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Treasures of the Yucatan

8 Days from $1,616 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

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.

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Overview

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.

  1. 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 travelers for a Welcome Reception this evening.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
  2. Delve into Mayan culture this morning during a visit to the Ek Balam acropolis, whose well-preserved 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
  3. Visit the UNESCO-listed Celestún Biosphere Reserve, navigating the lagoons and canals in small boats in search of its famous flamingos. 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
  4. Ancient meets colonial in the Yucatan's cultural capital of Mérida, which we will have an opportunity to explore in-depth 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 colorful colonial history and tales of marauding pirates. Stroll from the magnificent Puerta de Tierra-the 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
  5. 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. Savor smoky local flavors during a Regional Meal lunch featuring the Yucatecan specialties 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
  6. 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 mule-drawn rail cart to visit one of the cenotes (natural wells) that dot the Yucatán countryside. Later this afternoon, we journey to our hotel located next to the famous Mayan archaeological site of Chichén Itzá.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Mayaland
  7. Rise with the birds and stroll through the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Chichén Itzá, savoring 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 Dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
  8. 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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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $595.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

Please note: This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps. Occasionally, the itinerary may be subject to delays or variations due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveler in good health who can take such variation in stride.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners. 

Included Highlights

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

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

Dive into Culture

  • Learn about the production and use of henequen

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Campeche, Merida
  • Visit Ek Balam, the colonial jewel of Izamal, Valladolid, Edzná, the Mayan Ruins of Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, Cancun
  • View the Paseo de Montejo
  • Cruise the lagoons and canals of Celestún
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico must have a current passport or passport card that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Mexico.

  • The currency in Panama is the Peso.  You can pay with your debit or credit card at many places and the most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks.  We recommend bringing an extra credit card and informing your financial institutions of your travel plans before leaving the country.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen will come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

     

  • Waiters and servers in Mexico also depend on tips. It is appropriate to tip 10 - 15% percent at restaurants, though not expected in taxis. 

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Uxmal

Choco Story

Adult Price: $17.00 | Child Price: $11.00

Travel back in time to a Mayan pueblo setting and learn how and when cacao was introduced to the new world in the 19th century. Learn how cacao is transformed into chocolate and sample a natural cacao beverage. Witness a special Mayan ceremony honoring the rain god Chaa. You will also learn about ceramic techniques dating back more than 2000 years. Total duration is approximately 90 minutes. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 guests)

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza Planetarium

Adult Price: $9.00 | Child Price: $9.00

Travel back in time as Tales of the Maya Skies introduces you to the Maya world of science, art, and mythology. The show's dome digital technology inspires and educates through its presentation of the Maya’s astronomical achievements and how astronomy connected them to the universe. Show length is 30 minutes.

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