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12 Day Premium Mexico & Mayan Discovery

12 Day Premium Mexico & Mayan Discovery

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days

✓ Incredible sightseeing including guided tours of Mexico’s historic cities and exploring the famous ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Palenque, and Teotihuacan Archaeological Site
✓ 11 nights in centrally located 4 and 5-star hotels,
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
✓ Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 2 dinners including all-inclusive dining and beverages at more than 6 restaurants, bars & lounges in Playa del Carmen
✓ Airport transfers included on the first day 
✓ Included internal flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla
✓ Local expert guides in Mexico City
✓ Fully escorted from Days 4 - 10 by local specialist guide
✓ 2 night relaxing independent beach break in Playa del Carmen.  

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
NH Reforma or Similar

Hola! And welcome to Mexico City!

Upon arrival at Benito Juarez International Airport, our tour representative will meet and greet you before assisting you to your hotel.  The remainder of the day is at leisure to settle in and, if you have time, take a stroll to get a feel for this vibrant and rapidly growing capital where the ancient and modern collide.

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

Hotel
NH Reforma or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast meet your local guide in the hotel lobby at 8am to head out for an epic day of exploration through Mexico’s incredible capital. 

First we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Mexico City with a visit to the main square of the city, known as the 'Zocalo.' Here, you will find notable landmarks such as the cathedral and the presidential palace. Following this, enjoy a guided tour of the National Anthropology Museum, home to a priceless collection of artefacts, some of which date back 35,000 years. 

Afterwards we head to the ancient Teotihuacan archaeological site, once one of the biggest cities in the world, approximately one hour away from Mexico City. With the help of a local, archaeological guide, discover the amazing ruins known as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon which dominate the skyline. Stroll down the ‘Avenue of the Dead’ and see the clues to what life was like here nearly 2,000 years ago. After a guided visit of the site, enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace before returning to the city hustle this evening.

Hotel
NH Reforma or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel  before meeting your local guide who will accompany you on a full-day adventure commencing in Santa María Tonantzintla. Your first stop will be the remarkable Baroque church, renowned for its talaveresque façade and exquisitely decorated interior adorned with vibrant polychrome. From there, you will proceed to the archaeological site of Cholula, featuring the largest pyramidal base in the Americas. Its distinctive roof consists of 49 domes that cover the seven levels of the temple, along with two flanking chapels. Following this visit, you will be transferred to Puebla, often referred to as the 'City of Angels,' where you will have leisure time for lunch (not included). Explore the awe-inspiring historic centre, which boasts a remarkable concentration of 18th-century colonial buildings. Take a moment to step inside the grand Cathedral and marvel at its interior, while contemplating the impressive front façade and towering spires—the tallest in all of Mexico. Next, visit the Chapel of the Rosary, an exquisite addition to the Santo Domingo church dating back to the 17th century. Its vibrant interior is adorned with polychrome and gold leaf decorations. This is an opportune time to shop for souvenirs, including traditional sweets or Talavera pottery. As dusk approaches, you will be transported back to Mexico City, where your day concludes.

Hotel
Casa Vieja or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today breakfast at the hotel is followed by a transfer to Mexico City Airport, where you’ll catch a flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. On arrival you will be met by a local guide before taking you to the Sumidero Canyon, one of Mexico’s most outstanding natural attractions. This spectacular gorge carved into the earth over millions of years by the River Grijalva has to be one of Mother Nature’s least celebrated masterpieces. This makes visiting it even more exciting. During a two-hour boat tour along the imposing canyon bed, you will be able to appreciate just how deep this ravine gorge is. Find yourself dwarfed by the sheer scale of its high walls, which are covered in a thick coat of vegetation. Admire the beautiful wildlife, including crocodiles, monkeys and birds, and the wide range of flora in the surrounding rainforests. 

After the boat ride, continue to San Cristobal de las Casas, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel late in the afternoon where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel
Casa Vieja or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After enjoying breakfast, embark on a visit to the captivating town of San Juan Chamula, known for its picturesque whitewashed cathedral adorned with vibrant ornamentation. Inside the cathedral, you will be greeted by the enchanting scent of pine and the flickering glow of candlelight, setting the stage for the religious rituals performed by the local inhabitants. This town is predominantly populated by the Tzotzil Maya community, who not only speak their own language but also showcase their distinctive attire. The men don tunics called 'chujes,' while the women adorn themselves in beautiful blouses known as 'huipils.' Chamula is renowned for its skilled weavers, and the local shops and markets offer a splendid array of their creations. Afterward, as you return to San Cristobal, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. We recommend visiting the baroque church of Santo Domingo, as well as immersing yourself in the vibrant art and food markets, where you can admire the traditional clothing of the Maya cultures that inhabit the region.

