Patron Tour to San Miguel de Allende

The ideal Winter Get-away!

Join Music from Copland House in Mexico (January 28 - February 1, 2016)

  • 4-days/4-nights in San Miguel de Allende, a central Mexican city both quaint and cosmopolitan, with a large, lively American expatriate community. A UNESCO World Heritage of Humanity site, its historic center is filled with vibrant restaurants, galleries, craftspeople, gifted artisans, and 17th-and 18th-century architecture.

  • Boasting a temperate climate generally in the sunny 80s during January, San Miguel is the perfect place to relieve the January winter doldrums!

  • Fly United from Newark, and stay at the 4-star Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “10 Best Hotels in Mexico.”

  • All-inclusive package includes RT airfare, hotel, airport transfers in Mexico, most meals, escorted excursions, archeological and culinary walking tours, visits to art and design centers ...

  • ... and, of course, tickets to two Music from Copland House concerts that will feature our extraordinary ensemble in music by Copland, Bernstein,
    Ives, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Dvorak, and Schumann!

  • $2,525 per person, double occupancy; $725 single supplement.

Book Now!

Complete our application form by November 24, 2015 to reserve your spot.
For more information, contact Ian Murdoch at (914) 788-4659 or

San Miguel
San Miguel
MCH in Mexico

Itinerary & Details

Day 1: Thursday, January 28, 2016

 - United Airlines: Newark to Queretaro
 - Transfer to Hotel Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada by private shuttle.
 - Welcome Reception/Aperitif at the hotel
 - Group Dinner

Day 2: Friday, January 29, 2016

 - Breakfast at the hotel
 - Walking Tour of San Miguel, exploring more than 300 years of architectural styles in the historic center city, including an in-depth look at the interior of the majestic Parroquia Cathedral
 - Group Lunch
 - CONCERT; Music from Copland House, featuring music by Schumann, Bernstein, Ives, and Dvorak (St. Paul's Church)
Evening FREE

Day 3: Saturday, January 30, 2016

 - Breakfast at the hotel
 - A Mexican culinary lesson with one of central Mexico's expert chefs in a special session exploring the bold flavors and rich history of regional cuisine, and the tips and techniques to create an elegant, authentic menu.
 - Visit Fabrica La Aurora, a unique art and design center in an early 20th-century former textile factory. Explore working artist studios, contemporary art galleries, and furniture, textiles, and home-goods artisans.
Evening FREE

Day 4: Sunday, January 31, 2016

 - Breakfast at the hotel
 - ArcheoTour to Canada de la Virgen. One of Mexico’s best-kept secrets, the Cañada de la Virgen archaeological zone has been open to the public only since 2011 – a true testament to the mathematical, astronomical, and architectural genius acquired over thousands of years by its builders and their ancestors. Three of the main structures – the House of the Thirteen Heavens, the House of the Longest Night, and the House of the Wind – were occupied between 540 and 1050 A.D., and served as ceremonial spaces, elite residences, burial grounds, and time keeping instruments aligned precisely to the movements of the celestial bodies. The site was also a pilgrimage destination for common people who brought tribute to the elite astronomer priests living here. An informative and lively tour of the site by archaeologist Albert Coffee, who worked on excavating it.
 - Immediately following the ArcheoTour, an all-organic, vegetarian, ranch-style luncheon, prepared by the women of "Las Rancheritas", home of the Rug Hook Project, a craft cooperative where 18 women design, make, and sell hooked rugs.
 - CONCERT; Music from Copland House, featuring music by Copland, Stravinsky, Martinu, Debussy, and Ravel (St. Paul's Church)
Evening FREE

Day 5: Monday, February 1, 2016

 - Transfer to Queretaro Airport by private shuttle
 - United Airlines: Queretaro to Newark

San Miguel

San Miguel

Fabrica La Aurora

Canada del al Virgen

Accommodations & Rates

Your hotel ... the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

Belmond Casa

Called “one of the Top 10 Hotels in Mexico” by Condé Nast Traveler, the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is a charming luxury hotel in the center of historic San Miguel offering an escape to another time. Accommodations are located in a historic main building and a collection of colonial mansions. No room is like another, and each stays true to its authentic roots – complemented by the thoughtful integration of modern touches. The vivid past of this historic property is furnished with innumerable details including original art, antiques, hand-crafted fabrics and, in many rooms, a quarry-stone fireplace. Cool, leafy gardens, stone arches and traditional wooden doors surround pretty courtyards lit by lanterns as night falls. Peaceful though this is — especially when within the tranquil Laja Spa — just step outside and you are surrounded by San Miguel de Allende’s many colors, scents and sounds. In the heart of the Belmond hotel is a hidden oasis: an azure swimming pool surrounded by the beautiful stone arches and arcades of the Casa Palma mansion. This courtyard is dotted with manicured trees and colorful flowers, making it a fantastic setting for a cooling dip.

Rates Per Person

$2,525 per person, double occupancy; $725, single supplement



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