Multi-Day Tour

Treasures of the Yucatan with Beach Stay Group Trip (10 days)

Journey Mexico

Cancún, Mexico To Riviera Maya, Mexico

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Cancún, Mexico
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Arrival in Cancun Bienvenido a México! Your journey begins with a warm welcome at the airport. Take a private transfer to your hotel, get settled in, and join your guides at 6 pm for a Welcome Drink at the hotel.

Day 2
Merida, Mexico
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Cancun, Ek Balam, Valladolid, Merida After breakfast, we'll head inland for an expertly guided tour of the beautiful Mayan archeological site of Ek Balam. Next, we head to Valladolid, the first capital city of the Yucatan, for lunch and a stroll around the center square. After a city tour, we'll continue on to Merida, "The White City," where you'll have free time to explore the city. (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 3
Merida, Mexico
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Merida After breakfast, we'll head out with our city guide to explore the historic city of Merida. First, we'll travel the Paseo de Montejo, lined with Colonial mansions and modeled after the Champs Elysees in Paris. We'll stop at the Central Plaza to view the beautiful Cathedral, the ornate Casa Montejo, and the renowned murals of the Palacio Nacional. We will also view the incredible collection of Mayan artifacts at the Anthropology Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, you'll have more time to explore the city on your own. In the evening, you'll be dinner guests of renowned chef David Sterling (founder of Los Dos Cooking School) in his beautiful colonial home, where he'll put on a cooking demonstration focusing on Yucatecan cuisine as well as how to mix the perfect margarita. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)

Day 4
Campeche, Mexico
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Merida, Celestun, Campeche After breakfast, today we travel to the Biosphere Reserve of Celestun, one of the regions most protected areas as well as a UNESCO site. Here, our guides will help us navigate the serene waters of this massive wetland site to view one of the world's most important Pink Flamingo colonies. Lunch is in the shade of a charming thatched-roof beach restaurant, and then we head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Campeche. In this fortified city, we'll visit the Bulwarks, the Puerta Tierra stone fortress, and the colorful and historic city center. This evening, you'll enjoy a Highlight Dinner at one of the city's most delicious restaurants. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)

Day 5
Campeche, Mexico
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Campeche, Edzna, Uxmal After breakfast, we start the day with an expertly guided tour of the Mayan archeological site of Edzna, with its breathtaking temples and ceremonial sites. Traveling along the Puuc Route, we're awaited by a tasty traditional lunch - marinated pork and chicken wrapped in banana leafs and slowly cooked underground. After lunch, we head to the legendary Mayan temples of Uxmal, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This classic Maya site is a highlight of the Yucatan and dates back to the 10th century AD. It is considered to be one of the most complex and impressive expressions of Puuc architecture. Our expert tour guide will illuminate the Mayan mysteries of the region as we learn about its engineering, architecture, and society. Today ends at our hacienda, where we'll relax, cool off in the pool and after dinner, we have a Tequila tasting, where we'll learn about Mexico's national drink. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)

Day 6
Izamal, Mexico
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Uxmal, Sotuta De Peon, Izamal, and Chichen Itza After breakfast, the day begins at the living-museum of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon. Here, we'll learn about haciendas, which functioned like the plantations in the southern US, and about Henequen (sisal fiber), which was the source of the Yucatan's wealth during the Colonial Era. We'll tour the processing plant, which is still in action, visit the beautiful main house, and take a mule-drawn rail cart tour of the fields, ending at a refreshing cenote (natural pool of water that leads to an underground river). We'll have a traditional lunch at the hacienda and then we're off to the city of Izamal to visit the magical Franciscan monastery. We'll stop at a local hammock workshop to watch artisans art work and to learn about this ancient Mayan product. After, we head to our hotel nestled beside Chicen Itza, the most famous Mayan archeological icon and USESCO World Heritage Site. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)

Day 7
Cobá, Mexico
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Chichen Itza & Coba After an early breakfast, we utilize our private entrance into Chichen Itza, one of the the New Seven Wonders of the World, to explore the site with our expert guide. The journey continues to Coba, where we'll have lunch on the shores of a beautiful lake. After lunch, we'll visit the towering temples of Coba, some of the tallest in Mexico. This unique site has barely been restored and while only a few structures have been uncovered, it's estimated that some 6,500 still remain to be exposed.

