After hotel pickup in Guadalajara around 8:15am or 6pm (depending on which option you select), you’ll be transferred to the railway station. Board the Tequila Express, a traditional Mexican train and one of the country’s only passenger trains still remaining in operation. With your guide and small group, settle in for the journey to the town of Amatitan. Located in the state of Jalisco, it's the only region in the country where tequila production is allowed. (See a full description of your day or night tour below.)
Option 1: Day train with buffet lunch
During the approximate 1.5-hour train ride, pass scenic rural landscapes and gaze out your train window at a field full of agaves. Upon arrival in Jalisco, transfer by coach to Casa Herradura (Hacienda San Jose del Refugio), one of the most famous tequila distilleries in the world.
Enjoy a small-group tour through the distillery as well as the Tequila Museum, where you’ll learn about past and present-day tequila production techniques from your guide. Hear about the indigenous people who invented the fermented agave drink and the Spanish who distilled the beverage into the tequila known today.
In the afternoon, enjoy a Mexican buffet lunch featuring regional dishes, accompanied by some tequila tasting. Complete your cultural tour with a folkloric show featuring Mexican mariachi music and dancing! Your guide will accompany your small group back to Guadalajara by rail and transport you back to your hotel around 6:30pm.
Option 2: Night train with buffet dinner
Take an approximate 1.5-hour train ride to the tequila-producing region of Jalisco. During your journey, revel in the celebratory atmosphere aboard the Tequila Express, enjoying complimentary tequila and a gourmet Mexican dinner buffet featuring tasty regional dishes.
When you reach Jalisco, transfer by coach to the Jose Cuervo Distillery (La Rojena), established in 1795 as the world’s oldest! Take a small-group tour through the distillery and learn about the laborious process of making tequila – from harvest to fermentation/distillation to aging in oak casks. Marvel at the spectacular sight of the blue agave fields by night!
Complete your evening with a folkloric show featuring Mexican mariachi music and dancing before re-boarding the train for your return trip. Your guide will accompany your small group back to Guadalajara by rail and transport you back to your hotel around 2:30am.