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Treasures of the Yucatan

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

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    • "Take time for yourself. Glide your hand over ancients ruins and pyramids, gaze onto warrior temples and ceremonial centers, pause to view the open sea. Then remind yourself, this is not Egypt-this is Mexico."Alan Cook, Manager, Latin America
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      • Crossovers: Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • 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 traveller in good health who can take such variations in stride.
      • "Take time for yourself. Glide your hand over ancients ruins and pyramids, gaze onto warrior temples and ceremonial centers, pause to view the open sea. Then remind yourself, this is not Egypt-this is Mexico."Alan Cook, Manager, Latin America
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, 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. 

      About this trip

      Delve into the soul of the Yucatán-home to sun, sea and the glories of an ancient civilisation which once ruled Central America, then mysteriously disappeared.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: DYUC

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 4 lunches

      • 3 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City Tour Campeche, Merida

        • Cruise the lagoons and canals of Celestún

        • View the Paseo de Montejo

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 4 lunches

        • 3 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • 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

        • All 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


       

      Treasures of the Yucatan

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Cancun

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

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      Celestun Excursion

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      Mérida – Campeche

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      Day 5

      Campeche – Edzná – Uxmal

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      Uxmal – Sotuta de Peón – Chichén Itzá

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      Chichén Itzá Sightseeing – Cancun

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      Depart Cancun

      Day 1

      Arrive Cancun Day 1 - Arrive Cancun

      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 travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening.

      Hotel

      InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Cancun – Ek Balam – Valladolid – Izamal – Merida (2 Nights) Day 2 - Cancun – Ek Balam – Valladolid – Izamal – Merida (2 Nights)

      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.

      Hotel

      InterContinental Presidente Merida

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      InterContinental Presidente Merida

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      Day 3

      Celestun Excursion Day 3 - Celestun Excursion

      Visit the UNESCO-listed Celestún Biosphere Reserve, navigating the lagoons and canals in small boats in search of its famous flamingoes. 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Mérida – Campeche Day 4 - Mérida – Campeche

      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 colourful 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.

      Hotel

      Plaza Campeche

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Plaza Campeche

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Campeche – Edzná – Uxmal Day 5 - Campeche – Edzná – Uxmal

      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. Savour smoky local flavours during a Regional Meal lunch featuring the Yucatecan specialities 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.

      Hotel

      Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      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. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 guests)

      Adult Price: US$17.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 5

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      Uxmal – Sotuta de Peón – Chichén Itzá Day 6 - Uxmal – Sotuta de Peón – Chichén Itzá

      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 Stay with a Story located next to the famous Mayan archaeological site of Chichén Itzá.

      Hotel

      Mayaland

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Mayaland

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Chichén Itzá Sightseeing – Cancun Day 7 - Chichén Itzá Sightseeing – Cancun

      Rise with the birds and stroll through the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Chichén Itzá, savouring 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.

      Hotel

      InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Cancun Day 8 - Depart Cancun

      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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-za/tours/treasures-of-the-yucatan?tripcode=dyuc for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • 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. (Days 5, 6)

      • 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. (Day 3)

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        Learn about the production and use of henequen. (Day 6)

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City Tour Campeche, Merida

        • Cruise the lagoons and canals of Celestún

        • View the Paseo de Montejo

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 4 lunches

        • 3 dinners


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • 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

        • All 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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