BEST OF MEXICO: GUADALAJARA, TEQUILA & LAKE CHAPALA / BEACH RESORT IN PUERTO VALLARTA
10 Day/ 9 Night Tour – 5 Day Highlights Tour of Guadalajara & the “Land of Tequila” plus 3 Days of “Fun-in-the-Sun” at a Beach Resort in Puerto Vallarta
We call this a “combo tour.” It’s a combination of a México Exploration Tour with a México Beach Vacation. Think of it as a cultural, historical and entertaining tour followed up by a few days to relax at a well-known México resort location; Puerto Vallarta. It’s just what “the doctor ordered!”
This soft adventure tour is for the curious traveler who would like to explore the “Land of Tequila, be pampered for a day at a luxury hacienda, and to also enjoy a few relaxed days in Puerto Vallarta. Bring your family and friends!
Guadalajara City Tour
Artisan Shops – Tlaquepaque
Lake Chapala Boat Ride
Visit Ajijic and Chapala
José Cuervo Tequila Tour
Drink Tequila in Tequila
Luxury Hacienda Hotel & Spa
Boat & Snorkel Tour
Relax/Explore in Puerto Vallarta
Includes arrival & departure days
$2947 USD adult
$1457 USD per child (8-17)
Single: $667 USD
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Arrival at the Guadalajara International Airport
Meet your tour guide & transfer to your hotel
Dinner with your guide
Guadalajara walking tour
Juan de Dios Market
Cabanas Cultural Institute
Tlaquepaque city tour
Browse their artisan shops
Largest Cantina in Mexico
Lake Chapala boat ride
History tour – island fortress
Town of Chapala
Tour of Ajijic
Guachimontones Archaeological Ruins
Tour an old Hacienda
Optional: Luxury Spa Treatment
Lunch & Dinner at a luxury hacienda
Jose Cuervo Tequila tour
Explore the town of Tequila
Travel to Puerto Vallarta
Tour of Puerto Vallarta
Scenic Ocean Boat ride & snorkeling
Farewell dinner with your guide
Free day. No guided tours scheduled
Travel day home
Day 1: (D)
Upon your arrival to the Guadalajara Airport (GDL), one of our local tour representatives will meet you and then take you to check in at the Hotel Mendoza (or similar) in downtown Guadalajara.
Later, your guide will meet you for dinner and to go over your tour itinerary. Afterwards, he will take you on an evening stroll around your hotel to orient you to the city.
Day 2: (B,L)
Guadalajara, the 2nd largest city in México, is an exciting place to explore with so much history and culture. Your guide will lead you on a fun and informative tour of many of the main places of interest in the city. One of the highlights will be to see the interesting murals painted by one of México’s famous painters, José Clemente Orozco.
Also on your agenda will be to visit one of the largest indoor markets in Latin America, San Juan de Dios Market. Don’t stray from your guide or you may get lost. Yes, really!
Later in the day, your small group will take a driving tour to see what’s going on in the outskirts of the city.
Overnight at the Hotel Mendoza (or similar).
Day 3: (B,L)
Just a short 15 minute drive from your hotel is the quaint town of Tlaquepaque. After a leisurely breakfast, everyone will head over to go on a walking tour of this eclectic town. For several blocks, there is a street only for pedestrians. There you can check out the really cool art work at the many stores along this walkway.
Another fun place to visit in Tlaquepaque is what they advertise as the largest Cantina in Latin America. It is actually many cantinas (restaurants) combined into one very big place. A main bandstand in the middle showcases Mariachi bands.
After everyone is “shopped out,” then it will be time to travel back to your hotel in Guadalajara for a relaxing dinner on your own and an evening to explore or just relax in this beautiful city.
Day 4: (B,L)
This morning starts out with a little drive south of the city to the largest lake in México. How big you ask? 50 miles (80 km) by 7.8 miles (12.5 km). Yep! It’s a biggie!
At one point, you will enter a small lakeside town and then hop on a boat for a ride to Mezcala island. There your group will encounter a big abandoned fortress. Your guide will tell you the history of how years ago, the local folks with rocks and slingshots fought to fend off the Spanish with their muskets and small cannons. Note: Bring plenty of water if it is a hot day as there is not much shade on the island.
After getting back to the mainland, the rest of the day will be invested in exploring two different lakeside towns; Chapala and Ajijic. Especially in the latter town, you will notice that many people are not speaking Spanish. In fact, they are speaking English. Why? Because this area holds one of the biggest concentrations of expats living in México. If you happen to run into a few, I am sure they might be eager to tell you why they decided to leave their birth country to live there.
