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Mexico -Day of the Dead, Colonial Cities & Beach

12 days

from £3,895pp

Despite the rather ghoulish connotations and costumes, Day of the Dead is actually a celebration of life and it is an important event in the Mexican calendar.  This holiday idea is a great way to witness this elaborate and colourful festival in some of the most traditional towns in Mexico.

  • Visit the colonial cities famed for their Day of the Dead celebrations
  • Experience the festivities by night at the cemetaries
  • Spend time in Mexico City and visit the impressive Teotihuacan pyramids
  • Relax on the Pacific coast at a top end luxury hotel

Often confused with Halloween El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico to remember friends and family who have died.  In addition to the Catholic holidays All Saints day and All Souls Day, the indigenous communities of Latin America believe that at midnight on the 31st October, the Gates of Heaven open for 24hrs to allow the deceased to reunite with their families. On the 1st November the ‘angelitos’ (children) are released and on the 2nd the adults come down to join in the festivities. 

This holiday idea begins in Mexico City where you will have the opportunity to explore the city with a guide and visit the great Teotihuacan pyramids.  With your guide you will then be driven out to the city of Morelia which will be your base for the next few days to enjoy the Day of the Dead celebrations. 

There will be the opportunity to visit a local family and learn about how they honour their ancestors at home where many build shrines and altars. Visit smaller Indian villages such as Tocuaro and Ihuatizio close to Lake Patzcuaro as well as Santa Clara del Cobre and Patzcuaro itself where you can visit the special markets selling the decorations needed for the festival. Items include sugar skulls, miniature coffins and skeleton puppets as well as masks and body paint.

However it is the cemeteries where some place the most importance and visiting these at night is an incredible experience.  The cemeteries are ornately decorated, adorned with flowers and beautifully lit with candles.  It is here where the families come to remember and honour the deceased, celebrating until the early hours.

From Morelia, take a flight to Ixtapa Zihuatenajo for some beach time on the Pacific coast.  The beaches that scatter this beautiful bay are ideal for surfing and but most importantly the laid back lifestyle here, with excellent restaurants serving superb seafood over the water, allows for total relaxation to round off the holiday. Stay at the 5* beach resort of Capella. The rocky cliff top setting overlooking the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean makes for a secluded getaway like no other.  

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Mexico City


When the Aztec observed an eagle perched on a cactus devouring a snake, they believed this was a sign to stop their wanderings and build an empire. Today Mexico City is one of the largest capitals in the world, a city of contrasts and one that encapsulates all that is Mexican - it is vibrant, overwhelming, captivating and bursting with energy.


You will be staying at Hotel Busue

Day 2

Full day City Tour
You will be picked up at your hotel this morning for a full day guided tour of the world renowned National Anthropology Museum and the Historic city centre. Visit the Zocalo flanked by Mexico's most important buildings including the National Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Temple Mayor Aztec archaeological site (does not include entrance or museum) and the Palace of Fine Arts. This great square, called the Zocalo, represents the centre of the world and was the ceremonial centre of Mexico-Tenochtitlan. Time for lunch at one of the many fine eateries (can be included at additional cost). Mexico City hosts some of the finest restaurants in the world, and Mexican cuisine is excellent. You will be dropped back at your hotel late afternoon.


You will be staying at Hotel Busue

Day 3

Full day exploring Teotihuacan
Pick up at 09:00 from your hotel. Duration: 7-8 hours

This full-day experience takes you to one of the most important Mesoamerican sites in the Americas, Teotihuacán. With your expert, bilingual guide, explore the archeological zone while learning about the rituals, cosmology, beliefs and everyday lives of the Aztecs and the inhabitants of Teotihuacán before them. Lunch is included at a local mid range restaurant.


You will be staying at Hotel Busue

Day 4

Drive from Mexico City to Morelia (Road Journey)


Morelia is a beautiful colonial city with an active and lively cultural scene. Founded in 1541 and named Valladolid, many wealthy Spanish moved to the city and remained, thus the city maintains its very Spanish feel. Renamed Morelia in the mid 1800s, today the city is dominated by a beautiful cathedral overlooking a large central square. The Regional Museum is worth a visit and houses an excellent mural by the Mexican painter Alfredo Alce.


You will be staying at Casa Grande

Day 5

Day at leisure with vehicle
Day at leisure with guide and vehicle at your disposal.


You will be staying at Casa Grande

Day 6

Full Day Excursion - Craft Villages of Patzcuaro
Today meet with your guide explore some of the craft towns around Lake Patzcuaro. Be introduced to a local family; many of whom are farmers who craft in their free time. Visit their work shop at home as well as their gallery (if they have one) to learn more about the ancestral techniques they have preserved. Many of artists are included in the "Great Masters of Mexican folk art" book of Mexico.


You will be staying at Casa Grande

Day 7

You will be staying at Casa Grande

Day 8

Fly Morelia to Mexico City

Fly Mexico City to Zihuatanejo


Zihuatanejo is located in the Municipio of José Azueta in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific Coast of Mexico about 144 miles northwest of Acapulco. The modern tourist resort of Ixtapa is only 5km away. Zihuatanejo has the old-fashioned charm of traditional Mexican culture. It is a town that arose from a handful of families who were mostly fishermen. Fishing continues to be a way of life for a large number of families, and the increasing popularity of the area as a sport fishing destination has given new impetus to their livelihood. Zihuatenejo bay offers good beaches for relaxation, recreation, dining, or simply enjoying the abundantly beautiful scenery and laid-back local lifestyle.


You will be staying at Capella Ixtapa

Day 9

You will be staying at Capella Ixtapa

Day 10

You will be staying at Capella Ixtapa

Day 11

Fly Zihuatanejo to Mexico City

Fly Mexico City to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Casa Grande

Casa Grande

Hotel Casa Grande is perfectly located in the historic heart of Morelia, right next to the cathedral, within a VII century building that has been sympathetically restored to retain its heritage....

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Capella Ixtapa

Capella Ixtapa

Capella Ixtapa Resort & Spa assumes a breath-taking position perched on a rocky cliff top overlooking the Pacific Ocean....

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Hotel Busue

Hotel Busue

Formerly known as Casa Vieja, Hotel Busue is ideally located in the Polanco district of Mexico City....

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