Magical Summer in the Yucatan Peninsula with Nizuc

Visit ancient Maya cities and go on incredible adventures

Experience: 

Days: 8

OVERVIEWITINERARY DETAILDATES AND PRICES

Experience an ultra-luxurious summer in the Yucatan Peninsula with Journey Mexico and Nizuc Resort & Spa.

This eight-day sample itinerary has been designed for those who seek to experience everything the Yucatan Peninsula has to offer: its rich historical heritage, from the ancient Maya past to the colonial era; its natural wonders, including lush jungles and stunning beaches; and a rejuvenation sanctuary, with unique spa treatments and wellness retreats. Staying at Nizuc Resort & Spa is the perfect way to enjoy all of this.

Explore ancient, mysterious Maya cities like Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, and Kabah; walk the charming streets of Merida; and swim alongside whale sharks. Enjoy a stay at the world-class Nizuc Resort & Spa, with its six culinary offerings, an indulgent beauty and wellness program, and much more. Be inspired and design a dream holiday with Journey Mexico and Nizuc.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Stay at Nizuc Resort & Spa – Enjoy Nizuc’s six world-class culinary offerings, let the little ones have a fabulous time at Winik’s Kids´ Club, and escape from it all at Nizuc’s Spa by ESPA.

Whale sharks – Traverse the Caribbean Sea near Isla Mujeres to swim with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the ocean.

Chichen Itza – Enjoy a private tour around Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Uxmal – This archeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering some of the most impressive architecture in the Maya world.

Merida – Discover the lively capital of Yucatan state, a charming colonial city filled with markets, squares, and a bustling commercial center.

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Day 1: Arrival to Mérida

After arriving at Merida International Airport, enjoy a private transfer to a luxurious hotel for the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Chablé Resort

 

Day 2: Guided excursion to Dzibilchaltún and Mérida City Tour

In the company of an expert guide, explore the Maya archeological site of Dzibilchaltún, a site partially engulfed by nature that gives visitors a unique perspective of how the Maya built their pyramids. There, learn about the Temple of the Seven Dolls and the theories explaining why physically deformed dolls were buried there.

After, head to the historic city center of Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state. Learn about Mérida’s history and contemporary importance, exploring the main square, the cathedral, and the Monument to the Homeland, before heading down El Paseo de Montejo, with its grand, colonial buildings.

Upon completion, head back to the hotel for the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Chablé Resort

 

Day 3: Private day tour of Uxmal & Kabah, lunch at Hacienda San Pedro Ochil

Enjoy a private transfer to Uxmal, an important ancient Maya city. Entering the site, come upon one of the most iconic structures at Uxmal, the round-edged Pyramid of the Magician, and learn about its fascinating origin myth. Towards the end of the visit, take the chance to climb one of Uxmal’s impressive pyramids. At the top, find intricate carvings and an impressive vista over the ancient city that peeks out through the trees.

Next, head to Kabah, thought to mean ‘strong hand’ in ancient Maya. This small archeological site set deep in the jungle is roughly 200 square meters. A guide will lead an exploration of the palaces, temples, and other residential structures at the site.

At the end of the visit, enjoy a traditional Yucatecan lunch (meal cost not included) at the nearby Hacienda San Pedro Ochil before being driven back to the hotel.

Overnight: Chablé Resort

 

Day 4: Private tour of Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, transfer to Chichen Itza

Set among vast acres of gardens and agave plantations, Hacienda Sotuta de Peón dates to 1858. A private guide will take guests on a journey through the history of Mérida’s haciendas and the production of henequen, a strong fiber derived from the agave plant, known at the time as green gold since it was so lucrative.

Walk around the rooms of the hacienda, admiring its Italian-tiled floors and imported period furniture. Walk through various stages of history and see how henequen was produced through arduous manual work before the industrial revolution in Europe, when machines were imported to Mexico, making the work much easier. Also learn about the dark history of the haciendas and their entanglements with slavery.

After, enjoy a private ride on a mule-drawn ‘truck’ and journey through the acres of agave plantation towards a cenote (ancient sinkhole) that sits within the hacienda grounds. Swim in the easily accessible cenote, which is 20-meters deep and has lights underwater.

Afterward, enjoy lunch at the hacienda’s restaurant (meal not included) before heading towards Chichen Itza. Settle into a charming hotel for the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: The Lodge at Chichen Itza

 

Day 5: Private tour to Chichen Itza and cenote swim, drop-off in Cancun

Visit Chichen Itza, Mexico’s best-known archeological site, on a full-day experience. Traverse the site, visiting the Temple of the Warriors, the ball court, and the sacred cenote, learning all about Maya cosmology and religion from an expert guide.

Also see El Castillo (also known as the Temple of Kukulkan), Chichen Itza’s world-famous stepped pyramid. Learn about the ingenious architecture that results in the figure of a snake descending and ascending its steps during the equinox.

After time to swim and relax in a Maya cenote, head east to the Riviera Maya. Upon arrival, settle into lovely Nizuc Resort & Spa and enjoy a tranquil evening relaxing in the Mexican Caribbean.

Suggested dinner experience at Ramona.
A contemporary interpretation of traditional Mexican cuisine served in a spectacular setting, overlooking the beach. Ramona explores Mexico’s varied culinary traditions and stimulates taste buds with local produce and spices. The result is a modern version of authentic regional cuisine. (Cost not included and needs to be booked directly with the resort)

Overnight: Nizuc Resort & Spa

 

Day 6: Private whale shark expedition

Enjoy an unforgettable day, swimming with the majestic whale shark, the largest fish in the world. In this private trip, snorkel alongside these gentle creatures for two hours, taking in their size and beauty.

Early in the morning, participants will be met at the hotel (time confirmed the evening before) and will head to the marina. A one-hour boat ride arrives at the natural migration route of the whale shark.

Swim alongside the whale sharks that pass by this area yearly between June and September. Despite their size, whale sharks are totally harmless to humans, consuming only large quantities of plankton.

Overnight: Nizuc Resort & Spa

 

Day 7: Day at leisure in Nizuc

This day is open to enjoy at leisure. Relax in the beautiful surroundings and take advantage of the many amenities and activities available at the hotel, such as a sea-side yoga class or a spa treatment. Explore the beautiful beach, paddling along the coast, or just spend the day sipping and splashing near the pool bar.

Our suggestion for this afternoon is to enjoy a Sushi Making Class and master the art of rolling superb sushi. And later, enjoy live Cuban jazz and let the rhythm and soul set the mood for the evening.

Overnight: Nizuc Resort & Spa

 

Day 8: Departure day

Enjoy a private transfer from Nizuc Resort & Spa to Cancun International Airport for return flights home.

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.