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Treasures of the Yucatan 2014

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Chichen Itza, MexicoChichen Itza Observatory, MexicoUxmal Mayan Ruins in Yucatan, MexicoPink Flamingos in Celestun, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza Observatory, Mexico
Uxmal Mayan Ruins in Yucatan, Mexico
Pink Flamingos in Celestun, Mexico
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Tour through the Mexican provinces of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan to uncover a wealth of ancient history, charming colonial towns and stunning white sand beaches that stretch for miles. Unearth several fascinating Mayan archaeological sites, explore enchanting lagoons and admire classic Maya-style pyramids on this unique adventure in Mexico.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE CANCUN

    Bienvenidos a Mexico! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local representative and a complimentary private transfer to the hotel. Gather at the hotel at 7 p.m. to meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Cancun (SF)

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  • Day 2

    CANCUN – EK BALAM – VALLADOLID – IZAMAL – MERIDA (2 NIGHTS)

    Begin your exploration of the Yucatan with a visit to the great Maya acropolis at Ek Balam. The ruins here provide a window into the Maya soul, with elaborate statues and grand architecture surrounded by exhuberant vegetation. Then it's on to Valladolid—the Yucatan's first capital—for a lunch at a typical 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 with some free time in "The White City" of Merida, one of Mexico's loveliest colonial cities.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Merida (SF)

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  • Day 3

    CELESTUN – MERIDA

    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 flamingoes. 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 by Don Miguel and served a welcome cocktail typical to 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.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 4

    MERIDA – CAMPECHE

    Immerse yourself in the history and passion of colonial Mexico in historic Merida today. View the Paseo de Montejo lined with beautiful Spanish mansions. Visit the Merida Museum. Then see the glories of the city as you stroll 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 the fort city of 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 into the Gulf of Mexico. The evening is yours to enjoy one of the local restaurants.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hotel Plaza Campeche (F)

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  • Day 5

    CAMPECHE – EDZNA – UXMAL

    Today, travel to La Ruta Puuc for a further taste of Maya history and culture. Inhabited as early as 400 BC, the abandoned city of Edzna 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 Highlight Lunch: Yucatecan specialities of pollo and cochinita pibil (chicken and pork wrapped in banana leaves and smoked underground). End the day at Hacienda Uxmal, an Authentic Accommdation and your hotel for the evening. Steeped in history, this is the oldest hotel in the area and has attracted world leaders and European royalty ever since the hotel's inauguration 50 years ago. Past guests include Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Great Britain, the Shah of Iran, King Umberto II of Italy, Henry Kissinger and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

    Hotel: Hacienda Uxmal (F)

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  • Day 6

    UXMAL – SOTUTA DE PEON – CHICHEN ITZA

    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 in the world. At the living history museum of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, step back in time to the age of the haciendas. Learn about the Local Speciality of henequen (sisal fiber), the green gold of the Yucatan 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 Yucatan countryside. After lunch, travel to your hotel, ideally situated next to Chichen Itza, the most famous Maya archaeological site. Enjoy the evening at leisure to relax on the shaded terrace or cool off in one of the pools.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Hotel Mayaland (F)

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  • Day 7

    CHICHEN ITZA SIGHTSEEING – CANCUN

    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 Chichen Itza. 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 Yucatan adventure at a lively Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Cancun (SF)

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  • Day 8

    DEPART CANCUN

    Today bid adios to your newfound amigos as you transfer to the Cancun International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay at the resort on the famed Riviera Maya.  For clients who depart later in the day, free time at the hotel and beach is an option and a later transfer can be scheduled.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Learn all about and taste traditional Maya dishes and discover how your host adds his own modern twist to the cuisine at Chaya Maya Mansion.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Learn about the production and uses of henequen at Sotuta de Peon.
  • Authentic Accommodation Overnight at the Hacienda Uxmal, the area's oldest hotel, just steps from the famous ruins. The hand-painted tile, masonry sculpted by artists, and generous use of the regional hardwoods, make the setting as lovely as it is historic.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Ek BalamExplore this recently-excavated Mayan archaeological site.
  • ValladolidVisit this enchanting colonial town and stroll the main plaza.
  • IzamalSee this magical "Yellow City" and visit its imposing monastery.
  • MeridaDiscover this beautiful colonial city and its many highlights.
  • CelestunNavigate the lagoon and canals of this rich Biosphere Reserve.
  • CampecheBe enchanted by this skillfully restored fortified colonial town.
  • EdznaView the Great Acropolis and impressive Pyramid of Five Stories.
  • UxmalMarvel at this outstanding Maya ceremonial complex.
  • Sotuta de PeonGo back in time to the era of the grand colonial haciendas.
  • Chichen ItzaWonder at the architectural masterworks of this fabled city.
  • CancunOvernight in this popular resort town and enjoy the stunning white sand beaches.

Dining

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 4 lunches:
    • Highlight Lunch in Uxmal
    • 3 lunches
  • 3 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Cancun
    • Be My Guest dinner at Chaya Maya Mansion in Merida.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Cancun

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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