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Program #17262RJ
8 Days | 7 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 in San Miguel de Allende is 6,300 ft. Elevation in Guanajuato, Gto. is 6,550 ft.

Itinerary for Nov 14 — Nov 21, 2014

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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: +011+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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, November 14 - Arrivals to the Hotel
Afternoon: Arrival Bajio Airport (Leon Gto.), Motorcoach to San Miguel de Allende

Dinner: 6:30 p.m. meet in hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration followed by Welcome Dinner at Hotel Restaurant.

Lodging: Posada de La Aldea

Meals Included: 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: +011+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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, November 15 - Orientation Lecture(s): History of San Miguel d...
Orientation Lecture(s): History of San Miguel de Allende & History of Mexico Walking Excursion: Downtown San Miguel de Allende Lecture(s): History of San Miguel de Allende and History of Mexico

Note: Visit Fine Arts School, Central Plaza, Parish Church of San Miguel Archangel, Plaza Civica, The Church of Our Lady of Health and the Museo Casa de Don Ignacio Allende y Unzaga (Allende's House). Biblioteca Publica (Second Largest Billingual Public Library in Mexico and a Craft's Market. This is a mile of walking w/stops at 6 sites of interest.

Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant.

Morning: Program Orientation Lecture: History of San Miguel de Allende Walking excursion : downtown San Miguel de Allende Includes Nigromante Fine Arts School, Central Plaza, Parish Church of San Miguel Archangel, Plaza Civica, Church of Our Lady of Health and Museo Casa de Don Ignacio Allende y Unzaga (Allende's House).

Lunch: Enjoy a tasty, relaxing lunch at one of San Miguel's select restaurants.

Afternoon: Walking excursion contines; Biblioteca Publica (Second Largest Billingual Public Library in Mexico) and visit a Craft's Market. Return to hotel

Dinner: Free Option. From the provided restaurant directory, enjoy a dinner of your choosing.

Evening: Free time for a relaxing evening.

Lodging: Posada de La Aldea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: +011+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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, November 16 - History of Mexico lecture. Optional - Independen...
History of Mexico lecture. Optional - Independent Morning House and Garden Tour. "Mexico's Art" presented by John Streather.

Note: Optional - Independent - Morning House and Garden Tour.

Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant

Morning: Lecture: "Culture and Tradition in Mexico" Optional - Independent Morning House and Garden Tour..

Lunch: Free Option - With more than 200 restaurants in the area, many lunch choices await you. The provided restaurant directory will make it possible to see what food service is availalbe at a glance.

Afternoon: Lecture: "Mexico's Art" presented by John Streather. Mr. Streather is working on a book about Mexico's Art and Living in San Miguel de Allends. A British scholar, Mr. Streather is a graduate of Cambridge with degrees in Spanish and French.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at Hotel Posada de la Aldea following the "Mexico's Art" lecture.

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: +011+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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, November 17 - Optional - Independent Morning House and Garden T...
Note: Lecture(s): Culture and Tradition in Mexico.

Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant

Morning: Lecture: History of Mexico. Excursion: Escondido Place Thermal Spring. Optional: Thermal Bath, Spa and Massage Treatment. Visit XVIII Century Church at Atotorilco.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at a delightful restaurant outside the hub of the City.

Afternoon: Evening Lecture: History of Mining in Mexico.

Dinner: Free Option. This will be an opportunity to try the cuisine from San Miguel de Allende's many restaurant choices. A Restaurant Directory will be provided.

Evening: Free

Lodging: Posada de La Aldea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: +011+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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, November 18 - Excursion: Escondido Place Thermal Spring Visit...
Excursion: Escondido Place Thermal Spring Visit 18th Century Church at Atotonilco Lecture(s): "History of Mining in Mexico" and "San Miguel de Allende Style of Life"

Note: Visit Thermal Spring w/option for a Thermal Bath, Spa and Massage Treatment Two lectures will be presented today: "History of Mining in Mexico" and "San Miguel de Allende Style of Life"

Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant

Morning: Lecture: History of Mexico. Field trip: Dolores Hidalgo visit buildings of importance at this historical site.

Lunch: Lunch will be a delicious and creative meal served in a magical setting.

Afternoon: Return to San Miguel de Allende, enroute visit a Pottery factory. Lecture presented by a local instructor, "San Miguel de Allende Life Style"

Dinner: Tonight's group meal will be served at one of San Miguel de Allende's local restaurants.

Evening: No scheduled evening activities.

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: +011+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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Wednesday, November 19 - Field trip: Charco del Ingenio Ecological Park a...
Field trip: Charco del Ingenio Ecological Park and La Aurora Art and Design Center House.

Note: This will be a leisurely day with 2 morning field trips and an early evening lecture..

Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant

Morning: Field trip: Charco del Ingenio Ecological Park and La Aurora Art and Design Center House. Field trip: Visit and tour a local artist studio.

Lunch: Free Option - Choose from the extensive restaurant directory. There will be no program activities until 6 p.m. so there will be time for a leisurely lunch and exploring on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own. Before dinner there will be a History of Mexico lecture.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at a restaurant that is a favorite of the locals. Experience good food, friendly service and the charm of Mexico.

Lodging: Posada de La Aldea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This quaint hotel set on a hill top overlooking down town Guanjuato and is within walking distance of the City.

Contact info:
Carretera Panoramica San Javier
Guanjuato, Gto, 36020 Mexico
phone: +011-52-473-102-3000
web: www.mexicoplaza.com.mx

Room amenities: Cable TV; Frigo Bar, Coffee Maker and Micro; In room Telephone

Facility amenities: Spa and Gym; AC; 24-Hr. Security. Restaurant and Bar plus meeting facilities on property.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $130-$150
Participants must make own reservations for additional night lodging

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Thursday, November 20 - Guanajuato City Tour Farewell Dinner
Note: City tour of important buildings such as: Alhondiga de Granaditas, Diego Rivera's Museum and University of Guanajuato. Walking distance of 1/2 mile but there will be a possibility of 5 stories of stairs to climb.

Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant

Morning: Depart by Motorcoach to Guanajuato. Upon arrival to Historic Guanajuato enjoy a City tour visiting important buildings i.e.: Alhondiga de Granaditas, Diego Rivera's Museum and University of Guanajuato.

Lunch: Lunch will be a flavorful and traditional dish served by an attentive wait staff. Enjoy the City's charm at this ideal location.

Afternoon: City tour field trip continues. This will be a chance to view the colonial area Spanish Architecture and enjoy a panoramic view of Guanajuato. The group will check into the Mexico Plaza Hotel about 4:PM. There will be time to refresh before the farewell dinner.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner and Completion Award Ceremony. Tonight's dinner wil be festive and an opportunity to enjoy the company of new friends. Certificates of Program Completion will be awarded. A celebratory toast will be shared. The program is coming to an end, but the memories of this week will linger for a long time.

Evening: No planned activities following dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Mexico Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Friday, November 21 -
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at the Hotel Mexico Plaza.

Morning: Travel Day Home Motorcoach transfer to Bajio Airport Flight Departures to USA (Home)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
7 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips

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