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13 DAYS MEXICO EXTRAVAGANZA

Guanajuato, Mexico City, Puebla, Palenque, Chichen Itza, Maya Riviera

History & Culture, Nature & Wildlife

Highlights

  • Discover Chichen Itza without the crowd with overnight stay just 5 minutes’ walk from the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Carefully curated experience & hotel selection with central location to allow maximum immersion with local culture
  • Visit Celestun to see pink flamingos and swimmable crystal-clear cenotes

From the vibrant capital city of Mexico City to the charming colonial townships of Guanajuato and San Miguel to one of the seven wonders of the world at the spectacular Mayan ruin of Chichen Itza, this trip showcases the varied highlights of the country. At the end of the trip, relax and enjoy the renowned Caribbean resort of Cancun.

From

SGD 8,380 Per Person

13 Days 12 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Guanajuato

Arrival in Guanajuato
Guanajuato
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Upon arrival, you will be driven 1 hour to Guanajuato and check in at your hotel. Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a gem of well-preserved colonial architecture, shaded plazas and monuments that celebrate its proud role in Mexico’s independence movement.

Day 02 Guanajuato / San Miguel de Allende

Guanajuato / San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende
Breakfast Included

Visit Guanajuato’s highlights including Plaza San Rouge, Teotro Juarez, Basilica and El Pipila monument for a spectacular city view. Continue through the labyrinth of subterranean cobbled streets and plazas intermeshed with steep mountain valleys. This afternoon, visit Mercado Hidalgo market and Alley of Kisses before driving 1 hour to San Miguel de Allende.

Day 03 San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende
Breakfast included

Explore the UNESCO city’s colonial architectures such as Jardin, the city’s main square with its beloved Parroquia, Museo Casa de Don Ignacio Allende showcasing Allende’s role in the country’s struggle for independence. Two blocks away is Plaza Civica, the town’s original marketplace and town square. Cross to Templo del Oratorio’s ornate chapel and climb uphill to a vegetable and fruit market connecting with a three-block arts and crafts market. Fifteen minutes away we reach Fabrica la Aurora, the city’s art and design centre with historic photos and idle machinery reminiscent of its past as a muslin factory, followed by sunset cocktail over rooftop bar.

Day 04 San Miguel De Allende / Teotihuacan / Mexico City

San Miguel De Allende / Teotihuacan / Mexico City
Mexico City
Breakfast included

Drive 3.5 hours to Mexico City via Museo Nacional del Virreinato with Mexico’s most complete colonial art collection, as well as the ornate façade and gold interior of San Francisco Javier Church, prime examples of Mexican High Baroque. Next is 2,000-year-old Teotihuacan with some of Americas’ most imposing ritual sites, including Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Continue 35 min to Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe where Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared in Saint Juan Diego. Drive another 45 min to Mexico City.

Day 05 Mexico City

Mexico City
Mexico City
Breakfast included

This vibrant capital has some of the world’s finest museums, galleries, restaurants and archaeological sites. Explore Zocalo (Main Square), National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and Templo Mayor. This afternoon, head to National Museum of Anthropology for an overview of civilizations on this land. Hunt for Latin American crafts at La Ciudadela Market and conclude with evening Ballet Folkloric performance (Wed & Sun only).

Day 06 Mexico City / Cholula / Puebla / Mexico City

Mexico City / Cholula / Puebla / Mexico City
Mexico City
Breakfast included

Drive 2h to Huejotzingo near Sierra Nevada foothills to learn the history of 16th century San Miguel Exconvent and mask carnival (7th Sat before Easter). Experience a section of the 8km tunnels inside Great Pyramid of Cholula (the world’s largest) which also houses 365 churches including Church of Our Lady of the Remedies. Continue to Puebla (UNESCO), sculpted with tiles and freestones. Explore the Baroque masterpiece of Capilla del Rosario, Mexico’s most prestigious museum, Museo Amparo and learn about the Mexican Revolution in front of Serdan’s house with its bullet holes façade.

Day 07 Mexico City / Palenque

Mexico City / Palenque
Ouarzazate
Breakfast included

Fly Mexico City / Villahermosa      AM 802      0840/1019

Drive 2h to Palenque, a Mayan architecture success such as Temple of Inscriptions which was King Pakal’s final dwelling, Palace tower and stuccos, the North Group, Temple of the Count, Temple of the Cross, Temple of the Foliated Cross and Temple of the Sun which still hide secrets. Visit the Palenque Museum (Tue-Sun 9am-5pm) before transferring to hotel, followed by an after-hour visit with specialist guide to a secluded part of Palenque.

