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Delve deep into unique culinary treasures on this tour of Mexico. Explore local markets in Mexico City, pausing to sample flavorful and authentic indigenous cuisine, wander in prehistoric architectural islands, and indulge your taste buds at the foodie neighborhood of Colonia Roma. Discover the heady Mexican mezcal at award-winning distilleries, learn the art of baking chocolates the local way at indigenous villages, and eat your way through Oaxaca, discovering its boho bars, atmospheric markets and colorful eateries for yourself.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4Mexico CityPalacio de Bellas Artes & Museums, Zocalo Main Square, Teotihuacán PyramidsZocalo Central Mexico City, Historico Central
4 - 7OaxacaArt, History & Shopping, Cuisine & Mezcal Tasting, Monte Alban RuinsParador de Alcala, Hotel Parador San Miguel Oaxaca
7 - 7Mexico CityPalacio de Bellas Artes & Museums, Zocalo Main Square, Teotihuacán Pyramids

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Private Transfer from Mexico City Airport to your hotel

Mexico City

3 Days

Mexico City, the nation’s capital, is vibrant, colorful and full of character. Fascinating museums rub shoulders with beautiful churches while theme parks co-exist harmoniously with long-standing academic institutions in this sprawling city.

Included Activities

Culinary Exploration of Xochimilco and Trajinera Ride
Head out to explore the picturesque borough of Xochimilco, known for its ancient network of canals flanked by lush greenery. Saunter around the local market in search of fresh produce and ingredients for your meal as you take in the sights, sounds and aromas of the place. Interact with the vendors before making your way to the private kitchen of a local resident to hone your culinary skills. Enjoy cooking a traditional two-course meal using regional recipes and relish the fruits of your labor as you savor the dishes and enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage. After lunch, step into one of the colorful trajineras or gondolas that dot the picturesque canals. Sit back and relax as you glide along the water passing by pre-Hispanic manmade agricultural islands known as chinampas. (Half Day; Meal Included: Lunch and non-alcoholic beverage; Fitness Level: Easy. It is recommended that you have a light breakfast as you will be sampling food items during the market tour.)

Gastronomical Journey Through Colonia Roma
Traverse the vibrant neighborhood of Colonia Roma in search of exotic flavors to tantalize your taste buds in this walking tour. This erstwhile upscale neighborhood is now the hub of hipster subculture in the city. Accompany your local expert through the serene streets of this historic area that is home to trendsetting restaurants and eateries. Walk past the lovely squares and elegant fountains as your guide leads you to seven different restaurants to sample the best in Mexican cuisine. Stroll past quaint specialty food shops and ethnic diners as you get valuable insight into the area’s rich culinary past. Listen to your guide narrate interesting anecdotes about the beautiful mansions and its famous residents. (Half Day; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. Please wear comfortable footwear as there is quite a bit of walking involved in this activity.)

A Date with Frida, Diego & Dolores
Begin your day at La Casa Azul, the birthplace and home of Frida Kahlo. An extension of her vibrant fashion style and Mexican heritage, the bright blue house with yellow floor features myriad decorations. Browse through the space littered with folk artifacts and souvenirs. Witness her bed topped with a mask containing her ashes, and her airy studio that overlooks a garden patio with a small pyramid. Later, head to Anahuacalli Museum, a large volcanic-rock-and-glass building that showcases the works of Diego Rivera. Spread across three floors, marvel at his expansive private collection of pre-hispanic art and culture that showcases local gods, daily life, and the heavens and murals and paintings that depict Mexico’s working class. Enjoy panoramic cityscape views from the rooftop before you head out for your next stop. Reach the delightful Dolores Olmedo Museum, nestled amid lush gardens of Mexican native plants. Walk across the grounds admiring the residents of the complex – alluring peacocks and hairless Precolumbian Xoloitzcuintli dogs. Expect to see Talavera pottery, woodcuts, book illustrations, elaborate ofrendas, gilded colonial wooden figurines, masterpieces in ceramic, copper, and lacquer, plus a collection of pre-Columbian Colima dogs! (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Notes: Closed on Mondays or due to private events, Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.)

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Day 4 - 7

You will be transferred from your hotel to Mexico City Airport

Flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca

Private Transfer from Oaxaca Airport to your hotel

Oaxaca

3 Days

Experience the magic of Oaxaca – a city unlike any other in Mexico! A pulsating arts and crafts scene, unique indigenous culture, and natural wonders, make it a potent tourist magnet.

Included Activities

Mezcal Distillery and Tasting Tour
Head out of Oaxaca and make your way to a nearby distillery that produces mezcal, a local alcoholic beverage sourced from agave. One of Mexico’s most famous alcoholic beverages, mezcal has been popular since the time of Spanish Conquistadors! Learn all about the process of distilling this beverage in an artisanal technique that has been passed down over generations. You’ll also discover the different types of agave that can be used to produce mezcal – both cultivated and wild varieties. From how long it takes for the agave plant to mature to how young or old it needs to be – there’s a lot intricacy involved in mezcal production. Having learned the details, reward yourself with samples of fine mezcal to gain a better appreciation of its flavor and popularity. (Half Day; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that pick up and drop is included from the city square area.)

Market Tour and Culinary Session in Oaxaca
Head out from your hotel to Abastos Market where you will find a variety of fresh organic produce. Accompany your local expert across the market, picking out exotic ingredients for your cooking session. Enjoy the fascinating overview of the region’s culinary heritage as narrated by your local expert. Discover the various facets of the unique vegetables, fruits, and spices that you will use in your culinary class. Try your hand at grinding spices with a stone mortar and pestle along with other traditional techniques to bring an authentic Mexican flavor to your dishes. Under the guidance of your local expert, master the art of making tortillas and quesadillas from scratch. Learn to char chili peppers directly on the flame as you go about preparing the mole or main dish, a soup, salsa or dessert. Sample some excellent mezcal or local alcoholic beverage before you settle down to relish the meal you cooked. After a hearty al fresco lunch on the patio, drive back to the hotel armed with the recipes and a souvenir of your memorable experience. (Half Day; Duration: 5 hrs of cooking; Meal Included: Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy)

Chocolate Baking in Oaxaca
Set off from your hotel in the city and drive for about 30 minutes to reach the Zapotec community village. Stroll around the local market as you pick and choose ingredients such as sugar and cacao in preparation of your culinary experience. Head to the mill and get these ingredients ground finely before you head to the kitchen at the house of one of the villagers. Learn the process of making adorable chocolate figures with the milled paste. Make some rich chocolate by mixing these figures using milk or water in a traditional grinder. Bite into a piece of sweet bread dipped in this delicious chocolate and feel the flavors roll off your tongue before you start on your journey back to the hotel. (Half Day; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that pick up and drop is included if your hotel is in the city square area.)

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Day 7 - 7

You will be transferred from your hotel to Oaxaca Airport

Flight from Oaxaca to Mexico City

Mexico City

0 Days

Mexico City, the nation’s capital, is vibrant, colorful and full of character. Fascinating museums rub shoulders with beautiful churches while theme parks co-exist harmoniously with long-standing academic institutions in this sprawling city.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 2,790 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 2,790 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 7 days / 6 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Mexico City – Oaxaca
    • Oaxaca – Mexico City
  • All activities as listed :
    • Mexico City: Culinary Exploration of Xochimilco and Trajinera Ride
    • Mexico City: Gastronomical Journey Through Colonia Roma
    • Mexico City: A Date with Frida, Diego & Dolores
    • Oaxaca:  Mezcal Distillery and Tasting Tour
    • Oaxaca: Market Tour and Culinary Session in Oaxaca
    • Oaxaca: Chocolate Baking in Oaxaca
  • If your itinerary includes self-drive travel then all such travel comes with CDW insurance for an unlimited number of kilometers. For further details about the type of car please speak to your Travel Consultant.
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Fees and taxes
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Culinary Gems of Mexico

7 days $ 2,790 / person

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