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Self-drive Mexico: Colonial cities to Pacific coast

12 days from £2,519pp

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Self-drive Mexico: Colonial cities to Pacific coast

12 days from £2,519pp

Price excludes international flights at the beginning and end of the trip


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This self-drive holiday takes you on the rugged highland colonial-cities loop, and on to the Pacific coast. Your hire car is provided and your point-to point itinerary planned out for you, with hotel reservations made in advance and maps provided.

Northwest of Mexico City are crumpled ranges of gnarled, humpy but starkly beautiful hills. Here, and in the bountiful valleys of the Bajío, Spanish colonists built fortunes from the mining of precious metals, especially silver, and a necklace of prosperous towns sprung up which share a heritage of baroque churches, leafy squares and pastel-washed houses.

Each has its own character: the university town Guanajuato, built in a narrow gorge, is a centre for music, theatre and dance, while Morelia shows off some of the grandest monumental colonial architecture. Querétaro is renowned for its impressive colonial aqueduct.

Continue for some beach time at a luxurious and utterly romantic first class resort, La Casa que Canta, on the glorious sands of the Pacific coast at Zihuatanejo.

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Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Mexico City. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Guided tour of the city and Teotihuacán pyramids.

Day 3

Your car is delivered, drive to Guanajuato via Querétaro, 2 nights.

Day 4

At leisure in Guanajuato.

Day 5

Drive to Morelia via Pátzcuaro, 2 nights.

Day 6

At leisure.

Day 7

Drive to Zihuatanejo on the Pacific coast.

Days 8-11

At leisure on the beach. Optional activities and water sports.

Day 12

Transfer to the airport, fly to Mexico City to connect with international flight home.

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What our experts say

With good infrastructure, a self-drive holiday in Mexico is the perfect way to see the country at your own pace. This holiday has been put together to give you the flexibility to make your holiday your own; you’ll meet local people, linger for longer at beautifully restored old silver mining towns and get ahead of the crowds if you’re on your own timetable. The benefit of this holiday is it gives you the freedom of independent travel, safe in the knowledge that the accommodation you’re staying in has been handpicked and recommended by us!

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

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Included in this holiday

Mexico City Street
Places visited

Mexican city
Things to do

Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico


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