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  • Location:Mexico City, Mexico
  • Duration:8 days (approx.)

8-Day Best of Mexico Tour: Mexico City to Cancun

Wondering what’s worth seeing in Mexico? This 8-day tour starting in Mexico City has your itinerary all mapped out for you. Travel with a guide to see the Shrine of Guadelupe, UNESCO-listed Teotihuacan pyramids, Mayan towns of Palenque and Campeche, Uxmal, Chichén Itzá and more. Experience the comforts of 4- or 5-star hotel accommodations along the way, and end your Mexico tour on the stunning Caribbean beaches of Cancun or the Mayan Riviera.

Highlights

  • 8-day tour from Mexico City to Cancun
  • See many famous attractions including the National Palace in Mexico City and the Mayan ruins in Chichén Itzá
  • Explore the towns of Palenque and Campache
  • Relax on the white-sand beaches of Cancun or the Mayan Riviera
  • Complimentary airport transfers included
  • Choice of 4-star or 5-star accommodation

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What You Can Expect

8-Day Best of Mexico Tour: Mexico City to Cancun

Visit the town of Campeche during your 8-day tour

Instead of flying from Mexico City straight to Cancun, sign up for this 8-day tour that stops at some of Mexico’s most important historical and cultural sites. From Mexico City, you'll make your way to well-preserved Mayan ruins of the Yucatán Peninsula, visiting unique places like the ancient city of Palenque and the charming town of Campeche. Your best-of-Mexico tour winds down on the white-sand Caribbean beaches of Cancun or the Mayan Riviera.

So don’t spend valuable personal time figuring out what to see and how to get there — all vehicle transport and hotel accommodations have been arranged — you only have to decide whether you want to stay in a 4- or 5-star hotel.

Instead of sitting on a plane, you’ll capture memorable snapshots of great archaeological ruins, Mexican towns and top landmarks, including the Fortune Teller Pyramid in Uxmal, the former Mayan trading village of Campeche and the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá. 

See Itinerary below for information on each day’s activities.

Itinerary

Hotel Options (depending on availability and time of the year):
Four-Star Hotels
  • Mexico City - Galeria Plaza or Hampton Inn (depending on time of the year)
  • Palenque - Chan Kah or Villa Mercedes
  • Campeche - Plaza Campeche or Del Mar
  • Merida - El Conquistador or El Castellano
  • Cancun – Krystal Cancun

Five-Star Hotels
  • Mexico City - Galeria Plaza Hotel or Sheraton Ma Isabel (depending on time of the year)
  • Palenque - Chan Kah or Villa Mercedes
  • Campeche - Plaza Campeche or Del Mar
  • Merida - El Conquistador or El Castellano
  • Cancun - Emporio Family Suites
Note: Five-star hotel options are in Mexico City and Cancun only. Hotels in Palenque, Campeche and Merida are all four-star.

Schedule:
Day 1: Airport – Hotel
Arrive at Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport. Transfer to four- or five-star hotel (your choice upon booking).

Stay overnight in Mexico City.

Day 2: Shrine of Guadalupe – Teotihuacan (B)
After breakfast, visit the Shrine of Guadalupe, the most visited religious site in Latin America. Then, travel to the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan. Located only an hour outside of Mexico City, you'll have the chance to see great works of the Aztecs.

Stay overnight in Mexico City.

Day 3: Mexico City Airport – Villahermosa – Palenque (B, D)
Travel day: Fly from Mexico City to Villahermosa. From Villahermosa, drive to Palenque. Dinner included. Evening is free for you to explore Palenque on your own. Please note: Flight from Mexico City to Villahermosa could leave anytime between 9am and 12pm.

Stay overnight in Palenque.

Day 4: Palenque – Campeche (B, L)
In the morning, discover the ancient Mayan city of Palenque. Explore the ruins of ancient buildings, spread out over 9 miles (15 km). Visit a burial monument, the Temple of Inscriptions, which rises in front of the jungle surrounding Palenque. Then depart for Campeche.

Stay overnight in Campeche.

Day 5: Campeche – Uxmal – Mérida (B, L)
After breakfast, explore the peaceful town of Campeche. Once a Mayan trading village, Campeche is full of rich history and beautiful sculpted buildings. See its cathedral, fortresses, mansions and plazas.

Next, depart for Uxmal, one of the top Maya archaeological sites. At the site, visit the Fortune Teller Pyramid, the Nun's Square and the Governor's Palace. Then depart for the cultural and artistic city of Mérida. You'll visit Plaza Grande, the city's main center.

