Best of Guadalajara to Tequila Tour & Puerto Vallarta Beach Vacation
10 Day México Exploration Tour & Beach Vacation
(includes day of arrival & departure)
from $2595 /adult • $2295 /child (10-17) + air
Single Supplement +$640
We call this tour a Combo Trip. It’s a mix of a Best of México Tour combined with a Beach Resort Mini-Vacation. It’s like getting 2 different trips in just one tour!
Our exploration tour begins with visiting the historical center of Guadalajara which is México’s 2nd largest colonial city. We’ll learn about México’s turbulent history through huge magnificent murals painted by masters, visit its century’s old Basilica, get lost in an indoor market maze with thousands of small shops, delight in whimsical art galleries found in nearby Tlaquepaque, and enjoy the lively music of local mariachis.
On other days, we'll wander around 2 México Magic Towns located adjacent to Lake Chapala, visit an island fortress, explore Guachimontones archaeological site, and learn all about the Tequila drink in the location where it originated; the town of Tequila.
On day 6, we'll continue our travels west to the Pacific Ocean and to the famous resort city of Puerto Vallarta for 3 days of beach resort relaxation. There we can rest up from our travels by enjoying a little mini-beach vacation at one of PV's comfortable seaside resorts.
We invite you to sign up and join us for our Best of Guadalajara to Tequila Tour & Puerto Vallarta Beach Resort.
• Guadalajara City Tour
• Largest Latin America Indoor Market
• Tlaquepaque – Magic Town
• Visit Artisan Galleries
• Enjoy Mariachi Music
• Lake Chapala Boat Ride
• Explore an Island Fortress
• Visit Ajijic and Chapala
• Guachimontones Archaeological Ruins
• José Cuervo Tequila Tour
• Drink Tequila in Tequila
• Relax at a Puerto Vallarta Beach Resort
*2023 Tour Dates
Feb 3-Feb 12 (Fr-Su)
Mar 24-Apr 2 (Fr-Su)
May 19-May 28 (Fr-Su)
Oct 13-Oct 22 (Fr-Su)
Dec 1-Dec 10 (Fr-Su)
$2595 per adult - double
$2295 per child (10-17 yrs)
* Includes day of arrival & departure.
** Prices in USD. Air not included in tour price.
Day 1: Welcome to México
Plan to arrive in Guadalajara on this day. Check-in at the hotel will be anytime after 3:00 pm. From the GDL airport, it will be easy to secure a taxi or Uber to the hotel in the city center.
Our tour activities start on day 2. If time permits after arriving and checking in, why not take a stroll to the nearby big plaza and start to get a “feel” for this historic city. We will sleep in Guadalajara for 4 nights.
Day 2: Orientation / Guadalajara Walking Tour / Market (B,L)
This morning at 9:00 am, head down to the hotel restaurant to meet your local host guide. Over breakfast, he will relay some helpful information about the upcoming tour days and answer questions.
Guadalajara is the 2nd largest city in México and is an exciting place to explore with so much history and culture. Today we’ll take off from our hotel on a walking tour of the main places of interest in the city center. We will stroll from plaza to plaza to view different historical monuments, admire the stately Degollado Theatre, visit Guadalajara’s great Cathedral with its twin bell towers rising high above the Plaza de Armas, and take a peek inside the century’s old government building with its enormous mural by one of México's famous painters, José Clemente Orozco.
We’ll also get to view more of Orozco’s interesting murals at the Instituto Cultural de Cabaña, also known as Hospicios de Cabañas. This magnificent neo-classic building was once used as a hospital. In fact, it was one of the oldest hospitals in the Americas. It also had served as an orphanage and workhouse. Today this beautiful structure has been recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Also on our agenda today we will visit one of the largest indoor markets in Latin America; San Juan de Dios Market. Spread out on several floors, you can find everything for sale from candy to clothes to jewelry to guitars, produce, Christmas decorations, and even live fish for your aquarium. With almost 4,000 little individual stores, you can buy just about anything you can think of. It’s really mind boggling!
The evening is free to have dinner on your own and enjoy the night ambiance of the city.
Day 3: Tour of Tlaquepaque (B,L)
Just a short 15 minute drive from our hotel is the quaint town of Tlaquepaque. The Mexican government has put it on the list as one of their proud Mėxico Magic Towns.
