The Mayan Trail

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Key inclusions

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Central and South America

  • Classic escorted tour

Marvel at the majestic Mayan sites of the Yucatan Peninsula, rich with a history spanning centuries and civilisations. Follow a fascinating trail from colonial cities to quaint villages and colourful markets to gorgeous beaches, taking in forests, mangroves and the pretty Puuc Route on the way.

At a glance


  • Ek Balam
  • Chichen Itza
  • Merida
  • Uxmal Sound and light show
  • Puuc
  • Route Celestun Biosphere Reserve
The Mayan Trail

What's included

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Customer Reviews

a wonderful experience, well thought out, excellent guide and driver....

10th November 2017
Trusted Customer

a wonderful experience, well thought out, excellent guide and driver. The only down side was when we went to the sound and light show, as there were no English headphones, so we did not know what the story was about, really a complete waste of time and money.

The sites were very interesting. The tour was well balanced...

10th March 2017
Trusted Customer

The sites were very interesting. The tour was well balanced with lots of variety. The guide was informative helpful and friendly. The accommodation was great. Journey times between sites were not too long. Have been on plenty of tours and this was one of the best.

Overview

Marvel at the majestic Mayan sites of the Yucatan Peninsula, rich with a history spanning centuries and civilisations. Follow a fascinating trail from colonial cities to quaint villages and colourful markets to gorgeous beaches, taking in forests, mangroves and the pretty Puuc Route on the way.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Cancun

Day
1

Fly to Cancun where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for one night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cancun - Ek Balam - Valladolid

Day
2

Head for the north coast of the peninsula to visit Ek Balam, where exceptional stuccoes have been uncovered and preserved. Travel onto San Bernardino Monastery, one of the most beautiful buildings of the colonial Yucatan which was constructed in 1552. Journey on to Valladolid for an afternoon at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Valladolid - Chichen Itza - Merida

Day
3

The most famous Mayan masterpiece on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is a fascinating archaeological site dating back over 1500 years. This morning's visit takes in highlights such as the spectacular step-pyramid El Castillo - dedicated to the god Kukulkan and constructed in nine tiers to represent the Mayan calendar. Also see the Toltec plaza, the elaborately carved Temple of the Warriors and the legendary ball court. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Merida - Uxmal

Day
4

Renowned for its laid-back, friendly atmosphere, charming Merida is the largest city on the peninsula and capital of the Yucatan State. Explore this lovely city on an included sightseeing tour taking in the elegant Paseo de Montejo - a broad, tree-lined boulevard edged by elaborate grand mansions. You will also see the magnificent 16th-century colonial architecture of Plaza de la Constitucion, such as the Cathedral de San Ildefonso and Casa de Montejo Palace. Admire the many cosmopolitan plazas, quaint churches, colourful markets and lush, spacious parks before completing your trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Uxmal

Day
5

Nestled amidst the Puuc hills, Uxmal archaeological site is a World Heritage Site rich in finely carved stonework and spectacular geometric-patterned mosaics. Today, marvel at the legendary Pyramid of the Magician, the former teaching arena - later renamed The Nunnery Quadrangle by conquistadors who believed it looked European. Admire the serenely beautiful House of Turtles, named after its finely honed sculptures of turtles, the reptile thought to represent rain. This afternoon, why not join the optional trip to the remote village of Santa Elena to admire spectacular views from its hilltop church. This evening, enjoy a sound and light show, staged inside the Nunnery Quadrangle. NOTE: Headset audio commentary in English is included.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Uxmal - Puuc Route - Uxmal

Day
6

Follow the delightful Puuc Route on a trail amongst some of the most important archaeological sites on the Yucatan. Start with the former city of Labna and its fantastic archway, before viewing the tranquil Great Palace in Sayil and end at the famous Palace of Masks in Kabah, one of the most striking Mayan buildings adorned with multiple carvings of the Mayan rain god Chac. Return to Uxmal.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Uxmal - Celestun - Chichen Itza

Day
7

After breakfast leave Uxmal and journey to Celestún, a town in Yucatán. Surrounding the town is the 147,500-acre Parque Natural del Flamenco Mexicano (also known as the Celestun Biosphere Reserve), a wetland reserve that is the winter home to vast flocks of flamingos, as well as many herons and other bird species. It is also known as a hatching ground for endangered sea turtles. Afterwards, journey on to Chichen Itza for one night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Chichen Itza - Cancun - UK

Day
8

Transfer to Cancun airport for your overnight flight to the UK, or extend your stay on the Mayan Riviera.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Land home in the UK.

Day
9

No meals included

Things to note

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Cancun: Cancun Marriot Courtyard;
  • Valladolid: Ecotel Quinta Regia;
  • Merida: Yucatan Real Hotel;
  • Uxmal: Hacienda Uxmal Hotel;
  • Chichen Itza: Chichen Itza Mayaland.

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