Premium Mexico & Cuba

05/16/2021 through 12/14/2022
05/16/2021 through 12/17/2022
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Premium Mexico & Cuba

Uncover little pockets of paradise on a 23-day Premium adventure through Mexico and Cuba. Explore Mexico City and the great ruins of Teotihuacan, learn the colonial history of Puebla and Oaxaca before continuing south to Puerto Morelos. Walk through magnificent Maya ruins, the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula and renowned Chichen Itza before flying to Havana – Cuba’s captivating capital. Experience Havana in all its faded glory, uncover the easy beauty of rural Vinales, wander the cobblestoned streets of Trinidad and soak up the coastal vibe of Cienfuegos. Find a common thread with the locals and discover the warmth and charm of these neighbouring nations.

Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Mexico City – Welcome Dinner
  • Mexico City – National Museum of Anthropology (entrance fee)
  • Mexico City – Leader-led City Tour of Historic Center
  • Mexico City – Diego Rivera Murals in the National Palace (entrance fee)
  • Puebla – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Teotihuacan – Archaeological site
  • Teotihuacan – Obsidian workshop
  • Puebla – Cholula archaeological site
  • Oaxaca – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Oaxaca – Mercado Benito Juarez
  • Oaxaca – Mercado 20 de Noviembre
  • Oaxaca – Beeswax candle workshop
  • Oaxaca – Weaving demonstration
  • Oaxaca – Tule Tree
  • Oaxaca – Mitla archeological site
  • Oaxaca – Mezcaleria visit
  • Oaxaca – Zapotecan home-cooked lunch
  • Oaxaca – Farewell Dinner
  • Puerto Morelos – Welcome Dinner
  • Valladolid – Home-cooked lunch
  • Valladolid – Tortilla making demonstration
  • Valladolid – Mayan homestead visit
  • Chichen Itza – Archaeological site
  • Chichen Itza – Cenote swim stop
  • Chichen Itza – Home-cooked pibil lunch
  • Merida – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Merida – Celestun Biosphere Reserve tour
  • Tulum – Muyil river float
  • Tulum – Muyil archaeological site
  • Tulum – After hours visit of Tulum archaeological site
  • Tulum – Farewell Dinner
  • Havana – Welcome Dinner
  • Havana – American Vintage Car Tour (guide and transport included)
  • Havana – Revolution Square
  • Havana – Leader-led walking tour of Old Havana
  • Soroa – Orchid Garden with Local Flora Expert (entrance fee and guide)
  • Vinales – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Vinales – Half-day Valley tour on foot including Tobacco Farmhouse
  • Vinales – Salsa dance lesson (1 hour)
  • Vinales – Farm-to-table dinner at an eco-friendly ranch
  • Bay of Pigs – Coastal swim stop
  • Cienfuegos – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Cienfuegos – Palacio de Valle (entrance fee)
  • Trinidad – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Trinidad – Dinner at a local farmhouse
  • Santa Clara – Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum (entrance fee)

Highlights

  • Explore Mexico City on a tour with your leader, visit the spectacular ruins of Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza and Tulum, learn some salsa steps in slow-paced Vinales, and take in the colours of Soroa, the valley known as the ‘Rainbow of Cuba’.
  • Discover traditional craft industries and the locals who produce them in Oaxaca and Zinacantan, and meet a Maya family in the secluded Laguna Chabela for a traditional tortilla making demonstration.
  • Your local leader will help you learn the story of the Cuban Revolution, as well as a visit to the memorials dedicated to revolutionary hero Ernesto Che Guevara in Santa Clara.
  • Enjoy the old-world charm of your feature stays in Oaxaca and Merida – magnificent mansions turned boutique hotels, and walk in the glamourous footsteps of the famous and infamous during your feature stay at the iconic Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana.
  • Understand the diversity of Mexican and Cuban food during a taco crawl in Mexico City, traditional lunches with Zapotecan, Maya and Trinidadian families and dinners at an award-winning hidden restaurant in Oaxaca and in the Tulum jungle.

Itinerary

Day 1 Mexico City
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Day 2 Mexico City
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Day 3 Puebla
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Day 4 Puebla
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Day 5 Oaxaca
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Day 6 Oaxaca
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Day 7 Oaxaca
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Day 8 Puerto Morelos
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Day 9 Valladolid
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Day 10 Merida - Chichen Itza
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Day 11 Merida
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Day 12 Merida
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Day 13 Tulum
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Day 14 Tulum
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Day 15 Havana
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Day 16 Havana
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Day 17 Vinales
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Day 18 Vinales
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Day 19 Cienfuegos
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Day 20 Trinidad
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Day 21 Trinidad
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Day 22 Havana
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Day 23 Havana
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