Cuba & Mexico Holidays
Two Worlds so close and so far apart
12 Night Itinerary from £3,052
Ambos Mundos Tour
Cuban Revolutionary heritage and way of life, contrasts sharply with the impressive Mayan pyramids of the Yucatan and capitalist influences in coastal resorts but both have in common Spanish colonial history and architecture.
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- 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 massive Mayan pyramids at Chichen Itza and Uzmal
- Finish on the idyllic Caribbean beaches of Playa del Carmen
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.
Havana - 5 Nights
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
- Full Description
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. Your guide will introduce you to your local area.
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.
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.
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. Lunch is included today.
At leisure in Havana
A full day at leisure in Havana to explore and discover the wealth of the local life, music and history. Perhaps visit the famous Casa de la Musica for a great night of salsa music.
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.
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 - 2 Nights
Day 6 - Fly to Merida, Yucatan
Day 7 - Full day tour of Uxmal
- Full Description
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.
Full day tour of Uxmal
Enjoy a full day tour to the Mayan archaeological site of Uxmal, the capital of the ancient Mayan Puuc regional state and one of the most important Mayan sites. We explore Uxmal with our local guide including the impressive and well-restored Governor's Palace.
Chichen Itza - 1 Night
Day 8 - Chichen Itza
- Full Description
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.
Playa del Carmen - 4 Nights
Day 9 - Chichen Itza at sunrise and Playa del Carmen
Days 10-12 - At leisure in Playa del Carmen
Day 13 - Departure
Day 14 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Chichen Itza at Sunrise and Playa del Carmen
This morning is free for you to return to Chichen Itza to explore before the crowds of tourists arrive. After lunch, transfer to Playa del Carmen for 4 nights.
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.
Relax on the beach.
Relax on the beach.
Afternoon transfer to Cancún Airport for the return overnight flight home.
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
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.
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. Water sports 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 a half board (breakfast and dinner breakfast and lunch). Drinks are additional.
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. The Merlot Restaurant serves award-winning cuisine and there is 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. Mexican cooking lessons are also available.
Rooms rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.
|Travel Dates||Year round|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£3,052||£3,593|
|Multiple Travellers - Own Room||£3,909||£4,636|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£4,637||£5,514|
Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.
- 14 Days / 12 Nights
- International flights (1 overnight)
- Flight from Havana to Merida
- Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
- 12 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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