GLOBUS 2018: The Wonders of Mexico's Yucatan (YY)
8 days from Cancun to Cancun
Home to one of the world's most sophisticated ancient cultures, Mexico's Yucatan offers fascinating archaeological sites and interesting colonial cities. On this Yucatan tour, you'll explore many of these archaeological ruins and discover its fun cities with overnights in Cancun, Chichen Itza, Merida, Campeche, and Uxmal.In ancient times, the Maya built complex cities, developed an accurate calendar, aligned their buildings for astronomical purposes, and learned to effectively farm. On this Yucatan tour, you'll learn about this intriguing culture and visit some of its greatest ruins. Stay at the renowned Hotel Mayaland steps away from Chichen Itza and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Maya between 600 and 900 AD. Here, visit the Ball Court, site of sacrifices; El Castillo, a pyramid dedicated to the high priest; and Cenote Sagrado, a sacred underwater sinkhole used for sacrifices to the gods. You'll also explore Ek' Balam, at the height of its importance from 600-900 AD, and Uxmal, one of the Maya's ancient masterpieces and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.On this tour through Mexico's Yucatan, you'll also explore the colonial cities of Valladolid, with its charming streets and interesting churches; Merida, where you'll stay in a former colonial mansion; and the coastal town of Campeche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with baroque Spanish architecture. You'll cruise through the mangroves at Rio Lagartos, a Biosphere Reserve where you'll see pink flamingos, and you'll enjoy some out-of-the-ordinary experiences offered by Globus, including a visit to a Panama hat maker in Becal and a cooking demonstration in Uxmal. From the fun experiences to the fascinating sites, this Yucatan tour is a perfect vacation!
|Offer valid through 9/30/2017|
|Day 1||Cancun||Welcome to Cancun! At 6 pm, meet your fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure. (D)|
|Day 2||Chichen Itza||This morning, visit the colonial city of Valladolid, known for its charming streets and sun-splashed walls. After a short orientation tour, there's time to explore on your own. Next, on to Chichen Itza, where the renowned Hotel Mayaland is your home for the next two nights. You may wish to take a dip in the pool, stroll through the beautiful gardens, or just enjoy a cool drink. (B,D) SPECIAL FEATURE: Located in the heart of Chichen Itza Archaeology Park, the Hotel Mayaland is set on 100 acres of tropical gardens and maintains its own private entrance to the park. Built in 1923, it's the world's oldest hotel inside an archaeological site, and has been named a 'must see' by Conde Nast Traveler. |
|Day 3||Chichen Itza||Today we visit the enormous and elaborate pyramid inside the Mayan site of EK' BALAM. Meaning 'black jaguar,' Ek' Balam was at the height of its importance as a Mayan city during the Late Classic Period (600-900 AD). When the Mayas abandoned the site, it went undercover as the dense low-lying jungle of the Yucatan engulfed it. Found by archaeologists and adventurers, its restoration has been ongoing since 1997. We then continue to the Biosphere Reserve of RIO LAGARTOS, home to nearly 90,000 pink flamingos and 400 other bird species. Learn about the preservation of this area and what is being done to protect the wildlife of the region. Enjoy a CRUISE through the mangroves, the feeding ground of the beautiful flamingos. Return to Chichen Itza, where this evening, you are invited to attend the SOUND & LIGHT SHOW. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Merida||This morning, explore CHICHEN ITZA, built by the Maya between 600 and 900 AD. It was abandoned by the end of the 10th century and re-established in the 11th and 12th centuries, possibly by the Toltecs. Visit the BALL COURT, site of sacrifices; EL CASTILLO, a formidable building dedicated to the high priest; and the CENOTE SAGRADO, the sacred well once filled with priceless treasure offered to the gods. Later, journey to Merida, capital of the Yucatan state and its colonial heart. Enjoy a city tour including the cathedral, Governor Palace, and the tree-lined streets of Paseo de Montejo. Your hotel this evening is a former colonial mansion that is within walking distance of shopping and the historic city center. (B)|
|Day 5||Campeche||There's more time this morning to explore Merida. We then continue to the village of Becal. For more than a century, the skilled hat weavers of Becal have been weaving Panama Hats using ancient Mayan techniques. We'll visit a local [LF] HAT MAKER to learn about the history and the hat-making process. Continue to the coastal town of Campeche, once a fortified pirate haven and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you'll find a captivating port filled with history, baroque Spanish architecture, and natural beauty. (B)|
|Day 6||Uxmal||This morning's city tour includes visits to the vibrant malecon (waterfront) area, the historic fort of SAN FRANCISCO DE CAMPECHE, and the historic downtown area. Have your camera handy, as Campeche has spent the last few years restoring hundreds of downtown buildings, making it one of the most photogenic colonial cities in all of Mexico. Arrive later this afternoon in Uxmal. Tickets are included tonight for the exciting SOUND & LIGHT SHOW, full of magic and mystery. (B,D)SPECIAL FEATURE: Your home for the next two nights is the Hacienda Uxmal. Set on lush tropical grounds and just a short walk from the Uxmal Archaeological Park, the Hacienda Uxmal has hosted royalty and celebrities, including Queen Elizabeth, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Henry Kissinger. |
|Day 7||Uxmal||This morning, a unique [LF] COOKING DEMONSTRATION is in store for you. Here you will learn the traditions still practiced in most of the rural Mayan communities. Learn about the special ingredients and spices used, how the food is prepared, and then enjoy a delicious meal with new friends. Then, visit the most famous ruins of the Puuc region, UXMAL. Its architecture is considered one of the masterpieces of the old civilizations. Later, visit the CHOCO-STORY MUSEUM, where you'll learn the history of coca, its importance to the Mayans, and see how chocolate was prepared using an ancestral recipe. You'll even have the chance to [LF] make your own BEVERAGE with ingredients you choose. Tonight, enjoy a festive farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director. (B,D)|
|Day 8||Uxmal-Cancun||After breakfast this morning, depart for Cancun. Please schedule flights from Cancun International Airport after 2 pm. The tour ends at the Beachscape Cancun Kin Ha Hotel for those guests extending their stay. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase. Prices based on double room occupancy. Single Room Supplement: $300Triple Room Reduction per person: $140 Extra Nights per person in Cancun: February 1-April 8: in single room $247; in twin room $149; in triple room $130April 9-April 23: in single room $289; in twin room $170; in triple room $159April 24-April 30 & September-December: in single room $211; in twin room $128; in triple room $111February 1-April 8 (2018): in single room $258; in twin room $156; in triple room $1362018 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2017.
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