The tour will continue with a coach ride to the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a 19th Century all-white marble building functioning as a theatre as well as an art museum, with many fine sculptures. To get a feeling of the city you will drive along the Paseo de la Reforma Avenue which was inspired by the "Champs Elisee" of Paris until you reach and visit the National Anthropology Museum, the largest in its type in the world. After a day full of excitement and cultural and historical sightseeing you will transferred back to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 3 - Mexico City: Guadalupe Shrine, Teotihuacan

After breakfast you will take a guided excursion to the outstanding Teotihuacan Pyramids, starting with a visit to the Virgin of Guadalupe Shrine. This church is a place of pilgrimage for millions of Mexicans and followers from all over the world. The day will then dedicate a visit to the ancient archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, north of Mexico City. This was the Toltec-Aztec ceremonial centre of Teotihuacan, an archaeological site with buildings bigger and as impressive or more, as the Egyptian pyramids. These monumental buildings where constructed by Toltec architects, a very advanced culture dominated by the Aztecs before the colonisation of Mexico. You will see its impressive Toltec pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon, the Quetzalcoatl Temple and the fortresses, the largest monuments of their type in the world. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 - Merida: Historic District, Museum and City Tour

After breakfast in Mexico City, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Merida with check in at Hotel Mision Panamericana or similar. In the afternoon you will tour this impressive place, one of the biggest cities in Mayan territory. The city has a colonial charm with its palaces, narrow streets and romantic horse-drawn carriages. The city is full of Spanish and French influences. You can visit the Governor's Palace, the one of the oldest Cathedral in Mexico, the Montejo Palace and the large down town shopping area. The city has preserved its colonial heritage in the historic district. It is in the centre of the state and all the roads converge at the state capital. Merida's central square or "Plaza Grande" is surrounded by ancient buildings that form the historic district such as The San Ildelfonso Cathedral of Merida, the most antique church of the American continent, built in the second half of the XVIth century. Merida's Cathedral has one of the biggest interior statues of Christ in the world. The city was founded on January 6, 1542 on the indigenous trace of Ichcaanziho's City, called also T'ho. Overnight in Merida.

Day 5 - Merida: Kabah and Uxmal

After breakfast, we will depart to Kabah which is known as the second largest religious centre in the Puuc Route area. Kabah flourished around the year 800 AD. Kabah is connected with Uxmal by a sacbe (Mayan Route) which begins right in the arch, a kind of main door to the city. Kabah has Classic style architecture and its main attractions are the Palace of the Masks with over 300 representations, mainly dedicated to Chaac, God of Rain and the "Piramide de los Mascarones" also including masks and stalls. We then continue to Uxmal which means "Three times constructed"; the architecture of Uxmal is among the most majestic in Yucatan. Its beauty is characterised by low and horizontal palaces placed around patios and quadrants richly decorated with detailed sculptures. Uxmal, enveloped by legends and myths, is situated within a series of hills known as the Pucc or the mountainous area of the Yucatan. Lunch is included in Uxmal. Continue back to Merida. Overnight in Merida.

Day 6 - Merida: Celestun Biosphere Reserve

On the sixth day you will continue to Celestun, home of pink flamingo colonies and considered an ecotourism paradise with freshwater springs and beaches that are part of a Biosphere Reserve officially declared a fauna shelter. Celestun is also a typical fisherman's village. Among Celestun's main attractions we will visit by boat tour, the quiet Flamingoes Lagoon, known as "The Drum". After the tour you can enjoy lunch in one of the selected seafood restaurants along the beach. Return to Merida and overnight at hotel.

Day 7 - Merida: Chichen Itza

On the seventh day, we will transit just over 2 hours to Chichen Itza, the Mayan Post Classic Sacred City, which represents the most intact and impressive of the ruins of the Mayan Civilization that the modern world still preserves. Chichen Itza has a huge "Cenote", a big pond nourished by underground rivers which supplied clean water to the complex. Chichen Itza, "The Mouth of the Well" as other Mayan centres was originally a ceremonial and spiritual site, more than a commercial area. Chichen Itza has maybe the most impressive pyramid of all the Maya world. The Castle has 4 staircases (one for each season of the year) with 91 steps each, totaling 365 with the top platform. The orientation of the pyramid is such that for about an hour around 4 o'clock during the spring and fall equinoxes (21st March and 21st September), the shadow of north-west edge of the pyramid on the side of the north stairway, draws seven triangles of light that imitates a serpent creeping downwards until it joins the huge serpent's head at the bottom of the stairway. This was a religious message telling the people it was time to seed the land or it was time to harvest with the blessing of their God Kukulkan. At Chichen Itza, you will see an astrological observatory with a design similar to others built in the Modern Age. There are many more buildings such as The Temple of the Warriors, part of the "Thousand Columns Complex", the Temple of the Jaguars and the Ball Court. Chichen Itza was voted one of the Modern Seven Wonders of the World in 2009. After a visit of almost 2 hours, you will have lunch and we will then transit to Cancun. Drop off at the hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya.

END OF TOUR

This day officially marks the end of the tour which can be extended with either an additional night at a top hotel in downtown Cancun or a whole week enjoying a beach holiday in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

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Colonial and Ancient Mexican Explorer + All Ritmo Cancun Resort and Waterpark

4.0 stars

mexico city + cancun beach, cancun

The Experience

Taking travellers on a magnificent journey all along Mexico's most startling and fascinating sites, the Colonial and Ancient Mexican Explorer Tour has been carefully crafted and put together to amaze and delight visitors as they learn about Mexico's rich colonial history and enthralling Aztec and Mayan roots. For a total of 7 days you'll be journeying across some of Mexico's most well-known landmarks, admiring breathtaking architecture dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries in Mexico City and discovering the intriguing legends behind the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilisations in the Yucatan Peninsula and Mexico's highlands, often compared to that of ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, China and India. After your thirst for knowledge and discovery has been satisfied the tour will end in the afternoon of the seventh day. On your last day right after lunch you will have the option to extend your stay one night at a Cancun hotel before you board your return flight back home the following day.

At the end of the tour you will also have the option to enjoy a 5-day or 9-day beach holiday extension in Cancun and the Riviera Maya for an additional supplement, staying at the hotel of your choice. This is not included in the tour but can be easily arranged. Alternatively you could upgrade your 6-night tour stay from four-star to five-star accommodation to wrap up the days' adventures in full luxury throughout the duration of the tour. This is also available for a small supplement. Please contact our dedicated team of travel experts for more details.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 - Mexico City: Airport Arrival Greeting and Transfer to Hotel

Upon arrival to what once was the capital of the powerful Aztec Empire and after checking in at your hotel you will be wowed by the bustling vibrancy that the colourful Mexico City boasts. With a population that exceeds 22 million people, you will find busy streets, lively markets and street vendors blending against the backdrop of colonial buildings and the living heritage of Pre-Hispanic societies that influenced the setting and layout of such a colossal urban settlement. Churches in this city were built on top of the original aborigine temples as Spanish colonisers took over the territory and during your tour around the city you will get to admire the beauty of these astounding colonial masterpieces housing rich colonial furnishings. Often next to these churches, the original foundations that were not used as part of the church structure have been uncovered to its original archaeological formation. Your first overnight stay will be at a centric 4* hotel in Mexico City.

Day 2 - Mexico City

After enjoying an included breakfast at your hotel, you will be boarding a Mexico City guided tour that will take you to visit the city's major attractions. We start where it all began, at the Zocalo which is Mexico City's main central square. You will see the National Palace with an extended series of mural paintings that show a graphic evolution of the history of the country and which were painted by famed muralist artist Diego Rivera. The Metropolitan Cathedral, the oldest and largest cathedral in Latin America, is a spectacular building intended to distract the Aztec people from their own previous beliefs and convert them to the new Catholic religion imposed by the Spanish. Right behind the Cathedral you will find the "Tenochtitlan Templo Mayor Pyramids" which were part of the big ceremonial centre of the Aztecs. Templo Mayor was not only the most visible sight of an immense aborigine urban complex, but also represented the cosmic centre of the universe for the Aztecs.

