Leserreise Luxemburger Wort: Mexico - Dia de los Muertos

Culture and history - yesterday and today
©Aurora Uribe
Dates (17 days) 21.10.2024 - 06.11.2024 from/to Luxembourg
Number of travellers 10-12 participants

Leserreise Luxemburger Wort: Mexico – Dia de los Muertos

One of the most important holidays for Mexicans is Día de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead. In Mexican tradition, death is seen as part of life. According to ancient belief, the deceased come back to earth from the afterlife once a year at the end of the harvest season to celebrate their reunion with their loved ones. Death, life, and Mexican joie de vivre come together, with no trace of sadness. Altars for offerings are built and houses and streets are colourfully decorated. This special trip brings you closer to the colourful celebrations and ancient Mexican traditions of “Día de los Muertos”.

In addition to visits to impressive pre-Columbian ruins, colonial old towns and selected museums, the program includes a tequila and pulque tasting, a visit to a coffee and vanilla plantation and of course impressive visits to cemeteries and churches during the celebrations.

Guided trip in German.

  • Experience culture

Travel itinerary

Day 1 Off to Mexico
  • Bus transfer to Frankfurt Airport
  • Flight (Lufthansa, 1:35 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) Frankfurt-Mexico City
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Overnight stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites**** hotel in Mexico City
  • Night
Day 2 Mexico City: From the Zócalo to the Museo Panteón San Fernando
  • Walk in the center of Mexico City (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Museo Panteón San Fernando (San Fernando cemetery, opulent tombs)
  • Dinner at the “Azulismo” restaurant by the avant-garde chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Hotel Hampton Inn & Suites 4*
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 3 Mexico City: Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo, Luchadores & Tequila
  • Museo Anahuac Alli (Olmec, Toltec and Zapotec as well as sketches of some of Rivera’s murals)
  • Walk through the trendy Coyoacán district to Casa Azul (Frida Kahlo)
  • Lucha Libre Mexicana at Arena Mexico
  • Tequila tasting
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel NH Mexico City Centro Historico***(*)
  • Breakfast
  • Dégustation
  • Night
Day 4 Cantona: ball courts and pyramids
  • Visit to the archaeological site of Cantona.
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Hacienda Tepetlcalli Museo & Spa***(*) in Tepeyahualco
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 5 Village life and highland coffee
  • Anthropological Museum in Xalapa (Olmec)
  • Colonial town of Coatepec
  • Coffee cooperative Café-tal Apan (coffee museum, plantation)
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Finca La Niebla*** in Xalapa
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 6 Fascination of the cloud forest
  • Excursion and hike in the cloud forest
  • Overnight stay at Hotel Finca La Niebla***
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 7 Pirates and Totonacs
  • Veracruz (Old Town, Plaza de la Constitución, Zócalo)
  • San Juan de Ulúa harbor fortress
  • Quiahuiztlán Archaeological Zone (Totonacs)
  • Overnight stay at the Istirinchá***(*) beach resort in Nautla
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 8 Vanilla and Totonaks
  • Vanilla plantation in Guitérrez Zamora
  • El Tajin ruins (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Poza Rica Inn***(*) in Poza Rica
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 9 Natural artwork Santa Maria Regla
  • Hacienda Santa María Regla (18th century)
  • Basalt columns in the Santa María Regla Canyon (suspension bridges, paths and stairs to the waterfalls)
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Double Tree by Hilton****(*) in Toluca
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 10 La Feria y Festival Cultural del Alfeñique, Tree of Life
  • Toluca Botanical Garden
  • Walk to the Cathedral of Toluca de San José, “La Feria y Festival Cultural del Alfeñique” (annual fair around the Day of the Dead celebrations).
  • Catrinas making workshop.
  • Visit to the artisan Heriberto Ortega (“Tree of Life”)
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Double Tree by Hilton Toluca****(*)
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 11 Aztecs and ofrendas
  • Malinalco (excavation and colonial town)
  • Visit to the altars with ofrendas/offerings for the recently deceased, nightly festivities and bell ringing (for the souls of the deceased children)
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Huayacan Cuernavaca Curamonia Collection**** in Cuernavaca
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 12 Day Trip: Cemetery Offerings, Pyramids in Xochicalco, Silver in Taxco
  • Ocotepec Cemetery (decorated graves, ofrendas/offerings)
  • Ruins of Xochicalco (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Silver city of Taxco (silver museum, magnificent church of Santa Prisca)
  • City tour of Cuernavaca
  • Nightly celebrations and bell ringing (for the souls of deceased adults)
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Huayacan Cuernavaca Curamonia Collection****
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 13 Offerings and Calaveras Parade
  • Visit the altars of Huaquechula decorated with countless offerings
  • Atlixco (calaveras parade in the evening) with traditional costume wearers, marching bands/popular music, meter-high giant Catrinas in the middle of beautiful Cempasúchil flower fields
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Colonial de Puebla*** in Puebla
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 14 Puebla: Moles and Talaveras
  • Secret of making mole (including cooking class and tasting)
  • Puebla old town tour (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Biblioteca Palafoxiana (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Visit to a Talavera workshop
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Colonial de Puebla***
  • Breakfast
  • Dégustation
  • Night
Day 15 Great pyramid, traditional churches
  • Cholula Archaeological Site (2,140 m above sea level, panoramic view from the top of the Great Pyramid)
  • Church of San Francisco Acatepec (Puebla architectural style)
  • Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla (folkloristic)
  • Pulque Hacienda including tasting of the “Drink of the Gods”
  • Overnight stay at Villas Archeologicas Teotihuacán ***(*) in Teotihuacán
  • Breakfast
  • Dégustation
  • Night
Day 16 Puebla – Teotihuacan
  • Departure to Frankfurt
  • Teotihuacán archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage) including Templo de Quetzalcóatl, one of the most beautiful buildings in pre-Hispanic Mexico
  • Drive to Mexico City airport
  • Flight (Lufthansa, departure 7.35 p.m.) to Frankfurt
  • Breakfast
Day 17 End of the trip
  • Arrival in Frankfurt (2.45 p.m.)
  • Bus transfer from Frankfurt to Luxembourg airport.
Program and flight times subject to change.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunchbox / Picnic
  • Tasting
  • Night

