This tour was so fun! Rose was so down to earth and is so knowledgeable about the history of san jose. The food choices were amazing & the Mezcal was a good way to end the tour. Mexican food and tequila is always a good combination. I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to explore San Jose. Thank you Rose and Rosalie :)
December 9-16 2021
San Miguel de Allende is named “Best Small City in the World” by all major travel magazines. The town is home to over 250 boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, all walkable! Travelers enjoy the best Mexico has to offer, in this quaint, charming historic town. Shoppers love the town, as they have access to art, fashion, and cuisine at affordable prices. Located 2 hours north of Mexico City.
San Miguel de Allende is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage destination, as the town is able to preserve its heritage and is tourist-friendly.
This All-Inclusive Tour is ideal for solo travelers, Amigas, sisters, and mother/daughter getaway.
Rose Mendoza, owner of Dulce Vida Travel & Mexican culture expert, will be your host and guide.
Enjoy this one of a kind all-inclusive experience with expert guide, Rose Mendoza as she leads the group on a shopping and cultural experience. Each walk is marked by sophisticated stores, art galleries, and tucked away Placitas. The Centro Historico houses an extensive number of boutiques, both contemporary and folk art-themed. If you are a shopper then you will enjoy the boutiques that offer quality silver jewelry, clothing, rebozos, and home décor.
We will walk on cobblestone streets and peek into an archway that will lead you to a calming patio that offers cute shops and refreshing drinks/coffee. The town has fun bakeries, that offer Mexican treats, such as The Blue Door Bakery, offering traditional Mexican bread. San Miguel also sells its own branded shoe, a show with elastic wideband and rubber soles, perfect for the cobblestone streets.
A highlight will be participating “Dia De Guadalupe” Festivities
* Itinerary is subject to change, based on weather conditions, and other factors that may impact the experience of our guests.
Arrive Leon Airport BJX , roundtrip transportation will be provided to San Miguel de Allende, approx 90 minute drive.
Check in to hotel. Optional- A late night walk to La Sirena Gorda within the Centro for snack and music. (Pending COVID restrictions)
Our first-day tour will begin in the El Jardin, also known as the Centro Historico. We will visit Casa Corazon Art Gallery and Casa Antigua de Canal. Then walk towards the Bellas Arte art school, enjoy many boutiques along the way, such as “La Victorina” and “La Buena Vida Bakery”. We can enjoy an ice-cream or coffee break and people watch in the Jardin. Guests can rest until dinner or continue enjoying the shops. After dinner in Centro Historico, the group will relax and enjoy Mariachis in the plaza.
The group will enjoy a lavish Sunday breakfast buffet, at the exclusive Rosewood Hotel. Breakfast is served in the outdoor patio, adorned with traditional table settings. We will explore the Dia de la Virgen Festivies hosted in the Centro Historici, guests will have the option to attend a mass in La Parroquia Church.
Begin our day with a traditional Mexican breakfast. We will visit “Artisans Alley” also known as Mercado de Artesenias, it’s a market at Plaza Lanatón stretching across several streets with stalls selling beautiful handmade artisanal crafts and gifts, affordable prices. A must visit, as you will get the full Mercado experience. Your guide will point out the best shops that offer quality goods, to include silver jewelry, day of the dead figurines and home décor. The group will have lunch “El Pegaso” a fun rooftop restaurant. After a nice break, we will return to the Jardin, to continue visiting art galleries, antique shops, Mexican folk art stores. Dinner will be hosted at “La Posada” a favorite rooftop restaurant. An obligatory stop after dinner at Cafetería San Agustín is something of an institution in San Miguel. Popular with visitors from elsewhere in Mexico on account of its owner, former Mexican soap opera star Margarita Gralia, it is similarly renowned for its churros con chocolate: crisp doughnut sticks, dusted in sugar and served with freshly made drinking chocolate for dipping.
We will begin the day on my favorite street “Zacateros”, so many cute shops and plazas to include Abrazos (colorful fabrics and aprons), Gaby’s (hand painted Tin Art) , Pinche Grabador (art gallery), and Mayolica Ceramica. A wonderful lunch at, Jacinto 1680, a quaint cafe that offers unique one of a kind gourmet tacos. An optional afternoon day trip to visit to a designated World Heritage Site, the Santuario de Atotonilco that was built in the 18th century by a Father Luis Felipe, also described as the Mexican Sistine chapel. Also, visit the upscale folk art store Galeria Atotonilco. Dinner will be enjoyed in the Centro Historico.
We will explore the Ancha De San Antonio walk. This will include a visit to the Instituto Allende art galleries and courtyard. Along with the way shops such as “La Casa del Diseno” and “Bazar del Viejo Oeste” that feature rustic Mexican antiques and home décor items.
Lunch break at Maria Xoxonostle, inside a beautiful courtyard. The group will head over to La Aurora Fabricante, a century old, revitalized cotton mill. Artists can be found in their studios, along with many antique shops, bookstores, home décor boutiques. After a rest, we will enjoy Peruvian themed dinner at “La Parrada’
After dinner option to enjoy music and “La Sirena Gorda”
Good – Bye Breakfast if time allows! Pack your treasure and travel home with fabulous memories
I took a group tour with Dulce Vida Travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico last year. It was a wonderful experience not only because of the lovely location but because of the impeccable planning by Rose Mendoza. Our accommodations were exquisite as was the sight seeing. Everyday was different as we toured museums, cathedrals, and neighboring historical localities. It was a gourmand’s culinary tour and a fabulous shopping extravaganza at once! Most of the activities were group oriented but we had options to participate or explore on our own, or enjoy the beautiful and peaceful villa solo.
Rose is an experienced and knowledgeable travel guide, her leadership and guidance from start to finish inspired confidence and good cheer. I do plan to travel with Dulce Vida again, when CoVid is under control and travel is safe.