22 MAR - 26 MAR
About This Tour
Mexico is a magical place where old traditions and modernity live together with all its contradictions. In the bustling capital city, plunge into the chaotically alive environment of one of the world’s largest metropolis, home to nearly 25 million people. Mexico City is just a short flight from most of U.S. cities, and yet for many remains an undiscovered secret. The oldest capital city in all the Americas is also a modern metropolis, with more than 160 cultural museums (the world’s greatest concentration of museums in any metropolis), more than 100 art galleries, and almost three dozen concert halls. It is also home to three major UNESCO World Heritage Sites, either within or just outside the city limits. This springtime getaway to Mexico City allows you to see many of the most famous sites over a prolonged weekend stay. A quick jaunt to sunny Mexico is the perfect way to herald the arrival of spring.
- Mexico City
- Zocalo, historic center of Mexico City *
- Teotihuacan *
- Frida Kahlo’s House in Coyoacan
- Floating Gardens of Xochimilco *
- Ballet Folklorico * UNESCO World Heritage Sites
ARRIVE IN MEXICO CITY / WELCOME DINNER
Arrange your flight to arrive in Mexico City by mid-afternoon today. The main airport is the Benito Juarez Airport, so you use the airport code MEX when searching for flights. Most international flights will arrive at Terminal 1. Upon arrival, collect your luggage, go through customs and look for a driver holding up a Toto Tours sign. You will be transferred to our centrally located hotel, and you will have free time until our group meets in the early evening. We begin with a short walk to a café for welcome drinks and a brief presentation by our guide about Mexican City history and culture. After our Welcome Dinner we will continue our stroll into the Zona Rosa, the gay district. Overnight in Mexico City. (Dinner included)
TEOTIHUACAN / CHAPULTEPEC PARK
This morning travel about 30 miles northeast of the city to tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Teotihuacan, the largest (almost 7 square miles) and most impressive trading and religious center of ancient America. The Pyramid of the Sun, the tallest in Mexico, is 216 ft. high and covers approximately 10 acres at the base. Other impressive structures include the Pyramid of the Moon; the Citadel containing the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, so named for its carvings of feathered serpents; and the Quetzalpapalotl Palace. We will then enjoy a typical Mexican lunch served family-style, prepared for us in a private home. Returning to the city we will spend the afternoon exploring Chapultepec park, beginning with the Anthropological Museum, Mexico City’s #1 attraction. From there we may visit The Chapultepec Castle, the zoo, the Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum, or the Modern Art Museum, as time allows. (Breakfast / Lunch)
COYOACAN / SAN ANGEL / XOCHIMILCO
We begin the day by traveling to Coyoacan to visit Frida Kahlo’s home and the Diego Rivera Museum. Coyoacan is an attractive area of upscale shops, coffee houses and bars. From there we continue to the famous Saturday Market in San Angel, to shop for art and crafts. After lunch, we continue to the World Heritage site of Xochimilco to ride the colorful boats and enjoy a late afternoon of drinks accompanied by the music of mariachi bands. The evening is free to explore the Zona Rosa, or we may choose to visit the Plaza Garibaldi for more mariachi music and drinks. (Breakfast / Lunch)
After an early breakfast, we drive to the Palace of Fine Arts to see the 9:30 am show by the Ballet Folklorico, the internationally famous dance company. From there we walk to the Museum of Popular Art and the Diego Rivera Mural Museum. We will stop for lunch at a festive taco bar (on your own). In the afternoon we have several choices. We may visit one of the central city’s bustling markets, continue on a museum tour, or view some of the many historic buildings near to our hotel. We drive to the Colonia Roma for our Farewell Dinner, which is adjacent to the Zona Rosa. We can drive back to our hotel or enjoy a post-dinner stroll through the lovely and lively streets. (Breakfast / Dinner)
The tour officially ends after breakfast this morning. We will organize small group transfers to the airport by public taxis (optional). If you wish to extend your stay in Mexico City, please let us know on your reservation form so that we can keep your room available for another night. Your tour leader will be remaining for this day, and will be happy to help organize activities. (Breakfast)
Entry Requirements: For U.S. Citizens a valid passport is the only document required to enter Mexico for stays of up to 60 days.
Immunizations and Health: No immunizations are currently required for travel to Mexico, but it is wise to have your inoculations up-to-date. Is your tetanus booster current?
Exit Requirements: There is currently no separate departure tax required of visitors leaving Mexico other than that included with the cost of your airline ticket.
