On this 8-day tour, explore Mexico’s scenic silversmithing capital of Taxco and its cultural and historic hub in Mexico City. Celebrate at the International Silver Festival, learn about this history of silversmithing, and purchase pieces from master artisans. Then, head to Mexico City, where you’ll enjoy exquisite art, astounding architecture, ancient archaeology, and excellent cuisine
On this 8-day excursion from San Miguel de Allende to the traditional silversmithing city of Taxco and Mexico City historic center, explore two of Mexico’s most representative and iconic locations.
Begin your tour traveling from Mexico City to Taxco, a picturesque, “Magic Village” with cobblestone-streets and surrounded by steep hills and lush forests. Here, you’ll take part in Taxco’s famous International Silver Festival. Experience this bustling celebration of art and artisans, and meet prize-winning artists who create stunning art, jewelry, and other craft work from silver.
Taxco is famous for the silver craft work that was revitalized by William Spratling and his team of local Mexican silversmiths in 1929. His movement became world renown due to his use of exquisite pre-Columbian motifs and the creativity and excellent workmanship of his silversmiths.
In Taxco, visit the Spratling Ranch for a look at silversmithing’s past and present. Stop at the weekly Silver Market and stroll the stalls and private galleries for finely crafted Taxco silverwork. Whether you’re a jeweler, a collector, or you just admire well-crafted jewelery, you’ll love immersing yourself in the silver splendor of Taxo.
The second part of the journey will take you to the heart of Mexico City’s historical center.
Mexico City is immensely rich historically and culturally. It offers exquisite art, astounding architecture, ancient archaeology and excellent cuisine. It is one of the largest cities in the world, has been a vibrant hub of culture, religion and politics since the days of the Aztecs.
From the door of your hotel, the streets and walkways lead to incredible churches, palaces, fine museums, and tranquil courtyards. Your expert guides will offer two walking tours of this zone during the two days you’ll spend visiting this amazingly rich and historically important district of the city.
Join us for this insightful excursion into the Silver City of Taxco and Mexico City’s lively and enriching historical center.
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Day 1: Travel to Mexico City
Arrive at St. Paul’s Church (Cardo #6) in San Miguel de Allende by 7:30 for your 8:00 am departure time. Box breakfast will be provided en route. Updated itineraries will be handed out. Arrive at hotel in Mexico City’s historic center. Check in and get settled. Walk to lunch and visit Colegio de San Idelfonso. Return to hotel and relax. Travelers will meet for dinner and a brief orientation in hotel that evening.
Day 2: Travel from Mexico City to Taxco and Explore the City
8:00 am breakfast at hotel. Check out and depart for Taxco. Upon arrival, check into hotel and have lunch at the hotel restaurant. After getting settled, meet in hotel lobby for orientation. Walk up to the plaza visit church. Then walk to a special restaurant for dinner. Van will pick up group and return to hotel.
Day 3: Enjoy the Silver Market and Silver Festival Inauguration
8:00-8:30 am breakfast at hotel. Van picks up travelers and drives to the Silver Market for free time. Take cabs back to hotel or walk back as you prefer. Meet at hotel restaurant for lunch.
Visit Spratling Museum and Casa Borda (Exhibit of prize winning work) if open. Visit shops, and enjoy free time to wander or relax at the hotel. Meet in hotel lobby for a walk to the plaza restaurant for rooftop drinks, and appetizers. Watch Silver Festival Inauguration Ceremony where prize winners are announced. Take earplugs! When ready, return to hotel for dinner or enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 4: Tour Rancho Spratling and Go Shopping
8:00 am breakfast at hotel. Depart for Rancho Spratling for a private tour. Return to hotel. Free time to wander and explore. Lunch on own either at hotel or recommended restaurants. Meet in hotel lobby that evening to enjoy a special dinner and jewelry shopping.
Day 5: Travel from Taxco to Mexico City
8:00 am breakfast at hotel. Check out and depart for Mexico City. Arrive in San Angel for lunch and shopping. Depart for hotel in Centro Historico. Arrive at hotel, check in, and get settled. Meet in hotel for dinner.
Day 6: Tour Historic Center and Enjoy Delicious Cuisine
8:00 am breakfast at hotel. Begin walking tour of Centro Historico from our conveniently located hotel. Lunch at a famous fine restaurant. Return to hotel to relax. Resume walking tour and walk to a restaurant for dinner. Van will pick up travelers and return you to the hotel.
Day 7: Tour Alameda Park Zone and Try More Delectable Local Cuisine
8:00 am breakfast at hotel. Drive to area for walking tour of Alameda Park Zone. Lunch at spectacular restaurant with amazing view. Resume walking tour. Van will pick up travelers at the end of this walking tour and return you to the hotel. Meet in lobby that evening and drive to dinner.
Day 8: Travel from Mexico City
Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Templo Mayor (optional). Arrive when it opens and visit site and museum. Meet at museum exit and return to hotel for last minute packing. Or, have a relaxing morning. Early lunch at hotel before returning to San Miguel. Check out and depart for San Miguel de Allende. 5:30 pm approximate arrival to San Miguel de Allende (St. Paul’s Church, Cardo #6).
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