Prices (per person)

Double/twin room
6.995 €
Single room
8.390 €
Price discount for Luxemburger Wort Abo subscribers (per BOOKING)
100 €

Minimum number of participants: 10, maximum number of participants: 12.

Included services:

Shuttle service from/to place of residence (Luxembourg and border region)
Bus transfer Luxembourg-Frankfurt Airport-Luxembourg
Flight with Lufthansa Frankfurt-Mexico City-Frankfurt (Economy, fare class U/W, subject to availability)
Airport fees & kerosene €488 (as of 11/2023)
CO2 compensation for flights and land-based services via Atmosfair
16 nights in selected 3-4.5* hotels according to the program, in a double/twin room including breakfast.
Transfers and transport in an air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter (16-seater) according to the program
Excursions and sightseeing according to the program.
Meals according to program
Tequila, mole and pulque tasting.
Local German-speaking tour guide from/to Mexico City
Planet B companion (ten full-paying guests required)

*For an individual list of hotels, see ‘Detailed travel description’.

Not included are: Lufthansa seat reservations, additional excursions, meals not mentioned, drinks, individual travel insurance, tips, local tourism tax, personal expenses.

Authentic and sustainable

  • Small group, 10-12 travelers
  • CO2 compensation for flights and land-based services (4,251 t per person) via Atmosfair
  • Opportunity to experience the traditions and celebrations surrounding Día de los Muertos.
  • Many overnight stays in local and typical hotels
  • Visits to small family businesses and local artists who continue old traditions.
  • Visit to a coffee cooperative.
  • Meaningful interactions with the locals

Important information

To enter the country, EU citizens need a passport that is valid for at least six months at the time of entry. The passport must be in good condition and have at least two blank pages left. All Covid-19-related restrictions have currently been lifted. We would like to point out that this may change depending on the pandemic situation (as of June 2023).

Almost all accommodations offer free WiFi, although network coverage is not always perfect. Please note that the hotels and lodges only offer non-smoking rooms. If some of the accommodations we have booked are unforeseen to be unavailable, we will book a (preferably) equivalent alternative.

For air travel, our sales prices are generally based on special and tour operator tariffs of the airline(s) selected for the relevant trip. Therefore, the space available is limited; additional charges may apply for bookings made three months before the start of the trip.

With the travel documents you will receive further information about the trip and the destination country.

No insurance is included in the travel price. We strongly recommend taking out travel cancellation insurance that includes Covid-19 as well as appropriate travel health insurance that includes treatment (including quarantine) for Covid-19.

This trip is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. If necessary, please tell us the type of mobility restriction you have before booking and clarify with us whether we can meet your individual needs.

Planet B is a brand of Bollig Tours s.à r.l.. Bollig Tours is therefore named as the organizer in our general travel conditions.

For further information about the trip and accommodation, see “Detailed travel description” (PDF for download) – currently available in German only. Please contact us for more information.

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For further information about the trip and accommodation, see 'Detailed travel description' – currently available in German only. Please contact us for more information.

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