Itinerary Highlights
    • Enjoy some cultural immersion in the capital before road tripping through the Yucatan
    • Wind your way from colonial cities and white-sand beaches to natural pools and Mayan ruins buried deep in the jungle
    • Enjoy immersive experiences everywhere you go: a bike ride in Teotihuacan, visits to hidden cenotes and a kayaking adventure on Bacalar’s lagoon

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Mexico is one of those countries that effortlessly blends history and culture with nature and adventure, making it one of our favourite destinations for families with teens. Kick off your two-week holiday with two days in bustling Mexico City for some cultural immersion and an introduction to the nation’s ancient civilisations. Then it’s down to the Yucatan Peninsula to begin your epic road trip. For the next ten days you’ll be journeying from the charming colonial cities of Merida and Campeche to the coastal gems of Bacalar and Bahia Soliman, via nature reserves, ancient Mayan cities and turquoise cenotes. Adventure is at every turn, ensuring lifetime memories for all the family.


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Sombreros and suncream carefully packed, it’s time to embark on your journey across the Atlantic to Mexico. After being whisked through airport security enjoy some nibbles and refreshments in the airport lounge before boarding your direct flight to Mexico City. Flight time is around eleven-and-a-half hours, so make sure to have plenty of Latin America-themed entertainment lined up and have the teens practicing some handy Spanish phrases. When you land in the evening, our team on the ground will be waiting at the airport to guide you through immigration before privately transferring you into the city. Your home for the next three nights is a beautiful boutique hotel in La Condesa. This neighbourhood has become a real oasis of peace and tranquility in Mexico City, where wide tree-lined avenues are filled with cafes, art galleries and splendid Art Deco properties.



Mexico City is not just a big city, it’s a mega-city. Today you’ll get a snapshot of some of its highlights on a family bike tour with a local guide or at your own pace with recommendations from our knowledgeable Concierge. For some culture, visit the National Palace and the Palace of Fine Arts to see works by some of Mexico’s most celebrated 20th-century muralists. For a change of pace (and to give the teens a history break) head to upmarket Avenida Presidente Masaryk for a spot of shopping or relax in the green oasis of Chapultepec Park. Come evening, you have tickets to a lucha libre match, an exhilarating style of free wrestling with high-flying acrobatic moves that has become a huge part of the city’s culture.



Today you’ll be heading 30 miles out of the city to visit one of Mexico’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites: Teotihuacan. During its days of splendour back in the third to eighth centuries BC, Teotihuacan had a population of 200,000, making it one of the largest megalopolises of its time. The Causeway of the Dead, the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the archeological remains of residential complexes reveal the advanced organisation of pre-Columbian civilisations. Explore this ancient city by bike, stopping off at well-preserved frescoes that detail the religion, politics and economy of the city.



Enjoy one last breakfast at your hotel in Mexico City before being privately transferred to the airport to catch a quick two-hour flight to Merida, the capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. Collect your rental car at the airport and head to your charming hotel in the heart of the historic centre. The rest of today is yours to enjoy at leisure either in the hotel or out and about. The old town of Merida is very walkable, so we recommend taking a stroll through colourful streets and settling into one of the many lively bars serving ultra-fresh margaritas.



Load up on bug spray and snacks this morning as today you’ll be heading deep into the jungle in search of some beautiful cenotes (fresh-water sinkholes). The 7 Cenotes Private Reserve is home to a variety of transparent cenotes steeped in myths and legends. Cycle through lush emerald vegetation, stopping for a refreshing dip and a splash around in the water as you go. You’ll have most likely worked up an appetite after all that cycling and swimming, so before you head back to the city you can sit back and relax with a tasty traditional meal. You’ll also have the opportunity to admire the reserve’s 350-year-old Ceiba, the sacred tree of the indigenous Mayan people.



Today you’ll be getting your first glimpse of the Caribbean coast as you journey from Merida to Campeche, a charming seaside city a two-hour drive away. Along the way you can make a stop at Uxmal, an archeological site home to a well-preserved pyramid soaring high above the jungle canopy. Settle in for one night in a colonial-style hotel in the heart of the historic centre.



