Mexico in 17 Days

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Our most complete tour of Mexico, combining the culture of Mexico's alluring colonial-era towns with the laid-back, sun-kissed beaches of the Riviera Maya!

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Guadalajara
Mexico City
Morelia
Patzcuaro
Riviera Maya
San Miguel de Allende
Tequila
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Activities
Some meals
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Discover Mexico, from the central highlands to the Caribbean coast! From the mega-metropolis of Mexico City, explore the ruins of Teotihuacan. Uncover the charms of Patzcuaro and the Mariachi music of Guadalajara. Taste tequila in its birthplace and fall for the cultural heritage of San Miguel de Allende before heading to the sun-kissed Riviera Maya for a relaxing 6-night All-Inclusive stay!

17 days trip including flights*

16 days and 15 nights in destination

1

LON - MEX

Mexico City

2

Mexico City

3

Mexico City

4

Patzcuaro

5

Guadalajara

6

Guadalajara

7

Guanajuato

8

San Miguel de Allende

9

Mexico City

10

MEX-CUN

Playa del Carmen

11

Playa del Carmen

12

Playa del Carmen

13

Playa del Carmen

14

Playa del Carmen

15

Playa del Carmen

16

CUN - LON

17

CUN - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Mexico City

Ready to uncover the vibrant culture, immersive history and mouth-watering cuisine of Mexico? Head to your departure airport to catch a flight to Mexico City.* Touch down in the Mexican capital and shared-transfer to your hotel. Famed for its huge population of more than 9 million people and high-altitude location, Mexico City is the largest city in North America and its incredible Centro Historic dates back to the days of the Aztec Empire. If time allows, spend the evening exploring at your leisure, taking in the breathtaking skyline or enjoying the capital's energetic nightlife. Overnight stay in Mexico City.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Mexico City

Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to get to know this megacity with a full-day Mexico City & Teotihuacan tour. Begin at the incredible Basilica of Guadalupe, one of the most important religious sites in the country, which houses the cloak containing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Leave the city and continue to Pachuca to visit the incredible Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone. Known as the city of the gods, here you can admire the impressive Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, among others. After the journey back in time, make an interesting stop to learn about the local use of the agave plant and volcanic obsidian stone before returning to Mexico City to visit the Zócalo and the National Palace. Continue to the historic Bosque de Chapultepec and end the day with a panoramic visit to the residential area of ​​Polanco and the famous Avenida Presidente Masaryk. After an action-packed day, return to the hotel and spend the evening relaxing at your leisure. Overnight stay in Mexico City.

Please note: the order of the visits on this day may vary.

 

Included
Full-day Mexico City & Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour
3rd Day: Mexico City

Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a free day to explore Mexico city at your leisure. There's a limitless number of things to see and do in this vast city, but some of the most popular sights include the magical Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, the National Anthropology Museum, and the legendary Frida Khalo Museum.* Of course, simply soaking up the atmosphere in the city's expansive plazas or diving into Mexican street food at the enormous Mercado de la Merced are equally as rewarding ways to spend the day! We recommend an optional visit to watch the mariachi bands of Plaza Garibaldi this evening.** Overnight stay in Mexico City.

*Optional visit to the National Museum of Anthropology: Enjoy entrance to the National Museum of Anthropology, the largest and most visited museum in Mexico. It houses the most important archaeological and ethnographic collection in the world, representing the Pre Hispanic past and the multicultural heritage of Mexico. 

*Optional excursion to Xochimilco, Coyoacan & Frida Khalo Museum: Take a panoramic tour and see the largest Bullfighting Ring in the world, the Poliforum Siqueiro and the Teatro de los Insurgentes. Visit the University of Mexico, the largest in Latin America and see the Olympic Stadium and the Central Library. Next, admire the mosaic murals of Juan O'Gorman and enjoy a cruise through the floating gardens of Lake Xochimilco aboard a traditional trajinera boat! Continue to the colonial center of Coyoacan to admire its 16th-century architecture before visiting the Frida Khalo Museum, where the world's most famous Latin American artist once lived!

**Optional Plaza Garibaldi at Night Show: Head to Plaza Garibaldi this evening to experience its famous mariachi bands and vibrant atmosphere! Enjoy an authentic Mexican fiesta with live music and dancing as you soak up the ambience of one of Mexico City's most emblematic nightlife spots! One drink included.

Please note: It is not possible to take both the Xochimilco and National Anthropology Museum excursions on this day, but you can combine either one of the day excursions with the Plaza Garibaldi Night Show. 

