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Highlights of Mexico

If you find this tour cheaper elsewhere, we will not only match the price but give you £100 per person discount on top! The tour must be comparable with safari program, hotel standard, board basis, departure date and flight plan.

WE WILL MATCH THE PRICE
AND OFFER £100 PER PERSON DISCOUNT
We are 100% certain that we have the best prices around for this tour.

If you find this tour cheaper elsewhere, we will not only match the price but give you £100 per person discount on top!

The tour must be comparable with program, hotel standard, board basis, departure date and flight plan.

Highlights of this tour:

Mexico City, the temple city of Teotihuacán, Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, sailing trip in Sumidero Canyon, San Cristobal de las Casas, the Indian villages of San Juan de Chamula and Zinacantan, Aguas Azul Falls, Misol-Ha Falls, Palenque, Mérida, Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Mexico City, with transfer(s) en route
  • Flights from Cancún to the UK, with transfer(s) en route
  • 1 domestic flight: Mexico City – Tuxtla Gutiérrez
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small international groups)
  • Coach travel: San Cristobal de las Casas – Palenque
  • First-class coach travel: Palenque – Mérida
  • Coach travel: Mérida – Playa del Carmen
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • 1 x lunch (day 10)
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides except on day 4 and 6
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Daily departures

The following package of excursions are included:

  • Tour of Mexico City, with a visit to the Anthropological Museum
  • Full-day trip to Guadalupe Church and the city of Teotihuacán, including the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon
  • Sailing trip in Sumidero Canyon
  • Tour to the Indian villages of Chamula and Zinacantan
  • Visit to the Agua Azul Falls and Misol-ha
  • Tour of Palenque, the Mayan complex
  • Tour of Chichen Itza, one of the wonders of the modern world
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

Single room supplement: £530
Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more people

Choose this tour because…

Mexico has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday – from exciting cities and different cultures, to fantastic ruins, wonderful countryside and brilliant white sandy beaches. This trip starts in the thriving capital, Mexico City, where you will take in all the highlights, including the best-known sights and attractions. Mexico is a country that is still clearly marked by the Spanish colonial age and the ancient Mayan civilisations. To give you a proper taste of this rich heritage, the tour takes you to well-preserved colonial towns, fascinating Indian communities, the impressive ruins of the Mayan temple city of Teotihuacán, and the ruined city of Chichen Itza, which is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. You will also have plenty of opportunities to admire the idyllic, picturesque countryside, visiting the beautiful turquoise waterfalls and sailing along the river in Sumidero Canyon, for example. You can then choose how active or relaxed your time at the holiday paradise of Playa del Carmen is to be.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from the UK and arrival in Mexico City

Departure day, where you will fly to Mexico City with connecting flights along the way. At Mexico City airport, you will be met by a driver who will accompany you to your hotel.

Overnight stay: Hotel Regente City

Day 2: Tour of Mexico City

On the agenda for today: a tour of Mexico City, one of the biggest cities in the world. One of the highest metropolises in the world, it is located at a height of 2,240 metres above sea level, surrounded by volcanoes. We will be visiting the old colonial centre of Mexico City, taking in Zocalo, the central square before calling in at the National Palace to admire Diego Rivera’s fantastic wall paintings that depict the history of Mexico.

The square is also site of the biggest cathedral in Mexico, an impressive edifice that was built of stones taken from the Aztec temples. From here, we will continue on to the Palácio de Bellas Artes, the national theatre of Mexico, where operas, ballets, plays and concerts are staged. We will then follow the beautiful La Reforma Avenue to Chapultepec Park, which is home to the impressive Anthropological Museum that provides fascinating insight into the history and numerous cultures of Mexico.

Overnight stay: Hotel Regente City

Day 3: Teotihuacán, Basilica and Plaza de las Tres Culturas

Today, we will be visiting the temple city of Teotihuacán, whose name translates as The place where people became gods and which is one of the largest ruin complexes in Latin America. As we walk along the 3-km-long Avenida de los Muertos (Avenue of the Dead), we see the huge temples and pyramids that date all the way back to the year 200 BC, but which were constructed over a very long period of time. They include the Quetzalcoatl temple, where the remains have been found of more than 200 prisoners of war offered up in sacrifice, Quetzalpapalotl Palace, and the famous pyramids of the Moon (60 m) and Sun (70 m), which were built in the centre of the city over a cave around 100 metres long, where it is said that mankind was created.

