Itinerary Highlights
    • Enjoy a guided tour of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
    • Discover the Uxmal archaeological site, an ancient Mayan city
    • Learn how to wrestle with a luchador in Merida
    • Relax on the breathtaking beaches of laidback Isla Holbox

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From the natural beauty of the Caribbean coast to jungle-clad Mayan ruins and vibrant city life, this two-week itinerary takes the family on a highlights tour of the Yucatan Peninsula. With ample activities to keep the whole gang entertained, this trip will leave you wanting to see more of Mexico (we can help with that).

Beginning on the coast, you’ll spend the first five nights of the holiday on the beachfront in beautiful Akumal. Here, explore the Riviera Maya coastline, visit a UNESCO World Heritage nature reserve, and enjoy snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters. Once you’ve had your fill of the sparkling coast (for now), head to the colourful city of Merida. Spend three nights here, where you’ll tour historic streets, learn how to wrestle with a luchador and discover a nearby Mayan archaeological site.
Merida is a foodie haven, so make sure to sample the best of Yucatan cuisine while in the city too. The family fun continues with four nights in the picture-perfect paradise of Isla Holbox, the final stop on the trip, where you can enjoy meandering along the beach and cooling off in the turquoise waters. Embrace the joys of island life and embark on a boat trip to neighbouring islands before (regretfully) making your way home.


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Flight to Mexico

Head to the airport today to kickstart your family adventure to Mexico. Allow time to relax in the lounge before catching your ten-and-a-half-hour flight to sunny Cancun. Upon arrival this evening, pick up your rental car, which will be your trusty four-wheeler for the trip.

While the children snooze in the backseat, navigate the roads south towards Akumal. This coastal drive will take around an hour and a half (if you don’t stop to admire the views along the way). You’ll be spending the next five nights in this beautiful resort town, away from the hustle and bustle of Playa del Carmen. Your beachfront hotel is set among swaying palm trees, with the lapping turquoise waves just a stone’s throw away. Settle into your room and freshen up after a long day of travelling before heading out into the town for your first taste of Mexican cuisine. Make sure to consult our Dossier for the best tried-and-tested spots.

DAYS 2 to 5

Discover Akumal’s Natural Beauty

The next four days are yours to fill how you like. While you can’t beat lounging on the powdery white beach overlooking the tranquil ocean, there’s lots more to explore in the surrounding area. How about taking the children on a tour of the mystical cenotes? These natural sinkholes are perfect for splashing around in and many come with rope swings. Make sure to also check out other beautiful beaches along the stunning coastline, discover Tulum’s bustling downtown along with its ruins, and taste Yucatan specialities such as cochinita or pollo pibil (slow-roasted pork or chicken). Delicious.

While staying in Akumal, we can also arrange for you to enjoy a small group tour of the breathtaking Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve and the archaeological site of Muyil. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, you’ll be guided through the thick green forest along an observational path set above the canopy of trees. Observe the rich flora and fauna of this UNESCO World Heritage nature reserve, soaking up the abundant natural beauty of the region. Who will be the first to spot some exotic wildlife? Look out for over 300 species of birds, monkeys, crocodiles and, if you’re lucky, pumas and jaguars. Next, snake your way through the lagoons of Muyil and Chunyaxche aboard a small boat heading to the ancient Mayan city of Muyil, nestled in the jungle. After exploring this archaeological wonder, continue traversing the diverse ecosystems by boat, including wetlands and an ancient Mayan canal.

Your itinerary also includes a snorkelling trip in the crystal-clear waters surrounding Akumal which are teeming with marine from tropical fish to sea turtles and rays. You’ll be supervised by an expert instructor, who’ll take you to the best spots to admire colourful coral reefs and the abundant seabed. The children will be begging to get their snorkel and goggles back on for another trip (it’s a good thing there’s time for one).


Drive to Magical Merida

Today, you’ll be swapping the pristine beaches of the Yucatan’s east coast for the capital city of the state, Merida. After breakfast, if you can tear the children away from the water (good luck), it’s time to hit the road for the drive across the peninsula. This journey will take around three-and-a-half hours, so get our curated Mexico playlist blaring on the car’s speakers as you travel west.

Along the way, you’ll pass very close to the famous Mayan site of Chichen Itza, which we highly recommend making a stop at. Marvel at the feat of this large pre-Columbian city, before hitting the road once again. Your final destination is a beautifully restored 18th-century hacienda surrounded by four acres of lush garden, where you’ll spend the next three nights. Settle into your accommodation and enjoy exploring the resort’s amenities (which include an Olympic-sized swimming pool). Come evening, dine on traditional Mexican fare in your hotel’s restaurant, or if you’ve got more energy, make the short drive to downtown Merida for dinner.


