Highlights of Mexico: Oaxaca to Mexico City with Martha Reed

Jun 6-14, 2020 / 9 DAYS

See the best of Mexico, from historic civilizations to modern cities.

Start in mountainside Oaxaca, making your way through vibrant cities and picturesque countryside to Mexico City, the bustling capital. As you go, you’…

Your package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Benito Juárez Market, Monte Albán, Mitla ruins, Puebla Cathedral, Basilica de Santa María de Guadalupe, El Zócalo, Templo Mayor, Frida Kahlo Museum, …

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 3 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and sta…



Oaxaca / 3 NIGHTS

Jun 06: Arrival in Oaxaca

Arrive in Oaxaca late this evening and transfer to your hotel.

Jun 07: Sightseeing tour of Oaxaca

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre, Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most beautiful cities. Today, discover this UNESCO-recognized urban center on a sightseeing tour.  • Make your way around Plaza de la Constitución, viewing the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption as you go  • See the Church of Santo Domingo, a former Dominican monastery  • Stroll along Calle Macedonio Alcalá, a pedestrian street named for the talented Mexican musician  • Learn how chocolate is made at a local factory and enjoy a tasting  • Browse the stalls of Benito Juárez Market and 20 de Noviembre Market  Gather with your group for a welcome dinner this evening.

Jun 08: Monte Albán & Mitla ruins

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, follow in the footsteps of Mexico’s ancient Zapotec people during visits to two of the country’s UNESCO-recognized archaeological sites.  • Explore the ruins of Monte Albán, a city that was once a thriving economic and political center, and is thought to be one of the earliest in Mesoamerica  • Make a stop at the impressive Tree of Tule, a Montezuma cypress with the stoutest trunk in the world  • Continue on to Mitla to discover the series of elaborate mosaics that make this site truly unique  • Head to the nearby town of San Pablo Villa de Mitla for an included lunch and Mezcal tasting  • Enjoy free time to peruse the local market  Spend a free evening in Oaxaca or add an excursion.

Oaxacan Cooking Class & Dinner
4 hours

During tonight’s cooking class, learn the secrets of traditional Oaxacan cuisine, known for its flavorful mole sauces, chocolate, and tamales. Prep regional recipes under the guidance of local chefs, then enjoy the dishes you’ve prepared at an included dinner.4 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Puebla / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 09: Puebla via Tehuacán

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to Puebla today, stopping in the city of Tehuacán for lunch on the way. This evening, enjoy an included dinner where you’ll try the chocolatey mole poblano, a regional specialty.

Jun 10: Sightseeing tour of Puebla & Cholula

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get to know the UNESCO-protected “City of Angels” today on a sightseeing tour led by a local guide.  • Step inside the opulent Rosary Chapel and 16th-century Puebla Cathedral  • Pass through the Main Square, recently remodeled in the Old Spanish style  • Make your way to a local Talavera workshop to see how the iconic pottery is made and decorated  This afternoon, discover where civilizations intersect on a tour of Cholula.  • Start by entering the Great Pyramid of Cholula, an Aztec temple dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl  • Make your way through its tunnels and climb up to the top to take in the spectacular views of the surrounding scenery and volcanoes in the distance  • See Our Lady of Remedies, the Spanish church that sits on top of the same hill that the pyramid is built into  • Visit the nearby city of San Andrés Cholula to enter the Baroque San Francisco Acatepec and Santa María Tonanzintla churches  • Cap off your tour with a walk through the city’s main square, passing by the Royal Chapel, San Gabriel Convent, and Plaza de la Concordia as you go

Mexico City / 3 NIGHTS

Jun 11: Mexico City via Basilica de Santa María de Guadalupe

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Mexico City today, stopping to explore the Basilica de Santa María de Guadalupe. Built on the site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in 1531, the basilica is now the largest pilgrimage site in the western hemisphere.  • Enter both the old and new basilicas   • Enjoy free time to explore the adjoining museum on your own

Jun 12: Sightseeing tour of Mexico City & Coyoacán

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, set out to explore Mexico City’s UNESCO-protected city center on a guided tour.  • Pass by Alameda Central park and the Art Nouveau Palacio de Bellas Artes, the city’s cultural hub  • Walk through Plaza de la Constitución, colloquially known as “El Zócalo”  • Enter Palacio Nacional, home to the Federal Treasury and National Archives, to view Diego Rivera’s famous murals depicting events from Mexican history  • Pay visits to the Metropolitan Cathedral and Templo Mayor, an archaeological site and museum  Mexico City’s Coyoacán neighborhood is known for its tree-lined cobblestone streets, colonial estates, and artisanal markets. Set out to explore this charming corner of the city on a guided tour.  • See Plaza Hidalgo and the iconic Centenario Garden  • Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum to learn about the painter’s life, view personal mementos, and see some of her works  • Peruse the Coyoacán Market and Mercado de Antojitos

Jun 13: Sightseeing tour of Teotihuacán

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set out into the Mexican countryside to explore the UNESCO-protected Teotihuacán.  • Visit the ancient city, which was a once-great metropolis that lay abandoned for years before the Aztecs discovered and eventually named it  • Learn about the city’s mysterious origins  • Explore the many ruins on a guided tour, including the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and the Avenue of the Dead  Tonight, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Jun 14: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore the best of the Yucatán Peninsula.


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