Overview

Flight - 1 night
Mexico City - 1 night
Puebla - 1 night
Oaxaca - 2 nights
Tehuantepec - 1 night
San Cristóbal de las Casas - 2 nights
Panajachel - 2 nights
Antigua - 2 nights
Copán - 1 night
Río Dulce - 1 night
El Remate - 2 nights
Palenque - 1 night
Campeche - 1 night
Chichén Itzá - 1 night
Cancún - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

MYSTERIES OF THE MAYA AND AZTECS

Follow the Aztecs, Zapotecs and Maya on an inspiring adventure through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras

The Aztec and Maya civilisations dominated ancient Mesoamerica over many centuries. Discover their rich heritage extended throughout Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is one of the richest archaeological zones in ancient Mesoamerica and home to some of the best preserved Maya monuments.

In neighbouring Guatemala, the only country in Central America where the indigenous Indian population still outnumbers the Ladinos, the awe-inspiring city of Tikal stood for over 1,000 years before being consumed by jungle in the 9th century AD.

Across the border in Honduras, the sixty stone steps of the Hieroglyphic stairway contain the longest Maya text in existence.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
12 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 7 - 24

 

Special Event

Shaman Ceremony

Experience a unique Mayan ceremony in the outskirts of Chichicastenango in Guatemala. A priest or spiritual Mayan guide request good harvests, protection, health and money in return for offerings brought such as candles, chocolate, honey and tobacco.

 

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Mexico City.

Day 2 Arrive and transfer to the 3-star Hotel Royal Reforma for overnight. Afternoon tour including the Coyoacán colonial quarter, Frida Kahlo Museum and Xochimilco Floating Gardens. (B)

Day 3 City tour includes the Anthropology Museum. Visit Teotihuacán Pyramids. Continue to Puebla for overnight at the 3-star Colonial Hotel. (B)

Day 4 Puebla city tour. Travel to the botanical cactus gardens, then continue to Oaxaca (4 hrs). Spend two nights at the 3-star Oaxaca Real Hotel. (B)

Day 5 Visit the site of Monte Alban and Oaxaca city. (B)

Day 6 Visit Mitla and a Mezcal distillery. Continue to Tehuantepec for overnight at the 3-star Hotel Calli. (B)

Day 7 Drive to the Sumidero Canyon (5 hrs) and take a boat trip through the giant gorge. Continue to San Cristobal de las Casas for two nights at the 3-star Casa Vieja Hotel. (B)

Day 8 City tour of San Cristobal de las Casas and visit the local Maya communities. (B)

Day 9 Travel to La Mesilla border (8 hrs) and drive to Panajachel for two nights at the 3-star Regis Hotel. (B)

Day 10 Boat excursion on Lake Atitlán with its three volcanoes, visiting a village of the living Maya. (B)

Day 11 Visit Chichicastenango with its colourful market and the Church of Santo Tomás for the Special Event. Drive through the highlands to Antigua for two nights at the 3-star Hotel Las Farolas. (B)

Day 12 City tour of Antigua. (B)

Day 13 Depart for Honduras and visit the ancient city of Copán (5 ½ hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Marina Copán. (B)

Day 14 Return to Guatemala. Travel through Motagua Valley to the site of Quiriguá (3 hrs). Continue to Río Dulce for overnight at the 3-star Catamaran Island Hotel. (B)

Day 15 Take a boat from Río Dulce, passing the 'canyon' to Livingston, through the jungle with its exotic birds and colourful fauna, and pass by San Felipe fort. Transfer by road from Río Dulce to the 3-star Camino Real Tikal or similar (3½ hrs) for two nights. (B)

Day 16 Visit the ruins of Tikal and the Sylvannus G. Morley Museum, with a ceramic and jade display. (B)

Day 17 Travel to Bethel (4 hrs) and cross the border by boat via the Usumacinta River and arrive at Corozal in Mexico. Take another short boat ride to the site of Yaxchilán. Transfer to the 3-star Hotel Nututun in Palenque for overnight (3 hrs). (B, L)

Day 18 Visit the archaeological site of Palenque. Continue to the colonial city of Campeche (6 hrs) for a city tour and overnight at the 3-star Plaza Colonial. (B)

Day 19 Travel to Uxmal for a visit of the archaeological site. Lunch at a typical Maya home. Visit Merida for a walking tour of the 'White City'. Continue to Chichén Itzá for overnight at the 3-star Hotel Chichén Itzá. (B, L)

Day 20 Visit Chichén Itzá and Tulum. Continue to Cancún for overnight at the 3-star Hotel Beach Scape. (B)

Day 21 Return overnight flight to London Heathrow via Mexico City. (B)

Day 22 Arrive Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

On occasion hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.

Due to the distance covered there are extended periods of travel by road, mostly along a well-established road network (some minor roads may be in poor repair).

On occasion border procedures can result in a delay of transit.

This is a full itinerary with temple visits on foot with steps and uneven surfaces.

A level of agility is needed to embark small boats.

2019

Mondays
per person in a twin/double room
AeroMexico from Heathrow

Date Price
January 21 £3295
February 18 £3295
March 4 £3245
April 22 £3545
October 14 £3195
November 18 £3245

2020

Mondays
per person in a twin/double room
AeroMexico from Heathrow

Date Price
January 20 £3325
February 17 £3345
March 2 £3345
April 20 £3345

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £745

Extension Options

Extension - Cancun
4 nights £325
Single supplement £275
Sea view £85
Single supplement £80

Independent Arrival

Save £650 
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer add £30

Price Includes
Air travel and UK departure taxes, transfers, 19 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, overseas airport taxes, border taxes (approx. £35-£40), optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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