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Grand Tour of Mexico


Route:
  • UK
  • Cancun
  • Mexico City
  • Puebla
  • Oaxaca
  • San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Palenque
  • Campeche
  • Merida
  • Chichen Itza
  • Cancun
  • UK
Tour Pace:

15 DAYS from £2644pp

Tour Highlights
  • Tour of Mexico City with a visit to the Museum of National Anthropology
  • The Pyramid complex of Teotihuacan
  • Cruise along the Grijavla River through the Sumidero Canyon
  • Witness the cascading Roberto Barrios waterfalls
  • Discover the preserved ancient ruins of Palenque
  • Embark on a cruise from the Terminos Lagoon of the Isla Aguada
  • Wander amongst the historical ruins of Kabah and Uxmal
  • Visit the colossal ancient site of Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World

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Grand Tour of Mexico

Mayan and Aztec ruins sit within view of snow-capped volcanoes, tropical rainforests and dramatic mountain canyons. Approach the coast and pretty colonial towns give way to desert coastlines and breath-taking beaches.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Cancun

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Cancun. Upon arrival, meet your guides, transfer to your hotel and enjoy tonight's welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
2
Cancun to Mexico City

Spend a morning at leisure in Cancun before a late morning flight to Mexico City. Upon arrival, admire the world's largest collection of Mexican art, and be led along a journey through the country's ancient history at the Museum of National Anthropology, before continuing to the idyllic lakes and sculpture garden of Chapultepec Park - a green oasis amidst the bustling capital. Above this impressive park looms Chapultepec Castle.

  • Breakfast
3
Mexico City

Flanked by the twin volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, embark on a city tour of Mexico City with a visit to the Presidential Palace, Central Plaza and Cathedral, before making a visit to the Teotihuacan Pyramids, crowned by the 3rd largest Pyramid in the world - the Pyramid of the Sun. Later discover the Roman Catholic pilgrimage site where both an old and new national shrine majestically stand side by side; catch a glimpse of the symbolic cloak enshrined within the modern Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, before taking a leisurely stroll through the World Peace Rose Gardens at the rear of the Basilicas.

  • Breakfast
4
Mexico City to Puebla

This morning, embark on a guided tour of the colonial city of Puebla, passing by some of the seventy churches located in its historic centre, including the Cathedral and the Plaza de la Constitucion.

  • Breakfast
5
Puebla to Oaxaca

Travel to Oaxaca, which, situated 1500 metres above sea-level and surrounded by green hills and mountains, is one of Mexico's most beautiful colonial towns. On the way, discover the Jardin Botanico in Zapotitlan Salinas, an unspoiled landscape dotted with tall cacti, palms and elephant foot trees.

  • Breakfast
6
Oaxaca

Step back in time with a visit to the world of the Zapotec who ruled Oaxaca from Monte Alban in around 500AD. Surrounded by a circle of temples and tombs on the slopes of a flattened hilltop, explore its magnificent ruins before visiting the beautiful 16th century Museo Cultural de Oaxaca, located in a former Dominican monastery. Continue through the old cobbled streets of Oaxaca, visiting the grand Church of Sant Domingo de Guzman.

  • Breakfast
7
Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas

Set in a luscious highland valley and located 2,133 metres above sea level, journey into the heart of San Cristobal de las Casas. Following the narrow cobblestone streets surrounding the Zocalo, arrive at the city's emblematic mustard coloured cathedral before heading to the Iglesia de Convento Santo Domingo, whose ornamented facade is considered one of the best examples of colonial baroque architecture.

  • Breakfast
8
San Cristobal de las Casas

Head to the Mayan Medicine Museum for a unique glimpse into Mayan spiritual healing rituals and herbal medicines which are still exchanged in indigenous villages today. Later, cruise through the magnificent Sumidero Canyon, where waterfalls plunge from the imposing canyon walls. End the day uncovering worship practices in Chamula's local church. Following a visit to the colonial Church of San Lorenzo in neighbouring Zinacantan, prepare to be welcomed into the weaving mill of the three sisters to observe the process of this skilful art.

  • Breakfast
9
San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque

After breakfast, travel towards the mystical town of Palenque. Concealed amidst a subtropical jungle, experience a cascade of turquoise water at the Roberto Barrios waterfalls and immerse yourself in the serenity of the natural spas.

