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Grand Tour of Mexico with Cancun Beach Stay

15 Day Escorted Tour With 4 Day Extension

Mexico, North America
Challenging Pace

Extend your stay in Mexico with three nights in Cancun; a tropical paradise with something for everyone. It is home to the world's second largest barrier reef and boasts miles of powdery, white sand with crystal clear, azure Caribbean waters.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Relax on the beautiful sands of Cancun
  • Explore cancun at your own pace
  • Tour of Mexico City with a visit to the Museum of National Anthropology
  • The Pyramid complex of Teotihuacan
  • Cruise along the Grijavla River through the Sumidero Canyon
  • Witness the cascading Roberto Barrios waterfalls
  • Discover the preserved ancient ruins of Palenque
  • Embark on a cruise from the Terminos Lagoon of the Isla Aguada
  • Wander amongst the historical ruins of Kabah and Uxmal
  • Visit the colossal ancient site of Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World
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This map is for the main tour only

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Cancun

Dinner

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Cancun. Upon arrival, meet your guides, transfer to your hotel and enjoy tonight's welcome dinner.

Day 2
Cancun to Mexico City

Breakfast

Spend a morning at leisure in Cancun before a late morning flight to Mexico City. Upon arrival, admire the world's largest collection of Mexican art, and be led along a journey through the country's ancient history at the Museum of National Anthropology, before continuing to the idyllic lakes and sculpture garden of Chapultepec Park - a green oasis amidst the bustling capital. Above this impressive park looms Chapultepec Castle.

Day 3
Mexico City

Breakfast

Flanked by the twin volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, embark on a city tour of Mexico City with a visit to the Presidential Palace, Central Plaza and Cathedral, before making a visit to the Teotihuacan Pyramids, crowned by the 3rd largest Pyramid in the world - the Pyramid of the Sun. Later discover the Roman Catholic pilgrimage site where both an old and new national shrine majestically stand side by side; catch a glimpse of the symbolic cloak enshrined within the modern Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, before taking a leisurely stroll through the World Peace Rose Gardens at the rear of the Basilicas.

Day 4
Mexico City to Puebla

Breakfast

This morning, embark on a guided tour of the colonial city of Puebla, passing by some of the seventy churches located in its historic centre, including the Cathedral and the Plaza de la Constitucion.

Day 5
Puebla to Oaxaca

Breakfast

Travel to Oaxaca, which, situated 1500 metres above sea-level and surrounded by green hills and mountains, is one of Mexico's most beautiful colonial towns. On the way, discover the Jardin Botanico in Zapotitlan Salinas, an unspoiled landscape dotted with tall cacti, palms and elephant foot trees.

Day 6
Oaxaca

Breakfast

Step back in time with a visit to the world of the Zapotec who ruled Oaxaca from Monte Alban in around 500AD. Surrounded by a circle of temples and tombs on the slopes of a flattened hilltop, explore its magnificent ruins before visiting the beautiful 16th century Museo Cultural de Oaxaca, located in a former Dominican monastery. Continue through the old cobbled streets of Oaxaca, visiting the grand Church of Sant Domingo de Guzman.

Day 7
Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas

Breakfast

Set in a luscious highland valley and located 2,133 metres above sea level, journey into the heart of San Cristobal de las Casas. Following the narrow cobblestone streets surrounding the Zocalo, arrive at the city's emblematic mustard coloured cathedral before heading to the Iglesia de Convento Santo Domingo, whose ornamented facade is considered one of the best examples of colonial baroque architecture.

Day 8
San Cristobal de las Casas

Breakfast

Head to the Mayan Medicine Museum for a unique glimpse into Mayan spiritual healing rituals and herbal medicines which are still exchanged in indigenous villages today. Later, cruise through the magnificent Sumidero Canyon, where waterfalls plunge from the imposing canyon walls. End the day uncovering worship practices in Chamula's local church. Following a visit to the colonial Church of San Lorenzo in neighbouring Zinacantan, prepare to be welcomed into the weaving mill of the three sisters to observe the process of this skilful art.

Day 9
San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque

Breakfast

After breakfast, travel towards the mystical town of Palenque. Concealed amidst a subtropical jungle, experience a cascade of turquoise water at the Roberto Barrios waterfalls and immerse yourself in the serenity of the natural spas.

