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Mexico City Sightseeing including National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • This panoramic tour is an excellent introduction to Mexico City
  • View the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, largest in the Americas
  • Take a boat ride along an ancient Aztec canal and see the lovely floating gardens
  • Visit Mexico′s celebrated University City – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Wednesdays & Thursdays


    10 hours

    Start time

    9:30am (Pick up prior this time, please call to reconfirm exact pick up time)

    Meeting Point

    Our pick up zones are: Polanco, Zona Rosa, Reforma and Centro. If your hotel is outside of this zones, you have to make your own way to our meeting point. Address: De La República 140, Tabacalera,06030 Ciudad de México, D.F., México. We will see you in front of ISSSTE building; exactly at the corner of the revolution monument, behind Grand Krystal Reforma Hotel. At 9:15am.

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Mexico City

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Mexico City, also known as ‘The City of the Gods’, is one of the largest cities in the world with a wealth of history and beauty awaiting your discovery. Browse the National Palace and you’ll see patios, corridors and stairways adorned with impressive murals by famous artist Diego Rivera, depicting the history of Mexico.

    Travel back in time…down ancient Aztec built canals on a traditional boat. One of the last traces of the Aztec era, you can enjoy a relaxing, scenic journey through the Xochimilco Canals on a traditional pre-Hispanic boat past vibrant floating gardens.

    Stroll around the colonial district of Coyoacan and you will come across the impressive mansion of the ‘Conquistador’ Hernando Cortes. Don’t miss out a trip to the Church of Saint John the Baptist boasting of many beautiful paintings and altarpieces.

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    You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach from your hotel in Mexico City. Accompanied by a bilingual guide speaking English and Spanish, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Mexico City.

    Take a trip to the National Palace where you will see beautiful murals painted by the great muralist Diego Riviera. Further on, proceed to the Constitution Square, also known as Central Plaza or Zocalo, a massive concrete area signed with a giant flag. Inside the underground Zocalo station, you’ll see historical reproductions of the Square, exhibits of ceremonial offerings and stone statues of goddesses among others.

    Continue to the Metropolitan Cathedral which represents a synthesis of art forms in New Spain. The church has a baroque and neo classical façade, its Altar of Forgiveness, the sacristy, and the Altar of Kings are worth looking out for!

    Also visit the Aztec Major Temple, an ancient temple ruins discovered in 1978 while workers were digging to place underground electric cables. In addition to the main avenues, you will also visit Chapultepec Park, noteworthy for its centuries-old forest which encircles the Chapultepec Hill and for the castle which crowns its summit. Explore the most important residential zones of the city and the Pink Zone (Zona Rosa).

    Further on, head to the south for a panoramic tour of the World Trade Center, the Siqueiros Cultural Polyforum, the monumental Mexico Bull Ring and the Insurgentes Theatre with its mosaic murals by artist Diego Riviera.

    Proceed to the University City located in Coyoacan borough in the southern part of Mexico City. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the university encloses the Olympic Stadium, the Cultural Centre, an ecological reserve, the Central Library and some museums. Interestingly, the university was built on a bed of solidified lava to replace the scattered buildings in downtown Mexico City.

    Continue to the waters of the Xochimilco Canals where you can take a traditional boat cruise down ancient Aztec canals. The place is famous for its extended series of canals on the ancient Lake Xochimilco. Sail on colorful trajineras, a traditional boat between chinampas (floating gardens – an ancient Mesoamerican agriculture) covered with flowers. The shores of Xochimilco Canals are lined with houses and docks, and are a favorite haunt of Mexican families and tourists on the weekends. Along the way, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (cost not included).

    Further on, head to the impressive colonial district of Coyoacan and take a walk down the Francisco Sosa Street lined with architectural marvels from the 16th century. Also stop by at the Church of Saint John the Baptist and marvel at its paintings.

    After exploring the historical district of Coyoacan, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Mexico City.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
    • Bilingual guide speaking English and Spanish
    • Traditional boat ride on Xochimilco Canals


    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Hotel pick up includes from the locations are the following: Downtown (Zocalo - Centro Histórico), Reforma, Zona Rosa, Chapultepec, Polanco. Outside of this areas applies surcharge, which it depends of the numbers of passengers and hotel location.


    Zone Centro: Gran Hotel Cd. México, BW Majestic, Holiday Inn Zócalo, NH centro Histórico, Fiesta Inn, Marlowe, Metropol, Monte Real, Estoril, San Francisco, Ambasssador, Sheraton Centro Histórico

    Zone Rosa: Calinda Geneve, Century, Fiesta americana Suites, Galería Plaza, Misión, NH Kristal México City, Plaza Florencia, Royal Zona Rosa,

    Zone Reforma and Polanco: Casa Inn, Sheraton María Isabel, Casa Blanca, Misión, Premier, Fiesta Americana, Jena, Regente Del Angel, Emporio, Fiesta Americana Grand, Four Seasons, Gran Melia Reforma, Marquis, New York, Hyatt Regency Mexico City, Presidente.

    This is mandatory to provide below information at the time of booking. If some of this information is missing, unfortunately we will refuse the reservation.

    • Name of the hotel where the customer will stay

    • Flights information and times

    • Names of all the customers who take the tour

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • reviews
    • Mexico City Sightseeing including National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Cruise


      Alfred Thiagarajan, United States, 13/Dec/2012

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