- The pyramid of Kukulkan in Chichen Itza
- Mayan city of Uxmal
- The Parque-Museo la Venta
- Watch for dolphins
Treasures of the Yucatán
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- All breakfasts and more
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Discover the treasures of the Yucatan and Chiapas
Travel through the famous Mayan sites of the Yucatán and venture off the beaten track in lost-in-time Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, in search of ancient pre-Columbian ruins, colonial towns and sites of outstanding natural beauty.
12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
23 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches and one packed lunch (L), and 8 dinners (D)
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Included excursions and visits
- Sunrise tour of Chichen Itza
- Watch henequen fibre being made at a working hacienda
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal
- City tour of colonial Campeche
- Lago de Terminos boat trip and dolphin spotting
- Tour the Mayan ruins of Palenque
- Explore the unique ruins of Kohunlich
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
- Day 1 UK-Mexico
- Day 2 Chichén Itzá
- Day 3 Chichén Itzá-Tecoh
- Day 4 Tecoh
- Day 5 Tecoh-Champoton
- Day 6 Champotón
- Day 7 Villahermosa
- Day 8 Villahermosa-Palenque via La Venta
- Day 9 Palenque
- Day 10 Palenque-Kohunlich via Chicanna
- Day 11 Kohunlich
- Day 12 Kohunlich-Cancun
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon
Tucan Siho hotel
Presidente Intercontinental Cancun
Day 1 UK-Mexico
Fly to Cancun and transfer by coach to the 4-star Hacienda Chichén (4Q) where you stay for two nights (127 miles, three hours).
The hotel has a restaurant, bar, library-lounge, outdoor pool and spa (charges apply), and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 28 air-conditioned rooms has a hairdryer. D
Day 2 Chichén Itzá
Explore your hotel, a grand colonial farmhouse originally built in the 16th century and set within tropical gardens. Alternatively, perhaps join an optional excursion to discover the town of Valladolid and the Cenote Hubiku. B
Day 3 Chichén Itzá-Tecoh
With private access to the pre-Columbian Mayan site of Chichén Itzá you have a unique opportunity to watch the sun rise over the ruins before the crowds arrive.
Afterwards, travel to Tecoh (81 miles, 90 minutes) where you stay for the next two nights at the 4-star+ Hacienda Sotuta de Peon (4Q+). This village-style resort has a restaurant, bar, poolside bar, and two outdoor pools. Each of the 30 air-conditioned rooms are set in traditional thatched accommodation and have a telephone and safe. B, D
Day 4 Tecoh
Tecoh is in the heart of Yucatan’s henequén plantation zone. Learn about the making of henequen fibre and how it is used for making traditional rugs and ropes on a guided tour of the hotel’s working farm this morning.
Afterwards, relax at your hotel or join an optional boat tour of the Celestun Biosphere Reserve. B, D
Day 5 Tecoh-Champoton
Next travel to Uxmal, considered one of the most important sites in Mayan culture, with its unique oval pyramids.
Afterwards continue to the 4-star Tucan Siho Hotel (4Q) where you stay for two nights (185 miles, four hours). The hotel has a beachfront setting and facilities include an outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge-bar, and gym. Each of the 74 air-conditioned room has a telephone and television. B, D
Day 6 Champotón
Enjoy the hotel facilities or join an optional tour of Edzna, an important Mayan complex in Campeche. Later explore the city of Campeche and pick a restaurant for dinner, where you can dine independently and at your own cost this evening. B
Day 7 Villahermosa
Drive to Villahermosa (201 miles, five hours), stopping en route at Laguna de Términos, the largest tidal lagoon on the Gulf of Mexico, where you can enjoy an included boat trip and watch for dolphins.
Stay overnight at the 4-star+ Marriott Hotel (4Q) in Villahermosa. This contemporary hotel has a restaurant, lounge-bar, outdoor pool, fitness centre and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 267 air-conditioned rooms has a television, telephone, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. B, D
Day 8 Villahermosa-Palenque via La Venta
Visit Parque-Museo la Venta to see a collection of Olmec artefacts rescued from the site of La Venta. The Olmecs were the oldest known civilisation in Mexico, prospering on the Gulf between 1200 BC to 400 BC.
Continue to Palenque (89 miles, two hours) and stay two-nights at the 4-star Villa Mercedes (4Q). Facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool and spa (charges apply). Each of the 92 air-conditioned rooms are set within thatched buildings and have a television, telephone, safe and hairdryer. B, D
Day 9 Palenque
Enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palenque. This 8th-century Mayan City vanished into the jungle for over a thousand years and it is estimated that over 90% of the city still remains hidden. It contains some fine examples of Mayan architecture, stone carving and bas relief such as the Palace, the giant Tomb of Inscriptions, which rises up in eight levels, and the Tomb of the Red Queen. At the museum view a reconstruction of the tomb of K’inich Janaab Pakala, the Mayan ruler responsible for much of Palenque’s architecture. B, L
Day 10 Palenque-Kohunlich via Chicanna
Depart for your two-night stay at Kohunlich, pausing to explore the ruins of Chicanna (270 miles, six hours). This intimate site features intricate carvings on unique low-rise architecture, with the ‘House of the Serpent Mouth’, believed to represent a doorway to the underworld.
Stay at the 4-star+ Explorean Kohunlich (4Q+) in Chetumal, where facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, spa (charges apply) and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 40 air-conditioned rooms are contained in thatched buildings and have a telephone, safe and hairdryer. B, D
Day 11 Kohunlich
Brave dense sub-tropical jungle inhabited by howler monkeys to explore the Maya site of Kohunlich. Scale the Temple of Masks with its central staircase lined by eight-foot stucco masks, and marvel at the complex of pyramids, citadels and courtyards designed to drain water into a system of cisterns. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. B, L, D
Day 12 Kohunlich-Cancun
Pause for a photo opportunity at Bacalar lagoon, know as the ‘lake of seven colours’ because of its crystal clear water of varying depths. Enjoy a guided tour of Tulúm, a Mayan port ruin occupying a bluff on the Caribbean. This was the last Mayan city to be built but only survived the Spanish occupation by 70 years.
Continue to Cancun (255 miles, five hours), enjoying a boxed lunch onboard your bus.
Stay overnight at the 4-star+ Presidente Intercontinental Cancun (4Q). Facilities at this beachfront hotel include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, gym, spa (charges apply) and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 300 air-conditioned rooms has a television, telephone, safe and hairdryer. B
Celestun Biosphere Reserve
Watch for over 300 species of both resident and migratory birds, including flocks of flamingo, as well as crocodiles and mangrove forests, at this protected reserve which covers over 225 square miles.
Optional on 13 nights itinerary
Discovered in 1907, this important Mayan archaeological site comprises a series of important buildings centred around a central plaza and was occupied from around 400 BC until it was abandoned around 1500 AD.
Optional on 13 nights itinerary
Valladolid and Cenote Hubiku
Explore the colonial town of Valladolid, home to several attractions including the 16th century Cathedral of Sans Servasio, and the charming street of Calzada de los Frailes. You will also visit the Cenote Hubiku, a sink hole once sacred to the ancient Mayans.
Optional on 13 nights itinerary