Mexico Chichen Itza Holiday

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Mexico Chichen Itza Holiday

Chichén Itzá is a complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. A 30m-high step pyramid known as El Castillo, dominates the pre-Columbian city, founded by Mayan tribes around AD 450. These were joined by Toltec tribes from the central Mexican highlands in the 7th century. Toltec influences are seen in stone carvings at structures like the Temple of the Warriors, the Hall of the Thousand Columns, the ball court and the Wall of the Skulls.

This private tour of Mexico focuses on the many highlights of the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula, including the colourful city of Merida. Interesting sites in the surrounds include Balankanché, with an extensive labyrinth of underground caverns and the 16th-century church of San Bernardino, famous for its cenotes. The tour features diverse natural landscapes, delicious local cuisine and golden beaches. Stay at a luxurious hotel set inside a historic hacienda.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY MERIDA & CHICHEN ITZA TOUR…
And, spend 3-nights in a luxury resort on the Mayan Riviera beach.
 

What We Love
  • Discover the impressive Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Kabah
  • Visit fascinating Chichén Itzá, one of the new ‘Seven Wonders of the World’
  • The Mayan Riviera is known for its long beaches, yoga retreats and ruins of a Mayan port city.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's local activity providers in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

The Yucatán Peninsula is home to idyllic white-sand beaches and a turquoise sea, picturesque haciendas and impressive Mayan ruins, the most famous of which has to be Chichén Itzá. The central highlands are dotted with colonial towns, indigenous churches and relics from the country’s silver mining past. The sprawling metropolis of Mexico City is a chaotic, lively and colourful city, built by the Spanish on the site of the Aztec capital and still a city of contrasts.
 
Begin in Merida, an attractive tropical city filled with colourful Spanish-colonial architecture. With your private guide and driver, browse local markets and tour sites related to Merida’s long history. Walk down narrow streets, lined with colonial buildings and shady parks. Visit Plaza Grande, flanked by Mexico’s oldest cathedral, and colonial edifices housing City Hall and Government Palace. 
 
Next day explore the Uxmal ruins and see the elaborately decorated Pyramid of the Sorcerer and the House of the Governor. Another day, visit Celestún, and explore an estuary with large flamingo colonies. Continue to explore the impressive Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, dominated by the remarkable El Castillo pyramid. Continue to Riviera Maya, a resort area among the mangroves and beaches on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, for several days at an exclusive luxury beach resort. 
 
The unique beauty of this area is due to its transparent, turquoise waters and for its fine white-sand beaches. Along the coast runs the world’s second-largest coral barrier reef, extending from Yucatan’s northernmost tip to the northern coast of Colombia.
 
One day, enjoy a full day of flexible touring with options such as exploring the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum, which sit atop cliffs overlooking the sea, swimming in a cenote (sinkhole), snorkelling in a nature park, exploring a spectacular cave system and shopping at local boutiques. During ample leisure time, relax at your luxurious beach resort. Upon request, AwimAway can also arrange an excursion to the UNESCO-listed Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve or scuba diving on the nearby Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
Getting There

The only direct scheduled flights from the UK to Mexico City are from London Heathrow to Mexico City or London Gatwick to Cancún, both with British Airways. Flying from anywhere else in Britain to any other destination in Mexico, you will have to change planes somewhere.

If flying via the US, it’s worth checking if your transatlantic carrier has an airpass deal for non-US residents – most major US airlines do – by which you purchase coupons at a flat rate for a certain number of flights in North America (with a usual minimum of three). Depending on the airline, the pass will usually also include one or more destinations in Mexico and Canada.
 

 
Mexico Chichen Itza Holiday Cancun & The Yucatan, Mexico

Mexico Chichen Itza Holiday

Merida & Chichen Itza, Riviera Maya
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Cancun or Merida Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to a charming hacienda. This early 18th century house is now converted into a magnificent and exclusive deluxe hotel that will be our home for the next two nights.

Afternoon visit the city of Merida, and walk down narrow streets, lined with colonial buildings and   shady parks. The Plaza Grande, is flanked by Mexico’s oldest cathedral, and colonial edifices housing City Hall and Government Palace.
Overnight at Hacienda Xcanatún (D)

Day 2 & 3 – Mayan Ruins Tour
Merida & Surrounds Today enjoy a full-day Mayan ruins tour. At Uxmal, see the elaborately decorated Pyramid of the Sorcerer and the House of the Governor. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit Kabah’s fascinating palace and its impressive carvings before returning to Mérida.

Next day visit Celestún, a fishermen's village on the Gulf of Mexico coast where we shall board a small motorboat and explore an estuary with large flamingo colonies. Watch these birds flying elegantly over the water surface, tingeing the entire seascape with the vivid colours of their pink-and-orange plumage.
Overnight at Hacienda Xcanatún (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Archaeology Tour
Chichen-Itza This morning, take a private transfer to Chichén Itzá for a tour of the impressive Mayan ruins, dominated by the remarkable El Castillo pyramid and featuring a fascinating ball court. The fusion of Mayan construction techniques with new elements from central Mexico makes Chichén-Itzá one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilisation in Yucatan.
Overnight at Hacienda Chichén.

