Yucatan Peninsula Adventure

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From tropical beaches and colourful old cities to spectacular ancient ruins, the Yucatan Peninsula’s draws are many and varied. Learn more about the lives of mysterious civilisations at the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum, try traditional cuisine and get cultured in the likes of Merida and Campeche and bathe in the crystal-clear waters of hidden cenotes and pristine beaches. Thousands of years of history mixed with a modern, laidback lifestyle means Mexico, and the Yucatan in particular, should be high on everyone’s bucket list.

Availability

From 02/03/2024 to 03/01/2026

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Mar Sat 02 2024 to Mar Sat 09 2024
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    $3,380*
  • Mar Sat 09 2024 to Mar Sat 16 2024
    Limited Availability
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    $3,380*
  • Mar Sat 16 2024 to Mar Sat 23 2024
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    $2,871*
  • Mar Fri 29 2024 to Apr Fri 05 2024
    Sold Out
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    $3,315*
  • Apr Sat 13 2024 to Apr Sat 20 2024
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    $2,584*
  • Apr Sat 20 2024 to Apr Sat 27 2024
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    $2,980*
  • May Sat 11 2024 to May Sat 18 2024
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    $2,980*
  • May Sat 25 2024 to Jun Sat 01 2024
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    $3,275*
  • Jul Sat 06 2024 to Jul Sat 13 2024
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    $3,425*
  • Aug Sat 31 2024 to Sep Sat 07 2024
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    $2,980*
  • Sep Sat 14 2024 to Sep Sat 21 2024
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    $2,980*
  • Oct Sat 12 2024 to Oct Sat 19 2024
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    $3,100*
  • Nov Sat 02 2024 to Nov Sat 09 2024
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    $3,100*
  • Nov Sat 16 2024 to Nov Sat 23 2024
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    $3,215*
  • Nov Sat 23 2024 to Nov Sat 30 2024
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    $3,375*
  • Nov Sat 30 2024 to Dec Sat 07 2024
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    $3,215*
  • Dec Sat 07 2024 to Dec Sat 14 2024
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    $3,215*
  • Dec Sat 14 2024 to Dec Sat 21 2024
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    $3,215*
  • Dec Sat 21 2024 to Dec Sat 28 2024
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    $3,215*
  • Jan Sat 04 2025 to Jan Sat 11 2025
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    $3,375*
  • Jan Sat 18 2025 to Jan Sat 25 2025
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    $3,375*
  • Jan Sat 25 2025 to Feb Sat 01 2025
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    $3,375*
  • Feb Sat 01 2025 to Feb Sat 08 2025
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    $3,375*
  • Feb Sat 08 2025 to Feb Sat 15 2025
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    $3,255*
  • Feb Sat 15 2025 to Feb Sat 22 2025
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    $3,255*
  • Feb Sat 22 2025 to Mar Sat 01 2025
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    $3,255*

What's included

Kick back and relax in the lakeside town of Bacalar, known for its deep blue cenote and aquamarine lagoon.
Escape the crowds and take a refreshing dip at Yokdzonot, a lesser-known cenote in the heart of the Yucatan managed by the local Maya community.
Travel to Tulum and explore the archaeological site of Mayan ruins at your own pace.
Then, enjoy some free time to find the best snorkelling spots or local bars.
Experience Chichen Itza – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Your tour of the ancient ruins includes a visit to the nearby Piste community and a traditional lunch.
Sip zingy margaritas, munch on local cuisine and soak up as much culture and history as you can in Merida, Yucatan’s charismatic capital.
Breakfasts Included: 7.
Lunches Included: 2.
Hotel (7 nights).
Private vehicle.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Chichen Itza - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport).
Piste - Traditional Maya Family Lunch.
Merida - Leader-led orientation walk.
Merida - Visit to Cenote Yokdnozot Piste.
Campeche - Leader-led Orientation Walk.
Becal - Visit to Jipi hat artisan cave studio.
Bacalar - Leader-led orientation walk.
Tulum - Leader-led orientation walk.
Tulum - Archaeological Site (incl.
entrance & national park fee - no guide).
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Itinerary