Optional
Visit to the National Museum of Anthropology
Optional
Excursion to Xochimilco, Coyoacan & Frida Khalo Museum
Optional
Plaza Garibaldi at Night Show
4th Day: Mexico City - Morelia - Patzcuaro

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the capital behind this morning, as you are picked up from the hotel and depart to Morelia, known as the city of the Pink Quarry. Admire this colonial city's beautiful pink sandstone architecture as you see its most important buildings including the Government Palace, the Plaza de Armas and the 18th-century Aqueduct. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Morelia was known as Valladolid until 1828 and is today considered one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the country. Visit the Fuente de las Tarascas and the Church of Gualupita before strolling through a local craft and candy market. In the afternoon, continue your journey west to the charming lakeside town of Patzcuaro, known for its cobblestone streets and fusion of indigenous and colonial architecture. On arrival, take a tour of Patzcuaro, once the capital of the ancient Purépecha kingdom. Known for its unique ambience and fusion of indigenous and colonial influences. Visit the most emblematic sights in the city, such as the Basilica of Our Lady of Health and Gertrudis Bocanegra Library, home to a mural by Juan O'Gorman. Also, see the House of the Eleven Patios, Plaza Don Vasco de Quiroga and the local market. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing or exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Patzcuaro.

Included
Morelia City Tour
Included
Patzcuaro City Tour
5th Day: Patzcuaro - Tzintzuntzan - Capula - Guadalajara

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with by taking in the views of Janizio Island from Patzcuaro Pier. Afterwards, pay a visit to the town of Tzintzuntzan, the ceremonial center of the pre-Columbian Tarascan state, before making a brief stop in the town of Capula, home to the largest Catrina statue in the world! Continue your journey around Lake Janitzio as you travel to Guadalajara, most famous as the capital of mariachi music! Arrive in the afternoon and enjoy a visit to the vibrant town of Tlaquepaque, known for its handicrafts and artistic heritage, Tlaquepaque is a colorful city and one of the best places in the country to buy authentic Mexican ceramics! Afterwards, head to your hotel in Guadalajara and spend the evening exploring at your own pace, perhaps indulging in the city's lively nightlife and excellent Mexican cuisine. Overnight stay in Guadalajara. 

Included
Brief visit to Capula
Included
Tzintzuntzan Visit
Included
Tlaquepaque visit
6th Day: Guadalajara - Tequila - Guadalajara

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the city this morning and head north to the world-famous town of Tequila. Of course, this town is known for one thing in particular, as the birthplace of one of the world's most popular spirits. On arrival, pay a visit to a local distillery to see how the blue agave plant is used to produce tequila. Afterwards, return to Guadalajara to enjoy an eye-opening tour of this glorious city. As the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, this vibrant city is home to an array of beautiful colonial-era architecture, such as its Guadalajara Cathedral and Government Palace. See the Degollado Theatre and the Hospicio Cabañas, a cultural venue home to the murals of the renowned Jalisco painter José Clemente Orozco. After a good overview of Guadalajara, enjoy the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Why not visit a local bar to indulge in a tequila-based drink or dive into the city's fantastic food scene? Overnight stay in Guadalajara. 

Included
Visit to a Tequila Distillery
Included
City Tour of Guadalajara
7th Day: Guadalajara - Guanajuato

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Guanajuato, a city in central Mexico known for its silver mining history and colonial architecture. Arrive and embark on a city tour of Guanajuato. Discover its subterranean streets and its opulent 18th-century architecture, a result of the city's wealth during the boom years of silver mining! Visit Juarez Theatre, the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato, the University, the Hidalgo Market and the Alhóndiga Museum. Finally, walk through the legendary 'Alley of the Kiss', one of the city's narrowest streets where the balconies facing each other are so close, that it's said the residents could lean across and kiss their neighbor on the opposite side of the street! Afterwards. check-in at the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Discover Guanajuato's atmospheric old town and narrow cobblestoned alleys or people watch from the cafe terraces at the leady Jardín de la Unión. Overnight stay in Guanajuato.

Included
City Tour of Guanajuato
8th Day: Guanajuato - San Miguel de Allende

Breakfast at the hotel. Head east to the famous city of San Miguel de Allende today, in Mexico's Central Highlands. Home to an enchanting mix of colonial and baroque-era architecture, a vibrant foodie scene and excellent rooftop bars, San Miguel de Allende has become very popular with tourists and ex-pats in recent years. On the way, make a brief stop in Dolores Hidalgo and Atotonilco. Arrive and enjoy a city tour of San Miguel de Allende to discover its most emblematic buildings and get a feel for the city's vibrant atmosphere. Visit the Municipal Palace, the Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal, the Allende Institute of Art and Culture, with its beautiful chapel, and the Temple of the Immaculate Conception, among other highlights. On the way to the hotel, see the Paso de Camino Real and once checked in, spend the evening exploring the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in San Miguel de Allende. 