Day 08 Palenque / Campeche

Palenque / Campeche
Campeche
Breakfast included

We depart 5hrs to Campeche. The city’s historical center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. En route, visit one of the best Mayan Ruins with little crowd, Edzna. Explore the quaint Campeche on foot though colourful labyrinth of cobblestone streets and check into your hotel.

Day 09 Campeche / Celestun / Merida

Campeche / Celestun / Merida
Merida
Breakfast included

Drive 90km to Celestun Biosphere Reserve, home to 587 plant species (42 endemic), 75 mammals, 64 reptiles and 304 birds such as Mexican pink flamingo, least tern, jabiru, king vulture and greater white-fronted goose. Take a boat ride through the estuaries and stop at a freshwater springs. OPTIONAL: Visit the impressive Mayan ruin of Uxmal.

Day 10 Merida / Chichen Itza

Merida / Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza
Breakfast included

Explore Merida historical centre, built 450+ years ago in the ancient Mayan city of T’ho. Marvel at Cathedral of San Ildefonso’ murals depicting meeting between Francisco de Montejo (founder of Merida) and Mayan King Tutl Xiu. Visit Francisco de Montejo’s grandiose home at Casa Montejo and Governor’s Palace with its 27 huge Don Fernando Castro Pacheco murals of Yucatan’s somewhat violent history. From the tree-shaded Plaza Principal, we take pictures of the Cathedral, Palacio Municipal (town hall), Casa Montejo and Governor’s Palace. Drive along Paseo Montejo boulevard with its stately homes, shops and restaurants.

The Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza (UNESCO) are over 1,500 years old. Some say this is because people were thrown into nearby cenote as sacrifices and survivors were believed to be seers. The north group of structures is distinctly Toltec in style. The central group appears to be from the early period. The south group is known as Old Chichen. You will find a large ball court where Mayan men played a game called pok ta pok. Enjoy light and sound show at night.

Day 11 Chichen Itza / Maya Riviera

Chichen Itza / Maya Riviera
Maya Riviera
Breakfast included

This morning, visit Chichen Itza before the official opening hours to avoid the crowd. Enjoy your breakfast and check out. Take a dip at nearby cenote (sinkhole) before continuing to Valladolid for short visit & lunch (own expense). Drive to Maya Riviera and check into your beach front resort. Relax & enjoy the turquoise ocean.

Day 12 Maya Riviera

Maya Riviera
Maya Riviera
Breakfast included

Free day at leisure to enjoy the beach. OPTIONAL: Tulum and Playa del Carmen town tour.

Day 13 Departure from Maya Riviera

Departure from Maya Riviera
Nil
Breakfast included

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight out.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 9,980
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 8,380
Minimum 6 Pax S$ 2,750

Villa Maria Cristina in Guanajuato • Hotel Matilda in San Miguel Downtown Hotel in Mexico City • Hotel Villa Mercedes in Palenque • Hacienda Puerta in Campeche • Diez Diez Collection in Merida • The Lodge Mayaland in Chichen Itza • Andaz Mayakoba in Maya Riveria 

Guanajuato

Guanajuato

Villa Maria Cristina (Junior Suite)

Located in Guanajuato’s most elegant boulevard, this 19th century building is an SLH member with superb cuisine and service.
(Refurbished: 2015; Rooms: 38)

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San Miguel

San Miguel

Hotel Matilda (Deluxe)

Located along cobblestoned streets, Matilda stands out for its sleek white modern décor. Rooms are furnished with contemporary, local materials such as Mexican calcutta marble floors. Most rooms have patio or terrace with downtown views.
(Refurbished: 2010; Rooms: 32)

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Mexico City

Mexico City

Downtown (Colonial Queen)

Just two blocks from El Zocalo central square, this former 17th century palace offers beautiful suites with wrought-iron balconies overlooking courtyard or street, a bar and rooftop swimming pool with city views. (Opened: 2012; Rooms: 17)

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Palenque

Palenque

Hotel Villa Mercedes (Double)

This marvelous hotel is situated in the heart of the pre-Hispanic town of Palenque in a lush tropical garden environment reflecting the surrounding jungle. (Opened: 2008; Rooms: 92)

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Campeche

Campeche

Hacienda Puerta (Superior)

