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LATIN AMERICA


TREASURES OF MEXICO


15 DAYS from £1845 (per person twin share with flights)


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A comprehensive and great value tour of a country of contrasts and historical legacy


DAY 1 – Fly to Mexico City Fly from Heathrow or UK regional airport via Houston with Continental for 3 nights at the Holiday Inn Zocalo.


DAY 2 – Mexico City Sightseeing in the capital, including the Museum of Anthropology and the Zocalo (main square).


DAY 3 – Mexico City Day trip to the Basilica of Guadalupe and the vast pyramids of the Sun and the Moon at Teotihuacan.


Baja Merida, Baja Peninsula


DAYS 4 to 6 – Oaxaca Drive to Oaxaca, visiting the colourful town of Puebla en route. Spend 3 nights at Casa Conzatti. Explore this colonial and leafy city, as well as the evocative hilltop temple of Monte Alban above the town. Visit more of the nearby attractions including the weavers of Teotitlan del Valle, the temple of Mitla and Tule.


DAY 7 – Tehuantepec Drive through the Sierra Madre to Tehuantepec for 1 night at the hotel Calli, to break the journey to Chiapas.


WHERE TO STAY IN MEXICO


Mexico’s well-developed infrastructure offers a huge choice of hotels, from renovated colonial mansions to luxurious resorts:


FOUR SEASONS, MEXICO CITY – A sophisticated hotel offering luxurious comfort close to Chapultepec Park and the capital’s exclusive Polanco neighbourhood MAROMA – A stunning resort offering pure escapism on the Riviera Maya


CAMINO REAL OAXACA – Beautiful former convent in the heart of Oaxaca, with cloistered gardens and patios


CASA NATALIA – Small and serene property in San Jose del Cabo, with individual artwork in each and every room


DOS CASAS – Perfect example in San Miguel de Allende of the blend of fine colonial architecture with contemporary design.


DAY 8 – San Cristobal de las Casas Continue into Chiapas, stopping for a boat ride in the impressive Sumidero Canyon, before an overnight at the Mansion del Valle. Afternoon tour of this tranquil town.


DAYS 9/10 – Palenque Visit San Juan Chamula, a village known for its blend of Catholic and indigenous beliefs and customs, before continuing for 1 night at the Ciudad Real Palenque. Sightseeing of Palenque, arguably the most atmospheric of all the Mayan ruins in Mexico.


DAY 11 – Campeche Drive to Campeche for a tour of this city with its piratical history. 1 night at the Plaza Campeche.


DAY 12 – Uxmal and Merida Morning visit to Uxmal, another Mayan highlight, before continuing for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Merida.


Special Something Copper Canyon Railway


COPPER CANYON RAILWAY Occupying the Sierra Tarahumara region of south-western Chihuahua, the Copper Canyon is of Mexico’s finest scenic and cultural treasures. It is also the location of one of the world’s great train journeys – the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway, a full day’s journey which can be broken up to give time to explore the canyon.


DAY 13 – Chichen Itza and Cancun Visit the UNESCO listed ruins at Chichen Itza, voted as one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’. Continue to Cancun for 1 night at the Omni Cancun Hotel.


DAYS 14/15 – Fly to the UK Fly from Cancun to Newark with Continental Airlines and onwards to the UK, arriving the following morning.


EXTENSION OPTIONS


Why not extend your holiday with a few days on the beach at Cancun or further along the Riviera Maya.


Prices from £325 per person for 4 nights


Or perhaps take a train ride through the spectacular Copper Canyon?


Prices from £885 per person, please call for full details


04 Feb ‘12 £1845


28 Jul ‘12 £2045


18 Feb ‘12 £1845


08 Sep ‘12 £1945


03 Mar ‘12 £1845


06 Oct ‘12 £1945


24 Mar ‘12 £1845


03 Nov ‘12 £1895


05 May ‘12 £1945


24 Nov ‘12 £1895


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DEPARTURES


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