National Palace (Palacio Nacional) Tours

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Overview
The National Palace (Palacio Nacional) has served as the seat of the Mexican federal government since the age of the Aztecs. Although it’s a working building with many offices that are off limits to visitors, there’s still plenty to explore and admire, including Diego Rivera’s famous panoramic mural, The History of Mexico.
 
The Basics
Located on the eastern side of Mexico City's main square or Zócalo (aka Plaza de la Constitución), the block-long historic building was once occupied by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztecs. Cortés destroyed Aztec emperor Moctezuma II’s palace in 1521 and rebuilt the grand structure in Spanish Colonial–style architecture with courtyards and fountains.
 
Visit the National Palace on a sightseeing or walking tour of Mexico City. View Rivera’s mural, as well as other works of art, which tour guides can help explain.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • You’ll need a government-issued photo ID or passport, which will be collected at the door and returned to you when you leave.
  • Large bags will need to be checked, too.
  • The palace is a must-see stop on many sightseeing tours of Mexico City and is a big draw for art lovers.
 
How to Get There
Because the National Palace is located in the main plaza, it’s easily accessible by public transportation. It’s best to avoid driving since traffic can be heavy and parking is expensive. You can take the Metro Line 2 to the Zócalo stop, which is located across from the palace. Or, grab a seat on a hop-on hop-off tour bus; the palace is main stop along the most routes.
 
When to Get There
The National Palace is open to visitors from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday, and is closed on Mondays; Sundays draw big crowds. Visit on September 15 (the day before Mexican Independence Day) to catch the president ring the Campana de Dolores, the bell hanging above the main door, to signal the start of the annual celebration. Padre Miguel Hidalgo rang it to proclaim Mexico’s liberation from Spain in 1810.
 
Diego Rivera’s Mural
Painted between 1929 and 1951, Rivera’s The History of Mexico mural, which splays across the palace’s large stairways and stairwells, depicts Mexico's history from ancient times to the present, including the creation of humankind by Quetzalcóatl (the feathered serpent god), the rise of the Aztecs, and the Spanish conquest. The massive artwork concludes with a look at Mexico's future at the time with communist references and an image of Rivera’s wife, Frida Kahlo.
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Address: Plaza de la Constitución, Mexico City, Mexico
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Half-Day City Tour of Mexico City

Explore Mexico City with a local guide who shares the history and landmarks of the Mexican capital. See the highlights of the Zocalo (main square) including murals by Diego Rivera at the National Palace, and the grand Metropolitan Cathedral. Hear about the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Center of Mexico City, and learn more about the Aztecs and Mesoamerica at the National Museum of Anthropology. Your tour includes entrance fees, transportation in an air-conditioned minivan, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Mexico City in One Day: Teotihuacan Pyramids Early Access and Historical City Sightseeing Tour

Visit Teotihuacan without the crowds and see the sights of Mexico City’s historic center on this tour that provides an easy way to check off the city’s major attractions in just one day. Start by heading to Teotihuacan in the early morning, just as it opens, beating most of the visitors from the city. Explore the ancient plazas and pyramids of this UNESCO World Heritage site, and then return to Mexico City for a guided tour of the Zocalo, home to landmarks like the National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral.
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Mexico City Private City Tour: Teotihuacan and Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

There is so much to see in Mexico City — take advantage of this carefully curated private sightseeing experience. With just your family and friends, this 12-hour tour takes you to the historical square of Zocalo, the Diego Rivera murals at a presidential palace, the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacan, and the Shrine of Guadalupe, one of the world’s most-visited Catholic pilgrimage sites. Round-trip hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hrs
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Mexico City Sightseeing and Teotihuacan Tour

Combine Mexico City landmarks with ancient culture on a full-day tour that explores the historic center and Teotihuacan. You’ll see the sprawling main square and a series of murals by Diego Rivera, then continue to the temples and monuments of Teotihaucan, towering structures that awed the first European visitors. Climb the pyramids for sweeping views of the surrounding plains, and sip a glass of traditional pulque, with a local guide to share the fascinating stories behind each site.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Mexico City Sightseeing Tour

New to Mexico City and not sure what to see? Hop on this 5-hour Mexico City sightseeing tour by coach and delve into the history and art of the sprawling metropolis. An informative guide takes you inside the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest church in all of Latin America; the National Palace; and the Anthropological Museum, home to the famous Aztec Calendar Stone. Hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Mexico City by Night Sightseeing Tour

Get a different perspective on Mexico City during this 5-hour nighttime sightseeing tour. Take in the city's highlights such as Reforma Avenue and Zocalo, the middle of the UNESCO-listed Centro Historico. Listen to in-depth commentary on Mexico City's people, culture, and history from your guide as you walk.
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Mexico City Half-Day Tour with Museum of Anthropology

