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El Castillo, Chichén Itzá

Highlights of Mexico: Mexico City, Mérida & Isla Holbox

11 days from CAD6,350pp

El Castillo, Chichén Itzá
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Tour highlights

  • Take a private tour of vibrant Mexico City and Teotihuacán.

  • Visit the colonial city of Mérida.

  • Explore mystical Chichén Itzá as well as more secluded Maya sites.

  • Relax on the beaches of laid-back Isla Holbox.

Price includes:

  • Domestic flights in destination
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Arriving in Mexico City, you're met by your chauffeur-guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. Due to traffic, it can take up to two hours to reach your hotel. Depending on when your flight arrives, you may wish to relax in your hotel or retire for the night. If not, you could stroll around the area near your hotel — you're only a couple of blocks from the Zócalo, the city's main square.

  • Your chauffeur-guide will meet you at your hotel to take you on a tour of Mexico City's historic hub. Starting with the Zócalo, your guide will identify the grand colonial buildings surrounding the square and help you unpeel the layers of history as you explore the Templo Mayor, the Aztec ruin still standing in the plaza. You'll then visit Diego Rivera's murals in the Palacio Nacional and see the highlights of the Anthropological Museum.

  • This morning you will have an early start, however, this will be rewarded with a real once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the Teotihuacán pyramids, commonly known as the City of Gods, from the sky. Traveling by hot air balloon is the best way to appreciate the impressive scale and grandeur of the ancient site. You will also have a chance to walk around the Teotihuacán pyramids on foot after. You will then enjoy a city tour around the historic center of Mexico City.

  • Today, take a private transfer to the airport with your chauffeur-guide for your internal flight to the colonial city of Mérida. The flight lasts roughly two hours. On arrival, you're collected by a chauffeur-guide and taken to your accommodation by private transfer. You have the rest of the day to relax and stroll around this charming colonial city. Head to the main squares in the evening, where locals often perform traditional Yucatecan dances.

  • Today, take a shared (small group) guided tour of two ancient Mayan sites buried deep in the jungle. At Uxmal, an hour's drive from Mérida, your guide points out the architecture unique to this site, such as the carved cisterns paying homage to the rain god Chaac. Ascend the Magician's Pyramid for views over the whole site. In the afternoon, journey to Kabáh, a settlement once connected to Uxmal by a white stone causeway. You're dropped back in Mérida at the end of the trip.

  • At leisure.

  • This morning, take a shared transfer to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichén Itzá, where you will check in to your hotel.

  • Before the crowds arrive this morning, take a private tour of Chichén Itzá with your guide. Following this, you will have a private transfer waiting for you to take you to Chiquilá, approximately two to three hours away, where you will take the 20-minute public ferry across to Isla Holbox.

  • At leisure.

  • At leisure.

  • Transfer to Cancun Airport for your international flight.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Mexico City
Chichén Itzá
Isla Holbox

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