Multi-Day Tour

Tranquility in the Yucatan (10 days)

Journey Mexico

Merida, Mexico To Cancún, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2099

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Merida, Mexico
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Arrival to Merida

Upon arrival at the airport in Merida, enjoy a private transfer to Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel, your home in the Celestun Biosphere Reserve for three nights. Arrive in time to stroll the many nature paths and dine this evening on fresh seafood from the surrounding waters.

Day 2
Merida, Mexico
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Celestun Biosphere Reserve

Today we visit the Celestun Biosphere Reserve where you can choose from several activities. You can bike several miles around the reserve, kayak the local waters or enjoy the Wellness Center. The Wellness Center offers the following: yoga pavilion with wooden floor under a beautiful circular palapa; group pavilion space for Tai Chi, Pilates, dance, drumming, and other group activities with ceiling fans; group workshop; aditional sunrise and sunset-facing outdoor terraces for outdoor yoga practice and meditation; circular wellness pool with round Jacuzzi and deeply relaxing oval poolside beds; healthy snack bar with vegetarian options; juice therapy, based on organic fruit and vegetable combinations, enjoyed in a harmonic circular thatched palapa; SPA bungalows with privacy screens open to the sea for healing massage, aromatherapy and other treatments; fitness gym immersed in tropical vegetation, with specialized cardio, strength-building and balance equipment.

Upon return to hotel Xixim, from your bungalow you will have direct exclusive access to 3 miles of white sand beaches filled with shells and conchs. On the Xixim beach you can chill out under our shady ramada resting areas, sunbathe, play volleyball, or sail in a kayak, all without additional cost. Day 2-3

Day 3
Merida, Mexico
None None

Celestun Biosphere Reserve

Today we visit the Celestun Biosphere Reserve where you can choose from several activities. You can bike several miles around the reserve, kayak the local waters or enjoy the Wellness Center. The Wellness Center offers the following: yoga pavilion with wooden floor under a beautiful circular palapa; group pavilion space for Tai Chi, Pilates, dance, drumming, and other group activities with ceiling fans; group workshop; aditional sunrise and sunset-facing outdoor terraces for outdoor yoga practice and meditation; circular wellness pool with round Jacuzzi and deeply relaxing oval poolside beds; healthy snack bar with vegetarian options; juice therapy, based on organic fruit and vegetable combinations, enjoyed in a harmonic circular thatched palapa; SPA bungalows with privacy screens open to the sea for healing massage, aromatherapy and other treatments; fitness gym immersed in tropical vegetation, with specialized cardio, strength-building and balance equipment.

Upon return to hotel Xixim, from your bungalow you will have direct exclusive access to 3 miles of white sand beaches filled with shells and conchs. On the Xixim beach you can chill out under our shady ramada resting areas, sunbathe, play volleyball, or sail in a kayak, all without additional cost. Day 2-3

Day 4
Chichen Itza, Mexico
None None

Cultural Crossroads Merida and Chichen Itza

Toda you will depart Celestun for the Yucatan’s cultural crossroads at Merida, where you will enjoy a city tour before traveling onward to World Heritage Chichen Itza and Valladolid, where you will sleep tonight atop a perfumery and wake to enjoy time in the Pueblo Magico of Valladolid and optional aroma therapy at Coqui Coqui. The view from the room at Coqui Coqui on the beautiful tropical garden, a little pool of fresh water and our tailored spa treatments will pamper you during this extraordinary experience. The suite benefits of a reassuring and colorful small-town sight, on the historical and charming Calzada de los Frailes, a few blocks away from the charming and full of life main Cathedral and walking distance from the silent and secluded Convent of San Bernardino de Siena. As life slows down, your senses will wake up in a new peaceful dimension.