Discover the UNESCO-listed historic center of Mexico City during a 5-hour guided tour that includes a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. Learn from your guide about significant landmarks such as the National Palace, Zócalo, Metropolitan Cathedral, and more. You'll get to know the city and Mexican culture.
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Mexico City Segway Tour: Downtown Zocalo

Get to know the heart of Mexico City — Centro Histórico — on this 2-hour Segway tour. To walk the whole area, designated a UNESCO site, would take a long time but this Segway allows you to cover ground quickly and with little effort. Admire the historical buildings and monuments in the Zocalo, Alameda Park and Spanish colonial architecture. Taste snacks, or ‘garnachas,’ along the way, and learn about the city’s history. This Mexico City Segway tour is limited to just six people, ensuring more personalized attention.
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Garibaldi Night Tour

Experience Mexico City at night in all its rambunctious glory on this 3-hour guided tour. Admire the illuminated monuments of the Zocalo, one of the largest city plazas in the world, before you revel in the festivities of Plaza Garibaldi. Listen to mariachi bands, dance to live music, watch a folkloric show and witness a symbolic cockfight in the square. Enjoy a complimentary drink and the convenience of hotel transport.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing

Get the most out of limited time in Mexico City with this tour designed for seeing as many of the city’s highlights as possible during a half-day layover. This private walking tour is customized to fit your itinerary and interests. Meet your guide at a convenient central location in the capital’s historic center (or arrange airport pickup for an additional fee) and get guided from attraction to attraction.
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Mexico City Private Tour with Teotihuacan, Murals, Guadalupe Basilica

Discover Mexico City’s highlights, from the city’s enormous Plaza de la Constitucion to historic murals, colonial-era architecture, the magnificent pyramids of Teotihuacan, and the Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. Exploring the city with a private guide means you can enjoy the day at your own pace, learning about the fascinating stories and people behind each place you see. This full-day, private tour of Mexico City includes hotel pickup and drop-off and entrance fees, with all transport by climate-controlled vehicle.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Day Trip to Mexico City from Acapulco

Take a break from the beach to experience Mexico’s cultural richness on this all-day tour. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to Mexico City for four hours of sightseeing. Admire the city’s historic center and check out the ruins of Templo Mayor—the center of the Aztec universe—the Metropolitan Cathedral, Bellas Artes and more. Witness the archaeological marvel of Teotihuacan, with its ancient temples, pyramids and Avenue of the Dead.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Mexico City By Air in One Day from Cancun and Riviera Maya

Fly round-trip from Cancun to Mexico City in one day and sightsee with a personal guide in the Mexican capital and Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Embark on your private day trip in the early morning and see key landmarks including the Palacio Nacional (National Palace) and Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral). Amble down the Paseo de la Reforma and view the famous murals of Diego Rivera. Then visit the Mesoamerican archaeological site and climb the Pyramid of the Sun, which rises 216 feet (66 meters). Airport transfers included.
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The Colors of Mexico Private Walking Tour: Zocalo, National Palace and Art

Art and culture lovers can experience the sights, colors, and tastes of Mexico City’s Centro Historico on this private full-day walking tour. Home to more than 700 years of rich history, the UNESCO World Heritage Site lends itself well to walking: tick off top attractions such as the Murales de Diego Riviera and visit Templo Mayor and the National Palace of Fine Arts.
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09 DAYS: GREAT VICEREGAL CITIES

Follow the path of the Spanish Conquistadors on a 9-day tour from Mexico City. Beginning with convenient airport pickup, you cover more locations comfortably and in less time with all-inclusive land transportation.  Spare yourself the nightmare of booking a different hotel each night and rest easy in included accommodation with complimentary breakfast. Enjoy admission to all attractions during your visits to Patzcuaro, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, and other destinations.
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Upper and Lower Mexico City Architectural Tour

Get a feel for Mexico City’s architecture on a walking tour through the historic center and merced neighborhood. Exploring with a guide ensures you see unmarked points of interest often missed by visitors and skip the hassle of planning and navigating on your own. Notable stops on the itinerary include the National Palace, the smallest church in the city, and Diego Rivera murals.
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AMAZING TRIP MEXICO CITY TULA GUANAJUATO GUADALAJARA TEQUILA PUERTO VALLARTA

What’s is Mexico essence? Ancient pyramids, colonial cities, colourful magic town, tequila, breath-taking landscapes, and stunning beaches? All that charm is the very essence of this tour. From Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta visiting the heart of Mexico in 5 days.
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Mexico City Downtown Highlights Tour with Guadalupe Shrine and Optional Torre Latinoamericana

Get a comprehensive walking tour of Mexico City's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Centro Histórico combined with a visit to the Shrine of Guadalupe on this 7-hour excursion. Upgrade with an optional visit to the Torre Latinoamericana.
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