History, Art and Gastronomy in the Heart of Mexico

7 night/8 day Culinary/Wine Tour of San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro (plus Pueblos Magicos).

Dates:

March 19-26, 2022 (purple jacarandas)

April 2-9, 2022 (purple jacarandas)

August 27- Sept 3, 2022 (wine harvest)

October 22-29, 2022 (Before Day of the Dead)

November 19-26, 2022 (Christmas Decorations)

***Please contact us for private tour dates.***

This weeklong itinerary showcases the best of Central Mexico! We journey on the route of the revolution from Queretaro to Dolores Hidalgo and back, with time to admire the art scene of San Miguel de Allende, taste the best wines, and dine on fantastic Mexican cuisine and regional specialties.

This itinerary covers 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 3 pueblos magicos and the best wineries and cheese producers in the region!

Itinerary:

Day 1- Arrive

Arrive at the Queretaro International Airport (QRO) before 1pm or the day before. Transportation will be provided to Queretaro Centro for a welcome reception at Terraza La Grupa, a rooftop bar with excellent views over the city. We will leave from here and drive to San Miguel de Allende, check in to our hotel in Centro and have some time to freshen up before we walk to the restaurant for a rooftop dinner (included).

Day 2- Dolores Hidalgo, Talavera, Atotonilco and Wineries

We will leave at 9am and drive to Dolores Hidalgo, the location of the start of the Mexican War of Independence. Walk the streets where Father Hidalgo cried the famous “El Grito” that started the war. On the way we will share with you all of the wonderful activities you can enjoy during your visit and then your hosts will split up to escort you to your selection.

Next, we will head to Cuna de Tierra, the oldest winery in the region. Taste their excellent wines and enjoy some regional cheese and charcuterie.

Our next winery is Tres Raices where we will sample their award winning wines.

On our way back to San Miguel, we will stop in Atotonilco, the Sistine Chapel of Mexico to give you a few minutes to marvel at the impressive frescos of this ancient temple.

We will arrive back in San Miguel before 5pm, giving you time to rest or freshen up before dinner (included).

Day 3- Morning Art Tour of San Miguel/ Free Day

We will give you a city tour in the morning to show you around the key sights of San Miguel de Allende starting with the galleries of Fabrica de Aurora, meander through the neighborhood of Guadalupe for street art, and continue through the artisanal market which gives you a great opportunity to purchase hand blow Mexican glassware, Talavera, locally woven tablecloths/runners and silver jewelry. We will end our tour in front of La Parroquia and you will have the rest of the day free to explore. Our staff will be on hand if you need transportation to any attraction and to assist you with recommendations.

Day 4- Olive Oil Farm, Winery and Queretaro

We will have a late checkout to pack our bags and load up the van. We will visit an olive oil farm opened by some expats from Florida where we will have lunch among the trees, and then sip some wines at Dos Buhos (two owls) winery, our favorite wine producers in the state of Guanajuato who make fabulous reds of distinction.

Then we will continue on to the historic center of Queretaro where you will check into your hotel and have some free time to freshen up. We will have a walking tour of the best streets of Queretaro before going to dinner and eating authentic Mexican cuisine.

Day 5- The Pueblo Magico of Tequisquiapan and Local Artisanal Dairies

We head out of town in the morning to the magic village of Tequisquiapan where you can have a bit of free time to explore, appreciate the beautiful pink church, have a late breakfast at one of the nice cafes, shop the town square or visit one of the two mercados selling locally made wares.

Next, we will sample goats milk cheese made by a local Mexican who studied cheese making in France. Next we will visit the premier cow’s milk dairy in the state where we will tour the caves and sample some of their cheeses with wine or beer made on site.

Across from the creamery is the Norte B, a unique wine bar made out of containers. We’ll toast one last time before heading back to Queretaro to enjoy the nightlife as you please. We can help you with restaurant suggestions or reservations and bar hopping locations.

