This small group escorted tour really gets you under the skin of this beautiful Central American country, allowing you to immerse yourself in Mexico’s colourful culture and explore its captivating Aztec, Mayan and colonial history. Embrace your sense of adventure as you travel across country from the capital to the Yucatán Peninsula, and discover some of the country’s most intriguing sites on your way.

• Mexico City: 3 nights

• Oaxaca: 2 nights

• Tehuantepec: 1 night

• San Cristobal de las Casas: 2 nights

• Palenque: 1 night

• Campeche: 1 night

• Merida: 2 nights

• Chichen Itza: 1 night

13nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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This small group escorted tour really gets you under the skin of this beautiful Central American country, allowing you to immerse yourself in Mexico’s colourful culture and explore its captivating Aztec, Mayan and colonial history. Embrace your sense of adventure as you travel across country from the capital to the Yucatán Peninsula, and discover some of the country’s most intriguing sites on your way.

• Mexico City: 3 nights

• Oaxaca: 2 nights

• Tehuantepec: 1 night

• San Cristobal de las Casas: 2 nights

• Palenque: 2 nights

• Campeche: 1 night

• Merida: 2 nights

• Chichen Itza: 1 night

15nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Mexico City Depart the UK on your daytime flight to Mexico. On arrival will transfer to your hotel. This evening is free to head out and explore the city; and there are plenty of restaurants nearby to head for your first dinner in Mexico. Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites.

Day 2: Mexico City Your tour begins in earnest today with a full day of city discovery. This morning take in the historic centre of the city before the tour continues on to the incredible archaeological site of Teotihuacàn. Lunch will be served at the nearby restaurant Gran Teocalli. End the day’s exploration at the modern Virgin of Guadalupe shrine. Approx. journey time: 2 hours, 60 miles. Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites. B, L.

Day 3: Mexico City Continue your exploration of Mexico City today with a visit the Museum of Anthropology, which offers an unbeatable introduction to Mexican culture. Drive south to the district of Coyoacàn, the seat of the first Spanish government in 1521. This evening there’s a welcome dinner at the lively restaurant Villa Maria, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests and tour leader. Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites. B, D.

Day 4: Mexico City to Oaxaca You will begin your journey through Mexico today with a long drive south east to the city of Puebla. Join a city tour, taking in the baroque cathedral, the main square and the Church of Santo Domingo.Continue on to the city of Oaxaca. Approx. journey time: 6½ hours, 288 miles. Stay: Casa Conzatti. B.

Day 5: Oaxaca The day begins with a visit to the pre-Colombian archaeological site of Monte Albàn. Your time here will take the Main Plaza, the Observatory and the Dancers’ Gallery. Continue south to the city of Zaachila which is known for its sprawling Thursday market. You will have the opportunity to explore the market and pick up some lunch (payable locally) before returning to Oaxaca and joining a city tour. This evening there’s the opportunity to sample the world-renowned Oaxacan cuisine with dinner served at the city restaurant Hosteria de Alcala. Stay: Casa Conzatti. B, D.

Day 6: Oaxaca to Tehuantepec Leave Oaxaca and head for the archaeological site of Mitla, stopping en route at the impressive 2000-year-old Tule Tree. At Mitla you’ll gain an understanding about how the pre-Colombian world was changed by the colonial settlers and enjoy a tasting of the traditional Mexican drink of Mezcal. Continue on to Tehuantepec, the centre of the indigenous Zapotec culture. Approx. journey time: 156 miles, 4½ hours. Stay: Hotel Calli. B, D.

Day 7: Tehuantepec to San Cristobal de las Casas The tour continues east today as you head towards the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez and the narrow and deep Sumidero Canyon which you will pass through during a boat trip on the Grijalva River. Following lunch at a local restaurant in Chiapa de Corzo continue on to the city of San Cristobal de las Casas. Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 232 miles. Stay: Diego de Mazariegos Hotel. B.

Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas Begin the day with a visit to the two Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, which showcase the fascinating indigenous cultures of the Chiapas region. Return to San Cristobal for a walking tour. Today will be rounded off with dinner at a local show with a folk performance at the restaurant El Huateke. Stay: Diego de Mazariegos Hotel. B, D.

Day 9: San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque Mexico’s beautiful natural landscapes are the focus this morning as you travel towards the city of Palenque, with a visit to the beautiful Agua Azul Waterfalls en route. In Palenque, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 122 miles. Stay: Hotel Ciudad Real. B, D.

Day 10: Palenque to Campeche A visit to the pre-Hispanic city of Palenque is the focus today. A set of ruins seemingly engulfed by the Central American jungle, Palenque dates back to the 3rd Century BC and reached its height in the late 8th Century AD before being abandoned to the encroaching jungle. During the guided tour there will be a visit to the astronomic observatory, which it is believed was once used for stargazing and making astronomic predictions. This afternoon the tour will continue on to the west coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and the fortified port town of Campeche. Your evening and dinner time here is free to try one of the city’s restaurants independently. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 215 miles. Stay: Plaza Campeche. B.

Day 11: Campeche to Mérida There is an early start this morning for your tour of Campeche. The city was fortified in the 17th Century following repeated attacks by French, Dutch and British pirates and you will see the well-preserved defensive walls as well as a selection of colonial buildings in the historic centre. This afternoon the group will begin the journey to Mérida, visiting the pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal en route. Discover the late-Mayan, ‘Puuc’ style buildings with their smooth, almost rounded walls, as well as a number of other fascinating and beautiful structures before you stop for lunch at a local restaurant. This evening will be spent at leisure in the region’s cultural capital of Mérida, exploring the enchanting historic colonial centre, discovering fantastic restaurants and bars and soaking up the atmosphere in the city’s main square. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 151 miles. Stay: Hacienda Misne. B, L.

Day 12: Mérida This morning enjoy an introductory city tour during which you will witness the mansions, squares and colonial architecture. The rest of the day is free to explore Mérida at your own pace. Stay: Hacienda Misne. B.

Day 13: Mérida to Chichen Itza The tour comes to a conclusion at the most famous and popular archaeological sites of them all – Chichen Itza. Believed by many to be the most important of the region’s pre-Hispanic cities, this is a fitting end to your exploration of Mexico. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours, 74 miles. Stay: Mayaland Hotel. B.

Day 14: Chichen Itza The tour concludes on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Transfer to Cancun airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. Alternatively, choose to extend your stay at any of our featured Cancun or Riviera Maya resorts. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours, 124 miles. B.


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Day 1: UK to Mexico City Depart the UK on your daytime flight to Mexico. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites (or similar).

Day 2: Mexico City Your sightseeing begins today with a full day of city discovery. The first stop is the Museum of Anthropology, which offers an unbeatable introduction to Mexican culture. Continue on to the beautiful gardens of Xochimilco, a neighbourhood criss-crossed with canals. Board one of the vibrantly-decorated boats on which you can enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise along the waterways. On the way back to central Mexico City, stop in the district of Coyoacàn, the seat of the first Spanish government in 1521. Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum before heading to the market. Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Mexico City
This morning take in the historic centre of the city before the tour continues on to the incredible archaeological site of Teotihuacàn. Lunch will be served at the nearby restaurant Gran Teocalli. End the day’s exploration at the modern Virgin of Guadalupe shrine. This evening there’s a welcome dinner at the lively restaurant Villa Maria. Approx. journey time: 2 hours, 60 miles. Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Mexico City to Oaxaca Begin your journey through Mexico today with a long drive south east to the city of Puebla. Join a city tour and take in the baroque cathedral, the main square and the Church of Santo Domingo. Continue on to the city of Oaxaca where you’ll stay two nights. Approx. journey time: 6½ hours, 288 miles. Stay: Casa Conzatti (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Oaxaca Today begins with a visit to the pre-Colombian archaeological site of Monte Albàn. During your time here you’ll take the Main Plaza, the Observatory and the Dancers’ Gallery. Later head to a village where Arrazola artisans carve and paint nopal wood animals called alebrijes. Return to Oaxaca and join a city tour. This evening there’s the opportunity to sample the world-renowned Oaxacan cuisine with dinner served at the city restaurant Hosteria de Alcala. Stay: Casa Conzatti (or similar). B, D.