Day 10
Palenque

Breakfast

Enveloped in an early morning mist, listen to an echoing chorus of tropical birds and uncover a treasure trove of architectural wonders at the mystical ruins of Palenque. Astonishingly dating from 226BC to 799AD, begin at the largest pyramid of the collection, admiring the hieroglyphic engravings on the Temple of Inscriptions' richly adorned facade, before marvelling at a monumental staircase at the Grand Palace and exploring the 7th century Temple of the Sun. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Day 11
Palenque to Campeche

Breakfast

Travel to Isla Aguada and embark on a cruise from the fishing port of Terminos Lagoon, looking out for dolphins en route to the Isla de Pajaros. After gliding along the Estero Sabancuy, admire the towering twin steeples of the baroque Cathedral of La Conception during a guided tour of Campeche's historic centre.

Day 12
Campeche to Merida

Breakfast

Once considered the best defence in Latin America, witness the impressive hillside fortress of San Miguel, where an archaeological museum now exhibits a wealth of glistening jewellery and symbolic Jade masks of Calakmul. Later, wander amongst the historic ruins of Kabah. Embellished with over 300 masks of Chaac, this fierce devotion to the God of Rain is overwhelmingly evident at the Palace of the Masks. Arriving at Uxmal, gaze-in-awe at the unravelled terraces, columns and archways at the best-preserved archaeological collection in Puuc, before transferring to Merida later this evening.

Day 13
Merida

Breakfast

In a local home in the heart of Merida, learn about the production and enjoy a fiery tasting of the famous Salsa Picante Dzemul, which uses some of the spiciest chillies in the world. Later, enjoy a captivating tour of Yucatan's cultural capital commencing at one of Latin America's oldest Cathedrals, before catching a glimpse of the Palacio Municipal's distinctive pink exterior and admiring the sculptured facade of the Casa de Montejo.

Day 14
Merida to Chichen Itza

Breakfast

This morning, admire the brightly painted monastic church in the 'Yellow City of Izamal' before witnessing a collection of swaying tree roots which are suspended 18 metres above the incredible emerald waters of Cenote Yokdzonot. Continue onwards to experience a spectacle of architectural glory at Chichen Itza, declared one of the new seven wonders of the world. Spanning a staggering 6.5 kilometres, witness the impressive Mayan ruins including the 'snail shell' El Caracol observatory and most famously El Castillo. Dedicated to the feathered serpent God, this colossal 79-ft high pyramid welcomes its namesake during the spring and autumn equinoxes, where shadows create the illusion of a snake sliding down its megalithic steps.

Day 15
Chichen Itza to Cancun to the UK

Breakfast

Depart Chichen Itza and enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque colonial town of Valladolid, passing by Can Gervasio Cathedral and the Convent of San Bernardino before heading to the vibrant local market at Mercado Municipal for an authentic taste of daily life. Transfer to Cancun Airport for your flight home.

Day 16
Chichen Itza to Cancun to the UK

Breakfast

Depart Chichen Itza and enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque colonial town of Valladolid, passing by Can Gervasio Cathedral and the Convent of San Bernardino before heading to the vibrant local market at Mercado Municipal for an authentic taste of daily life. Transfer to Cancun later and check in to your hotel for your extension.

Day 17
Cancun

Breakfast

Enjoy a day relaxing at your chosen hotel or exploring Cancun..

Day 18
Cancun

Breakfast

Enjoy a day relaxing at your chosen hotel or exploring Cancun.

Day 19
Cancun to the UK

Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Cancun Airport for your flight home.

