Taxco & Mexico City ~Silver Extravaganza and Historical Wonder

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Travel in comfort with a small group and expert guides on this excursion to two wondrous Mexican locations.

Journey from Mexico City to Taxco, a picturesque, cobblestone-streeted “Pueblo Magico” located in the middle of steep hills and surrounded by lush semi-arid forests. Stay in a charming restored hotel right in the heart of town.

Take part in Taxco’s famed International Silver Festival. Experience the essence of this Silver extravaganza, and meet prize-winning artists who create these astonishing works of art.

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. Visit the Spratling Ranch for an in-depth view of past and current silvermithing.

Experience the vast Saturday Silver Market first hand, and have time to acquire a variety of finely crafted silverwork in Taxco’s plethora of shops and private galleries.

Whether you are a jeweler, collector, or an avid shopper, you will enjoy immersing yourself in the silver splendor of Taxco.  Join us for this dazzling adventure to Taxco de Alarcon!

The second part of the journey returns to the heart of Mexico City’s Historical Center.

Stay in a centrally located, remodeled hotel. Mexico City is immensely rich historically and culturally. It offers exquisite art, astounding architecture, ancient archeology 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 Zocalo, streets and walkways lead to incredible churches, palaces, fine museums and tranquil courtyards. Our expert guides will offer two walking tours of this zone during the two days we’ll spend visiting this amazingly rich and historically important district of the city.

Join us for this insightful excursion into Taxco’s Silver World and Mexico City’s lively and enriching Historical Center.


Exceptional Experiences
 Enjoy Taxco's International Silver Festival
 Immerse yourself in the heritage of William Spratling silver design
 Buy silver jewelry first-hand from renowned silversmiths
 Discover La Ciudad de los Palacios, the Historic District of Mexico City
 Explore the iconic museums of Downtown Mexico City
 Indulge your taste buds at top rated restaurants in Mexico City


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Itinerary

Day one
TRAVEL DAY TO MEXICO CITY
8:00 am Departure from St. Paul’s Church (Cardo #6) San Miguel de Allende~ 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 two
TRAVEL FROM MEXICO CITY TO TAXCO AND MORE!
8:00 Breakfast at hotel. Check out and depart for Taxco. Arrive in Taxco ~ 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 three
SATURDAY SILVER MARKET, SHOPPING AND EXPLORING, INAUGURATION OF SILVER FESTIVAL
8:00-8:30 Breakfast at hotel. Van picks up travelers and drives to the Silver Market ~ Time to explore on own (with a buddy). Take cabs back to hotel or walk back if fit enough. OR visit shops in town. Meet at hotel restaurant for lunch. Visit Spratling Museum and Casa Borda (Exhibit of prize winners work) if open ~visit shops, free time to wander, or go to hotel to relax.  Meet in hotel lobby ~ Walk up to Plaza ~ go to special restaurant rooftop for drinks and appetizers.* Go down to plaza for the Silver Festival Inauguration Ceremony~ Prize winners are announced. Take earplugs! When ready, return to hotel or go have dinner* at recommended restaurant or our hotel if you are hungry. Always have a buddy!

Day four
RANCHO SPRATLING, CASA BORDA, SHOPPING!
8:00 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 other restaurants that are open and recommended. Meet in hotel lobby that evening ~ walk or cab (if difficulty climbing) to enjoy a special dinner* and jewelry shopping.

Day five
TRAVEL DAY FROM TAXCO TO MEXICO CITY
8:00 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 six
FIRST WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC CENTER AND DELICIOUS CUISINE!
8:00 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 them to hotel.

Day seven
SECOND WALKING TOUR OF ALAMEDA PARK ZONE OF HISTORIC CENTER MORE DELICIOUS CUISINE!
8:00 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 them to hotel. Meet in lobby that evening and drive to dinner*.

Day eight
TRAVEL DAY 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).

   asterisk Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the trip's fee.
       This Itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.

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  Trip Cost    
 

Please inquire




   What's included

   Accommodation (7 nights)
   Breakfast daily
   Private sightseeing, including all entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary
   Comfortable private transportation with driver
   Allow $ 170-200 USD for meals not included
   Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
   Travelian Tour Leaders
   Tour limit: 14 travelers

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Reservation, Payment and Cancellation Policies title
To reserve a travel space it is required to make a non-refundable deposit of $250 USD per person for each trip.

Reservations will be confirmed once your non-refundable $250 USD deposit has been received.

