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Classic Mexico: Mexico City, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Campeche & More

9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,519

MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH: This 9-day group tour will immerse you in Mexico's cultural history, from the vibrant heart of Mexico City to the streets of San Cristóbal de las Casas, the mystical ruins of Palenque, the colonial elegance of Campeche, and the lively markets of Mérida. This adventure promises an unforgettable exploration of diverse landscapes and histories, immersing you in Mexico's rich heritage.

Embark on a tour of Mexico’s cultural history on this 9-day Mexico vacation. Begin in the oldest capital city in the Americas, Mexico City. Explore the Constitution Plaza, also known as the Zócalo, home of the Metropolitan Cathedral built over the former sacred Aztec precinct Templo Mayor, destroyed during the Spanish Conquest in 1521 before visiting the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe. Venture to the ancient pyramids and citadel along the Road of the Dead in the holy pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan.

Take a short flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez for a boat tour through the Sumidero Canyon. Traversing the canyon to the enchanting town of San Cristóbal de las Casas will leave you in awe. Explore the town’s vibrant local markets, showcasing handcrafted wares from hundreds of Indigenous artisans before visiting the Indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán, where you’ll have the opportunity to make tortillas and savour a shot of Pox, an ancient Mayan elixir offering a unique taste of local culture and traditions.

Drive through the lush mountain roads to the incredible Palenque archaeological site, stopping in Ocosingo for an authentic regional breakfast and the beautiful Agua Azul Waterfalls. Marvel at the Temple of Inscriptions and Pakal’s Tomb in Palenque, commemorating Palenque’s greatest ajaw who transformed Palenque from obscurity into a thriving Maya city, rivalling other greats, including Tikal. Finish your day in Campeche, exploring its fortified historic town erected to defend against pirates in the mid-17th century.

Travel further to the colonial houses and early 20th-century properties influenced by Arabic, French, and Italian culture in the White City, Mérida, stopping at the Uxmal archaeological site. Continue to Chichen Itzà, the ancient Mayan capital of Yucatán, and marvel at its iconic structures, including the Kukulcán Temple, the Observatory, the Warrior’s Temple, the Sacred Cenote, and the Great Ball Court.


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9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,519

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Day 1

Arrive Mexico City

Arrive at Mexico City International Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Barceló México Reforma (or similar)

Duration2 Nights
Day 2

Mexico City

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, embark on a tour of Mexico City. Starting at the Constitution Plaza, commonly known as Zócalo, where beautiful Baroque buildings adorn the surroundings. Among them stands the awe-inspiring Cathedral, the country's largest religious monument constructed atop the great Aztec temple. Marvel at the blend of history and architecture. Next, explore the Palacio Nacional, the Presidential headquarters, an external view of its grandeur awaits you. Don't miss the Templo Mayor, a recent discovery and the ancient Aztec capital's great temple. This archaeological gem offers a glimpse into Aztec civilization's religious practices. Make a brief stop at the Guadalupe Shrine to appreciate its cultural significance. Continuing your tour, you'll journey to Teotihuacán, known as "the place where the Gods are born." Here, three monumental structures await: the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the Citadel, all connected by the legendary "Calzada de los Muertos" (Road of the Dead). End your afternoon with lunch, and your adventure concludes as you return to your accommodation in Mexico City.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Mexico City, Tuxtla Gutierrez & San Cristóbal de las Casas

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital of Chiapas. Once you arrive, you will be make your way to the Cahuaré wharf. Hop aboard a launch boat and embark on a mesmerizing journey through the Cañón del Sumidero (Sumidero Canyon). As you traverse the canyon's dramatic landscape, the elevation and sheer beauty of the surroundings will leave you in awe. Following this unforgettable experience, your tour continues to the enchanting San Cristóbal de las Casas. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Upon your arrival in San Cristóbal de las Casas, you will check-in at your hotel, where you can unwind and immerse yourself in the charm of this picturesque town, known for its colonial architecture and cultural richness. Approximate distance: 68 km (42 miles)

Accommodation: Sombra del Agua (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Day 4

San Cristóbal de las Casas

Start your day with a visit to one of the region's most vibrant local markets, where hundreds of Indigenous artisans gather daily to showcase their handcrafted wares. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of colors and traditions that define this bustling marketplace. Following this, the tour leads you to the magnificent Baroque Santo Domingo Church, established in 1547. This architectural gem offers a glimpse into the colonial history of the region and its spiritual heritage. Moving on to the Indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán. San Juan Chamula has a unique connection to its church, where ceremonies once blended indigenous paganism with Catholicism, creating a distinctive syncretic faith. In contrast, the Zinacantán community remains deeply loyal to the Catholic faith, reflecting the diverse religious traditions within Chiapas. While in these communities, you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at making delicious tortillas and savor a shot of "Pox," an ancient Mayan elixir that provides a taste of local culture and traditions. As the day concludes, you'll return to San Cristóbal.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

