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The Day of the Dead


The Day of the Dead

Mexico Holidays - The Day of the Dead

OaxacaHotel Quinta Real
7 nights

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8 days from £3680

Flights NOT included - see below

Discover the colourful Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) to experience the beliefs and traditions of life after death.

This unique small group tour departs on 28 October 2017 and offers you the opportunity to learn about this often-misunderstood Mexican holiday, a time of celebration rather than sadness.

Spend an action-packed week in Oaxaca, one of Mexico's most beautiful colonial cities, as the local community prepares to welcome the spirits of their loved ones back to earth. Be dazzled by the colourful and vibrant altar displays and explore the local markets to learn about the significance behind the traditional elements used to honour the spirits of the deceased.

Highlights on this small group tour:

  • Visit exhibitions, festival displays, and specially decorated cemeteries to understand the cultural importance of Day of the Dead
  • Walk through Oaxaca, a UNESCO World Heritage city with its cobbled streets, colonial buildings, and majestic churches
  • Explore the archaeological sites of Monte Albán and Mitla
  • Experience traditional food and drink, including the art of mescal production, and the 'Pan de Muertos' a special bread traditionally baked during the season of Día de los Muertos.
  • Take the 'Artisan Route' – visiting some of Oaxaca’s indigenous towns where centuries-old traditional handicrafts are still produced


For a detailed day-by-day description of this Mexico holiday, with a summary of what's included, please click on the PDF (above right)

28 Oct – Arrival in Oaxaca.  Welcome dinner.  (D)

29 Oct – Walking tour of Oaxaca.  Visit traditional chocolate mill.  (B,L,D)

30 Oct - Mitla.  Mescal Distillery.  Bakery visit.  (B,L,D)

31 Oct - Day of the Dead Altar Offerings.  Market.  Cemeteries at Midnight.  (B,L,D)

1 Nov - Monte Albán.  'Comparsas' Festival.  (B,L,D)

2 Nov – Teotitlán with cooking class.  Day of the Dead Cemetery visit.  (B,L)

3 Nov – The 'Artisan Route'.  (B,L,D)

4 Nov - Departure for home, or stay on in Mexico.  (B)

Mexico Holidays - Oaxaca - Colonial architecture in the city centreMexico Holidays - Oaxaca - Mitla - Geometric stone carving

Mexico Holidays - Oaxaca - Candlelit vigil in the cemetery for the Day of the Dead

Mexico Holidays - Oaxaca - Day of the Dead Masks and Costumes

International and Domestic Flights

Flights from the UK through to Oaxaca are not straightforward.  There are flights on 28 October that will get you there (via Mexico City) on the same day, but it will be a late arrival and you would be too late for the Welcome Dinner.  We recommend flying to Mexico City a day or two in advance and staying in the capital for a night or two (we can arrange accommodation and any sightseeing you may wish to do) before flying onwards to Oaxaca to join the tour.

Both British Airways and AeroMexico have direct flights to Mexico City from London Heathrow.  AeroMexico is usually slightly less expensive and has the advantage of being able to offer the onward flights within Mexico at lower rates.  We are happy to discuss the various options with you.

You can either book the flights yourself, or alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).


Why not spend longer in Mexico to explore some of its many and varied wonders?  World Discovery can design and book a personalised tour for you to a wide range of destinations both in Mexico itself and also in neighbouring countries such as Belize or Guatemala.  We are happy to advise and help you create your ideal holiday.


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