Colonial Jewels of Mexico 2020

Tour Cost:

Guaranteed Departure for Minimum of 2 Pax

Based on Twin/Double/Triple sharing

USD $4,295 /person


To Add:

US$ 100.00 – Mandatory tips for drivers, guides, porters, waiters

US$ 90.00 – Approximate travel insurance for ages 60 years and below

Note: Mexico visa not required if pax holding multiple US Visa, please email or call us for Visa requirements if needed, thank you!

July 3, 2020 | August 7, 2020
September 4, 2020 | October 9, 2020
November 27, 2020


  • Roundtrip economy airfare with taxes on NH (ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS)
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in standard room at the hotels above mentioned or similar
  • Daily breakfast, 1x lunch, as mentioned in the program
  • All transfers and excursions as mentioned in the program, operated in seat in basis
  • Entrances to sites mentioned in the program
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish speaking) guide for excursions
  • Staff assistance for transfers
  • Service charge on included meals
  • Taxes (VAT and hotel taxes)


  • All services, meals, or items not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses, such as: phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Drinks and personal extras at restaurants or hotels.
  • Tips to bellboys, room-maids, drivers, and guides


  • A nonrefundable deposit of USD$500.00 per person upon reservation payable in USD Dollars or equivalent in peso using tour operator’s rate with photocopy of passport and pilgrim’s accomplished tour registration form; Submission should not be later than 4 months prior departure date
  • Full payment due upon ticketing deadline but which should not be later than 2 months prior departure date.
  • Cancellation charge of fifty percent (50%) of tour cost will be imposed if cancellation is done two months before departure date
  • Full tour cost will be forfeited if cancellation is done 1 month before departure
  • Unused portion of the tour is non-refundable. Consideration on death and medical reasons will be subject to suppliers’ cancellation policies and upon submission of official certificates.


  • TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE stated visa fees and documentation expenses, extra travel insurance, medical and hospitalization expenses, tours and transportation expenses during free periods, porterage of extra luggage, drinks and meals not specified in the itinerary, and such other personal nature like telephone calls, fax, laundry, room service and expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

  • Ephesus Travel and Tours has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various operators. Our company or its subagents therefore only acts as agents for the operators providing the various services described in this tour and assume no responsibility or liability that may occur out of or in connection with losses or unexpected expenses due to delays, overbooking, and defaults. The tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. Should the number of participants fall below the required number, we reserve the right to increase the tour cost or cancel/reschedule the tour. The payment for a reservation fee on the tour shall constitute acceptance and consent to all provisions in the tour conditions/responsibility published in this tour.


Day 00: Friday/ Manila-Narita-Mexico
Depart Manila in the morning and take connecting flight to Mexico via Narita. Enjoy in flight services.

Day 01: Friday / Welcome In Mexico City
Arrive same afternoon. You will be amazed by the size of the city from the moment you arrive. Meet and greet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel.  Includes: Airport transfers, Overnight Hotel in Mexico City

Day 02: Saturday / City Tour and Anthropology Museum
Get to know one of the world´s biggest and most exciting cities! Enjoy a guided visit to the historical center, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. This interesting tour will include “The Zocalo”, the heart of the city, where you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the oldest and largest of the Americas, and (if open) the National Palace, home of the famous murals of Diego Rivera. You will also see the ruins of the Templo Mayor, one of the most important temples of the Aztecs in their ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. Next, we drive down the beautiful Paseo de la Reforma Avenue to arrive at Chapultepec Park, to visit the Museum of Anthropology. This museum is considered to be among the world’s finest of its kind. Here you will admire, among many other interesting treasures, the famous Aztec calendar stone.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Guided Walking Tour in English in the Historic Center, Entry to Museum of Anthropology,
Overnight Hotel in Mexico City

