Get ready to discover Mexico as you leave on a daytime flight for Mexico City. We’ll take you to your hotel, Las Alcobas, where you'll spend the next four nights.
A full day tour of this buzzing capital is on the cards today. You’ll take in the impressive city centre square, the Palacio Nacional, the cathedral and admire the Templo Mayor. In the afternoon, we'll show you Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico's central avenue before visiting the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology.
Get ready for the Aztecs! On a private guided tour of Teotihuacan you’ll be overwhelmed by the ancient stone masonry and engineering of the City of the Gods. This UNESCO World Heritage Site’s vast archaeological complex dates back to the 1st-century AD. Learn about the symbolic and geometric principles that inform it but, most of all, just gaze in wonder at those huge pyramidal structures.
Today it's more modern culture that you’ll turn your attention to. The southern neighbourhoods are full of character, especially Coyoacan, Studio Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul. Tour the cobbled streets, noisy little markets and tastebud-tingling lunch spots. Drift away in Xochimilco's floating gardens, where a traditional trajinera (Aztec boat) awaits you.
En route to the ancient city of Puebla there’s Cholula’s Great Pyramidal temple making strong demands for your attention. This pre-Columbian archaeological centre stands at the bottom of an earthen hill and is home to one the largest pyramids ever built. After lunch in Puebla you can check in to your delightfully traditional hotel, the Casa Reyna.
Today, enjoy a private tour of Puebla's historic centre, home to more than 70 churches and thousands of colonial buildings adorned in azulejos (ceramic tiles). The shady central plaza, imposing cathedral, Teatro Principal and Museo Amparo are where you can appreciate the culture and history of the city. After lunch, you'll visit a ceramic talavera (pottery) workshop to learn how craftsmen create the ornate tiles, vases and plates that characterise the area.
Travelling south today, you'll reach Oaxaca (pronounced wahaca). Your home here is the serene Hotel Quinta Real. Explore the historic centre, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, on foot with your guide and soak up the unique flavours of Oaxaca. This culinary and cultural capital is bursting with museums, artists, and traditions. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the Oaxacans as you take in one of the many fiestas unfolding in the Zócalo (central square).
Get your bargain hunting hat on ready to search out that perfect souvenir. Today you’ll tour the outlying market villages surrounding Oaxaca, famous for everything from wood figurines to shiny black pottery. Meet the talented artisans who create these pieces and pick up something memorable to take home with you. Lunch is a real treat today: bountiful regional specialities savoured with a local family.
You'll have two further days in and around Oaxaca to discover more about this fascinating region. Take in the ancient ruins of Monte Alban or soak up the atmosphere at the local markets of Tlacochahuaya, where 13 different ethnicities gather. Wend your way to the nearby Mezcal distillery to sample some of the local brew or weave your way to the famous Zapotec rug makers of Teotitlan del Valle.
Hop on a plane to Merida where you’ll stay in the beautiful Hacienda Temozon. Here you’ll find a supremely relaxing spa built of coral walls.
The nearby reserve of Celestun is one of the most extensive and important protected areas in the Yucatan Peninsula. Amid the natural beauty you’ll find a permanent colony of pink flamingo. Explore the mangrove estuaries and wetlands by a speedy launch boat accompanied by your guide. After a seafood lunch under the shade of a large palapa restaurant you can explore Merida’s historic city centre.
Journey into the heart of ancient Mayan territory as you visit the archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah, perhaps sampling an earth cooked meal of chicken or pork while meeting a Maya family en route. This is your chance to learn about the importance of Maya culture and explore the typical Puuc-style buildings. Don’t miss out on the imposing Pyramid of the Magician or the Governor’s Palace.
The famed archaeological site of Chichen Itza is the best restored and most famous of the Mayan ceremonial centres. The Kukulkan Pyramid is considered one of new seven wonders of the world and offers the perfect way to finish your holiday in Mexico. Marvel at the grandeur of the site before heading east to Cancun for your onward flight back to the UK.