The tour then continues to the church called Basilica de Nuestra de Guadalupe, which can hold a congregation of 10,000 people, and which around 20 million pilgrims visit each year. The church has given its name to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the guardian angel of both Mexico and the whole of Central America.

Finally, we arrive at the last stop on today’s trip: the Plaza de las Tres Culturas (The Three Cultures’ Square), which symbolises the three periods of Mexican history. Here we can admire the remains of the pre-Columbian Aztec ruins, a Spanish church from the colonial age, and the Mexican mestizos’ modern building that houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Overnight stay: Hotel Regente City

Day 4: Mexico City – Sumidero Canyon – San Cristobal de las Casas

We leave Mexico City behind and catch a flight to Tuxtla, from where we drive out to Sumidero Canyon. Here, we take a sailing trip along the 13 km river that flows through it. It is a truly beautiful trip (unguided), and we may even be lucky enough to spot some crocodiles and vultures.

Back on dry land again, we board the coach to San Cristobal de las Casas, which is located at an altitude of 2,100 metres and one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. This charming place was once called just ‘San Cristobal’ – ‘de las Casas’ was added subsequently in honour of Bartolomé de las Casas, a Spanish priest who famously fought for the rights of the indigenous Indians. The city is famous for its magnificent colonial architecture. Next to the centrally located square called Plaza 31 de Marzo stand one of the most beautiful churches in the city: Templo de Santo Domingo.

Other attractions in the city include: Templo del Carmen, with its distinctive tower, the local market that sells food and arts and crafts items, and Na Bolom, the home of the Danish adventurer and archaeologist Frans Blom, Na Bolom. The building has now been converted into a hotel including a museum that presents exhibitions of his lifelong work to study the Indian tribes.

Overnight stay: Hotel Diego Mazariegos

Day 5: The Indian villages of San Juan de Chamula and Zinacantan

San Juan de Chamula is home to 50,000 descendants from the Mayans, primarily Tzotzil and Tzeltals. The Mayan descendants take care to maintain their distinctive features and cultural heritage, so they speak their own language, the town has its own police force and own rules. We will also visit the distinctive church, which is located on the central square in the town. The church is a good example of how the original Mayan beliefs gradually merged with the Catholic faith. The Indians pray to the Mayan god or saint relevant to the illness or wish that forms the basis for their visit. There are no pews in the church, so visitors have to kneel and pray on the floor among the numerous lighted candles. The air is thick with incense, and the walls are lined with wooden figures of the local saints and of John the Baptist, who is the guardian angel of the town.

Both San Juan de Chamula and Zinacantan are well-known for their weaving techniques, and each village has its own special costumes featuring carefully composed patterns and colours. At the markets, Indian traders in colourful clothes sell ceramic items and clothing made of wool and cotton.

Overnight stay: Hotel Diego Mazariegos

Day 6: San Cristobal de las Casas – Palenque

Today, we are heading for Palenque. On the way, we will stop off at the delightful Agua Azul Falls, which are set in an area of tropical rainforest (this day is in transit and therefore unguided). With the turquoise water, intense colours, the constant breeze and the rumbling water, this is one of the most beautiful and memorable natural attractions in Mexico. There are more than 500 large and small waterfalls here, ranging in height from 3 to 30 metres. We will then go to see the 35-metre-high Misol-Ha waterfall, which is famous far and wide for its beauty. This beautiful landscape is surrounded by tropical vegetation, and dotted with mahogany and sapote trees. We arrive at the town of Palenque towards the end of the afternoon.

Overnight stay: Hotel Maya Tulipanes

Day 7: Palenque

Palenque is set in an area of tropical rainforest and known for its beauty and magnificent location overlooking the flat Yucatan countryside. Palenque was one of the biggest cities in the Mayan kingdom, and gives its name to the nearby Mayan ruins, which feature on the UNESCO World Heritage List. These fascinating ruins are hidden deep in the almost impenetrable rainforest in the Chiapas province of Mexico. Here, we will take a closer look at the Inscription Temple, a burial monument to King Pacal the Great.

