Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico


Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 10 days 9 nigths
Maximum number of people: Unlimited
Location: Mexico City, Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Queretaro

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Fly and Drive - Travel through history, spectacular scenery and distinctive traditions. Drive into Central Mexico’s rich culinary, wine and tequila heritage with a journey for all senses. Start your journey at the Zocalo, the heart of Mexico’s capital, one of the world’s largest and most fascinating cities. Then explore the central region and follow the delicious Wine & Cheese Route. From vineyards in Queretaro to colonial jewels in Guanajuato to agave plantations in Jalisco - be surprised by the colorful traditions you come across along the journey. This unique program offers you the true taste of colonial Mexico! Be flexible throughout your journey as you decide at each stop whether to explore a place by yourself, join a guided excursion or add one of the great additional excursions.
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You will be amazed by the size of the city from the moment you arrive. As the country´s capital, the "Distrito Federal" is a mosaic of contrasts but most of all an experience in which all of Mexico comes together. It’s the perfect place to start your trip in Mexico. Meet and greet with a local representative, pick up your car and transfer to your hotel.
Get to know one of the world´s biggest and most exciting cities! Join us for a guided visit or explore the historical center, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, by yourself. No matter for what you decide you shouldn`t miss “The Zocalo”, the heart of the city, where you can 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.
What is next is up to you – You can 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 can admire, among many other interesting treasures, the famous Aztec calendar stone. If you want to get away from the hustle of downtown check out the artisanal quarter Coyoacan. Enjoy the neighborhood or visit the famous blue House Museum of Frida Kahlo. Many more options are available. Please contact us for Mexico City´s most exciting tours.
This evening we recommend visit to Plaza Garibaldi and its Tequila Museum, to taste some typical Mexican liquors. Have dinner in La Tenampa, one of Mexico´s best-known cantinas and be serenaded by Mariachis.
Included: Breakfast
This market tour is an excellent way to learn more about Mexican food secrets, a unique way to engage with the Mexican way of life. Visit one of Mexico City´s most interesting markets, "El Mercado de San Juan", located in downtown Mexico City. Here you´ll find all types of food. Try interesting Mexican food while enjoying the kaleidoscope of tastes, colors and smells of the market. Also, visit the "Ciudadela". In this market you will find the best handcrafts and arts from all over Mexico.
A highlight of Mexico City you shouldn`t miss are the floating gardens of Xochimilco, one of the most picturesque and colorful areas of Mexico City, and one of the last remaining vestiges of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán. The floating gardens were devised around 1000 years ago by the Indians who lived here as a way of making the lakeside marshes productive and today they still produce the same basic quartet of staple crops: maize, beans, squashes and chilies. To visit here is an event in itself, as you are poled around the gardens in a brightly decorated ‘trajinera’, which could be considered the Mexican equivalent of the gondolas of Venice. Enjoy the lively atmosphere on the canals while mariachi serenade you, floating kitchens offer you typical food, and flower vendors tempt you with their colorful bouquets. In the evening, you can go to see the vibrant Mexico City streets at night.
Included: Breakfast, Market Tour with Food Samples
Today you will hit the road and leave Mexico City behind. But first you should visit Teotihuacán, ‘the city of gods’, 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. Admire some ancient murals, 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. Afterwards, make a stop in a nearby village to visit a local, family-owned workshop where they produce handmade products from different parts of the nopal cactus. Also try some Pulque, an alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant, which has been produced for millennia in Central Mexico.
Your journey continues to Tequisquiapan, one of the magic villages in the state of Queretaro. With its squares and houses, this city managed to preserve their traditional Mexican roots. Wander around the main plaza and take a look at the beautiful church.
Included: Breakfast
This Day you drive 3hrs - 220km
The state Querétaro is a compendium of ecosystems with various types of climates and microclimates. Here, every season of the year is suitable to enjoy the local tourism and wine, surrounded by nature and a rich cultural heritage. Today is dedicated to your taste buds as you will follow the Wine & Cheese Route. If you want you can either drive on your own or join an organized tour and leave the car at the hotel (optional, please contact us if you wish to participate in the organized tour).
The Wine & Cheese Route starts at the Bocanegra Cava, a famous cheese making store right outside of Tequisquiapan, where you can savor fresh or matured cheese. The route continues with a visit to a winery – Viñedor Redonda. La Redonda, and its tradition of more than 38 years as winemakers is shaped by its first owner. Don Vittorio Giaginto Bortoluz Perencin, who learned in Milan, was dedicated to cultivating vineyards that allow great similarities with the wine from the Mediterranean belt. In a guided tour at the vineyards you will learn about his secrets of wine-making. Located in the heart of Querétaro in the municipality of Ezequiel Montes you’ll find the Vineyard of the famous Spanish Cava Freixenet. Visit the facilities with a Minibus and explore the unique cava, 25 meters under the Finca’s Living Room, with expert guides that will reveal the wonderful process by which the grape turns into wine. There are many more wineries you can stop at during your day and explore different tastes.
Before leaving the state of Queretaro behind, you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit the magical town of Berñal. San Sebastián Bernal is the complete name of the town that houses the third largest monolith in the world the “Peña de Bernal”, after the Rock of Gibraltar and the Sugar Loaf of Brazil. The cobblestone streets, the landscape and the handicrafts in Bernal make the time stop – admire the fragments, blankets and tablecloths made on 100 year old looms. Stroll around the artisan markets and be inspired by the culture and traditions of Mexico. Afterwards drive to San Miguel de Allende, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico.
