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Archaeological Wonders: Mexico City, Cancun & Beyond tour

Archaeological Wonders: Mexico City, Cancun & Beyond

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 1,406 $ 201 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the ruins of Teotihuacan on a half-day tour!
  • Discover the secrets of Tulum near Cancun. See archaeological wonders with the bright blue Caribbean Sea in the background.
  • Enjoy a tour of the colonial cities of Puebla and Cholula - home to the world's largest pyramid.
  • Live it up! Soak up the sun, lounge by the pool, and sip on a refreshing drink. Your Cancun accommodation is all-inclusive!
  • Sit back, relax, and have fun. The tours, transportation, and planning are all taken are of for you.

Short Description

What does your dream vacation to Mexico look like? Are you climbing through the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Teotihuacan, are you strolling down a colorful colonial street of Puebla, or are you lounging on a picture-perfect beach in Cancun? Experience incredible archaeological sites, turquoise waters, all-inclusive accommodations, authentic cuisine and more on this once-in-a-lifetime vacation package.

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See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Mexico City
End City Cancun

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Mexico City (MEX), out of Cancun (CUN)
  • All airport transfers
  • 3 nights in Mexico City at the Hotel Royal Reforma, or similar
  • Buffet Breakfast daily while in Mexico City
  • Half-day tour to Teotihuacan (with lunch)
  • Full-day tour to Cholula and Puebla (with lunch)
  • One-way, economy class flight from Mexico City (MEX) to Cancun (CUN)
  • 3 nights in Cancun at the Krystal Cancun, or similar (all-inclusive basis)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily while in Cancun
  • Full-day tour to the archaeological site of Tulum
  • Buffet Breakfast and 2 Lunches in Mexico City
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (all-inclusive plan) in Cancun

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Mexico City!

Ah, Mexico City: a vibrant hub of culture, architecture, food, and history! Enjoy a convenient ride to your first luxurious accommodation, check-in, and relax.

Once you're all settled, get exploring! You might want to check out the Palacio Nacional, an ornate government building boasting murals by Diego Rivera. Stroll around the interesting Centro Historico, then roam the Zocalo, Mexico City's main plaza! Experience live music of street performers and treat yourself to a delicious first night meal in the area.

Transfer from Mexico City airport (MEX) to Mexico City hotel

Day 2: Mexico City

Enjoy your first pleasant breakfast in Mexico, then get ready to marvel at the wonders of Teotihuacan! Embark on a short trip northeast and in about 90 minutes, you'll arrive at this vast archaeological complex. Once a flourishing pre-Colombian city, Teotihuacan is filled with amazing sites and artifacts!

After the tour, you'll arrive back at your Mexico City hotel. Wander through the Condesa, Roma, and Juarez neighborhoods, all home to hip bars, authentic restaurants, and fashionable boutiques!

Half-day Tour to Teotihuacan (with lunch)

Explore the enigmatic archaeological zone of Teotihuacan! Visit the imposing Avenue of the Dead, the eye-widening Quetzalpapalotl Palace, and the legendary Temple of Quetzalcoatl. If you wish, you'll even have the opportunity to climb to the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon, from where you'll have a beautiful view of Mexico City! Listen to your guide, as he or she shares fascinating stories and information about the "place where men become gods."

Includes

  • Air-conditioned round-trip transportation from your hotel in Mexico City to Teotihuacan
  • Certified bilingual guide
  • Entrance fee to the archaeological zone
  • Lunch

Day 3: Mexico City

Fuel up with a rejuvenating breakfast, then journey off to the colonial cities of Cholula and Puebla! See fascinating pyramids, meander through beautiful city streets, gawk at amazing art, and immerse yourself in history. Get ready for an unforgettable day!

Full-day tour to Cholula and Puebla (with lunch)

Visit Puebla, famous for its "Talavera" and churches, then Cholula, an archaeological site boasting the widest pyramid in the world! Along the way, admire the fascinating Popocatepetl and Iztlaccihuatl volcanoes.

