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Mexico's Origins: Silver, Culture, and Revolution

Program Number: 3290RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/7/2013 - 10/20/2013; 1/19/2015 - 2/1/2015; 9/28/2015 - 10/11/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Mexico
Price starting at: $2,495.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 38; 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From revolutions to religion, art to silver mining, unearth Mexico’s storied past in the cities of San Miguel de Allende, Quéretaro and Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The spirit of this complex yet fascinating country is brought to life through expert discussions on the indigenous groups, the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors and the Mexican Revolution.




Highlights

• Learn why Guanajuato was declared Mexico’s “Cradle of Independence.”
• Visit the site where Emperor Maximillian was executed.
• Explore Mexico City's Templo Mayor and National Museum of Anthropology.



Activity Particulars

High altitudes, cobblestone streets, narrow sidewalks and stairs and uneven surfaces.



Site not equipped for wheelchair mobility.



Itinerary Summary

Arrivals Guanajuato, 5 nights; San Miguel de Allende, 3 nights; Querétaro, 3 nights; Mexico City, 2 nights; departures.



Arrival Guanajuato
5 nights

Declared in 1810 as Mexico’s “Cradle of Independence,” Guanajuato is an enchanting city filled with subterranean passageways and silver mines. History abounds here -- explore Alhondiga, the Spanish fortress with a fascinating blend of Greek and Tuscan architecture; the Rayas Silver Mine; and the Diego Rivera Museum, a showcase of art from the Mexican master.



Coach to San Miguel de Allende
3 nights

Cobblestone walkways, the Gothic-like Parroquia (parish) that dominates the central square and the Sanctuary of Atotonilco -- an 18th-century church whose walls depict the life and times of Christ -- are just a few reasons why the city of San Miguel de Allende is a national monument. Explore this cultural haven at the Historical Museum, on a stroll through the Baroque-influenced city square and on a visit to a ceramic factory.



Coach to Querétaro
3 nights

Querétaro’s varied past begins with the settlement of the Otomi Indians, moves to the Spanish conquest, and later becomes a Franciscan missionary site. It is where rebels plotted their independence and where the Treaty of Guadalupe was signed. Discover the city’s role in Mexican history with excursions to Casa de la Corregidora and Cerro de las Campanas, the site of Emperor Maximilian’s execution.



Coach to Mexico City
2 nights
Departure

Experience Mexico’s rich history in the country’s cultural center: Mexico City. Examine major archeological and ethnographic collections at the National Museum of Anthropology. Explore the majestic structures, architectural elements and impressive works of the Aztec Empire with a field trip to Templo Mayor.




Mexico

The oldest of the land’s found by Europeans in the New World, Mexico has endured a rough history at the hands of Cortes and subsequent invaders. Despite a turbulent past, the country maintains its relaxed and inviting charm with a mix of modern and traditional from its industrious cities to its captivating wildernesses.



Accommodations
Guanajuato: Boutique hotel in the Colonial-era Plaza San Javier. San Miguel de Allende: Hotel in picturesque and historic neighborhood. Queretaro: Comfortable downtown hotel. Mexico City: Four-star hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato
  Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico 5 nights
   Posada de La Aldea
  San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico 3 nights
   Hotel Mirabel
  Queretaro, Qro, Mexico 3 nights
   Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico
  Mexico City, D.F., Mexico 2 nights
 Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Posada de La Aldea
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Mirabel
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
7 p.m. Welcome Dinner You will be staying at Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato that night.
  End of Program:
Immediately following 8 a.m. breakfast You will be staying at Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. In order to enter Mexico as a US Citizen you need to have one tourist migratory form (FM-T) per person. (Cost of FM-T is included in airfare). These forms are obtained at the first port of entry, at the borders, or at Mexican consulates and embassies. Keep the FM-T in your possession at all times and return to authorities before leaving Mexico. A Visa is not required but a passport is needed to obtain a FM-T permit and may be required to re-enter the US. Procedures for obtaining the FM-T vary with the nationality of each visitor. Request the requirements for your nationality in any of the Mexican Consulates or Embassies in your respective countries. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by January 8, 2007, travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document (Merchant Mariner Document or Air NEXUS card) to enter or re-enter the United States
  Parking availability:
All three hotels have parking at no cost.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Buses are available. Check with your travel agent for more information.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Guanajuato, Gto.
  Nearest city or town:  Leon
  Nearest airport:  Leon/Bajio International; Airport
  Transportation to site: Participants who do not participate in the Geronimo Staffed Group Motor Coach Transfer due to flight arrival times not permitting, will be responsible for securing their own independent transfer to Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato via taxi. Independent Taxi Transfer Instructions: Process through Immigration, Baggage Claim and Customs. Locate a porter in the airport for directions to the Taxi Stand located inside the Airport. At the Taxi Stand, purchase a ticket to the Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato in Guanajuato City, Gto. (Approximately 300. pesos/$30. USD). The ticket purchase provides you a ride in a government sealed taxi and is the fare to the hotel. If the service warrants, you may wish to tip the driver at the end of the ride.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Mexico City, D.F.
  Nearest city or town:  Cuernavaca
  Nearest highway: Highway 57
  Nearest airport:  Benito Juarez International Airport
  Transportation from site: At the program conclusion, the Geronimo Group Leader will provide participants travel details regarding the transfer from the final program site hotel to the airport. Airport transfers are provided only on designated group arrival and departure days. All other arrangements are considered independent travel at personal cost.
Elevation Note: Elevation is about 6,300 ft. in Guanajuato and 5,400 Ft. in San Miguel de Allende