After a leisurely breakfast, we'll go explore this eclectic town. For several blocks, there is a street-only for pedestrians. We will have time to browse the shops and view the really cool artwork at the many galleries 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 sometimes showcases Mariachi bands. After all, this region of Mėxico is the Home of the Mariachis.
After lunch at one of the many cute restaurants located in Tlaquepaque, we will then travel back to our hotel in Guadalajara and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening to do as we please.
Day 4: Lake Chapala Region Tour (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, we’ll enter a small lakeside town and then hop on a boat for a ride to Mezcala Island. There we will encounter a big abandoned fortress. Our guide will give us a little 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. As we stroll around, we may very well run into US, Canadian, and other foreign expats who now live full or part time there. This lake region holds one of the largest concentrations of expats living in México.
Later, we'll return again to Guadalajara.
Day 5: Ruins of Guachimontones / Tequila (B,L)
This morning after a nice leisurely breakfast, it will be time to check out and head west.
As we have all seen in photos or maybe in person, many of the archaeological sites located throughout México have triangular-shaped pyramids. However, today we’ll get to explore a ruins site which breaks the mold. At the Guachimontones Archaeological site, our guide will lead us around its ancient ceremonial center which has a round pyramid.
After exploring this interesting ruins site and learning a little bit about its history, we’ll head over to another México Magic Town; the town of Tequila. We will have lunch there and check into a local hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free to explore this town made famous by - you guessed it - the Tequila drink.
Day 6: Tequila, Tequila, Tequila (B,L)
Today is all about TEQUILA!
One of several Tequila distillery companies headquartered here is the José Cuervo Company. After lunch, one of their knowledgeable guides will lead us on a Tequila Tour starting with a visit to Cuervo’s agave fields. We’ll get to see up-close how blue agave is grown and harvested. Next, we’ll head back into town to tour their processing facilities and of course, we will have the opportunity to taste test the different kinds of Tequila they produce.
At the conclusion of the tour, we'll drive west all the way to the Pacific coast and to the well-known resort city of Puerto Vallarta. There we will check in to one of the beachside resort hotels for the next 4 nights.
Day 7: Tour of Puerto Vallarta (B,D)
This morning we can all stretch our legs as our guide takes us on an orientation tour of the central area of Puerto Vallarta. In this way, we can get an idea of the “lay-of-the-land” as well as view some of the main points of interest.
We’ll then have the rest of the afternoon to relax on the beach, by the pool, and have lunch at our resort or one of the many nearby restaurants.
In the evening, we will all gather for a farewell dinner with our guide as he will be traveling back to Guadalajara in the morning. Before he leaves, he can suggest some ideas of activities and places to visit in and around Puerto Vallarta.
Days 8 & 9: Enjoy Puerto Vallarta (B)
After the past days of touring the Best of Guadalajara and the Land of Tequila, it will be time to switch from “Travel Explorer” to “Beach Resort Vacationer” mode.
Breakfast will be included on days 8, 9 & 10 at the resort and all the other meals will be on our own. With so many nice restaurants to select from, it may be a challenge to decide which one to try.
Relax and Enjoy Puerto Vallarta!
Day 10: End of Tour After Breakfast (B)
This is the official last day of this tour. If you are flying out today, you can make arrangements with your hotel’s front desk for securing a transfer to the Puerto Vallarta Airport.
Of course, if you like, you are welcome to stay longer in Puerto Vallarta. We will be happy to 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.
Itinerary schedule is subject to change.
Tour Price Includes:
• 10 day / 9 night guided tour
(includes your day of arrival & departure)
• Small group tour size of up to 10 travelers
• All ground transportation during guided tour days
• All activities as listed in the itinerary
• All entrance fees
• 9 nights of hotel lodgings
• 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
• All tips for all your guides & driver/li>
Additional activities & meals not listed above
Trip interruption insurance
Group activities listed are subject to change.
Activity Level: Easy-Moderate
Maximum Group Size: 10
Suggested Minimum Age: 10 years
Arrival & Departure Cities: Guadalajara (GDL) / Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Deposit: $350 USD per person
A Reminder -
There is no need to fret over how much to tip and of having the right amount of Mexican Pesos at the end of your tour. We take care of the tips for all specialty guides as well as your main host tour guide.
If you would like to stay a few more days in this region either before or after your tour with us and would like some assistance in making those plans, contact us.
We can design an independent travel experience based on what you would like to see and do. We can help you to arrange local transportation, accommodations, and set you up with a local guide.