Included
City Tour of San Miguel de Allende
Included
Atotonilco visit
Included
Dolores Hidalgo Visit
9th Day: San Miguel de Allende - Queretaro - Mexico City

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Querétaro this morning to explore its magnificent colonial center home to the house of the Corregidora, the stately Mansions of the Marquesa de la Villa del Villar del Águila and the house of the Count of Sierra Gorda. End the day with a final journey back to Mexico City, sighting the famous Los Arcos Querétaro Aqueduct as you leave Querétaro. Once you've arrived and checked in at the hotel, spend your final evening in Mexico at your leisure, doing some last-minute souvenir shopping or dining on authentic Mexican cuisine! Overnight stay in Mexico City.

Included
Tour of Querétaro
10th Day: Mexico City - Riviera Maya

Breakfast at the hotel*. It's time to head to the paradise shores of the idyllic Riviera Maya! Shared-transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Cancun. Arrive in sun-kissed Cancun, and transfer to your hotel on the Riviera Maya, to begin your stay on an All-Inclusive basis. Get settled and begin to unwind as you soak up the sea views and explore the facilities of your resort. Overnight stay in the Riviera Maya.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

11th Day: Riviera Maya

All-Inclusive. Enjoy a laid-back day at your leisure. Relax on the beach and make the most of the excellent facilities at your hotel. Alternatively, don't miss the chance to visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World with our optional excursion to legendary Chichen Itza!* Overnight stay in the Riviera Maya.

Optional Chichen Itza & Cenote Excursion:  Visit the legendary ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a relic of the ancient Maya civilization. Explore its two distinct architectural zones before heading to a sacred underground cenote for a refreshing swim. Buffet lunch included.

Optional
Chichen Itza & Cenote Excursion
12th Day: Riviera Maya

All-Inclusive. Another day in paradise at your leisure. Get to know the charming town of Playa del Carmen, home to quirky boutiques and a selection of bars and restaurants or simply spend the day sunning yourself at the beach! We recommend an optional visit to Xcaret Park, a water park and eco-archaeological site, where you can enjoy a number of exciting activities!* Overnight stay in the Riviera Maya.

Optional 'Plus' Entrance ticket to Xcaret Park: A fun-filled day awaits at Xcaret Park, a sacred paradise in Playa del Carmen. With your 'plus' entrance ticket you can access all kinds of activities and sights, from the butterfly pavilion to the underground river, a number of natural pools, the coral reef aquarium and the tropical nature trail. Transfers included.

Optional
'Plus' Entrance ticket to Xcaret Park
13th Day: Riviera Maya

All-Inclusive. Enjoy soaking up the Caribbean sunshine at your leisure. Alternatively, we recommend exploring one of the most beautiful archaeological treasures in Mexico with our Tulum and Xel-Ha excursion or the Xplor Adventure Park excursion!* Overnight stay in the Riviera Maya.

* Optional Tulum & Xel-Ha Excursion: Visit the incredible Tulum Archaeological Zone, perched on a cliffside overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea. After exploring the abandoned ruins head to Xel-Ha Marine Park for an up-close look at tropical aquatic animals.

Optional Entrance to Xplor Adventure Park: Discover the lush rainforests and natural wonders of the Yucutan Peninsula with entrance to the Xplore Adventure Park! Fly along zip-lines, explore the rainforest in amphibious vehicles, swim in a cenote or paddle through underground caverns, the choice is yours!

Please note: you can only choose one of the optional excursions on this day.

Optional
Entrance to Xplor Adventure Park
Optional
Tulum & Xel-Ha Excursion
14th Day: Riviera Maya

All-Inclusive. Spend the day kicking back on the beach or sightseeing at your own pace. Why not pay a visit to the lively city of Cancun or find a shady spot on by the sea to while away the day with a good book? We recommend an optional Catamaran Cruise to Isla Mujeres.* Overnight stay in the Riviera Maya.

 * Optional Catamaran Cruise to Isla Mujeres: Set sail to idyllic Isla Mujeres home to incredible coral reefs and tranquil white-sand beaches. Snorkel to discover the underwater world, enjoy an open bar onboard and at the beach club, tuck into a buffet lunch and visit the downtown area of Isla Mujeres.

Please note: this excursion is not available on Sundays.

Optional
Full-Day Cruise to Isla Mujeres
15th Day: Riviera Maya

All-Inclusive. Your final day to enjoy the idyllic landscapes and laid-back atmosphere of the Riviera Maya. Why not opt for one of our optional excursions to make the most of the final moments in Mexico?* Overnight stay in the Riviera Maya.

* Optional Tulum Express Half-Day Tour: Explore these famous ancient Mayan ruins on a half-day tour of the archaeological site and pre-Colombian city of Tulum. See all the main monuments, dating back to the 12th century and enjoy beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea!

* Optional Rio Secreto Excursion: Explore the natural wonders of the Río Secreto, an ancient underground river! Float in the crystal clear waters and admire the incredible geological formations with this one-of-a-kind adventure!