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals to the Hotel
(Monday, October 7)

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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Program orientation. Lecture(s) "History of Guanajuato".and "History of Mexico" part 1. City Excursion
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 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: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lecture(s) "History of Mexico" (part 2).and "History of Mining" (in Guanajuato). Walking excursion of Guanajuato's important buildings and Diego Rivera Museum.
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 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: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 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: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Field trip: Visit San Gabriel de Barrera Museum.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lecture "History of Mexico" part 4. Field trip: Alhondiga de Granaditas. Excursion to Hidalgo Market and Plazas.
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Lecture: History of Mexico part 4. Field trip: Alhondiga de Granaditas.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant..
 Afternoon: Excursion to: Hidalgo Market and Plazas.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Mexico Plaza Guanajuato
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 5. 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.
(Saturday, October 12)
   
 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. Lecture by a Local Instructor.
 Lunch: Lunch at Hotel Posada de la Aldea restaurant.
 Afternoon: Walking excursion to downtown San Miguel de Allende, including a visit the Nicromante Fine Arts School.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Posada de La Aldea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 6 and "History of Mexico" part 7.
(Sunday, October 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 6.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free Time. Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 7.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Posada de La Aldea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Lecture: "History of Mexico" part 8. Field trip to Atotonilco and Dolores Hidalgo. Visit Talavera Pottery Factory. Excursion to vsit a Talavera Pottery factory.
(Monday, October 14)
   
 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Posada de La Aldea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: 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.
(Tuesday, October 15)
   
 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: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Optional walk to the main plaza in Queretaro.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Mirabel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Field trip: Regional Museum and Cerro de las Campanas where Maximillan was executed. Film presentation: Benito Juarez
(Wednesday, October 16)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Mirabel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Field trip to town of Bernal & Quinta Schmoll Botanical Garden.
(Thursday, October 17)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Mirabel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Motor coach to Mexico City. Visit "Museo Nacional del Virreynato" in Tepotzotlan.
(Friday, October 18)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Field trip: The Historic Center - Aztec Ceremonial Center, Templo Mayor and site Museum. and The Anthropology Museum.
(Saturday, October 19)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departures
(Sunday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Motorcoach transfer to Mexico City Airport. Flight departure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Letters from Mexico


Author: Cortes, Hernan & Anthony Pagden


Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes and the Fall of Old Mexico


Author: Thomas, Hugh


Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans


Author: Riding, Alan


Mexico: Biography of Power, A History of Modern Mexico, 1810-1996


Author: Krauze, Enrique


Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs


Author: Coe, Michael


The Aztecs, Maya and their Predecessors: Archaeology of Mesoamerica


Author: Weaver, Muriel Porter


The Course of Mexican History


Author: Meyer, Michael C. and William L. Sherman


The Forging of the Cosmic Race: A Reinterpretation of Colonial Mexico


Author: MacLachlan, Colin M. and Jamie E. Rodriguez


The Wind that Swept Mexico: The History of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1942


Author: Austin: University of Texas Press




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