A train dedicated to all things tequila? Surely it’s worth a shot.
Welcome aboard the amazing Jose Cuervo Express, which runs from and to the city of Guadalajara in Mexico – and offers tastings with a tequila expert, unlimited tequila cocktails, a visit to the town of Tequila – and for those with a top price ticket – the chance to sample a super-posh tequila served in a champagne-style flute.
There are four classes onboard the train – express, premium plus, diamond and elite – and all are treated to an ‘educational tequila tasting guided by a tequila expert’, with those in diamond and elite handed champagne flutes containing 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 onboard the train – express, premium plus, diamond and elite – and all are treated to an ‘educational tequila tasting guided by a tequila expert’
Cocktails, made with Tradicional and Jose Cuervo Especial, are served across all four classes, as are snacks, although those in the elite wagon can also choose from a line of ‘exclusive’ cocktails only available to them.
Passengers in the premium plus, diamond and elite classes also have access to a premium bar that serves rum, vodka and whisky.
For passengers that opt for the sunrise itinerary, they leave Guadalajara on the train, enjoy the tastings and cocktails onboard and head to Tequila, where on a tour of the town they see the La Rojena Distillery – the oldest distillery in Latin America – and can visit the Juan Beckmann Gallardo Cultural Center.
Inside the new elite wagon on the Jose Cuervo Express. Passengers in this class (and in ‘diamond’) get to sample the ultra-premium Reserva de la Familia tequila, which is served in a champagne-style flute glass
The ‘exclusive’ line of cocktails that are available to passengers in the elite wagon
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 ‘colourful cultural fiesta’ before returning to Guadalajara by chartered bus.
Those opting for the sunset itinerary begin with travel from Guadalajara to Tequila by chartered bus before enjoying the same experiences and visits in the town, finishing with the tequila-laced train journey back to Guadalajara at sunset.
Both itineraries offer an 11-hour long experience that begins at 9am and ends at 8pm.
Tickets start from Mex$2,140 (£76) for express class, which includes train travel in one of three coaches that are ‘decorated with wood-panel walls’ and have seats that are ‘divided into groups of four, can be reclined and feature a glass-holder’.
Premium plus passengers enjoy the train journey in carriages with ‘large seats and comfortable private tables’ that ’emulate 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 wagon get to sample
Inside the premium plus wagon, which has ‘large seats and comfortable private tables’ and ’emulates the old Orient Express’. Tickets cost Mex$2,920 (£104)
The express carriages, pictured, have seats that are ‘divided into groups of four, can be reclined and feature a glass-holder’. Express tickets cost from Mex$2,140 (£76)
Those opting for the diamond experience, which costs Mex$3,260 (£116), travel on the train in a ‘car decorated with a beautiful embossed roof’.
Jose Cuervo Express adds: ‘It features various rooms for passengers, a bar, a bartender and two waiters that 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 wagon.
Journeys on the Jose Cuervo Express train, pictured, take place every other Saturday
According to Jose Cuervo Express, it took eight months to develop the wagon, which has wood panelling, luxurious interiors, floor-to-ceiling views and 37 comfortable seats – although Covid restrictions may alter this.
It adds: ‘The seats are distributed in two lounge areas reserved for 10 people, two tables for four people and three lounge areas with tables reserved for two people each.’
Journeys on the train take place every other Saturday.