NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Travcoa created a tour for 1999 that
focuses on cultural locales and artist colonies along Mexico's
colonial city route.
Colonial Cities-Luxury Mexico is a 14-night escorted program
geared toward upscale travelers.
The tour begins in Mexico City and travels along the country's
historical "silver route" to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato,
Zacatecas, Guadalajara and Morelia.
The cities are known
for well-preserved colonial architecture, historical cathedrals,
cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes, boutiques, art galleries,
museums, crafts and vibrant local culture.
The tour was designed to spotlight the cities' wealth of history
and culture through comprehensive city tours, as well as venture
into the outlying areas.
For example, the tour features an excursion to the pilgrimage
site of Guadeloupe from Zacatecas, a visit to Tequila and the
village of Ajijic from Guadalajara, and an outing to the Tarascan
Indian town of Patzcuaro from Morelia.
In addition to the featured cities, where the average stay is
two nights, the program includes stops at historic hamlets along
the way, such as Queretaro and Dolores Hidalgo.
Accommodations and dining are designed to showcase the area's
unique establishments, many of which are historic landmarks.
Featured properties include the restored colonial-era buildings
of Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel de Allende, Morelia's Villa
Montana, extensively furnished with antiques, and Hotel Quinta Real
in Zacatecas, housed in the stone terraces and vaulted catacombs of
an old bullring.
One of the dining venues incorporated into the tour is a
hacienda where Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata met to plan the
The land-only price of Colonial Cities -- Luxury Mexico is
$5,395 per person, double. Travcoa slated two departures for the
tour: March 5 and Oct. 1. Each trip is limited to 20
Phone: (800) 992-2003 from the U.S. and (800) 563-0005 from