Included: Breakfast, Individual Travel Wine & Cheese Route with Wine Tasting at Vinedor Redonda and Classic Tour at Cava Freixenet
This day you will drive 3,5hrs – 227km approx.
After your night in San Miguel you will heading in direction of Dolores Hidalgo in the morning. On the way you should make a stop at Atotonilco and explore the Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the chapels and nave. Proceed after Dolores Hidalgo until you reach Cuna de Tierra, a boutique vineyard. Walk through their expansive vineyards and learn how this family run place is now producing 70,000 bottles of their award winning wine every year. You will learn the techniques for growing the perfect grape, and upon tasting the fruit straight from the vine, you will learn how to distinguish the wines made from each type of grape. Your visit will culminate with a gourmet multi-course Mexican lunch paired with a selection of their award winning wines.
On your way back to San Miguel de Allende you can stop in the wonderful magic town of Dolores Hidalgo. It is 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 you will have some free time for dinner in San Miguel de Allende and to enjoy the night ambiance of the city. If you like to there is a Taco and Tequila Tour available in which you get to know the city like a local (please contact us if you wish to participate).
Included: Breakfast, Tour and 3-course Menu at Cuna de Tierra
This day you will drive 1,5hrs - 95km approx.
Enjoy the morning and afternoon in San Miguel de Allende. It is up to you how to spend this time. Enjoy 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.
Or how about a visit to the renown mask museum or some local artisan workshops? San Miguel is famous for its tinware, paper maché, wrought iron and silver. If you want to leave the city you can relax at the hot springs of Escondido place. You feel like tasting more delicious traditional Mexican food? Take part in a guided Downtown Food Tour or enjoy a cooking class (please contact us if you wish to add any of these options). If you are still eager for some more wine tasting and beautiful vineyards stop by the Bodega Dos Buhos just outside of San Miguel de Allende and learn about the specialized wines produced at this certified organic property.
In the afternoon you will leave for Guanajuato, whose architecture of its historical center, is considered by UNESCO as "Heritage of Historical Humanity" enjoying its opulent civil and religious architecture of the XVI and XVIII century. You can walk through the underground streets, admiring its atmosphere and perspectives, with its square that houses the most interesting buildings: El Teatro Juárez, the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, the University, the Hidalgo Market, as well as a pedestrian Enigmatic alleys, like the "Alley of the Kiss” or the Place of the Lanterns.
Included: Breakfast
This day you will drive 1,5hrs - 80km approx
After Breakfast you will continue your journey to the pottery village of Tlaquepeque in western Mexico. Tlaquepaque is probably Mexico's largest and most important arts and crafts center, hosting wares from all over the country. Up to the 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.
Then proceed to nearby Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city and home of many of Mexico’s most beloved traditions. The city is filled with numerous museums, historical buildings, galleries and outstanding restaurants. Do not miss the huge twin-towered cathedral, the Government Palace, Degollado Theater, and Hospicio Cabañas. The latter is famous for its murals by Siqueiros and is recognized as World Heritage.
If you want to taste Guadalajara the food court of Mercado San Juan de Dios is the place to be. Try typical drinks like Agua de Jamaica (extracted from the hibiscus flower), horchata (sweet blend of rice, sugar, water and cinnamon) or a fresh juice. The huge food court at the market houses plenty of options. To help choose among the food sellers – watch where the locals are and grab some torta ahogada (drowned sandwich with fried pork, covered in spicy sauce), birria (slow cooked joint of lamb or goat) or pozole (stew of pork with corn and vegetables) at those stands.
Included: Breakfast
This day you will drive 3hrs - 270km approx
Today is all about the most famous liquor of Mexico – Tequila. Explore the magic town and production place of the famous alcohol. On the way to Tequila you can enjoy spectacular views of agave plantations. In the colorful town of Tequila, you 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 you will also have the opportunity to taste some tequila! Afterwards you return to Guadalajara, where you can enjoy your free time in the evening.
Included: Breakfast, Experience Jose Cuervo with Tequila Tasting
This day you will drive 1hrs – 70 km approx
Today is your farewell to Mexico! At proper time transfer to airport to drop off your car and check in the flight bound to Mexico City and connect with the flight back home.
Included: Breakfast
Net rates include:
- 09 nights’ accommodation in standard room at the hotels above mentioned or similar
- Car rental Compact standard category with insurance. From day 4 to day 10. Includes drop off in Guadalajara Airport
- Daily breakfast, as mentioned in itinerary
- Activities and Entrance fees mentioned as included in itinerary
- Arrival transfer in Mexico City and transfer to rental car pick up, operated in shared basis
- Road map, instructions, and assistance during pick-up car
- Service charge on included meals
- Taxes (VAT and hotel taxes)

Net rates do not include:
- Airfares (domestic and international)
- Excursions, entrance fees, and tours not mentioned in the itinerary or indicated as optional activity
- All services, meals, or items not mentioned in itinerary
- Personal expenses, such as: phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
- Tips to bellboys, room-maids, drivers, and guides
Please note:
- Prices are subject to availability and change without prior notice.
- Supplements for holiday periods may apply. Please contact us for more information.
- Please inform about car rental options preferences

(*) Triple rooms include two double beds only. Three beds are not guaranteed.
(**) Rate for children applies if children share a room with their parents (not including food and drinks)
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  • "Learned so much"
    On this tour we really wanted to dive into the culture of Mexico. All the included sights were well chosen to give an insight into culture. We were concerned at the beginning about driving ourselves in Mexico, but there is really not so much difference. It was good that we did not need to drive in Mexico City too much, because traffic there really is something special. We loved to possiblity to travel in our own time and be flexible without missing the major attractions on the way as they were included. Nevertheless we decided to take some extra tours like the Food Tour in San Miguel (really worth it!).
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