Siesta offers Oaxaca tour for artists, art lovers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Siesta Tours here launched a Oaxaca for Artists and Art Lovers tour for the group tour market.

Programs for artists range from eight to 14 nights and include several hours of free time each day so that participants can go out on their own or with an instructor to paint and sketch.

Programs for museum and art enthusiasts emphasize in-depth visits to area craft centers, museums and galleries.

All programs feature dining, entertainment and sightseeing.

Package highlights include tours of Monte Alban and Mitla, two of Mexico's pre-Columbian archaeological sites, and visits to the artisan villages of Atzompa, Teototlan del Valle, San Bartolo Coyotepec, San Martin Tilcajete, Ocotlan, Zaachila and Santo Tomas Jalieza.

Groups will also visit El Tule, the world's largest tree, according to the operator, and Tlapanochestli, a cochineal dye farm.

Museum visits include the Regional Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ruffino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art and the Graphic Arts Institute, all in Oaxaca.

The basic eight-night package includes hotel accommodations, 12 meals, transportation in Mexico, baggage handling, admission to attractions, guided tours and gratuities.

The net price for single occupancy is $1,245 per person; $995, double. Net prices are based on groups of 12 to 20 participants. Prices are valid throughout the year.

In addition to the tours for artists and art lovers, Siesta Tours offers programs for groups interested in the archaeology, history, religion and architecture of the area.

For details, call (800) 679-2746, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.siestatours.com.

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