History, Art and Gastronomy in the Heart of Mexico

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

Dates:

This week-long tour can be booked anytime during the year

*Except during the week of Day of the Dead Oct 30- Nov 5, 2022

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 3pm. Transportation will be provided to San Miguel de Allende. Check in to your hotel in Centro and have some time to freshen up or walk around before your restaurant reservation. (We will arrange this for you).

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 the history of the Heart of Mexico and what makes this region unique for wine-growing.

Next, we will taste the excellent wines at the oldest winery in the region before heading to our second winery, one of the newest wineries in the region. Food and wine at both wineries are included.

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

We will arrive back in San Miguel between 5-6pm, giving you time to rest or freshen up before dinner (not 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. Lunch and dinner are on your own, and we can help you with reservations.

Day 4- Olive Oil Farm, Winery and Queretaro

After a late checkout, we will visit an olive oil farm started by Florida expats more than 20 years ago. A Mediterranean 4-course lunch will be included. Next, sip and savor a 5-wine tasting at a family-owned organic winery and our favorite wine producers in the state of Guanajuato.

Afterwards, we will continue on to the historic center of Queretaro where you will check into your hotel. 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 sample local cheese at two different producers. One is a goat cheese place made by a local Mexican who studied cheese making in France. The other specializes in cow cheese, where we will sample the cheese with either a glass of wine or beer.

Next, we will visit the magic village of Tequisquiapan where we will have lunch and you can have a bit of free time to explore, appreciate the beautiful pink church, shop in the town square or visit one of the two mercados selling locally made wares.

You have the option to visit our local craft brewery Cerveceria Hercules when we get back into Queretaro. A flight of beer will be provided. You can choose to stay for food (not included) and take an Uber back (10 minutes). 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 great day for a cooking class at our house. Tom will show you how to make different sopes and huaraches with masa, creating the most flavorful salsas and a meat filling. We can tour Santa Rosa Jauregui, a working Mexican village completely off the tourist circuit and sample carnitas. (Additional cost of $135 per person)

We, of course, will be on hand to make recommendations and arrange for transportation if you want to see something special. If you would like to go hiking in El Cemetario, see some neighborhoods, or visit the pyramid of El Cerrito, these can be arranged for an additional cost.

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, hibiscus water or beer.

Then we are off to two terrific wineries with food at both locations where you can relax and reflect on all that you have learned and experienced over the last week. 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
  • Regional food in Dolores Hidalgo and Bernal
  • Lunch at an olive farm
  • Lunch at one winery
  • Appetizers at three wineries
  • Wine tastings at 3 Guanajuato wineries
  • Wine tastings at 3 Queretaro wineries
  • Cheese tastings at 2 creameries
  • Option of beer flight at Cerveceria Hercules brewery
  • Transportation from/to airport

What’s Not Included?

Airfare is not included.

Dinners and any meals when you are enjoying free time are not included.

What to Know:

AIRPORT INFORMATION:

There are direct flights from Dallas (DFW) on American Airlines and Houston (IAH) on United Airlines into the International Queretaro Airport (QRO). There are also direct fligths from Chicago (ORD) on Volaris, but not every day.

When you arrive, you will need to 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.

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: $2699.00 per person. Minimum of 2 persons.

*A $550.00 non-refundable deposit is due at booking.

** The balance is due 30 days before the start of the tour.

CONTACT FORM

Please let us know your dates. This tour is designed for couples and small groups of up to 8 people.

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