If you are looking to visit Mexico in comfort and style and enjoy authentic experiences, we would love to work with you to craft a fully customized private tour. We work with fantastic partners in destination who will take care of you from arrival to your departure. Enjoy VIP treatment and unique experiences with our insider access.
The following itinerary is fully customizable but we hope the outline can act as inspiration for us to work together to create the perfect trip.
On this journey, begin your journey exploring the heart and soul of Mexico City. Tour top sites with expert guides as you learn about Mexico’s cultural—from its rich, pre-colonial past to its current standing as one of the world’s best cities.
Explore Cholula, the oldest living city in the Americas, and learn more about the world's largest Pyramid. Stroll the streets of the colonial city of Puebla and visit some of its beautiful churches. Crest the amazing Paseo de Cortes where, in 1519, Hernán Cortés first glimpsed the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City). Take in views of two spectacular, towering volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, which shape the pass’ saddle.
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Mexico City – Explore the historic center of Mexico’s capital and learn about the art, culture, and politics while visiting some iconic museums.
Frida Kahlo's Museum - Guided visit to the Casa Azul, the house where Frida was born and later died.
Paso de Cortes – Enjoy spectacular views of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes.
Puebla – Enjoy a private tour of Puebla’s historic city center, home to more than 70 churches and thousands of colonial buildings. On this tour you will also enjoy a Talavera Workshop.
Cholula Pyramid & Acatepec Villages - Visit the oldest city in the Americas, explore the viceregal architecture and
Cantona – Explore this impressive archeological site, the largest urban settlement ever discovered in Mesoamerica.
- All transfers and ground transportation in private or shared basis
- 8 nights Luxury hotels
- 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches
- Culinary Experiences
- Tours with local English speaking guides
Day 1 - Mexico City Arrival Day / Transfer to Mexico City hotel
Today you will be met by your driver outside of customs (international flights) and will be privately transferred to your hotel, for check in and rest of evening at leisure.
3 Night(s) at Four Seasons Mexico DF, Deluxe Room
Buffet Breakfast included
In: Day 1 Out: Day 4
Day 2 - Private Mexico City Historic Center & Foodie Tour / Private Off Hours visit to Anthropology Museum
Pick-up time and location: 8:00 am at your hotel lobby
Duration: approx. 6-7 hours total
Inclusions: Private bilingual guide, transportation, entrance fees, bottled water, foodie tour (all sampling, enough for lunch) and one alcoholic beverage per person
Today after breakfast you will be met by your private guide in the hotel lobby at 9:00 am to discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican, colonial and revolutionary history while exploring the historic center of the capital with your personal, expert guide. What is now the heart of this modern city was also once the center of the Aztec world, Tenochtitlan. You will visit the Cathedral built upon the main Aztec temple by the Spanish conquistadors, as well as the painted representation of Mexico’s past by muralist Diego Rivera in the National Palace. You will then walk through some of the center’s iconic streets to the Palace of Fine Arts where you will explore its varied architecture.
Next you will continue to traverse the historic center on foot but bow on a real Mexico Foddie adventure on this 4.5 hour tour (approx. 2 miles walking distance). Enjoy this gastronomic adventure through the traditional flavours of Mexico, from pre-Hispanic food to contemporary culinary dishes. Explore the most important Aztec market, drink in a typical cantina and be delighted with street food. Along our easy-to-walk route discover the wonderful flavours and ethnicity of Mexico – uncover local delights and sights of Downtown Mexico City streets. Get an insider’s look at the can’t-miss eateries and restaurants that only the locals are lucky enough to know about-until now, you’ll know why natives love to live and eat in and are proud to call Mexico home. A unique and delicious experience in the Mexico City’s Historical Centre, you will eat authentic Mexican food.
Private Off Hours visit to Anthropology Museum
Duration: 1.5-2 hrs aprox
Includes: Private guide and transportation, off hours museum entrance fee
This evening, when the Museum has been closed for the day to the general public (around 7pm) we will provide a unique experience, visiting the Azteca and Mayan Rooms in a privately guided excursion with our Expert guide.
The world renowned National Anthropology museum is one of the most important of its kind; at the entrance stands a huge monolithic figure identified as the rain god, Tláloc. The museum contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico, such as the Piedra Del Sol (the "Stone of the Sun" or Aztec calendar stone) and the 16th-century Aztec statue of Xochipilli.
