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Treasures of the Yucatan

8 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

Uncover a wealth of ancient Mexican history and marvel at charming colonial towns and stunning beaches.

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About this trip

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.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DYUC

7 Nights


13 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 2 dinners (including Be My Guest).

  • 4 lunches.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Treasures of the Yucatan

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Cancun

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 travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception
Presidente InterContinental Cancun

2. Cancun – Ek Balam – Valladolid – Izamal – Merida (2 Nights)

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.

Full Breakfast
Presidente InterContinental Merida

3. Celestun Excursion

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.

Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

4. Mérida – Campeche

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.

Full Breakfast
Plaza Campeche

5. Campeche – Edzná – Uxmal

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 specialities of pollo and cochinita pibil (chicken and pork wrapped in banana leaves and smoked underground). End the day at your historic hotel.

Full Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum Authentic Accommodation

Optional Experiences

Choco Story

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.

Adult Price: US$15.00

Uxmal Light And Sound Show

Every evening in the Nuns’ Quadrangle a spectacular light and sound show is held, in which various places are lit up to the accompaniment of drum and flute music is held. The 45 minute show is accompanied by a recorded speaker who recounts the history of Uxmal.

Adult Price: US$21.00

6. Uxmal – Sotuta de Peón – Chichén Itzá

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 fiber), 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 at leisure to relax on the shaded terrace or cool off in one of the pools.

Full Breakfast

7. Chichén Itzá 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 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.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
InterContinental Presidente Cancun

Optional Experiences

Chichen Itza Planetarium

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.

Adult Price: US$9.00

8. Depart Cancun

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.

Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum, Uxmal, Mexico Steeped in history, this Authentic Accommodation is the oldest hotel in the area and has attracted world leaders and royalty ever since its inauguration 50 years ago. Past guests include Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Great Britain, Henry Kissinger and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The hand-painted tile, masonry sculpted by artists, and generous use of the regional hardwoods make the setting as lovely as it is historic.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy tasting traditional Maya dishes at Chaya Maya Mansion.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Merida and Valladolid

    • Cruise the lagoons and canals of Celestún

    • Visit Ek Balam, the colonial jewel of Izamal, Campeche, Edzná, Cancun and the Mayan Ruins of Uxmal and Chichén Itzá

What's Included


    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 2 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 4 lunches.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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  • Guest Service Rating from 14 Reviews

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    immaculate e serviceh acute and meticulous attention to det ial . Highly commednable

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    Service rating : From the moment I arrived in Cancun, there was great service from Trafalgar - being picked up at the airport & welcomed so warmlY1 The hotes in Cancun was wonderful . arriving solo al my questions were answered. Also its a beautiful hotel paradise after 2 weeks in lovely

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    Service rating : Very disappointed in Be Our Guest Dinner menu. Not everyone is a big fan of fish. Should have had a more varied menu.Product : Too much packed into trip. Arrived at hotels late each evening and couldn't really enjoy them.

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