Day 03: Sunday / Pyramids of Teotihuacan and the Shrine of Guadalupe
Discover Teotihuacán, ‘the place where gods were created’. Teotihuacan is one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the country. It is assumed that the city may have counted 200,000 inhabitants during its period of prosperity. In those years, Teotihuacán was the biggest city of the American continent and one of the biggest of the world. Until its inhabitants abandoned the city around the 8th century, Teotihuacan was probably the most significant and civilized cultural center of ancient Mexico. During this guided excursion you see (and climb?) the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, walk down the Avenue of the Dead, visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl with its unique stone sculptures of plumed serpents, the Temple of the Butterflies, and the Fortresses. Before arriving back at your hotel, we make a stop at the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a pilgrimage place for millions of Mexicans and people from all around the world.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Guided Walking Tour in English in Archeological Site of Teotihuacan, Entry to Archeological Site of Teotihuacan, Overnight Hotel in Mexico City

Day 04: Monday / Tula – Queretaro – San Miguel
Today we will leave the big city. Departure to Tula. Once upon a time, after the fall of Teotihuacan, Tula was the capital of the Toltecs and one of the most powerful cities of Mesoamerica. The most famous building of this archeological site is the temple of ‘Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli’, an impressive pyramid with beautiful statues of Toltec warriors (Atlantes) on top of it. We will then continue to Queretaro, an attractive city which has played a crucial role in Mexican history. In Queretaro, we will enjoy an included lunch. After a short tour around the town´s well-preserved historic center, recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage, we will go to San Miguel de Allende, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico. Let us show you the highlights of the city, including the famous “Parish of San Miguel”, the iconic church in Neo-Gothic style, with the pink, sugar-candy pointing towers. These bizarre towers were designed by an untutored Indian, Zeferino Gutierrez, in the late 19th century. In the main chapel, you will see the much-revered image of the Cristo de la Conquista, made from cornstalks and orchid bulbs by Indians in Patzcuaro in the 16th century. In the evening you will have some free time for dinner and to enjoy the night ambiance of the city. Also a great opportunity for shopping typical crafts. Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Guided visit to the archeological site of Tula in English, Entry to archeological site of Tula, Lunch in Queretaro, Walking Tour in Queretaro in English, Overnight Hotel in San Miguel de Allende

Day 05: Tuesday / San Miguel De Allende – Guanajuato
In the morning we will go for a short drive to the town of Atotonilco. Here we will visit the Chapel built in the XVI century. You can see the fusion of the European and PreHispanic cultures in its walls and ceilings. We will continue to the town of Dolores Hidalgo, a small town where Miguel Hidalgo, father of Mexico, delivered his famous “Grito de Dolores” (Cry for Independence). This cry symbolizes the start of the Mexican independence movement in the early nineteenth century. In the evening we will arrive in Guanajuato. After check in at the hotel, we will go for a night-tour to see the illuminated center of the city.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, English-speaking Guide during all excursions, Walking Tour at night in Guanajuato in English, Overnight Hotel in Guanajuato.

Day 06: Wednesday / Guanajuato – San Luis Potosi – Zacatecas
With its history as an important mining center, Guanajuato derived great wealth from its abundant silver deposits. The city is a true jewel among Mexico´s colonial cities. You will be surprised by its beauty, with its winding lanes, its plazuelas shaded by Indian laurels, its large variety of decorative styles, and its curious underground avenue. In the morning we will further explore the city. Enjoy sights such as the Hidalgo market, Juarez Theater, the University, the “Alley of the Kiss”, the Alhondiga de Granaditas, and the monument of El Pipila. After this, we will travel to San Luis Potosi. Panoramic tour of the center and then continue to the beautiful city of Zacatecas, a magnificent historic monument of the vice royal era, located on a hillside of the Cerro de la Bufa. At night we will for a walk to get a first impression of this colonial jewel. Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Guided Walking Tour Guanajuato in English, Panoramic Tour of San Luis Potosi, Walking Tour at night in English in Zacatecas, Overnight in Hotel in Zacatecas.

