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Great Mexico: Mexico City, Oaxaca, Palenque & More

12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,759

MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH: Embark on an unforgettable group tour through Mexico's cultural heartlands! Explore vibrant Mexico City, savour Oaxaca's rich cuisine, wander through the ancient ruins of Palenque, and immerse yourself in the colourful charm of Campeche and Merida, discovering the soul of Mexico across these diverse and captivating destinations.

Your 12-day Mexico vacation begins with a comprehensive city tour of the oldest capital city of the Americas, Mexico City. Begin your exploration in Zócalo and discover the impressive Baroque buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral built atop the former Aztec sacred precinct. Continue to the Palacio National and admire the beautiful red tezontle façade covering the entire east side of the official residence of the President of Mexico before visiting the UNESCO-listed ruins of the Templo Mayor, the main temple of the Mexica people destroyed and buried after the Spanish Conquest in 1521. Stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe before venturing north-east of Mexico City to the incredible pyramids along the Road of the Dead in the holy pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, the Place Where the Gods Were Created.

Make your way to Oaxaca, stopping in the UNESCO-listed city of Puebla, where you’ll find the Santo Domingo church, Rosario Chapel, and more incredible Mexican Baroque art. Marvel at the renowned archeological site of Monte Albán before travelling to the historic city of Santa Catalina and the world capital of Mezcal, Santiago Matatlán. Participate in a Mezcal workshop before continuing your immersive Mexico journey in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital of Chiapas, and with a scenic boat trip through the nearby Sumidero Canyon.

Enjoy a two-night stay in the town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, visiting local markets and the indigenous communities before travelling further into the mountains of Chiapas to the Mayan Palenque ruins and the city of Campeche. Spend the final two days of your Mexico adventure travelling to the Riviera Maya coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula, stopping at the Uxmal archaeological site and Mérida, the largest city in southeastern Mexico.


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12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,759

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Day 1

Arrive Mexico City

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

Being located on a plateau at 2240 metres/7350 feet in height above sea level makes Mexico City an all-year-around comfortable destination to visit. However, that’s just a start as to why one would enjoy a stay here. It is a thriving, cosmopolitan capital city (the oldest in the Americas) offering excellent cultural pursuits with its many museums and art galleries (how about 160 museums and 100 art galleries to choose from), history dating back to before the arrival of the Conquistadores, culinary delights and choices, colourful neighbourhoods and bustling street markets. 

Accommodation: Barceló México Reforma

Duration2 Nights
Day 2

Mexico City

Enjoy an American breakfast at the hotel followed by a comprehensive city tour. Explore the Plaza de la Constitución, also known as Zócalo, surrounded by splendid baroque buildings, including the impressive Cathedral built atop the former Aztec temple. Admire the Palacio Nacional, housing the Presidency of Mexico. A top of particular interest is the Templo Mayor, a renowned Aztec temple. You’ll then make a brief stop at the Guadalupe Shrine before departing for Teotihuacán, dubbed "the place where the Gods are born" by the Aztecs. Marvel at the Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, and the Citadel, all situated along the "Calzada de los Muertos" (the Road of the Dead). Enjoy lunch at a restaurant, then return to your accommodation in Mexico City.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Mexico City, Puebla & Oaxaca

Depart by bus to the charming colonial city of Puebla. Explore the Santo Domingo church, with the opportunity to visit the impressive Rosario Chapel, a prominent example of Mexican Baroque art. Later in the afternoon, continue the journey to Oaxaca by bus. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Approximate distance: 474 km (295 miles)

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express hotel (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 4


A day dedicated to exploring Oaxaca and Monte Albán. Begin in the morning with a visit to the renowned archaeological site of Monte Albán, an elevated ceremonial center featuring pyramids, tombs, and intricate sunken reliefs. In the afternoon, return to Oaxaca to discover the city known as the "Cradle of Patriots." Explore the Zócalo, home to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Church. Continue with visits to the historic Santa Catalina from Siena friary and the vibrant local market, highlighting the region's distinct culture. Afterward, return to your accommodation.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Oaxaca, Santiago Matatlán & Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Depart for Santiago Matatlán, a 1-hour drive from Oaxaca, renowned as the "Mezcal capital." Explore  Palenque, and participate in a Mezcal workshop where you will witness the traditional production process of this increasingly popular beverage. Next, travel to Tehuantepec (4 hours) for lunch. In the afternoon, continue the journey to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital of Chiapas (5 hours). Upon arrival, settle into your hotel. Approximate distance: 567 km (352 miles)

