San Miguel de Allende
A San Diego Horticultural Society tour
February 15-21, 2018
Escorted by: Cheryl & Robert Nichols
Local Guide: Francisco Correa

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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

Thursday, February 15  Transfers are included from Leon or Queretaro
airports to our hotel in San Miguel de Allende. Meet your escorts and your
traveling companions at 6pm for a welcome reception in the garden of Casa
Shuck, a boutique hotel.  Later we’ll stroll a few blocks for our welcome dinner
at nearby El Correo Restaurant.   
Reception, Dinner

Friday, February 16  Following breakfast at the hotel join our
local guide, Francisco Correa, for a private walking tour of San
Miguel de Allende. We will see the colorful fruit & vegetable
market, the famous landmark,
La Parroquia church and the
Biblioteca -- the cultural heart of the city. We will include an
exclusive visit to two private gardens in town, followed by lunch
at The Restaurant,considered one of San Miguel’s finest. It’s
located in an elegant colonial patio with a seasonal menu using
local organic produce. Note that in Mexico, lunch is known as
la comida, and is often themost important meal of the day. The
balance of the day is at your leisure.
Breakfast, Lunch

Saturday, February 16  Today we will visit the Mask Museum and patio garden
at Casa de la Cuesta. The fascinating collection includes Mexican ceremonial
dance masks from various regions in Mexico. Later we have a choice of lunch
at La Cocina cooking school where 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.  Or enjoy a relaxing lunch in the patio at Casa Sierra
Nevada.  Evening at leisure. We may want to join the lively crowd at the Jardin,
the meeting place for locals. Often on Saturday nights there are wedding
Breakfast, Lunch or Cooking School.

Sunday, February 18  After breakfast at the hotel we depart for 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 native 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 restaurant where
we will have time for browsing and lunch on our own. In the afternoon
we will tour two private gardens that include traditional Mexican tile
work, spectacularly arranged potted plants and colorful landscapes.  

Monday, February 19  Today we visit the historic city of Dolores Hidalgo, formerly known simply as
Dolores until 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. Of course we’ve included time to shop for
talavera ceramics for which the state of Guanajuato is justly famous and a stop
to sample the famous local ice cream. This evening we will enjoy dinner and
music at Bistro Mi Casa.
Breakfast, Dinner.

Tuesday, February 20  This morning 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’ll enjoy another private garden visit
before stopping at Galeria Atotonilco. The gallery 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. Our farewell
lunch will be 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

Wednesday, February 21  Transfers included back to the airport for your flight home and say adios
to Mexico. Please let us know right away if you would like to stay additional nights.


Based on double occupancy and a minimum of 13 guests per trip: $2195.00 per person for members
of San Diego Horticultural Society, $2295.00 for non-members*.  Supplement for single occupancy of
a bedroom with private bath:  $838.00.  *Membership starts at just $30 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. Visit to join.

•        6 nights accommodation at Casa Schuck Boutique Hotel (see special “Hotel” note below)
•        Hotel taxes, service charges, and tips to the hotel staff
•        6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 reception (Cooking school or lunch Feb. 17)
•        Transportation as specified in itinerary
•         Top local guide Francisco
•        All sightseeing and entrances as per the itinerary
•        Airport transfers (see separate section on “Flights”)
•        Deluxe portfolio of documents
•        Escorted by Cheryl & Robert Nichols, special guests Jim Bishop & Scott Borden
•        Donation of $150 to San Diego Horticultural Society

•        Airfare
•        Travel insurance
•        Tips to your local guide

HOTEL --- We have reserved all ten of the rooms at Casa Schuck Hotel.  Each room is unique and
bedding varies by room. Room assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis so we
encourage early reservations for best choice. Rooms that can accommodate 2 beds are
La Biblioteca, La Rosa, El Amarillo and El Sol.

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 from Tijuana include Aeromexico, Volaris and Interjet---
the Cross Border Xpress offers an efficient and convenient way to fly from Tijuana with no long lines
crossing the border. We suggest booking flights to arrive either Leon or Queretaro no later than 2pm
on Feb 15 so you will have sufficient time to reach the 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 are $304 including tax, gratuities, and breakfast

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

PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES - This tour includes a SIGNIFICANT amount of walking, FREQUENT use of
stairs and steeply sloped pathways on uneven or unpaved surfaces.  Some of the rooms at Casa
Schuck are on the 2nd story and there is no elevator. 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
prior to tour registration.

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