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Day of the Dead Pueblan Culinary Holiday

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$1,898 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
7 days | 6 nights

Experience true cultural immersion
during the Día de los Muertos Mexican holiday.

At the end of October in the highlands of Mexico, marigolds bloom, fireplaces are lit to warm chilly evenings and the dead return. This is your opportunity to experience Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a beloved Mexican holiday, at Casa Carmelita in Tlaxcala. Marvel at the beauty of traditional ofrendas (offering tables) and other holiday decorations throughout the home. Learn more about the history and celebration of the holiday through a guided Dia de los Muertos cultural tour in Puebla. And, for a truly immersive experience, cook traditional holiday recipes, along with other regional favorites. This week's tour is specially designed, and has very limited availability. So book now to secure your space!

Day of the Dead Pueblan Culinary Holiday

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6 Nights B&B Accommodations
Mexico City Round-Trip Transfers
Meals & Beverages During Tour
Day of the Dead Festival in Puebla
4 Traditional Pueblan Cooking Classes
Cultural History Tour of Old Tlaxcala
Guided Produce & Spice Market Tour
Festival & Holiday Recipe Focus
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Day 1
Airport Transfers from and back to Mexico City From your arrival at the airport, you are in our hands and well cared for. Once our private driver has met you, your vacation begins, and you are here to relax, unwind, and enjoy yourself while you learn Mexican Home Cooking. From Mexico City Airport your 1.5-hour drive will be via a modern 4-lane expressway over pine-covered mountains. Your package also includes a return to Mexico City airport via the Luxury Airport Shuttle, which departs every half-hour from Puebla non-stop to your airline at the airport.
Day 2
Welcome Dinner with Magical Margaritas! Upon arrival at Casa Carmelita, you will enjoy a delicious, festive welcome. Relish light appetizers, drinks and the chance to meet fellow vacationers and your hosts. Choose from soft drinks, beer, wine or the classic Mexican drink: Margaritas. After you get settled, you will enjoy a classic Pueblan dinner prepared by Doña Estela, which will set the tone for the type of cuisine you'll learn to create in your cooking classes during the week. Get ready to discover secrets passed down through generations that create the unique flavors of this delightful region.
Day 3
Meals, Drinks, Cooking Classes and Market Excursions! Included in your package are your meals and drinks while at Casa Carmelita, a market excursion and history tour. During your market visit, you will find the locally grown and produced ingredients for the recipes you will cook each day. Enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning, then roll up your sleeves to prepare some of the most delicious meals found in all of Mexico.
Day 4
Day of the Dead Festival & Guided Puebla Tour Delight in the sights, sounds and tastes of the Day of the Dead festival in Puebla. On this guided tour, you'll learn more about the history and traditions of the holiday, as well as take part in the festivities! Enjoy seasonal specialty foods, while you take in elaborate ofrendas, calaveritas and other artistic expressions of the Día de los Muertos holiday. Folk songs and other musical accompaniments make this tour a feast for all the senses!
Day 5
Hands-On Holiday & Traditional Pueblan Cooking Courses Enjoy cooking classes that focus on the Día de los Muertos holiday and ulitize family recipes from the kitchen of Chef Doña Eulogia Silva Castillo. Doña passed her traditional recipes on to her granddaughter, Señora Estela Salas Silva, who will be sharing them with you. During your stay, you'll have four authentic classes, and during the 2.5 to 3 hour class you will learn to create a 3 course meal. Aside from traditional holiday dishes, you will also learn recipes unique to Doña Castillo’s family. All classes will take place in a large, home-style kitchen.
Day 6
Cultural History Tour of Old Tlaxcala The tour of Tlaxcala’s historic center will begin at the very heart of the city. On this tour, you'll walk through almost 500 years of history, from the Holy Cross Fountain, a gift from Spanish King Felipe IV in 1646, to the former Royal Guest house in the Parish Church of Saint Joseph, which was built in 1526. Other important landmarks that you’ll visit on this tour include the former Chapel for Indigenous People which was located in Tlaxcala back in 1528 and the Royal Guest House of the Indigenous Government which was built back in 1551 to house distinguished visitors.
Day 7
Guided Produce and Spice Market Excursion Pueblan flavor is a mixture of four different cuisines. One way to get acquainted with the ingredients of the traditional dishes you will be preparing is by visiting the market in Tlaxcala. Here, you will find the most common ingredients for the endless varieties of today’s Mexican cuisine. Tomatoes, onion, cinnamon, tortillas and all varieties of chiles can be found here. Chiles anchos, passillas, mulattos and chipotles as well as pumpkin seeds, raisins, cloves, sesame seeds, almonds, tomatillos, oil, and garlic will all be at your disposal.
Day 8
Free Day For Optional Activities (priced separately) Below are some suggestions for optional excursions so you can make the most of your time in this enchanting land. Let us arrange transportation for you to visit Cacaxtla, an important archeological site where well-preserved murals dating back to the Mayans await you. You can also visit La Corona Talavera factory to learn the process of making beautiful ceramic jars, pots, vases and platters, as well as other pieces. For a more active excursion, you can hike Tlaxcala’s highest peak, the dormant volcano La Malintzin. The three hour, moderate hike to the summit results in breathtaking views, so bring your camera! If you’re looking for a guided excursion, try the Haciendas of Tlaxcala tour, where you’ll gain access to two haciendas typically closed to the public and a gorgeous church in the city of Tlaxcala. If relaxation is what you need, feel free to stay in the comfort of Casa Carmelita, and order in one of many spa services available. We’re happy to provide these and other optional activities, based on availability. Contact us for pricing and options.
Casa Carmelita
Casa Carmelita is located on farmland about 5 miles outside of the city of Tlaxcala on a beautiful Mexican high plateau. Double room with private bath and fireplace as well as a private cottage called “La Casita” and a two room "Stone Suite" are available as part of the first class, comfortable accommodations at this traditional Mexican home, with an ample kitchen perfectly configured for culinary instruction. Unlike an impersonal resort or hotel, Casa Carmelita’s hosts are always available to respond to individual needs and take every precaution to ensure your comfort.
Tlaxcala, Mexico
What Currency is being quoted?
All prices are quoted in USD. The price quoted on the first page of a tour is always per person, double occupancy.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Our full cancellation policy is stated in the Terms and Conditions when making your reservation. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed up to 31 days or more prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or up to 61 days or more prior to departure for international tours. No refund is allowed 30 days or less prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or 60 days or less prior to departure for international tours.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Should I Purchase Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a Travelex travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228- 9792 and reference location number 06-0248.

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