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The Ambos Mundos Tour

12 Night Itinerary from £ 2,980 2,527 $ 3,172

Landmark Mulit-country Tour

A wonderful contrast exploring both Cuba and the impressive Mayan pyramids of the Yucatan, both sharing an elegant Spanish colonial heritage

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The proud traditions of Cuba contrast with impressive Mayan pyramids of the Yucatan

A wonderful contrast exploring both Cuba and the impressive Mayan pyramids of the Yucatan, both sharing an elegant Spanish colonial heritage

Travel Highlights

  • Combine Cuba's revolutionary society with the Mayan heritage of Mexico's Yucatán
  • Enjoy a tour of Havana with a local expert and time at leisure to soak in the city
  • Venture out to see the tobacco plantations and rock formations of rural Vinales
  • Stay in the colonial city of Merida and visit the impressive Uxmal Mayan ruins
  • Explore the world-famous Chichen Itza, staying nearby to avoid the biggest crowds
  • Finish on the idyllic Caribbean beaches of Playa del Carmen

Journey Breakdown

The Ambos Mundos Tour
Travel Itinerary

Havana Days 1 - 5

Day 1 - Fly to Havana

Day 2 - Guided tour of Havana 

Day 3 - At leisure in Havana 

Day 4 - Vinales

Day 5 - At leisure in Havana 

Itinerary Description

Day 1 - Fly to Havana

Take a daytime flight to Havana, arriving in the evening. You will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in Old Havana for 5 nights. You will receive an introduction to your surroundings. 

Day 2 - Guided tour of Havana 

Enjoy a full day guided tour of Havana today in the company of your Veloso tour guide. Our tour includes a walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the most beautiful palaces of Spanish baroque architectural style. Visit Revolution Square, followed by the Memorial to José Martí and the museum of the Revolution, ending on the seafront at the Malecón. (B)

Day 3 - Havana at leisure 

You are free to explore this fascinating city. We can offer a wide range of optional excursions (bookable locally) from your guide. (B)

Day 4 - Vinales

Today we head out of Havana on a full day tour to the countryside towards Vinales, an area of gigantic rock formations rising out of the flat, green landscape. Visit the small provincial town with its colonial architecture and also learn about the tobacco process. Visit the beautiful gardens before returning to Havana in the late afternoon. (B,L)

Day 5 - At leisure in Havana 

A full day at leisure in Havana to explore and discover the wealth of the local life, music, history, and why not visit the famous Casa de la Musica for a great night of salsa music? (B)

Florida

Havana - Tourist Hotel

Ideally located for those who wish to explore and be close to the city's cultural life, hotel Florida has a Spanish-styled inner courtyard and a piano bar, where Cuban music and jazz are performed live every night. Rooms recall the colonial era, all with private facilities and amenities.

Santa Isabel

Havana - First Hotel

The Santa Isabel is located in the very heart of Old Havana facing the charming Plaza de Armas (a cobbled square flanked by colonial-era buldings, museums & restaurants). The colonial grandeur of the façade where crystal chandeliers, period furnishings & the Spanish-styled courtyard take one back in time. The hotel has twenty-seven rooms all decorated in a functional style and with a small terrace.

Saratoga

Havana - Deluxe Hotel

The hotel Saratoga has been famous since the 1930s as a favourite haunt of artists and socialites. An elegant building with a predominance of the neoclassical architecture, it has been rebuilt behind its original facçade in order to blend style with luxury. The hotel is located in one of the busiest streets of the Cuban capital, with a great view of the Capitol building, the Parque de Fraternidad and the Partagas Cigar factory. The 96 rooms reflect the elegant proportions with french windows and noise reducing glass. It also has a rooftop pool with a magnificent view of the city.

Merida and Uxmal Days 6 - 7

Day 6 - Fly to Merida, Yucatan

Day 7 - Full day tour of Uxmal

Itinerary Description

Day 6 - Fly to Merida, Yucatan

Transfer to the airport and fly to Mérida, the capital city of the Yucatán in southern Mexico. We stay for two nights at the Hotel Casa del Balam by the main square. The rest of the day is at leisure in this delightful colonial city. (B)

Day 7 - Full day tour of Uxmal

Today enjoy a full day tour to the Mayan archaeological site of Uxmal, one of the most important Mayan sites due to it being the capital of the ancient Mayan Puuc regional state. We explore the site with our local guide including the impressive and well-restored Governor's Palace. (B)

Chichen Itza Days 8 - 9

Day 8 - Chichen Itza

Day 9 - Chichén Itzá

Itinerary Description

Day 8 - Chichen Itza

This morning we drive to Chichén Itzá and check into our hotel in nearby Mayaland where we stay for 1-night. In the afternoon, our local guide will show you this great archaeological site with numerous ruins and pyramids spread over a large area.

Chichen Itza is the most visited of all the Mayan sites, and is probably the best kept. The principal architects were actually the Toltecs, who arrived in the Yucatan in the late 10th century and so many of the important buildings bear little evidence of classical Mayan refinements. The buildings were built on an impressive scale and the area has been well manicured for the ease of its visitors.

Twice a year, a startling phenomena occurs, which demonstrates both the startling ingenuity of the Mayan people and the importance of astronomical forces and the lunar calendar in their society. El Castillo is a huge pyramid in the centre of the archaeological site and the most photographed structure here. At sunset on each Spring and Autumn equinox, its perfectly designed steps cast shadowy triangles onto the side of the staircase, joining together to create the astonishing illusion of a huge snake (a sacred Maya animal) slithering downwards, until it connects with the large stone serpent head statue at the bottom. (B)

Day 9 - Chichén Itzá

This morning is free for you to return to Chichen Itza to explore before the crowds of tourists arrive. At lunch, transfer to Playa del Carmen for 4 nights. (B)

Playa del Carmen Days 10 - 14

Days 10-12 - At leisure in Playa del Carmen

Day 13 - Departure

Day 14 - Arrive in the UK

Itinerary Description

Days 10-12 - At leisure in Playa del Carmen

At leisure in Playa del Carmen staying at your chosen hotel or resort. Here are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, coupled with a very friendly and laid-back atmosphere. (B)

Day 13 - Departure

Afternoon transfer to Cancún Airport for the return overnight flight home. (B)

Day 14 - Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Illusion Boutique

Playa del Carmen - Tourist Boutique

Illusion is a small hotel in the centre of Playa del Carmen, between the main street "Quinta Avenida" and the beach, located only a few minutes 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. 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, a restaurant serving breakfast and international cuisine. The roof top has "La Vista" Bar serving drinks and snacks, an outdoor plunge pool (30sqm), and solarium with sun loungers.

Mahekal Beach Resort

Playa del Carmen - First Resort

Nestled between lush tropical gardens, a pristine white sand beach and the turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea, Mahékal is one of the most picturesque Hotels in Playa del Carmen. The 121 rooms are divided into three sections, each with a different atmosphere - Caribe Ocean, Caribbean Garden view, and Aventura Ocean. All rooms have private facilities, a patio or balcony with hammocks and air conditioned. Some rooms have their own plunge pool or outdoor shower. In keeping with a relaxed environment, there are no televisions, radios or telephones in the rooms.

The hotel's facilities include two pools and jacuzzi, two restaurants and bar. Watersports such as scuba diving or windsurfing can be arranged at the hotel. The hotel is conveniently located to the shops and restaurants of 5th Avenue, or La Quinta as it is known locally and only 50 minutes from Cancun Airport.

The resort offers breakfast and dinner or lunch under a Modified Plan. Alcohol and some beverages are additional.

Le Reve

Playa del Carmen - First Boutique

Hotel Le Reve is a charming boutique hotel located on the secluded area of Xcalacoco, 7 km north of Playa del Carmen. With a magnificent white sand beach and stunning turquoise blue waters, this is the perfect scene for a romantic retreat. Le Reve has a contemporary minimal style which is reflected in the white decor and furnishings of the guest rooms and the uncluttered but striking public areas.

There are in total 25 chic rooms & suites. The Horizon suite has a queen size bed, spacious bathroom and partial ocean view from its own terrace. The Beach Front Bungalow features one king size bed, private terrace, own plunge pool and spectacular Caribbean Sea beach front.

The hotel has a lovely swimming pool area right by the edge of the beach. There is also a beach bar serving tropical drinks and cocktails. The restaurant and bar have a wonderful evening ambiance. Other facilities include a small spa and fitness room.

Travel Details
Ambos Mundos

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 20 July - 21 Aug
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,979 £3,540 - £3,520 £3,862 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + £951 - - + £950 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - + £1,546 - - + £1,546 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 20 July - 21 Aug
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €2,525 €3,171 - €3,148 €4,406 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + €1,093 - - + €228 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - + €1,778 - - + €914 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 20 July - 21 Aug
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $3,170 $3,956 - $3,928 $4,406 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + $1,331 - - + $1,331 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - + $2,164 - - + $2,166 -

Booking Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • 14 Days / 12 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Flight from Havana to Merida
  • 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
  • 12 Nights
  • Flight from Havana to Merida
  • 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
  • 12 Nights
  • Flight from Havana to Merida 
  • 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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