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On this luxurious private holiday, you will discover the superb museums and teeming plazas of Mexico City, the megalopolis where the Aztec and Spanish heritages sit side by side. Moving south, you will explore evocative ancient monuments, which lay hidden and silent for centuries, amid the deep valleys and jungles of the south. You will round off your holiday by pampering at one of one of the country's most prestigious, discreet, and top-quality hotels in the Mayan Riviera.
During the tour, you will be provided with handpicked luxurious prestige hotels and restored haciendas, along with a first-class superior beach resort on the Caribbean coast. Expect top service and excellent facilities at all of them.
A luxury hotel in Mexico City. Ideally situated on the Paseo de la Reforma, near Chapultepec park, the National Museum of Anthropology and History and leading business, shopping and residential areas, Four Seasons is a soothing oasis from which to explore one of the world's largest and most dynamic capitals.
Built in 1700, Hacienda Uayamon reflects the sophistication of a luxury resort with attention to surrounding natural beauty. This unique hotel has been awarded by the well-known magazine Travel & Leisure, in the Global Vision Awards 2010, in the category of "artisan revival." Indulge in the soothing waters of the outdoor pool and sink into the cotton woven hammocks, over crystal waters for a mid-afternoon nap.
A hacienda built of coral walls and white moldings awaits you in the tropical rain-forest ambiance of the Yucatan peninsula. Discover the beauty of ancient Mayan architecture through this enchanting luxury hotel, located in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Hacienda Chichen is a green Maya sanctuary of life, where you can create your "home away from home" as you experience a rare intimate contact with nature, explore ancient Maya sites, and get to know the Mayan people's cultural traditions.
Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa is a luxurious seaside hideaway where personal service, warm hospitality and privacy are unsurpassed.
Jetsetter will transfer you from the airport to your luxury hotel in Mexico City. The city was built on the site of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire, and it lies at 2,250 meters above sea level. Vast, chaotic and vibrant, the sprawling megalopolis of more than 20 million people has a multitude of attractions. Overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico.
During the city-guided tour, you will visit the zocalo (main square), the monumental Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace, with murals painted by Diego Rivera. You can stroll down elegant boulevards, or browse at a handicraft market. Passing through the northern suburbs of the capital, head into the countryside, towards the megalithic archaeological site of Teotihuacan. Soak up the history as you stroll along the imposing Avenue of the Dead, leading to the vast Pyramid of the Sun, taking the opportunity to climb its vertiginous, ancient steps for a panorama of the ruins and the surrounding countryside. If you have time after or before the tour, Jetsetter suggests you visit the World-Class Museum of Anthropology, exhibiting remarkable, well displayed expositions of Aztec artifacts, alongside items from other ancient civilizations. Overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico.
You will visit the lively and bustling colonial neighborhood of Coyoacan, located in the south of Mexico City. Coyoacan was the first capital of New Spain and as a result, it still proudly maintains its own identity. Explore Coyoacan's main square an array of churches and beautiful old buildings, as well as the house of Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes. Visit the home of surrealist artist Frida Kahlo, where she was born and lived for most of her life. Later, you will visit the Dolores Olmedo museum, a beautiful 17th century mansion housing the largest private collection of Diego Rivera's work, donated to the nation in 1994 by the wealthy collector and friend of Rivera, Dolores Olmedo. Overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico
You will be transferred to the airport and fly to Campeche on the coast of the Yucatan peninsula, facing the Gulf of Mexico. The old walled city is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site; with pastel-painted mansions, pristine white churches and the shady zocalo, that evokes the city's era of glory. Overnight at the Hacienda Uayamon
You will be driven to the Mayan ruins at Edzna. Most often, there are very few people at the site, which allows you to wander around its impressive structures and soak up the atmosphere in virtual solitude. You will have a guided exploration of the site, centerpiece of which is the magnificent Temple of the Five Storeys - a stepped pyramid of 4 levels with a shrine and altar at the top, sitting on a raised platform: the Gran Acropolis. Close by, in the Pequena Acropolis (the Temple of the Masks), which features a carved portrayal of the Sun God. Many other buildings lie hidden beneath thick vegetation. Overnight at the Hacienda Uayamon
Continue by road to Merida, capital of the state of Yucatan, founded by the Mayan people. In 1542 it was conquered by the Spanish, who dismantled the pyramids and used its stones as foundations for the cathedral. Merida then became an immensely wealthy city, described as the Paris of the New World. Its money came mainly from the production of sisal (cactus fibers used to make rope), and it was both culturally and geographically isolated from the rest of the country, until transport infrastructure reached it in the 1950s. Today Merida retains a lovely colonial center, with a mix of opulent and crumbly buildings, at a modern, bustling, thriving city, with lots of local character, some excellent places to eat and excellent shops and markets. The inhabitants, descendants of the Maya and the colonists, love good fiesta, and there are plenty throughout the year, with live music and market stalls. Overnight at the Hacienda Temozon.
