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Culinary Tours - Mexico

Mexico culinary tourJoin Gourmet Retreats for seven spectacular days as we embark on a culinary and cultural tour of two of Mexico’s most beautiful regions. In the spring we travel to the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende where you experience colonial Mexico, with its charm and elegance, colorful culture and delicious and varied cuisine. In the fall we travel into the state of Oaxaca, known as the ‘land of seven moles’.

The one-week culinary tour is much more than a cooking school vacation. It allows you to transport this rich culinary heritage to your own kitchen by offering hands-on cooking classes featuring traditional Mexican food, day trips to fascinating nearby areas and many delicious meals.

Your culinary adventure in San Miguel de Allende takes you to a historic treasure in the mountains of central Mexico. This city stands still in time with its vividly colored colonial houses, four-century old churches and cobble-stoned streets. The town has been designated a national monument and is ranked among the top twenty travel destinations of the world.

The culinary tour in the fall is to the state of Oaxaca, the most diverse state of Mexico. The tour is based in Oaxaca City, a city rich in culture and history and renowned for the beauty and harmony of its architecture. The Zocala is filled with historic cathedrals, artisans, museums and of course exquisite and diverse cuisine.

Summary of Itinerary San Miguel de Allende



Prices:   $1950 per person based on double occupancy; single supplement $450
                 $1750 non-cooking companion*

The tour price includes six night accommodations - double occupancy, all activities and meals listed in the itinerary and four cooking classes. Accommodations are in exquisitely detailed Bed & Breakfasts or elegant vacation villas.

*We are happy to accommodate a friend or spouse who wants to join the tour but not attend the cooking classes. The price includes everything listed above except for cooking classes.

Not Included: Airfare, transportation to and from San Miguel de Allende , alcoholic beverages (unless specified in the program) and tips. Available at additional cost: Transportation to and from Leon or Mexico City airports, horseback riding, golf, tennis, car rentals, yoga, salsa dancing and aerobics classes.

Available at additional cost: Transportation to and from Leon or Mexico City airports, horseback riding, golf, tennis, car rentals, yoga, salsa dancing and aerobics classes

Summary of Itinerary (click here for detailed Mexico culinary tour itinerary)

Day One Arrival at Leon airport, transportation to San Miguel de Allende; Dinner at local restaurant.
Day Two San Miguel de Allende  city tour/ Market tour and cooking class  including dinner.
Day Three Tour to Dolores Hidalgo demonstration of pottery; afternoon cooking class  including meal. Free evening.
Day Four Hot Springs, picnic. Casa de la Cuesta B&B gallery and Folk Art tour followed by ‘bebidas y botanas’ (cocktails and appetizers).
Day Five Artesan tour in San Miguel de Allende; cooking class and dinner.
Day Six Free morning. Afternoon cooking class with farewell dinner.
Day Seven Breakfast; free morning and departure by private car to Leon airport.




A $600 deposit per person is required to reserve space in the tour. Since the number if participants is limited and accommodations vary, early reservations are advised. Once your deposit is received, a letter of confirmation will be sent. We encourage you not to purchase airline tickets until you have received our letter of confirmation. The balance is due no later than 60 days before the tour begins. If not received by that time, Gourmet Retreats reserves the right to consider the reservation cancelled.

BOOKING POLICY: $600 Non-refundable deposit at registration. Final payment due 60 days prior to departure date. Cancellations more than 30 days prior, 30% of final payment refunded. Less than 30 days no refunds.


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