Treasures of Mexico’s Yucatan

1. Home to Cancun
Today we fly to Cancun and check into our oceanfront resort in this Caribbean paradise. This evening enjoy a welcome reception and meet your tour director and fellow travelers.
Included Meals: Reception
Hotel: Sheraton Resort Cancun

Day 2  Cancun-Valladolid-Chichen
Visit the charming village of Valladolid en route to spectacular Chichen Itza. Stop at Dzitnup, where a large cave features hanging stalagmites. Take some time here to enjoy a swim in the refreshing waters or explore the many tunnels leading off the cenote. In the late afternoon, arrive at Chichen Itza, and check into the world renowned Mayaland Hotel, your home for the next two nights.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Hotel Mayaland

3. Chichen Itza
A full is given today to explore this most important and strategic ancient city. Chichen Itza was built by the Maya between 600 and 900 AD., abandoned by the end of the 10th century, and re-established in the 11th and 12th centuries, possibly by the Toltecs. The site sits amid three miles of cleared forest scrub. Visit the Ball Court, where human sacrifices toke place; El Castillo, a building dedicated to the high priest; and the Cenote Sagrado, the sacred well once filled with priceless treasures offered to the gods.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

4. Chichen Itza-Izamel-Merida
Today drive to Izamel–a delightful town once a classic Maya religious site and in later years a home to Spanish missionaries who brough Christianity to the Maya. Later this afternoon, arrive in Merida, the capital of the Yucatan state. Spend the next three night at your beauituful hotel in Merida’s colonial heart.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Hyatt Regency

5. Merida.
Conquered in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo, Merida remained under Spanish control for the next 300 years. This morning’s city tour features a variety of European architectural styles by visiting the cathedral, the zocalo (main square) and the elegant boulevard Paseo Montejo. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon as your hotel is centrally located. Maybe shop for local wares or visit some of the nearby museums such including the Museum of Anthropology and History, with wonderful displays of Maya artifacts from many different sites in the Yucatan state. Join us this evening for dinner with local musical entertainment.
Include Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

6. Merida. Tour to Uxmal & Kabah
Today’s sightseeing includes Uxmal. Built during the classic period, Uxmal is the most famous of the ruins in the Puuc region. Its architecture is considered one of the masterpieces of the old civilization. Later visit Kabah, a small interesting archaeological site famous for its Palace of Masks. In the late afternoon, return to Merida. Enjoy dinner tonight at one of Merida’s top restaurants.
Include Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

7. Merida-Coba-Tulum-Playa del Carmen
Coba was an important Maya city during the 8th and 9th centuries with an estimated population of 50,000 but abandoned for reasons unknown. Today the village straddles Lago Coba and is surrounded by dense green jungle. Later motor along to the beachfront ruins of Tulum. This stunning 12th-century site, was once inhabited by the Mayas and Toltecs, and is set atop coastal cliffs overlooking the Carribean. Take time to soak in the breathtaking views before we continue to your popular resort of Playa del Carmen.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Barcello Maya Beach Resort

8. Playa del Carmen-Cancun-Home
Take time this morning to relax at your resort hotel before heading back to Cancun. A stop will be made at the airport before returning to the Sheraton for those taking the three-night extension.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Tour Highlights

Chichen Itza Sightseeing; visit the Ball Court, El Castillo, and the Cenote Sagrado
Merida City sightseeing
Uxmal Sightseeing
Kabah Visit the Palace of Masks
Tulum Sightseeing
Swim and explore the cave at Dzitnup, beachfront ruins of Tulum
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