Food, Wine & Tequila in Colonial Mexico

| Mexico | Mexico City | San Miguel De Allende | Guadalajara | Tequila |
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Summary

This delicious 8 day trip will captivate your senses while in Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, and the Magical Town of Tequila through personalized private tours, an exclusive tequila tasting, hands-on cooking classes, visits to boutique wineries and more. The tour includes a visit to Mexico City’s magnificent Historic Center to learn about its rich and delicious culinary heritage; a lesson on the importance of cacao followed by 100% artisan chocolate tasting; shopping at the colorful San Medellin Market and hands-on cooking class; tasting wines from the oldest wine producing region in the Americas – Coahuila, Mexico – with a private sommelier; visiting the art-filled San Miguel de Allende and walking tour of the historic center; ; a farm to table experience with a market tour and private cooking class from a local renowned chef, Paco Cardenas; and a tour to two local wineries and tasting; and VIP exclusive tequila experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2
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Flight to Mexico City. Upon arrival at the Mexico City International Airport you will be met by your driver outside of customs and will be privately transferred to the St. Regis Hotel.

Early this evening meet your private transportation at the hotel lobby to enjoy a wine tasting of one of Mexico´s top wines at the Rivero Gonzalez wine Boutique located in Polanco. The Rivero Gonzalez winery boasts wines from the northern Parras de la Fuente region in the state of Coahuila. Centuries ago, Spaniards planted the first vines on the American continent in this town, and the area continues to flourish with their individualized age-old wine making traditions.

After the wine tasting it is suggested that you walk through the beautiful tree lined streets of Polanco to enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many gourmet Mexican restaurants in the area.

Accommodation: St. Regis Mexico City

Day 2 - 3
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Accompanied by two locally renowned cooks you will have a cultural and culinary experience in the heart of one of Mexico City´s most artistic and dynamic neighborhoods – La Roma. The day begins in the morning next to the Medellin Market where you will taste authentic Mexican tortillas made with traditional dough and discover the colors, aromas and deep-rooted tradition of an authentic Mexican market. With a shopping bag in tow, you will interact with local merchants, taste spices, cheeses, ice cream, single origin coffee from Chiapas, and much more.

After tasting and selecting the best fresh ingredients for your menu you will enjoy a short walk to Casa Jacaranda, a beautifully restored mansion where your hands-on cooking lesson begins. Generations-old culinary secrets and techniques are shared during this interactive gathering while you chop, grill, marinate and steam to create a 3-course menu with sauces and garnishes. Once completed you dine on your creations paired with Mexican wine and a tasting of craft Mezcal from Oaxaca.

Later this afternoon enjoy a brief walking tour of downtown historical Mexico City.

Accommodation: St. Regis Mexico City

Day 3 - 4
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Today meet your driver at the hotel lobby for a private transfer to San Miguel De Allende.  En route you will stop for a visit at one of the most famous archaeological sites in Mexico: Teotihuacan. As you explore the site, learn about Teotihuacan’s accomplishments that shed light on the life and times of these powerful inhabitants of Mexico’s oldest and most important permanent settlement

On arrival to San Miguel Allende, settle into your lovely hotel and refresh before meeting your local guide for a walking tour of the colorful and art-filled city center to include visits to the most important sites. The history and lore of San Miguel are intertwined with Mexico´s Independence Movement, and the energy and spirit of freedom of expression have continued on in the lively creative enclave of modern day San Miguel.  

Accommodation: Rosewood San Miguel Allende

Day 4 - 5
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Today sart with a market tour where you will have a chance to meet local vendors, most of them women farmers from San Miguel de Allende´s surrounding countryside, who each day bring to the market what they have personally grown or produced – local vegetables, fruits, fresh and dried herbs, fresh cheeses, flowers, and fresh and dried chiles. After this vivid introduction to the abundance of local produce you will be ready for your cooking class where you will learn how basic ingredients can be used in creative and delicious ways. Hosted in Chef Paco Cardenas´ home, this is a hands-on class offers a chance for every participant to help prepare authentic Mexican dishes from scratch.

Tie on an apron and get ready to start making salsas from different chiles and vegetables. You will also prepare dishes with the produce purchased from the market, perhaps nopales, squash blossoms, chiles poblanos, chayotes, or cuitlacoche, depending on what is in season. Chef Paco will also show you how to make sopecitos or tortillas with fresh homemade corn dough from real nixtamal. After the work in the kitchen, sit down, relax and enjoy the lunch you have prepared. You will receive a recipe packet for note taking. 

Accommodation: Rosewood San Miguel Allende

Day 5 - 6
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Start your day with a visit to the Dos Buhos Vineyard and learn about the specialized wines produced at this certified organic property. Heading next towards Dolores Hidalgo you will make a short stop in Atotonilco and explore the Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the chapels and nave and discover why the sanctuary is dubbed the Sistine Chapel of Mexico.

Next stop is Cuna de Tierra to walk through their expansive vineyards and learn how this family run place is now producing 70,000 bottles of their award winning wine every year. You will learn the techniques for growing the perfect grape, and upon tasting the fruit straight from the vine, you will discover how to distinguish the wines made from each type of grape. Your visit will culminate with a gourmet multi-course Mexican lunch paired with a selection of their award winning wines.

Accommodation: Rosewood San Miguel Allende

Day 6 - 7
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This morning meet for a private transfer to Tequila Historic Center in Jalisco. In route stop at Tlaquepaque (Guadalajara) for lunch and experience the culture influenced by artisans.

Upon arrival to Tequila,  settle into your charming hotel located at the foot of the volcano just off the main square. Rest, refresh and prepare yourself for this evening experience which is a private lesson to discover how it feels to be a master tequilero. Learn how to combine the different flavor and scents,  take a home a “damajuana” of a personal blend of tequila, and enjoy a tasting of the Maestro Tequilero range. 

Accommodation: Solar de las Animas

Day 7 - 8
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Today is a full day exclusive tour of the Mexican Magic Town of Tequila. Prepare yourself to learn and live all about the fascinating and world renowned Spirit of Jalisco- Tequila!

The experience includes an agave orientation in live working fields, participating in harvest with jimadores, and a private tour of tasting with exclusive access at Fortaleza which uses the most traditional process in the industry, made by a fifth generation tequilero descended from the Sauza dynasty.

For lunch you will experience the local culture and cuisine with a Jaliscan Lunch at Municipal Market of Tequila, and continue on for a Tour and Tasting at La Tequileña – a modern boutique distillery of the legendary Fonseca Family. Experience the differences of a more modern process and taste exquisite añejo and extra-añejo tequilas owned by Enrique Fonseca, widely regarded as the most brilliant barrel blender in the industry.

Later this afternoon enjoy a guided walking tour of Tequila’s historic center, including the world famous Cantina La Capilla. Say "goodbye" to your expert guide and enjoy rest of evening at leisure!

Accommodaton: Solar de las Animas

Day 8 -
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Today you will be privately transferred from Tequila to Guadalajara for your flight back home.

Alternatively, you can extend your holiday by adding some days by the Pacific Ocean in Punta de Mita or Los Cabos

- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -

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