Chichén Itzá & Beach Holiday

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico


Chichén Itzá & Beach Holiday

Chichén Itzá is a complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. A 30m-high step pyramid known as El Castillo, dominates the pre-Columbian city, founded by Mayan tribes around AD 450. These were joined by Toltec tribes from the central Mexican highlands in the 7th century. Toltec influences are seen in stone carvings at structures like the Temple of the Warriors, the Hall of the Thousand Columns, the ball court and the Wall of the Skulls.

This private tour of Mexico focuses on the many highlights of the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula, including the colourful city of Merida. Interesting sites in the surrounds include Balankanché, with an extensive labyrinth of underground caverns and the 16th-century church of San Bernardino, famous for its cenotes. The tour features diverse natural landscapes, delicious local cuisine and golden beaches. Stay at a luxurious hotel set inside a historic hacienda.

What We Love
  • Discover the impressive Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Kabah
  • Visit fascinating Chichén Itzá, one of the new ‘Seven Wonders of the World’
  • The Mayan Riviera is known for its long beaches, yoga retreats and ruins of a Mayan port city.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Our Mexico tours easily combine with touring in Guatemala, Belize and other destinations in Central America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Chichén Itzá & Beach Holiday Merida & Chichen Itza, Riviera Maya
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Cancun or Merida Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to a charming hacienda. This early 18th century house is now converted into a magnificent and exclusive deluxe hotel that will be our home for the next two nights.

Afternoon visit the city of Merida, and walk down narrow streets, lined with colonial buildings and   shady parks. The Plaza Grande, is flanked by Mexico’s oldest cathedral, and colonial edifices housing City Hall and Government Palace.
Overnight at Hacienda Xcanatún (D)

Day 2 & 3 – Mayan Ruins Tour
Merida & Surrounds Today enjoy a full-day Mayan ruins tour. At Uxmal, see the elaborately decorated Pyramid of the Sorcerer and the House of the Governor. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit Kabah’s fascinating palace and its impressive carvings before returning to Mérida.

Next day visit Celestún, a fishermen's village on the Gulf of Mexico coast where we shall board a small motorboat and explore an estuary with large flamingo colonies. Watch these birds flying elegantly over the water surface, tingeing the entire seascape with the vivid colours of their pink-and-orange plumage.
Overnight at Hacienda Xcanatún (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Archaeology Tour
Chichen-Itza This morning, take a private transfer to Chichén Itzá for a tour of the impressive Mayan ruins, dominated by the remarkable El Castillo pyramid and featuring a fascinating ball court. The fusion of Mayan construction techniques with new elements from central Mexico makes Chichén-Itzá one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilisation in Yucatan.
Overnight at Hacienda Chichén.

Day 5 – Transfer
The Mayan Riviera Morning departure towards Mexico’s Caribbean coast and spend next three nights in luxury resort hotel. The unique beauty of this area is due to its transparent, turquoise waters and for its fine white-sand beaches. Along the coast runs the world’s second-largest coral barrier reef, extending from Yucatan’s northernmost tip to the northern coast of Colombia.
Overnight at Maroma Resort & Spa or Rosewood Mayakoba (B)

Day 6 & 7 – Beach & Adventure
The Mayan Riviera Three days at leisure with one full-day flexible private touring. Options include Tulum, snorkelling, soft adventure touring, shopping, or other activities around the Riviera Maya.

One day, visit a zoological garden, which contains a crocodile and turtle farm, as well as rare samples of lizards, reptiles and other species. Take a day trip to Tulum, the only well preserved Mayan site on the seashore, built on top of a cliff overlooking the immensity of the blue Caribbean Sea.

Exciting outdoor activities include a sea and jungle adventure. Take a fast-speed ferry to the Island of Cozumel and from there by motorboats to Palancar Reef. Tour participants will have time to enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling, according to their preferences and abilities. Beach facilities are available for non-divers, as well as opportunities for practising other water sports, such as sailing or water-skiing.

Take an optional full-day excursion by jeeps to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This protected wildlife habitat fills a large area of coastline and rainforest and includes sheltered bays, deep freshwater cenotes, sawgrass marshes, mangrove and hardwood jungles, islands where birds gather by the hundreds, a unique fishing village that got its start as a pirate’s hideaway and, of course, many miles of lonely white beaches.
Overnight at Maroma Resort & Spa or Rosewood Mayakoba (B)

Day 8 – Depart
Cancun Enjoy the morning, before taking a private transfer to the Cancun airport for your onward flight.

Chichén Itzá & Beach Holiday Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There The only direct scheduled flights from the UK to Mexico are from London Heathrow to Mexico City or London Gatwick to Cancún, both with British Airways. Flying from anywhere else in Britain to Mexico, will require change of planes somewhere. If flying via the US, it’s worth checking if your transatlantic carrier has an airpass deal for non-US residents – most major US airlines do – by which you purchase coupons at a flat rate for a certain number of flights in North America. The pass will usually also include one or more destinations in Mexico and Canada.

When to go November to May: This is late winter in Mexico and the best time to visit. January to March are the months to visit Baja California to see the visiting whales. Beginning June, the rains begin to make their presence known, mostly in the form of an afternoon storm. July is the heart of Mexico's rainy season, though rains still accustomed to its afternoon routine, cooling down the temperatures. In August and September, rains become heavier, particularly on the Pacific Coast. By October, rains begin to ease a little but humid condition remain across much of the country.