Hotel
Chan Kah Resort Village or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

In the early morning, you will be collected from your hotel to commence your trip to Palenque. Enjoy your breakfast en route as we begin travelling north-east towards the beautiful waterfalls in Chiapas, perhaps some of the most impressive waterfalls in the world! Today, don't forget to bring your swimsuit, as you will have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in one of the natural pools with their vibrant blue waters. This remarkable natural oasis offers a serene and rejuvenating ambiance, providing the perfect setting to relax and revitalise yourself. After immersing ourselves in the beauty of the waterfalls and enjoying a swim, we will continue our journey towards the city of Palenque, where we will arrive in the afternoon. 

Once we reach Palenque, check-in to your hotel where the rest of the day is free to unwind and spend the remainder of the day at your own leisure, exploring the charms of Palenque.

Hotel
Hotel Plaza Campeche or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After enjoying breakfast, we will embark on an exciting visit to the Temples of Palenque. This archaeological site is renowned for its exceptional Mayan architecture, featuring remarkable sculptures, intricate roof combs, and incredible bas-relief carvings. Prepare for a captivating guided tour of this ancient site, where you will have the opportunity to admire its beauty and delve into fascinating historical insights. One of the highlights is the impressive Temple of Inscriptions, standing at a towering height of nearly 23 metres. It was in this temple that the tomb of a Maya ruler was discovered and excavated in the early 1950s, adding to the allure of Palenque. In its prime, Palenque was a vast city-state that sprawled across an area of almost 60 square kilometres. However, it is estimated that only a small fraction, about 5-10%, of this UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site has been excavated thus far. Over 200 structures have been uncovered, with notable highlights including the Temple of Inscriptions, the Palace, the Temple of the Count, and the Temple of the Cross. 

As our tour of Palenque concludes, we will then proceed to the city of Campeche. Upon arrival, you will be assisted with the check-in process at the hotel, allowing you to settle in comfortably and enjoy your time in Campeche.

Hotel
Mision de Fray Diego or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, get ready for a delightful day of exploration. Begin with a panoramic tour of Campeche, a historic coastal city. As you drive through the charming old town, admire the colonial houses, arcades, and churches that create a picturesque atmosphere. Take the opportunity to disembark and continue exploring on foot, visiting notable sights like the old city walls and St. Francis' Cathedral. Immerse yourself in the rich history and captivating architecture of Campeche.

Next, we will leave Campeche and journey to the remarkable archaeological site of Uxmal. As you approach, you will witness the awe-inspiring sight of Uxmal rising above the lush canopy of the jungle. This UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site offers a unique experience, as Uxmal was engulfed by the rainforest after the arrival of the Spanish. Enjoy a guided tour of the site, with its most famous structure, the 35-metre Pyramid of the Magician, towering over the remarkably well-preserved Nunnery Quadrangle. Explore the central plaza, where you'll find the Governor's Palace adorned with elaborate decorations on its roof. At the southern end of the main complex, you can marvel at the Great Pyramid, of which only one side has been excavated. Uxmal presents a fascinating glimpse into the ancient Maya civilization.

Afterward, we will continue our journey to the beautiful white colonial city of Merida. Upon arrival, embark on a panoramic tour that showcases the city's most prominent sites. Explore the residential area, admire the monument to the homeland, and take in the sights along Montejo Avenue. Merida's charm lies in its rich cultural heritage and vibrant atmosphere.

Prepare to be enchanted by the history and beauty of both Uxmal and Merida as you delve into the wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Hotel
Mision de Fray Diego or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you head off for a day filled with beachside relaxation and breathtaking scenery. 

We will venture to a charming fishing village located approximately two hours away from Mérida, where you can immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the area. Upon arrival, take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the surroundings, particularly the pristine virgin beaches that beckon for a refreshing swim. Keep your eyes peeled for the magnificent pink flamingos that call this region their home, adding a touch of natural splendour to the landscape. While flamingos can be observed throughout the year, their sightings may be less frequent during the rainy months of September and October.

