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Mexico City Sightseeing including National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Cruise

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Wednesdays & Thursdays

  • Duration

    10 hours

  • Start time

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

  • Meeting Point
    Hotel Pickup & Drop Off: Good news! You can get picked up from selected hotels in Polanco, Zona Rosa, Reforma, Tabacalera and Centro, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don’t worry if you have not booked your hotel yet, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details. Please be ready 5 minutes prior to the pick-up at your hotel lobby. The most approximate pick-up time depends on the address of your hotel.

    Alternate Meeting Point
    If your hotel is outside of these zones, you have to make your own way to our alternative meeting point. So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the meeting point 5 minutes early.
    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 at 9:15am.)

  • Ending Point

    Your hotel in Mexico City

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


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.


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 – 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 Mexico City.


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


  • Lunch

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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 outside of the areas mentioned applies surcharge, which depends on the number of passengers and hotel location. Provide the below mentioned details at the time of booking so as to avoid your reservation getting cancelled. • 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.

Customer Reviews

  • Alfred Thiagarajan
    Mexico City Sightseeing including National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Cruise


    United States 12/13/2012

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