Overnight stay: Hotel Maya Tulipanes

Day 8: Palenque - Mérida

Today, you have a long day of travelling ahead of you, but as you are on board a first-class bus to Mérida, you can just sit back in the soft seats and enjoy the landscape rushing by. You can either walk from the hotel to the bus station in Palenque or take a taxi (at your own expense). On your arrival in Mérida, a taxi is waiting to drive you to your hotel.

The drive takes about 8 hours.

Overnight stay: Hotel del Gobernador

Day 9: Mérida

There are no excursions planned for the day, so you can explore the city for yourselves.

This delightful city was founded in 1542 on the remains of the former Mayan town of Tihó. Mérida is known as ‘The White City’ on account of the many white-painted houses it contains. The locals also refer to it as ‘the Paris of Mexico’ as it is the most European city on the Yucatan peninsula. We could also choose to go on an excursion out of the city, either to see the flamingo colony in Celestun, or to visit the impressive Mayan ruins at Uxmal.

Overnight stay: Hotel del Gobernador

Day 10: Mérida – Chichen Itza - Playa del Carmen

Today, we are going to the beach at Playa del Carmen, but before that we will be stopping at the ruins of Chichen Itza, an ancient city that features on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and which has been named one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The ruins actually feature traces of two different cultural periods: one Mayan and one Itzá. We will see the famous El Castillo pyramid, whose stepped sides climb to a height of 25 metres.

Our trip then continues to the beautiful Playa del Carmen, which has a kilometre-long stretch of white sand and palm trees next to crystal clear water. The central square in Playa del Carmen is the Plaza Mayor, situated next to the beach and close to the ferry that sails to Isla Cozumel – a true paradise for divers. Plaza Mayor marks the start of the main street in the town, Avenida 5, which is lined with shops, restaurants and bars. In the evening, the beach comes to life in the form of bars that generally present live reggae or calypso music. It is hard to imagine a better way to start the evening than sitting down with a cool Corona beer, listening to sweet music and admiring the view out over the Caribbean Sea.

Overnight stay: Hotel Hacienda Real

Days 11-13: Playa del Carmen

The days are yours to do with as you wish: explore Playa del Carmen on your own and relax on the fine white sandy beach, for example. You can also try some of the different water sports, such as windsurfing or jet-skiing, or go snorkelling or diving by Cozumel island – a world-famous paradise for divers with its fascinating grottoes and beautiful reefs. The ferry to the island to sail to the island from Playa del Carmen takes around 45 minutes, and there are several departures every day.

Overnight stay: Hotel Hacienda Real

Day 14: Start of the trip home

The time has now come to bid farewell to Mexico. You will be collected and driven to Cancún airport to start your journey home.
You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 15: Arrival in the UK

You arrive in the UK after a wonderful tour.

If you find this tour cheaper elsewhere, we will not only match the price but give you £100 per person discount on top! The tour must be comparable with safari program, hotel standard, board basis, departure date and flight plan.

WE WILL MATCH THE PRICE
AND OFFER £100 PER PERSON DISCOUNT
We are 100% certain that we have the best prices around for this tour.

If you find this tour cheaper elsewhere, we will not only match the price but give you £100 per person discount on top!

The tour must be comparable with program, hotel standard, board basis, departure date and flight plan.

Highlights of this tour:

Mexico City, the temple city of Teotihuacán, Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, sailing trip in Sumidero Canyon, San Cristobal de las Casas, the Indian villages of San Juan de Chamula and Zinacantan, Aguas Azul Falls, Misol-Ha Falls, Palenque, Mérida, Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Mexico City, with transfer(s) en route
  • Flights from Cancún to the UK, with transfer(s) en route
  • 1 domestic flight: Mexico City – Tuxtla Gutiérrez
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small international groups)
  • Coach travel: San Cristobal de las Casas – Palenque
  • First-class coach travel: Palenque – Mérida
  • Coach travel: Mérida – Playa del Carmen
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • 1 x lunch (day 10)
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides except on day 4 and 6
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Daily departures

The following package of excursions are included:

  • Tour of Mexico City, with a visit to the Anthropological Museum
  • Full-day trip to Guadalupe Church and the city of Teotihuacán, including the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon
  • Sailing trip in Sumidero Canyon
  • Tour to the Indian villages of Chamula and Zinacantan
  • Visit to the Agua Azul Falls and Misol-ha
  • Tour of Palenque, the Mayan complex
  • Tour of Chichen Itza, one of the wonders of the modern world
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

Single room supplement: £530
Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more people
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