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Mexico's Copper Canyon & Colonial Cities

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Tour Pace: Active
El Chepe Train, Copper Canyon
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $2,516 per person

The green Copper Canyon walls conceal extraordinary natural beauty and the mysticism of the Tarahumara—yours to explore over soaring bridges and along the "World's Most Exciting Train Journey" climbing to 5,900 feet (1,800 meters). You'll visit Don Cuco for a drop of sotol and explore the cobblestone streets of Colonial Mexico.

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  1. Welcome to Phoenix. Get settled in at your hotel before gathering with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.
    hotel:Hilton Phoenix Airport
  2. Begin your Mexican adventure with a stop at the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac. South of the border, stop in the picturesque town of Magdalena de Kino and see the Church of St. Mary Magdalena, City Hall with its colorful murals. Enjoy your first taste of Sonoran cuisine with lunch before traveling on to Hermosillo and savouring a Regional Meal at a local restaurant in the evening.
    meal(s):FB, L, RM
    hotel:Hampton Inn by Hilton Hermosillo
  3. Visit Hermosillo's lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Journey to Guaymas, on the Sea of Cortez, for a visit to a local pearl farm where you meet a Local Specialist and learn about pearl culture. In the late afternoon, arrive in Alamos, an enchanting colonial silver mining town. Arrive at your resort, set in three colonial mansions and a sugar mill. This evening, enjoy a folkloric dance performance and cocktails before dinner is served at the hotel.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Hacienda De Los Santos Authentic Accommodation
  4. Meet a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour to see some of the grand mansions of Alamos. Afterward, enjoy some free time. In the afternoon, travel to El Fuerte which is also acknowledged as a “Pueblo Magico” (Magical Town) for its architectural and cultural contributions. Your hotel is set in a beautiful colonial mansion.
    hotel:Posada del Hidalgo Authentic Accommodation
  5. Board the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico “El Chepe” train and head into the Sierra Madre Mountains. This rail line is considered to be an engineering marvel and this rail excursion was voted the “Most Exciting Train Journey in the World”, taking you into the heart of the Copper Canyon, over four times as large as Arizona's Grand Canyon. Disembark in Bahuichivo and transfer to your hotel in the village of Cerocahui. After lunch at the hotel, visit the boarding school of Tewecado, founded in 1941 by the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor to extend their mission to the remote culture of the Tarahumara Indians.
    meal(s):FB, L, D
    hotel:Mision Cerocahui
  6. Cerro del Gallego Urique Lookout provides the most sweeping views of the Copper Canyon. Gaze into Urique Canyon, the deepest canyon. Stop at a local home to meet a Local Specialist for a demonstration of local basket weaving techniques. Re-board "El Chepe" for the journey to Posada Barrancas. Your hotel is situated near the highest point of the canyon and your room offers a private balcony with awe-inspiring scenery. After some time to relax, join a spectacular walk along the rim of the canyon.
    meal(s):FB, L, D
    hotel:El Mirador
  7. Experience crossing the canyon on a spectacular cable car ride, one of the highest in the world, to a breathtaking viewpoint where you can marvel at three of the main canyons. For lunch, enjoy a picnic served with the local specialty, discada (mixed meat dish), set in a scenic location. Enjoy an original Tarahumara dance performance and, when available, meet an actual Tarahumara running champion. The rest of the day is yours to relax before dinner.
    meal(s):FB, L, D
  8. Travel to the small town of Guerrero, where Alma Casavantes and her husband Paco Cabrera welcome you for a unique Be My Guest experience. Enjoy a meal of traditional foods and share stories of their family history. This evening, head over to the Casa del Nopal, a grandiose estate formerly belonging to Don Luis Terrazas, a wealthy rancher who at one time owned most of the land in Chihuahua. Here you are greeted by a Local Specialist in Mata Ortiz pottery. See how they have adapted ancient traditions into this modern style of pottery the region has become famous for. Enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner in this historic locale.

    meal(s):FB, BG, FD
    hotel:Hacienda Casas Grandes
  9. Visit the prehistoric adobe complex of Paquime, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great trading center in the 14th and 15th centuries. The journey continues to the Sotol Factory Don Cuco. Sotol is a drink unique to Chihuahua, made from the desert plant of the same name, and is similar to tequila. Don Cuco is a family institution dating back three generations and here you'll see how sotol is fermented and distilled, taste samples and enjoy a simple lunch with your hosts. Continue across the Chihuahua Desert into the U.S. and arrive in Tucson in time for an included dinner.
    meal(s):FB, L, D
    hotel:Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa
  10. Bid adios to your newfound friends. Enjoy some time to relax at your resort before you depart Tucson for the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport or extend your stay at the Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $825.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $107 per person.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

9 nights, 9 full breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Be My Guest

  • The Casavantes family are your host at their La Cava restaurant in Guerrero celebrating family recipes and home-style Mexican cooking

Authentic Accommodations

  • Stay at the Hacienda De Los Santos, comprised of lovingly restored Spanish Colonial mansions and a sugar mill at the Spanish colonial-style Hotel Posada del Hidalgo in El Fuerte

Local Specialist

  • On a visit to a local pearl farm, for sightseeing in Alamos, with Urique basket weavers and a Mata Ortiz ceramicist in Casas Grandes

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Hermosillo, Alamos
  • Visit historic El Fuerte, Cerocahui, Posada Barancas, Copper Canyon, Paquime
  • Scenic drive through the Chihuahua Desert
  • Iconic train journey through Copper Canyon aboard El Chepe


Service rating : Great job making the tour fun and comfortable. Clearly, we stayed at the best hotels available in the area. The Mirador was awesome - beautiful views, fun side tours and great hotel location, decor and staff. The side tours were very interesting and educational. The smooth transfers and efficient service demonstrates GET Trafalgar's experienced and caring travel planners. The staff at the hotels in Mexico were wonderful - very courteous, friendly and efficient. Good planning for the long desert journeys by scheduling rest stops. Although you might try a bit harder in getting the gas station managers to provide water and paper in their remote facilities.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.  We couldn't be more pleased to see that you enjoyed Mexico's Copper Canyon.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Vacation : The reservations clerks were very helpful and efficient. It was very easy to book my trip.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Service rating : Tour was well planned and director very good. One hotel was terrible. The walk into it was very slanted on cobblestones and dangerous. There were stairs at another door but we were not told of it. The room was very small and there was no room to put our luggage. There was a loud band that played until 4 AM and rooster started crowing at 4 :30 AM The was el Fuerte. the food served was good but we were only served chicken and fish every day. Diana Acosta was very nice we think it was her first tour and crossing the border going and returning to Mexico was horrendous.because of her lack of experience. The days were too long. Most of the hotels were very lovely and we would like to have had some time to visit them. We woke at 6AM and check out. Then we checked in at the next hotel at 7PM had dinner and went to bed never getting a chance to see the lovely hotel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your feedback.  We're sorry to hear that you felt some of the days were too long.  This trip does cover quite an extension area, but we will be sure to share your comments with our Quality Control team for possible improvement. 
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Service rating : the trip was good over all. I thought the bus ride was a little too long between the two towns. I am happy with the tour director, Diana and the excellent bus driver, Hugo.
Vacation : happy with what I have pay for
Service rating : guide outstand
Vacation : not much to buy been to Mexico before
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico must have a current passport or passport card that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Mexico.

  • The currency in Mexico is the Peso.  You can pay with your debit or credit card at many places and the most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks.  We recommend bringing an extra credit card and informing your financial institutions of your travel plans before leaving the country. 

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen will come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Waiters and servers in Mexico also depend on tips. It is appropriate to tip 10 - 15% percent at restaurants, though not expected in taxis. 

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.


  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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