The land of tequila, sombreros, tacos and strolling Mariachis will create a beautiful & unique setting for your Mexican adventure. Our programme focuses on the Yucatán peninsula, one of the most culturally rich regions, strongly influenced by the ancient Mayan culture - see the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichén Itzá, stay in an authentic hacienda, swim in the natural cenotes (sinkholes), savour traditional cuisine & spend a few days living it up at one of the many luxurious all-inclusive resorts perched along the pristine beaches.
YUCATAN EXPLORER - 13 DAYS
DAY 1 ARRIVAL CANCUN
Meet & greet at Cancun Airport. Private transfer & check into your to hotel in Valladolid, in the Yucatán Peninsula.
DAY 2 CANCUN – EK’ BALAM & XCANCHÉ – DZIDZANTÚN (B)
Transfer to Ek’ Balam to visit the Mayan temple. Continue to Cenote Xcanché, a deep underground open air cenote (sinkhole), where one can swim, zip line and rappel. In the afternoon visit Calotmul town, where the church hosts a precious renaissance retablo behind the altar. Check into the family run Hacienda San Francisco Tzacalhá in Dzidzantún - this ex-hacienda is almost like a small town with wide gardens, only few rooms & authentic family cuisine.
DAY 3 SAN CRISANTO
Today your guide will take you to San Crisanto, a northern Gulf Coast town, where you will take a charming boat ride through a labyrinth of Mangroves. Return to the Hacienda, relax in its gardens, swim in the pool, with the option to go horse riding or having a massage.
DAY 4 DZIDZANTÚN – IZAMAL – CUZAMÁ CENOTES – UXMAL (B)
Today, Izamal is your first stop – a small city about 72 km east of the state capital Mérida. The first thing that any visitor notices is that the town is painted yellow. Most important to see here is the Franciscan convent that was built over one of the Mayan pyramids. After a refreshing swim in the Cenotes of Cuzamá you will check into the Uxmal Resort Maya.
DAY 5 UXMAL – KABAH – CAMPECHE (B)
In the morning visit one of the most beautiful archaeological sites on the Yucatán peninsula – Uxmal (UNESCO World Heritage Site). See the great Pyramid of the Magician, the Nun’s Quadrangle with the stunning acoustic inside & also the Governor’s Palace. Afterwards visit the sites of Kabah – the second largest archaeological zone of the Puuc region & Labna – among its notable structures is a large two-storey ‘palace’ (“El Palacio”), which is one of the longest contiguous structures in the Puuc region at approximately 120m. Afternoon check into your hotel in Campeche.
DAY 6 CAMPECHE – BÉCAL – MÉRIDA (B)
In the morning enjoy the tour in the colonial city of Campeche including the “Puerta del Mar y Tierra”, dating from the times of the pirates. Continue to the town of Bécal, famous for the production of straw hats. In the afternoon arrival in Mérida - the so called “White City: see the beautiful main square with Cathedral, Governor’s Palace & House of Montejo, the founder of the city in the 16th century. See also the Peon Theatre & the colonial streets and the elegant Montejo Drive, where the wealthy mansion from the former Sisal Barons can be seen. Check into your hotel.
DAY 7 MÉRIDA – CHICHÉN ITZÁ – MEXICAN CARIBBEAN COAST (B+L)
Drive out towards Chichén Itzá (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - maybe the most emblematic archaeological site in Mexico, with its Kukulkan Pyramid, recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. See the main pyramid, the great ball game court, the observatory, Temple of the Warriors and the Complex of the 1000 Columns, among others. Afterwards, enjoy a swim in the cenote of the Selva Maya, where you can also have a Yucatecan specialities buffet lunch. The ancient Maya considered the cenotes to be the entrance to the infra-world of their gods. In the late afternoon, continue to reach the area of Cancun / Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya & check into your all inclusive resort by the beach.
DAY 8-13 CANCUN – ALL INCLUSIVE BEACH RESORT (Al)
Relax at leisure in your all-inclusive beach resort. Enjoy watersports, dining, bars, spas & all that the resort has to offer.
Day 13 - transfer to the airport as per your flight schedule.
PROGRAMME CAN BE CUSTOMISED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS
The above stay in Mexico includes:
► Accommodation in 3 / 4 / 5 star hotels with Breakfast (B)
► Private English-speaking guide where applicable
► All featured excursions with air / land / water transfers & entrance fees
► Arrival / Departure transfers
Does NOT include:
► Lunch (L) or Dinner (D) unless specified
► Early check-in / late check-out
► Optional supplements and excursions
► Tips & personal expenses
► Travel Insurance & entry Visa
► Anything not mentioned as included
Terms & Conditions apply