Treasures of the Yucatan with Beach Stay

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The Treasures of the Yucatan with Beach Stay gives you the opportunity to explore the Yucatan Peninsula and then rest and relax on the crystalline shores of the Riviera Maya.

This Treasures of the Yucatan plus Beach Stay trip is a longer version of the traditional Treasures of The Yucatan, giving you time to rest and relax after days of discovering.

This 10 day adventure will take you from the white sands and crystalline water of the Riviera Maya through the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula and into the incredible and mysterious world of the ancient Maya. It ends in 2 luxurious days of resting on the beaches of the Riviera Maya

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HIGHLIGHTS

Ek Balam – This Mayan archeological site has recently been excavated and is ripe for exploration

Valladolid – Stroll the streets of this enchanting colonial town

Merida – Immerse yourself in this beautiful Mayan city

Celestun – Float the lagoon and the canals of this Eco-Reserve

Campeche – See the sites, hear the sounds, and taste the cusine in this masterfully restored colonial town

Edzna – Behold the incredible sights of Great Acropolis and five-story Pyramid

Uxmal – Learn about ancient Mayan culture at this unforgettable ceremonial complex

Sotuta de Peon – Travel back in time to the era of grand colonial haciendas

Izamal – Explore the “Yellow City” and visit its prominent monastery

Chichen Itza – See one of the world’s most impressive pyramids

Coba – See one of the highest Mayan pyramids

Day 1: Arrival in Cancun

Bienvenido a México! Your journey begins with a warm welcome at the airport. Take a private transfer to your hotel and get settled in.

Day 2: Cancun, Ek Balam, Valladolid, Merida

After breakfast,  head inland for an expertly guided tour of the beautiful Mayan archeological site of Ek Balam. Next, you’re off to Valladolid, the first capital city of the Yucatan, for lunch and a stroll around the center square. After a city tour, it’s on to Merida, “The White City,” where you’ll have free time to explore the city.

Day 3: Merida

After breakfast,  head out with our city guide to explore the historic city of Merida. First, travel the Paseo de Montejo, lined with Colonial mansions and modeled after the Champs Elysees in Paris. Stop at the Central Plaza to view the beautiful Cathedral, the ornate Casa Montejo, and the renowned murals of the Palacio Nacional. You will also view the incredible collection of Mayan artifacts at the Anthropology Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll have more time to explore the city on your own.

Day 4: Merida, Celestun, Campeche

Today you travel to the Biosphere Reserve of Celestun, one of the regions most protected areas as well as a UNESCO site. Here, our guides will help navigate the serene waters of this massive wetland site to view one of the world’s most important Pink Flamingo colonies. Lunch is in the shade of a charming thatched-roof beach restaurant, and then head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Campeche. In this fortified city, visit the Bulwarks, the Puerta Tierra stone fortress, and the colorful and historic city center.

Day 5: Campeche, Edzna, Uxmal

After breakfast, start the day with an expertly guided tour of the Mayan archeological site of Edzna, with its breathtaking temples and ceremonial sites. Traveling along the Puuc Route,where you are awaited by a tasty traditional lunch – marinated pork and chicken wrapped in banana leafs and slowly cooked underground. After lunch,  head to the legendary Mayan temples of Uxmal, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This classic Maya site is a highlight of the Yucatan and dates back to the 10th century AD. It is considered to be one of the most complex and impressive expressions of Puuc architecture. Our expert tour guide will illuminate the Mayan mysteries of the region as you learn about its engineering, architecture, and society. Today ends at your hotel t at the hacienda, where you can relax, cool off in the pool and after dinner, have a Tequila tasting to learn about Mexico’s national drink.

Day 6: Uxmal, Sotuta De Peon, Izamal, and Chichen Itza

The day begins at the living-museum of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon. Here, you’ll learn about haciendas, which functioned like the plantations in the southern US, and about Henequen (sisal fiber), which was the source of the Yucatan’s wealth during the Colonial Era. Tour the processing plant, which is still in action, visit the beautiful main house, and take a mule-drawn rail cart tour of the fields, ending at a refreshing cenote (natural pool of water that leads to an underground river). Enjoy a traditional lunch at the hacienda and then we’re off to the city of Izamal to visit the magical Franciscan monastery. You can have time to stop at a local hammock workshop to watch artisans art work and to learn about this ancient Mayan product. After, head to our hotel nestled beside Chicen Itza, the most famous Mayan Archaeological icon and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7: Chichen Itza & Coba

After an early breakfast, you will utilize a private entrance into Chichen Itza, one of the the New Seven Wonders of the World, to explore the site with our expert guide. The journey continues to Coba, where we’ll have lunch on the shores of a beautiful lake. After lunch, visit the towering temples of Coba, some of the tallest in Mexico. This unique site has barely been restored and while only a few structures have been uncovered, it’s estimated that some 6,500 still remain to be exposed.

Day 8: Riviera Maya Free Time

Today is a day of leisure. Relax, swim in the pool or the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, and take advantage of the complementary activities offered by the resort.
Optional day trips to Tulum, a Mayan archeological site perched picturesquely on a cliff overlooking the sea, to the mangroves of Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Biosphere, or stroll down Playa Del Carmen’s walkway, lined with shops, bars, and restaurants.

Day 9: Riviera Maya Free Time

Today is a day of leisure. Relax, swim in the pool or the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, and take advantage of the complementary activities offered by the resort.
Optional day trips to Tulum, a Mayan archeological site perched picturesquely on a cliff overlooking the sea, to the mangroves of Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Biosphere, or stroll down Playa Del Carmen’s walkway, lined with shops, bars, and restaurants.

Day 10: Departure from Cancun

Dates

Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.

Prices

Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

Please note, our pricing guideline is a starting from price and is not necessarily applicable to the suggested hotels contained within the suggested itineraries on this web site. Itineraries are customized prior to final pricing.