Day 6- Free Day to Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Queretaro

This is your day to explore the 204 blocks of the historic center of Queretaro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a good day to get a COVID test (if it is still necessary) before your flight home. (They are about $17 usd and fairly quick and easy).

We, of course, will be on hand to make recommendations and arrange for transportation if you want to see something special. Just hop in the car with us and off we go! If you would like to go hiking in our national park, see some neighborhoods, or visit the pyramid of El Cerrito, that can be arranged.

You can join us at Cerveceria Hercules, a fantastic craft beer brewery/restaurant complex occupying an old brownfields factory close to Centro. Sample unique beers with Mexican flavors or try a mezcal or two. The brew-master came from Cigar City brewery in Tampa. This is a short Uber ride away.

Day 7- The Pueblo Magico of Bernal and Our Two Favorite Wineries in Queretaro

We pick you up at 9am on the last day and go to the Pueblo Magico village of Bernal. Bernal is a very interesting town of 2,500 people. There are supposedly more 90+ year old people per capita in Bernal than any place else on earth and the worlds third largest monolith rises 1410 feet above the town. Bernal is supposedly an energy vortex site like Sedona, Arizona. Bernal is know for its semi-precious stones mined nearby (fire opals), for goats milk caramel candies, cheese filled pastries and their world famous blue corn gorditas with chicharron crumbled in the dough. There are many artisanal products made and sold in Bernal and just about everything costs $5 USD. When you finish shopping, we will go to El Negrito to give you a chance to sample those delicious gorditos, perhaps with a café de olla or some hibiscus water.

Then we are off to two terrific wineries (Vinaltura and Puerta del Lobo) with food at both locations where you can relax and reflect on all that you have learned and experienced over the last week. You can enjoy the last evening in Centro on your own.

Day 8- Departure or Add- On Extra Days

If this is in fact your departure day and you haven’t extended your trip to see other things then we will pick you up and transport you and your bags back to the airport and wish you a safe journey home! If you are taking the luxury coach back to Mexico City for a few days in the capital, then we will get you to the bus station. Thank you very much for traveling with us!

What’s included:

  • Hotels for seven nights
  • Ground transportation
  • City Tours of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Tours of 3 Pueblos Magicos
  • 3 Dinners (2 in San Miguel and 1 in Queretaro)
  • Regional food in Dolores Hidalgo and Bernal
  • Lunch at an olive farm
  • Lunch at one winery
  • Snacks/Cheese/ Charcuterie at three wineries
  • Wine tastings at 3 Guanajuato wineries
  • Wine tastings at 3 Queretaro wineries
  • Cheese tastings at 2 creameries
  • Entrance to museums
  • Transportation on free days when prearranged
  • Transportation from/to airport

What’s Not Included?

Airfare is not included.

Any meals when you are enjoying free time.

What to Know:

AIRPORT INFORMATION:

There are direct flights from Dallas (DFW) and Houston (IAH) into the International Queretaro Airport (QRO).

When you arrive, you will need to fill out a health form questionaire, go through customs and pick up your luggage. At most, this takes 20 minutes. We will meet you outside the baggage claim lobby door where the cars pick up passengers. At this time, anyone not flying cannot wait inside the airport.

You are welcome to fly in the day before the tour begins and we will gladly pick you up from the airport and bring you into town offering you the same rate at the hotel we use for the extra night. Or you can stay at a different hotel if you like.

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes (heels are a danger in either of these cities)
  • Layers of clothing (cool in the morning and evening, warm in the afternoons)
  • Light jacket
  • A N-95 or KN-95 face mask as they are required by law in all moving vehicles and while walking the streets. They can be removed while eating and drinking.
  • An adventurous spirit!

Price of Tour: $3599.00 *with a $300 supplement for single travelers.

*A $1000.00 non-refundable deposit is due at booking.

** The balance is due 45 days before the start of the tour.

CONTACT FORM

Please choose your dates. You can request private tour dates for 2 people.

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