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Great Mexico

Great Mexico

Purpose: Discovery, Culture, History, Relaxation
No. of days: 12 days - 11 nights
First & Last Cities: Mecico City, Cancun
Other cities: Puebla, Oaxaca, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Palenque, Campeche, Uxmal, Mérida, Chichen-Itza, Riviera Maya
Starting cost: $2,175
 
Day 1 – Sat: Mexico City
Upon arrival at Mexico City International Airport you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for accommodation.
 
Day 2 – Sun: Mexico City
This morning we take a tour of Mexico City including Plaza de la Constitución (The Constitution Plaza) known as Zócalo, surrounded by beautiful baroque buildings, among which is the Cathedral (the country’s largest religious monument built over the great Aztec temple). The Palacio Nacional (National Palace), headquarter of Mexico’s Presidency, where visitors can admire murals painted by Diego Rivera. One of the main and most recently discovered attractions is the Templo Mayor, the great temple of the Aztec capital. Brief stop at the Guadalupe Shrine. The tour continues to Teotihuacán, named by the Aztecs as “the place where the Gods are born”. This location includes three great constructions: The Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon and the Citadel, all of them were built over the so called “Calzada de los Muertos” (Road of the Dead). Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Mexico City for overnight. [B/L]
 
Day 3 – Mon: Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca
Departure by bus to the beautiful and colonial city of Puebla to visit Santo Domingo church, where it is possible to visit the Rosario Chapel, one of the biggest works of Mexican Baroque art. In the afternoon the tour proceeds to Oaxaca. Check-in and accommodation. [B]
 
Day 4 – Tue: Oaxaca
In the morning visit the famous archeological site of Monte Alban, ceremonial center built on a hill and rich in pyramids, tombs and sunken reliefs. After, we’ll visit a typical “Alebrije’s” workshop, where you’ll be able to create your own little “masterpiece”!  In the afternoon return to Oaxaca to visit the city known as the “Patriots Cradle”. The visit includes the Zocalo, where the Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Church are located. Then continue to the old Santa Catalina from Siena Friary and continue to the local market, one of the most typical of the region. Return to hotel overnight. [B]
 
Day 5 – Wed: Oaxaca, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
In the morning, departure to Mitla, ancient Mixtec center. Visit the archeological site, place founded by the Zapotec and also used by Mixtecan for their ceremonies in which visitors can see geometrical decorations with abstract drawings. The tour continues to Tehuantepec (4 hours) for lunch. In the afternoon proceed to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of the State of Chiapas (5 hours). Arrival and accommodation. [B/L]
 
Day 6 – Thu: Tuxtla Gutiérrez, San Cristóbal de las Casas
Transfer to the Cahuaré wharf to enjoy a launch boat trip through the Sumidero Canyon. The altitude and the beauty of the place will make the experience unforgettable. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, continue to San Cristóbal de las Casas. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. [B/L]
 
Day 7 – Fri: San Cristóbal de las Casas
In the morning visit one of the most typical local markets where hundreds of Indigenous people sell their hand-made products every day. Then continues to the Baroque Santo Domingo Church founded in 1547. Afterwards, visitors will meet the Indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán. The community church of San Juan Chamula celebration ceremonies have been greatly influenced by paganism. The Indigenous population of Zinacantan, on the other hand, is very loyal to the Catholic faith. During the visit you’ll have the opportunity to taste a delicious “Tortilla” made by yourself and enjoy a shot of “Pox”, an ancient Mayan elixir! Return to San Cristóbal for overnight. [B]
 
Day 8 – Sat: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Palenque
Departure to Palenque with a stop at the Agua Azul (Blue Water) waterfalls. The trip, on a mountain road, will last approximately 5 hours surrounded by the abundant vegetation typical of the State of Chiapas. Arrival at Palenque and check-in at the hotel. [B]
 
Day 9 – Sun: Palenque, Campeche
Visit of the Palenque archaeological site. The area displays beautiful Mayan work made in stone and stucco and is frequently recognized as one of Mexico’s most beautiful places due to its ruins enclosed in the Chiapa jungle. Its most important temple is called Templo de las Inscripciones (Temple of the Inscriptions), and here the explorers discovered Pakal’s tomb with his famous jade mask. Then continue to Campeche for lunch at a restaurant on route. Upon arrival in Campeche, short visit to the ancient town, surrounded by fortified walls and towers built to protect the city from the pirates. Campeche keeps a Colonial mood thanks to its gorgeous houses and austere churches. After visiting the city, continue to the hotel for overnight. [B/L]
 