Day 5
Valladolid, Mexico
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Ek Balam & Spa Treatments Valladolid

Enjoy a private tour after breakfast this morning to visit the fantastic and little-understood settlement of Ek Balam. Virtually unknown until a few years ago, this Mayan center, whose name translates to “Black Jaguar,” appears to have been established as early 600BCE and maintained a pollution into the Spanish Conquest until 1600AD. Restoration began in earnest in the mid-1990s and the excavated structures with stuccos have yielded much improved understanding of the Mayan culture that once flourished here. During a privately guided tour, your expert local guide will show you the ball court and temples, including the great Acropolís, with winged human figures and a jaguar mouth entrance to what may have been the 9th Century King Ukit-Kan-Lek-Tok’s tomb. After the excursion, we return to the hotel where you can choose from two spa treatments: Coqui-Coqui Ritual or Swedish Massage. The Coqui Coqui house-created treatment starts with a Honey and sea salt scrub, after a rinse you will be wrapped in the powerful local aloe vera wrap, while it deeply hydrates and re-mineralyzes your skin, you will have a hair treatment and massage, after a shower, with your refreshed skin, you will feel blessed under an aromatherapy oil massage, and, for the grand finale, a candlelight experience of warm coconut milk and salts bath (3 hours).

Day 6
Holbox
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Private Transfer to Holbox Island

Enjoy optional spa treatment and a relaxing morning in Valladolid, depart by private vehicle for the ferry landing at Chiquilá, where you will board a private boat for Holbox Island and Casa Sandra. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two on the beach with a bottle of wine and three courses included.

Day 7
Holbox, Mexico
None None

Isla Holbox

Your boutique hotel, Casa Sandra,  is a unique property, conceived with art and coziness in mind, where every detail is specially thought of. This is where artists, musicians, poets and bohemian people feel at home. They offer a truly personalized service, at all time and are sincerely committed to the complete guest experience. Feelings, emotions, poetry, touches of color, aromas of black coffee, hammocks, fabric on the balconies, fluffy sheets, the sea at every angle, and romantic evenings create the magic of the “place of your dreams”. Day 7-9

Day 8
Holbox, Mexico
None None

Isla Holbox

Your boutique hotel, Casa Sandra,  is a unique property, conceived with art and coziness in mind, where every detail is specially thought of. This is where artists, musicians, poets and bohemian people feel at home. They offer a truly personalized service, at all time and are sincerely committed to the complete guest experience. Feelings, emotions, poetry, touches of color, aromas of black coffee, hammocks, fabric on the balconies, fluffy sheets, the sea at every angle, and romantic evenings create the magic of the “place of your dreams”. Day 7-9

Day 9
Holbox, Mexico
None None

Isla Holbox

Your boutique hotel, Casa Sandra,  is a unique property, conceived with art and coziness in mind, where every detail is specially thought of. This is where artists, musicians, poets and bohemian people feel at home. They offer a truly personalized service, at all time and are sincerely committed to the complete guest experience. Feelings, emotions, poetry, touches of color, aromas of black coffee, hammocks, fabric on the balconies, fluffy sheets, the sea at every angle, and romantic evenings create the magic of the “place of your dreams”. Day 7-9

Day 10
Cancún, Mexico
None None

Departure from Cancun

Your driver will meet you after breakfast for a private transfer to the local international airport CUN for onward travel.

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Description

The Tranquility in the Yucatan is a wellness retreat that is set on the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Originally named ‘Wellness Merida to Isla Holbox’, we decided that ‘Tranquility in the Yucatan’ was a better fit because it incorporated many of nature’s beautiful elements, setting the scene for peace and tranquility. The 10 day trip includes stays at Xixim, Coqui Coqui, and Casa Sandra, boutique hotels chosen for their serenity and wellness ambiances. The first few days are full of mind and body exercises at Celestun Biospehere Reserve, followed by visits to Mayan ruins, and ending with a stay on the practically undisturbed island of Holbox.

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Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry

Delightful trip

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
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Great Customer Service

By: JJT


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

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Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

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By: mh123


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.

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Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

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Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

All was good,timely,courteous etc
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

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By: DSL


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

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Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

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By: Rita


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

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By: Partridge Travels


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar

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By: Kane


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

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By: KZB


Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

Our hotel was perfect and in a lovely location. Our guide Louis was well informed and friendly. Cesar our driver was prompt and showed up exactly where we needed him every time. I was very impressed with the skillful coordination of our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones

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By: TECIV


Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

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