Day 6: Oaxaca to Tehuantepec Leave Oaxaca and head for the archaeological site of Mitla, stopping en route at the impressive 2000-year-old Tule Tree. At Mitla you’ll gain an understanding about how the pre-Colombian world was changed by the colonial settlers. Your tour of the ruins will be followed by lunch and a tasting of the traditional Mexican drink of Mezcal. Continue on to Tehuantepec, the centre of the indigenous Zapotec culture. Approx. journey time: 156 miles, 4½ hours. Stay: Hotel Calli (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Tehuantepec to San Cristobal de las Casas The tour continues east today as you head towards the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez and the narrow and deep Sumidero Canyon which you will pass through during a boat trip on the Grijalva River. Following lunch in Chiapa de Corzo, continue on to the city of San Cristobal de las Casas. Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 232 miles. Stay: Diego de Mazariegos Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas
Begin the day with a visit to the two Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, which showcase the fascinating indigenous cultures of the Chiapas region. Return to San Cristobal for a walking tour. Today will be rounded off with dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Diego de Mazariegos Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 9: San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque As you travel towards the city of Palenque, visit the beautiful Agua Azul Waterfalls. In Palenque, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 122 miles. Stay: Hotel Ciudad Real (or similar). B, D.

Day 10: Palenque A visit to the pre-Hispanic city of Palenque is the focus today. A set of ruins seemingly engulfed by the Central American jungle, Palenque dates back to the 3rd Century BC. The rest of the day will be free to relax at your hotel. Stay: Hotel Ciudad Real (or similar). B, L.

Day 11: Palenque to Campeche This morning the tour will continue on to Campeche. This afternoon you will join a tour of the city. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 215 miles. Stay: Plaza Campeche (or similar). B, L.

Day 12: Campeche to Mérida Begin the journey to Mérida, visiting the pre-Hispanic town of Uxmal en route. Discover the late-Mayan, ‘Puuc’ style buildings with their smooth, almost rounded walls, as well as a number of other fascinating and beautiful structures before you stop for lunch at a local restaurant. This evening will be spent at leisure in the region’s cultural capital of Mérida. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 151 miles. Stay: Hacienda Misne (or similar). B, L.

Day 13: Mérida This morning enjoy an introductory city tour during which you will witness the mansions, squares and colonial architecture and visit the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, a modern museum that showcases many Mayan relics. The rest of the day is free to explore Mérida at your own pace. Stay: Hacienda Misne (or similar). B.

Day 14: Mérida to Chichen Itza Following a stop in the pretty city of Izamal, the tour comes to a conclusion at the most famous and popular Mayan archaeological sites of them all – Chichen Itza. Believed by many to be the most important of the region’s pre-Hispanic cities, this is a fitting end to your exploration of Mexico. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours, 74 miles. Stay: Mayaland Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 15: Chichen Itza The tour concludes on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. En route to Cancun visit the incredible caves of Balankanche, a sacred Mayan place of worship. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours, 124 miles. B.


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ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

If you are looking for an insightful tour of Mexico, experiencing its culture and pre-Columbian and Hispanic history, as well as sampling some of the nation’s cuisine, then this is the tour for you.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)

• Average group size of 10 guests

• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Long days of travelling for the opportunity to see some of the country’s most incredible sights

• Active days exploring with free time to relax throughout

• Some of the ruins and sights visited can be set over a large area with a lot of walking required

• Early starts to make the most of the sights before the crowds arrive.

Is this for you?

If you’re looking for an insightful tour of Mexico, experiencing its culture and history, as well as sampling some of the nation’s cuisine, then this is the tour for you.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)

• Average group size of 12 guests

• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Long days of travelling for the opportunity to see some of the country’s most incredible sights

• Active days exploring with free time to relax throughout

• Some of the ruins and sights visited can be set over a large area with a lot of walking required

• Early starts to make the most of the sights before the crowds arrive.

Accommodation on tour

You’ll stay in a combination of beautiful colonial properties and modern hotels which are ideally situated for sightseeing. In Mexico City, the Hampton Inn and Suites is set within easy walking distance of the city’s main square – the Zocalo. In Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas you can really immerse yourself in the colonial ambience at traditional style hacienda hotels.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £775

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Oct 08; Nov 19

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently

• All specified flights.

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £2875 per person

Mexico Explorer

Why Kuoni?

This is a small group tour that covers a vast amount of ground and shows the real contrast of the country. We have chosen to include the majority of meals throughout your journey, to both create a sociable atmosphere within the group and provide you with the opportunity to sample a wide variety of cuisines and authentic experiences as you travel through Mexico.

Why Kuoni?

This is a small group tour that covers a vast amount of ground and shows the real contrast of the country. We have chosen to include the majority of meals throughout your journey, to both create a sociable atmosphere within the group and provide you with the opportunity to sample a wide variety of cuisines and authentic experiences as you travel through Mexico.

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