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Best of Mexico

Visit a world of culture, festivities and ancestral traditions

TOUR COST: BASED ON TWIN / DOUBLE / TRIPLE SHARING

USD$ 4,480.00

– minimum of 15 pax

USD$ 4,710.00

– minimum of 10 pax

To add:

  • US$ 130.00- Mandatory tips

Optional:

  • Single supplement: US$ 890.00 per person

  • Travel Insurance: US$ 100.00 (For ages 70 and below/ applicable to departures out of Manila)

June 27 – July 13, 2020
September 5 – 21, 2020
November 28 – December 14, 2020

NOTE:

Please note that triple rooms in Mexico only count with 2 double beds, meaning that 2 people must share one bed.

INCLUSIONS

  • Roundtrip airfare via Philippine airlines and Aeromexico inclusive of taxes
  • Accommodation at the mentioned hotels in standard rooms except for Barceló in a Garden View room
  • American breakfast daily + All-inclusive plan for Riviera Maya (taxes and service included).
  • Private transportation with air-conditioning and sound system.
  • English-speaking guide during all transfers and excursions.
  • Luggage handling at the hotels and airports.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Meals not mentioned in the program.
  • Services not detailed in the program.
  • Drinks and personal extras at restaurants or hotels.
  • Tips to guides and bus drivers.
  • All items not mentioned in “Price includes”.

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION

  • A non-refundable deposit of USD$500.00 per person upon reservation payable in USD Dollars or equivalent in peso using tour operator’s rate with photocopy of passport and pilgrim’s accomplished tour registration form; Submission should not be later than 4 months prior departure date
  • Full payment due upon ticketing deadline but which should not be later than 2 months prior departure date.
  • Cancellation charge of fifty percent (50%) of tour cost will be imposed if cancellation is done two months before departure date *Full tour cost will be forfeited if cancellation is done 1 month before departure
  • Unused portion of the tour is non-refundable. Consideration on death and medical reasons will be subject to suppliers’ cancellation policies and upon submission of official certificates.

CONDITIONS / RESPONSIBILITIES

TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE stated visa fees and documentation expenses, extra travel insurance, medical and hospitalization expenses, tours and transportation expenses during free periods, porterage of extra luggage, drinks and meals not specified in the itinerary, and such other personal nature like telephone calls, fax, laundry, room service and expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

Ephesus Travel and Tours has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various operators. Our company or its subagents therefore only acts as agents for the operators providing the various services described in this tour and assume no responsibility or liability that may occur out of or in connection with losses or unexpected expenses due to delays, overbooking, and defaults. The tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. Should the number of participants fall below the required number, we reserve the right to increase the tour cost or cancel/reschedule the tour. The payment for a reservation fee on the tour shall constitute acceptance and consent to all provisions in the tour conditions/responsibility published in this tour.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Mexico City, Mexico
Welcome in Mexico City and group transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Casa Blanca Hotel (3*sup), Mexico City

Day 2: Mexico City
This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and enjoy a full day city tour. In the morning you will visit Mexico City’s colonial centre, including the Zocalo, the main square of Mexico City. Here, you will see some important landmarks, such as the National Palace, with its impressive murals of the famous artist Diego Rivera. You will also visit the Templo Mayor, which contains the ruins of the ceremonial centre of the former Aztec capital Tenochtitlan and also see the Metropolitan Cathedral, the biggest Cathedral in Mexico. An architectural masterpiece with both baroque and neo-classical elements, impressive woodcarvings and gold plated alters. Afterwards head to Alameda Park, here you will find the most important cultural building in Mexico City, the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) where you can view some of the beautiful murals within the palace. From there walk via the beautiful avenue La Reforma to Parque Chapultepec. Here you can find several interesting museums, among them the famous Museum of Anthropology, the largest museum in Mexico. You will be able to enter the Museum of Anthropology (Museo de Antropologia) and view the impressive collection of pre- hispanic artifacts. A must for those who would like to know more about the different cultures of Mexico. This afternoon arrive back at the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Casa Blanca Hotel (3*sup), Mexico City

Day 3: Mexico City
This morning you will be picked up and taken on a tour to the famous ruins of Teotihuacan, the main highlight for many who visit Mexico City. Teotihuacan is a vast Mexican archaeological complex northeast of Mexico City which rivals the great pyramids of Egypt. Running down the middle of the site, which was once a flourishing pre-Columbian city, is the Avenue of the Dead. It links the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (Temple of the Feathered Serpent), the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun, the latter two with panoramic views from their summits. Artefacts in the Museum of Teotihuacan Culture, on-site, include pottery and bone. Enjoy a guided tour of this magical complex and afterwards travel onwards to The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A Roman Catholic church, and National shrine of Mexico in the north of Mexico City. The shrine was built near the hill of Tepeyac where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. This site is also known as La Villa de Guadalupe or, in a more popular sense, simply La Villa, as it has several churches and related buildings. After the tour arrive back at the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Casa Blanca Hotel (3*sup), Mexico City