Making Travel Arrangements to Mexico CityOn this tour, international airfare is NOT included. We encourage you to work with Steven Goldberg at Frosch Travel in Chicago, who knows the best flights to get you to Mexico City.
You will need to arrive by mid-afternoon on March 22, 2018 at the latest. Schedule your departure for any convenient time on March 26, 2018, or extend for another day if you like.
Steven Goldberg / Frosch TravelToll-Free in USA: 1-800-323-1276
International guests, please call +1-312-371-9686
When calling, please identify yourself as a Toto Tours participant. If you leave a message on Steven’s voice mail, he will return your call promptly. He will be happy to discuss your travel plans and help you decide when to purchase your ticket for the best rate.
NOTE: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible we often must turn away last minute registrants because we relinquish hotel space and air reservations 8 – 12 weeks prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.
What to BringIn March, average daily temperatures in Mexico City range from a low of 50 degrees at night to a high of 75 degrees during the day. You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual, but you will want nice casual outfits for dinners. Try to pack light and bring only one piece of luggage plus your carry-on. Create mix and match outfits, and think about layering! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home.
Suggested Packing List:
- Proof of citizenship. Passport required.
- Nice casual wear for dinners.
- Lightweight long pants & long-sleeved shirts for sun protection.
- Shorts for warm touring days.
- Socks, underwear for 5 days.
- Sweater or lightweight jacket for cool evenings.
- Personal toiletries, and bug repellent
- Comfortable walking shoes.
- Camera, lots of digital memory, extra batteries.
- Ziploc Bags (sandwich size for documents, gallon size for wet items or toiletries).
- Electrical Adapter. The electricity supply in Mexico is 110 volts, 60 Hrz, the same as in the U.S. and Canada. However, some hotels still have the old two-prong outlets, so bring a converter just in case to use your devices.
Money MattersMexico’s currency is the Mexican Peso (MXP), with bills in 20, 50, 100 and 500 MXP denominations and coins in .50, 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos. Although most tourist centers widely accept U.S. dollars, we recommend using Pesos during your visit. Money exchange facilities offer the best exchange rate. On April 18, 2017, the exchange rate was 18.83 MXP to the U.S. $1.00.
Tipping in Mexico: Tipping guidelines for Mexico are nearly the same as tipping guidelines used in the United States or Canada, with some exceptions. Most service employees earn very little or no base salary and the tips they earn comprise the vast majority of their overall income. In restaurants, it is customary to leave your server a tip of 15% of the cost of the food/beverages before the value added tax.
The Toto SpiritToto Tours provides Adventure Travel Experiences as differentiated from tours in the traditional sense. Adventure Travel allows (even encourages) you to be an active participant. Adventurers can be identified by certain traits. They are:
- fun-loving optimists who have a sense of humor and accentuate the positive
- good natured realists who are willing to accept situations as they exist
- undaunted by the unexpected, like occasional delays or bad weather
- willing to forego some of the amenities we normally take for granted
- eager to try new things & test limits
- not whiners!
Travel InsuranceWe recommend you purchase travel insurance with Travel Guard to cover for unforeseen events prior to and during your trip. Please follow the link below or call us for more information.
Tour prices per personPrice: $1,500 in double occupancy hotel accommodations.
Private Room: $200 additional, for a total tour price of $1,700.
(Paying a single supplement is not required. Toto Tours will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.)
(Due at time of registration for the tour. May be paid with a credit card.)
Remaining Balance: $900 double / $1,100 single
Remaining Balance Due: January 3, 2018 (80 days prior to departure)
(Full payment required with reservation form if enrolling after this date.)
Note: The tour price does not include bank service charges for processing credit card payments, and assumes that the balance of the tour price will be paid by check. If you would like to pay the final balance with a credit card, a 4% service charge will be applied. Let us know if you wish to pay by credit card, and we will adjust your invoice accordingly.
Included: 4 nights hotel accommodations; hotel breakfasts daily plus Welcome & Farewell Dinners; other meals as listed in the itinerary; ground transportation in climate controlled motorcoach; sightseeing activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary. This is a fully escorted tour, with guides added during tours.
Not Included: International airfare to Mexico City (MEX); ground transportation for sightseeing on your own (taxis, local guides, etc.); meals and optional activities not specifically listed in the itinerary; camera fees; alcoholic beverages; insurance; laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or any other expenses of a personal nature. Tips to drivers and guides and other conveyance attendants are not included; tipping guidelines for our group tips will be provided prior to departure.