Please note: you can only choose one of the optional excursions on this day.

Optional
Tulum Express Half-Day Tour
Optional
Rio Secreto Excursion
16th Day: Riviera Maya - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel.* Sadly, it's time to bring your trip to an end. Filled with fond memories of your time in Mexico, transfer to Cancun airport for your flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

17th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

Accommodation: 15 Nights

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Included

Included activity for day 2

Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:10 Approx

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Light

Full-day Mexico City & Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour

See the highlights of Mexico City, including the Plaza de las Tres Cultures, the Basilica of Guadalupe, the Zócalo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Visit Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone to admire its impressive Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon.

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Included activity for day 4

Duration 00:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Morelia City Tour

Admire the colonial architecture of Morelia as you see its most important buildings including the Government Palace, the Plaza de Armas and the Aqueduct. Visit the Fuente de las Tarascas and the Church of Gualupita and stroll through a local craft market.

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Included activity for day 4 in Patzcuaro

Duration 00:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

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Light

Patzcuaro City Tour

Get to know Patzcuaro, once the capital of the ancient Purépecha kingdom. Visit the most emblematic sights in the city, such as the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, the House of Eleven Patios and Gertrudis Bocanegra Library, Plaza Vasco de Quiroga and more!

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Included

Included activity for day 5

Tlaquepaque visit

Enjoy a visit to the vibrant town of Tlaquepaque, known for its handicrafts and artistic heritage, Tlaquepaque is a colourful city and one of the best places in the country to buy authentic Mexican ceramics!

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 3

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 20:00 Approx

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Light

Plaza Garibaldi at Night Show

Head to Plaza Garibaldi this evening to experience its famous mariachi bands and vibrant atmosphere! Enjoy an authentic Mexican fiesta as you soak up the ambience of one of Mexico City's most emblematic nightlife spots! One drink included.

What's included: Roundtrip transfers, drink, show

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 3

Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Excursion to Xochimilco, Coyoacan & Frida Khalo Museum

See the largest Bullfighting Ring in the world and the Poliforum Siqueiro. Visit the University of Mexico and cruise on Lake Xochimilco aboard a traditional trajinera boat! Finally, head to the colonial centre of Coyoacan and visit the Frida Khalo Museum.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 3

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Visit to the National Museum of Anthropology

Enjoy entrance to the National Museum of Anthropology, the largest and most visited museum in Mexico. It houses the most important archaeological and ethnographic collection in the world.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 11

Duration 10:45h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Chichen Itza & Cenote Excursion

Visit the legendary ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a relic of the ancient Maya civilization. Explore its two distinct architectural zones before heading to an underground cenote for a refreshing dip. Buffet lunch included.

What's included: Round trip transportation, admission to the archaeological zone, tour with a guide, buffet lunch, two non-alcoholic drinks during the meal, desserts, visit to the Cenote, optional time to swim, panoramic visit of Valladolid.

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Mexico City, Cancun - UK/Ireland. *
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  • Internal flights: Mexico City - Cancun. **
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  • 15 nights accommodation in Charm, Superior and Semi-Luxury category hotels.
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  • 15 breakfasts in during the tour and All-inclusive in the Riviera Maya.***
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  • Shared-transfers included during the tour and private transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle in the Riviera Maya.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • Local guide in Mexico City & English/Spanish-speaking driver for the entire tour.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Taxes (Environmental and Visitax)*, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

TAXES TO PAY IN QUINTANA ROO:
Environmental Sanitation Tax: 25.26 Mexican pesos, per room, per night to be paid directly to the hotel at check-in.
Visitax for visiting Quintana Roo: 224 Mexican pesos (approx $11 USD) per person to be paid in advance online at: http://www.visitax.gob.mx Proof of payment must be shown at the airport before your departure flight.

*If your destination is in the USA or Canada, or if your selected flights to a different destination have connections in the USA or Canada, it is mandatory to have an ESTA (for USA) or an eTA (for Canada) before travelling.

ESTAhttps://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

eTAhttps://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html 

** Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

*** All-inclusive program ends with the breakfast of the day of departure. If your outbound flight departs at 10:00 or before, you will not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day. Scheduled time for free beverages in all-inclusive hotels: 11:00 to 22:00. The breakfast included in the All-Inclusive program is an American-style breakfast. 

 

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Visa
    No visa is required. Departure tax from Cancun is 1000 pesos (around 55$).
  • Currency
    Peso.
  • Language
    Spanish.
  • Electricity
    127 V. Adapter required.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC - 06:00 to UTC - 08:00.
  • Other useful information
    Free support for tourists by calling 078.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://www.visitmexico.com

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

In Mexico, triple rooms do not have 3 beds, will be always 2 double beds.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

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