Mini Tour Classic

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9 Days

 

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Mexico with less time in a coach. This tour, starting in Mexico City, includes a domestic flight to Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Enjoy the spectacle of the Sumidero Canyon. Marvel at the baroque splendour of Santo Domingo church. Get to see Palenque, Uxmal and Chichén Itzá, three diverse yet stunning archaeological sites. This itinerary finishes at Riviera Maya where you can stay on a Caribbean beach and relax under the Mexican sun.

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From Mexico City to Cancun
Guaranteed departures with minimum 2 passengers.
Departure dates: 12/Feb, 26/Feb, 12/Mar, 26/Mar, 9/Apr, 30/Apr, 14/May, 28/May, 11/Jun, 25/Jun, 9/Jul, 23/Jul, 6/Aug, 20/Aug, 10/Sep, 24/Sep, 8/Oct, 22/Oct, 5/Nov, 19/Nov.
From USD 1,450 (net) per person
sharing a double room

DAY 1 – Mexico City

Arrival at Mexico City International Airport and transfer to Hotel Barceló México Reforma or similar.

DAY 2 – Mexico City

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the old city including the Cathedral and Constitution Plaza, known as Zócalo, which is surrounded by beautiful baroque buildings. The National Palace is the headquarters of the president of Mexico. Visitors can admire the murals painted by Diego Rivera. A major highlight is the Templo Mayor, the great temple of the Aztec capital and there is also a stop at the Guadalupe Shrine.

The tour continues to Teotihuacán, named by the Aztecs as “the place where the Gods are born”. This location includes three great edifices: the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Citadel. After lunch in a restaurant, return to Mexico City.

DAY 3 – Mexico City / Tuxtla Gutierrez / San Cristóbal de las Casas (68 km)

Transfer to the airport and fly to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of the state of Chiapas. Subject to the flight schedule, visitors transfer to the Cahuaré wharf to enjoy a launch boat trip through the Sumidero Canyon. The altitude and the beauty of the place create an unforgettable experience.

The tour continues to San Cristóbal de las Casas followed by lunch in a restaurant. Overnight stay at the 4-star hotel Villa Mercedes San Cristobal or similar.

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DAY 4 – San Cristóbal de las Casas

In the morning, visit a typical local market, where hundreds of indigenous people sell their hand-made products every day. The tour continues to the baroque Santo Domingo church, founded in 1547., after which visitors can meet the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán.
The San Juan Chamula community is particularly linked to this church, where ceremonies had a strong pagan influence. By contrast, the indigenous population of Zinacantan is very loyal to the Catholic faith. Learn how to make and then enjoy a delicious authentic tortilla and try a shot of pox, an ancient Mayan elixir

DAY 5 – San Cristóbal de las Casas / Palenque (191 km)

Depart for Palenque with a stop at the Agua Azul (Blue Water) waterfalls. The trip lasts approximately 5 hours along mountain roads while visitors enjoy views of the abundant vegetation typical of the state of Chiapas.
After lunch in a rustic restaurant, you will reach Palenque for check-in to the 4-star Hotel Villa Mercedes Palenque or similar.

DAY 6 – Palenque / Campeche (362 km)

Visit the Palenque archaeological site, featuring beautiful Mayan work in stone and stucco. This area is frequently recognised as one of Mexico’s most beautiful places with its ruins contained by dense jungle. The highlight is the Temple of the Inscriptions, where the explorers discovered Pakal’s tomb and his famous jade mask. Continuing towards Campeche, which is the capital of the state of Campeche there will be a lunch stop at a restaurant on the way. Upon arrival at Campeche, enjoy exploring the ancient town, surrounded by fort walls and towers built to protect the city from pirates. Campeche maintains its colonial charm thanks to its lavish houses and austere churches. Stay at the 3-star plus Hotel Plaza Campeche or similar.

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DAY 7 – Campeche / Uxmal / Mérida  (169 km) 

Heading towards Mérida, a stop en route takes in a visit to the Uxmal archaeological site. Uxmal means “built in three stages” and it is a typical example of the classic and post-classic Mayan period. Its main constructions are the Fortune Teller’s Pyramid, the Governor’s Palace and the Quadrangle of the Nuns.

After lunch at a restaurant, there’s a visit to Choco-story, a living museum of chocolate located next to the cacao plantations. The tour then continues to Mérida, also known as the White City, which has colonial houses as well as houses of Arabic, French and Italian design. Those houses witnessed all the old wealth that was generated thanks to the sisal culture. A stop is made at Mérida’s Zócalo, where visitors can admire the city’s main monuments: the Cathedral, the Government’s Palace, the Municipal Palace and the House of Francisco Montejo. Overnight stay at the Presidente Intercontinental Villa Mercedes or similar.

DAY 8 – Mérida / Chichén Itzá / Riviera Maya (309 km)  

Depart for Chichén Itzá archaeological site which was the Mayan capital of Yucatán and flourished between the 5th and 10th centuries AD. Visitors can admire the impressive buildings of the northern and central archaeological sites, such as the Kukulcán Temple, the Ball Game, the Observatory, the Warrior’s Temple, the Convent of the Nuns and the Sacred Cenote. We remain in Chichén Itzá for lunch.
In the afternoon, we continue our travels to Riviera Maya, visiting Cenote Saamal en route, with some time to enjoy a refreshing swim. Overnight stay at the 4-star plus hotel Barcelo Maya Beach with an all-inclusive package.

DAY 9 – Riviera Maya  

Transfer to the Cancun International airport.

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Inclusions:

Overnight stay in the hotels listed or similar, American breakfast each day (except first), 6 lunches, restaurant fees and tips, all-inclusive treatment at the hotel Barcelò Maya Beach, transportation in 10-seat van, microbus or autobus, with air conditioning and sound system, air ticket for the flight Mexico-Tuxtla Gutierrez, including tax security, fuel charge and local airport tax, English-Italian or English-Spanish speaking guides from days 1 to 3 and from days 3 to 8, entry to the archaeological sites and museums mentioned in the programme, porter service in airports and hotels.

EXCLUSIONS:

Dinners or other meals not mentioned in the programme, beverages and extras in hotels and restaurants, tips to drivers and/or tour guides, international airport taxes, immigration fees for each entry and stay in Mexico.

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Renata Rizzo
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Marco Rosa
marco@plateauinternational.com
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