Central Mexico &

La Ruta del Tequila

in a Private Hacienda

April 2 – 8, 2022

Join Alla Campagna Experiences Founder and veteran tour organizer Ralph Velasco for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience to Central Mexico, including Guadalajara and the famous Tequila Route.

 

(this experience, like that of our others, will only operate

when it’s safe to do so and we have been cleared to travel)

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS INCLUDED

Overview of this Experience

Get off the tourist track during this wonderful experience to a lesser visited but very safe part of Central Mexico.

During this trip you’ll enjoy 6 nights accommodations, two at a boutique hotel on the outskirts of Guadalajara and four at a boutique hotel in the town of Tequila, which is the only one actually located inside a Tequila factory and just an hour or so away from Guadalajara.

We’ll also take in La Ruta del Tequila (The Tequila Route) where we’ll learn, during a private tour, how this famous elixir is grown, processed and marketed worldwide.

There’ll also be an opportunity to schedule optional services in and around the property, including bike tours, horseback riding, hiking and other activities, and/or simply enjoy the beautiful grounds of the hotel on your own or in small groups.

While in Guadalajara we’ll have a chance to visit the nearby towns of Tonalá and Tlaquepaque with private visit to a local artisan’s taller (workshop) and a chance for free time and plenty of quality shopping.

This customized experience was created with our Alla Campagna guests in mind, and will only be open to a limited number of participants (single rooms may be strictly limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis only).

DATES

April 2 – 8, 2022

2022 Pricing

$4,000 per person in Double Occupancy

Please add $500 per person for Single Supplement if you’d like your own room throughout.

Register for This Experience in 4 Simple Steps:

  1. Request and submit a Reservation Form.
  2. Read and agree to our Terms & Conditions.
  3. Provide a scan or smartphone photo of your passport’s signature page.
  4. Send in your $1,000 deposit or full payment.

 

To request the Reservation Form and Terms & Conditions for this experience please contact us at THIS LINK.

To make payment, you can use a credit card via PayPal (Click this Link to request invoice) or deposit a check directly into our bank account at any Bank of America branch (or send to our Rockford, IL, address, details will follow). Depositing a check affords each traveler a $50 per person discount.

We’ll send you all the payment details if you’ll CONTACT US HERE.

Ralph Velasco is a professional travel photographer, author and international guide and he’s the Founder/CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures and Alla Campagna Experiences.

For more than 12 years, he’s organized and led over 100 international tours in a variety of locations around the world, just some of which include Romania, Portugal, Iceland, Egypt, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Bhutan, Nepal, Central Europe, Morocco, Turkey, the Adriatic, Cambodia, Tuscany, Spain, Vietnam, India, and others.

Although originally from Chicago, for more than 7 years now Ralph has been what’s come to be called “location-independent,” which simply means he has no permanent home and lives on the road, and at 30,000 feet scouting, administering and leading his highly-rated and very popular tours which boast a more than 42 percent rate of repeat clients.

Be sure to check out Ralph’s YouTube channel The ContinentalDRIFTER where he offers a variety of travel advice and photography tips, as well as the Continental DRIFTER blog.

 

Speaking & Teaching

For more than 10 years Ralph has been a regular speaker about travel and photography at the prestigious Travel & Adventure Shows throughout the United States, as well as the New York Times Travel Show. He’s also been a featured speaker at the Travel Bloggers Exchange in Sweden, Ireland, Spain and Israel; the IOETI Conference in Cairo, Egypt; and has taught travel photography at U.C. Irvine Extension Program, Saddleback College, Santa Ana College, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, REI Outdoor School and others.

 

Education & Other

He’s got a B.S. in Small Business & Entrepreneurship from the Indiana University School of Business and an M.I.B.A. (Masters in International Business Administration) from United States International University in Mexico City, Mexico and San Diego, California.

Finally, Ralph’s been a member of several championship big boat sailing teams in Chicago, San Diego and Newport Beach, California; has his private pilot’s license (SEL); and speaks Spanish.

Testimonials

“…the Douro River Valley was incredible!”

“This was a great tour, with lots to do and see! We visited the large cities of Lisbon and Porto as well as other cities, towns, and villages throughout Portugal. I also took the extension through the Douro River Valley which was incredible! We had many opportunities to take pictures both as part of the tour and in our free time. I feel the tour gave me a good feel for the wide variety of life in the cities and countryside of Portugal.”

- Vivian N. (Portugal, Baltics)

“Loved Portugal”

“The group was great made some new long-term friends. Loved Portugal (other than the inclines 🙂 ), the country is small but packed full of great sites.”

- Nancy S. (Portugal, Romania, Armenia/Georgia, Costa Rica)

“Ralph was the perfect tour leader…”

“A Taste of Portugal was an enjoyable and leisurely vacation in a country that seems to have everything. Historical sights, gourmet food, photo opportunities and a great hospitality atmosphere abound. The tour hit all the sights of interest, Ralph was the perfect tour leader and it was a good group fellow travelers.”

