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Treasures of the Yucatan

Temple of Warriors, Chichen Itza
8 Days from $1,695 per person

Mexico's Mayan history and colonial cities are uncovered on this trip to its most famous and important Yucatán sites, like Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Uxmal, Valladolid, Mérida and Campeche.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... using the private entrance to the most visited site in Mexico, Chichen Izta. Here, admire the ornate and incredible sculpting created in pre-Colombian times, a feat of astonishing architectural talent and beauty.

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  1. Bienvenidos a Mexico, where your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a private transfer to the hotel. Gather at 7 p.m. to meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:Presidente InterContinental Cancun
  2. Begin your exploration of the Yucatan Peninsula with a visit to the great Maya acropolis at Ek Balam. The ruins here provide a window into the Mayan soul, with elaborate statues and grand architecture surrounded by exuberant vegetation. Then it's on to Valladolid, the Yucatan's first capital, for lunch at a local restaurant and a stroll around its convivial central square. Next, visit the colonial jewel of Izamal with its yellow buildings glowing in the tropical sun. Visit the Franciscan Monastery before ending your day in "The White City" of Merida, one of Mexico's loveliest colonial cities.
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    hotel:Presidente InterContinental Merida
  3. Visit Celestun UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where you'll travel by small boats through the lagoons and canals into protected wetlands to spot the local colony of pink flamingos. Relax during lunch under the palm-thatched roof of a local beach restaurant and enjoy some free time. This evening, gather for a Be My Guest experience hosted by Chef Don Miguel in the Chaya Maya Mansion kitchen. Upon arrival, you are greeted and served a welcome cocktail symbolic of the region, the "Mayita", or Margarita de Chaya. Learn about the dishes that you'll be making and sampling today, including the traditional processes with a modern twist used in their preparation.
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  4. Immerse yourself in the history and passion of colonial Mexico in Mérida today. View the Paseo de Montejo lined with beautiful Spanish mansions. Visit the Mérida Museum. See the glories of the city as you venture around the Central Plaza, the ornate Casa Montejo, the massive Cathedral and the Palacio del Gobierno with its remarkable collection of murals. Continue on to Campeche. Stroll from the magnificent Puerta de Tierra—the main entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Campeche's fortified old city—to the Puerta del Mar, which opens up to the Gulf of Mexico. The evening is yours to enjoy one of the many delicious local restaurants on your own.
    hotel:Plaza Campeche
  5. Travel to La Ruta Puuc for a further taste of Maya history and culture. Inhabited as early as 400 BC, the abandoned city of Edzná now reveals its secrets to modern-day visitors. Your Travel Director's intimate knowledge of its fascinating history brings the ruins to life. A special treat awaits you at a Regional Meal: Yucatecan specialties of pollo and cochinita pibil (chicken and pork wrapped in banana leaves and smoked underground). End the day at your historic hotel.
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    hotel:Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum Authentic Accommodations
  6. Few sites reflect the glories of Maya architecture better than the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal. From the Governor's Palace to the majestic Pyramid of the Magician, you'll be guided through one of the best-preserved ceremonial centres of any Maya city. At the living history museum of Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, step back in time to the age of the haciendas. Learn about the Cultural Insight of henequen (sisal fibre), the green gold of the Yucatán during the colonial era. Visit the main house and the still-active processing plant. Then ride a picturesque mule-drawn rail cart out to one of the cenotes (natural wells) that dot the Yucatán countryside. Later this afternoon, travel to your hotel, ideally situated next to Chichén Itzá, the most famous Maya archaeological site. Enjoy the evening on your own to relax on the shaded terrace or cool off in one of the pools.
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  7. Rise early and be the first visitors as you take advantage of your hotel's own private entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichén Itzá. Under the expert guidance of your Travel Director, explore the imposing El Castillo (The Castle), flanked by the Temple of the Warriors and the great Ball Court, the largest of its kind in Central America. This afternoon, return to Cancun to enjoy some free time by one of the hotel's pools or at the beach. Tonight, celebrate your Yucatán adventure at a lively Farewell Dinner.
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    hotel:InterContinental Presidente Cancun
  8. Bid adiós to your newfound amigos as you transfer to Cancun International Airport for your flight home or choose to extend your stay in Cancun.

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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • 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 full breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy tasting traditional Maya dishes at Chaya Maya Mansion.

Authentic Accommodations

  • Stay at Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum.

Cultural Insight

  • sharing about production and uses of henequen at Sotuta de Peón.

Sightseeing Highlights

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

Optional Add-Ons

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.

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.


Choco Story

Adult Price: $15.00 | 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.

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10 May 17 17 May 17 checkmark $1,695pp Call 1-877-622-9109
11 Oct 17 18 Oct 17 checkmark $1,695pp Request Quote Book Now
1 Nov 17 8 Nov 17 $1,695pp Request Quote Book Now
6 Dec 17 13 Dec 17 $1,695pp Request Quote Book Now

Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.

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 $625.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $80 per person.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • 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 48 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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