Day 5 – Transfer
The Mayan Riviera Morning departure towards Mexico’s Caribbean coast and spend next three nights in luxury resort hotel. The unique beauty of this area is due to its transparent, turquoise waters and for its fine white-sand beaches. Along the coast runs the world’s second-largest coral barrier reef, extending from Yucatan’s northernmost tip to the northern coast of Colombia.
Overnight at Maroma Resort & Spa or Rosewood Mayakoba (B)

Day 6 & 7 – Beach & Adventure
The Mayan Riviera Three days at leisure with one full-day flexible private touring. Options include Tulum, snorkelling, soft adventure touring, shopping, or other activities around the Riviera Maya.

One day, visit a zoological garden, which contains a crocodile and turtle farm, as well as rare samples of lizards, reptiles and other species. Take a day trip to Tulum, the only well preserved Mayan site on the seashore, built on top of a cliff overlooking the immensity of the blue Caribbean Sea.

Exciting outdoor activities include a sea and jungle adventure. Take a fast-speed ferry to the Island of Cozumel and from there by motorboats to Palancar Reef. Tour participants will have time to enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling, according to their preferences and abilities. Beach facilities are available for non-divers, as well as opportunities for practising other water sports, such as sailing or water-skiing.

Take an optional full-day excursion by jeeps to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This protected wildlife habitat fills a large area of coastline and rainforest and includes sheltered bays, deep freshwater cenotes, sawgrass marshes, mangrove and hardwood jungles, islands where birds gather by the hundreds, a unique fishing village that got its start as a pirate’s hideaway and, of course, many miles of lonely white beaches.
Overnight at Maroma Resort & Spa or Rosewood Mayakoba (B)

Day 8 – Depart
Cancun Enjoy the morning, before taking a private transfer to the Cancun airport for your onward flight.
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Mexico is vibrant, colourful and unique. It's beautiful and diverse, with breathtaking vistas, numerous cultures, cuisines, handicrafts, music and art forms. The 500-year old ornate churches in Spanish architecture crown the hillsides, and plazas mark the centre point of Mexican cities. Although, some of the Mexican cities are at the height of urban sophistication, there are other parts of the country that feel more like forgotten Spanish colonies, with an all pervading influence of native American culture.

The adventurous traveller willing to get off the beaten track can explore amazing Aztec style temples and other cultural highlights. Those who like water can surf along its 6000-mile coastline, full of beaches, points, reefs and river mouths. Waves vary from slow rollers to crashing tubes and every few miles of waterfront offers a new surf spot. Mexico is a dream destination and it will fulfil every traveller’s dream!  

Where to go Mexico City may be a nightmare for travellers but its surrounding destinations offer the chief relics of the pre-Hispanic cultures of central Mexico: the massive pyramids of Teotihuacán and the main Toltec site at Tula. Travelling west towards Guadalajara, is the most gently scenic country in Mexico, where the thickly forested hills are studded with lakes and ancient villages.

South of the capital, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, have some of the largest populations of pure indigenous groups; superb markets and fascinating archaeological sites. And San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, makes a nice stopover before travelling to the picturesque Maya ruins of Palenque.

East into the Yucatán are magnificent Maya cities – Chichén Itzá and Uxmal – and the burgeoning Caribbean resorts that stretch down the coast from Cancún. On the Pacific coast, where the surf is wilder and the scenery more rugged than in the Caribbean, Acapulco is a fine beach destination. Along the ocean to the north, hundreds of kilometres of relatively empty sand are broken up only by resort cities like Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

In the heart of the country, are the beautiful silver-mining towns of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, the historic centres of San Miguel de Allende and Querétaro, and many smaller places with a legacy of superb colonial architecture. Baja California in the far northwest of Mexico offers world-class whale-watching, untrammelled beaches and crumbling Spanish ruins.

When to go November to May: This is late winter in Mexico and the traditional tourist season, worth considering when thinking about the best time to visit. November is probably the ideal time to visit, with the rains over, the land still fresh and the peak season not yet begun. December through to April are the busiest.

January to March are the months to visit Baja California to see the visiting whales. May is a hot month and when the rains make a slow start in the south, gradually creeping northwards over the coming months.

June to October: Beginning in June, the rains begin to make their presence known, mostly in the form of an afternoon storm. July is the heart of Mexico's rainy season, though rains still accustomed to its afternoon routine, cooling down the temperatures. In August and September, rains become heavier, particularly on the Pacific Coast, where it is almost monsoon like. By October, rains begin to ease a little. However, high temperatures, heavy showers and humid conditions remain across much of the country.

Visa British nationals visiting Mexico as a tourist don’t need a visa, but you do need a tourist card, which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or on-board flights to Mexico. Immigration officials at the port of entry may ask to see proof of your departure plans from Mexico before allowing you entry to the country, although this isn’t a formal entry requirement.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Mexico.

Travelling to Mexico via the US: If you’re travelling to Mexico via the US, even if you’re only transiting, check the US entry requirements with the US Embassy in London. If you don’t have the correct authorisation you will not be allowed to travel to or transit through the US.

Further information can be found on the FCO’s US Travel Advice.