  • 1 - Playa del Carmen Hola! Welcome to Playa del Carmen - a popular resort town famed for its coral reef and sparkling warm waters. You'll meet your leader and fellow travellers at the welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. If you arrive early, why not spend the day lounging on the beach with a good book? When the introductions are out of the way, experience your first Mexican meal of the trip at an optional dinner with the group.
  • 2 - Merida Depart early, travelling by private vehicle towards Merida, learning some Spanish phrases from your leader on the way. You'll stop at Chichen Itza - one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, for a guided tour. This is perhaps the most famous Maya site in Mexico, dominated by the Temple of Kukulkan (El Castillo), a Mesoamerican step-pyramid. Then take a cooling dip in one of the region's lesser-known cenotes: Yokdzonot. By visiting this sparkling natural pool you'll be supporting the local Mayan community. After your swim, visit the local Piste community. You'll spend time with the locals - perhaps trying out some of your Spanish - while sampling traditional Yucatecan cuisine. When you arrive in Merida - the charming capital of the Yucatan region - get your bearings on an orientation walk with your leader. Wander the centuries-old streets and take in the grand buildings, learn about the town's Maya heritage and swing by Mercado 60 - a buzzing food market with great margaritas and live music.
  • 3 - Merida Your day is free for you to explore the many sights of Merida. You could visit the Regional Museum of Yucatan, located within the pretty Palacio Canton, chill out in the shady Plaza Grande, admiring the 16th-century cathedral or seek out slow-roasted, citrus-marinated pork dish and Yucatan speciality, cochinita pibil. Alternatively, take a trip to one of Mexico's best-preserved Maya sites in Uxmal. Spend two hours exploring the ruins and see the impressive so-called Pyramid of the Magician, marvel at the decorative details of the Governor's Palace and take the opportunity to climb one of the pyramids for astounding views of the surrounding area. Merida is a people-pleaser when it comes to nightlife and has something for all tastes, whether you're after a low-key bar, cultural show or some live music and dancing.
  • 4 - Campeche Leave the city of Merida behind and drive to the coast to spend the night in Campeche - a seaside town with photogenic streets lined with multi-coloured low-rise buildings. On the way, visit the town of Becal, known as 'the Hat Town', where your group will meet with an artisan who works in a cave to weave the traditional jipi hats. Learn about the process and why they work in caves, then enjoy an included lunch. When you arrive in Campeche, head out on a leader-led orientation walk to get your bearings. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. For dinner tonight, you'll find good seafood almost anywhere, and other tempting restaurants at Portales de San Martin.
  • 5 - Bacalar Rise and shine for the long cross-peninsular drive to Bacalar today. Bacalar is said to be the first settlement of the Itza tribe, who would go on to create Chichen Itza. Today it's a quiet spot to sit back, relax and take in the surrounding nature. When you're there, take a short leader-led orientation walk to get your bearings, followed by a free afternoon and evening to relax after a long travel day. Cerveza, anyone?
  • 6 - Bacalar Today, take some time to chill out in relaxed lakeside Bacalar. You'll have a free day to do as you please. Maybe a relax on the banks of the lake or a swim are in order? Bacalar is known for its Lake of Seven Colours - thanks to the various stunning shades of blue it adopts throughout the day. There's also the option to visit Cenote Azul today - a beautiful fresh water rockpool, perfect for swimming. The sparkling blue water and stalactites and stalagmites in the cave are a sight to behold.
  • 7 - Tulum Enjoy a free morning relaxing around Bacalar's lake before heading in a private vehicle towards Tulum. Along the way, you'll visit the Tulum archaeological ruins that sit on the cliffs of the Yucatan Peninsula. Explore the pre-Columbian Mayan walled city which served as a major port for Coba. Carry on to the town of Tulum and when you arrive, take an orientation walk with your leader. There may be time to fit in a visit to another cenote or find a bar to keep working on that Spanish with the locals. Later, you might like to share an optional final meal with the group to say farewell and 'salud' to Mexico.
  • 8 - Tulum After breakfast, there are no activities planned for the day, but that's no reason to stop exploring. Tulum is famous for its turquoise water, snorkelling spots, ancient ruins and general magnificence, so no-one can blame you for wanting to stick around for a few more days. If you would like to spend some more time in Tulum, just speak to your booking agent.
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