Day of the Dead Tour 2019
Day of the Dead trinkets  
Santa Domingo Church Oaxaca  
Oaxaca city  
Gravestone decorations laid during the Day of the Dead  
Ruins of Monte Alban  
 
 
11 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£2795

Tour Highlights

  • Authentic Experience of Mexican Culture
  • Venture out to nearby villages to visit artisans
  • Immerse yourself in the macabre spirit of "Dia de los Muertos"
  • Street Parades & Twilight Vigils
  • Explore Spirituality, Culture & Traditions
  • Visit the Mayan Ruins of Monte Alban
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Day of the Dead Tour 2019

Mexico

Be part of the preparations and celebrations for Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival on this exciting small non-exclusive group tour. This trip is perfect for those keen to enjoy an authentic experience of Mexican culture. A colonial city and the artistic capital of Mexico, Oaxaca is one of the best destinations to experience this unique festival. 

During the Day of the Dead celebrations, death comes alive. Families celebrate the memories of those they have lost throughout the years, elaborately decorating altars in their houses and holding traditional wakes in cemeteries. You will be immersed into this 4,000 year old festival and learn about the history, meaning and symbolism behind it. Streets will be filled with iconic symbols including the intricately painted sugar skulls and cemetery will be elaborately decorted. 


Day 1
Day 1
UK - Mexico City - 26th October 2019
Depart London Heathrow on your direct flight to Mexico City arriving early evening. On arrival, transfer to the Hotel Barcelo Mexico Reforma for 3 nights.
Accommodation: Barcelo Mexico Reforma
     
Day 2
Day 2
Mexico City - 27th October 2019
Soak up the culture and history of Mexico City on a shared group tour. Built on top of the ruins of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the city's main square and centre point is the Zocalo, one of the largest public squares in the world. Flanked by some of the city's most important buildings, stop by the Metropolitan Cathedral (the largest church in Latin America) and the Palacio Nacional (closed on Monday); home to a series of murals by Diego Riviera depicting the country's complex history. Drive along the famous boulevard; Paseo de la Reforma; Mexico City's main thoroughfare which once connected the Zocalo with the castle of Chapultepec; once home to Emperor Maximilian during his short-lived reign. This afternoon, visit one of the most highly regarded museums within the Americas; the National Museum of Anthropology and get lost in the treasures of the Aztec culture.
Accommodation: Barcelo Mexico Reforma
     
Day 3
Day 3
Mexico City - 28th October 2019
Visit of one Mexico's most impressive archaeological sites; located just 50km northeast of the city. Teotihuacan, held sacred by the Aztecs, features a multitude of temples, palaces and pyramids. Visit the famous Quetzalpapalotl Palace Complex, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the immense Pyramid of the Sun, ranked among the biggest in the world.
Accommodation: Barcelo Mexico Reforma
     
Day 4
Day 4
Oaxaca - 29th October 2019
Today depart Mexico City and fly to Oaxaca. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Hotel Victoria for the next 6 nights.
 
Oaxaca offers a fascinating mix of colonial, indigenous and ancient cultures. The city boasts fine Spanish buildings and churches, markets and the important archaeological site of Monte Alban. After the Spanish conquered Oaxaca in 1533, the city quickly took on a Spanish flavour with ornate buildings, elegant archways, decorative wrought iron balconies and charming plazas. Today's Oaxaca may be a combination of pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern influences but, despite its heritage, the city remains essentially Indian at heart, wherein lies its particular charm. The townsfolk speak their own language and their market is one of the most colourful in Mexico. Oaxaca is definitely the best place in Mexico to experience the Day of the Dead celebrations.
Accommodation: Hotel Victoria Oaxaca
   
Day 5
Day 5
Oaxaca - 30th October 2019
Today you will discover this colonial heritage, exploring the city on a guided tour.
 
Wander the stone paved streets of this picturesque city set against a mountainous backdrop. Pass the houses, shops and cafes which are painted a multitude of bright colours. You’ll learn about the city’s history with a visit to the ornate Santa Domingo church; a wonderful example of the city’s lavish baroque architecture and a stop at Casa Juarez, where Mexico's great liberal reformer and president Benito Juarez once lived. Make a stop at the Zócalo, the main square and the centre of the historic town.
 
End the tour with a stop at a local market, full of diverse offerings for the locals to purchase on the altars for the Day of the Dead tradition. This open-aired bazaar, is piled high with Day of the Dead ornaments and decorations including colourful strings of beads, bunches of vibrant marigolds and the iconic illustrated sugar skulls. Learn about the traditional local breads decorated for the festival season, local fruits and the flowers of the dead.
 
Accommodation: Hotel Victoria Oaxaca
   
Day 6
Day 6
Oaxaca - 31st October 2019
Preparations for Day of the Dead celebrations today get well underway. Today visit a Day of the Dead altar and learn about the symbolism it represents. Visit the nearby traditional town of Zaachila, the last Zapotec capital after the fall of Monte Alban to the Mixtecs. Wall art is abound in Zaachila, many streets are adored with beautiful murals and feature remarkable examples of the Day of the Dead art. The local Thursday market in Zaachila remains largely unchanged for centuries. This fantastic market is an excellent to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Zapotec market during this festive period. Whilst in Zaachila; stop at its impressive Mixtec tombs, main square flanked by Pre-Hispanic monoliths and an ornate church.
 