The tour will continue with a coach ride to the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a 19th Century all-white marble building functioning as a theatre as well as an art museum, with many fine sculptures. To get a feeling of the city you will drive along the Paseo de la Reforma Avenue which was inspired by the "Champs Elisee" of Paris until you reach and visit the National Anthropology Museum, the largest in its type in the world. After a day full of excitement and cultural and historical sightseeing you will transferred back to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 3 - Mexico City: Guadalupe Shrine, Teotihuacan

After breakfast you will take a guided excursion to the outstanding Teotihuacan Pyramids, starting with a visit to the Virgin of Guadalupe Shrine. This church is a place of pilgrimage for millions of Mexicans and followers from all over the world. The day will then dedicate a visit to the ancient archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, north of Mexico City. This was the Toltec-Aztec ceremonial centre of Teotihuacan, an archaeological site with buildings bigger and as impressive or more, as the Egyptian pyramids. These monumental buildings where constructed by Toltec architects, a very advanced culture dominated by the Aztecs before the colonisation of Mexico. You will see its impressive Toltec pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon, the Quetzalcoatl Temple and the fortresses, the largest monuments of their type in the world. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 - Merida: Historic District, Museum and City Tour

After breakfast in Mexico City, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Merida with check in at Hotel Mision Panamericana or similar. In the afternoon you will tour this impressive place, one of the biggest cities in Mayan territory. The city has a colonial charm with its palaces, narrow streets and romantic horse-drawn carriages. The city is full of Spanish and French influences. You can visit the Governor's Palace, the one of the oldest Cathedral in Mexico, the Montejo Palace and the large down town shopping area. The city has preserved its colonial heritage in the historic district. It is in the centre of the state and all the roads converge at the state capital. Merida's central square or "Plaza Grande" is surrounded by ancient buildings that form the historic district such as The San Ildelfonso Cathedral of Merida, the most antique church of the American continent, built in the second half of the XVIth century. Merida's Cathedral has one of the biggest interior statues of Christ in the world. The city was founded on January 6, 1542 on the indigenous trace of Ichcaanziho's City, called also T'ho. Overnight in Merida.

Day 5 - Merida: Kabah and Uxmal

After breakfast, we will depart to Kabah which is known as the second largest religious centre in the Puuc Route area. Kabah flourished around the year 800 AD. Kabah is connected with Uxmal by a sacbe (Mayan Route) which begins right in the arch, a kind of main door to the city. Kabah has Classic style architecture and its main attractions are the Palace of the Masks with over 300 representations, mainly dedicated to Chaac, God of Rain and the "Piramide de los Mascarones" also including masks and stalls. We then continue to Uxmal which means "Three times constructed"; the architecture of Uxmal is among the most majestic in Yucatan. Its beauty is characterised by low and horizontal palaces placed around patios and quadrants richly decorated with detailed sculptures. Uxmal, enveloped by legends and myths, is situated within a series of hills known as the Pucc or the mountainous area of the Yucatan. Lunch is included in Uxmal. Continue back to Merida. Overnight in Merida.

Day 6 - Merida: Celestun Biosphere Reserve

On the sixth day you will continue to Celestun, home of pink flamingo colonies and considered an ecotourism paradise with freshwater springs and beaches that are part of a Biosphere Reserve officially declared a fauna shelter. Celestun is also a typical fisherman's village. Among Celestun's main attractions we will visit by boat tour, the quiet Flamingoes Lagoon, known as "The Drum". After the tour you can enjoy lunch in one of the selected seafood restaurants along the beach. Return to Merida and overnight at hotel.

