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***NEW FOR 2016***

On all of our tours, we now offer a free chauffeur service to and from the airport in a luxury Limousine!

Also, we are currently offering a free upgrade for entry in to the departure lounge on departure

Independent Tour

Mexico City • Oaxaca • Mitla • Teotitlán del Valle • Tehuantepec • San Cristóbal de las Casas • Palenque • Campeche • Mérida

Days 1-3: Mexico City

Transfer from the airport to your central hotel for a 3-night stay. On day 2 enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour with a visit to the presidential palace - the Zócalo - the cathedral and Xochimilco with its floating gardens created by the Aztecs on Lake Texcoco. On day 3 visit the huge pyramid complex of the Teotihuacán – the first city of the ‘New World’. (BL,B) Overnight: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton

Days 4-6: Mexico City - Oaxaca

Stop at the old colonial city of Puebla before continuing to Oaxaca for 3 nights. Tour Oaxaca visiting the Zapotec and Mixtec settlements at Monte Albán. The ruins are surrounded by a circle of terraces, houses, temples and tombs. Visit Mitla, the ‘Place of the Dead’ where the Patio de las Grecas is considered one of the highlights of the pre-Columbian architecture in Mexico. You’ll also visit the peaceful village of Santa María del Tule, home of the enormous ahuehuete tree. (B) Overnight: Casa Conzatti

Day 7: Oaxaca - Tehuantepec

Travel through the beautiful Sierra Madre del Sur to Tehuantepec with a stop on route at a local Mezcal distillery. (B) Overnight: Calli

Day 8: Tehuantepec – San Cristóbal de las Casas

The highlight on day 8 is a boat trip through the magnificent Sumidero Canyon, takes you through the deep gorge carved by the Río Grijalva. San Cristóbal sits at an altitude of 9,130ft and the cooler climate is a welcome change. (B) Overnight: Mansion del Valle (2 nights)

Day 9: San Cristóbal de las Casas

Visit to the Indian Village of Chamula, the ceremonial centre of the Chamula and Zinacantán. In the church, Catholic and Mayan rituals combine in fascinating ways; the church has no seating and the floor is covered with pine needles and straw. Continue to Zinacantán for a short tour and a visit to a small weaving mill. Enjoy freshly cooked tortillas as you learn about the art of weaving. (B)

Day 10: San Cristóbal de las Casas - Palenque

Visit the Misola-Ha waterfall, where the water plunges 100ft over a steep rock face to a pool surrounded by jungle. Continue to Palenque. The rest of the day is free. (B) Overnight: Ciudad Real Palenque

Day 11: Palenque - Campeche

Founded around 300BC, Palenque flourished in the 7th and 8th Century AD. All buildings still visible date from this period; the “Temple of Inscriptions” with more than 620 hieroglyphs, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Sun and the North Temple. Then travel to Campeche where you will tour the narrow streets with restored colonial buildings, the Zócalo and the Cathedral of La Concepción, from the era of the Spanish Conquistadores. (B) Overnight: Plaza Campeche

Day 12: Campeche - Mérida

Drive to Uxmal, dating to the late classic Maya period and built around 600-950 AD. On then to lovely Mérida, for a city tour. Founded in 1540 and full of colonial charm and narrow streets, it is still the cultural capital of the Yucatán. (B) Overnight: Holiday Inn Mérida

Day 13: Mérida - Cancun

Visit Chichén Itzá, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, where to date only about 30 of the many buildings buried and overgrown by the jungle have been uncovered. Continue to Cancun where your tour ends around 5pm. (B)    


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Tour Details

PRICES FROM: £1539.00


• 12 nights’ accommodation in hotels as specified

• Meals as specified: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch

• Touring by air-conditioned motorcoach and/ or Rail transport as specified

• Services of a qualified English-speaking guide throughout • Airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (excl. ‘optional’ items)

DEPARTURES FROM: Durham Tees Valley,Newcastle & Leeds/Bradford

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 25 max



Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.


• Visiting Chichén Itzá – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

 • Mérida, a colonial gem and cultural capital of the Yucatán Mayan sites of Mitla, Chamula and Palenque

 • The lovely walled city of Campeche

13 Day Highlights of Mexico

Optional Pre/Post Stay

Add-on nights are available in Havana. Please call for details.

Extend Your Tour

Why not extend your time in Mexico with a relaxing beach stay in Cancún or the Riviera Maya?

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