October 11-15, 2019
$1499 per person based on double
$180 single supplement
How do you like your tequila? Añejo or reposada? Highlands or lowlands? We like them all.
The pleasures of tequila are not wasted on Leslie Sbrocco. Join her for an exploration of the mysteries of the agave.
October 11-15, 2019
With Leslie Sbrocco
October 11, Friday – Arrival in Guadalajara
Independently make your way to our hotel home. The ride is about 30 minutes from the airport to hotel. Just use the taxi queue. Yes, there is UBER there and right now it shows just $8.
Hotel NH Collection Guadalajara Centro Histórico
Calle Cristobal Colón 73,
+52 33 3942 5200 phone
You just don’t get closer to the action than this location. It is 2.5 blocks to the Guadalajara Cathedral and the Plaza de la Liberación, the city’s living room. There is always activity there. Do you know that Guadalajara is the home of the creation of the Mariachis?
Our hotel offers a pleasant combination of historic architecture and modern comfort. There is a gym and your daily breakfast is included. It is a generous buffet and also features made to order stations. Breakfast is served 7:00 AM to noon. The fresh local fruit is always a highlight there.
This evening we meet in the lobby at 7:00PM for transportation to dinner at Hueso.
Hueso translates to the word “bone.” That provides you a peek into the décor and menu, which definitely are a reflection of that theme. Hueso is considered one of the city’s best restaurants. Dress for the evening is country club casual. No jacket is required for men, but it is a step above just a tee shirt.
October 12, Saturday
Tequila is what we came for. Big “T” is the town of Tequila and little “t” is the beverage. You are about add jimador, sangrita, joven, añejo, reposado, and peña to your vocabulary too.
This morning we are off to the center of the tequila world, the town of Tequila. Fields of stunning gray-blue agaves line our path to Casa Noble. Agaves are not a cactus, but you will learn that and more as get an up close view of tequila’s journey from field to glass. Our time at Casa Noble culminates with a grand lunch.
After lunch, we will take a bit of time to visit the small town of Tequila. The streets are cobblestones, so those closed toe shoes may save your toes there too. Clear your head before we roll down the road to the town of Amatitan and the distillery of Tres Agaves to compare and contrast their processes and products.
Rest on a tequila cloud for our ride back to the city. Rinse the dust off and meet in the hotel restaurant for dinner at 7:00PM. It is located on the 7th floor and called Piso 7.
*Distilleries are production settings. For your safety, closed toe shoes are required for all distillery visits.
October 13, Sunday
Sleep in a bit but be in the lobby at 10:00 AM for our departure to the small town of Ahualulco de Mercado. There we find Maru Toledo, the ultimate researcher of ancient Mexican food and pre-Hispanic cooking. Her Mujeres del Maiz (Ladies of the Corn) is a project that goes as far as cultivating original ingredients to preserve this bite of food history. Mexican food has been officially declared by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The story of this endeavor is captivating and the food delicious. Our favorite translator of Spanish, Dhane, will help with communications.
Upon returning well fed to the hotel, you have the night free to explore on your own.
October 14, Monday
Back in the saddle this morning at 9:00, we are off on a food walk that will add to our knowledge of the culinary background of our host city. Guadalajara and Jalisco, as you learned yesterday, have a rich food tradition. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to taste along the way.
This afternoon you have free time. Does Tlaquepaque or Tonalá call to you, for some arts and crafts shopping? What you to know about the Orozco murals? Contrary to popular belief, Diego Rivera did NOT paint murals in Guadalajara. But Orozco’s works are equally interesting and can be seen easily at the Government Palace and the Cabañas Cultural Institute. Both are within a 15 minute walk from our hotel.
Today’s dinner is a taco walk. Where will we find the best spot? Get ready for an adventure.
October 15, Tuesday
Adios, Guadalajara and all your treasures.
Make your way independently to the airport and travel well.
We hope you will join us on another Vino Voyage adventure very soon.
Hasta la vista – until we meet again.
Ready to join us? There are only a few spots left!
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$1499 per person based on double occupancy
$180 single supplement
$500 nonrefundable deposit and the balance due Aug 15
Airfare not included