Once again, your group will then travel back to your hotel in Guadalajara for a free evening and dinner on your own.
Day 5: (B,L,D)
This morning, breakfast and then check out. It’s time to move on.
If you have been to México before and have visited some ruins sites, you probably saw triangular-shaped pyramids. Today, you will get to explore a ruins site which breaks the mold. At the Guachimontones Archaeological site, your host guide will show you round pyramids and give you the history of “why round?”
After exploring this interesting ruins site, it is just a hop, skip, and a jump to arrive at a beautifully restored hacienda where you will have the opportunity to tour the grounds and the main buildings.
Depending on availability, you will either visit the Hacienda El Carmen or the Hacienda La Labor. Both have room accommodations and very nice spa facilities. You will be checking in at one of these historical haciendas and will have the option to make a reservation for one of the spa treatments (not included). Lunch and dinner will be at the hacienda. It will be an afternoon and evening of relaxed country leisure.
Day 6: (B,L)
Today is all about TEQUILA!
Just a short drive from your hacienda is the famous town of Tequila. After arriving, everyone will head off with your “Tequila guide” from the company, José Cuervo. He will take you to the fields to show you how blue agave is grown and harvested. Next, you group will go on a tour of their processing plant where you will be able to taste test the 3 different kinds of Tequila they make. Later, you will have the opportunity to see where the José Cuervo family lived.
At the conclusion of the tour, there will be lunch and time to browse and shop at the stores which sell all sizes of bottles of Tequila.
Then it will be time to relax in your vehicle as your guide drives west to the Pacific coast and the well-known resort city of Puerto Vallarta. There you will check in to the Krystal Vallarta Beach Resort or similar.
On this evening, dinner will be on your own.
Day 7: (B,L)
This morning you can stretch your legs as your guide takes you on a tour of Puerto Vallarta. In this way, if this is your first time there, you can get the “lay-of-the-land” and see some of the main points of interest.
After lunch, the rest of the day and evening are yours to enjoy.
Overnight at Krystal Vallarta Beach Resort or similar.
Day 8: (B,L,D)
Get ready for some warm breezes and outdoor adventure fun as your group embarks on a boat tour to take in the view of Puerto Vallarta from the sea and also to get a closer look at the famous arch which has become a trademark for this resort city.
You will have the option of getting into the water to do some snorkeling and later have lunch back on shore. Depending on the time, you may be able to take a hike to view a pretty waterfall.
The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy.
In the evening, everyone will gather with your guide for a fun farewell dinner. This will be the last night with your guide as he will be traveling back to his home in Guadalajara in the morning.
Overnight at Krystal Vallarta Beach Resort or similar.
Day 9: (B)
Relax, explore, take a tour … on this day, you are on your own to enjoy México’s warm hospitality. Breakfast will be at your hotel’s restaurant.
Once again, you will overnight at Krystal Vallarta Beach Resort or similar.
Day 10: (B)
This is the official last day of this tour. You can make arrangements with your hotel’s front desk for a transfer to the Puerto Vallarta Airport.
Of course, if you like, you are welcome to stay longer in Puerto Vallarta. We can help you with the accommodation arrangements. If you would like to continue your exploration vacation to visit another area of México, just let us know and we can help design an extension trip for you.
* Includes day of arrival & departure
– Want to make this a private tour for 2-12 people? Please contact us for available dates and special trip price.
– Want to customize this tour to fit your vacation schedule & interests? Just contact us and let’s get creative!
$2947 USD adult
$1457 USD per child (10-17)
Single: $667 USD
Tour Price Includes
México certified local host guide, airport pickup, all ground transportation, tours per itinerary, all entrance fees, 9 nights of hotel lodgings, 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners
Tour Price Does Not Include
Airfare, additional activities & meals not listed above, alcoholic drinks, transfer to the Puerto Vallarta Airport on day 10, trip interruption insurance, trip medical insurance, tips for your tour guides & any other helpful people
Activity Level: Easy-Moderate
Group Size: 2-12
Suggested Minimum Age: 10
Arrival & Departure Locations: Guadalajara Airport (GDL) & Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR)
Deposit: $350 USD per person
Afternoon on Day 2: Horseback Trail Ride (3 hours): $49 USD per person (min. 4 people)
Evening on Day 2: Temascal Ceremony: $65 USD per person (min. 4 people)