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The Balam Tour

15 Night Itinerary from £2,7372,247$2,832

Private Individual Tour

 

Journey the backroads discovering seldom visited corners of the Yucatan. History unfolds in the colonial splendour of Merida and pyramids of ancient civilisations.

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Travel Route

Tour Highlights

  • Journey the back roads to discover the Yucatan's seldom visited side
  • Discover colonial citieshalf-forgotten pyramids and coastal habitats 
  • Stay 3 nights in a traditional hacienda, full of colonial charm
  • Compare lesser-known Mayan ruins with the famed Puuc style ruins at Uxmal
  • Watch pink flamingos and exotic bird life at the coastal Celestun Nature Reserve
  • Avoid the midday sun and day-trippers at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza
  • Admire the cliff-top ruins of Tulum, perched over an idyllic beach

We can modify and adapt this tour itinerary according to your preference or start afresh completely. Contact us so we can provide a guaranteed price for this tour, based on your preference of hotels, transport, excursions and flights.

TheBalamTour
Travel Itinerary

Rural Mayan towns - 4 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Cancun, transfer to Valladolid

Day 2 - Travel to a rural colonial Hacienda

Day 3 - San Cristano and Izamal

Day 4 - At leisure 

Day 1

Fly to Cancun, transfer to Valladolid

Fly from London Gatwick direct to Cancun. On arrival you will be met and taken to the colonial city of Valladolid, where we stay for 1 night. 


Day 2

Travel to a rural colonial Hacienda

Explore colonial Valladolid this morning. Afternoon transfer north to Ek Balam ruins, whose main temple has superb stuccos. We continue through rural Mayan towns to a colonial Hacienda, now converted to a character hotel, where we stay for 3 nights. As part of your accommodation you have included bicycles for you to explore the grounds. There is also superb birdwatching in the grounds of the Hacienda.


Day 3

San Cristano and Izamal

Today we visit the coastal town of San Cristano and take a boat trip exploring the mangroves in the nature reserve. We also visit the ancient settlement of Izamal and the beautifully preserved convent of San Antonio de Padula.


Day 4

At leisure

Relax and enjoy the charms of your rural Hacienda.

Merida - 4 Nights

Day 5 - Drive along the coast

Day 6 - The Franciscan Route

Day 7 - At leisure in Merida

Day 8 - Uxmal and Kabah  

Day 5

Drive along the coast

Enjoy a scenic drive this morning along the coastal road with the Gulf on one side and lagoons with flamingos on the other. We visit Xambo, an important trading centre with impressive Mayan temples, and Progresso where you can take a stroll and have lunch. Continue to Merida where we stay for 4 nights.


Day 6

The Franciscan Route 

Today we join our guide on a full day excursion exploring what is known as the Franciscan route visiting the church of Mani, with its open-air chapel built to evangelise the natives peoples. We also visit the Mayan market village of Oxkutzcab.


Day 7

At leisure in Merida

Explore Merida at your leisure today, perhaps stopping at one of the many local cafes to watch the world go by and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine.


Day 8

Uxmal and Kabah

Enjoy a full day guided visit to the magnificent archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah, with intricate, incomparable Puuc stonework.

Celestun Nature Reserve - 2 Nights

Day 9 - Travel to Celestun

Day 10 - Explore Celestun Nature Reserve

Day 9

Travel to Celestun

Transfer to your chosen hotel or lodge located near to Celestun Nature Reserve, where we stay for 2 nights.


Day 10

Explore Celestun Nature Reserve

A full day to visit the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, a vast wetland reserve that is home to over 200 species of birds including pink flamingos, herons, pelicans and sea turtles. We travel on foot and by local boat exploring the mangroves and lakes getting as close as possible to photograph pink flamingos in their natural habitat. We also visit the town on Celestun, a sleepy coastal fishing town full of character.

Chichen Itza - 2 Nights

Day 11 - Travel to Chichen Itza

Day 12 - Visit Chichen Itza without the crowds

Day 11

Travel to Chichen Itza

Travel to the ancient pyramids of Chichen Itza, staying at your chosen hotel located close the site for 2 nights. 


Day 12

Visit Chichen Itza without the crowds

You have a full day to explore the extensive and impressive site on your own. We suggest visiting in the early morning and afternoon, avoiding the midday heat and crowds of day-trippers.

Tulum - 2 Nights

Day 13 - Coba and a Caribbean beach

Day 14 - Tulum

Day 15 - Transfer for flight back to UK

Day 16 - Arrive in the UK

Day 13

Coba and a Caribbean beach

Today we drive to Coba, where we explore the great pyramids set amidst dense forest. We then continue along the Caribbean coast staying for 2 nights at your chosen hotel in Tulum. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.

 


Day 14

Tulum

This morning we visit the famous archaeological site of Tulum, a well preserved ancient Mayan port city. The main building is a castle (El Castillo), built in stone and positioned on a rocky cliff looking out over an idyllic white sandy beach and the turquoise sea. We return to your hotel to relax and enjoy your last evening in what is, for many, a touch of paradise.


Day 15

Transfer for flight back to UK

Transfer to Cancun Airport for your direct overnight flight to London.

Dreams Tulum

Tulum - First Resort

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches, surrounded by lush tropical trees & fine white sand. The 458 luxury suites and guest rooms are elegantly decorated in a colonial style, have their own patio or balcony, with air-conditioning, TV, CD/DVD player. Ideal for families with a variety of activities including cycling, water sports, tennis, dance lessons and a children's club. There is a swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa, fitness centre.

Cabanas Los Lirios

Tulum - Tourist Hotel

Los Lirios is a secluded hotel in Tulum located in the heart of Mayan Riviera and a short drive from the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve. Offering unusual comfort and lovely spacious rooms to its guests. Surrounded by relatively undistributed tropical forest and set upon a beautiful beach, the hotel is the perfect combination between forest conservation and sustainable eco-tourism, among mangroves, the source of life for the sea reef.

All rooms have private bathroom with tub, sitting area, mosquito net windows and a terrace with chairs and hammock. Guests can enjoy a spectacular ocean view in the beachfront, " Los Corales" restaurant.

Rosa del Viento

Tulum - Tourist Boutique

Rosa del Viento is located right on the beach, south of Tulum and close to Punta Allen and Sian Ka'an reserve. The sand is white, the sea turquoise green and you are close to the barrier reef. It has 10 rooms on the seafront and 16 facing the gardens, all have balconies or terrace and modern amenities including free Wi-Fi. The restaurant is a large wooden palapa with terrace, thatched roof and romantic lightning overlooking the beach and the sea, and serving international and local cuisine.

There is no swimming pool but, on the beach you have stylish chaises longues and thatched sunshades to unwind.

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The Balam Tour
Travel Details

Price Breakdown

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

SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,736 £3,227 - £3,209 £3,700 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £814 + £1,177 - + £814 + £1,177 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £1,625 + £1,918 - + £1,625 + £1,918 -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €2,246 €2,811 - €2,790 €4,180 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €937 + €1,354 - + €937 + €529 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €1,869 + €2,206 - + €1,869 + €1,381 -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $2,830 $3,517 - $3,492 $4,180 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $1,141 + $1,649 - + $1,141 + $1,648 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $2,276 + $2,687 - + $2,276 + $2,686 -

Booking Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • 16 days / 14 nights 
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Accommodation as shown in the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • 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
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • 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
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • 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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