Take in the best of Mexico's beautiful Yucatan Peninsula on this 8 day tour. Marvel at the spectacular Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum, wander around the enchanting colonial towns of Merida and Valladolid and relax on the white sand beaches of the Maya Riviera.
Cancun - Chichen Itza - Izamal - Merida. Departing Cancun this morning we head inland. For our first stop we enjoy a guided tour of the famous Chichen Itza archaeological site, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Chichen Itza was constructed between the 7th and the 10th Century AD and these incredible ruins are the best examples of Mayan architecture ever excavated. The highlight of our guided tour is the iconic El Castillo pyramid (aka the Pyramid of Kukulcan).
After visiting this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site we travel on to explore Izamal, a pretty and quiet colonial town which is referred to as the 'yellow City' due to its golden-yellow buildings. Then we continue on to Merida, which is the largest city of Yucatan steeped in colonial history, with magnificent buildings and the region's best museums.
Overnight: Merida | Breakfast
Merida is not only the largest city in Yucatan, but also the cultural capital of the region and it has been designated as one of Mexico's "Pueblos Mágicos" (magical places, with rich cultural, historical or natural treasures). Today we visit the Hacienda Yaxcopoil, a rural estate constructed in the 17th century for stock farming and later used as agave plantation. We then continue our day with a refreshing dip in the Cenote X’Batun, an open limestone sinkhole with turquoise waters and marine life perfect for swimming or snorkelling. This afternoon we return to Merida where the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Merida | Breakfast
Merida - Valladolid. Today we drive to Valladolid, a peaceful colonial city, with pastel coloured buildings, which has also been classified as a "Pueblo Magico“. We take in the highlights of this charming city on a guided tour and spend a relaxing evening here.
Overnight: Valladolid | Breakfast
Valladolid - Tulum. We drive to the beautiful cliffside Maya city of Tulum today. Take in the spectacular ocean views from the famous archaeological site and relax on the idyllic stretch of white sand beach, soaking up the sunshine on the Caribbean coast.
Overnight: Tulum | Breakfast
Playa del Carmen
Tulum - Playa del Carmen. On day 6 we travel to Playa del Carmen, our final port of call. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this popular beach resort. Spend the day relaxing on the soft white sand beach and enjoy a swim in the crystal clear sea. Or enjoy refreshing cocktails and delicious Mexican food at the Quinta Avenida, in the heart of Playa del Carmen.
Spend day 7 at leisure in Playa del Carmen, soaking up the vibrant Mexican atmosphere. Head to the beach or perhaps go shopping for some last minute souvenirs on 5th avenue.
Overnight: Playa del Carmen | Breakfast x 2
Playa del Carmen
Our tour of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out today. We can arrange a transfer to the international airport of Cancun upon request or book post tour accommodation if you wish to extend your stay.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' is compulsory for solo travellers or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room and the amount needs to be added to the per person price. The single supplement offers the comfort of your own room and is also available to any other person wanting their own room.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Hotel Adhara, Cancun
Located in an enviable spot in downtown Cancun, the Hotel Adhara is just a 30-40 minute drive from Cancun International Airport. The hotel’s Mexican hacienda style architecture and interior design offer spacious comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms. You'll find a large pool area located at the heart of the hotel, a perfect place to relax after a long flight or at the end of a busy day.
Hotel Dolores Alba Merida, Merida
Set in a colonial mansion in the historical district of Merida, is the charming Hotel Dolores Alba. Its guestrooms overlook a central courtyard and swimming pool, whilst its delightful corridors are filled with masterpieces by Frida Kahlo. Once inside, each comfortable guestroom offers air conditioning, a private bathroom and a TV. A buffet breakfast is served al fresco, with traditional Mexican cuisine on offer for lunch and dinner. And the friendly staff are always on hand to help you during your stay.
Hotel Maria de la Luz, Valladolid
Boasting an enviable central location, Hotel María de la Luz is set in Valladolid's main square. The hotel's interior has been beautifully decorated in the traditional colonial style and each of the guestrooms offer a private balcony with views overlooking the garden or historic city centre. Other amenities include free WiFi and a charming outdoor pool. The on-site restaurant draws locals as well as guests to its delicious breakfast buffet and traditional Yucatán cuisine. But you'll most enjoy the bar’s terrace, where you can enjoy a cooling drink and views of the San Gervasio Cathedral.
Hotel Mestizo, Tulum
Offering an ideal location in Tulum, this boutique hotel is just minutes from the town’s beautiful cenotes and ancient Mayan ruins. Each room features colourful decor, with a seating area, air-conditioning and free WiFi. At the 24-hour reception you can hire bikes to explore the area or check out the Mexican handicrafts being sold in the boutique shop. Guests can also enjoy the sun terrace, hot tub and meals at the in-house restaurant, which specializes in seafood. And if you take a short stroll to the beach, you'll soon discover white sands, crystal-clear waters and the hotel's very own beach bar.
Hotel Playa del Carmen by H&A, Playa del Carmen
Just minutes from the beach is Hotel Playa del Carmen. Combining modern comforts with a typical Mexican atmosphere, the hotel features several balconies overlooking a large inner courtyard and swimming pool. Each air-conditioned guestroom provides a private bathroom and kitchenette, with a microwave and coffee maker. You can dine on traditional Mexican or tasty international cuisine in the hotel restaurant, or enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the poolside bar. And there’s no shortage of evening activities, with Spanish lessons, salsa classes, movie nights and more to keep you entertained.