Day 07: Thursday / Zacatecas – Tlaquepaque – Guadalajara
Pink quarry stone constructions and plazas, filigree ironwork on balconies, narrow streets and stone paved streets, polished by time, characterize Zacatecas. The city was founded in 1548, originally as a residence for those working in the surrounding mines. In the time it became a cultural center with a beautiful architecture. Visit the cathedral, built in 1752, which is considered a masterpiece of the baroque style. You will have a gorgeous panoramic view of the city from Cerro de la Bufa, where we take the cable car and visit the Eden mine. It will be a great experience entering the mine, as we hop on a small train with narrow wagons, similar to those used in the New Spain era to transport precious minerals. Next, travel to western Mexico, to the pottery village of Tlaquepaque. Tlaquepaque is probably Mexico’s largest and most important arts and crafts center, hosting wares from all over the country. Present day Tlaquepaque is still rich in local tradition and art. It attracts many of Jalisco’s most talented artists and has a reputation for the quality and diversity of its products. We then proceed to nearby Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city and home of many of Mexico’s most beloved traditions.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Cable Car Ride, Guided visit to the Eden Mine in English, Overnight Hotel in Guadalajara.

Day 08: Friday / Tequila and Guadalajara
Today we start with a visit to the town of Tequila, to the origins of Mexico´s most famous liquor. On the way to Tequila, we will enjoy spectacular views of agave plantations. In the colorful town of Tequila, we will visit one of the most recognized haciendas dedicated to the production of tequila, to learn about the production process of Mexico´s national drink. Of course, we will also have the opportunity to taste some tequila! Afterward, return to Guadalajara. Back in Guadalajara, we will go for a tour including the huge twin-towered cathedral surrounded by attractive plazas, the “Government Palace”, Degollado Theater, and Hospicio Cabañas. Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Guided Visit in Tequila Distillery in English and Tequila Tasting, Guided Walking Tour in Guadalajara in English,
Overnight Hotel in Guadalajara

Day 09: Saturday / Guadalajara – Patzcuaro – Morelia
In the morning, departure to Lake Chapala, the biggest lake in Mexico, surrounded by mountains. We visit Chapala and then continue to the State of Michoacán. A short visit is planned in Tzintzuntzan, once the capital of the Purepecha people. Next stop will be Pátzcuaro, a magical town located on a large lake, famous for its colonial beauty and unique for its traditional customs. Among its attractions are the “Basilique of Our Lady of Health”, the “House of the Eleven Patios”, and the historic center. Don’t miss the traditional “Danza de los Viejitos” (Dance of the Old Men), probably the most entertaining Purépecha tradition. After some free time, at the end of the afternoon, we proceed to Morelia. This beautiful city was founded in 1541 by Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza, with the name of Valladolid. In 1828 its name was changed to Morelia, to honor Don Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, the hero of the Mexican independence movement. Morelia is known as the aristocrat among Mexico’s colonial cities. Enjoy the wide variety of cafes and restaurants with typical dishes from the region. Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, English-speaking Guide for all excursions and transfers, Overnight Hotel in Morelia.
Day 10: Sunday / Morelia – Mexico City
Tour through the historic center of Morelia, listed as World Heritage. Here you can see some of the most beautiful examples of baroque architecture from the XVII and XVIII centuries. We will visit the Cathedral – with a Baroque exterior and Neoclassic interior – Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, the Clavijero Palace, and the monumental Aqueduct. After this, we will depart towards the town of Tepotzotlan, for a short visit of this beautiful place and its impressive church (nowadays the Vice Regal Museum). Late in the afternoon we continue towards Mexico City, arriving around 06:00 pm. Possibility for drop off at the airport, without an extra charge, or inquire about an extension in Mexico City.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Guided Walking Tour of Morelia in English

Day 11: Monday / Mexico-Narita
Early morning flight back home via Narita.

Day 12: Tuesday / Narita-Manila
Arrive Manila in the afternoon. Home Sweet home!

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