Itinerary Highlights
    • Journey as a family through the Yucatan in the footsteps of the Mayan civilisation, stopping off at beaches, temples and historic cities
    • Stay in charming hotels
    • Enjoy private visit to Tulum, the village of Acanceh and the city of Mayapan
    • Cool off with refreshing dips in the cenotes (sinkholes)

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Your 12-day Mexican family adventure begins in true Caribbean comfort, staying in a waterfront casa nestled in Akumal Bay, on the Mayan Riviera. While you’re here, relax on the fine sandy beach, swim in the crystal-clear turquoise sea and enjoy activities galore including snorkelling, diving (the coral reef is offshore), canoeing and horse riding to name a few. Next stop: Valladolid, the flagship of New Spain and the beating heart of the Yucatan Peninsula. Explore this vibrant and colourful corner of Mexico, and enjoy cooling dips in the cenotes - large, clear water wells that are found throughout the region. The last stop is Tixkokob, in the Merida region, which is renowned for its local crafts.
Ancient Mayan pyramids, postcard-perfect cenotes and colourful Mexican culture combine to create the ultimate end to your Yucatan Peninsula family adventure.

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DAY 1

YOUR FAMILY ADVENTURE BEGINS

Today you will set off on your Mexican family trip of a lifetime. Head to the airport for your ten-and-a-half-hour flight to Cancun (don’t worry, your Sharkey and George fun packs have everything in them to keep the youngsters entertained and excited about the trip). After a warm welcome at the airport, you’ll pick up your rental car and drive one-and-a-half hours to Akumal Bay on the Riviera Maya where you will be staying for the next four nights. Enjoy views out over the Caribbean Sea, stretch your legs on a beach walk and head to bed for a good night’s sleep before your adventure begins tomorrow.

DAYS 2 to 4

ENJOY THE MAYAN RIVIERA

Akumal is renowned for its beautiful beaches and crystalline lagoon which acts as the ultimate natural swimming pool. Try your hand at diving, and little ones can learn how to snorkel and explore the rich diversity of marine flora and fauna that lies beneath the waves. Green turtles are something to keep your eyes peeled for as they feed and reproduce in the area; seeing these majestic creatures is definitely something to add to the bucket list.

While in Akumal, you’ll be taken to Tulum for a private archaeological tour of its iconic ruins perched overlooking the sublime turquoise waters below. Little ones will love learning about the Mayan civilisation’s history, archaeology and architecture, as well as daily life and culture. These structures have stood for over 800 years, so even the least enthusiastic of teenagers is bound to be impressed. For even more archaeology, we can organise a tour of the Muyil Archaeological site and the Sian Ka’an Reserve.

Spend the rest of your time in Akumal exploring and taking a dip in different cenotes (rumoured to have been formed by the same meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs) or head into the hinterland for some cycling or riding – a bit of adventure to balance out the relaxation.

DAYS 5 & 6

ONTO VALLADOLID

You’ll wave goodbye to Akumal today and drive one-hour-and-45-minutes to Valladolid, a small town in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula, with a colourful, bustling Mexican atmosphere. Enjoy a two-night stay in a charming posada in the historic centre, which is the ultimate starting point for your guided city tour. Venture out with your guide where they will show you the church of San Cervacio o Gervasio, the Francisco Canton Rosado Park and the Zaci cenote.

A visit to Chichen Itza at sunrise is also on the cards while you’re in Valladolid. Beat the crowds and the heat as you take in the ancient Mayan city at its most atmospheric, as the sun shrouds the ruins in a golden glow. Although the younger travellers might not thank you for the early morning, the promise of a dip in a crystal-clear cenote may win them over, as the ever-warming sun leaves you looking for somewhere to cool off.

