- Easy arrival pace, including a three night stay in Mexico City
- Superb Mexican welcome dinner
- Extraordinary visit and walking tour of the Teotihuacan pyramids, Mexico City
- Visit Frida Kahlo Museum ‘Casa Azul’; Frida Kahlo - an iconic art figure of Mexican history
- An overnight stay at Puebla ‘the city of angels’ including a city walking tour of this world heritage listed city
- Oaxaca, another world heritage city including Mexican fusion style dinner
- Mexican cooking class, Oaxaca
- Tour the historic site of Monte Alban
- Fast track a long journey with one flight included with the tour from Oaxaca
- Be enchanted by the colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas.
- Experience Sumidero Canyon, featuring vertical walls as high as 100 metres on a private boat tour
- Visit the largest Mayan township of Chiapas, San Juan Chamula rich in the traditional culture of the indigenous people of the region
- Visit the leading archeological sites of the Mayan world
- Witness the spectacular Agua Azul falls
- Visit the Palenque pyramids, one of the most popular sites for tourists visiting from around the world
- Tour Uxmal, a world heritage site and one the most magnificent of ruins
- Enjoy a traditional lunch at a local Mayan family restaurant
- Stay in Merida, one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s most authentic towns
- Uncover the spectacular wetland reserve, Biosphere Reserve of Celestun renowned for their flamingo population
- Visit the iconic and UNESCO Heritage site, Chitzen Itza
- Traditional, regional cuisine included with meals, throughout the itinerary
- Enjoy a two night stay in Playa del Carmen, with leisure time to soak up the Caribbean seaside location
- A small group experience with a maximum of 12 travellers
DAY 1 - MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2018
Arrival to Mexico City.
On arrival on the tour nominated flight* meet your guide, and transfer to the group hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. This evening the group meets with the tour director for a welcome drink.
After a long journey, enjoy a relaxed evening at your leisure.
Meals: Welcome drink
* airport to hotel transfer is with the nominated tour flight, when you book your airfare with us as part of your package. See, the GETTING THERE page of our website for details of the nominated tour flight and date.
DAY 2 -TUESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2018
City tour and Museum of Anthropology
This morning after breakfast we head out to see all that this city has to offer starting with the Historic Centre. Based around the hub that is the ‘Zócalo’ are the Palacio Nacional, bordering the entire east of the Zocalo, the Cathedral Metropolitana, and the Templo Mayor (visit only from the outside).
Afterwards we visit the National Museum of Anthropology and History. Considered one of the world’s best museums, this masterpiece holds pieces and artifacts that tell the story of Mexico’s great civilisations. It is truly a remarkable place to visit. Then you’ll be free to enjoy the area and have lunch in one of the many restaurants.
For our welcome dinner, we’ll be heading to a renowned local restaurant for a 100% ‘Mexicano’ dining experience, where they use ingredients only from Mexican soil. Impressively, they have taken the dedication one step further by personally curating their own array of mezcals and wines. One of the fun highlights is that their salsas can be custom‐made right at the table from scratch, you can pick the types of chillies and amount of spiciness!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2018
Teotihuacan and Basilica de Guadalupe
Today, we explore the stunning archaeological zone of Teotihuacan with a walking tour. See and, if you like, climb the world famous, third and fourth largest pyramidal structures, the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Your guide will enhance your experience with expert explanations of the importance of the site and its place in the rich history of Mexico's many layers of pre‐Columbian civilizations.
Return to Mexico City, where we will be visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum – Casa Azul. Hidden behind high cobalt blue walls, the museum is where the surrealist artist Frida Kahlo was born, grew up and later lived with her muralist husband Diego Rivera, from 1941 until her death at age 47 in 1954. Fascinating not only for the collections and personal effects of the two great artists it contains, the museum also affords a window to the lifestyles of affluent Mexican bohemians during the first half of this century.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 – THURSDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2018
After breakfast, our journey continues to Puebla, en route we will visit Cholula, home to the largest pyramid base in Mesoamerica, upon which a 16th Century church was built. Your guide will lead you in exploring the town and on a clear day you may get a view of the Popocatepetl Volcano.
In the late afternoon, we arrive to Mexico’s fourth largest city, Puebla, the city of Angels, so called for the legend that claims that angels came down from heaven to place the cathedral’s bells in the towers, after the builders couldn’t do it due to their heavy weight.
DAY 5 – FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2018
Oaxaca City Tour
After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Puebla, among one of the oldest cities in the country, and with its distinct well preserved colonial architecture was chosen by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Among those structures, the Patio de los Azulejos and the ex‐Convent of Santa Rosa provide classic examples of how talavera tiles were incorporated into buildings, inside and out.
We then drive towards Oaxaca, another one of Mexico’s World Heritage cities. With appealing cultural and culinary scenes and a beautiful colonial core of lovely, tree‐shaded streets, Oaxaca is one of Mexico´s most captivating cities.
The city boasts beautiful sights such as the main square (Zócalo), the ancient Cathedral and the vast and impressive Convento de Santo Domingo, all of them connected by a charming pedestrian street overlooked by rich colonial buildings.
Tonight, we go out to dine at an excellent Mexican fusion restaurant in a spectacular architect designed patio, the location of one of Oaxaca’s special dining spots. They use the same traditional ingredients always used in the local gastronomy, however, they use them in a new and creative way. There's quality house mezcal too.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 – SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2018
Cooking class and Market Visit
A must while you are in Oaxaca, take a cooking class that focuses on dishes that can easily be recreated when you return home. There will be two types of tortillas made, as well as three salsas, an appetiser, soup, mole, dessert, drink and guacamole. We also have a tour to the market, where local ingredients are explained.
