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Program #3290RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevation is about 6,300 ft. in Guanajuato and 5,400 Ft. in San Miguel de Allende

Itinerary for Sep 29 — Oct 12, 2014

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located in the Mall Plaza San Javier, involved among the colonial magic and the cultural diversity of Guanajuato with sight to Guanajuato's colonial city and to the Valenciana mine.

Contact info:
Carretera panorámica San Javier, Col. San Javier
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
phone: +52 -473-109-2003
web: www.mexicoplaza.com.mx

Room amenities: All rooms are totally equipped with air conditioner, cable TV, telephone, cold and hot water restroom, Kitchen, Coffee pot, Microwave, Refrigerator, 2 TV with cable.

Facility amenities: Spa, Restaurant, Air Conditioning, Security Box, Room Service, Parking and Terrace

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 29 - Arrivals to the Hotel
Note: Welcome Dinner (Hotel Mexico Plaza) at 7:00 p.m.

Arrive To: Transfer to Hotel . Program only participants are responsible for their own trasfers.

Dinner: 6:30 p.ml meet in hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located in the Mall Plaza San Javier, involved among the colonial magic and the cultural diversity of Guanajuato with sight to Guanajuato's colonial city and to the Valenciana mine.

Contact info:
Carretera panorámica San Javier, Col. San Javier
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
phone: +52 -473-109-2003
web: www.mexicoplaza.com.mx

Room amenities: All rooms are totally equipped with air conditioner, cable TV, telephone, cold and hot water restroom, Kitchen, Coffee pot, Microwave, Refrigerator, 2 TV with cable.

Facility amenities: Spa, Restaurant, Air Conditioning, Security Box, Room Service, Parking and Terrace

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 30 - Program orientation. Lecture(s) "History of Guan...
Program orientation. Lecture(s) "History of Guanajuato".and "History of Mexico" part 1. City Excursion

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Program orientation followed by "History of Guanajuato" lecture. Excursion to City of Guanajuato with the opportunity to visit historical buildings.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture "The History of Mexico " part 1. 6:00 pm Social (prior to dinner).

Dinner: Served at a family owned restaurant, a favorite of the locals, tonight's meal will be a "palate" pleaser.

Lodging: Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located in the Mall Plaza San Javier, involved among the colonial magic and the cultural diversity of Guanajuato with sight to Guanajuato's colonial city and to the Valenciana mine.

Contact info:
Carretera panorámica San Javier, Col. San Javier
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
phone: +52 -473-109-2003
web: www.mexicoplaza.com.mx

Room amenities: All rooms are totally equipped with air conditioner, cable TV, telephone, cold and hot water restroom, Kitchen, Coffee pot, Microwave, Refrigerator, 2 TV with cable.

Facility amenities: Spa, Restaurant, Air Conditioning, Security Box, Room Service, Parking and Terrace

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, October 01 - Lecture(s) "History of Mexico" (part 2).and "Hist...
Lecture(s) "History of Mexico" (part 2).and "History of Mining" (in Guanajuato). Walking excursion of Guanajuato's important buildings and Diego Rivera Museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 2, followed by a walking excursion with emphasis on the significant buildings of Guanajuato.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch an excursion is scheduled to the Diego Rivera Museum. Lecture "History of Mining"(in Guanajuato).

Dinner: Guanajuato City offers over 100 dining establishments to choose from. A directory of restaurants will be provided. Tonight will be a dining adventure of your choosing.

Lodging: Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located in the Mall Plaza San Javier, involved among the colonial magic and the cultural diversity of Guanajuato with sight to Guanajuato's colonial city and to the Valenciana mine.

Contact info:
Carretera panorámica San Javier, Col. San Javier
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
phone: +52 -473-109-2003
web: www.mexicoplaza.com.mx

Room amenities: All rooms are totally equipped with air conditioner, cable TV, telephone, cold and hot water restroom, Kitchen, Coffee pot, Microwave, Refrigerator, 2 TV with cable.

Facility amenities: Spa, Restaurant, Air Conditioning, Security Box, Room Service, Parking and Terrace

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, October 02 - Lecture: "History of Mexico" (part 3). Field t...
Lecture: "History of Mexico" (part 3). Field trip to view XVIII Century architecture in the mining town of Valenciana and Museum de la Mineria. Field trip to San Gabriel de Barrera Museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: History of Mexico part 3, followed by: Field trip to Mining Museum and view XVIII Century architecture in the mining town of Valenciana.

Lunch: A charming restaurant with a magnificent view, exquisite service and fantastic cuisine promises a delightful and memorable dining experience for today's lunch.

