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Essential Mexico Tour

Palenque is an ancient Maya city in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century. Its known for its architectural sophistication and fine sculptures especially for the inscriptions that have enabled archaeologists to understand its history. Interesting sites include an impressive Palace with a unique tower, surrounded by many aqueduct channels that run throughout the site. Other sites are the tomb of King Pakal, Temple 13 known for its inscriptions and a group of temples.

Begin with a comprehensive tour of Mexico City, then travel to Oaxaca, the cultural heart of Mexico, best known for gastronomy and traditional arts. Then travel to Merida , the vibrant capital of Yucatan with rich Mayan and colonial heritage. Its town is steeped in colonial history, with broad central plazas and the region’s best museums. You may extend this tour and enjoy several relaxing days at an exclusive luxury beach resort on the Riviera Maya.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY ESSENTIAL MEXICO HOLIDAY…
And, experience the country’s best Mayan cities and culture.
 

What We Love
  • Stay in colonial Oaxaca and visit the magnificent Aztec ruins of Mitla
  • Explore the jungle-choked Mayan ruins of Palenque and the pretty colonial city of Mérida
  • Visit fascinating Chichén Itzá, one of the new ‘Seven Wonders of the World’
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
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.
  • Some activities on this tour may be on shared basis.

Review

Visit Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s best destinations for gastronomy and traditional arts. With your private guide, visit some of the most beautiful and important cultural spaces and be invited into homes of various artisans to witness how they continue the traditions of making native crafts. Stroll in the friendly city centre lined with vibrant colonial buildings, meet the families of nearby local communities and learn about their indigenous traditions. Oaxaca is ideal for those who love great food served with magnificent history and culture.
 
Also visit Merida , the vibrant capital of Yucatan with rich Mayan and colonial heritage. Since the Spanish conquest, Mérida has been the cultural capital of the entire Yucatán peninsula. Its town is steeped in colonial history, with narrow streets, broad central plazas and the region’s best museums. It’s also a perfect place from which to kick off your adventure into the rest of Yucatán state. With your private guide and driver, browse colourful markets, take a cruise through the mangroves at a flamingo sanctuary, visit local Mayan homes and villages, and, if desired, take a cooking class at a renowned Yucatan cooking school. 
 
You may extend this tour and enjoy several relaxing days at an exclusive luxury beach resort on the Riviera Maya.
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.
 

 
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Essential Mexico Tour

Mexico City, Oaxaca, Palenque, Villahermosa, Mérida
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Mexico City On arrival in Mexico City you will be transferred to your chosen hotel for a three-night stay in this lively and interesting metropolis.
Overnight at Four Seasons Mexico City

Day 2 – City Tour
Mexico City Today take a half-day private guided tour of Mexico City. Visit the Zócalo, the main square, with its cathedral, National Palace and ruined Aztec temple. Your afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight at Four Seasons Mexico City (B)

Day 3 – The Surrounds
Mexico City With your private guide and driver, take a full-day historical tour of nearby historic sites. Stop first at the Guadalupe shrine before continuing to the vast Aztec ceremonial site of Teotihuacan. Climb the Sun and Moon Pyramids for amazing views. Enjoy a buffet lunch and return to Mexico via the National Anthropological Museum.
Overnight at Four Seasons Mexico City (B)

Day 4 – Colonial City Tour
Oaxaca This morning, drive to the town of Cholula to see the great pyramid of Quetzalcoatl, built over with Catholic churches following the conquest. Continue to the colonial city of Puebla for a brief sightseeing tour before driving to Oaxaca for a two-night stay.
Overnight at Casa Conzatti (B)

Day 5 – The Surrounds
Oaxaca After an early breakfast, you will be driven to the magnificent Aztec ruins at Mitla, which form the basis of the present-day town. On your return to Oaxaca, visit several villages known for their handicrafts. After lunch, take a guided tour of Monte Alban, capital of the Zapotec civilisation, with its notable palace, temple and ball court.
Overnight at Casa Conzatti (B)

Day 6 – Historical Tour
Palenque After your morning sightseeing tour of Oaxaca’s historical buildings and the lively market, transfer to the airport for your flight to Villahermosa. On arrival you will be met and taken to Palenque and your overnight stay.
Overnight at Hotel Misión Palenque (B)

Day 7 – Palenque Ruins
Villahermosa This morning explore the jungle-choked ruins of Palenque, one of Mexico’s most beautiful and impressive Mayan sites. Highlights include the central Palace and the detailed stone carving. After lunch in a local country restaurant, continue to Villahermosa for an overnight stay.
Overnight at Hyatt Regency (B)

Day 8 – Maya Culture
Mérida Tour Villahermosa this morning, starting with a visit to the giant Olmec heads in La Venta park. Afterwards learn more about the Olmec and Maya cultures at the anthropological museum. This afternoon, take a short flight to Mérida, and transfer to your chosen hotel for the next three nights.
Deluxe: Casa del Balam (B)

Day 9 & 10 – The Surrounds
Mérida 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, take a full-day tour again, this time to Chichén Itzá, dominated by the giant El Castillo pyramid and featuring a ball court with reliefs of human sacrifice. Lunch at a local restaurant before your return to Mérida.
Deluxe: Casa del Balam (B)

Day 11 – Depart
Mérida Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or extend your stay and spend a few nights relaxing on the beach (B)
 

 

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.