Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Independent, Private

Summer Adventure In The Yucatan Peninsula (9 days)

Journey Mexico

Cancún, Mexico To Riviera Maya, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 20 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Cancún, Mexico
NIZUC Resort & Spa None

Cancun

arrival day (no meals)

Welcome to Mexico! At arrival you will meet your transportation provided by Nizuc hotel, for a 15-20 minutes transfer to your lovely hotel.

Day 2
Cancún, Mexico
NIZUC Resort & Spa None

Private Whale Shark Expedition

This is your chance to swim with the majestic whale shark, the largest fish in the world. In this private trip you will snorkel alongside these gentle creatures for 2 hours taking in their size and beauty.

You will swim alongside the whale sharks that pass by this area yearly between June and September. Despite their size, whale sharks are totally harmless to humans, consuming only large quantities of plankton.

Day 3
Merida, Mexico
Chable Resort and Spa None

Private Transfer to Merida, via Ek Balam with Mayan Cenote & Valladolid en route

Today you will be privately transferred to Merida City. En route, visit you will visit Ekbalam one of the most enigmatic archaeological sites, Ek Balam means black jaguar and it was at the height of its importance as a city during the Late Classic period (600-900 A.C.). Next you will enjoy time to swim and refresh in a close by Mayan Cenote, before heading to Valladolid for lunch (not included). Valladolid was the first capital city of the Yucatan, today a bustling Mayan city with a special colonial flavor.

Day 4
Merida, Mexico
Chable Resort and Spa None

Privately Guided Excursion to Dzibilchaltún and Merida City Tour

Today you will explore the Maya archeological site of Dzibilchaltún, a site partially destructed by nature that gives visitors a unique perspective of how the Maya built their pyramids. You will also learn about the Temple of the Seven Dolls and the varied theories around why dolls with different physical deformities were buried there. Then you will head on to discover the historical center of the city Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán. Learn about Merida’s history and contemporary importance, as you explore the Zócalo, the cathedral and the Monument of the Homeland, before heading down El Paseo de Montejo, with its grand, colonial buildings.

Day 5
Merida, Mexico
Chable Resort and Spa None

Privately Full Day tour of Uxmal & Kabah archaeological sites with lunch at Hacienda Ochil

Your personal guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00 am and you will be driven to Uxmal (85km, 1 hour). As you enter the site you will come upon one of the most iconic structures at Uxmal, the rounded edged, Pyramid of the Magician. The myth is that this pyramid was built in one night, however its architecture from various epochs says otherwise.

Next you will be driven to Kabah (23km, 20 minutes). This small archeological site set deep in the jungle is roughly 200 meters square. Kabah is thought to mean ‘strong hand’ in ancient Maya and while the area was inhabited from 3rd century BCE, more of the structures date from the 7th-11th centuries CE. Your guide will also lead you in exploring the palaces, temples and other residential structures at the site.

Day 6
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa None

Private tour to Chichen Itza archaeological & Drop Off Riviera Maya

Visit Mexico’s most well-known archeological site, Chichen Itzá on this full-day experience. As you traverse the site, visiting the Temple of the Warriors, the ball court and the sacred cenote (sinkhole), you will learn all about Maya cosmology, religion and the dualism of life and death from your expert guide. Visiting the ‘Castillo’ or Pyramid of Kukulkan, you will discover the ingenious architecture that results in a figure of a snake descending and ascending its steps during the equinox, making it one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

After time to swim and

relax in a Mayan cenote, you will head south to the Riviera Maya, enjoy a

tranquil evening as you transition to the Mexican Caribbean.

Day 7
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa None

Private tour to Tulum & Sian Kaan

On this full-day exploration of the ancient world and the natural world, you will visit the Bio Reserve of Sian Kaán and the ancient Maya city of Tulum. Start the day at Sian Kaán, exploring the marshes, mangroves, flora of the natural waterways, before heading to Tulum with its temples honoring the gods of the wind and rain and its vistas over the Caribbean Sea.

Day 8
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa None

Day at leisure in the Riviera Maya

These days are yours to enjoy at leisure. You may relax in your lovely surroundings and take advantage of the many amenities and activities available at your Playa del Carmen hotel such as the spa treatments; or just lay back in the white sands and turquoise seas.

Day 9
Riviera Maya, Mexico
None None

Departure Day

Today you are privately transferred from Maroma Hotel to Cancun’s airport for your homebound flight.

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Description

Enjoy a summer adventure in the Yucatan Penunsula

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
Not Recommended

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