Afternoon: Field trip: Visit San Gabriel de Barrera Museum.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located in the Mall Plaza San Javier, involved among the colonial magic and the cultural diversity of Guanajuato with sight to Guanajuato's colonial city and to the Valenciana mine.

Contact info:
Carretera panorámica San Javier, Col. San Javier
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
phone: +52 -473-109-2003
web: www.mexicoplaza.com.mx

Room amenities: All rooms are totally equipped with air conditioner, cable TV, telephone, cold and hot water restroom, Kitchen, Coffee pot, Microwave, Refrigerator, 2 TV with cable.

Facility amenities: Spa, Restaurant, Air Conditioning, Security Box, Room Service, Parking and Terrace

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, October 03 - Lecture "History of Mexico" part 4. Field trip:...
Lecture "History of Mexico" part 4. Field trip: Alhondiga de Granaditas. Excursion to Hidalgo Market and Plazas.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: History of Mexico part 4. Field trip: Alhondiga de Granaditas.

Lunch: Choose your own lunch dining experience. This is an opportunity to seek out your favorite type food from the provided directory of restaurants.

Afternoon: Excursion to: Hidalgo Market and Plazas.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel Posada de la Aldea is located in the picturesque and historic city of San Miguel de Allende.

Contact info:
Calle Ancha de San Antonio #11 Zona Centro
San Miguel de Allende, 37700 Mexico
phone: +52 -415-152-1022
web: www.naftaconnect.com/hotellaaldea

Room amenities: Private baths, cable TV , phone

Facility amenities: Gardens, pool, conference room, lounge

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, October 04 - Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 5. and part 6....
Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 5. and part 6. Motor coach to San Miguel de Allende. Lecture by a local instructor. Walking excursion to downtown San Miguel de Allende including Nicomante Fine Arts School.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 5. Motor coach transfer to San Miguel de Allende (approx 1 1/2 hours). Hotel check-in at Hotel Posada de la Aldea.

Lunch: Lunch at Hotel Posada de la Aldea restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture: History of Mexico part 6. Walking excursion to downtown San Miguel de Allende, including a visit the Nicromante Fine Arts School.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Posada de La Aldea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel Posada de la Aldea is located in the picturesque and historic city of San Miguel de Allende.

Contact info:
Calle Ancha de San Antonio #11 Zona Centro
San Miguel de Allende, 37700 Mexico
phone: +52 -415-152-1022
web: www.naftaconnect.com/hotellaaldea

Room amenities: Private baths, cable TV , phone

Facility amenities: Gardens, pool, conference room, lounge

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, October 05 - Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 7.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 7 .

Lunch: San Miguel de Allende offers limitless cuisine options. Choose from the provided restaurant directory. Bon Appetite!

Afternoon: Free Time. Lecture presented by a Local Instructor.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Posada de La Aldea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel Posada de la Aldea is located in the picturesque and historic city of San Miguel de Allende.

Contact info:
Calle Ancha de San Antonio #11 Zona Centro
San Miguel de Allende, 37700 Mexico
phone: +52 -415-152-1022
web: www.naftaconnect.com/hotellaaldea

Room amenities: Private baths, cable TV , phone

Facility amenities: Gardens, pool, conference room, lounge

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, October 06 - Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 8. Field trip...
Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 8. Field trip to Atotonilco and Dolores Hidalgo. Visit Talavera Pottery Factory. Excursion to vsit a Talavera Pottery factory.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 8 followed by a field trip to the towns of Atotonilco and Dolores Hidalgo.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Excursion to visit a Talavera Pottery factory. Return to Hotel Posada de la Aldea for a lecture on "Mexico's Art" presented by a local instructor.

Dinner: Great food, excellent service and a beautiful setting, tonight's restaurant received the 2014 Certificate of Excellence award.

Lodging: Posada de La Aldea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Mirabel Hotel is located downtown at Santiago de Queretaro, city declared by the UNESCO as Cultural heritage of Mankind. Among the city outstands different tourist, cultural and recreational attractions such as its handicrafts made of ceramics, textiles, fine jewelry, and among others.

Contact info:
Constituyentes 2 OTE
Queretaro, 76000 Mexico
phone: +52 -442-214-3099
web: www.hotelmirabel.com.mx

Room amenities: All of our rooms are wide and comfortable with the commodities of a 4 star hotel, air-conditioned, color T.V., and pone.

