Delve into the soul of the Yucatán-home to sun, sea and the glories of an ancient civilization which once ruled Central America, then mysteriously disappeared.

Package Includes
  • Round trip international airfare to Cancun
  • 7 night guided vacation First Class coach tour
  • 7 nights hand picked hotel accommodations
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (including 1 Be My Guest)
  • Transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
  • Hand-picked insider experiences
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour Campeche, Merida
  • Cruise the lagoons and canals of Celestún
  • View the Paseo de Montejo
  • Visit Ek Balam, the colonial jewel of Izamal, Valladolid, Edzná, the Mayan Ruins of Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, Cancun

Travel Highlights

  • STAYS WITH STORIES
    Stay at Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum, featuring traditional Mayan and Spanish décor and at the Mayaland, as much of a landmark as the ancient sites that surround it. (Days 5, 6)
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
    Join Don Miguel in The White City of Merida for a traditional Mayan dinner, complete with a Mayita cocktail, live cooking demonstration and exceptional Mayan hospitality. (Day 3)
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE
    Learn about the production and use of henequen. (Day 6)

Exclusive: Book by April 30!

October 9, 2019
Based on Double or Single Share
Vancouver $2929 + $224 tax
Victoria, Kelowna $3229 + $224 tax
Calgary, Edmonton $3129 + $224 tax
Single Room Supplement add $875
Pre-paid gratuties $120

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Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE CANCUN
Warm heart and soul on the sojourn to Mexico’s Caribbean playground, Cancun. On arrival, you’ll be met with a hearty Mexican bienvenido and transferred to your hotel, where you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening.
MEAL(S) – Welcome Reception
HOTEL – InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

DAY 2 CANCUN – EK BALAM – VALLADOLID – IZAMAL – MERIDA (2 NIGHTS)
Delve into Mayan culture this morning during a visit to the Ek Balam acropolis, whose wellpreserved stucco sculptures and painted hieroglyphic inscriptions provide a window into the Mayan soul. We’ll journey to Valladolid, once Yucatan’s capital and today a sleepy town. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then stroll around its convivial central square before continuing to the colonial jewel of Izamal, said to be the oldest city in the Yucatan. See its yellow buildings glow in the tropical sun and pay a visit to the Franciscan Monastery before ending your day in “The White City” of Merida.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
HOTEL – InterContinental Presidente Merida

DAY 3 CELESTUN EXCURSION
Visit the UNESCOlisted Celestún Biosphere Reserve, navigating the lagoons and canals in small boats in search of its famous flamingoes. This evening, we’ll Connect with Locals, joining Chef Don Miguel in the Chaya Maya Mansion kitchen for Mayita cocktails and traditional Dishes at a Be My Guest dinner.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 MÉRIDA – CAMPECHE
Ancient meets colonial in the Yucatan’s cultural capital of Mérida, which we will have an opportunity to explore indepth today. View the Paseo de Montejo lined with beautiful Spanish mansions, then visit the Mérida Museum to gain insights into the glories of the city’s past. Stroll through the tranquil Central Plaza surrounded by beautiful architecture, see the ornate Casa Montejo, the massive Cathedral and the Palacio del Gobierno with its remarkable collection of murals. We’ll travel to the port city of Campeche next, with its colourful colonial history and tales of marauding pirates. Stroll from the magnificent Puerta de Tierrathe main entrance to the Campeche’s UNESCO listed fortified old city to the Puerta del Mar, which opens
up to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast
HOTEL – Plaza Campeche

DAY 5 CAMPECHE – EDZNÁ – UXMAL
Journey through the rolling hills of La Ruta Puuc and immerse yourself in Mexico’s Mayan Puuc culture and heritage. We’ll visit the abandoned city of Edzná which reveals the ornate façades and rituals of this ancient culture. Savour smoky local flavours during a Regional Meal lunch featuring the Yucatecan specialities of pollo and cochinita pibil (chicken and pork wrapped in banana leaves). We’ll overnight in a historic hacienda Stay with a Story that has attracted world leaders and royalty.
MEAL(S) – Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
HOTEL – Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum

DAY 6 UXMAL – SOTUTA DE PEÓN – CHICHÉN ITZÁ
Few sites reflect the glories of Maya architecture better than the UNESCO listed
Uxmal. Gaze up at its House of the Magician, built in one night as legend would have it. See the Governor’s Palace with its tributes to the rain god Chaac and the House of Turtles, among other spectacular examples of Mayan construction. At the living history museum of Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, we’ll step back in time to the age of the haciendas. Dive into Culture and learn about henequen (sisal fiber), the green gold of the Yucatán during the colonial era. We’ll visit the main house and the still active  processing plant, then hop on a muledrawn rail cart to visit one of the cenotes (natural wells) that dot the Yucatán countryside. Later this afternoon, we journey to our Stay with a Story located next to the famous Mayan archaeological site of Chichén Itzá.
MEAL(S) – Full Breakfast, Lunch
HOTEL – Mayaland

DAY 7 CHICHÉN ITZÁ SIGHTSEEING – CANCUN
Rise with the birds and stroll through the ruins of the UNESCO listed Chichén Itzá, savouring the rare opportunity to be the first visitors on site. Your Travel Director will reveal the iconic and unexpected highlights including the imposing El Castillo (The Castle), the Temple of the Warriors and the great Ball Court, the largest of its kind in Central America. This afternoon, we’ll return to Cancun for some free time to embrace fun and freedom in this Caribbean beach playground. Our journey almost at its end, we’ll join our travel companions for a lively Farewell inner.
MEAL(S) – Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
HOTEL – InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

DAY 8 DEPART CANCUN
Say a fond farewell to the Yucatan and your newfound amigos as you transfer to Cancun International Airport for your flight home or consider extending your stay in Cancun.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast

 

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