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Dates & Prices

Sunscape Akumal Beach Resort and Spa

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2021
from £3,088
1 Date
13th Jan - 30th Jan
£3,088
February 2021
from £3,088
1 Date
17th Feb - 6th Mar
£3,088
March 2021
from £2,988
1 Date
10th Mar - 27th Mar
£2,988
April 2021
from £2,728
1 Date
13th Apr - 30th Apr
£2,728
May 2021
from £2,848
1 Date
11th May - 28th May
£2,848
June 2021
from £2,948
1 Date
15th Jun - 2nd Jul
£2,948
July 2021
from £3,098
1 Date
13th Jul - 30th Jul
£3,098
August 2021
from £2,998
1 Date
10th Aug - 27th Aug
£2,998
September 2021
from £2,928
1 Date
7th Sep - 24th Sep
£2,928
October 2021
from £2,928
1 Date
5th Oct - 22nd Oct
£2,928
November 2021
from £3,008
1 Date
10th Nov - 27th Nov
£3,008

Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2021
from £3,228
1 Date
13th Jan - 30th Jan
£3,228
February 2021
from £3,278
1 Date
17th Feb - 6th Mar
£3,278
March 2021
from £3,178
1 Date
10th Mar - 27th Mar
£3,178
April 2021
from £2,838
1 Date
13th Apr - 30th Apr
£2,838
May 2021
from £2,928
1 Date
11th May - 28th May
£2,928
June 2021
from £3,028
1 Date
15th Jun - 2nd Jul
£3,028
July 2021
from £3,178
1 Date
13th Jul - 30th Jul
£3,178
August 2021
from £3,058
1 Date
10th Aug - 27th Aug
£3,058
September 2021
from £3,058
1 Date
7th Sep - 24th Sep
£3,058
October 2021
from £2,988
1 Date
5th Oct - 22nd Oct
£2,988
November 2021
from £3,108
1 Date
10th Nov - 27th Nov
£3,108

Dreams Playa Mujeres

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2021
from £3,348
1 Date
13th Jan - 30th Jan
£3,348
February 2021
from £3,398
1 Date
17th Feb - 6th Mar
£3,398
March 2021
from £3,298
1 Date
10th Mar - 27th Mar
£3,298
April 2021
from £2,928
1 Date
13th Apr - 30th Apr
£2,928
May 2021
from £2,998
1 Date
11th May - 28th May
£2,998
June 2021
from £3,098
1 Date
15th Jun - 2nd Jul
£3,098
July 2021
from £3,298
1 Date
13th Jul - 30th Jul
£3,298
August 2021
from £3,138
1 Date
10th Aug - 27th Aug
£3,138
September 2021
from £3,068
1 Date
7th Sep - 24th Sep
£3,068
October 2021
from £3,068
1 Date
5th Oct - 22nd Oct
£3,068
November 2021
from £3,208
1 Date
10th Nov - 27th Nov
£3,208

Beachscape Kin Ha Villas and Suites

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2021
from £2,768
1 Date
13th Jan - 30th Jan
£2,768
February 2021
from £2,738
1 Date
17th Feb - 6th Mar
£2,738
March 2021
from £2,638
1 Date
10th Mar - 27th Mar
£2,638
April 2021
from £2,538
1 Date
13th Apr - 30th Apr
£2,538
May 2021
from £2,638
1 Date
11th May - 28th May
£2,638
June 2021
from £2,738
1 Date
15th Jun - 2nd Jul
£2,738
July 2021
from £2,838
1 Date
13th Jul - 30th Jul
£2,838
August 2021
from £2,838
1 Date
10th Aug - 27th Aug
£2,838
September 2021
from £2,768
1 Date
7th Sep - 24th Sep
£2,768
October 2021
from £2,768
1 Date
5th Oct - 22nd Oct
£2,768
November 2021
from £2,768
1 Date
10th Nov - 27th Nov
£2,768

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Sunscape Akumal Beach Resort and Spa
3 nights
Cancun, Mexico
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Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa
3 nights
Cancun, Mexico
More details
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Important Information

A visa is not required for entry into Mexico - this will be issued on arrival. You will need to obtain an ESTA visa for travel via the USA before your arrival. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote Mercury Direct. The cost of the visa is £25 and you will need 6 months validity on your passport.

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices: ##Table##<table class="basic" cellspacing="0"><thead><tr><th><b>Age in Years</b></th><th><b>Up to 64</b></th><th><b>65 - 74</b></th><th><b>75 - 85</b></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Up to 17 days cover</td><td>£39</td><td>£75</td><td>£129</td></tr></tbody></table>##Table## For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

All flights are operated by United Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 35cm x 22cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your local guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Please note: there is no guide for the extension options.

Currency; The currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso, known as MXN. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are also widely accepted in Mexico should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour extension, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!