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Highlights Of Mexico

Highlights Of Mexico

Adult from: £2,595    Child from: Please call for details 
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Offer based on:
Highlights Of Mexico valid: 21/11/2014 to 21/11/2014
Duration: 12 nights
Departure airport: London (Heathrow)
Board basis: Tour
Hotel details
Day 1 – To Mexico City: Fly from London to Mexico City with British Airways. Transfer to the Melia Reforma Hotel for 3 nights. (N)

Day 2 – Mexico City: Morning tour of Mexico City, including the Zócalo (main plaza), the murals of Diego Rivera, the National Cathedral and the Anthropological Museum, with its displays of Mexico’s ancient civilisations. (B, L)

Day 3 – Teotihuacán: Morning visit to the historic Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Continue to the magnificent pyramids of Teotihuacán, an ancient city dating back 2,000 years where the main Pyramid of the Sun is more than 70 metres high. (B, L)

Day 4 – To Oaxaca: Fly to Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s most beautiful colonial cities. Afternoon visit to the impressive ancient Zapotec capital of Monte Alban. Stay 2 nights at the Camino Real Hotel†, a former convent with peaceful courtyards. (B)

Day 5 – Oaxaca: Morning tour of Oaxaca, including the regional museum and Santo Domingo church. Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to the 2,000-year-old tree at El Tule and the ruins of Mitla. (B)

Day 6 – To San Cristobal de Las Casas: Fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez, via Mexico City. Take a boat along the Grijalva river to the Sumidero canyon. Continue to San Cristobal de Las Casas and stay 2 nights at the Hotel Diego de Mazariegos. (B)

Day 7 – San Cristobal de Las Casas: Morning tour of this colonial town and nearby Indian villages of Zinacantán and San Juan Chamula. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 8 – To Palenque: Drive from the cool highlands to the tropical lowlands and Palenque, via the waterfalls of Agua Azul. Stay 1 night at the Chan Kah Resort. (B, L)

Day 9 – To Campeche: Morning tour of Palenque, one of the greatest Mayan sites, set in dense rainforest. Afternoon drive to Campeche via the scenic Sabancuy coast. Overnight at the Hotel Plaza Campeche. (B, L)

Day 10 – To Uxmal & Mérida: Short morning tour of this colourful colonial town and its forts before heading to Uxmal for a visit of the Mayan ceremonial centre. In the afternoon, continue to Mérida and stay at the Hotel Presidente InterContinental Villa Mercedes for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 11 – Mérida: Day at leisure in the whitewashed city of Mérida or take an optional tour to an old henequen (sisal) hacienda or the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, a wildlife sanctuary for pink flamingoes and other water birds. (B)

Day 12 – To Chichen Itza: Transfer to Chichen Itza and take a tour of the ancient Mayan city, which contains the magnificent 23-metre El Castillo pyramid. The carved image of the god Quetzalcoatl, in the form of a feathered serpent, is a notable feature. Stay 1 night at the Hacienda Chichen. (B)

Day 13 – To London: Transfer to Cancun on the coast for a direct afternoon flight to London Gatwick with British Airways. (B)

Day 14 – London: Morning arrival. (N)

† Festivals: The 2 April tour coincides with Semana Santa, Easter week in Mexico, with colourful ceremonies and processions and the tour includes a stay at the Parador San Miguel in Oaxaca instead of the Camino Real hotel. The 29 October departure coincides with the Day of the Dead celebrations, where families pay respect to the deceased with offerings such as flowers and food.

Accessibility: This tour is fully escorted from Mexico City to Cancun. Hotels Diego de Mazariegos, Chan Kah and Plaza Campeche are standard tourist class. You will cover uneven terrain during the visits to the ruins.

Meal Basis: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals