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Discover Mexico & Cuba

Mexico, Cuba

25 days

Summary

Fancy a gin and tonic, or a vodka and orange, or perhaps and rum and coke? Yes, please! Despite obvious differences, some things are just made for each other. Just like the ingredients of their famous cocktails, two distinct Latin American countries go together perfectly. Both, the quintessential Margarita of Mexico and the iconic Mojito of Cuba revel in the collision of contrasting elements. So, in the same spirit, why not Discover Mexico & Cuba together, like tequila and lime, in a delicious travel cocktail?

Under the belly of North America, chilli-spiced Mexico pulses with humanity. ¡Viva México! makes life happen in its frenzied cities, ancient ruin and festive mariachi. Its fabulously diverse landscapes teem with spectacular wildlife. The proud indigenous peoples exude deep culture and magic rituals. Meanwhile in the calm seas of the Caribbean, laidback Cuba ponders its revolution with heavily scented cigars and sweet expressos. Now more social than socialist, Cuba lets life happen with its vintage cars, salsa rhythms, rum and fun.

With such an assorted range of ingredients from Mexico and Cuba, ask the bar staff to shake up a special travel cocktail for you, just the way you like it. Discover Mexico & Cuba is a tailored itinerary and is fully flexible to suit your tastes, timeframe and budget.

Highlights

  • Explore the highlights of two of the region’s most fascinating countries
  • See the imprint of the Olmec, Zapotec, Toltec, Maya and Aztec civilisations on modern Mexico
  • Visit the colonial gems of Puebla, Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Taste some of Mexico’s most exquisite cuisine in the foodie capital of Oaxaca
  • The nearby villages of San Bartolo Coyotepec, San Martin Tilcajete and Santo Tomas Jalieza in Oaxaca are famous for their unique handcrafts, considered some of the best in the country
  • History buffs can’t miss Palenque and Chichen Itza – two of Mexico’s most impressive Maya ruins
  • Relax on the stunning Riviera Maya
  • Cruise the streets of Old Havana in a classic vintage car
  • Delve into Cuba’s colonial past with a visit to the Manaca-Iznaga Plantation House
  • See the stunning limestone cliffs and caves of Viñales Valley

ITINERARY

Day 1 Mexico City

Welcome to Mexico DF! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by one of our local representatives and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Mexico City

You’ll start early this morning heading to Teotihuacan for a guided tour during the coolest part of the day. You’ll have plenty of time to climb the amazing pyramids as well as visit the Palace of Quetzal-Butterfly, the Feather-Snake Temple and the Avenue of the Dead. Ask us about adding an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over the ruins. Return to Mexico City to explore the highlights, including the Zocalo, Cathedral, National Palace and the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology.

Day 3 Mexico City

Half-day tour of the bohemian district of Coyoacan, including the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s house- museum. The artist’s house is decorated in her unique style and is now home to a wonderful museum. Enjoy some free time to wander the Plaza Hidalgo and explore the popular market.

Day 4 Mexico City/Puebla

Travel overland to Puebla, passing towering snow-capped volcanoes along the way. Famous for its hand painted ‘talavera’ tiles and ceramics, Puebla’s streets, churches and plazas are a constant reminder of this beautiful craft.

Day 5 Puebla

Day at leisure to relax and explore this UNESCO Heritage listed city. Ask us about tours to enhance your stay.

Day 6 Puebla/Oaxaca

Today, travel overland to Oaxaca, encircled by the Sierra Mountains. Beautiful Oaxaca was once the centre of the Mixtec and Zapotec civilisations.

Day 7 Oaxaca

Half-day tour to the ruins of Monte Alban with its exquisite architecture, unique stone mosaics and stunning views over the Central Valleys.

Day 8 Oaxaca

Morning tour of the local market, followed by a cooking class where you’ll learn some traditional Oaxacan recipes. Enjoy the fruits of your labours with a delicious lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9 Oaxaca/San Cristobal

Fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez. On arrival, you will be transferred to San Cristobal via the impressive Sumidero Canyon. Enjoy a boat ride along the Grijalva River to view the impressive canyon walls, over a kilometre high.

Day 10 San Cristobal

Morning visit to the colourful market and the native villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. These living Tzotzil communities conserve important ancient traditions.

Day 11 San Cristobal/Palenque

Morning drive to Agua Azul waterfalls where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. In the afternoon continue to Palenque and stay overnight.

Day 12 Palenque/Campeche

Half-day tour of the Maya ruins of Palenque, built on the fringe of the Chiapas jungle. Transfer overland to Campeche this afternoon and stay overnight.

Day 13 Campeche/Merida

Depart for Merida this morning, with a visit to the ruins of Uxmal (‘three times built’) and Kabah en route. Uxmal is one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatan and certainly one of the most magnificent. After the tour continue to Merida.

Day 14 Merida

Morning tour of Merida, with the afternoon free to explore this lively and colourful city at your own pace.

Day 15 Merida

Day at leisure to relax or further explore Merida and it’s surroundings.

Day 16 Merida/Playa Del Carmen

Today, travel across the Yucatan Peninsula to the Riviera Maya, with a guided tour of the spectacular ruins of Chichen Itza on the way.

Day 17 Tulum/Playa Del Carmen

Today enjoy a half-day tour of Tulum which is the only Maya site built along the coast and featuring stunning views of the azure waters of the Caribbean.

Day 18 Playa Del Carmen

Day at leisure to relax on the beach.

Day 19 Playa Del Carmen/Havana

Transfer to the airport in Cancun for your flight to Cuba. On arrival in Havana you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation in Old Havana.

Day 20 Havana

Discover the grandeur and beauty of Old Havana on this morning’s walking tour. Visit the four main plazas and enjoy the theatre of life on Havana’s streets. This afternoon cruise the Malecon and explore greater Havana in one of Cuba’s classic vintage cars – an essential experience.

Day 21 Havana/Trinidad de Cuba

After breakfast, transfer to the ‘Pearl of the South’, Cienfuegos, for a city tour and lunch. Admire the impossibly ornate Palacio del Valle and other architectural gems in this underrated city before continuing to Trinidad. Dinner is included at a local paladar this evening.

Day 22 Trinidad de Cuba

Another classic Cuban car awaits this morning to transport you to the lovely Valle de Ingenios (Sugar Mill Valley) for a visit to the Manaca-Iznaga Plantation House and tower for stunning views. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and then return to Trinidad for a tour of the colonial centre.

Day 23 Trinidad de Cuba/Havana

Depart Trinidad for the central city of Santa Clara, the ideal place to learn about the legacy of the Cuban Revolution and the legend of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. After visiting the memorial and monument you’ll have lunch before continuing to Havana.

Day 24 Havana

Day at leisure to relax or to continue exploring Havana.

Day 25 Havana

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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