San Miguel de Allende
A Pacific Horticulture Society tour
February 13-19, 2017
Escorted by: Cheryl & Robert Nichols

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San Miguel de Allende is a city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time.
Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is
filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone
streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is
arguably the prettiest town in Mexico.

Monday, Feb 13  San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Transfers are included from Leon or Queretaro
airports to the El Palomar Hotel in San Miguel de Allende (see Flight Tips below). Meet Cheryl, Robert
and your traveling companions for a Welcome Reception on the rooftop terrace followed by a festive
dinner at a nearby restaurant.  Reception, Dinner

Tuesday, Feb 14  Following breakfast at the hotel, join our local guide, Francisco Correa, for a
private walking tour of San Miguel de Allende, including an exclusive visit to two private gardens in
town, followed by lunch at world-famous The Restaurant. Note that in
Mexico, lunch is known as “la comida,” and is often the most important
meal of the day.   After lunch, the balance of the afternoon is at leisure.
Guests may wish to visit the Parque Juarez to see the plants offered
for sale at the annual Candelaria festival.  Later, half of our group will
enjoy an evening at La Cocina cooking school where owner
Kris Rudolph, owner of El Buen Cafe in San Miguel de Allende, will
give us a hands-on lesson in creating a deliciously authentic Mexican
meal. Breakfast & Lunch for all guests; Dinner and margaritas for those
going to the cooking school this evening.

Wednesday, Feb 15  After breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy a private docent-led
tour of  El Charco del Ingenio, a Botanical Garden and outstanding Nature Preserve,
with a vast collection of cacti and other Mexican Plants, many of which are rare or in
danger of extinction. Next we visit Fabrica La Aurora, an art & design center with art
studios, galleries, antiques, cafe and restaurants where we will have time for browsing and lunch. This
evening those guests who did not participate in the Day 2 Cooking Class will do so.   
Breakfast for all guests; Dinner and margaritas for those going to the cooking school
this evening.

Thursday, Feb 16  Following a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we’ll visit two charming private
gardens. One is home to a Mask Museum. The fascinating mask collection includes Mexican
ceremonial dance masks from various regions in Mexico.  Following the tour, the balance of the day is
at leisure. This evening we will be treated to dinner and music at Bistro Mi Casa. Bonnie Boden
described her experience at Mi Casa, “I could not get over the roasted tomato soup! Add some
amazing music from Gil and you are in for a treat! Good food, great atmosphere, and amazing music.”
Breakfast, Dinner.

Friday, Feb 17  Today we visit the historic city of Dolores Hidalgo. The
city was a small town known simply as Dolores when Father Miguel
Hidalgo uttered his famous cry for the independence of Mexico (the
Grito de Dolores) there in the early hours of September 16, 1810, in
front of his parish church. After Mexico achieved independence, the
town was renamed Dolores Hidalgo in his honor. We will have time to
shop for talavera ceramics for which the state of Guanajuato is justly
famous. We’ll walk through the zócolo with its Spanish Baroque church
and statue of Father Hidalgo, but it is most famous for offering over a
hundred varieties of homemade ice cream. Later we will visit the
Sanctuary of Atotonilco, a World Heritage Site, built in 1748 and known
as the America’s Sistine Chapel. Late afternoon free in San Miguel for
shopping or relaxation. Breakfast.

Sat Feb 18  After breakfast at the hotel we depart for artist Anado
McLauchlin’s whimsical home and gallery, Las Ranas. Words simply cannot
describe this fantasy estate,awash with vibrant colors, mosaics, and creative
artwork. We continue to another imaginative property before our stop at
Galeria Atotonilco. The owner finds the most talented and imaginative artists
and craftsmen working in Mexico today, and then buys their finest work
including crafts, folk art, pottery, papiel mache, vintage serapes, and Oaxacan
wood carvings. We’ll have a memorable farewell late lunch in the garden at
Nirvana’s superb restaurant, known for its inventive, farm-to-table cuisine. We
return to the hotel late afternoon, with the balance of the day at leisure,
perhaps to enjoy one last dinner in San Miguel de Allende. Breakfast, Lunch.

Sun Feb 19  Following breakfast at the hotel, time to say “Adios” to
San Miguel de Allende transfer back to the airport for your flight home.   
Hasta la Vista!   Breakfast.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:  As your deposit and final payment are both non-refundable, we wish to make
you aware that individual travel insurance is available to protect you against cancellation penalties as
well as provide coverage should an incident occur during the trip.  We will send an email with your
deposit confirmation with information about how to get a free quote and/or secure your coverage
online or by phone.   Note that pre-existing conditions may be covered if the insurance is purchased
within a short time after trip deposit.  Group travel insurance will not be offered with this tour.

Based on a minimum of 13 guests: $2195.00 per person for members of Pacific Horticulture Society,
$2245 for non-members*.  Supplement for single occupancy of a bedroom with private bath:  
$755.00.  *Membership starts at just $28 so if you are not a member, we strongly encourage you to
join before you register for the tour as you can then receive the member price.  You can join online

•    6 night’s accommodations at El Palomar Hotel
(see special “Hotel” note below)
•    Hotel taxes and service charges
•    6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 reception
•    Motorcoach, shuttles, taxis as specified in itinerary
•    Top local guide
•    All sightseeing and entrances as per the itinerary
•    Airport transfers (see separate section on “Flights”)
•    Deluxe portfolio of documents
•    Escorted by Cheryl Nichols
•    Donation of $225 to Pacific Horticulture Society

•    Airfare
•    Travel insurance
•    Tips to your local guide

HOTEL ---We have reserved all ten of the rooms at El Palomar Hotel.  Each room is unique, ranging
from deluxe rooms to 2 bedroom suites: Room assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served
basis so we encourage early reservations. Note that for single travelers wishing to share, several of
the suites offer multiple bedrooms, each with private bathroom and a common living room so it may be
possible to share with family, friends or other single travelers without sacrificing your privacy.

FLIGHTS --- San Miguel de Allende is served by Leon/Guanajuato airport (BJX) and Queretaro
(QRO) airport, each about 1.5 hours away from San Miguel.    US carriers offering service include
United, American and Delta.  Mexican carriers include Aeromexico, Volaris and Interjet. We suggest
booking flights to arrive either airport no later than 2pm on day 1 of the tour, so you will have
sufficient time to reach El Palomar Hotel before the welcome reception and dinner. If meeting this
schedule is a problem, please consider coming a day early and adding an extra pre-tour night to your
hotel reservation----extra nights range from $236 to $294 per night depending on room type,
including tax and breakfast

PASSPORT--a passport valid at least 6 months beyond trip date is required for this trip.

PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES - These tours include a SIGNIFICANT amount of walking, FREQUENT use
of stairs and steeply sloped pathways on uneven or unpaved surfaces.  Some of the places we will be
visiting can only be seen on foot with no other access possible.  Guests with limited mobility MUST
consult with Sterling Tours prior to tour registration.

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