Located within Campeche historic center, this historic hotel recreates the belle époque of the Mexican southeast. All rooms come with a view of the beautiful pool built in the oldest part of the building.
(Opened: 2004; Rooms: 15)

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Merida

Merida

Diez Diez Collection (Deluxe)

Located a few steps from the renowned Paseo Montejo, Diez Diez high ceilings and masonry walls support a beam-based roof made of train rails. The design maintains the classic central courtyard vibe.
(Opened: 2019; Rooms: 8)

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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

The Lodge Mayaland (Royal Mayan Bungalow)

Considered the finest property at Chichen, this exclusive hotel offers 39 bungalows with private entrance to the archaeological site.
(Refurbished: 2009; Rooms: 39)

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Maya Riviera

Maya Riviera

Andaz Mayakoba (Ocean view)

Set within a lush resort complex with a lagoon, this upscale resort on a tranquil stretch of sandy beach has airy rooms decorated with local artwork. Upgraded rooms offer beach or lagoon views.
(Opened: 2016; Rooms: 214)

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Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 12,380
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 10,980
Single Supplement S$ 4,750

Casa Del Rector in Guanajuato • Rosewood in San MiguelFour Seasons in Mexico City • Quinta Chanabnal in Palenque • Hacienda Puerta in Campeche • Casa Lecanda in Merida • The Lodge Mayaland in Chichen Itza • Nizuc Hotel & Spa in Maya Riveria 

Guanajuato

Guanajuato

Casa Del Rector (Master Suite)

Set along a cobbled street just 4 minutes’ walk from Alhóndiga de Granaditas museum and Callejón Del Beso, this boutique hotel features contemporary Mexican arts within its 19th century neoclassical building. Refined, warm rooms feature tufted headboards, exposed wood beams and flat-screen TVs.
(Opened: 2016; Rooms: 17)

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San Miguel

San Miguel

Rosewood San Miguel (Deluxe Colonial)

Cradled at the historical downtown, this luxury sanctuary is furnished with the finest Mexican craftsmanship. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 67)

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Mexico City

Mexico City

Four Seasons (Deluxe)

Set on a verdant inner courtyard with tropical fruit trees and chirping canaries, the hacienda-style hotel puts the hectic urban hustle on pause. Step outside directly to Paseo de la Reforma grand boulevard, just a stroll from Bosque de Chapultepec and the trendy neighbourhoods of Condesa and Polanco.
(Refurbished: 2015; Rooms: 240)

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Palenque

Palenque

Quinta Chanabnal (Deluxe Suite)

Only 3km from Palenque archaeological site, this luxury resort evokes a Mayan palace complex of the Classic Period, updated with modern sophistication.
(Opened: 2010; Suites: 8)

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Campeche

Campeche

Hacienda Puerta (Superior)

Located within Campeche historic center, this historic hotel recreates the belle époque of the Mexican southeast. All rooms come with a view of the beautiful pool built in the oldest part of the building.
(Opened: 2004; Rooms: 15)

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Merida

Merida

Casa Lecanda (Balcony Room)

This imposing establishment next to the Montejo de Mérida promenade features tiled patios and swimming pool surrounded by gardens, lounge areas and a terrace. All spacious rooms have high ceilings, tiled floors, bathroom with a rain shower and skylight, free WiFi, flat-screen TV and iPod docking station; with views of the property's patios and gardens.
(Opened: 2009; Rooms: 7)

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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

The Lodge Mayaland (Royal Mayan Bungalow)

Considered the finest property at Chichen, this exclusive hotel offers 39 bungalows with private entrance to the archaeological site.
(Refurbished: 2009; Rooms: 39)

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Maya Riviera

Maya Riviera

Nizuc Hotel & Spa (Ocean View Deluxe)

A stunning beach resort facing the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef just 10 minutes’ drive from Cancun airport, each artful suites and private villas offer sophisticated amenities such as butler service and in-suite dining.
(Opened: 2013; Rooms: 274)

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Rosewood Mayakoba (Lagoon Suites)

A gorgeous, peaceful retreat set on a mile-long beach within Playa del Carmen resort community, this high-end resort largely attracts couples with its serene atmosphere, upscale restaurants and spa. Each contemporary suites feature high-tech amenities, private plunge pools and bathrooms with outdoor showers. There is also an extensive children’s program. (Refurbished: 2019; Rooms: 129)

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Twin share S$ 400
Single room S$ 800
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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned minivan
  • Throughout English-speaking driver guide
  • All entrance fees in sights stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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