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutiérrez (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Day 6

Tuxtla Gutiérrez & San Cristóbal de las Casas

Transfer to Cahuaré wharf for a scenic boat trip through the stunning Cañón del Sumidero (Sumidero Canyon), where the altitude and natural beauty create an unforgettable experience. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant and then proceed to San Cristóbal de las Casas and check-in to your hotel. The afternoon is free for leisure activities. Approximate distance: 68 km (42 miles)

Accommodation: Hotel Sombra del Agua (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Day 7

San Cristóbal de las Casas

Begin the day with a visit to a vibrant local market, where Indigenous artisans showcase their handmade crafts. Continue to the Baroque Santo Domingo Church founded in 1547. Next, explore the Indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán. San Juan Chamula's connection to the church is fascinating due to its blend of paganism and Catholicism in ceremonies. In contrast, Zinacantán's Indigenous population is devoted to the Catholic faith. Experience making your own tortilla and savor a shot of "Pox," an ancient Mayan elixir. Return to your accommodation in San Cristóbal.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

San Cristóbal de las Casas & Palenque

Enjoy a coffee at the hotel before embarking on an early departure to Palenque. Along the way, make a stop in Ocosingo for breakfast at a local restaurant and admire the stunning Agua Azul (Blue Water) waterfalls. The journey, spanning around 5 hours on a scenic mountain road, offers a glimpse of the lush vegetation characteristic of the Chiapas region. Upon arriving in Palenque, check-in at the hotel. Approximate distance: 191 km (119 miles)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 9

Palenque & Campeche

Embark on a visit to the Palenque archaeological site, a captivating area displaying exquisite Mayan stone and stucco work. Nestled within the Chiapanecan jungle, this location is often hailed as one of Mexico's most picturesque spots, with its ruins harmonizing with the lush surroundings. The notable Templo de las Inscripciones (Temple of the Inscriptions) is a highlight, famed for housing Pakal's tomb and his iconic jade mask. Afterwards, proceed to Campeche, the capital of the Campeche State. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant en route. Upon reaching Campeche, take a brief tour of the historic town, enclosed by fortified walls and towers designed to shield the city from pirates. Campeche exudes a colonial charm, boasting elegant houses and modest churches. Following the city exploration, check-in at your hotel. Approximate distance: 362 km (225 miles)

Accommodation: Hotel Gamma Campeche Malecón (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Campeche, Uxmal & Mérida

Embark on a journey to Mérida, with a notable visit to the Uxmal archaeological site along the way. Uxmal, meaning "built in three stages," stands as a prime representation of the classic and post-classic Mayan periods. Its key structures include 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). Enjoy a satisfying lunch at a restaurant before proceeding to Mérida, often referred to as the "White City." Here, a blend of Colonial and century-old houses in Arabic, French, and Italian styles reflects the city's past wealth generated from sisal cultivation. Pause at Mérida's Zócalo, where prominent monuments such as the Cathedral, Government's Palace, Municipal Palace, and Francisco Montejo's House grace the landscape. Upon reaching Mérida, check-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 11

Mérida & Riviera Maya

Set forth on a journey to explore the renowned Chichén Itzá archaeological site, once the thriving Mayan capital of Yucatán, flourishing from the 5th to 10th centuries AD. Marvel at the grandeur of the northern and central archaeological structures, including the Kukulcán Temple, Ball Game, Observatory, Warrior's Temple, Convent of the Nuns, and Sacred Cenote. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant within Chichén Itzá's premises. Later in the day, continue your adventure to Riviera Maya, making a stop at Cenote Saamal for a revitalizing swim. Arrive and check-in at your hotel. Approximate distance: 309 km (192 miles)

Accommodation: Barcelo Maya Beach (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 12

Depart Riviera Maya

Check out and transfer to Cancun International airport for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


2024: January 20; February 3, 17; March 2, 16; April 6, 20; May 4, 18; June 1, 08, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17; September 7, 21


  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Mexico City
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Oaxaca
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in Tuxtla Gutiérrez
  • 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 Merida
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in Riviera Maya
  • All Inclusive treatment in Barcelò Maya Beach
  • Escorted coach tour (max 47 guests) including:
    • Transportation
    • Entry to archaeological sites and museums as listed
    • English-speaking guide
    • Porter service in airports and hotels
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 6 lunches, 1 dinner


  • 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.

21 Sep 2024
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