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One of the most relaxing and interesting ways to see a country is by rail. Especially when that train journey includes travelling first class through the mighty chasms, canyons and mountain landscapes of Mexico’s Sierra Madre.
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You’ll chug over 400 miles through 86 tunnels, over 39 breath-taking bridges, past waterfalls and a canyon system bigger than the Grand Canyon, before reaching your ocean destination. From the wealthy city of Chihuahua your train will take you to Los Barrancas and on to El Fuerte.

On the way you’ll encounter staggering scenery and traditionally-dressed Indians – and you’ll arrive at the charming coastal town of Los Mochis where you will catch a flight over to Baja California Sur. Here you’ll have the opportunity for some relaxation by the beach, as well as an amazing whale watching tour in the Bay of Magdalena.

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Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

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DAY 1-2

MEXICO CITY

You’ll be met and taken to your hotel in the fashionable Polanco District. You’ll have a whole day to explore the pyramids and the marvels of Mexico City, sprawling between the snow-capped Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl volcanoes. You’ll take in the magnificent Teotihuacan Pyramids, as well as the National Palace and Palace of Fine Arts.

Stay: Two nights in a standard room at Las Alcobas – bed & breakfast

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DAY 3

CHIHUAHUA

Take a short flight up to Chihuahua and you’ll find yourself in a city of wide boulevards and handsome buildings. You’ll notice an air of wealth about the place; in the last 30 years the city has become one of the largest and richest in Mexico – built on the success of its cattle, timber, mining and tourism industry. Walking around the streets you will readily understand the appeal of the latter.

Stay: One night in a double room at the Quality Inn – bed & breakfast

LAS BARRANCAS, MEXICO
DAY 4-5

LAS BARRANCAS

Now your epic train journey begins, in grand style. One of the finest rail lines in the world awaits; you’ll glide first class through the astonishing upland scenery of the Sierra Madre – over 25,000 sq miles of jagged mountains, plunging canyons and horizon-wide landscapes. The canyon system is formed by fiver major rivers and is four times larger than Colorado’s Grand Canyon. The scale of the scenery is simply jaw-dropping. It’s a five hour journey, but it will pass in a flash – bringing you to your hotel, perched dramatically on the edge of a canyon.

Stay: Two nights in a double room at Hotel Mirador – full board

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DAY 6-7

EL FUERTE

Another five hour train journey brings you to El Fuerte, originally a silver town and now considered to be the most beautiful city in the state. The countryside you’ll see on the way is extremely photogenic, and your hotel is pretty impressive too; it has been created from a 16th century hacienda and is said to be the one-time home of the legendary Zorro. Today’s El Fuerte features charming cobbled streets leading to graceful colonial mansions. The central plaza is a study in colonial elegance complete with a 19th century bandstand shaded by gently swaying palms. The next day enjoy a private tour of the city, followed by a cruise along El Fuerte River to observe the 4,000 year old petroglyphs.

Stay: Two nights in a double room at Posada del Hidalgo – bed & breakfast

LA PAZ, MEXICO
DAY 8

LA PAZ

Today you’ll fly from Los Mochis Airport to La Paz where you’ll be met and taken to your charming colonial-style hotel. You will find yourself ideally located just opposite to La Paz Beach, and just over a mile from Lomas de Palmira Marina. A few minutes drive will take you into the town centre, where you can browse an array of shops, bars and restaurants.

Stay: One night in a double room at Posada de las Flores – bed & breakfast

Bahia Magdalena, Mexico
DAY 9

PUERTO SAN CARLOS

This morning you will meet your guide and set off for Bahia Magdalena. Known as the jewel of the Pacific, the region is famed for its large numbers of sea birds, sea turtles and marine mammals, which includes migratory grey whales. After checking into your hotel, you will head out into the bay in search of these majestic creatures who travel to these protected waters to mate and calve. After the cruise, enjoy a sundowner in the dunes overlooking the Pacific before returning to your hotel in the evening.

Stay: One night in a double room at the Mangrove Inn – bed & breakfast

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DAY 10

TODOS SANTOS

Rise early this morning to see Magdalena Bay come to life. After a hearty breakfast, you will set out on the water once again in search of grey whales. After lunch you will be privately transferred to Todos Santos – about a four hour drive – where you will check into your hotel just steps from the town’s main square.

Stay: One night in a classic room at Guaycura Hotel – bed & breakfast

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DAY 11-13

SAN JOSE DEL CABO

This morning take a step back into the history of Todos Santos on a guided city tour, taking in the town’s various historic buildings and learning about the colourful pasts connected with them. After you will make the short drive to Los Cabos at the southern tip of Baja California, a remarkable setting where the Sea of Cortez meets the desert and mountains. It’s known as a ‘dual destination’, encompassing both the authentic Mexican town atmosphere of San Jose del Cabo, and the lively and modern Cabo San Lucas.

Your hotel is a typically Mexican grand residence that has been transformed into a boutique hotel; surrounded by gardens that feature palms, waterfalls and abundant flowers. It’s truly peaceful, yet just a few minutes’ walk to San Jose’s central plaza with its shops, grand buildings and a highly recommended restaurant. The days are at leisure to enjoy as you wish, with the option to take surfing lessons and kayaking and snorkelling excursions.

Stay: Three nights in a deluxe superior room at Casa Natalia – bed & breakfast

DAY 14-15

FLY HOME

A domestic flight from San Jose Cabo Airport will take you back to Mexico City to meet your flight home.

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
15 days from £5,928 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Domestic flights
  • Private transfers
  • Full board at Hotel Mirador and bed & breakfast at Las Alcobas, Quality Inn, Posada del Hidalgo, Posada de las Flores, Mangrove Inn, Guaycura Hotel and Casa Natalia
  • Based on two people travelling

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
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