Embark on a captivating boat ride through the mangrove forest, where you will have the opportunity to witness the extraordinary flora and fauna that thrive in this unique ecosystem. Observe the exotic plants and animals that call this region their habitat, creating a truly remarkable experience. Following the boat ride, enjoy free time on the beach, allowing you to unwind, swim, or bask in the warm sunshine.  Later, we will treat you to a traditional lunch at a delightful seafront restaurant, providing a taste of the local flavours and culinary delights. 

Afterward, we will make our way back to Merida, where you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure. Explore the city, relax at the hotel, or engage in activities of your choosing, allowing you to make the most of your time in this captivating destination.

Hotel
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we travel approximately two hours to reach the fascinating complex of Chichen Itza. Named as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, uncover the secrets of what is perhaps the most famous Maya site in Mexico, dominated by the Temple of Kukulkan, or El Castillo, a Mesoamerican step-pyramid.

After a fulfilling morning of exploration, take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch at a typical restaurant, savouring the flavours of the region before we continue to Playa del Carmen arriving in the early evening. 

On arrival, check into your all-inclusive beachfront resort. Sit back and truly unwind as you enjoy all included dining and beverages at more than 6 included restaurants,  bars and lounges.

Hotel
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is yours to relax and unwind in Playa del Carmen. Visit the city of Playa del Carmen and wander the Quinta Avenida pedestrian thoroughfare that runs parallel to the beach, filled with blocks of shops, restaurants and nightspots ranging from laid-back bars to dance clubs.

Meals
Breakfast

Today your journey through Mexico comes to an end after breakfast. 

Make your own way to Cancun Airport for your onward flight. 

Alternatively, you can extend your stay in this tropical paradise by booking extra nights.  Further details for either option can be found under ‘Extra Services’.

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Inclusions

  • 11 nights accommodation in quality 4 and 5-star hotels 
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
  • Breakfast daily and 3 lunches and 2 dinners including all inclusive dining as outlined below
  • All-inclusive dining and beverages in Playa del Carmen 
    • Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. 
    • Meals included at any of the property's 6 restaurants and room service (during limited hours). 
    • Note: surcharges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities. 
  • Days 1 - 3 touring operated by local guides in Mexico City on a shared basis 
  • Days 4 - 10 Escorted by English & Spanish speaking licensed guide (excluding flight) 
  • Days 10 - 12 unescorted beach stay 
  • Additional local guides when visiting specialised archeological sites
  • Internal flight in economy class from Mexico City to Tuxtla
  • All entrance fees and guided activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned transportation on a shared basis
  • Airport arrival transfer from Mexico City International airport to selected hotel on shared basis 
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary
    • Mexico City tour on day 2
    • Anthropological Museum on day 2
    • Teotihuacan on day 2
    • Basilica de Guadalupe on day 2
    • Tonantzintla on day 3
    • Puebla tour on day 3
    • Cholula on day 3
    • Sumidero boat trip on day 4
    • San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan on day 5
    • Agua Azul or Misol-Ha waterfalls on day 6
    • Palenque ruins on day 7
    • Campeche city tour on day 8
    • Uxmal on day 8
    • Panoramic tour in Merida on day 8
    • Celestun boat tour on day 9 
    • Chichen Itza on day 10.

  • Mexico City: This enormous capital city maintains its colonial charm while offering a vibrant and eclectic atmosphere.
  • Teotihuacan: Behold the vast scale of this well-preserved ancient city dominated by the 2,000-year-old Pyramid of the Sun.
  • Puebla: Visit the majestic historical centre that concentrates the largest number of 18th-century colonial buildings and explore its stunning Cathedral.
  • Sumidero Canyon: The 1,000-metre-high vertical walls of this verdant beauty are a truly awe-inspiring sight.
  • Campeche: The walled old town of this colonial city is colourfully pristine and has been meticulously restored. 
  • Uxmal: The Pyramid of the Magician – a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site – rises high above the jungle canopy.
  • Merida: Yucatan’s ‘White City’ is famed for its 19th-century tree-lined boulevards. 
  • Celestun: See pink flamingos in the wild on a trip to the beautiful Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve.
  • Chichen Itza: Uncover the mysteries of Maya civilization at this ancient archaeological site dominated by the imposing Temple of Kukulkan.
  • Playa del Carmen - Enjoy two nights in an all-inclusive beachfront resort in the heart of this idyllic resort town known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $330.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $660.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $2,156.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
Minimum: 2
Maximum: 30 (typically approx. 12-15 passengers)

Children
Children must be 10 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Partially Escorted - A portion of these packages runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is independent, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $474.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $474.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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