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Discover the Yucatan & Playa del Carmen

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,781

Enjoy the famous Mayan sites and beach resorts of the Yucatan Peninsula. Gaze upon Kukulcan Pyramid at Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, sample Yucatecan cuisine in colonial Merida and relax on the pristine beaches of chic Playa del Carmen.


This 7-day small group tour combines the rich history of the Mayans with the world-famous relaxation of Playa del Carmen.

Your tour begins in the resort city of Cancun, on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Cancun is one of the most popular tropical getaways in the world, known for its bustling resort infrastructure and sparkling white-sand beaches. West of Cancun is Chichen Itza, one of the best Mayan archaeological sites in Latin America. Most famous for its massive Kukulcan pyramid, Chichen Itza served as the Mayan capital from the fifth to the tenth century. It was one of the largest cities in the Americas prior to European contact and enjoys a robust afterlife as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You can tour the temples and see the spectacular lightshow that replicates a serpent descending the pyramid stairs.

Heading further west you’ll reach Merida, the cultural capital of the Yucatan that boasts gorgeous colonial architecture and charming city streets. Merida acts as a counterpoint to the rest of the peninsula, offering a taste of what the Yucatan was after European expansion but before resort culture took over. In the Zocalo, you can see the city’s architectural highlights, from the government palace to the sixteenth century mansion, Casa de Montejo. While in Merida, be sure to sample unique Yucatecan food like salbutes and panuchos or Mayan papadzules, which are remarkably different than typical Mexican dishes.

From Merida you’ll access the fascinating archaeological sites that dot the peninsula. Visit the five-story Pyramid of the Magician in hilly Uxmal. See the tomb of the king, Ukit Kan Lek Tok, buried at Ek Balam. Feel like Indiana Jones as you venture deep into the jungle to Coba, which was first settled over two thousand years ago and avoided Spanish discovery. The ruins have barely been excavated and the pyramid Nohoch Mul is the tallest on the peninsula. Climb it to get a spectacular view of the surrounding region.

After exploring the Mayan ruins of the peninsula, head to Playa del Carmen on the peninsula’s east coast and enjoy one of the world’s premier resort cities. Take a shopping excursion on Quinta Avenida. Snorkel in the reefs and see rays, moray eels and sea turtles. Relax on the white-sand beaches and soak in the rays and the Euro-chic vibe. At the end of your stay, you’ll truly understand why the Yucatan peninsula is famous the world over.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,781

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Day 1

Arrive Cancun

On arrival into Cancun you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Krystal Grand Punta

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    Krystal Grand Punta



    Overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon, only steps from the beach, Krystal Grand Punta Cancun offers a bi-level outdoor pool, private white sandy beach and full-service spa.

    Overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon, only steps from the beach, Krystal Grand Punta Cancun offers a bi-level outdoor pool, private white sandy beach and full-service spa.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Garden
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa and Wellness Centre
    • Terrace
    • Water Sports

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Day 2

Cancun / Chichen Itza / Merida

Transfer to the hotel in Cancun where the tour leaves for Merida; then visit the Chichen Itza archaeological site. Chichen Itza was the Mayan capital of Yucatan that flourished between the 5th and 10th centuries AD. Visitors can admire the impressive buildings of the northern and central archaeological sites, such as the Kukulcan Temple, the Ball Game, the Observatory, the Warrior's Temple, the Convent of the Nuns and the Sacred Cenote.

Then lunch in a local restaurant. The trip to Merida continues in the afternoon, followed by a panoramic visit to the city known as the "White City", which has Colonial houses as well as houses that date back to the beginning of the century in the Arabic, French and Italian styles. Those houses have witnessed all the old wealth that was generated thanks to the sisal culture.