Day 4: Mexico City – Taxco
This morning travel onwards to Taxco via the small town of Coyoacan. Founded in the seventh century by the Colhua people and later conquered by the Mexica, Coyoacan or the “Place of Coyotes” retains its small-town charm. With its narrow, cobbled streets, colonial churches, vibrant markets, world-class museums and sidewalk cafes, its historic centre is a popular destination for residents and tourists alike. Stop here for a quick break and enjoy a guided walk around the town centre. Afterwards you will head onwards to the colonial city of Taxco, known as the “City of Silver” for the mines that were extracting this precious mineral for decades. Now that the mining has stopped, they are more well known for their silver handicrafts and charming village life. In fact, it’s one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos, or “Magical Villages,” which is an initiative by the Mexican government shining a special light on notable places that exhibit natural beauty, cultural riches, or historical relevance. Taxco sits on a hillside, high above sea level and its charming streets are surrounded with views of the surrounding hills and forests. Upon arrival in Taxco, check-into the hotel and then head out for an introductory city walking tour with a visit to the city centre and main cathedral, Santa Prisca Cathedral.
Overnight: Monte Taxco (4*) , Taxco

Day 5: Taxco – Puebla
Today you will travel to Puebla with some stops along the way. The first stop being the Pueblo Magico of Tepoztlan, a small yet beautiful and well preserved town. Having been the birthplace of the serpent god of the Aztecs, this town is home to a major indigenous Nahuatl community with some elders still speaking the native language which is quite rare for towns so close to the capital. Enjoy a short walking tour of this beautiful little town and afterwards some time at leisure where you can walk around looking at arts and crafts or visiting the market where, if you dare, try the chapulines – grasshoppers (not included).
Afterwards continue to Cholula, a wonderful town that combines history, magic, religion and archaeology. It stands out for having the largest archaeological site of a pyramid (temple) in the New World, as well as the largest pyramid base known to exist in the world today. Here, you will enjoy another short walking tour and visit the amazing pyramid. Afterwards continue onwards to the beautiful colonial city of Puebla and check-in to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Colonial de Puebla (3*), Puebla

Day 6: Puebla – Oaxaca
Puebla, also known as the City of Angels, was founded in 1531 by the Spaniards and to this day remains a very pleasant town with a rich history. Today it’s a modern and thriving city, but
it preserves its colonial charm nevertheless. Its streets are swarming with architectural jewels, many of them covered with the regional Talavera tiles. Churches and convents are witnesses of the past, as Puebla was once an important religious centre. This morning, enjoy a walking tour through the city centre and see the main plaza and cathedral. Afterwards travel onwards to Oaxaca City in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico’s South-West. Upon arrival check-in and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight: City Express Centro Oaxaca (3*sup) , Oaxaca City

Day 7: Oaxaca
Today enjoy a walking tour of Oaxaca’s beautiful city centre. Learn about the history of the city, its architecture and local customs. See Santo Domingo church, the best example of Mexican baroque architecture, then stroll along some of the picturesque streets of the historical centre as you see more of Oaxaca’s landmarks. See the Benito Juarez and 20 de Noviembre markets, and stop at a chocolate factory to see the process of grinding cocoa beans to make Oaxacan chocolate. In the afternoon, visit the ruins of the former Zapotec stronghold Monte Alban in the outskirts of the city and enjoy a guided tour of the area. Monte Albán, site of ruins of an ancient centre of Zapotec and Mixtec culture, located in what is now Oaxaca state, Mexico. The initial construction at the site has been placed at circa 8th century BC. It contains great plazas, truncated pyramids, a court for playing the ball game tlachtli, underground passageways and about 170 tombs, the most elaborate uncovered in the Americas to date. The site is located on high ground, probably chosen for its defensibility. The great plaza atop the highest hill is flanked by four platforms; two temples stand on the platform to the south.
After this visit, return to Oaxaca City for an evening at leisure.
Overnight: City Express Centro Oaxaca (3*sup), Oaxaca City

Day 8: Oaxaca – Tehuantepec
This morning visit the archaeological site of Mitla and enjoy a short guided tour. Mitla is the second most important archaeological site in the state of Oaxaca and the most important of the Zapotec culture. The name Mitla is derived from the Nahuatl name Mictlan, which was the place of the dead or underworld. Its Zapotec name is Lyobaa, which means “place of rest.” Afterwards travel onwards to Tehuantepec with a quick stop at the gigantic tree of ‘El Tule’ on the way. Upon arrival into Tehuantepec visit a traditional mezcal brewery where you will see how this popular drink is prepared and also enjoy a tasting. Make sure you have some cash on you in case you want to buy this delicious artisan drink to take back home with you. This afternoon/evening check-in to the hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Calli, (3*) Tehuantepec

