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THE MAYAN LEGACY

Take a step back in time to the era of the Mayans on this ten day journey through the Yucatán.

10 DAYS FROM £4,250 pp / $6,588 pp

Includes: Domestic flights, accommodation, activities, some meals, English speaking guides, full ATOL financial protection.
Excludes: International flights, travel insurance, items of a personal nature.

To book this tour or start creating your own tailor made itinerary call us on:
0207 407 1478 (UK) / 1 855 625 2753 (US) or contact us here.

HIGHLIGHTS

small logoTaking a biking tour through the fascinating city for Merida


small logoSwimming at a crystal-clear cenote


small logoStaying in some of Mexico's finest Haciendas

 

THE TRIP

Day 1: Nr. Merida – Arrive and transfer to the hotel / Hacienda San José Cholul
Day 2: Izamel - City tour of Izamal / Hacienda San José Cholul
Day 3: Nr. Merida - Visit Ek Balam and Xchen cenote / Hacienda San José Cholul
Day 4: Nr. Merida – Bike tour of Merida / Hacienda Temozon
Day 5: Nr. Merida – Explore the Mayan ruins of Uxmal / Hacienda Temozon
Day 6: Nr. Merida – Free day to explore / Hacienda Temozon
Day 7: Campeche – Visit town of Becal and Campeche/ Hacienda Uayamon
Day 8: Campeche – City tour of Campeche / Hacienda Uayamon
Day 9: Campeche – Visit the Mayan site of Edzna / Hacienda Uayamon
Day 10: Transfer to airport for return flight

arrive in the Yucatan

As soon as you arrive in Cancun or Merida you’ll be whisked away to the magnificent Hacienda San José Cholul, an impeccably restored hacienda dating back to the seventeenth century. Get settled in and explore the tranquil gardens, pool, or relax in the Mayan spa. The following day you’ll visit the yolk-coloured city of Izamel, a living, breathing Mayan city. An expert guide will show you the principal sites and explain the intriguing blend of Maya, Spanish and modern cultures. Pause for lunch at the wonderful Casa de Madera, a private villa, before spending the relaxing and swimming.

cities of the Yucatan

Next you will explore Ek Balam, a lesser known, but magnificent walled city. Dine al fresco in the afternoon before spending the rest of the day swimming in the crystalline Xchen cenote. Its viewpoint offers amazing views of the surrounding countryside. Return for another evening at the Hacienda San José Cholul. The following day you will take to the streets of Merida on bikes to explore this fascinating city. Travel along its shady avenue, lined with exquisite mansions from the end of the 19th century. End the day at the Hacienda Temozon where you will spend the night.

Uxmal, Kabah and Xocnaceh with Mayan ceremony

Today you will begin with a tour of Uxmal, one of the largest sites known for its elaborate Puuc-style architecture. Visit the Pyramid of the Magician, Palace of the Governor and the House of the Turtles. Continue to Kabah, another stunning piece of architecture, to marvel at the wall of masks overlooking the plaza. The afternoon will be spent at a Mayan ceremony at the private Hacienda Xocnaceh and enjoying a private lunch in the hacienda’s ruined chapel. The night will be spend back at the Hacienda Temozon. The following day is completely free to explore or relax by yourselves.

Becal, Pomuch and Campeche

Take a visit to Becal, a town famous for its production of ‘jipi japa’ hats. Your expert guide will take you on a tour of the local artisan’s workshops where you can watch them create their crafts first hand. You will also visit the town of Pomuch, known for its bread. After lunch continue on to the Hacienda Uayamon near Campeche. The following day your guide will take you on a tour of Campeche, a city built on the site of a Mayan city and today a UNESCO World Heritage site. Campeche is home to many museums, magnificent churches and colourful colonial architecture, pluz dozens of other hidden corners that only our guides know.

Edzma and return

This morning you will visit Edzna, once a great regional capital, and a place where many architectural styles can be seen. Head to Nachenha, a private hacienda for lunch before spending your last night at the Hacienda Uayamon. The last day you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight home.

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