Explore the Uxmal Archaeological Site

Rise and shine, you’ve got a full day of sightseeing ahead. Located around 50 miles (just over an hour’s drive) from Merida, the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal rises out of the jungle. A fine example of the Puuc style, its architecture is some of the most impressive in the state. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you’ll tour majestic buildings like the Devin Pyramid, Nunnery Quadrangle and Governor’s Palace.

After marvelling at the ancient ruins, head to the nearby Cocoa Museum to learn all about the Mayan history of chocolate (edible souvenirs are a necessity). Your final pitstop of the excursion? The colourful Oxkutzcab market – the perfect place to peruse the plentiful fruit and vegetables grown in the surrounding area. It’s then time to sit down and enjoy a delicious Mayan meal in a local restaurant before your transfer back to the hotel.

Back at your accommodation, leave the children to play in the pool while you indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa. This evening, we recommend venturing into Merida for dinner – a city famous for having some of the best food in the country. Sample tasty street food or consult our Dossier for the best tried-and-tested eateries in this foodie haven.


Learn to Wrestle with a Luchador

Today, you’re in for a truly unforgettable experience: learning to wrestle with a luchador. Yes, you read that right. In a private session, you’ll be shown the ropes of this iconic Mexican sport by a former professional. It’s guaranteed fun for all the family and you’ll be taught in the very same ring where great figures such as Blue Panther, Black Shadow and Fisherman were trained. Don a colourful mask and adopt a characterful wrestling persona as you take on your family members. The winning wrestler gets to choose the lunch spot.

After an exciting morning of learning about Lucha Libre and refuelling with lunch, we recommend exploring the city. Embark on a walking tour of the historic downtown area, marvel at the colourful facades of palatial mansions, visit the Great Mayan World Museum, and experience the wonderful chaos of the Lucas de Galvez market. Make sure to feast on delicious Yucatan specialities this evening, from papadzules (tortillas in a pumpkin seed sauce) and sopa de lima (lime soup) to poc chuc (grilled meat). Return to your hotel for your final sleep in this vibrant city.


Travel to Isla Holbox

It’s on to the next leg of your holiday today, so pack up the car after breakfast and hit the road. Your next destination? The beautiful Isla Holbox. It’s a three-and-a-half-hour drive to Chiquila, where you’ll catch a 30-minute ferry ride to the island. Along the way, you’ll pass by many historical sites, so keep your eyes peeled for any photo opportunities. There are plenty of small villages en route too, perfect for making a pit stop to stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat.

When you arrive to this island paradise, make your way to the hotel where you’ll be spending the next four nights (lucky you). Settle into your elegant room which overlooks the lush garden, just a stone’s throw from the serene waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Once you’ve freshened up, we recommend heading straight to the beach to lounge on the pristine sand and take a dip in the impossibly clear water. Come dusk, enjoy the sensational and meander back to your hotel to dine in its excellent restaurant. Finish the night with a tipple or two in the beach bar (once the children are in bed, of course).

DAYS 10 to 12

Relax in Island Bliss

And relax… for the next three days are yours to indulge in this picture-perfect island. Enjoy walks along the soft sand and admire views over the ocean from a comfy hammock. Make the most of your hotel’s amenities, too, which include a beachside wellness spa. Hire bikes from your accommodation and discover the island on two wheels, cycling past colourful street murals and soaking up the bohemian atmosphere. Holbox is a car-free island, meaning it’s about as peaceful as it gets. Get out on the water on a paddleboard for an unforgettable experience (especially at sunset). And if the little ones fancy an adventure? Your hotel can organise a treasure hunt around the grounds. Make sure to have your fill of some classic Yucatan cuisine and consult our Dossier for the best recommendations.

We’ve also arranged a day boat trip to the nearby island of Cabo Cotche, which is just 15 miles away. Spend time discovering this semi-uninhabited, lushly vegetated island, as you fish, dive, snorkel or enjoy a gentle swim in the transparent turquoise waters. Refuel with a delicious lunch served onboard. Afterwards, keep your eyes peeled for a flash of flamingo pink as you head on to the beautiful Isla Pájaros and Isla Pasión. You’ll return to the hotel in time to relax in the stunning surroundings before dinner.

DAY 13

Home Time

Sadly, the time has come to tear yourself away from paradise (if you can bear it). This morning, you’ll have some time for one last swim in the serene waters and a final wander around the island’s charming streets before checkout. It’s then time to hop on the ferry back to the mainland and return to your rental car for the final drive of the trip. You’re flying home this evening, so hit the road for the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Cancun airport. Pick up any final souvenirs (maybe you’ve developed a penchant for hammocks) and relax before your ten-hour flight back to the UK. Touching down mid-morning the next day, it might be back to reality, but memories of Mexico are never far away.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £2,520 to £4,000 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £3,200 per person.
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