Day 9: Tehuantepec – San Cristobal de las Casas
After an early start begin the journey to the city of San Cristobal, in the state of Chiapas in the very south of Mexico. Along the way enjoy a stop at the gateway to the magnificent Sumidero Canyon. Sumidero Canyon is a narrow and deep canyon surrounded by a national park and located just north of the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez. Take an optional 2 hour boat ride up the canyon (not included – approx. $15 USD per person).
Travellers who do not wish to take the boat trip may stretch their legs and enjoy a lunch break at one of the nearby restaurants at the port. Afterwards continue onwards to San Cristobal de las Casas, one of the most beautiful cities in all of Mexico. Cobblestone streets, low tiled roofs, colonial architecture and bright painted walls all add to San Cristobal’s special charm. However, it’s not just another colonial town; as this village is located in the Mayan heartland the many indigenous people give it a very special atmosphere. Indigenous culture is everywhere: you can find it in the handicrafts market, in the dresses worn by the people on the streets, or you can live it yourself while visiting one of the Tzotzil Maya communities nearby.
Upon arrival check into the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Villa Mercedes (4*sup), San Cristobal de las Casas

Day 10: San Cristobal
Today is free at leisure to explore this beautiful city.
Overnight: Villa Mercedes (4*sup), San Cristobal de las Casas

Day 11: San Cristobal – Palenque
This morning travel to the beautiful Agua Azul Waterfall (approx. 4 hours). It has been called by many – the most beautiful natural attraction in Mexico. The Agua Azul Waterfall is in the Blue Water Biosphere of southern Chiapas, just nearby Mexico’s famous archaeological park at Palenque. The crystalline blue waters are coloured, in simple terms, by the large amount of limestone deposits on the rocky river bed, a surreal environment in the heart of the dense green rainforest country of southern Mexico. After a visit to the falls, and perhaps a quick dip in the beautiful water (don’t forget your swimwear), travel onwards to the archaeological park of Palenque. Upon arrival in Palenque, check-in to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Ciudad Real (4*), Palenque

Day 12: Palenque – Campeche
This morning after breakfast your guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you on an early morning excursion to the Palenque Archaeological zone where you will enjoy a guided tour of this amazing site. Swathed in morning jungle mists and echoing to a dawn chorus of howler monkeys and parrots, the mighty Maya temples of Palenque are deservedly one of the top destinations of Chiapas and one of the best examples of Mayan architecture in all of Mexico. After the visit, travel onwards to the city of Campeche, Mexico’s only walled city, which is on the UNESCO cultural heritage list. Upon arrival check-in and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight: City Express (3*), Campeche

Day 13: Campeche – Merida
This morning enjoy a short walking tour of the colourful city of Campeche, with a visit to the central plaza and ocean boulevard. Afterwards, travel onwards to the archaeological site of Uxmal, an ancient Mayan city declared part of UNESCO heritage in 1996. Uxmal (pronounced oosh-mahl) is an impressive set of ruins, easily ranking among the top Mayan archaeological sites in the world. It’s a large site with some fascinating structures in good condition and bearing a riot of ornamentation. Enjoy a guided tour of the area, then continue onwards to the city of Merida (dubbed the white city), one of the liveliest cities in the Yucatan Peninsula. As the centre of henequen production (a plant native to Yucatan), Merida gathered great wealth during the last century. This former wealth is still reflected in many of the cities impressive buildings. Upon arrival check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Residencial (3*), Merida

Day 14: Merida – Riviera Maya
Today travel onwards to Chichen Itza, Mexico’s most famous archaeological site. This sacred site was one of the greatest Mayan centres of the Yucatan Peninsula. Throughout its nearly 1,000-year history, different peoples have left their mark on the city. The fusion of Mayan construction techniques with new elements from central Mexico make Chichen Itza one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatan. Several buildings have survived, such as the Warriors’ Temple, El Castillo and the circular observatory known as El Caracol. Here enjoy a guided tour of the site, check the acoustics of the Ball Court, and wonder about the sacrificed virgins while looking into the Sacred Well. After visiting Chichen Itza, continue to Riviera Maya where you can enjoy one last night at leisure.
Overnight: Barceló Maya Beach (4*sup), Riviera Maya

Day 15: Riviera Maya
Today transfer to Cancun Airport. Check out 12:00

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