  • Breakfast
10
Palenque

Enveloped in an early morning mist, listen to an echoing chorus of tropical birds and uncover a treasure trove of architectural wonders at the mystical ruins of Palenque. Astonishingly dating from 226BC to 799AD, begin at the largest pyramid of the collection, admiring the hieroglyphic engravings on the Temple of Inscriptions' richly adorned facade, before marvelling at a monumental staircase at the Grand Palace and exploring the 7th century Temple of the Sun. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

  • Breakfast
11
Palenque to Campeche

Travel to Isla Aguada and embark on a cruise from the fishing port of Terminos Lagoon, looking out for dolphins en route to the Isla de Pajaros. After gliding along the Estero Sabancuy, admire the towering twin steeples of the baroque Cathedral of La Conception during a guided tour of Campeche's historic centre.

  • Breakfast
12
Campeche to Merida

Once considered the best defence in Latin America, witness the impressive hillside fortress of San Miguel, where an archaeological museum now exhibits a wealth of glistening jewellery and symbolic Jade masks of Calakmul. Later, wander amongst the historic ruins of Kabah. Embellished with over 300 masks of Chaac, this fierce devotion to the God of Rain is overwhelmingly evident at the Palace of the Masks. Arriving at Uxmal, gaze-in-awe at the unravelled terraces, columns and archways at the best-preserved archaeological collection in Puuc, before transferring to Merida later this evening.

  • Breakfast
13
Merida

In a local home in the heart of Merida, learn about the production and enjoy a fiery tasting of the famous Salsa Picante Dzemul, which uses some of the spiciest chillies in the world. Later, enjoy a captivating tour of Yucatan's cultural capital commencing at one of Latin America's oldest Cathedrals, before catching a glimpse of the Palacio Municipal's distinctive pink exterior and admiring the sculptured facade of the Casa de Montejo.

  • Breakfast
14
Merida to Chichen Itza

This morning, admire the brightly painted monastic church in the 'Yellow City of Izamal' before witnessing a collection of swaying tree roots which are suspended 18 metres above the incredible emerald waters of Cenote Yokdzonot. Continue onwards to experience a spectacle of architectural glory at Chichen Itza, declared one of the new seven wonders of the world. Spanning a staggering 6.5 kilometres, witness the impressive Mayan ruins including the 'snail shell' El Caracol observatory and most famously El Castillo. Dedicated to the feathered serpent God, this colossal 79-ft high pyramid welcomes its namesake during the spring and autumn equinoxes, where shadows create the illusion of a snake sliding down its megalithic steps.

  • Breakfast
15
Chichen Itza to Cancun to the UK

Depart Chichen Itza and enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque colonial town of Valladolid, passing by Can Gervasio Cathedral and the Convent of San Bernardino before heading to the vibrant local market at Mercado Municipal for an authentic taste of daily life. Transfer to Cancun Airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Currency Information

The currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso, known as MXN. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you depart. US Dollars are also widely accepted in Mexico should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2020 Dates
23 Sep 202007 Oct 2020£2759.00
07 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£2816.00
04 Nov 202018 Nov 2020£2874.00
02 Dec 202016 Dec 2020£2874.00
2021 Dates
13 Jan 202127 Jan 2021£2908.00
17 Feb 202103 Mar 2021£2874.00
10 Mar 202124 Mar 2021£2759.00
14 Apr 202128 Apr 2021£2644.00
12 May 202126 May 2021£2759.00
16 Jun 202130 Jun 2021£2874.00
14 Jul 202128 Jul 2021£2989.00
11 Aug 202125 Aug 2021£2989.00
08 Sep 202122 Sep 2021£2908.00
06 Oct 202120 Oct 2021£2908.00
10 Nov 202124 Nov 2021£2908.00
01 Dec 202115 Dec 2021£2908.00

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Mexican Peso

Average Flying time

9-10 hours

Min/Max temperature

21 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Spanish, English

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Cancun

Merida

Campeche

Chichen Itza

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Binoculars
Tour Map
Grand Tour of Mexico Route Map
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  • UK
  • Cancun
  • Mexico City
  • Puebla
  • Oaxaca
  • San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Palenque
  • Campeche
  • Merida
  • Chichen Itza
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