The Grande Mexpedition Tour

 

 

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- THE GRANDE TOUR of Ancient, Colonial and Modern Mexico -

- Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca - Monte Alban - Mitla - Tule - Sumidero Canyon - San Christobal de las Casas - Chamula - Zinacantan - Agua Azul Waterfalls - Palenque - Campeche - Uxmal - Merida - Chichén Itza - Cancun -

A comprehensive 12 day / 11 night journey from Mexico City to Cancun via Oaxaca, Chiapas, Campeche and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Arrive at Mexico City on any Tuesday (arrive Monday for an optional Teotihuacan and tour). The tour ends in Cancun 12 days later on Saturday.

bulletDAY 1 TUE. Arrival at Mexico City.  Meet and greet at Mexico City International Airport and transfer to hotel.  Overnight in Mexico City.

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bulletDAY 2 WED. Mexico City.  The city tour begins visiting the cultural and historic heritage downtown with the National Palace and its beautiful murals, painted by the famous muralist Diego Rivera, the Constitution Square or “Zocalo”,  the ruins of the Aztec Templo Mayor and the Metropolitan Cathedral.  Downtown Mexico City is an UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Spanish Colonial architecture. Tour follows with the visit to the Chapultepec Park, an important Residential area of Mexico City, and the “Zona Rosa” vibrant district with restaurants and shops.  In the afternoon, the Mesoamerican cultures best museum by far:  The Museum of Anthropology.   Overnight in Mexico City.  (B) 

     
bulletDAY 3 THU. Puebla, Oaxaca.  Transfer to Oaxaca visiting en route Huejotzingo and its 16th Century Monastery of San Miguel, the world´s largest pyramid ant the archaeological zone of Cholula and its 365 churches.  In Puebla an UNESCO World Heritage Site, most downtown  buildings are decorated with tiles and beautifully sculpted freestone, visit includes its majestic Cathedral at the Main Square, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Convent of Santa Monica and the Onix and Talavera Ceramics workshops.  Overnight in Oaxaca.   (B,L)

                              

 
bulletDAY 4 FRI. Oaxaca – Monte  Alban – Mitla – Tule.  Visit to Monte Alban a cultural and archaeological heritage site with important remains of the Ancient Zapotec and Mixtec Peoples, including the Main Plaza, the Observatory, Tomb # 7, the Stones of the Dancers, etc.   Next visit is to Mitla Archaeological Site, whose buildings are decorated with symbolic mosaics.  En route stop at the Tule Tree, considered among the largest living beings in the world.  Back to Oaxaca for a city tour that includes its cultural and historic heritage landmarks: the Cathedral, the Seven Regions Fountain, the impressive Santo Domingo Church and the Gold Museum  Monte Alban and Downtown Oaxaca City are together an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Overnight in Oaxaca.   (B)

         

bulletDAY 5 SAT. Sumidero Canyon.  Early departure transfer to San Cristobal de las Casas.  Early departure transfer to San Cristóbal de las Casas. PLEASE NOTE that this is a long day with many miles to cover. Not only will there be an early departure but a later than usual conclusion to the day.  En route, enjoy the landscapes of the southern mountains and Indian communities along the road.  At the town of Chiapa de Corzo, famous for an impressive Mudejar Style Fountain, boat tour in the Grijalva River to the Sumidero Canyon, with walls that reach 3,000 feet.   Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas.  (B,L)

       Chiapas, San Cristobal de las Casas, Cathedral - Photo by Secretaria de Turismo de Chiapas

 
bulletDAY 6 SUN. San Cristóbal De Las Casas – Montebello Lakes.  A visit to the beautiful Lagunas de Montebello, a picturesque lake region with more than 50 mineral-laden lakes surrounded by oak and pine forests display remarkable hues that range from turquoise to emerald to violet to blue to deep green.  There are also caves and underground sinkholes to be explored.  Birds and animals abound in the region.  In the afternoon return to San Cristóbal de las Casas for a city tour including:  the Market, the Cathedral and the famous Santo Domingo Church, amongst others.  Overnight in San Cristóbal de las Casas.  (B)

                 

 
bulletDAY 7 MON. Agua Azul Waterfalls.  Transfer to Palenque is a transfer from the Chiapas Highlands to the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plains.  En route, the Agua Azul Waterfalls are impressive with its pristine turquoise waters.  If  time allows, another beautiful waterfall called Misol-Há will be visited.    Overnight in Palenque.  (B,D)