In the evening, visit one of the oldest towns of the Oaxaca Valley; Xoxocotlan. Visit the tombs of the old and new cemetery of San Miguel and celebrate with flowers and candles alongside the villagers. Families gather to spend part of the night or the whole night beside the tombs of their loved ones, reminiscing of the good times and celebrating in the memory of the deceased. The atmosphere within Xoxo is very special and an unforgettable experience.
Accommodation: Hotel Victoria Oaxaca
   
Day 7
Day 7
Oaxaca - 1st November 2019
Located in the heart of the Zapotec zone, visit the town of Teotitlan del Valle; considered the craft centre of Oaxaca. This traditional town has been renowned for its weaving wares and handicrafts since pre-Hispanic times. Visit the workshop of a traditional candlemaker to witness this exemplary art form, carefully hand crafted to be used throughout annual celebrations and particularly Day of the Dead.
 
In the afternoon, drive northeast of the valley to the village of Soledad Etla to be a part of the magnificent Comparsa Parade. Walk with the jubilant parade alongside 10 feet stilt walkers dressed as spirits, marching bands playing loud ‘banda’ music and locals in elaborate costumes. You’ll pass rows of vendors where you can stop to purchase local and traditional food and mezcal. Being part of this vibrant parade and all the festivities is an amazing experience of Mexican life.
Accommodation: Hotel Victoria Oaxaca
   
Day 8
Day 8
Oaxaca - 2nd November 2019
Exploring the extraordinary archaeological site of Monte Alban is not to be missed on any visit to Oaxaca. A collection of temples, palaces, terraces, dams, canals and pyramids carved out of the mountain, Monte Alban was the ancient capital of Zapotec and once supporting 35,000 people.This ancient city is centred around the Great Plaza, an open area on the mountain top which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Looking down across the spectacular landscape is an incredible way to view the valleys you have spent the last few days exploring.
Accommodation: Hotel Victoria Oaxaca
   
Day 9
Day 9
Oaxaca - 3rd November 2019
Today visit the Mitla archaeological site, Hierve El Agua springs and the Tule Tree. After the decline of Monte Alban, Mitla became the most important Zapotec city in the area and was later occupied by the Mixtecs. With a guide, explore the beautiful buildings and discover their unique geometric stone mosaics. Next stop is the “Hierve El Agua”, up in the hills these mineral springs run into icy cold clifftop bathing pools and offer spectacular panoramic views. The surrounding cliffs appear to be covered in huge frozen waterfalls formed by the petrified minerals from the water. On the way back to Oaxaca, make a stop at the Tule tree, one of the world’s largest trees thought to be more than 2000 years old.
Accommodation: Hotel Victoria Oaxaca
   
Day 10
Day 10
Oaxaca - Mexico City - 4th November 2019
Oaxacan cuisine is famous for its refinement and complexity, and today we will learn how to prepare it. The class will be led by a local lady who picked up her cooking skills from her mother and her grandmother before her.
 
First, in a local market taste and buy the ingredients: different fruits, vegetables and traditional herbs that are used in the preparation of the regional dishes of Oaxaca. A light lecture on Oaxacan cuisine is given, and then you will create a delicious 4-course meal.
 
In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Mexico City. Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel for your final night.
Accommodation: Barcelo Mexico Reforma
     
Day 11
Day 11
Mexico City - UK - 5th November 2019
Today depart Mexico City. You will be transferred to the airport for your international flight home.

Pricing Information & Dates

11 day tour, from £2795 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
Price Includes
Group tour includes:

Shared airport transfers
5 nights accommodation at Hotel Victoria in Oaxaca including breakfast
4 nights in Mexico City at Barcelo Mexico Reforma including breakfast
Shared sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary.

Day of the Dead celebrations dates are from Tuesday 29th October 2019 - Sunday 3rd November 2019.

International & Domestic flights
Price Notes
This is a non-exclusive small group tour operating from 29th October 2019 until 3rd November, specifically for the Day of the Dead celebrations. This group tour will operate with between 8-10 people.

Services outside of these dates are suggestions and based on shared services.

Services outside of Oaxaca can be tailored to your requirements or be taken on a private basis.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Mexico City
  2.   Oaxaca & Puebla

Accommodation on this Tour

Barcelo Mexico Reforma
Barcelo Mexico Reforma
Mexico City, Mexico
Barcelo Mexico Reforma Located on the most emblematic avenue of the city; Paseo de la Reforma, Barcelo Mexico Reforma is a good base to explore the city. This modern property features 505 comfortable......
     
Hotel Victoria Oaxaca
Hotel Victoria Oaxaca
Oaxaca & Puebla, Mexico
Hotel Victoria Oaxaca Set within 17 acres of protected state park, with a huge variety of flora and fauna, Hotel Victoria Oaxaca has spectacular panoramic views of the city and the Sierra Madre.......
   

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