Family Holiday in Mexico
Mérida is the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Located close to the Gulf of Mexico coast its known for its Spanish colonial architecture. At its heart, Plaza de la Independencia is dominated by Mérida Cathedral. The modern Natural History Museum, housed in a 19th-century building documents pre-Columbian history while Museo Fernando García Ponce-Macay, exhibits contemporary Yucatecán art. Casa Montejo, the 16th-century mansion, fronting the Plaza, is a magnificent example of Spanish colonial architecture.
Family travel is a special time, which is why we have hand-crafted this tour to be fun for all ages. Begin with a comprehensive tour of Mexico City with your private guide and explore its museums and cultural highlights. Then travel to Mérida to explore its colonial structures and learn about its history. Finish tour with a relaxed stay on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This tour can be fully customised to suit your family’s specific interests.
Family Holiday in Mexico Mexico City, Merida & the Yucatan, Riviera Maya
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)
Begin in Mexico City, with a privately-guided tour and discover its roots, which lie in the Historic Centre. It is here where you will find international art museums, Palacio de Bellas Arts, Cathedral Metropolitan, Templo Mayor and the National Palace. One day, explore the surrounds like; the ancient Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacan or paddle down t he ancient Aztec waterways of Xochimilco. Explore the charming neighbourhoods of San Angel and Coyoacan for cultural charm or visit Polanco and La Roma for world-class restaurants, numerous parks and green areas, monuments, and museums. Accommodation will be at the city’s leading luxury hotel.
Continue to Merida, the capital and prosperous city of Yucatan. The narrow streets and shady parks provide a feeling of the old-world, as horses and cars traverse the cobblestone streets. The city centre is especially delightful on weekends when the streets are blocked off to all but pedestrians. With your private guide explore Plaza Grande, surrounded by some of the city’s most impressive colonial buildings and its laurel trees provide welcome shade. Visit local Mayan homes and villages, and, if desired, take a cooking class at a renowned Yucatan cooking school.
Finally, enjoy several relaxing days at an exclusive luxury beach resort on the Riviera Maya with a morning spent exploring the ancient ruins of Tulum or enjoying active touring in the region.
Day 1 – Arrive
Mexico City Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – City Tour
Mexico City Full-day private tour.
Day 3 – The Surrounds
Mexico City Morning excursion to Teotihuacan or continue private city touring with private boat ride in Xochimilco. Evening tickets to cultural performance.
Day 4 – Transfer
Merida Private transfer and flight to Merida for 3 nights. Private introductory city tour.
Day 5 – Mayan Ruins
Merida Private tour of Merida, nearby ruins and local Mayan villages.
Day 6 – Flamingo Sanctuary
Merida Private excursion to flamingo sanctuary or cenotes.
Day 7 – Beach
Riviera Maya Private transfer to Riviera Maya for 3 nights. Tour Chichen Itza en route.
Day 8 – Beach
Riviera Maya At leisure at resort.
Day 9 – Beach
Riviera Maya Private morning tour of Tulum or visit to caves or snorkelling.
Day 10 – Depart
Riviera Maya (Cancun) Private airport transfer.
Make this your holiday
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.