Booking and cancellation policies
We accept payments by:
bullet Credit Card (PayPal) through our Online Booking System
bullet MXN Cash (Mexican Pesos) Read More
bullet USD Wire Transfers Read More
bullet Checks (No US Bank Checks please) Read More

Trip form
Please remember that each traveler must turn in a signed Trip Form
(Except users of our Online Booking System) 

Instructions for Trip Form:
 bullet Download this link: Trip form
 bullet Print it, fill it out and sign it
 bullet You may scan it and email it to Rodrigo Lopez at: rodrigo@travelian.com.mx
    OR
 bullet Put your Trip Form, your phone number, and email address inside an envelope
 bullet Seal the envelope and address it to: Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB 214-B
 bullet If you are in San Miguel de Allende, deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3
 bullet If you are in United States or in Canada or another country outside Mexico, mail it to:
    Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B
    220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
    Laredo, TX 78043-4464

Cancellation Policy
If a traveler cancels a reservation 65 days or more before the departure date, a refund will be made of the amount paid in excess of the $250 USD non-refundable deposit.
If a traveler cancels a reservation less than 65 days before the departure date, no refund will be made of any payments received.
If you are able to find a traveler to fill your space, or Travelian is able to fill the space from a waiting list, we'll refund 100% of any payments you have made.
If Travelian does not have the minimum number of travelers necessary for this trip, the trip will have to be cancelled, and you will receive a full refund of any payments you have made.

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance for your protection.
    Here are links for providers we recommend:
    www.insuremytrip.com
    www.allianztravelinsurance.com
    www.travelguard.com


Payment with credit card
    To pay with credit card, please use our Online Booking System it's very simple.


Payment with cash (only mxn pesos)
    At the moment we can only accept cash payments in pesos.
    All cash payments must be delivered to Rodrigo Lopez or Colleen Besman personally:
    bullet Rodrigo Tel. 415 152 1662, Cel. 415 100 2081
    bullet Colleen Tel. 415 152 3644, Cel. 415 101 9175
    bullet reservations@travelian.com.mx


Payment by wire transfer
    To pay by wire transfer from a U.S. Bank in U.S. Dollars, please use this information:

    bullet Beneficiary: Intercam Casa de Bolsa, S.A. de C.V.
    bullet Address of beneficiary:  Rio Tiber No. 67   Col. Cuauhtemoc   06500 Mexico, D.F.
    bullet Account No. 8900720557
    bullet ABA (Routing): 021 000 018 (for domestic transfers, within the USA)
    bullet Bank: Bank of New York Mellon
    bullet Branch address:  1 Wall Street 19th floor   New York, N.Y.   10015 U.S.A.
    bullet For further credit to: Rodrigo Lopez

       Please notify Rodrigo Lopez, of the expecting wire transfers so that we can identify
       them immediately.

       For any questions regarding this matter, please contact directly Rodrigo Lopez
       Email: rodrigo@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 100 2798

       To to download or print this information about Wire Transfers, please click here.


Payment with check (don't send US checks please)
     If using a bank account from Canada or another country (except USA), please make
     your checks payable to: Rodrigo Ulises Lopez Valdes

    bullet Put your check, Trip Form, your phone number, and email address inside an envelope
    bullet Seal the envelope and address it to:     Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB 214-B
    bullet If you are in SMA, deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3
    bullet If you are in United States or in Canada or another country outside Mexico, mail it to:
       Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B
       220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
       Laredo, TX 78043-4464

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What to take
We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry.
A good size daypack is also essential.

Check list
bullet Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID (copies are fine)
bullet Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
bullet Water Bottle
bullet Binoculars
bullet Camera
bullet Flashlight
bullet Hat
bullet Sunblock
bullet Sunglasses
bullet Umbrella and rain gear
bullet Hiking sticks
bullet Insect repellent
bullet Day pack
bullet Light-weight walking/hiking shoes
bullet A fleece garment can be useful in case of chilly mornings
bullet Pack your binoculars, toiletries and travel documents in your day pack, a supply of
   resealable plastic storage bags can be handy for storing food items from the breakfast,
   to be used as mid-morning snacks
bullet Be sure to bring your own kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
bullet Money belt
bullet Personal prescription drugs
bullet First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or
   similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder)


Duration
8 days

Travel style
Culture, Silver, History and Shopping

Trip type
Small Group

Physical demands


Start/Finish City
San Miguel de Allende

Trip Cost
Please inquire

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Contact us for further assistance: reservations@travelian.com.mx

+52 (415) 100 2798
+52 (415) 101 9175
+52 (415) 152 3644
+52 (415) 152 1662