Worth a try! The Mexican Train That Offers Unlimited Tequila Cocktails
A train dedicated to all things tequila? It’s definitely worth a try.
Welcome aboard the awesome Jose Cuervo Express, which runs to and from the city of Guadalajara in Mexico – offering tastings with a tequila expert, unlimited tequila cocktails, a visit to the town of Tequila – and for those with a top price tag – the chance to taste a super chic tequila served in a champagne-style flute.
There are four classes on board the train — express, premium plus, diamond and elite — and all are treated to an “educational tequila tasting led by a tequila expert,” featuring those set in diamonds and elite-handed champagne flutes with ultra-premium Reserva de la Familia tequila.
The Jose Cuervo Express is a train in Mexico dedicated to all things tequila
There are four classes aboard the train – express, premium plus, diamond and elite – and all are treated to an ‘educational tequila tasting led by a tequila expert’
Cocktails, made with Tradicional and Jose Cuervo Especial, are served in all four classes, as are snacks, although those in the elite car can also choose from a range of ‘exclusive’ cocktails available only to them.
Passengers in the premium plus, diamond and elite classes also have access to a premium bar that serves rum, vodka and whiskey.
Passengers who opt for the sunrise route leave Guadalajara by train, enjoy the onboard tastings and cocktails, and head to Tequila, where, on a city tour, they’ll see the La Rojena Distillery—the oldest distillery in Latin America—and can visit the cultural center Juan Beckmann Gallardo.
In the new elite car on the Jose Cuervo Express. Passengers in this class (and in “diamond”) can sample the ultra-premium Reserva de la Familia tequila, served in a champagne-style flute glass
The ‘exclusive’ line of cocktails available to passengers in the elite carriage
There’s also the chance to visit the Insta-worthy blue agave fields to see jimadores (farmers who harvest agave to make tequila) in action and enjoy a ‘colorful cultural feast’ before returning to Guadalajara on a chartered bus.
Those who opt for the sunset route begin with a trip from Guadalajara to Tequila on a chartered bus before enjoying the same experiences and visits in town, ending with the tequila-laced train journey back to Guadalajara at sunset.
Both routes offer an 11-hour experience that begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 8:00 PM.
Tickets start from Mex $2,140 (£76) for express class, which includes train travel in one of three carriages which are ‘decorated with wood panel walls’ and have seats ‘divided into groups of four, reclined and fitted with a glass holder’.
Premium plus passengers enjoy the train journey in carriages with ‘large seats and comfortable private tables’ that ‘imitate the old Orient Express’, with tickets costing Mex $2,920 (£104).
The elite experience on the Jose Cuerva Express costs Mex $3,530 (£126). Pictured are the fine tequilas that passengers in the elite car are allowed to taste
Inside the premium plus car, which has ‘large seats and comfortable private tables’ and ‘imitates the old Orient Express’. Tickets cost Mex $2,920 (£104)
The express train passenger cars, pictured, have seats that are “divided into groups of four, reclining, and fitted with a glass holder.” Express tickets cost from Mex $2,140 (£76)
Those who opt for the diamond experience, which costs Mex $3,260 (£116), travel by train in a ‘car adorned with a beautiful relief roof’.
Jose Cuervo Express adds: ‘It has several rooms for passengers, a bar, a bartender and two waiters who make sure that nothing is missing.’
The elite experience costs Mex $3,530 (£126) and allows passengers to relax in the train’s new elite carriage.
Travel on the Jose Cuervo Express train, pictured, takes place every other Saturday
According to Jose Cuervo Express, it took eight months to develop the car, which features wood panelling, luxurious interiors, floor-to-ceiling views and 37 comfortable seats – although Covid restrictions may change this.
It adds: “The seating is divided into two lounge areas reserved for 10 people, two tables for four people and three lounge areas with tables reserved for two people each.”
Train rides take place every other Saturday.