Day 7 - Merida: Chichen Itza

On the seventh day, we will transit just over 2 hours to Chichen Itza, the Mayan Post Classic Sacred City, which represents the most intact and impressive of the ruins of the Mayan Civilization that the modern world still preserves. Chichen Itza has a huge "Cenote", a big pond nourished by underground rivers which supplied clean water to the complex. Chichen Itza, "The Mouth of the Well" as other Mayan centres was originally a ceremonial and spiritual site, more than a commercial area. Chichen Itza has maybe the most impressive pyramid of all the Maya world. The Castle has 4 staircases (one for each season of the year) with 91 steps each, totaling 365 with the top platform. The orientation of the pyramid is such that for about an hour around 4 o'clock during the spring and fall equinoxes (21st March and 21st September), the shadow of north-west edge of the pyramid on the side of the north stairway, draws seven triangles of light that imitates a serpent creeping downwards until it joins the huge serpent's head at the bottom of the stairway. This was a religious message telling the people it was time to seed the land or it was time to harvest with the blessing of their God Kukulkan. At Chichen Itza, you will see an astrological observatory with a design similar to others built in the Modern Age. There are many more buildings such as The Temple of the Warriors, part of the "Thousand Columns Complex", the Temple of the Jaguars and the Ball Court. Chichen Itza was voted one of the Modern Seven Wonders of the World in 2009. After a visit of almost 2 hours, you will have lunch and we will then transit to Cancun. Drop off at the hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya.

END OF TOUR

This day officially marks the end of the tour which can be extended with either an additional night at a top hotel in downtown Cancun or a whole week enjoying a beach holiday in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

 Included flights

 UK Departure

  • Departs: london
  • Arrives: mexico city, Mexico

 Return Flight

  • Departs: cancun, Mexico
  • Arrives: london
 Day 2 to 8

Colonial and Ancient Mexican Explorer

4 stars
  • Superior
  • Bed and Breakfast

Taking travellers on a magnificent journey all along Mexico's most startling and fascinating sites, the Colonial and Ancient Mexican Explorer Tour has been carefully crafted and put together to amaze and delight visitors as they learn about Mexico's rich colonial history and enthralling Aztec and Mayan roots.

For a total of 7 days you'll be journeying across some of Mexico's most well-known landmarks, admiring breathtaking architecture dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries in Mexico City and discovering the intriguing legends behind the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilisations in the Yucatan Peninsula and Mexico's highlands, often compared to that of ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, China and India. Then you will be dropped in Cancun to enjoy a 4 or 8 night beach stay at your leisure.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 - Mexico City: Airport Arrival Greeting and Transfer to Hotel Upon arrival to what once was the capital of the powerful Aztec Empire and after checking in at your hotel you will be wowed by the bustling vibrancy that the colourful Mexico City boasts. Your first overnight stay will be at a centric 4* hotel in Mexico City.

Day 2 - Mexico City: After enjoying an included breakfast at your hotel, you will be boarding a Mexico City guided tour that will take you to visit the city's major attractions. We start where it all began, at the Zocalo which is Mexico City's main central square. You will see the National Palace with an extended series of mural paintings that show a graphic evolution of the history of the country and which were painted by famed muralist artist Diego Rivera. To get a feeling of the city you will drive along the Paseo de la Reforma Avenue which was inspired by the "Champs Elisee" of Paris until you reach and visit the National Anthropology Museum, the largest in its type in the world. After a day full of excitement and cultural and historical sightseeing you will transferred back to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 3 - Mexico City - Guadalupe Shrine, Teotihuacan: After breakfast you will take a guided excursion to the outstanding Teotihuacan Pyramids, starting with a visit to the Virgin of Guadalupe Shrine. This church is a place of pilgrimage for millions of Mexicans and followers from all over the world. The day will then dedicate a visit to the ancient archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, north of Mexico City. This was the Toltec-Aztec ceremonial centre of Teotihuacan, an archaeological site with buildings bigger and as impressive or more, as the Egyptian pyramids. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 - Merida: Historic District, Museum and City Tour: After breakfast in Mexico City, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Merida. In the afternoon you will tour this impressive place, one of the biggest cities in Mayan territory. The city has a colonial charm with its palaces, narrow streets and romantic horse-drawn carriages. The city is full of Spanish and French influences. Merida's Cathedral has one of the biggest interior statues of Christ in the world. The city was founded on January 6, 1542 on the indigenous trace of Ichcaanziho's City, called also T'ho. Overnight in Merida.

