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.
These 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
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.
Overnight: Nizuc Hotel
Day 2: Private Transfer from Cancun to Merida Via Ek Balam & Valladolid.
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.
Overnight: Hacienda Xcanatun
Day 3: Private Tour of Celestun Biosphere Reserve & Merida City
Today, you will be picked up for a private tour of wonderful wildlife sanctuary, Celestun Biosphere Reserve. This is an enticing spot for all naturalists as there are more than 200 species of birds and it is home to one of the largest migratory flamingo populations in the world. Enjoy a boat ride through the river admiring wonders of nature, beautiful flamingo colonies, and fresh water springs.
Following Celestun explore Merida’s historic city centre. You will start in the main square of the city (Zócalo), visiting all four corners, exploring the oldest Cathedral in the Americas, the Government House with paintings by Fernando Castro and the Municipal Palace. You will then return to the car and head down Paseo de Montejo, the main thoroughfare into the city, modeled on the Champs-Elysees and lined with trees and large colonial houses, once the city homes of rich Hacienda owners.
Overnight: Hacienda Xcanatun
Day 4: Transfer to Campeche City visit Becal en route for lunch
Your private guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel for a private transfer to Campeche City. On the way, we will stop at the important village of Becal – famous for producing some of the world best “Panama” Hats! You will be able to enjoy seeing how these hats are made and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (meals not included).
After your visit in Becal, you will be driven another 1:30 hrs to reach your lovely hacienda hotel in Campeche.
Overnight: Hacienda Puerta Campeche
Day 5: Privately Guided Excurison to Edzna & Uxmal Archaeological Sites
After breakfast, start the day with an expertly guided tour of the Mayan archeological site of Edzna, with its breathtaking temples and ceremonial sites. Your will travel along the Puuc Route, where you may enjoy a tasty traditional lunch in a local restaurant and tary typical meal such as the famous Cochinita pibil (marinated pork and chicken wrapped in banana leafs and slowly cooked underground- meals not included). 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 charming hacienda, where you can relax, cool off in the pool and after dinner, have a Tequila tasting to learn about Mexico’s national drink.
Overnight: Hacienda Temozon
Day 6: Private Transfer to Chichen Itza visiting Hacienda Sotuta De Peon & Izamal en Route
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.
Overnight: Lodge at Chichen
Day 7: Privately Guided Excursion to Chichen Itza Archaeological Site & 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 you will visit the towering temples, 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.
Overnight: Lodge at Chichen
Day 8 – 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.
Overnight: Maria Del Mar Tulum
Day 10: Departure from Cancun
Private transfer from your hotel in Tulum to Cancun Airport
Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.
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.
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