Facility amenities: Lounge, conference rooms, dining room, laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, October 07 - Motor coach transfer to Queretaro City. City exc...
Motor coach transfer to Queretaro City. City excursion for a panoramic view of Queretaro City. Field trip: Art Museum, Santa Clara Church, Casa de la Condesa and Teatro de la Republica. Field trip to Art Museum, Santa Clara Church, Casa de la Condesa.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Motorcoach departure to Queretaro City (approx 1 1/2 hours). City Excursion to Queretaro City for a panoramic view view of the City.

Lunch: Lunch at the Hotel Mirabel restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to: Art Museum, Santa Clara Church, Casa de la Condesa and Teatro de la Republica,

Dinner: Serving quality and delicious Mexican and international foods, tonight's meal promises to be a fabulous experience.

Evening: Optional walk to the main plaza in Queretaro.

Lodging: Hotel Mirabel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Mirabel Hotel is located downtown at Santiago de Queretaro, city declared by the UNESCO as Cultural heritage of Mankind. Among the city outstands different tourist, cultural and recreational attractions such as its handicrafts made of ceramics, textiles, fine jewelry, and among others.

Contact info:
Constituyentes 2 OTE
Queretaro, 76000 Mexico
phone: +52 -442-214-3099
web: www.hotelmirabel.com.mx

Room amenities: All of our rooms are wide and comfortable with the commodities of a 4 star hotel, air-conditioned, color T.V., and pone.

Facility amenities: Lounge, conference rooms, dining room, laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, October 08 - Field trip: Regional Museum and Cerro de las Camp...
Field trip: Regional Museum and Cerro de las Campanas where Maximillan was executed. Film presentation: Benito Juarez

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Field Trip: The Regional Art Museum and Cerro de las Campanas whee Maximillan was executed.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: 5:00 pm film presentation: Benito Juarez

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mirabel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Mirabel Hotel is located downtown at Santiago de Queretaro, city declared by the UNESCO as Cultural heritage of Mankind. Among the city outstands different tourist, cultural and recreational attractions such as its handicrafts made of ceramics, textiles, fine jewelry, and among others.

Contact info:
Constituyentes 2 OTE
Queretaro, 76000 Mexico
phone: +52 -442-214-3099
web: www.hotelmirabel.com.mx

Room amenities: All of our rooms are wide and comfortable with the commodities of a 4 star hotel, air-conditioned, color T.V., and pone.

Facility amenities: Lounge, conference rooms, dining room, laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Thursday, October 09 - Field trip to town of Bernal & Quinta Schmoll Bot...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: All day field trip to the town of Bernal and Quinta Schmoll Botanical Garden

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time in town of Bernal to explore.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mirabel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located one block of Paseo de la Reforma, the majestic avenue joining the Historical downtown with the city commercial and financial zones.

Contact info:
Lafragua No 7, Colonia Tabacalera, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc
Mexico City, 06030 Mexico
phone: +5550964500
web: www.hotelcasablanca.com.mx

Room amenities: All rooms are totally equipped with Air conditioning and heating with individual control, cable TV, telephone, cold and hot water restromm, and complimentary security box.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Air Conditioning, Security Box, Room Service, Travel Agency, Parking, Medical service, Laundry, High Speed Internet, GYM

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Friday, October 10 - Motor coach to Mexico City. Visit "Museo Naciona...
Motor coach to Mexico City. Visit "Museo Nacional del Virreynato" in Tepotzotlan.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel Mirabel restaurant.

Morning: Depart (Motorcoach) to Mexico City. En route visit "Museo Nacional del Virreynato" in Tepotzotlan.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue transfer to Mexico City. Hotel Casa Blanca check-in at approximately 4:30 pm.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel Casa Blanca restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located one block of Paseo de la Reforma, the majestic avenue joining the Historical downtown with the city commercial and financial zones.

Contact info:
Lafragua No 7, Colonia Tabacalera, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc
Mexico City, 06030 Mexico
phone: +5550964500
web: www.hotelcasablanca.com.mx

Room amenities: All rooms are totally equipped with Air conditioning and heating with individual control, cable TV, telephone, cold and hot water restromm, and complimentary security box.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Air Conditioning, Security Box, Room Service, Travel Agency, Parking, Medical service, Laundry, High Speed Internet, GYM

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, October 11 - Field trip: The Historic Center - Aztec Ceremoni...
Field trip: The Historic Center - Aztec Ceremonial Center, Templo Mayor and site Museum. and The Anthropology Museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Field trip: The Historic Center - Aztec Ceremonial Center, Templo Mayor and site Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip continues: The Anthropology Museum Return to hotel

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at Hotel Casa Blanca restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Sunday, October 12 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Motorcoach transfer to Mexico City Airport. Flight departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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35 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips

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