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Small Group Mexico Tour

  • Mexico Tour Small Group

This 7 Day Mexico Tour is a small group, escorted tour, starting and finishing in Cancun / Riviera Maya and performing a loop of the Yucatan Peninsula. It includes the Mayan sites of Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, Uxmal & Palenque, the colonial towns of Valladolid, Izamal, Merida & Campeche as well as natural highlights such as Celestun & Laguna Bacalar. Scroll down for departure dates and prices.

  • Day 1 — Ek Balam & Valladolid

    Clients will be collected from their hotel in or near Cancun before heading inland at the start of this 6 night / 7 day tour of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

    First up is a visit to the Mayan ruins at Ek Balam, notable for its massive Acropolis which measures 160 metres in length, as well as its amazing stucco skulls.

    Next up is the charming colonial town of Valladolid where you will enjoy a relaxing tour of the town including visits to the Templo de San Bernardino & Convento del Sisal, constructed in 1552 as a fortress and church, as well as to Zaci cenote.

    From Valladolid, it is a short drive to Chichen Itza and your overnight.

    Accommodation will be at Hotel Villas Arqueologicas or similar.


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  • Day 2 — Chichen Itza, Izamal & Merida

    Perhaps the single most famous attraction in the Yucatan Peninsula, the incredible Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza are the most comprehensively excavated Mayan city anywhere in the region, famous for the Kukulkan pyramid, Temple of the Warriors, Ball Court & Observatory amongst others.

    After a morning spent exploring the ruins with you guide, you will continue to another of Mexico’s ‘Pueblo Magico’ (magical towns), Izamal, for a brief tour before ending your day in the city of Merida, capital of Yucatan state and renowned for its handsome colonial beautiful buildings, shady parks and wide array of museums, galleries, shops, bars and restaurants.

    Accommodation will be at Maison del Embajado, Hotel Real Toledo or similar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
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  • Day 3 — Merida, Celestun, Uxmal & Campeche

    Your morning begins with a city tour of Merida, beginning in the Zocalo (main plaza) and taking in the city’s San Ildefonso cathedral, Governor’s Palace and the former residence of the city’s founder, Francisco de Montejo.

    Having explored the colonial delights of Merida, you will then head west out of the city for the approximate 1 hour drive to Celestun on the Gulf Coast. Principally famous for its large population of flamingos, Celestun is a UNESCO protected biosphere that is home to a huge variety of birdlife.

    After a boat trip through the mangrove at Celestun, you will head back inland to what is often described as the most beautiful Mayan site in the Yucatan Peninsula, Uxmal.

    Having visited both Uxmal and nearby Kabah, you will then continue south into Campeche state, ending the day at the capital of the same name.

    Accommodation will be at Hotel Castelmar, Francis Drake or similar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
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    • Celestun Tour
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    • Uxmal Tour
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  • Day 4 — Campeche

    After breakfast there will be a morning tour of Campeche city, a beautiful, UNESCO World Heritage city, once entirely surrounded by thick walls to protect it from attack by pirates.

    You will visit what is left of these once mighty walls, including the Maya museum in Baluarte San Miguel, as well as taking in the countless, beautifully renovated colonial buildings and plazas, such as the main Plaza de la Indepedencia,  that cover almost the entire historic centre of the city.

    Having checked out of your hotel, you will then continue south through the lowlands of Tabasco State to Palenque.

    Accommodation will be at Hotel Plaza Palenque or similar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
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  • Day 5 — Palenque

    Chichen Itza is probably the best-known Mayan site, the architecture at Uxmal the most beautiful, but many visitors to Mexico rate Palenque as their favourite Mayan city.

    An early start will to the ruins, which are surrounded by lush forest and with sweeping views, will include visits to all the main highlights including the Temple of Inscriptions, the Temple of the Cross and the main Palace with its Observatory tower as well as the small museum, accessed by walking down along a picturesque jungle path.

    Having explored the ruins, you will continue by road to either Agua Azul or Misol Ha waterfalls before returning to your hotel in Palenque.

    Accommodation will be at Hotel Plaza Palenque or similar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
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  • Day 6 — To Chicanna

    Departing Palenque, and returning to the Yucatan Peninsula, you will head along the main road linking the west coast to the east coast until you reach your accommodation for the evening.

    Having checked in at the hotel, there will be a visit (pretty much across the road) to the small, seldom visited Mayan site at Chicanna.

    The remainder of the day is free for you to relax by the hotel pool or within its spacious gardens.

    Suggested Accommodation: Chicanna Eco Village Meals Included: Breakfast
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  • Day 7 — Chetumal, Laguna Bacalar & Tulum

    After an early breakfast, you will continue heading east, with your first stop of the day being another small, seldom visited Mayan site, this time the beautiful ruins of Kohunlich.

    Departing Kohunlich, you will soon turn off the east – west highway and begin the journey back north through Quintana Roo along the coastal highway that links Chetumal in the south with Cancun in the north.

    While famous for its beautiful beaches, the southern half of Quintana Roo is also home to beautiful Laguna Bacalar where, in addition to visiting Fuerte San Felipe, the colonial-era fort that once guarded the lagoon, there will be an opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim in the deep blue Azul cenote.

    Continuing north, your final visit to a Mayan site, Tulum, is undoubtedly most memorable for its spectacular location overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

    Your brief Mexico tour now comes to an end with clients being dropped off at the beach hotel of their choice. For those clients looking to return home, the tour ends too late to catch a same day flight so accommodation will be arranged for a final night in easy reach of Cancun airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
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    • Tulum Tour
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Please Note

6 Night / 7 Day Small Group Mexico Tour - Dates & Prices for 2024

Departures are on select Saturdays as per below. Please note that as the tour commences on a Saturday morning, it is not possible to fly in the same day. The vast majority of flights from the UK and Europe arrive into Cancun from late afternoon onwards.

13/07/24 - 10/08/24 - 12/10/24 - 09/11/24

For all dates the price is £1500 per person.

The quoted price is per person based on two adults sharing the same room throughout. Single supplement £300.

The quoted prices do not include international flights which we are happy to arrange as part of an ATOL protected package. We offer direct flights to Cancun with British Airways from Gatwick, with TUI from various UK airports to Cancun as well as numerous indirect flight options via Europe, the US and Mexico City (stopovers in Mexico City are permitted).

Mexico Tour Inclusions
- 6 nights in a comfortable, mid-range hotel. All rooms are ensuite.
- Daily American breakfast or breakfast buffet
- Tips for porters / chambermaids
- English speaking tour guide
- Transportation in air-conditioned car or minibus
- All entrance fees as per program
- Boat trip Celestun

- All extras in the hotels
- All meals not mentioned
- Tips for tour guide and driver

- Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 clients and a maximum group size of 12.

Beach Extensions

Beach Extensions

At the end of this comprehensive 7 day Mexico tour of the Yucatan Peninsula, which starts and ends on the east coast, clients can extend their stay with a relaxing beach break, choosing from a wide variety of different beach hotels and, subject to airline schedules, for as many days as clients wish.

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