Day 10 – Mon: Campeche, Uxmal, Mérida 
Departure to Mérida stopping en route to visit the archaeological site of Uxmal. Uxmal means “built in three stages” and it is a typical example of the classic and post-classic Mayan period. Its main constructions are: Pirámide del Adivino (The Fortuneteller’s Pyramid), Palacio de los Gobernadores (Governor’s Palace) and the Cuadrángulo de las Monjas (Quadrangle of the Nuns). Lunch at restaurant nearby and continuation to Mérida, also known as the “White City”, which has Colonial houses as well as houses dating from the beginning of the century, in Arabic, French and Italian styles. Those houses have witnessed all the old wealth that was generated thanks to the sisal culture. Stop at Mérida’s Zócalo, where visitors can admire the city’s main monuments: the Cathedral, the Government’s Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Francisco Montejo’s House. Check-in at the hotel for overnight. [B/L]
 
Day 11 - Tue: Mérida, Chichen-Itza, Riviera Maya
This morning we leave towards Chichén-Itzá, one of the best-known archaeological sites in Yucatan. Chichén-Itzá was the Mayan capital and flourished between the 5th and 10th centuries AD. Visitors can admire the impressive buildings of the northern and central groups, such as the Kukulcán Temple, the Ball Game, the Observatory, the Warrior’s Temple, the Convent of the Nuns and the Sacred Cenote. Lunch at a restaurant in Chichén Itzá. In the afternoon, continue to Riviera Maya, with a stop en route to visit Cenote Saamal, with some time for a refreshing swim. Continue to an all inclusive hotel for drinks, dinner and overnight. [B/L/D]
 
Day 12 – Wed: Riviera Maya, Cancun, USA
Depending on your flight schedule, maybe some time for last shopping. At the appointed time you’ll be picked-up and transferred to the Cancun International Airport to board your flight back home. [B]
 

[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



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Tour includes
  • Round trip transfers
  • 11 nights’ accommodation:
    • Mexico City 2 nights
    • Oaxaca 2 nights
    • Tuxtla Gutiérrez 1 night
    • San Cristóbal de las Casas 2
    • Palenque 1 night
    • Campeche 1 night
    • Merida 1 night
    • Riviera Maya 1 night
  • Meals:
    • American breakfast daily
    • 6 lunches
    • 1 dinner
  • Transportation by A/C vehicle with sound system.
  • English-Spanish speaking escort
  • English-Spanish speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Porter service at airports and hotels.
  • Restaurant fees and tips
  • All local taxes
Not included in tour
  • International or domestic air tickets
  • International airport taxes.
  • Immigration fees for each entry and stay in Mexico.
  • Early check-in or late check-out at hotels
  • Travel Insurance
  • Services and food not listed in the itinerary
  • Beverages during the meals
  • Hotel extras, and personal expenses
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and in restaurants
  • Tips to drivers and/or tour guides.

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
Mexico City Barceló México Reforma 4.5
Oaxaca Holiday Inn Express 4.5
Tuxtla Gutiérrez Marriott 4
San Cristóbal de las Casas Hotel Villa Mercedes San Cristobal 3.5
Palenque Hotel Villa Mercedes Palenque 4
Campeche Plaza Campeche 4
Merida Presidente Intercontinental Villa Mercedes 4
Riviera Maya Barcelo Maya Beach 4.5
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking

Tour Pricing

Departure Dates Double Single Triple Child
2020 Departures
July 4,18 $2,175 $2,975 $2,105 $1,865
August 4,18
September 5,19
October, 3,17,31 $2,175 $2,975 $2,105 $1,865
November 14
December 8
2021 Departures
January 9,23 $2,175 $2,975 $2,105 $1,865
February 6,20
March 6,20
April 3,17
May 1,15,29
June 5,12,19,26
July 3,10,17,24,31 $2,175 $2,975 $2,105 $1,865
August 7,14,21
September 4.18
October 2,16,30
November 3,27
December 4
Prices are per person and may change without notice and are valid through December 2021 for fixed departure dates
Children (up to 12 years old) will share double room with their parents; no extra bed available and maximum 2 children per room. The room will be equipped with 2 queen beds.
 
Tour Code: MX03MEX21VM