The Wonders of Mexico's Yucatan

Price per person
from £2,370

Price based on
London Gatwick
23rd Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 11 days

  • Mexico

  • Steady pace

  • Platinum escorted tours

Discover the secrets of a lost civilisation on this Yucatan adventure through jungle canopies to the top of a Mayan pyramid in Ek' Balam, across the mangrove waters of Rio Lagartos, and down the elegant boulevards of Paseo de Montejo.

At a glance


 

  • Uxmal Discover Mayan cooking traditions in a special demonstration.
  • Campeche Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this UNESCO-listed fortified city. 
  • Mérida Explore the cathedral, Governor Palace and the tree-lined streets of Paseo de Montejo.
  • Ek' Balam Climb to the top of the acropolis and survey this impressive Mayan settlement.
  • Chichen Itza Explore the Yucatan's grandest and most famous archaeological site.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
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.

Overview

Discover the secrets of a lost civilisation on this Yucatan adventure through jungle canopies to the top of a Mayan pyramid in Ek' Balam, across the mangrove waters of Rio Lagartos, and down the elegant boulevards of Paseo de Montejo.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Cancun

Day
1

Fly to Cancun where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights.

Your tour starts today.

Cancun

Day
2

Free day at leisure to explore the Cancun area or relax at your hotel. At 6pm meet your fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cancun – Valladolid – Uxmal

Day
3

This morning, visit the colonial city of Valladolid, known for its charming streets and sun-splashed walls. After a short orientation tour, there’s time to explore on your own. Arrive later this afternoon in Uxmal in time for a included sound and light show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Uxmal

Day
4

Today, we visit the most famous ruins of the Puuc region, Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The existence of this city is a testament to the engineering abilities of the Maya who built reservoirs to provide water to it during the dry season. Later, visit the Choco-Story Musuem, where you’ll learn the history of coca, its importance to the Mayans, and see how chocolate was prepared using an ancestral recipe. You’ll even have the chance to make your own beverage with ingredients you choose.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Uxmal- Campeche

Day
5

This morning, a unique cooking demonstration is in store for you. Here, you will learn the traditions still practiced in most of the rural Mayan communities. Learn about the special ingredients and spices used and how the food is prepared. Continue to the coastal town of Campeche, once a fortified pirate haven and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll find a captivating port filled with history, baroque Spanish architecture, and natural beauty. This afternoon’s city tour includes visits to the vibrant malecón (waterfront) area, the historic fort of San Francisco De Campeche, and the historic downtown area. Have your camera handy, as Campeche has spent the last few years restoring hundreds of downtown buildings, making it one of the most photogenic colonial cities in all of Mexico. This evening is at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Campeche- Bécal- Mérida

Day
6

Our first stop today is the village of Bécal. For more than a century, the skilled hat weavers of Bécal have been weaving Panama Hats using ancient Mayan techniques. We’ll visit a local hat maker to learn about the history and the hat-making process. Later, journey to Mérida, capital of the Yucatán state and its colonial heart. Visit the Museum of Anthropology, home to a collection of exclusive artifacts from the Maya civilisation to present day. Your hotel this evening is a former colonial mansion that is within walking distance of shopping and the historic city centre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mérida - Chichen Itza

Day
7

This morning, enjoy a city tour including the cathedral, Governor’s Palace, and the tree-lined streets of Paseo de Montejo. On to Chichen Itza, where the renowned Hotel Mayaland is your home for the next two nights. You may wish to take a dip in the pool, stroll through the beautiful gardens, or just enjoy a cool drink. After dinner this evening, you are invited to attend the Sound & Light Show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Chichen Itza - Excursion to Ek Balam

Day
8

Start the day with a visit to Chichen Itza, built by the Maya between 600 and 900 AD. It was abandoned by the end of the 10th century and re-established in the 11th and 12th centuries, possibly by the Toltecs. Visit the Ball Court, site of sacrifices; El Castillo, a formidable building dedicated to the high priest; and the Cenote Sagrado, the sacred well once filled with priceless treasure offered to the gods. Next, visit the enormous and elaborate pyramid inside the Mayan site of Ek’ Balam. Meaning “Black Jaguar,” Ek’ Balam was at the height of its importance as a Mayan city during the Late Classic Period (600-900 AD). When the Mayas abandoned the site, it went undercover as the dense low-lying jungle of the Yucatán engulfed it. Found by archaeologists and adventurers, its restoration has been ongoing since 1997. Return to Chichen Itza, where your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Chichen Itza - Cancun.

Day
9

Today transfer from Chichen Itza to Cancun for one night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cancun - UK

Day
10

Your tour ends today.

Today you will be transferred to Cancun airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

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


  • Cancun:Westin Resort & Spa
  • Uxmal: Hacienda Uxmal.
  • Campeche: Plaza Campeche;
  • Merida: Casa del Balam;
  • Chichen Itza: Hotel Mayaland;

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