  Ruins of Palenque

bulletDAY 8 TUE. Palenque.  Visit to Palenque Archaeological Site, one more UNESCO World Heritage Site in the tour and a site considered one of the most important Classic Maya sites due to its historical and architectural importance.  Afternoon transfer to Campeche through a scenic road that follows the Gulf of Mexico coastal line.  Overnight in Campeche. (B,D)

   

bulletDAY 9 WED. Campeche – Uxmal – Merida.  Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day:  In the morning Campeche, a Walled City with Spanish Colonial buildings.  In ther afternoon, Uxmal Archaeological Site with a distinctive style that makes it unique in the Maya World:  Stucco carvings that decorate its walls.  Later in the day, arrive to Merida, the lively Capital of Yucatan for a panoramic tour through the Montejo Boulevard, the Mother Land Monument and the Main Square.  Overnight in Merida.  (B,L)

Astounding Campeche Cathedral                    Yucatan, Merida, Casa de Montejo - Photo by Secretaria de Turismo de Yucatan

bulletDAY 10 THU. Chichén Itza.  Transfer to Cancun, visiting en route the icon of the Ancient Maya Civilization:  Chichén Itzá Archaeological Site, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and recently named as a ONE OF THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD.  Overnight in Cancun.    (B,L)

  

bulletDAY 11 FRI. Free Day in Cancun.  No activities. Overnight accommodations. (B)

 
bulletDay 12 SAT. Departure.  Transfer to Cancun International Airport.  (B)

All-inclusive Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Cancun

2016/17 Tour Pricing

Per Person Tour Prices - Minimum 2 persons on tour*

Single - $3,005     Double - $2,200     Triple - 2,050

Additional charge for a single passenger traveling alone $ 935

*These prices anticipate accommodations while in Mexico City at either the Hotel Geneve or the Galeria Plaza in the Zona Rosa or at either the Historico Central or Zocalo Central in the downtown area near the Zocalo.  Upgrade accommodations in Mexico City are available at increased prices.

Hotels while on tour are rated from 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 on Trip Advisor.  They are all rated as at least 4 star accommodations under the Mexico hotel rating system.  This category includes hotels that have a high level of service and amenities.  The accommodations guarantee cleanliness with bathrooms cleaned and linens washed and changed daily and services such as hot water and purified drinking water (but we do recommend bottled water).  All hotels have restaurant facilities and most offer at least limited room service hours.  Hotels on tour can be upgraded only on private tours. 

Hotels on route will be confirmed according to the availability.

International airfares ARE NOT INCLUDED in any of our tour packages.

PLEASE NOTE - The Mayan Traveler tours are not "day tours" or "seat in bus" tours.  Our tours (other than Guaranteed Departure tours) are quality, escorted tours designed for a minimum of 2 persons. 

ALSO, the prices presented are generally higher during Holiday weekends, Spring break, etc. when travel schedules are dictated higher demand.

MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE NOTE – Even though private tours are available, the tour presented above is not private. This tour is offered on a shared basis so you will be traveling with others. It is possible that there will be different passengers traveling with you on some tour days. This is so the tour can be organized in such a way so that all passengers scheduled for that tour day can travel together. There will be the main tour route and some other shorter routes which overlap the main route. Again, there will not always be the same people touring days because they will be joining the main tour and in some of the cities visited.

TOUR LOGISTICS – Upon arrival you will be met and greeted outside the customs area by your pick up and transfer representative. He will provide you with our welcome packet with the local version of your itinerary, travel recommendations and the appropriate hotel vouchers, normally for the accommodations for the first and last nights. Vouchers will not be provided for all hotels on tour since your guide will be with you during your tour and he will have those vouchers. You will then be transferred to your first night’s hotel for check in and overnight accommodations. During the rest of your tour you will be picked up at the entrance of your hotel at the time designated in your local itinerary. Then you will either begin your tour or pick up others at other hotels or be transferred to a meeting place where you will join other passengers to begin the tour. Where there is any question about the exact pick up time at your hotel your guide will call you and/or the front desk to confirm the exact time of his arrival at your hotel.

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This Tour Includes:  

·        Services of a professional archaeological guide.  

·        Hotels and lodges, hotel taxes service charges, and tips for baggage handling.

·        Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as detailed in the tour itinerary.

·        Carefully maintained air-conditioned motor coach; maximum 10 tour members per vehicle; experienced driver. 

·        All entrance fees to parks and archaeological sites are included in the program.

·        Complete program of sightseeing and cultural events as described.  

Please Note:  

·        Other accommodations could be substituted for like kind and quality based upon availability.  

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