DAY 7

HEAD WEST TO TIXKOKOB

Tixkokob is on the agenda today, nestled in the Merida region, where you'll stay for four nights in a quiet, charming hacienda or a beautifully quaint ranch. As you drive along the jungle-lined road, get the youngsters to keep their eyes peeled for Mayan ruins and local villages that you can stop off at along the way. Spend the evening lounging by the pool or heading out on foot to walk off your journey and explore the hotel’s stunning surroundings.

DAYS 8 to 10

MEXICAN WRESTLING AND MORE CENOTES

Tixkokob is brimming with things to do and see, and over the next few days you’ll get to make the most of being in this history-filled municipality. Mérida is a must-stop spot; with its historic centre and bustling restaurants, it is the cultural capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. We have organised an adrenaline-fuelled afternoon of wrestling watching. These events are renowned for their colourful masks and costumes, and are a great evening of entertainment for the whole family.

Nearby, you may fancy stopping by the Celestun Bird Sanctuary, golden Izamal, a workshop where local weavers make hammocks, the Mayan archaeological site of Ake, and the various monasteries that are dotted throughout the municipality.

While you’re in Tixkokob we can also arrange for you to spend a day exploring with a private guide. First, head for the Mayan village of Acanceh, which has both pre- and post-conquistador history on display. The 18th-century church was built on the platform of the main Mayan pyramid, part of which is still intact, and not far from the village there are two temples, with frescoes which are considered to be among the most important in the area.

Finally, we’ve arranged for you to take a family-oriented tour of Uxmal’s Mayan pyramids and ancient ruins. As a UNESCO-recognised site and the second-most visited archaeological site in Mexico, Uxmal is great for explorers and history lovers of all ages. End the day (when legs are inevitably weary) with yet another delightful dip in a postcard-perfect cenote to wash away the end of holiday blues.

DAYS 11 & 12

TIME TO HEAD HOME

Sadly, real life must resume, and you have to head home. Return your hire car at Cancun airport and catch your overnight flight home, arriving the next day.

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THE SITE OF MUYIL AND THE SIAN KA 'AN

RESERVE Dedicated to the lunar goddess Ixel, the Mayan city of Muyil once played a major trading role on the Yucatan peninsula: with jade, obsidian, chocolate, rubber... Walking trails allow you to familiarise yourself with the flora of the surrounding jungle. Then embark on a boat ride through the Muyil lagoon and canals in the heart of the Sian Ka 'an Reserve, with a visit to a little-known Mayan temple nestled in the heart of the reserve along the way. Last but not least, swim in an ancient Mayan canal and float in its translucent fresh water: a natural current can be felt in this surprising mangrove.

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CHICHEN ITZA AT SUNRISE

In the early morning before the crowds arrive, a private visit to the largest and most famous archaeological site on the Yucatan Peninsula. Kukulkan's magnificent pyramid, El Castillo, is one of Mexico's best-known and most recognised archaeological sites. It is located here in this arid region because of the presence of natural wells, the cenotes. The groundwater spring gave it its name, Chi Chen ('near the well'). This sacred city was one of the largest Mayan centres in the region and throughout its history, which spanned almost a thousand years. The contributions of different peoples, the Mayans and Toltecs, have left their mark on this city. What is left, marked on the stone monuments, is the imprint of their vision of the world and Indeed the universe.

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A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
Based on two adults and two children under 12. The estimated cost for this trip starts from £3,215 to £4,020 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 £3,480 per person*. * Prices are per adult and per child. Recommended season for this trip: November to mid-August.
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  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge


  • Access to the Air France business lounge at Roissy 2E (for departures from Paris)


  • Car hire for ten days


  • Four-night stay in Akumal, in a two-bedroom apartment with sea view and breakfast included


  • Two-night stay in Valladolid in a family room with breakfast included


  • Four-night stay in Tixkob, family suite and breakfast included


  • Half-day visit to the Tulum archaeological site, on foot and suitable for families, with private expert guide


  • Visit the Mayan village of Acanceh, the city of Mayapan and a cenote, with a private expert guide


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