Campeche is fairly compact, so you can easily tick off the main sites before heading to your next destination this afternoon. Fort San Miguel points its cannons out to sea, recalling the stories of the buccaneers who made Campeche one of their 13 haunts in the Caribbean Sea in the 16th and 17th centuries. From the top of the walls of San Francisco de Campeche, you can watch for the black flag out to sea - even though the chances of Francis Drake attacking the shrimp fishermen who now run the docks are slim. For an extra dose of culture, we can arrange for you to take part in a morning foodie tour to discover the local flavours. Then, this afternoon, hop back into your rental car and drive four hours to Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, at the southern base of the Yucatan Peninsula just 20 miles from the Guatemalan border. Settle in for the night in a simple but comfortable lodge near the entrance to the reserve.



Today you’ll be heading out with a private guide to discover the ancient ruins of Calakmul, a major Mayan city that was the great rival of Tikal in Guatemala. Looted and overrun with jungle, the site was lost deep in the heart of the jungle for many generations. Today the city has been somewhat restored to its former glory. You can admire royal tombs, bas-reliefs (sculpted murals) and beautiful architecture reminiscent of the Mayan architecture of Peten in Guatemala. This afternoon, bundle the family back into the hire car and head off to Bacalar, less than a two-hour drive away. Settle in for two nights in a charming lodge overlooking the Bacalar Lagoon.



Nicknamed the ‘Lagoon of Seven Colours’ for its incredible shades of blue, green and turquoise, Bacalar feels like a sliver of the Maldives in Mexico. On today’s agenda: a kayak adventure on the water. Stretching 26 miles in length and featuring seven cenotes, there is plenty to keep you busy. The town itself is laid-back and trendy, filled with bars perfect for a post-kayak cocktail.

DAYS 10 & 11


Soak in your last views across the lagoon before embarking on a three-hour journey up the coast to Bahia Soliman where you’ll settle in for two nights in a tranquil beachside hotel. The rest of today and tomorrow are yours to enjoy quality time together as a family before heading home. And what better place than the beach? You can while away hours playing family games on the sand, having fun in the ocean and snoozing in a hammock. You could also spend some time exploring the surrounding area. You have several cenotes at your fingertips, while the archeological site of Tulum and the Sian Ka'an nature reserve are with an hour’s drive. Finally, we can arrange for you to head deep in the jungle to visit Punta Laguna, where indigenous communities live among wild-life rich flora punctuated by cenotes.

DAYS 12 & 13


Sadly, the time has come to bid farewell to Mexico and embark on the journey home. After one last dip in the sea this morning and a hearty breakfast at your hotel, make your way to the airport in Cancun, a one-and-a-half hour drive away. After dropping off your vehicle you’ll be met by a member of our team to guide you through security and lead you to the airport lounge, where you can enjoy some nibbles and refreshments as you await your flight home. Most direct flights back to the UK run in the evening, so you’ll arrive home tomorrow morning.

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Head out with a knowledgeable local guide to discover the parks, avenues and trendy hangout spots that make the neighbourhoods of Roma and La Condesa so desirable. Along the way you’ll make stops to admire Art Deco architecture tucked away on peaceful streets, as well as galleries, bookshops and designer boutiques.


Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the archeological ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal is one of the best-restored sites in the Yucatan thanks to the excellent quality of its constructions. Soaring high out of the jungle canopy, the city’s architecture is typical of the Puuc style, characterised by simple facades on the lower level and more detailed designs on the upper sections. The main buildings of the site are the magician's house and the house of the birds, the convent, the ball court, the great pyramid, the house of the turtles and, finally, the magnificent and superbly preserved governor's palace.


Head off early in the morning to explore the small colonial town of Campeche with an expert local guide and discover the region’s much-loved gastronomy. Stroll through colourful markets, discover a small family-run chocolate factory, mingle with the locals in a traditional canteen and, above all, sample Campeche’s most popular delicacies: tacos, panuchos (fried tortillas) and local sweets.


Nestled in the heart of the jungle, on the border between the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatán, Punta Laguna is a beautiful reserve teeming with nature and wildlife. Travellers come here to spot spider monkeys, as well as to meet the Mayan communities who have long lived here. The reserve is also home to a range of translucent cenotes surrounded by lush vegetation. Spend today exploring this nature reserve by bike. The entrance fees and the various activities offered here aim to develop responsible tourism by giving the profits back to the Mayan community, so that they can continue to protect this priceless nature.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £3,285 to £4,430 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 £4,000 per person.
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