Day 5 - Merida: Kabah and Uxmal: After breakfast, depart to Kabah which is known as the second largest religious centre in the Puuc Route area. Kabah flourished around the year 800 AD. Kabah is connected with Uxmal by a sacbe (Mayan Route) which begins right in the arch, a kind of main door to the city. Kabah has Classic style architecture and its main attractions are the Palace of the Masks with over 300 representations, mainly dedicated to Chaac, God of Rain and the "Piramide de los Mascarones" also including masks and stalls. We then continue to Uxmal which means "Three times constructed"; the architecture of Uxmal is among the most majestic in Yucatan. Its beauty is characterised by low and horizontal palaces placed around patios and quadrants richly decorated with detailed sculptures.

Lunch is included in Uxmal. Continue back to Merida. Overnight in Merida.

Day 6 - Merida: Celestun Biosphere Reserve: On the sixth day you will continue to Celestun, home of pink flamingo colonies and considered an ecotourism paradise with freshwater springs and beaches that are part of a Biosphere Reserve officially declared a fauna shelter. Celestun is also a typical fisherman's village. Among Celestun's main attractions we will visit by boat tour, the quiet Flamingoes Lagoon, known as "The Drum". After the tour you can enjoy lunch in one of the selected seafood restaurants along the beach. Return to Merida and overnight at hotel.

Day 7 - Merida: Chichen Itza: On the seventh day, we will transit just over 2 hours to Chichen Itza, the Mayan Post Classic Sacred City, which represents the most intact and impressive of the ruins of the Mayan Civilization that the modern world still preserves. Chichen Itza has a huge "Cenote", a big pond nourished by underground rivers which supplied clean water to the complex. Chichen Itza has maybe the most impressive pyramid of all the Mayan world. You will see an astrological observatory with a design similar to others built in the Modern Age. There are many more buildings such as The Temple of the Warriors, part of the "Thousand Columns Complex", the Temple of the Jaguars and the Ball Court. Chichen Itza was voted one of the Modern Seven Wonders of the World in 2009. After a visit of almost 2 hours, you will have lunch and we will then transit to Cancun. Drop off at the hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya. The tour ends on this day, and the remainder of your stay will be at All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark at your leisure to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.

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 Day 8 to 12

All Ritmo Cancun Resort and Waterpark

4 stars
  • Standard
  • All Inclusive
  • Set on the north side of Cancun by Puerto Juarez
  • waterpark adventures for all the family
  • mexican, European and American flavours blend in delicious cuisine

All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark invites you to enjoy days of complete amusement. With new fantastic features such as a water park and a mini golf course, this incredible, enhanced family resort is a synonym with a fun-packed and relaxing experience. When traveling with your kids, friends or with your partner, it provides exciting activities for children and fun events for adults so that every one can have the time of their lives.

With true Mexican hospitality, All Ritmo Cancun Resort offers spacious and bright rooms that, in two categories –Superior and Junior Suite- feature contemporary décor and a balcony or terrace for a lovely ocean or garden view. Throughout the day complimentary drinks, sumptuous snacks or meals can be enjoyed in the themed restaurants and bars.

Besides the newest water park of Cancun, All Ritmo Cancun Resort boasts more than 1000 feet of powdery, white-sand beachfront, large pools with jacuzzis, children’s swimming areas and lounges. As the sun sets, the expansive deck bursts with activities for you to socialize, sip cocktails, listen to music and admire the magnificent backdrop of Cancun’s largest marina.

Enjoy an oasis of family fun on your Cancun vacation, only at All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark.

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