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Mayan pyramids, Colonial Heritage, Rainforest & Marine Reserve on the Barrier Reef
14 Night Itinerary from £5,379
Discover ancient Mayan civilisations, explore mighty pyramids and colonial history. Enjoy tropical forest with hidden ruins and fascinating wildlife, and relax on a barrier reef island.
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- Valladolid - 1 Night
- Merida - 3 Nights
- Playa del Carmen & Tulum - 4 Nights
- Belize City - 3 Nights
- Ambergris Caye - 3 Nights
- Fly back to the UK - 0 Nights
- Combine the Mayan ruins and idyllic beaches of Mexico with an island resort and marine reserve in the world's second largest barrier reef in Belize
- Discover Valladolid and Merida, the Yucatan's most impressive cities
- Explore the world famous Mayan sites of Chichen Itza, Kabah and Uxmal
- Relax on a Caribbean beach and admire the picturesque clifftop ruins of Tulum
- Enjoy a visit to a natural aquarium, cenote and a water park
- Travel to Belize and discover remote tropical forest, exotic flora and unique wildlife
- Island life with a few bars and restaurants within walking distance
- Relax, snorkel, swim, kayak, explore the beautiful island at Ambergris Caye
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Valladolid - 1 Night
Day 1 - Fly to Mexico, transfer to Valladolid
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Sunday, 25 September 2022
Fly to Mexico and transfer to Valladolid
Fly on a daytime flight to Cancun. On arrival, you will be et by our guide and transferred to the Meson Del Marques Hotel, Valladolid for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.Your guide will give you a short orientation tour to get you settled in.
Valladolid - Tourist Hotel
This cosy, family friendly Valladolid hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk to the Cathedral of San Gervasio, Cenote Zaci, and Casa de los Venados. Cacao Factory and Convent de San Bernardino de Siena are also within 15 minutes. Restored in an old Casona style dating from the early seventeenth century offering over 40 years of experience, where you find colonial elegance mixed with modern amenities.
All 90 individually decorated rooms and suites feature free WiFi and comfortable beds. Other amenities include a balcony, 24-hour room service, and cable TV.
Public facilities include a restaurant, outdoor pool, and bar/lounge, plus free WiFi in public areas.
The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.
Merida - 3 Nights
Day 2 - Travel to Merida
Day 3 - Hacienda, cenotes & Izamal
Day 4 - Oxcutzcab market, Kabah & Uxmal
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Monday, 26 September 2022
Travel to Merida
This morning explore Valladolid. Built by the Spanish conquerors in 1543, Valladolid became the colonial capital of the eastern Yucatan. The city's wealthy inhabitants were nearly wiped out during the mid 19th century War of the Castes. Today the city is every bit the colonial capital it once was and the most interesting of the many churches in the town are the Cathedral, on the main square, and the church of San Bernardino de Siena next to the fortified Convento de Sisal, constructed in 1552.
In the afternoon, transfer to Merida and check into the Casa Del Balam Hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Enjoy an evening stroll in the magnificent old centre of Merida.
Tuesday, 27 September 2022
Hacienda, cenotes and Izamal
Today enjoy a full day guided excursion visiting the beautiful cenotes of Cuzamá, agave plantations where you understand natural Sisal fibre production, and an old abandoned hacienda Chunakanán.
Enjoy a refreshing swim in a cenote, have lunch in another old Hacienda and explore the colourful town on Izamal in the afternoon, with elegant houses and an impressive monastery.
Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Oxcutzcab Market, Kabah & Uxmal
Today explore the Franciscan Convent route, with many towns affected during the times of christianisation of Yucatán peninsula. We visit a convent en route to Oxcutzcab, where we visit the lively market. Continue to Kabah archaeological site, from the Puuc period, reflected in the façades of the prehispanic temples.
Finally, we visit Uxmal where we have some free time to have lunch (not included) and visit Uxmal archaeological site with the remaining temple ruins of a Maya city kingdom.
Merida - Tourist Hotel
El Hotel Casa del Balam is one of the oldest and most distinguished hotels in Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula, but also one of the few original Mexican Art Deco houses left in the colonial city. Newly renovated, this historic mansion has been carefully outfitted with today's modern comforts and conveniences. The Casa del Balam has an advantageous location, situated only two blocks from the Main Square or Plaza Grande in the heart of the Historic Centre, near the Jose peon Contreras Theatre and the Yucatan University.
The air-conditioned rooms are elegantly decorated with colonial antiques, wrought iron accessories and marble floors.
Public facilities include a garden cafe-bar, "Las Palomas" Bistro featuring Mexican and International Cuisine and a swimming pool.
Playa del Carmen & Tulum - 4 Nights
Day 5 - Visit Chichen Itza and Playa del Carmen
Day 6 - Explore Tulum and Xel-Ha Laguna
Day 7 - Visit X-Caret Park
Day 8 - Xel-Ha natural aquarium
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Thursday, 29 September 2022
Visit Chichen Itza and Playa del Carmen
A morning visit to Chichen Itza before the crowds of tourists arrive. In the afternoon, we travel to the coast staying at Playa del Carmen for a 4-night stay at the Illusion Boutique Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
Friday, 30 September 2022
Explore Tulum and Xel-Ha Laguna
Full day excursion to the unique Mayan temple of Tulum, constructed on the rim of Yucatan's cliff coast above the turquoise waters of Caribbean, and then onto the beautiful Mayan ruins of Cobá. Two of the most iconic archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula to enjoy a day surrounded by the architecture and history of the ancient Mayan civilisation. Cobá has the highest pyramid of the Yucatan Peninsula, rising to 42 m high.