You will stop at Merida's Zocalo, where visitors can admire the city's main monuments, such as the Cathedral, the Government's Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Francisco Montejo's House

Accommodation: The Holiday Inn or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Merida

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    Holiday Inn Merida



    Enjoy beautiful scenery and comfort during your stay at the Holiday Inn Merida Hotel. Located near Paseo de Montejo Avenue, we are near prominent business areas and leisure attractions with easy access to the Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport. Discover Yucatan's unique culture strolling through ...

    Enjoy beautiful scenery and comfort during your stay at the Holiday Inn Merida Hotel. Located near Paseo de Montejo Avenue, we are near prominent business areas and leisure attractions with easy access to the Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport. Discover Yucatan's unique culture strolling through the Historic Center and the iconic Paseo Montejo, where you can try local gastronomy and buy regional handicrafts.You can also take day trips to explore other nearby cities like Celestun and attractions such as the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and the archeological site Uxmal.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Medical Service
    • Babysitting Service
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Fitness Centre
    • Ice Machine
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Porter Service
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Shoeshine

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Day 3

Merida / Uxmal / Merida

Visit of the Uxmal archaeological site. Uxmal means "built in three stages", and it is a typical example of the classic and post-classic Mayan period. Uxmal's main constructions are: Piramide del Adivino (The Fortuneteller's Pyramid), Palacio de los Gobernadores (Governor's Palace) and the Cuadrangulo de las Monjas (Quadrangle of the Nuns).

Enjoy lunch in restaurant in Uxmal. Return to Merida in the afternoon.

Accommodation The Holiday Inn or similar

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Day 4

Merida / Ekbalam / Coba / Playa del Carmen

Departure to Cancun; during the trip, visit to the Ekbalam archaeological site. Ekbalam is a Mayan word that means "Black Jaguar", and this site was built during the years 700 to 1000 AD. Visitors can admire the Plaza Central that stands out thanks to its three ceremonial sculptures; the main pyramid is known as "La Torre" (The Tower) and is comparable in size to the outstanding Mayan constructions of the southeast Yucatan. After the visit the tour continues to Coba.

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon visit of the archeological site of Coba, which was not discovered and consequently not predated by the Spanish. The site hosts the tallest Mayan pyramids of Mexico: the "Nohoch Mul". After that, departure towards Cancun, where the tour will arrive after approximately 2 hours. On arrival in Playa de Carmen you will be transferred to your chosen hotel (Hotel Mahekal (Half board, Garden view room).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Mahekal Playa del Carmen

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    Hotel Mahekal Playa del Carmen



    Located on the beachfront in Playa del Carmen, this resort offers two outdoor pools, yoga classes and massages. Rooms have a terrace with hammocks and views of the sea or tropical gardens.

    Located on the beachfront in Playa del Carmen, this resort offers two outdoor pools, yoga classes and massages. Rooms have a terrace with hammocks and views of the sea or tropical gardens.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Billiard
    • Car Hire
    • Concierge
    • Diving
    • Games Room
    • Garden
    • Gift Shop
    • Massages
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Snorkelling
    • Spa and Wellness Centre
    • Table Tennis
    • Tour Desk

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Day 5

Playa del Carmen

Today is at leisure to enjoy the famous beaches of Playa del Carmen. (Hotel Mahekal (Half board, Garden View Room)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Playa del Carmen

Today is at leisure to enjoy the famous beaches of Playa del Carmen. (Hotel Mahekal (Half board, Garden View Room)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Departure

After Breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your onward Travels

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Fridays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All accommodation as listed
  • Daily American breakfast
  • Restaurant tips
  • Transportation (10 seater air conditioned mini bus)
  • Entry to all archaeological sites and museums as listed
  • English speaking guide
  • Porter services at hotels and airports

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Meals not listed
  • Drinks
  • Tips to drivers and guides
  • Taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Spending money
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation before or aftre the trip in Cancun

OTHER INFORMATION:

Children (0-12 years) share a double room with their parents. Maximum of 2 children per room.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 people, Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share, Subject to availability.

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