- Mike C. (Portugal)

“Great Tour”

“Portugal-Great country, great culture, great tour, and fantastic wine!”

- Laurie K. (France, Cambodia, Vietnam, Portugal and many others)

“What an amazing hotel and view…”

“What an amazing hotel and view…the extension trip [to Stepantsminda] will always be a very fond memory…it was so special. Gavin and I thank you Ralph so, so, so much for all you did to arrange this…”

- Gavin & Nicky B. (Armenia/Georgia, France, Chicago, Milwaukee)

Daily Trip Itinerary

This experience is limited to just 6 - 10 participants.

Most meals are included and B = Breakfast, L = Lunch and D = Dinner

Items mentioned below in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS are included in your fee for this experience.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: You’ll want to wear good, sturdy walking shoes throughout this experience as the property where we're staying and the other locations we'll be visiting are often made up of hilly terrain, sometimes with a number of stairs, inclines, declines and at times gravel and occasionally rough dirt and stone paths.

If you are even slightly unsure of your walking capability in these conditions it’s HIGHLY recommended that you purchase a quality set of telescoping walking sticks at your local outdoor supply store or online before arriving in country.

Here's a link to a 2-piece trekking pole set that comes highly recommended with over 7,700 5-star reviews on Amazon.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS INCLUDED

We require that all participants have Travel Insurance to protect their investment in any of our trips and to cover all health and travel contingencies before and during your stay.  That said, for this particular experience we've been able to include quality insurance but depending on your particular circumstances you may still wish to purchase some level of supplemental insurance.

Please purchase the policy that is right for your needs, and know that we will require Proof of Coverage during the registration process.

If looking for additional insurance please consider using SquareMouth, a travel insurance comparison site to find the best insurance for your situation.

You can also get a Free Quote from our partners at WorldNomads by visiting this page on our sister site PhotoEnrichment Adventures, but this may be age limited.

ALL TIMES APPROXIMATE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Arrival at Guadalajara Airport (GDL) - if possible, please try to arrange your flight to arrive at GDL by 4 pm local time.  We can also arrange pre- and post-trip hotel nights if necessary.

Welcome to the Pearl of the West as Guadalajara is known locally...a GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFER is included with your fee and you will be met at the airport by our local representative, or you may choose to rent a car, which is very easy to do and will allow you additional freedom, especially during the second portion of this trip after we leave Guadalajara.  We can also connect you with other participants who may be interested in sharing with you in order to share costs.

6 PM – Enjoy a Meet & Greet where you can get to know your fellow experience participants and we can discuss the trip ahead.

7 PM - Enjoy an exclusive WELCOME DINNER at our hotel including a variety of tastings of the local specialties and more.

Overnight in Guadalajara.

7:00 AM - Rise and shine and have a tasty BREAKFAST at your hotel's restaurant.

8:00 AM - Today you'll enjoy an easy-going ORIENTATION TOUR of parts of the city with your local guide. We'll begin by taking our vehicle the short distance to central Guadalajara. Along the way, our knowledgeable guide will tell us a few key details about the city, but please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

We'll start by visiting the Liberty Market, also known as San Juan de Dios – an early arrival to this market provides a good glimpse into the eclectic Mexican culture as local people come here to buy produce, meats and various kitchen supplies, but also they can purchase modern clothes and accessories, plus a mix of traditional and modern shoes.

Afterward, we'll continue to learn about Guadalajara’s culture and history, see the outstanding Hospicio Cabañas, and have some free time to explore on our own. Later we'll gather for an included LUNCH at a local restaurant, and then you'll have the remainder of the day free to spend as you like and return to the hotel on your own or with others.

Overnight in Guadalajara.

8 AM - BREAKFAST

9 AM - After we'll make our way just outside the main urban area of Guadalajara, heading east until we reach Tonalá.  Once a completely separate community, both Tonalá and Guadalajara have grown together, and Tonalá is best known for its master craftsmen, which are dedicated mainly to pottery, so plan to do some shopping.

We'll have some time to visit the area and visit a few shops.

11 AM - Next we'll head to neighboring Tlaquepaque.  Also part of the same conurbation, this area being best known for its glass-blowing crafts. We'll also have time here to visit this area, look at the shops and make any purchases.

1 PM - enjoy LUNCH as a group at a local restaurant.

2 PM - After our visits to Tonalá and Tlaquepaque, we'll drive for about an hour until we reach our next accommodation located in the town of Tequila. Wonderful grounds and lots of optional and included activities await us at this hotel where you'll enjoy 4 nights.

Once there, get settled and later be ready for a group dinner tonight.

6 PM - DINNER just for our group on the property.

Overnight at our hotel in Tequila.

