Best of Mexico & Beach Resort Vacation: GUADALAJARA to PUERTO VALLARTA TOUR
$2295 /adult • $1995 /child (10-17) + air
10 Day/ 9 Night Guided Tour
(includes day of arrival & departure)
Guadalajara & the Land of Tequila (5 days)
Beach Resort in Puerto Vallarta (3 days)
We call this a “combo tour.” It’s a combination of our Best of México: Guadalajara & Land of Tequila Tour with a Puerto Vallarta Beach Vacation.
Your exploration tour begins with visiting the historical center of Guadalajara which is México’s 2nd largest colonial city. You’ll marvel at huge colorful murals, learn the history of its century’s old Basilica, get lost in an indoor market maze with 4,000 small shops, delight in whimsical art galleries found in nearby Tlaquepaque, and enjoy the lively music of local mariachis.
On other days, your small group of travelers will wander around quaint towns located adjacent to Lake Chapala, explore an interesting ruins site, and learn about the Tequila drink in the town where it originated; the town of Tequila.
After your exploration of Guadalajara & the Land of Tequila, your trip will continue to the famous resort city of Puerto Vallarta for a few days of beach resort relaxation to rest up from your travels and to refresh your mind and body before heading back into the “real world.”
Join us for the Best of México & Beach Resort Vacation: Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta.
• Guadalajara City Tour
• Largest Latin America Indoor Market
• Tlaquepaque – Magic Town
• Visit Artisan Galleries
• Enjoy Mariachi Music
• Lake Chapala Boat Ride
• Visit Ajijic and Chapala
• Guachimontones Archaeological Ruins
• José Cuervo Tequila Tour
• Drink Tequila in Tequila
• Relax/Explore in Puerto Vallarta
Arrive to Guadalajara
Hotel in Guadalajara (4 nights)
Breakfast- Meet your Guide
Guadalajara Walking Tour
Juan de Dios Market
Cabanas Cultural Institute
Tlaquepaque - Magic Town
Browse their artisan shops
Largest Cantina in Mexico
Evening - Mariachi Music
Lake Chapala Boat Ride
History Tour – Island Fortress
Chapala & Ajijic
Guachimontones Archaeological Ruins
Hotel in Tequila (1 night)
Shop in Tequila
Jose Cuervo Tequila tour
Travel to Puerto Vallarta
Beach Resort Hotel (4 nights)
Walking Tour of Puerto Vallarta
Farewell Dinner with Your Guide
No Tours Scheduled
No Tours Scheduled
Travel day home or to Your Next Destination
Day 1: Welcome to México
Plan to arrive in Guadalajara on this day. Your room will be waiting for you anytime after 3:00 pm. When you arrive at the airport (GDL), it will be easy to catch a taxi or Uber to the hotel we’ll all be staying at in the city center. Our tour activities start on day 2. However, if you arrive early enough, why not do a little wandering around to get a “feel” for this historic city.
Day 2: Guadalajara Walking Tour (B,L)
This morning at 9:00 am, head down to the lobby and to the hotel restaurant to meet up with your travel companions and your local host guide. Over breakfast, he will relay some helpful information about the upcoming tour days and answer any questions you may have.
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.
Overnight in Guadalajara.
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, 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 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. Afterall, 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 for a relaxing dinner on our own and an evening to explore or post some of the travel photos you took today onto your Facebook page. : )
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.
Once again, your group will then travel back to your hotel in Guadalajara for a free evening and dinner on your own.
Day 5: Ruins of Guachimontones & Tequila (B,L)
This morning, after a nice 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. Hmmm?
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 is 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!
This morning we'll have time to walk around the town of Tequila and browse/shop at the stores which sell all sizes of bottles of Tequila and Tequila-related items.
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.
On this evening, dinner will be on our own.
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.
September 30 - October 9
March 24-April 2
* Includes day of arrival & departure
– Want to make this a private tour for 2-10 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!
$2295 /adult - double
$1995 /child (10-17)
Single: +$595 USD
Tour Price Includes
Local host guide
Airport pickup in Guadalajara
All ground transportation
All activities per itinerary
All entrance fees
9 nights of hotel lodgings
9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
All tips for guide & specialty guides
Tour Price Does Not Include
Additional activities & meals not listed above
Transfer to the Puerto Vallarta Airport on last day of trip
Trip interruption insurance
Trip medical insurance
Activity Level: Easy-Moderate
Group Size: 4-10
Suggested Minimum Age: 10
Arrival & Departure Cities: Guadalajara (GDL) & Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Deposit: $350 USD per person
- Tips are already included in your trip price for all specialty guides as well as your main host guide during this tour.
So there is no need to fret over how much to tip and of having the right amount of Mexican Pesos.
You just enjoy your trip and we will take care of the gratuities.