Allende
- Historical Walking Tour of San Miguel de Allende ( Guided )
- Tour to Food Market, San Miguel de Allende ( Guided )
- Two Cooking Classes with Meals and Specific Alcoholic Drinks
- Two Evening Meals Together at Fine San Miguel Restaurants, Drinks not includedCathedral of Guadalupe, Outskirts of Mexico
- Tequila tasting evening
- One way transfer San Miguel to Guanajuato (via Dolores Hidalgo)

Guanajuato Part:

- 2 nights accommodation in the Old Colonial Centre
- Dinner in colonial centre with group
- Walking Tour of the Colonial Centre
- Lunch in Valenciana at a well-known land mark

Not Included

- Non alcoholic Beverages ( Except with breakfasts )
- Alcoholic Beverages
- All lunches, except in Valenciana
- 1 dinner in Queretaro
- 2 dinners in San Miguel
- 1 dinner in Guanajuato
- Transportation to and from airports of arrival and departure (as times and airports vary

Notes

1. Air Canada flies every day to Mexico City, arriving midday

2. Leon City Airport - Leon City Airport also called Bajio Airport or Guanajuato Airport is about 28 km from Guanajuato,
    only 20 minutes by car/taxi. One can depart from Leon City Airport if one does not want to return to Mexico City Airport for
    departure.

3. Weather - There is very little rain in November. It is generally warm during the day and quite cool during the evening and nights.

4. Walking - One needs good walking shoes. Narrow sidewalks, uneven surfaces and steep hills.

5. Money - U.S. dollars for our hotel and events. Mexican pesos for smaller purchases.

Conditions:

For itinerary details contact Donald Smith at travel-alchemy@tnt21.com

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