Day 8
Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Riviera Maya Free Time Today is a day of leisure. Relax, swim in the pool or the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, and take advantage of the complementary activities offered by the resort. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at your choice of the resort's various restaurants as well as snacks and beverages (including beer, cocktails, and wine) whenever you'd like! Optional day trips to Tulum, a Mayan archeological site perched picturesquely on a cliff overlooking the sea, to the mangroves of Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Biosphere, or stroll down Playa Del Carmen's walkway, lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. (Breakfast included)

Day 9
Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Riviera Maya Free Time Today is a day of leisure. Relax, swim in the pool or the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, and take advantage of the complementary activities offered by the resort. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at your choice of the resort's various restaurants as well as snacks and beverages (including beer, cocktails, and wine) whenever you'd like! Optional day trips to Tulum, a Mayan archeological site perched picturesquely on a cliff overlooking the sea, to the mangroves of Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Biosphere, or stroll down Playa Del Carmen's walkway, lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. (Breakfast included)

Day 10
Riviera Maya, Mexico
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After breakfast, the morning is free for leisure until we are taken back to Cancun. A complimentary transfer will take you to the airport or to your hotel if you are extending your stay. *Itinerary subject to change

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Description

This Treasures of the Yucatan plus Beach Stay trip is a longer version of the traditional Treasures of The Yucatan, giving you time to rest and relax after days of discovering. This 10 day adventure will take you from the white sands and crystalline water of the Mayan Riviera through the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula and into the incredible and mysterious world of the ancient Maya. It ends in 2 luxurious days of resting on the beaches of the Riviera Maya


Highlights


Ek Balam - This Mayan archeological site has recently been excavated and is ripe for exploration


Valladolid - Stroll the streets of this enchanting colonial town


Merida - Immerse yourself in this beautiful Mayan city


Celestun


Celestun - Float the lagoon and the canals of this Eco-Reserve


Campeche - See the sites, hear the sounds, and taste the cusine in this masterfully restored colonial town


Edzna - Behold the incredible sights of Great Acropolis and five-story Pyramid


Uxmal - Learn about ancient Mayan culture at this unforgettable ceremonial complex


Sotuta de Peon - Travel back in time to the era of grand colonial haciendas


Izamal - Explore the "Yellow City" and visit its prominent monastery


Chichen Itza - See one of the world's most impressive pyramids


Coba- See one of the highest mayan pyramids

About Us

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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Family Trip

By: Deni170


Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2014

Our family trip to RIU Tropical Bay in Negril, Jamaica was great. Staff was nice and food was good. 2 minor problems: tour desk asked for vouchers, so I gave them my travel sheets and the return transportation to the airport got messed up. Regardless, we enjoyed the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Highly Recommended

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
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Journese is no bargain

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2014

Booking any travel program with any company should mean care free fun with no worries with what can go wrong next with the itinerary.  We travel often but this is our first trip with Journese.  It will be our last. Journese is out of date beginning with their systems, product, and customer service reps that lack basic knowledge.
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Delightful trip

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

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!

Yucatan Journey

By: Magritte's Hat


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

When I decided I wanted to visit Mexico for the first time, I spent hours online trying to plan a trip. Luckily, I came across an article recommending using travel advisors. Because I took that advice, I now have countless bad photographs and good memories of a trip to Mexico. Stacy was able to arrange a trip for me after a couple of phone calls and a few emails that was better than anything I could have done myself. I experienced the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Merida, explored Mayan ruins (culminating with the awesome ancient city of Chichen Itza), and spent a few relaxing days on a sugar-sanded beach in Tulum. My guide was terrific and the hotels were clean and comfortable without being impersonal and generic. The whole trip was great. After over a decade of staying close to home, I think I'm going to be hitting the road more often; and I'm sure I'll be using Stacy's services again.

Great Service

By: mh123


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

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

attentive

By: kerri


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

San Miguel

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

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

Review Journey Mexico

By: DSL


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Puerto Aventuras

By: Rita


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

True Campions of their Beautiful Country

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

Luxury Interior Mexico

By: Kane


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Journey Mexico made our family of 4 Spring Break Trip to Interior Mexico a breeze. The drivers were all very professional and we felt completely safe with the adventure travel operators. It was the perfect mix of adventure family fun and luxury travel.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Watkins

Perfect

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

Journey Mexico in Mexico City

By: TECIV


Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

Journey Mexico was very easy to work with and completely enhanced our trip to Mexico City. We had the same driver for both tours who was wonderful and our guide at the pyramids, Isaias, was extremely knowledgeable and really made the experience there. I cant imagine having done the pyramids without his insight and guidance. I would highly recommend Journey Mexico to any friends and family.
Travel Advisor:  Abby Michaud