Day 3 - Full Day Private Tour to City South with Market Lunch
Pick-up time and location: 9am at your hotel lobby
Duration: 8 hours
Inclusions: Private transportation, bilingual guide, bottled water, lunch
Explore Mexico City’s southern neighborhoods that feel like small villages despite being part of the big city. Your personal guide will lead you in a full-day exploration of the tree-lined streets of San Angel and Coyoacán.
Walk the footsteps of some of Mexico’s most revered artists and writers, including a visit to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul – a blue house where Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born and later died, now a museum dedicated to her life. If time allows you will also have a chance to visit the Museum of Dolores Olmedo, a 16th century building with a cohesive collection of fine arts from Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, as well as hundreds of pre-Hispanic figurines and sculptures.
For lunch, your guide will lead you on a journey for the senses as you discover the Mercado Coyoacán and sit down to savor the flavors of your meal at this authentic Mexican market.
Day 4 - Mexico City Private Tour to Cholula via Paso de Cortes with Traditional Lunch and Drop off Puebla
Pick-up time and location: 8am at your hotel lobby
Duration: 7-8 hours
Inclusions: Private transportation, bilingual guide, bottled water.
Your personal guide will meet you at your hotel and you will journey together to the city of Cholula, roughly a 3 hour drive from Mexico City (138km) through Paseo de Cortes.
Paso de Cortés is a mountainous port at 3600 meters above sea level, located between the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes in central Mexico. The pass of Cortés is located in the state of Mexico, in the municipality of Amecameca. It is also the place where the line of the waters of the basins of Mexico and the river Balsas passes, from here you will be able to appreciate to the east, the Malintzin volcano (or Malinche) and the Orizaba Peak, towards the west the Ajusco volcano in Mexico City, the southern part of the Valley of Mexico and the Sierra de las Cruces. The pass acquired its name from the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who entered the valley of Mexico in 1519, seeking the conquest of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. It is said that from this point Cortes sent an expedition to climb the volcanoes in order to obtain the necessary sulfur in the manufacture of gunpowder for their guns and arquebuses.
On route you will make a stop to enjoy a regional lunch where you will taste fresh blue corn quesadillas stuffer with Chicken Tinga or Squash Blossoms with a warm cup of Atole or coffee.
Then continue on to Cholula, considered the oldest living city (continuously inhabited) in the Americas, the towers over Cholula which is home to the Great Pyramid, the largest in the world today. Frightened by zealous Aztec worship of the indigenous, the Spanish hoped to seize power by demolishing ritual centers and building their own churches right on top of the temples’ foundations. You’ll have a chance to walk the tunnels and climb the temple dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl, as well as see the museum and the Plaza de los Altars.
Upon conclusion you will be driven to your hotel in Puebla (16km, 35 minutes).
*Please be aware that weather conditions in the Paso de Cortes may interfere with mountain and volcano views.*
4 Night(s) at Hotel Cartesiano, Deluxe Room
A la CartBreakfast included
In : Day 4Out: Day 8
In the charming colonial town of Puebla, Hotel Cartesiano is a luxury accommodation that houses its 78 guest rooms and suites in restored historic buildings, including two colonial mansions.
The thoughtful restoration has resulted in a magnificent hotel where guests enjoy modern-day comforts, surrounded by old-world architecture. In the heart of Puebla, Hotel Cartesiano is walking distance to the city center with museums, restaurants and shopping.
The comfortable guest rooms include standard rooms, suites and a breathtaking presidential suite. The contemporary accommodations reveal a slight industrial vibe and muted color palette. Organic materials like blonde wood floors and sheer linen drapes soften the spaces and contrast the uncluttered, clean lines of the interiors. The deluxe king suites feature exposed stone walls, rain showers, double sinks and chimney or separate living room.
Keep up with your fitness routine in the state-of-the-art fitness center and follow up with a rejuvenating spa treatment. The swanky restaurant, Centena Cuatro, serves current Mexican fare, and the informal Café Hercilia serves gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel’s grounds feature a spacious deck with an infinity swimming pool, sunbeds and white umbrellas. Sip a cocktail and watch the sun set while soaking in magical views of church domes, quaint neighborhoods and 16th-century homes.
