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: 1 night

• Chichen Itza: 1 night

15nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

Get under the skin of this beautiful Central American country by immersing yourself in Mexico’s colourful culture, exploring its Aztec, Mayan and colonial history, and tasting its world-renowned cuisine. Embrace your sense of adventure as you travel across the 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

• San Cristobal de las Casas: 2 nights

• Palenque: 1 night

• Campeche: 1 night

• Merida: 1 night

• Cancun: 1 night

12nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

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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Day 1: UK to Mexico City Depart the UK on your daytime flight to Mexico. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Stay: Presidente Intercontinental Polanco (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. From here, head south to the district of Coyoacàn, the seat of the first Spanish government in 1521, where you will visit the Frida Kahlo Museum which is located Casa Azul, the home of this world-famous Mexican artist. Return to the heart of the city and spend some time in the Centro Histórico which is bursting with striking pre-Hispanic and colonial architecture. This evening get to know your fellow guests during a welcome dinner at Villa Maria, a popular restaurant serving mouthwatering Mexican fare. Stay: Presidente Intercontinental Polanco (or similar). B, D.

Day 3: Mexico City The day begins with a visit to the Plaza de las Tres Cultures (the Square of the Three Cultures). As the name suggests, the architecture in the square reflects three different periods in history – pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial and the 20th Century. Continue on to the incredible archaeological site of Teotihuacàn, the ruins of a Mesoamerican city which once had a population of over 100,000 people. Enjoy lunch at the nearby restaurant Gran Teocalli and, en route back to the city, visit the modern Virgin of Guadalupe shrine. Approx. journey time: 2 hours, 60 miles. Stay: Presidente Intercontinental Polanco (or similar). B, L.

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. Tonight you’ll have the opportunity to sample typical Oaxacan cuisine at Hosteria de Alcala. Approx. journey time: 6½ hours, 288 miles. Stay: Casa Conzatti (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Oaxaca This morning, travel to 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. Stop for lunch en route to the pre-Columbian ruins of Monte Albàn. During your time here you’ll take the Main Plaza, the Observatory and the Dancers’ Gallery. Return to Oaxaca and join a walking tour of the city which includes a visit to a local market. Stay: Casa Conzatti (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas Enjoy a leisurely morning before catching your early afternoon flight to the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez. From here you’ll travel to the narrow and deep Sumidero Canyon which you will pass through on a boat trip on the Grijalva River. Continue on to the city of San Cristobal de las Casas and enjoy dinner at El Fogon de Jovel, a restaurant serving typical Chiapas dishes. Approx. journey time: flight 1½ hours; 1¼ hours, 48 miles. Stay: Diego de Mazariegos Hotel (or similar). B, D. Day 7: 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 tour and dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Diego de Mazariegos Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque As you travel towards the city of Palenque, visit the beautiful Agua Azul Waterfalls. On arrival, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 143 miles. Stay: Hotel Villa Mercedes Palenque (or similar). B, D.

Day 9: Palenque to Campeche A visit to the pre-Hispanic city of Palenque is the focus this morning. This set of ruins is seemingly engulfed by the Central American jungle, and dates back to the 3rd Century BC. You’ll then have lunch at a local restaurant before setting off on a relatively long journey to the city of Campache. Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 215 miles. Stay: Hotel Plaza Campeche (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: 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 the local restaurant Cana-Nah. On arrival in Merida, enjoy an introductory tour which takes in the city’s main sights. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 158 miles. Stay: Presidente Villa Mercedes Merida (or similar). B, L.

Day 11: Méridato Cancun There’s an early departure this morning as you head to the most famous Mayan archaeological sites of them all – Chichen Itza. You’ll be able to explore the site, which is believed by many to be the most important of the region’s pre-Hispanic cities, before the day trip crowds arrive. Continue eastwards towards the coastal resort of Cancun, stopping en route at a local restaurant and a cenote where you can take a refreshing dip. The tour will come to an end at the resort of your choice. You can choose to extend your holiday with a few relaxing days on the beach. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 202 miles. Stay: Moon Palace (or similar). B, L, ALL on your arrival at your chosen beach resort.

Day 12: Cancun to UK Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. ALL.


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ABOUT THIS TOUR

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

Is this for you?

This is an insightful exploration that crosses Mexico and takes in the country's vibrant culture, diverse history and world-renowned cuisine.

Good to know

• 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.

Accommodation on tour

You’ll stay in a combination of beautiful historic properties that give you a true flavour of Mexico as well as modern hotels which are ideally situated for sightseeing. In Mexico City, your contemporary hotel is set in the leafy, upscale neighourhood of Polanco. In Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas you can really immerse yourself in local life at traditional hacienda hotels.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £775

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Mar 24; Nov 10

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.

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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

Tour dates

2019 Jan 24; Feb 21; Mar 21; Apr 18; Oct 24; Nov 21

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. You will have plenty of opportunities to get a taste of each region you visit with many included meals at a variety of local restaurants. There'll be a typical Oaxacan meal, a Mezcal tasting in Mitla and a traditional Chipas dinner in San Cristobal de las Casas.

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