Saturday, 01 October 2022
Visit X-Caret Park
Today we visit the Natural park of X-CARET where you can swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water of the lagoon and the underground river so close to the surface that caves and light wells open to the surface to illuminate the interior. It is a unique experience. The entrance fee is included.
Sunday, 02 October 2022
Xel-Ha natural aquarium
Xel-Ha is a natural aquarium, where we enjoy a full day with many water based activities, like inner tube floating, snorkelling or observing the colourful and impressive underwater flora & fauna, corals, and many types of fish. All meals and drinks are included today.
Playa del Carmen - Tourist Boutique
Illusion Boutique Hotel is a small hotel in the centre of Playa del Carmen, between the main street "Quinta Avenida" and the beach, which is located only a 2 minute walk walk down the road. It is ideal for everyone who likes to be within walking distance of all the attractions, shops, restaurants, bars and the beach. Although, please note this also means a certain amount of activity and street noise.
The hotel is for adults over 18. There are 196 comfortable rooms and suites with private facilities, the Maison Pierre Bistro on the ground floor serving breakfast and international and French-Mexican cuisine. The roof top has "La Vista" Bar serving drinks and snacks, an outdoor plunge pool (30 square metres) and solarium with sun loungers. There is also a spa.
Rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.
Belize City - 3 Nights
Day 9 - Travel to Belize and onto Mountain Pine Ridge
Day 10 - Mayan Ruins & exploring the forest
Day 11 - Mayan Ruins deep in the forest
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Monday, 03 October 2022
Travel to Mountain Pine Ridge via Belize City
Transport to Cancun and fly to Belize City. On arrival, our guide will take you to Mountain Pine Ridge where you check into the Hidden Valley Inn for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of your hotel
Covered an area of 430 km2, the Mountain Pine Reserve is a ridge which forms the border separating the famous Cayo District from the Creek District and the Toledo District. The majority of the reserve is situated on a granite massif, with some areas of limestone in the west. Close to San Ignacio City, this broad upland area of multiple ridges and valleys was used as a ritual site for the Mayan Culture. The region also has much wildlife, including acorn woodpeckers, the rufous-capped warbler, the crossbill, and Eastern Bluebird. The reserve is full of rivers, pools, waterfalls and caves to explore.
Tuesday, 04 October 2022
Visit Mayan Ruins and explore the forest
Today we travel with our local guide into the forest like the explorers of previous generations discovering the lesser-visited Mayan ruins at Lamanai. We also take a boat trip to spot the wildlife and birds that make this remote area their home.
Wednesday, 05 October 2022
Mayan Ruins deep in the forest
A further day of adventure in the forest discovering the incredible feats of the Mayan people and the wonderful natural history that abounds.
Mountain Pine Ridge - Tourist Hotel
Located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Hidden Valley Inn is a private nature reserve set on 7,200 acres of wilderness in the Maya Mountains of Belize. An area of awesome beauty and diverse landscape, the reserve is home to many of Belize’s native cats, rare raptors and wildlife. The reserve includes miles of trails, crystal clear creeks, majestic waterfalls, verdant ravines and breathtaking vistas. Over 81 species of wild orchids thrive here, clinging to the walls of rocks and fern that line aqua-blue jungle pools. Hidden Valley Inn is a sanctuary and paradise for the wild, and an exclusive experience for guests.
Hidden Valley Inn’s luxury cottages have a ceiling fan and a seating area with a fireplace. Decorated with mahogany furniture and natural slate, they offer wonderful jungle views.
Public facilities include an outdoor pool, hot tub and yoga school. Bicycles can be hired from reception. The Inn can arrange walking, canoeing or horse riding trips with Mayan guides. The central lodge has a lounge, bar and restaurant, where you can enjoy regional food made with fresh local products.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Ambergris Caye - 3 Nights
Day 12 - Travel to Ambergris Caye
Day 13 - At leisure on the beach
Day 14 - At leisure
- Full Description
Thursday, 06 October 2022
Travel to Ambergris Caye
We leave Mountain Pine Ridge and travel back to Belize City for your flight to Ambergris Caye, where you will be met and transferred to the superb Victoria House Hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Located on its own private beach, this is a chance to relax and enjoy this sun drenched tropical island.
Friday, 07 October 2022
At leisure on the beach
Simply relax on the golden sandy beach and enjoy the fine facilities at your hotel. Or take an optional excursion to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, fishing, snorkelling or a helicopter flight to observe the incredible blue hole.
Saturday, 08 October 2022
At leisure. Enjoy cafes, restaurants and good last minute shopping at nearby San Pedro.
Ambergris Caye - First Hotel
Victoria House Resort & Spa is a place of casual elegance situated on the idyllic azure shores of Belize's magnificent barrier reef.
The resort has a beautiful swimming pool, restaurant, lounge, bar, delightful gardens and a spa. The little village of San Pedro is walking distance away and an alternative choice of restaurants, bars and shops.
Accommodation is in air-conditioned plantation style hotel rooms, thatch-roofed cabanas with ceiling fans and three private villas, all with private facilities.
The ambiance is one of relaxation and privacy but there are a number of activities to also take up including snorkelling, yoga, scuba diving, sea kayaking and a number of tours and excursions.
The rates are on a room only basis.
Fly back to the UK - 0 Nights
Day 15 - Fly back to the UK
Day 16 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Sunday, 09 October 2022
Fly back to the UK
Early morning flight to Cancun, via Belize City. At Cancun, take an evening overnight flight back to the UK.
Monday, 10 October 2022
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
|Travel Dates||Year round|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£5,379|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£8,367|
Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.
- 16 Days / 14 Nights
- International flights (1 overnight)
- Flights from Cancun to Belize City and vv
- Internal flights
- Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
- 14 breakfasts and 1 lunch
- Transfers to and from airports
- Transport throughout the itinerary
- Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
- Prices are per person
- Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
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