Classic Mexico

An exciting 12 day itinerary allowing for the discovery of Mexico’s vibrant cities, diverse culture, impressive architecture and stunning coast. Explore Mexico City, visit Teotihuacan and the Shrine of Guadalupe before heading south to the Yucatan Peninsula, staying at beautifully restored haciendas and visiting impressive Mayan sites. This fantastic trip gives ample opportunity to explore the variety on your holiday to Mexico, perfect for a first time visit.

Day 1: Arrival

You will be welcomed on arrival and privately transferred to your hotel. Spend three nights at the stylish Condesa DF Hotel.

Stay: Condesa DF

Day 2: Mexico City

A tailored half day exploration of Mexico City and its highlights depending on your interests. You may like to visit the Zocalo, the city’s main plaza flanked its most important and impressive buildings such as the National Palace the Palace of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Don’t miss the view from above into the Templo Mayor Aztec archaeological site, showcasing the pre-Columbian ruins in the heart of this vibrant city. Afternoon at leisure to explore further.

Stay: Condesa DF

Day 3: Mexico City

You will be met for a private guided visit to the spectacular UNESCO-listed archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, renowned for having the third and fourth largest pyramidal structures in the world, the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Your guide will give an expert account of the importance of the site and its place in the rich history of Mexico’s many layers of pre-Columbian civilisations. Also visit the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Afternoon return to your hotel where the rest of the day is free.

Stay: Condesa DF

Day 4: From Mexico City to Merida

Today you will be transferred to the airport for a flight south to Merida, the so-called capital of the Yucatan Peninsula built on the site of an ancient Mayan city. Spend the next three nights at Casa Lecanda in the heart of the city’s historic quarter.

Stay: Casa Lecanda

Day 5: Merida

Free day to explore the colourful colonial streets and plazas or squares of Merida on your own or with a guide if you wish.

Stay: Casa Lecanda

Day 6: Merida

Today your private guide will take you out on an historic exploration of the region’s top archaeological sites, experiencing the Mayan ruins at Uxmal and Kabah. As a World Heritage site, Uxmal is one of the best restored of all ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula, and certainly one of the most impressive with various palaces, courtyards and rich sculptural detail.

Stay: Casa Lecanda

Day 7: From Merida to Chichen Itza Area

Depart Merida by road for your hacienda close to the remarkable ruins of Chichen Itza. Two nights at the beautiful countryside Hacienda San Jose, afternoon at leisure to relax.

Stay: Hacienda San Jose

Day 8: Chichen Itza

This morning your private guide will take you to the fascinating Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, leaving fairly early so you experience the area before larger groups arrive from Cancun. Chichen Itza is the most famous and well-restored Yucatán Maya, spend the morning visiting the great ball court, plazas, observatory, and temples of this beautiful area. After exploring the site, you may like to visit and swim in one the most important Mayan Cenotes or freshwater lagoons. Return to your hotel afterwards.

Stay: Hacienda San Jose

Day 9: From Chichen Itza to Tulum

Set off for the coast today, travelling by road to your hotel near Tulum. Spend the next three nights at Be Tulum, a funky beach-side boutique hotel with a lush jungle backdrop

Stay: BE Tulum Beach & Spa Resort

Days 10 to 11: Tulum

Days to relax beside the swimming pool at your hotel or on the stunning beach. There are various interesting excursions you may like to take including visits to the protected Sian Ka’an Biosphere and the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Koba.

Stay: BE Tulum Beach & Spa Resort

Day 12: Departure

You will be transferred to Cancun for your onward flight.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival Condesa DF
Day 2: Mexico City Condesa DF
Day 3: Mexico City Condesa DF
Day 4: From Mexico City to Merida Casa Lecanda
Day 5: Merida Casa Lecanda
Day 6: Merida Casa Lecanda
Day 7: From Merida to Chichen Itza Area Hacienda San Jose
Day 8: Chichen Itza Hacienda San Jose
Day 9: From Chichen Itza to Tulum BE Tulum Beach & Spa Resort
Days 10 to 11: Tulum BE Tulum Beach & Spa Resort
Day 12: Departure

Map

1- Condessa DF 2- Casa Lecanda 3- Hacienda San Jose 4- BE Tulum

From USD 3,495 per person based on two guests travelling (excluding flights)

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant