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Best of the Yucatan - 8 days

Take in the best of Mexico's beautiful Yucatan Peninsula on this 8 day tour. Marvel at the spectacular Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum, wander around the enchanting colonial towns of Merida and Valladolid and relax on the white sand beaches of the Maya Riviera.

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Trip Highlights

Chichen Itza - marvel at one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
Merida - explore the capital of the Yucatan province
Tulum - visit the Tulum ruins and relax on the pristine beach in this beautiful cliffside city
Izamal - take a stroll around this pretty yellow-painted colonial town
Valladolid- enjoy a guided walking tour of this charming colonial city
Playa del Carmen - enjoy some rest and relaxation in this popular coastal town with its beautiful palm fringed beaches

Included

7 breakfasts
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Excursions to Chichen Itza, Hacienda Yaxocopoil, Cenote X'batun, Tulum Ruins
Private transportation in an air conditioned vehicles
7 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
Escorted by a local English speaking guide with specialist guides at certain sites of interest
Boat trip on Laguna del Tresoro (the Treasure Lake)
Sightseeing in Izamal and Valladoid

Not Included

International flights and visa
Airport departure transfer - can be booked at an additional cost upon request
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Cancun - Playa del Carmen

Monday. Cancun - Chichen Itza. Welcome to Mexico! Upon arrival at Cancun airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel in the beautiful coastal resort of Playa del Carmen. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore before our Mexican adventure begins tomorrow.
Overnight: Playa del Carmen

Day 2

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza - Izamal - Merida. This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the famous Chichen Itza archaeological site, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Chichen Itza was constructed between the 7th and the 10th Century AD and these incredible ruins are the best examples of Mayan architecture ever excavated. The highlight of our guided tour is the iconic El Castillo pyramid (aka the Pyramid of Kukulcan).

After visiting this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site we travel on to explore Izamal, a pretty and quiet colonial town which is referred to as the 'yellow City' due to its golden-yellow buildings. Then we continue on to Merida, which is the largest city of Yucatan steeped in colonial history, with magnificent buildings and the region's best museums.
Overnight: Merida  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Merida

Merida is not only the largest city in Yucatan, but also the cultural capital of the region and it has been designated as one of Mexico's "Pueblos Mágicos" (magical places, with rich cultural, historical or natural treasures). Today we visit the Hacienda Yaxcopoil, a rural estate constructed in the 17th century for stock farming and later used as agave plantation. We then continue our day with a refreshing dip in the Cenote X’Batun, an open limestone sinkhole with turquoise waters and marine life perfect for swimming or snorkelling. This afternoon we return to Merida where the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Merida  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Valladolid

Merida - Valladolid. Today we drive to Valladolid, a peaceful colonial city, with pastel coloured buildings, which has also been classified as a "Pueblo Magico“. We take in the highlights of this charming city on a guided tour and spend a relaxing evening here.
Overnight: Valladolid  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Tulum

Valladolid - Tulum. We drive to the beautiful cliffside Maya city of Tulum today. Take in the spectacular ocean views from the famous archaeological site and relax on the idyllic stretch of white sand beach, soaking up the sunshine on the Caribbean coast.
Overnight: Tulum  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 6-7

Playa del Carmen

Tulum - Playa del Carmen. On day 6 we travel back to Playa del Carmen, our final port of call. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this popular beach resort. Spend the day relaxing on the soft white sand beach and enjoy a swim in the crystal clear sea. Or enjoy refreshing cocktails and delicious Mexican food at the Quinta Avenida, in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Spend day 7 at leisure in Playa del Carmen, soaking up the vibrant Mexican atmosphere. Head to the beach or perhaps go shopping for some last minute souvenirs on 5th avenue.
Overnight: Playa del Carmen

Day 8

Playa del Carmen

Monday. Our tour of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out today. We can arrange a transfer to the international airport of Cancun upon request or book post tour accommodation if you wish to extend your stay.
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Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Hotel Playa del Carmen by H&A, Playa del Carmen

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Just minutes from the beach is Hotel Playa del Carmen. Combining modern comforts with a typical Mexican atmosphere, the hotel features several balconies overlooking a large inner courtyard and swimming pool. Each air-conditioned guestroom provides a private bathroom and kitchenette, with a microwave and coffee maker. You can dine on traditional Mexican or tasty international cuisine in the hotel restaurant, or enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the poolside bar. And there’s no shortage of evening activities, with Spanish lessons, salsa classes, movie nights and more to keep you entertained.

Hotel Dolores Alba Merida, Merida

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set in a colonial mansion in the historical district of Merida, is the charming Hotel Dolores Alba. Its guestrooms overlook a central courtyard and swimming pool, whilst its delightful corridors are filled with masterpieces by Frida Kahlo. Once inside, each comfortable guestroom offers air conditioning, a private bathroom and a TV. A buffet breakfast is served al fresco, with traditional Mexican cuisine on offer for lunch and dinner. And the friendly staff are always on hand to help you during your stay.

Hotel Maria de la Luz, Valladolid

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Boasting an enviable central location, Hotel María de la Luz is set in Valladolid's main square. The hotel's interior has been beautifully decorated in the traditional colonial style and each of the guestrooms offer a private balcony with views overlooking the garden or historic city centre. Other amenities include free WiFi and a charming outdoor pool. The on-site restaurant draws locals as well as guests to its delicious breakfast buffet and traditional Yucatán cuisine. But you'll most enjoy the bar’s terrace, where you can enjoy a cooling drink and views of the San Gervasio Cathedral.

Hotel Mestizo, Tulum

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering an ideal location in Tulum, this boutique hotel is just minutes from the town’s beautiful cenotes and ancient Mayan ruins. Each room features colourful decor, with a seating area, air-conditioning and free WiFi. At the 24-hour reception you can hire bikes to explore the area or check out the Mexican handicrafts being sold in the boutique shop. Guests can also enjoy the sun terrace, hot tub and meals at the in-house restaurant, which specializes in seafood. And if you take a short stroll to the beach, you'll soon discover white sands, crystal-clear waters and the hotel's very own beach bar.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cancun
Ends
Playa del Carmen
Departs
Mondays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 5, Lunch: 2
Visiting
Playa del Carmen, Merida, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Tulum
Countries