Aztec Capitals to Mayan Beaches


Mexico boasts ancient Mayan ruins, stunning colonial cities and white sand beaches that rank among the best in the Americas. Sample mouth-watering cuisine, from taco stands to fine dining, while staying in a beautifully restored hacienda or luxury beach retreat. Richly diverse in both culture and natural wonders, Mexico’s numerous treasures will satisfy even the most seasoned traveller.

Aztecs & Kahlo in Mexico City

Begin your journey in Mexico City, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. We’ll set you up with a local guide to discover the city’s rich tapestry of history, culture and cuisine, beginning with a walking tour of the ancient centre. You’ll visit the main Zocalo Plaza, home to international art museums, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace. We’ll arrange outings to the Frida Kahlo Museum at Casa Azul and to the archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, famous for some of the world’s largest pyramids. There are also a number of nearby picturesque colonial cities worth visiting, particularly around times of celebration and festivals such as the Day of the Dead in October.

Merida & The Yucatan

It’s just under a two-hour flight to Merida, the capital of the Yucatan Peninsula and this is a perfect base from which discover its archaeological treasures. Spend the afternoon exploring Merida’s historical centre and colonial architecture, churches and monuments, ending with a short ‘Calesa’ (horse and carriage) ride. The following day, your guide will take you for an exploration of the nearby Mayan ancient ruins of Uxmal. Then return to Merida for an evening in one of its excellent restaurants and to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the town plaza.

Chichen Itza to The Riviera Maya

Now it’s time to visit the most famous Mayan archaeological site of them all – the spectacular Chichen Itza. An early start from Merida will allow you to arrive ahead of the group tours from Cancun, as the iconic El Castillo temple emerges in the dawn light to greet you. You’ll then continue by road towards the Mexican Caribbean coast, a journey of around three hours.

Spend the final few days of your trip relaxing on the white sand beaches of the Riviera Maya. A haven for diving, snorkelling and swimming, there’s plenty for you to see and do outside your luxury beachfront hotel. Experience natural and ancient wonders with a trip to the marshes and mangroves of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, before wandering the ancient Mayan ruins of bohemian Tulum. Swim in one of the many hidden cenotes or sinkholes, before going deep sea fishing for sailfish and marlin. Both Tulum and the resort town of Playa del Carmen are home to excellent restaurants which offer lots of variation of one of the world’s best cuisines.

When to go

November to May

Guide price

From £6,985 per person
(Including flights.)

Ideal duration

14 nights

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