Stay overnight in Mérida.

Day 6: Chichen Itza Cancun or the Mayan Riviera (B, L)
In the morning, make your way to Chichen Itza, home to some of the most famous and well- restored Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. You'll see the Jaguars' Temple, the great ball court, the Sacred Cenote and more. After lunch, continue to either Cancun or the Mayan Riviera (your choice).

Stay overnight in either Cancun or the Mayan Riviera.

Day 7: Cancun or Mayan Riviera (B)
After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore either Cancun or Mayan Riviera.

Stay overnight in either Cancun or the Mayan Riviera.

Day 8: Cancun or Mayan Riviera – Airport (B)
Enjoy breakfast. At the indicated time, you’ll be transferred to the airport.

Note: You have the option not to be taken to the airport if you choose to extend your trip in Mexico.

Customer Reviews

Farzad

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

It was absolutely amazing. Lovely country, lovely people and culture. It could not be better than this. We loved and enjoyed every single minutes in this trip. Viva Mexico

Kevin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

This is a great way to see different parts of Mexico. Mexico City was nice, and the ruins of Palenque, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza were amazing. I would have liked more time in the colonial town of Campeche - we arrived at sunset, stayed the night, and left at 8:15 the next morning. The guide, Andre, did a great job. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see more than just the beach resorts of Mexico.

M S

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

The itinerary was excellent, we were happy with the accommodation selections along the journey with one exception. The exception being in Mexico City. Our hotel was undergoing substantial renovations to the lobby with construction noise present all day and night. This hotel should be avoided.

Annie L

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

The tour was excellent and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. The hotel rooms were clean and big.We could have stayed one extra day to see Mexico city. The other problem was that the other people on the tour were almost all Spanish speaking tourists so the tour guide was explaining and talking in Spanish 80% of the time while we signed on for an English speaking tour guide.

Raghad A

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

It was really good and enjoyable . The guide was excellent and the hotels were good apart of the hotel in Mexico City ( gallaria plaza ) . Wished to have better hotel although its location was good .

Misc13

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2015

The sites and itinerary were great, but a couple of the companies used were pretty bad. Viator outsources to a 3rd party who then outsources to different tour providers at various parts of the trip. The 3rd party was difficult to work with and I did have a couple issues with the booking. This tour is very economical, but that does have some accompanying risks. If you can roll with it, this is a great tour. If not, book directly with other tour providers.

Luiz M

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2015

Should have more time on visited sites especially Chichen Itza.

Terasak T

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

1 speaking bilingual at the same time makes confusion.
2 speaking without microphone is hard to listen clearly , and the peaked has to shout.
3 Bringing clients into merchandise shop father than the place schedualed is waisting the time.

Mihail G

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2013

We were put into mixed group therefore guide was forced to speak two languages: Spanish and English, which created a lot of inconvenience and information lost. Guide was not grate, sometime he didn't know the surrounding area. When we come to VilaHermosa nobody told was about we'll be pick-uped from our hotel. Due to information absence we also were forced to pay for our dinner despite it was included.
When we arrived in Cancun we had problem with reservations in Hyatt hotel. No one Mexitours telephones work, including 24/7 (as usual). Therefore we were forced to sleep 4 people in one room.
I am not sure about using Viator in future.

Jason B

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2016

As others have said, Viator is no help with any issues and they defer to the tour operator. Neither group would provide a detailed itinerary until after we arrived. We were also required to sign that we would not complain about anything unless we had called the tour operator first. The first hotel, Galleria Plaza had no pool, no gym remodeling but 11 gay bars within 2 blocks. The first morning we were taken to a shop across from the church and left to shop for an hour while our guide went up the street for breakfast. Not much time to see the churches when he returned. The next morning pickup was 6am- before the breakfast at the hotel- and 4 hours before our flight. We were dropped off at the wrong airport terminal and had to walk a mile and then kill 3 hours in the airport. Dropped off in Palenque with rooms not ready and no instructions. We were told at 6 pm that dinner would be at 8. The group meal at the restaurant was lousy while the hotel food was good. Travel through the Yucatan in a crowded van with bad suspension. They booked us into the Holiday Inn Cancun which is not a 4 star... Not a 2 star. A dump. We complained and were moved to the Krystal, which was great. All in all, the sites are amazing. The tours are poorly organized and there is way too much time spent at shopping malls and not enough time at the ruins.

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