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The Mayan Trail


DAY 1 : UK - Cancun.

Fly to Cancun where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for one night. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Cancun - Ek Balam - Valladolid.

Head for the north coast of the peninsula to visit Ek Balam, where exceptional stuccoes have been uncovered and preserved. Travel onto San Bernardino Monastery, one of the most beautiful buildings of the colonial Yucatan which was constructed in 1552. Journey on to Valladolid for an afternoon at leisure. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Valladolid - Chichen Itza - Merida.

The most famous Mayan masterpiece on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is a fascinating archaeological site dating back over 1500 years. This morning's visit takes in highlights such as the spectacular step-pyramid El Castillo - dedicated to the god Kukulkan and constructed in nine tiers to represent the Mayan calendar. Also see the Toltec plaza, the elaborately carved Temple of the Warriors and the legendary ball court. The rest of the day is at leisure. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Merida - Uxmal.

Renowned for its laid-back, friendly atmosphere, charming Merida is the largest city on the peninsula and capital of the Yucatan State. Explore this lovely city on an included sightseeing tour taking in the elegant Paseo de Montejo - a broad, tree-lined boulevard edged by elaborate grand mansions. You will also see the magnificent 16th-century colonial architecture of Plaza de la Constitucion, such as the Cathedral de San Ildefonso and Casa de Montejo Palace. Admire the many cosmopolitan plazas, quaint churches, colourful markets and lush, spacious parks before completing your trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Uxmal.

Nestled amidst the Puuc hills, Uxmal archaeological site is a World Heritage Site rich in finely carved stonework and spectacular geometric-patterned mosaics. Today, marvel at the legendary Pyramid of the Magician, the former teaching arena - later renamed The Nunnery Quadrangle by conquistadors who believed it looked European. Admire the serenely beautiful House of Turtles, named after its finely honed sculptures of turtles, the reptile thought to represent rain. This afternoon, why not join the optional trip to the remote village of Santa Elena to admire spectacular views from its hilltop church. This evening, enjoy a sound and light show, staged inside the Nunnery Quadrangle. NOTE: Headset audio commentary in English is included. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Uxmal - Puuc Route - Uxmal.

Follow the delightful Puuc Route on a trail amongst some of the most important archaeological sites on the Yucatan. Start with the former city of Labna and its fantastic archway, before viewing the tranquil Great Palace in Sayil and end at the famous Palace of Masks in Kabah, one of the most striking Mayan buildings adorned with multiple carvings of the Mayan rain god Chac. Return to Uxmal. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Uxmal - Celestun - Chichen Itza.

After breakfast leave Uxmal and journey to Celestún, a town in Yucatán. Surrounding the town is the 147,500-acre Parque Natural del Flamenco Mexicano (also known as the Celestun Biosphere Reserve), a wetland reserve that is the winter home to vast flocks of flamingos, as well as many herons and other bird species. It is also known as a hatching ground for endangered sea turtles. Afterwards, journey on to Chichen Itza for one night. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Chichen Itza - Cancun - UK.

Transfer to Cancun airport for your overnight flight to the UK, or extend your stay on the Mayan Riviera. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Land home in the UK.

What's Included
VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
Flights
Accommodation on tour
Meals on tour - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Services of a tour director
Porterage
Transfers
All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable

Holiday Highlights
Ek Balam
Chichen Itza
Merida
Uxmal Sound and light show
Puuc Route
Celestun Biosphere Reserve