Day 5 - Private Talavera Workshop Experience & Puebla Historic Center
Pick-up time and Location: 9:00 am at your hotel lobby
Duration: 8 hours
Available: Monday to Friday (talavera workshop not available during weekends)
Inclusions: Private bilingual guide and transportation, talavera tour & workshop fees
The experience begins with a visit to Uriarte Talavera, the largest fabricator of Talavera in all Latin America. This Puebla factory, housed in the original home of Don Ignacio Uriarte, operated as a family workshop until the 1990’s. Talavera Poblana, the tradition of creating exquisite ceramics, has been a labor of love for skillful artisans for centuries. When Puebla was founded in 1531, the Spanish commissioned artisans from Talavera de la Reina to produce tiles for the churches, thus bringing the tradition to the New World. Enjoy a private factory and showroom tour; then engage in a ceramic hand-painting workshop experience.
After your morning exploration, visit the historic center of Puebla, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Can’t-miss highlights include the renowned Capilla del Rosario, boasting Mexican Baroque architecture and 23-carat gold leaf adornment throughout the church; beautiful Palacio Nacional; Zócalo (the main square) and the impressive Biblioteca Palafoxiana, founded in 1646 and the oldest library in the Americas. The cloistered Baroque building is impressive with the ornate Virgin of Trapana altar and rich 18th-century wood bookshelves. UNESCO's Memory of the World Register recognized Palafoxiana in 2005. At the end of this culture-filled day, sit back and enjoy your private transfer back to the hotel.
You’ll have time for lunch on your own (restaurant suggestions provided).
Day 6 - Private tour to Cholula Pyramid, Tonanzintla & Acatepec Villages with Barroco Museum Experience
Pick-up time and Location: 8:30 am at your hotel lobby
Duration: 9-10 hours
Inclusions: Private bilingual guide and transportation, entrance fees and Cacao Tasting
Available: Tuesday to Sunday.
Your experienced guide will greet you in the hotel lobby for a private tour of Cholula, considered the oldest living city (continuously inhabited) in the Americas. The towers over Cholula which is home to the Great Pyramid, the largest in the world today. Frightened by zealous Aztec worship of the indigenous, the Spanish hoped to seize power by demolishing ritual centers and building their own churches right on top of the temples’ foundations. You’ll have a chance to walk the tunnels and climb the temple dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl, as well as see the museum and the Plaza de los Altars.
After wandering through this historic town, you will go just six miles to the tiny village of Santa Maria Tonantzintla to visit its church, one of the most exquisite places of worship in Mexico. Combining European and indigenous Mexican cultures, the 17th-century church showcases an architectural style known as Indigenous Baroque. While strolling through town and exploring the plaza, you will see Popotillo, Mexican straw art, created by local artisans. Be sure to sample a cacao beverage in a jícara (cup made from a gourd) from a street stand before heading to Acatepec, where the village church presents one of Mexico’s best examples of viceregal architecture and Baroque Talavera. Delight in the building’s colorful exterior, intricately covered with locally produced ceramic tiles. The dramatic ornamentation is a fundamental characteristic of Puebla’s trademark pottery, a traditional art that began centuries ago and still exists today.
Your tour continues as you head back to Puebla for a visit to the Barroco International Museum, designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, where you can enjoy leisure time for lunch (not included) at the museum restaurant. After lunch your guided tour will give you the essence of the complex Baroque period of the 17th and 18th centuries, while also touching upon features of the contemporary Neo-Baroque.
At the close of this full day, your private driver will take you back to your hotel to spend a leisurely evening on your own.
Please note; due to recent earthquake the temple in Cholula is temporarily closed for restoration work and will remain closed until further notice.
Day 7 - Privately Guided Excursion to Cantona Archaeological Site
Pick-up time and Location: 9:00 am at your hotel lobby
Duration: 7-8 hours
Inclusions: Private bilingual guide and transportation, entrance fees and lunch.
After connecting with your expert guide in the hotel lobby, you will be driven about an hour to Cantona archaeological site (also known as La Casa del Sol), once a thriving commercial center between the 7th and 10th centuries. Spanning over 5 square miles of land in northeastern Puebla, Cantona is the largest urban settlement ever discovered in Mesoamerica. Consisting of numerous small pyramids, Cantona boasts two-dozen ball courts, 100 plazas, 2,000 living spaces and 20 different entrances. The buildings were constructed with carved stones without the use of cement or stucco. The well-preserved metropolis has a complex network of over 500 cobblestone streets that connect all parts of the city.
After exploring this impressive archeological site, you will stop for lunch at local, small & rural but well-kept restaurant, run by a group of women from the community. Here you will enjoy a traditional meal while you contribute to support the local economy.
We will then head back to your hotel for rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 8 - Private transfer to Mexico City airport
Your private driver will meet you at City Puebla and you will be driven the 183km (2.50 hrs) to Mexico City
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