San Cristóbal de las Casas & Palenque

Kickstart your day at the hotel's coffee station. Afterward, it's an early departure for Palenque, with a few notable stops along the way. First, stop in Ocosingo to enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of the region. Continuing on your journey, you'll encounter the breathtaking Agua Azul (Blue Water) waterfalls, a true natural wonder. The approximately 5-hour drive along winding mountain roads offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in the lush vegetation of Chiapas, providing a glimpse of the region's abundant natural beauty. Upon reaching Palenque, you'll check-in at your accommodation. Approximate distance: 191 km (119 miles)

Accommodation: Villa Mercedes Palenque (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 6

Palenque & Campeche

Begin your day with a visit to the Palenque archaeological site, a true masterpiece of Mayan craftsmanship nestled within the enchanting Chiapanecan jungle. The site's captivating stone and stucco work have earned it a reputation as one of Mexico's most beautiful places. At its heart lies the Templo de las Inscripciones (Temple of the Inscriptions), where the discovery of Pakal's tomb, adorned with his iconic jade green mask, continues to amaze visitors. Next, your journey takes you to Campeche, the capital of Campeche State. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant en route. Upon arrival in Campeche, embark on a brief exploration of the historic town, encircled by protective fort walls and watchtowers erected to defend against pirates. Campeche exudes a colonial ambiance with its charming houses and austere churches. After your city tour, check-in at your hotel. Approximate distance: 362 km (225 miles)

Accommodation: Gamma Campeche Malecón (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 7

Campeche, Uxmal & Mérida

Set out on a journey to Mérida with a stop at the Uxmal archaeological site along the way. Uxmal, meaning "built in three stages," stands as a quintessential example of the classic and post-classic Mayan period. Its prominent structures, such as the Pirámide del Adivino (The Fortuneteller’s Pyramid), Palacio de los Gobernadores (Governor’s Palace), and the Cuadrángulo de las Monjas (Quadrangle of the Nuns), showcase the architectural brilliance of the Mayan civilization. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continuing towards Mérida, the "White City," you'll encounter a charming blend of colonial houses and properties dating back to the early 20th century, reflecting Arabic, French, and Italian architectural influences. These houses bear witness to the wealth generated during the sisal culture era. During a stop at Mérida’s Zócalo, admire the city's prominent monuments, including the Cathedral, the Government’s Palace, the Municipal Palace, and the Francisco Montejo’s House, each revealing the city's rich heritage. Conclude your day by checking in at your hotel. Approximate distance: 169 km (105 miles)

Accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott Mérida (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Day 8

Mérida, Chichen Itzà & Riviera Maya

Set off to explore the Chichén Itzá archaeological site, the ancient Mayan capital of Yucatán, which thrived from the 5th to the 10th centuries AD. Here, you'll marvel at the grandeur of iconic structures within the northern and central archaeological zones, including the Kukulcán Temple, the Ball Game court, the Observatory, the Warrior's Temple, the Convent of the Nuns, and the Sacred Cenote. Lunch is included at a restaurant. In the afternoon, your journey continues towards the Riviera Maya, with a stop at Cenote Saamal. Take a refreshing swim in its crystalline waters. Finally, arrive at your destination. Approximate distance: 309 km (192 miles)

Accommodation: Barcelo Maya Beach (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 9

Depart Riviera Maya

Transfer to the Cancun International airport for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


2024: January 23; February 06, 20; March 05, 19; April 09, 23; May 07, 21; June 04, 11, 18, 25; July 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; August 06, 13, 20; September 10, 24; October 08, 22;
November 12, 26; December 10


  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • 2 nights in moderate accommodations in Mexico City
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in San Cristóbal de las Casas
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in Palenque
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in Campeche
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in Mérida
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in Riviera Maya
  • Escorted coach tour (max 47 guests) including:
    • Transportation
    • Entry to archaeological sites and museums as listed
    • English-speaking guide
    • Porter service in airports and hotel
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 5 lunches and all-inclusive meals and beverages at Barcelo Maya Beach


  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees (if applicable) and passport fees


Children (01-12 years old) will share a double room with their parents/guardians. No extra bed will be available and there is a maximum 2 children per room. The room will be equipped with 2 queen beds.


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Itinerary and inclusions subject to change or amendment prior to departure due to local conditions. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

10 Dec 2024
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