In Journey Mexico’s last blog post, we took a look at four Mexico City tours that uncover the heart and soul of the city. This time around, we’re going to look at another one of the world’s great cities: San Miguel de Allende. Read on to discover three San Miguel de Allende tours we offer that get to the bottom of why this city is considered the best small city in the world by Travel + Leisure.
Remember, each of the following three itineraries is completely customizable to your needs. So if there’s something else you’d like to see or do we’d be happy to make the changes for you.
Three San Miguel de Allende Tours That Uncover the City
Weekend Escape to San Miguel de Allende
Duration: 4 days
Drink local wine, relax in natural hot springs, and take a trip to Guanajuato on this superb weekend getaway. Begin the trip with a visit to a local winery, which is located just outside of San Miguel. Upon arrival at Dos Búhos vineyard, take a private tour of the property, perusing the vineyards and winemaking machinery before enjoying a night of wine pairing. Twin the drinks with a cheese platter and homemade marmalades among other culinary delights.
The next day, uncover the delights of San Miguel de Allende with a personal, privately guided tour of the city. Visit the beautiful central plaza and the city’s famous pink church, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Take a stroll through the city’s beautiful cobbled streets and visit museums, churches, and artisans along the way. In the afternoon, take a dip in the hot springs of Escondido Mineral Hot Springs.
Next, explore marvelous Guanajuato. Join a personal guide for a tour of the historic center and enjoy its colorful and varied architecture. Stroll the streets and underground passageways, visiting the city’s greatest landmarks. Stop at the former house of muralist Diego Rivera to talk about his art and life. Then, you will visit the famous Alley of the Kiss, and learn all about the romantic story behind Guanajuato’s most famous alleyway.
After returning to San Miguel, finish the tour with a private tequila tasting at Andanza restaurant, one of the finest eateries in the city. Learn about the production of tequila and enjoy a gourmet three-course meal combined with different tequilas.
Extravagant San Miguel
Duration: 8 days
Get to the very heart of San Miguel with this comprehensive, eight-day exploration, which takes in the city’s best bits and many hidden gems. Begin the trip with an in-depth walking tour of the city. Visit San Miguel’s most famous landmarks and learn all about the rich history of the area. Then, head to Dos Búhos vineyard to enjoy an evening of locally made wine and gourmet food.
The following day, take a guided tour of the Cañada De La Virgen archeological site. Learn all about the Otomí people, who once called this site home. Then, head back to your villa to enjoy a 50-minute Laja Spa massage experience.
Next, attend a private cooking class and learn all about Mexican food. Make guacamole, different salsas, shrimp ceviche, and more. Once you’re done, it’s time to eat the creations.
Day five brings a once-in-a-lifetime private hot air balloon experience. Drift over San Miguel for a bird’s eye view of the city. A personal guide will accompany you, pointing out the city’s major landmarks and diving into more of its rich history and fascinating culture. Upon touchdown, you will enjoy a toast to your expedition and breakfast before spending the rest of the afternoon at ease. In the evening, head to the 17th century Casa Dragones for a private tequila presentation.
The following day, discover the city’s artistic heritage by watching and interacting with the local artisans. After, view a long-lost collection of Frida Kahlo’s diary entries and etchings.
Finally, visit Guanajuato and tour this famous UNESCO World Heritage City. Stroll along its twisting streets and underground passageways stopping at the city’s major landmarks. After, stop at Dolores Hidalgo, an incredibly important spot in Mexico’s independence movement.
Winter Holiday in Colonial Mexico
Duration: 8 days
Witness a once-a-year spectacular in San Miguel de Allende as you visit over the winter holiday period. Begin by visiting, Tlalpujahua: Mexico’s very own Santa’s workshop. This pueblo magico (a celebrated town with an outstanding, magical experience) is known for producing ornate Christmas baubles. Visit the town’s artisans and watch as they create these magnificent pieces using a blown glass technique.
Then, head to Tzintzuntzan, an archeological site and town where you will get the chance to create your own Christmas crafts out of wheat straw and corn husks. Next, visit Patzcuaro to explore its beautiful historic center and then Santa Fe, to meet the local artisans who work with ceramics and pottery.
The following day, arrive in San Miguel for an extra special day of holiday treats. Take a private tour of the historic city center to visit all the exciting Christmas celebrations. Stop at the plaza’s Christmas fair, visit the flower stalls, and enjoy the beautiful decorations. In the evening, observe a traditional Christmas posada, a cornerstone of the Christmas celebrations in Mexico. Next, watch a pastorela, a funny holiday play in which devils and angels create havoc.
On December 24th, known as Noche Buena in Mexico, take a guided tour of the city, visiting the Instituto Allende and City Library and listen to choral street music. In the evening, watch the last posada of Christmas and visit the life-size manger in the plaza of San Miguel.
Enjoy Christmas Day in peace with your family. The following day, take a fully guided tour of Guanajuato. Explore its cobbled streets and visit its most famous landmarks.
Then visit Dolores Hidalgo, the reported home of the Mexican independence movement, for a tour of the city. This is followed with a tour of Atotonilco to see the mural-filled church regarded as the Sistine Chapel of Mexico.
Explore San Miguel de Allende with Journey Mexico
If you’ve got your heart set on San Miguel de Allende for your next vacation, make sure to book it with Journey Mexico. As an on-the-ground specialist, located in Mexico, we have the contacts and know-how to create unique experiences, not normally available to the general public.