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Grand Tour of Mexico including

Cancun Beach Stay

  • UK
  • Cancun
  • Mexico City
  • Puebla
  • Oaxaca
  • San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Palenque
  • Campeche
  • Merida
  • Chichen Itza
  • Cancun
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £229pp

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

Extension from £229pp

Tour + Extension from £2528pp

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Cancun Beach Stay

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.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Cancun

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

  • Dinner
Cancun to Mexico City

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.

  • Breakfast
Mexico City

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.

  • Breakfast
Mexico City to Puebla

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.

  • Breakfast
Puebla to Oaxaca

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.

  • 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.

  • Breakfast
Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas

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.

  • Breakfast
San Cristobal de las Casas

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.

  • Breakfast
San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque

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.

  • 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.

  • Breakfast
Palenque to Campeche

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.

  • Breakfast
Campeche to Merida

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.

  • 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.

  • Breakfast
Merida to Chichen Itza

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.

  • Breakfast
Chichen Itza to Cancun to the UK

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.

  • Breakfast
Chichen Itza to Cancun to the UK

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.

  • Breakfast

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

  • Breakfast

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

  • Breakfast
Cancun to the UK

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

  • Breakfast

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:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
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 £250pp 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.

Flight Information

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.

Health and Vaccinations

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

Physical Accessibility

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.

Group Size

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.

Tour Guide

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 Information

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.

Personal Expenses

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!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2020 DATES
Sunscape Akumal Beach Resort and Spa
04 Nov 202021 Nov 2020£469£2499£2968Book Now
02 Dec 202019 Dec 2020£469£2499£2968Book Now
2021 DATES
13 Jan 202130 Jan 2021£559£2529£3088Book Now
17 Feb 202106 Mar 2021£589£2499£3088Book Now
10 Mar 202127 Mar 2021£589£2399£2988Book Now
14 Apr 202101 May 2021£429£2299£2728Book Now
12 May 202129 May 2021£449£2399£2848Book Now
16 Jun 202103 Jul 2021£449£2499£2948Book Now
14 Jul 202131 Jul 2021£499£2599£3098Book Now
11 Aug 202128 Aug 2021£399£2599£2998Book Now
08 Sep 202125 Sep 2021£399£2529£2928Book Now
06 Oct 202123 Oct 2021£399£2529£2928Book Now
10 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£479£2529£3008Book Now
2020 DATES
Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa
04 Nov 202021 Nov 2020£549£2499£3048Book Now
02 Dec 202019 Dec 2020£549£2499£3048Book Now
2021 DATES
13 Jan 202130 Jan 2021£699£2529£3228Book Now
17 Feb 202106 Mar 2021£779£2499£3278Book Now
10 Mar 202127 Mar 2021£779£2399£3178Book Now
14 Apr 202101 May 2021£539£2299£2838Book Now
12 May 202129 May 2021£529£2399£2928Book Now
16 Jun 202103 Jul 2021£529£2499£3028Book Now
14 Jul 202131 Jul 2021£579£2599£3178Book Now
11 Aug 202128 Aug 2021£459£2599£3058Book Now
08 Sep 202125 Sep 2021£529£2529£3058Book Now
06 Oct 202123 Oct 2021£459£2529£2988Book Now
10 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£579£2529£3108Book Now
2020 DATES
Dreams Playa Mujeres
04 Nov 202021 Nov 2020£649£2499£3148Book Now
02 Dec 202019 Dec 2020£649£2499£3148Book Now
2021 DATES
13 Jan 202130 Jan 2021£819£2529£3348Book Now
17 Feb 202106 Mar 2021£899£2499£3398Book Now
10 Mar 202127 Mar 2021£899£2399£3298Book Now
14 Apr 202101 May 2021£629£2299£2928Book Now
12 May 202129 May 2021£599£2399£2998Book Now
16 Jun 202103 Jul 2021£599£2499£3098Book Now
14 Jul 202131 Jul 2021£699£2599£3298Book Now
11 Aug 202128 Aug 2021£539£2599£3138Book Now
08 Sep 202125 Sep 2021£539£2529£3068Book Now
06 Oct 202123 Oct 2021£539£2529£3068Book Now
10 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£679£2529£3208Book Now
2020 DATES
Beachscape Kin Ha Villas and Suites
07 Oct 202024 Oct 2020£229£2449£2678Please call to book
0800 781 4893
04 Nov 202021 Nov 2020£229£2499£2728Book Now
02 Dec 202019 Dec 2020£229£2499£2728Book Now
2021 DATES
13 Jan 202130 Jan 2021£239£2529£2768Book Now
17 Feb 202106 Mar 2021£239£2499£2738Book Now
10 Mar 202127 Mar 2021£239£2399£2638Book Now
14 Apr 202101 May 2021£239£2299£2538Book Now
12 May 202129 May 2021£239£2399£2638Book Now
16 Jun 202103 Jul 2021£239£2499£2738Book Now
14 Jul 202131 Jul 2021£239£2599£2838Book Now
11 Aug 202128 Aug 2021£239£2599£2838Book Now
08 Sep 202125 Sep 2021£239£2529£2768Book Now
06 Oct 202123 Oct 2021£239£2529£2768Book Now
10 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£239£2529£2768Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File

Mexican Peso

Average Flying time

9-10 hours

Min/Max temperature

21 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Spanish, English

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.




Chichen Itza


What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Binoculars
Tour Dossiers
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