Start your morning driving to the city of Puebla, where you'll visit the famous chapel of Rosario's Virgin and the city's historic center. Feast your eyes on the Cathedral, the Palafoxiana library, the Central Square, and more. Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with tons to see and do! It's home of colorful Talavera pottery, and it's also where the creamy Mole sauce was first made.

Next, head to church-filled Cholula, home to over 37 churches! It's rumored that the city has 365 of them - enough to visit one per day - but that, however, is a bit of a false exaggeration. There may be an abundance, but not that many! Visit one of the most antique sites in Mesoamerica, take a guided walk through the city, and gawk at amazing colonial sights!

During the drive back to Mexico City, be sure to admire the Popocatepetl and Iztlaccihuatl volcanoes from the car!

Includes:

  • English-speaking guide during the tour
  • Entrance fee to Cholula
  • Transportation
  • Lunch

Day 4: Mexico City - Cancun

After a yummy breakfast, jet-set to the crystal clear waters of Cancun! Cancun is oh so much more than just a spring break hot spot. The area is filled with culture, history, and of course, natural beauty!

Once you're all settled in to your luxurious all-inclusive accommodation, spend the rest of the day relaxing! Explore the city or kick back on a local beach. Turquoise waters, the warmth of the sun, and a cold drink in-hand? Yes please.

Transfer from Mexico City hotel to Mexico City airport (MEX)

Fly to Cancun!

Transfer from Cancun airport (CUN) to Cancun hotel

Day 5: Cancun

Wake up smiling - you're in Cancun! Today, you'll embark on an amazing tour to the archaeological site of Tulum. Learn all about the history, culture, and customs of the Mayan people while you take in breathtaking scenery and views of the Caribbean Sea.

Full-day tour to the archaeological site of Tulum

Learn about the culture, history and customs of the Mayas with the Tulum Tour, the only Mayan archaeological zone located overlooking the sea. The excursion is divided in two stages: first you will be guided by a bilingual guide, with extensive knowledge about the Mayan civilization, by the different structures and buildings of this beautiful place that offer beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea.

Later, explore the archaeological site of Tulum or Zamá (its ancient Mayan name) on your own, visit the Temple of Frescos with its blue and gray paintings and El Castillo with its incredible views where you can take spectacular photos.

Day 6: Cancun

Kick back, relax, and soak up the beauty of Cancun! Today, enjoy all that your all-inclusive hotel has to offer. You might want to browse around local shops and craft markets to score some awesome souvenirs.

Spend the day swimming, sunbathing, and indulging in delicious treats. You might even want to inquire about snorkeling or other local activities!

Day 7: Depart Mexico

Savor one last Mexican breakfast, then squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage and wave goodbye to Cancun. Enjoy the comfort of your included airport transfer, then spend your flight home dreaming about your next adventure!

Transfer from Cancun hotel to Cancun airport (CUN)

Fly home!

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Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

Hotel Royal Reforma

Surrounded by shopping centers, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and nightlife, the Hotel Royal Reforma places you right in the heart of bustling Mexico City. After long days of sightseeing, you'll be glad to retreat to this calming high-rise hotel. Each of the bright and airy rooms features peaceful garden views as well as all the modern amenities you'd expect. You won't need to go far for a good meal; the hotel offers guests an elegant restaurant, Tezka, and a more casual place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yet what really sets Hotel Royal Reforma apart is the rooftop pool and bar. Enjoy fantastic views over Mexico City as you enjoy a refreshing cocktail or relaxing swim.

Krystal Cancun

Enjoy your fun in the sun while staying at the Krystal Cancun right on the ocean and across from the Cancun Convention Center. Guests can enjoy its oceanfront pool, the sauna and hot tub, the business center, laundry facilities, and a tour desk that can help arrange excursions. The hotel also offers buffet breakfast at its restaurant as well as Mexican cuisine, or guests can enjoy a drink at the bar.

Rooms feature air conditioning, a safe, a minibar, cable TV, and private bathrooms. A short walk will bring you to the beach front or the many shops and restaurants surrounding Krystal Cancun. You can also find excellent activities along Playa Delfines, like swimming, surfing, snorkeling, fishing, and sailing.

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