Have a guided excursion delving into the history of the Yucatan region and how it was shaped by the henequen (sisal) boom, in the 1800s. The trip begins with a drive to a working henequen hacienda, Sotuta de Peon, 35 kilometers south of Merida. The experience will transport you back to the colonial era, as you witness the entire production process - from plant to fiber, to finished product - all using century-old machinery. You will ride out to the farming fields on an authentic wooden cart pulled by mules, with the option of a refreshing swim in a nearby cenote (a natural sinkhole typical of the Yucatn peninsula). You will enjoy lunch at the hacienda. Overnight at the Hacienda Temozon.
Hacienda Temozon began life as a cattle ranch, in 1655. The multi-arched deep-red facade of restored buildings overlooks terraced lawns and horseshoe steps to the front. To the rear, the restaurant terrace overlooks velvety lawns and a large neo-classical swimming pool. It is tempting just to spend the day enjoying the facilities and peaceful garden, but there are plenty of optional excursions available, which you can book at the property. Overnight at the Hacienda Temozon.
From Merida, drive to Chichen Itza (around three hours), the grandest of all the Mayan sites, dominated by the huge, symmetrical, stepped El Castillo pyramid. The origins of the site are mysterious, and appear to have Toltec as well as Mayan influences. There is also a huge cenote sacred well. Accommodation is a short walk away, and in the evening, there is the option to return to the site for the Sound and Light Show. Overnight at Hacienda Chichen.
Transfer to Maroma Resort on the Caribbean coast. This beautiful establishment is located at the private estate of Punta Maroma, 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen. Originally, an old coconut plantation, the hotel is surrounded by trees and low scrub jungle, with only one other resort adjacent, and faces a long, sweeping stretch of powdery-white sandy beach. There are three restaurants including a Creole eatery and a health-conscious spa bistro. Activities include a complimentary snorkeling trip, and at extra cost, fishing, golf and horse-riding. Overnight at the Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa.
You have included two 'gastronomic experiences' in your stay at Maroma. From traditional cooking classes to tequila tasting and beach barbecues, you will have the opportunity to discover the tastiest of Mexico's culinary fare. The type of experience depends on the days of the week you are staying - you will be able to confirm your choice on arrival at the hotel. Spend the rest of your time relaxing at the property, or taking one of the many water-sports and cultural excursions available. Overnight at the Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa.
Transfer to Cancun International Airport (CUN) and catch your international flight home.
This tour of Mexico will take place in and around Mexico City, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Mayan Riviera.
With 9 million residents, traffic-clogged plazas and a high-altitude springtime climate, Mexico City makes a dizzying first impression. You will find cutting-edge art and exquisite food, and you shouldn't miss the jaw-dropping treasures of the National Museum of Anthropology and History. This megalopolis is divided into neat colonias, and each offers a different experience; favorites include Posh Polanco and boutique hipster-filled Colonia Roma.
Yucatan Peninsula offers a plethora of Mexican experiences and near year-round sunshine. Families, scene-seekers and all-inclusive fans disembark in Cancun and head for the hotel zones mega-resorts, while honeymooners prefer the blissful experience of the upscale resorts of Playa del Carmen. Farther south, lovely little Tulum hosts a hip crowd in souped-up beach casitas, and just inland, ancient Mayan ruins lie undisturbed in the jungle and mysterious cenotes, supplying adventure playgrounds of underground rivers and sinkholes.
During this tour, you will be experiencing two hands-on cooking classes at the Maroma hotel. You will have your choice of traditional cooking classes, from tequila tasting to beach barbecues.
Three of the hotels you will be staying at, Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, Hacienda Chichen, and Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa, have spas that you can access and enjoy.
The hotel offers a variety of massages and facial treatments, including:
Yaxkin Spa signature ultimate skin care and wellness treatment is based on Mayan algae body mud wraps, raw sea-salt rubs, organic skin nourishing, relaxing massages, 100% organic kakaw, honey face masks, and natural antioxidants for the perfect skin beauty care. The spa also offers deluxe body gemstone therapy, deep tissue relaxation, organic spirulina mud wraps, exfoliating skin rubs, and a 100% organic Mayan herbal medicinal ingredient in all wellness treatments.
Experience healing Mayan rituals at one of the worlds top destination spas. Foremost among Riviera Maya spas, every part of Kinan Spa has been aligned with the stars to create a positive energy flow. They have an extensive list of treatments, from soothing moonlight massages to romantic couples spa rituals. The Kinan Spa was voted the best spa in Mexico and Latin America by Cond Nast Traveller.
Please arrive at Mexico City International Airport (MEX). Jetsetter will transfer you to your hotel. The pick up is included in the price.