9 AM – BREAKFAST on your own.

Today after a tour of the grounds you'll enjoy some free time to enjoy the facilities, grounds and views at this incredible hotel.  For those who are interested the front desk can arrange any number of activities, including horseback riding, hiking adventures, biking tours and others, which you'll want to reserve on arrival.

Remainder of the day with free time and lunch and dinner on your own at our hotel or you can choose to go into Tequila to explore and have a meal.

Overnight at our hotel in Tequila.

7 AM – BREAKFAST on your own.

8 AM - The tequila experience awaits us today when we head out to the fields to learn about the agave plant from which tequila is extracted, watch workers engaged in their everyday jobs, and have a chance too get as hands on as you feel comfortable.

The full experience today includes learning the entire process of tequila making, including distillation, fermentation, and adding the final touches through oxygenation and filtering.

This is a hands-on experience like no other. After, we'll head into the town of Tequila to enjoy LUNCH at a local restaurant and have a tour of the town.

Overnight at our hotel in Tequila.

BREAKFAST on your own.

Today is a free day to enjoy the facilities, grounds and views at this incredible hotel.  For those who are interested the front desk can arrange any number of activities, including horseback riding, hiking adventures, biking tours and others.

We'll end this evening with an unforgettable FAREWELL DINNER where you can celebrate our travels and say goodbye to new and old friends over a great meal and drinks.

Overnight at our hotel in Tequila.

BREAKFAST on your own and relaxing morning to leisurely pack up and enjoy your final hours at our hotel.

12 PM (TBA as exact timing depends on outgoing flights) - A SINGLE GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFER is included from our hotel to GDL for those not renting cars or staying longer (we can arrange for additional nights, if necessary).

We do recommend that you plan your flights out after 4 pm in order to have a leisurely morning and to provide plenty of time to make your outbound flight.

Subject to change and please don't make any non-refundable travel arrangements until given the go-ahead by us.

MORE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Regarding Your Flight Home

In order to give yourself time to arrive at the airport and check in, please arrange your onward flight no earlier than 4:00 pm local time (subject to change, and please don’t make any non-refundable travel arrangements until given the go ahead by ACE administrators). 

You can certainly choose to stay over in this area or move on to other parts of the region to enjoy the many other things to do, or transfer on your own to other parts of Mexico to continue your experience, but please arrange these additional services on your own.

We wish you safe travels and happy memories of what will surely be an incredible trip!

 

SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Again, we’re estimating that you’ll want to schedule your flight to leave the afternoon of our last day together, after 4:00 pm local time, in order to allow plenty of time to comfortably transfer to the airport and make your onward flight.

For more information and to register for this experience,

please contact us at admin@AllaCampagna.com

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 

60 DAYS PRIOR TO EXPERIENCE START DATE

 

About Transportation

Please note that if you'd like maximum freedom throughout your experience you might consider renting a car in Guadalajara starting on Day 3 and then return it to the airport at the end of your trip.  We can help facilitate car sharing amongst participants by putting you in touch with others to see if there's a match.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A WORKING ITINERARY

AND THAT ALL ASPECTS OF IT ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

INCLUDED IN YOUR FEE

  • TRAVEL INSURANCE IS INCLUDED in your fee and valid for the entirety of this 7-day tour (upon registration please see separate documentation to be provided for exact coverage details and to determine if you'd like to purchase additional coverage for your particular situation).
  • Private airport transfers on trip dates.
  • All accommodations in Mexico (6 nights) in a double occupancy room during trip dates (single rooms may be limited).
  • Meals: All Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L) and 3 Dinners (D).
    Enjoy a local beer or glass of house wine at each included meal as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Locally-guided orientation tours of Guadalajara and Tequila, including transportation, as well as to Tonalá and Tlaquepaque, including visit with local artisan(s).
  • Private visit to a tequila factory with tequila/mezcal tasting on La Ruta del Tequila.
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide for select group activities.
  • Services of a professional driver for certain activities.
  • Entry fees for included group activities as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Group tips for local guides and included meals.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights or other transportation to and from Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL).
  • Optional airport transfers outside of included group transfers on tour dates.
  • Pre- or post-trip accommodations outside of our tour dates, although we can help to set up extra nights, assuming availability.
  • Travel and/or medical insurance in addition to that included with your fee (if you'd like additional coverage please see SquareMouth, which is a travel insurance comparison site or WorldNomads for a free quote)
  • Meals not specifically outlined in the itinerary as included.
  • Drinks or other alcoholic beverages not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Tips for housekeeping or other services that are not included.
  • Items of a personal nature.

All aspects of this itinerary are subject to change.  We ask that you remain flexible as there are often circumstances beyond our control and changes may be necessary.

The trip leader, tour operator and/or tour coordinator reserve the right to make adjustments to the published itinerary whenever, in their sole discretion, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort and/or safety of the group.

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