13 days from £2,199
The one with the perfect mix of beach time, history, and culture
We’re totally loco for Mexico and you will be too, after exploring its dazzling beaches, fiery eats, and perfectly preserved historic sites. This 13-day tour takes you from the buzzing streets of Mexico City to the snow-white sands of Playa Del Carmen, with stays in a selection of boutique accommodation from traditional hacienda-style buildings to eco-bungalows right by the ocean. Walk in the footsteps of the Mayans at Chichen Itza, sip smoky mezcal at an Oaxacan distillery, swim in the jewel-like Chukum Cenote, breakfast with the locals in an indigenous village, and turn the heat up on the palm-fringed beaches of Tulum.
Day 1: Buenas Dias Mexico
We'll meet you at Mexico City Airport, and whisk you through streets lined with old-school cantinas, ancient canals, and colourful street art. Check into our characterful Mexican-style hotel in the historic district before meeting the rest of the group this evening. Tequilas all round!
Day 2: City Tour & Mex Meal
With a mountainous backdrop, rich history, and vibrant street life, Mexico City is as exciting as they come. Take a guided tour from the Cathedral Metropolitan to Zocalo, before exploring the capital's culture, and comida at your own pace. Tonight, enjoy a Mexican dinner and show at Casa Garibaldi.
Day 3: Puebla & Oaxaca
Adios Mexico City. We're off to Puebla, the beautiful colonial city where Cinco de Mayo originated. Learn about the city's history and pick up some lunch (it's also one of the country's biggest foodie destinations), before continuing to colourful Oaxaca, where the mezcalerías beckon.
Day 4: Textiles & Mezcal
Learn all about how the region's hand-made textiles are made today with a visit to a local, artisan family. Then limber up your liver ready for a visit to a traditional mezcal distillery where we'll sip the agave-based spirit before heading to the beautiful town of Tehuantepec.
Day 5: Canyon Cruise
Today's all about Mexico's natural beauty as we cruise through the Canyon of Sumidero by boat. Soak up scenes of cascading waterfalls and verdant jungle, before travelling to the charming town of San Cristobal de las Casas where we'll take taste some Pox before a night in an 18th Century hotel.
Day 6: Zinacantan Community
We're breakfasting with an indigenous community this morning in Zincantan village. Learn all about local life over eggs and tortillas before heading back to San Cristobal for a walking tour, including some of the city's famous iglesias. The afternoon is yours.
Day 7: Waterfalls & Pyramids
We're heading out early today, driving through lush valleys to the vividly coloured Agua Azul Waterfalls, where we'll take a dip in the turquoise pools. This afternoon, check out the magnificent jungle-covered Mayan pyramids of Palenque.
Day 8: Chicanná & Bacalar
Chicanná is on the menu this morning, a compact but impressive set of ruins, with a lush jungle setting. After we've had our fill of history, we'll journey to beautiful Bacalar where we'll stay in a gorgeous eco-hotel on the shimmering shores of the Lagoon of Seven Colours.
Day 9: Lagoon Boat Tour
Bacalar is the perfect place for sunsets, seafood, and cenote swimming, and that's exactly what we're doing today as we explore the lagoon on a private boat tour, swimming in water shaded from turquoise to indigo, stopping at secret cenotes and snoozing on the sun-drenched deck.
Day 10: Tulum Beaches
Travel to the Yucatan Peninsula today, where we're staying in a boutique hotel on the white sands of one of the most beautiful beaches in Tulum. Explore the famous ruins, stretch out on a sun-lounger by the pool, or float in the ocean under the bluest of skies.
Day 11: Culture & Cenotes
Today's first stop is Chichen Itza. Explore the iconic site, checking out the vast El Castillo pyramid, before heading to Valladolid for lunch. A hidden gem, deep in the Yucatan jungle, Valladolid is home to the jewel-like Chukum cenote, which we'll swim in before heading back to Tulum for sunset.
Day 12: Playa Del Carmen
We're off to Playa del Carmen today, one of the Riviera Maya's most fashionable spots. Chill on the soft sands, play some beach volleyball or relax by the hotel pool. All that beach action will build a thirst, so get ready to go a little loco for the city's lively nightlife.
Day 13: Adiós Mexico
After breakfast, say adios to the group, before heading to the airport, or continuing your travels in Mexico. See you soon.
Accommodation & Meals
We’ve chosen some really special stays for your Mexican adventure, from traditional hacienda-style buildings and tropical oases to eco-bungalows built in harmony with nature on the sands of Mexico’s finest beaches. All rooms are on a twin or double basis, with ensuite facilities.
Lots of our travellers are solo travellers, so when you book with us, we’ll pair you up with a like-minded roommate of the same sex. Our trips are great for couples or friends as well - just let us know you’re together, so we can be sure to put you in the same room.
- Mexico City (2 nights): Characterful hotel in the historic district, with Mexican style bedrooms, restaurant, and bar.
- Oaxaca (1 night): Small, leafy, hotel with a central patio garden, restaurant, and a great location in the city centre.
- Tehuantepec (1 night): Simple hotel with outdoor pool set in lush, tropical gardens, indoor pool, and restaurant.
- San Cristobal De Las Casas (2 nights): Colourful, 18th Century hotel in the centre of town, with refurbished rooms inspired by the trades and crafts of the area and an outdoor terrace.
- Palenque (1 night): Amazing hotel close to the action, with tropical gardens, feature swimming pool and restaurant.
- Bacalar (2 nights): Beautiful eco hotel on the shores of the pristine Laguna Baclar, with private beach, extensive gardens, outdoor pool, hammocks, restaurant, and bar.
- Tulum (2 nights): Boutique hotel with rustic bungalows, on the sands of one of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches and next door to Tulum’s famous Mayan ruins. Facilities include an outdoor pool, spa, restaurant, bar, and beach club.
- Playa Del Carmen (1 night): Small hotel just two blocks from the beach, with lagoon pool, simple wooden furniture, and restaurant.
The above information is only intended to be used as a guide, giving you a flavour of some of our accommodation providers, and the style of accommodation you may be staying in. Please note that all nights are subject to change.
12 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 2 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have the freedom to eat wherever and whenever you like the rest of the time. Let us know in advance if you’ve got any dietary requirements.
Dates & Prices
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Most expensive: £1,054 December, 2023
Fly into Mexico City International Airport / Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) on day 1 of your trip, where a member of the local team will be waiting to transfer you to our starting hotel. There are no activities planned for day 1, until a welcome meeting in the evening, so arrive at a time that suits you.
The tour ends on day 13 in Playa Del Carmen. Return airport transfers are not included but your tour guide can help you book these. Cancun International Airport (CUN) is the nearest, based around 45 minutes to an hour’s taxi ride from the city centre, depending on traffic.
This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
The maximum group size is 16 people.