7-Day Mexico's Day of the Dead in Oaxaca
Product Code: 1113-112972
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Flexible Schedule

The schedule of this tour is very flexible allowing for the guide to make the best of our time based on events and activities on a day-by-day basis. The guide will go over the schedule with you locally.

OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Visits to observe cemetery vigils
  • • Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades
  • • Orientation walk and market visit
  • • Oaxaca culinary experience
Tour Code
1113-112972
Duration
7 days
Departure City
Oaxaca
End City
Oaxaca
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, Historical, Spiritual, UNESCO, Backpacker

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit holy and sacred landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who wants to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Oaxaca

Xoxocotlan International Airport - Oaxaca

Hotel: Hotel Casantica or similar

When you arrive at the airport, look for the driver holding a National Geographic Journeys sign. Please approach them, and ask them who they are supposed to be picking up (do not tell them your name, they should have this information already). Once they give you the correct name, have your passport ready to show them and you will be on your way!

Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your Certified Experience Officer (CEO). This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5:00pm and 7:00pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!

If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.

Tips:
Joining hotel: Hotel Casantica (Ave Morelos 601, 68000 Oaxaca).

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Oaxaca

Oaxaca

Hotel: Hotel Casantica or similar

Take an orientation walk around Oaxaca with your CEO. Visit two massive markets located just off the “zocalo” (main square), here you'll find many local foods, ornaments, and Day of the Dead essentials for local families.

This tour includes visits to cemeteries in both Xoxocotlan and Atzompa to view the altars and families gathering as dusk turns to dark. The many candles placed around the altars and graves add to the ambiance. In addition, you'll view Day of the Dead parades in both Oaxaca and the Etla Valley. Participants in these parades dress in elaborate costumes and are serenaded by brass bands. Mezcal, served in small plastic cups, is frequently passed out to those watching the parades.

Day of the Dead takes place between October 31 and November 2 and is a celebration and remembrance of the deceased. Families will build private altars and bring large feasts to cemeteries, to be with the souls of the departed. It is believed that the souls will come back to visit and take part in the celebrations. Some of the “ofrendas” (altars) are very elaborate and include sugar skulls and marigold flowers. In most regions, the souls of infants and children are honored on November 1. Adults are remembered on November 2. It is generally a festive rather than somber gathering.

The Oaxaca area is well known for its many artisans who make everything from pottery, to elaborate weavings, and mezcal (tequila's cousin). The group will also have the opportunity to visit a couple of the the nearby communities to see the artisans at work.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Oaxaca

Oaxaca

Hotel: Hotel Casantica or similar

Explore the culinary delights of Oaxaca with a local host, who will take us to the local market, the chocolate grinding mills, and a tortilla making workshop. Continue on to a local family's kitchen and taste an array of local cuisine, learn traditional cooking methods, and discuss the food culture in Oaxaca. There’s also free time to explore the city and its surroundings.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Oaxaca

Oaxaca

Hotel: Hotel Casantica or similar

Today you'll be free to continue exploring the culture, spirituality, and festivities of the famed Day of the Dead festival.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Oaxaca

Oaxaca

Hotel: Hotel Casantica or similar

Today you'll be free to continue exploring the culture, spirituality, and festivities of the famed Day of the Dead festival.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Oaxaca

Oaxaca

Hotel: Hotel Casantica or similar

Today you'll be free to continue exploring the culture, spirituality, and festivities of the famed Day of the Dead festival.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07

Oaxaca

After breakfast, we'll transfer you to the airport for your departing flight at any time.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Airport pick-up, drop-off
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • 6-night quality accommodations
  • Professional Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides
  • Visits to observe cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlan and Atzompa
  • Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades
  • Orientation walk and market visit in Oaxaca
  • Oaxaca culinary experience and dinner
  • Tour nearby artisan villages
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Service fee to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
    - Monte Alban Ruins tour: USD 13.00 (public includes transport), USD 25.00 (private includes transport, entrance and guide)
    - Árbol del Tule Excursion: USD 0.50 entrance + Transportation (30 mins from Oaxaca)
    - Valley of Mitla Ruins: USD 5.00 entrance + Transportation(1.5 hours from Oaxaca)
    - Hierve el Agua: USD 2.00 entrance + Transportation (about 3 hours from Oaxaca)
Special Notes
  • Travel style: National Geographic Journeys. Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam - all without sacrificing comfort.
  • Physical rating: Light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Also, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Age requirement: 12+. All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Trip type: small group with max 15, avg 8.
* Single occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
* Please note that availability and prices of optional services including airport transfers, pre and post accommodations are subject to final confirmation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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