Cultural Treasures of Mexico Oaxaca & San Miguel de Allende

Cultural Treasures of Mexico Oaxaca & San Miguel de Allende

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Join the National Trust for a six-night cultural adventure in Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende, both UNESCO-recognized for their well-preserved history, marvelous cuisine, colorful architecture, and layers of cultural influences. The veteran museum educator Rika Burnham will join travelers once again after leading our Oaxaca program in 2022 to rave reviews. Throughout this journey, her fascinating approach to looking closely at art will illuminate the many wonders you will experience.

Pricing from
$4,999
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Feb 4, 2023 - Feb 10, 2023

HOTELS

HOTEL BOUTIQUE PARADOR SAN MIGUEL OAXACA
In the historic downtown area of Oaxaca City, this beautiful three-story colonial-style building has 23 rooms, four of which are suites. Delight in its bewitchingly colorful décor and gardens and its restaurant serving the fascinating flavors of Oaxacan cuisine. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.
DOÑA URRACA HOTEL & SPA, SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
Only steps away from San Miguel’s main square, this hotel is built in the Novo-Hispanic style and features an outdoor pool and spa. Free Wi-Fi is included.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    DEPARTURE / OAXACA, MEXICO

    Depart by air for Oaxaca, Mexico. Transfer from the airport to your hotel for check-in. This evening, gather for an orientation and welcome reception, with dinner at leisure.

  • day 2

    OAXACA

    Situated at the confluence of three valleys, the state of Oaxaca boasts a sunny, temperate climate amid a rocky landscape. In the capital city of Oaxaca de Juárez, visit Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, which was constructed primarily from 1570 to 1608 and remains the most splendid of Oaxaca’s churches. The church is part of a great Dominican monastery, whose stone cloister is the antechamber to the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, where you will admire an outstanding display of archaeological treasures. After lunch, stroll down the Calle Macedonio Alcalá, a boulevard reserved for pedestrians, to view many of the city’s most remarkable colonial buildings and shops. A visit to the private studio of a fascinating local artist will be a highlight. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner.

  • day 3

    OAXACA

    Perched on a flattened hilltop just a few kilometers west of the city and with commanding views of the surrounding valley, Monte Albán is one of the most impressive sites in Mexico. First occupied around 500 B.C., Monte Albán was the center of the Zapotec Empire, which extended over most of the present state of Oaxaca, between 300-700 A.D. Today, join an expert guide to explore this majestic complex of pyramids, palaces, platforms, and tombs arranged around a grand plaza. Highlights include bas-relief “Dancers” (conquered chieftains) and hieroglyphs that are the earliest examples of writing in Mexico. Discover the many sights of Oaxaca on your own this evening, with dinner at leisure.

  • day 4

    OAXACA / MEXICO CITY / SAN SEBASTIÁN BERNAL / SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

    Depart this morning for a flight to Mexico City, and transfer by motor coach to San Miguel de Allende. In the state of Querétaro, stop in San Sebastián Bernal, a village known as a Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) for its symbolic and historical significance as well as its natural beauty and cultural attractions. Visit the village’s famous Peña de Bernal, the third-largest monolith in the world. Arrive in San Miguel de Allende, voted “The Best City in the World” by readers of Travel + Leisure over several years. This colonial-era metropolis was inscribed by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity due to its cultural and architectural contribution to the Mexican Baroque and its importance in the country’s quest for independence from Spain. Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore this beautiful city.

  • day 5

    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

    Delight in a morning exploration of San Miguel de Allende’s colorful churches and cultural center. Stroll past a rainbow of brilliantly painted colonial buildings to the historic town center, where you will tour one of San Miguel’s most iconic landmarks, the 17th-century Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, with its sublime pink spires. After lunch, enjoy free time in town. Walk around its cobblestone streets, enjoy the many art galleries and craft shops, or indulge in the rich array of gastronomical selections on offer.

  • day 6

    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

    Enjoy breakfast, followed by a visit to a private sculpture workshop. Watch skilled craftsmen create alebrijes, vividly colorful sculptures of fantastical creatures, a Mexican folk art tradition. Learn the intriguing legends of these mythical creatures, and perhaps try your hand at creating your own masterpiece to take home. Enjoy lunch at leisure before a scenic ride to an enchanting local winery for a private tasting. An expert will guide you through the vineyards, the viewpoint overlooking the winery, the production area, and the underground cellar. This evening, gather for a festive farewell dinner.

  • day 7

    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE / MEXICO CITY / RETURN

    Depart the hotel early this morning, and transfer to the Mexico City airport for flights home.

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