Afterwards enjoy a city walk to take in the sights.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7 – SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2018
This morning we will explore Monte Alban. It is believed that Monte Alban was actually named in the 16th century after the Spanish landowner's surname "Montalvan". The previous names for the city were the Mixtec name "Sahandevul" which means "At the Foot of the Sky", and another variation which is derived from the older Zapotecan language, "Danibaan" or Sacred Mountain". After our visit of Monte Alban we have the rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 8 – MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2018
To San Cristóbal de las Casas
Today we start early to drive to the airport to get on a flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez and then a short drive to Sumidero Canyon. The canyon’s creation began around the same time as the Grand Canyon in the USA. The canyon has vertical walls which reach as high as 1000 metres, with the river turning up to ninety degrees during the thirteen kilometres that the narrow passage runs. We’ll board a boat and view this impressive place.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9 – TUESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2018
San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan
After breakfast, we’ll head towards the nearby town San Juan Chamula, a Tzotzil‐speaking community, the largest Maya township of Chiapas with a population of over 40,000. Chamula is inhabited by the Tzotziles who speak Tzotzil, a language of the Maya family. The main agricultural products include corn, beans, potatoes, and cabbage. We will also take some time to explore San Cristobal de las Casas and its surroundings. San Cristobal is characterised by its peaceful and welcoming atmosphere, coupled with an artistic and bohemian flair which attracts many visitors. The colonial streets and alleyways lined with red‐roof tiles and white‐washed walls beg wanderers to explore and discover the nooks and crannies.
DAY 10 – WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2018
San Cristobal – Agua Azul – Palenque
We leave San Cristobal behind and start travelling north towards Palenque. On the way we’ll stop to look at the famous Agua Azul falls (‘Blue Water’ in English). Agua Azul is a group of beautiful waterfalls that create wonderful natural ponds. The place has been a protected area since 1980.
DAY 11 – THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2018
Palenque Pyramids, Campeche
After breakfast we visit the ruins of Palenque, part of the Maya civilisation that dates back to 100 BC. The ruins left behind are very well preserved and maintained by local people as well as anthropologists.
After our visit we drive on towards Campeche. Upon arrival we’ll embark on a city tour of the city of Campeche and then an evening free to make your own local discoveries.
DAY 12 – FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018
Uxmal to Merida
After breakfast we travel to Uxmal, in the State of Yucatan, where we will visit the ruins. Uxmal (OOSH‐mahl) means "'built three times" in the Mayan language, and though its name is a mystery, its beauty is not. As a World Heritage site, it is one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatan, and certainly one of the most magnificent.
We will enjoy a traditional lunch at a local Mayan family Restaurant which features a classic meal from the Yucatan peninsula, a true gastronomic jewel! The main ingredient in this dish is the Achiote paste, also known as "Recado Rojo", an essential ingredient and the base of many dishes in Yucatecan Cuisine.
From Uxmal the drive is not too far to arrive to the bustling colonial city of Mérida. The city flourished following the conquest and the 19th century homes designed in French style contribute to the attractive appearance of the historical centre. We enjoy a walking tour of the city; and the main square is particularly impressive when lit up at night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 13 - SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2018
Mérida, Celestún National Park
Today we appreciate nature, heading over to Celestún National Park, where more than 350 species have been identified in the biosphere reserve, of which many are permanent residents.
Celestun is a quaint fishing village and is famous for its river, beautiful flamingo colonies, fresh water springs, and calm beaches. We enjoy a relaxing lunch by the beach before returning to our hotel in Mérida.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 14 – SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2018
City tour Merida, Izamal, and Transfer to Chichen Itza
Merida is known as the White City, nowadays one of the most tranquil and safest cities in Mexico. Her remote Mayan roots, superb colonial monuments and the splendour of her turn to the nineteenth century architecture, has made Merida a captivating mixture of cultural influences.
Today we visit the Cathedral of San Ildefonso built with the huge stones dismantled from the pyramids. Our second visit today is Izamal, once a Maya settlement meaning ‘Place of the God of Medicine. It is now a pueblo mágico or ‘magic town’. The town, in which every building is painted yellow and white, is known for the 16th Century Franciscan monastery that was built upon the base of a huge Maya pyramid. Izamal likely had a pyramid much larger than the Castillo at Chichen Itzá.
As you explore the monastery you will learn about the Maya written history that was burnt just after the monastery was constructed.
Afterwards, you will continue to the UNESCO Heritage Site of Chichen Itza. There’s some free time to enjoy the beautiful hotel & gardens.
DAY 15 – MONDAY 01 OCTOBER 2018
Chichen Itza & Tulum to Riviera Maya
We rise early and visit Chichen Itza, the most famous Mayan temple city that served as the political and economic centre of the Mayan civilisation. The pyramid was the last, and arguably the greatest, of all Mayan temples.
Our journey then continues to the Riviera Maya. En route we will be visiting Tulum, considered to be one of the most beautiful Mayan archaeological sites. Tulum is by no means the largest, but its location serves as a striking backdrop to its history. It’s the only Mayan archaeological site to be in use at the time of the Spanish conquest, and this beautiful site sits on 15 metre high cliffs above the sea.
By the end of the day we arrive to Playa del Carmen, your spot on the Caribbean.
DAY 16 – TUESDAY 02 OCTOBER 2018
Playa del Carmen
This morning, take in a brief orientation walk. The rest of the day is for leisure; relax, swim in the pool or the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. The hotel is centrally located in Playa del Carmen where all the services can be found and is in easy walking distance from the main beach.
Tonight we say ‘goodbye’ to our guide at the Farewell Dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
DAY 17 – WEDNESDAY 03 OCTOBER 2018
Transfer to the airport
This morning we’ll drive you to Cancun Airport to drop you off and send you on your way back home.
Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel. Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.