COLONIAL SAN SEBASTIAN, TEQUILA TASTING & LUNCH

6.5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-160
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$ 99.95
Min. age: 4 years (See special notes)
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Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Grab a light sweater, some walking shoes, and of course your camera, and set off on this full-day historic tour to the quintessential charming colonial-era Mexican town of San Sebastián.

Your day of discovery begins as you board a comfortable transportation for the 90- minute drive to this 17th-century mining town. Pass through rural Mexican villages and the breathtaking Sierra Madre Mountains on this beautiful drive, ascending 4,500 feet above sea level to the secluded town of San Sebastián.

This unique, historic enclave was originally settled as a gold, silver and lead mining town in 1605. By its peak around 1900, an estimated 20,000 people lived here, but today just 600 residents call this quaint town home. But what it lacks in population, San Sebastián makes up for in cultural charms. A traditional way of life is upheld in this remote Mexican village. Agriculture is the primary livelihood, and you'll see cattle as well as corn, coffee and agave on the mountainside.

Step off the transportation and begin with a leisure walking tour since exploring the town on foot is the best way to take in the sights. Stop for a photo in front of the classic Porfirian bandstand, and keep your camera at the ready for town's beloved landmark, an 18th century church dedicated to San Sebastián. As you walk along cobbled streets and down narrow passageways admiring the elegant whitewashed haciendas, you'll feel as if you've stepped back into colonial Mexico. The way of life here has hardly changed over hundreds of years. It's no wonder that the town was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

While in San Sebastián, your tour will include an exploration of a local coffee plantation, where you can learn about the process from bean to cup; your knowledgeable guide will explain how the coffee is grown, picked and processed. A traditional sit-down lunch is then served in a private traditional location, featuring such regional delights as Mexican salsa, guacamole, handmade tortillas, refried beans, beef, chicken or vegetable fajitas, and refreshing lemonade.

Recharged, you can then finish the day with a walking tour of the town's village square. Stop at the local museum to learn more about the cultural significance and history of this secluded paradise that has been preserved for centuries.

Before returning to port, you'll visit a local tequila factory to learn how this popular liquor is made. You'll also enjoy a tasting and learn the traditional way to enjoy this beverage – you might be surprised to learn that no salt or lime is needed!

Re-board the transportation for a relaxing drive back to port with memories and pictures to share with fellow passengers and friends back home. Hopefully you picked up some souvenirs, too!

Special Notes:

Guests must be at least 4 years old to participate. This excursion involves moderate walking over cobblestones and other uneven surfaces. Not recommended for passengers with limited mobility and limited or no wheelchair and or scooter access. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sweater or light jacket.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for your scenic drive to San Sebastian

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
28
Travel time:
01:45
Walking distance:
100
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Inside visit of a coffee plantation

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Steps:
6
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes

Lunch at a private venue

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No

Walking tour of historic town center

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
02:00
Free time at site:
30
Walking distance:
200
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your vehicle and return to your ship

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
28
Travel time:
01:30
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No