Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing
With your guide, tour the small, tree-lined town, learning about its history as the first Spanish settlement in Mexico. See its main attractions such as La Casa del Cabildo (one of the oldest Spanish structures still standing in Mexico), the first Catholic church in the Americas, and the house of the 16th-century Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés.
Back in your minivan, return to Veracruz to visit San Juan de Ulúa, a fortress that dates back to 1565. Situated along a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Mexico, the complex once served as a prison and then a presidential residence. Today, it's a museum where you can learn about its role in several major events in Mexico’s history.
After your tour of San Juan de Ulúa, return once more to your minivan to start your sightseeing tour of Veracruz. You’ll have a break to get lunch (own expense) and then start the panoramic city tour which covers Veracruz’s top landmarks, including the Old Customs Building, Postal and Telegraph buildings, the Santiago Bulwark (defense wall) and the train station.
You'll also visit the beautiful Zocalo, Veracruz’s main plaza, home to the Municipal Palace and the city’s 18th-century cathedral. From there, take a walk on the malecón to enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico, and enjoy a drive through the neighboring port city Boca del Río to see its upscale hotels.
You’ll be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Local guide
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- There will be a lunch break
EXTREMELY EXCELLENT. GREAT for real history buffs. Rafael, our English speaking guide, and Guillermo, our driver, truly had a wealth of knowledge. Rafael communicated the history with very good English. Guillermo, who spoke some English, was also an Anthropologist, who was able to supplement Rafael's information. This gave my husband and I a wonderful lesson on an area about which we knew almost nothing. We were driven in an air conditioned car - just the two of us. There is a good bit of walking, often on cobblestones, so wear appropriate shoes, that can withstand a bit of mud if it has been raining.
Excellent tour of the highlights of Veracruz and vicinity. Because of my spanish I was able to understand much more than my wife. The van driver was extremely knowledgeable but had very limited english. The translator had limited knowledge and limited translational skills.