12-DAY YUCATAN LUXURY ROAD TRIP (SAMPLE):
They say Mexico is in a ‘World of its Own’ and this carefully curated tour proves just that.
Experience unspoilt landscape, culture, unforgettable cuisine, Mayan ruins and golden sand beaches in just one itinerary.
11 nights in luxury accommodation with breakfast included. Virtuoso added extras at participating hotels.
Late model car, people carrier or SUV hire for the duration of your trip. Unlimited milage included.
Complimentary Iconic Travel Road Trip Kit, which consists of maps, travel guide etc.
Day-1 – Cancun:
You will be met at Mexico City Airport and transferred to the Ritz Carlton, Cancun.. There you have the rest of the day to relax on it's white sand beach and enjoy the award winning restaurants on site. During the day your rental car will be delivered to the hotel.
Day-2 – Cancun:
Enjoy a leisurely day at the Ritz Carlton, Cancun.
Day-3 – Merida:
Today your road trip begins. Drive three hours through the stunning Yucatan countryside to arrive in time to the sleepy fishing village of Rio Lagartos for a fresh seafood lunch.
Rio Lagartos is home of Las Coloradas which appears as a beach of pink water, which in turns make for some fantastic photos to show family and friends.
From here drive to Izamal ('The Yellow City') another fun looking area of the Yucatan Peninsula. You will be enamoured by the town’s New Spain buildings, which are all painted yellow and white, some of them adorned with little pieces of stone. The brightly coloured buildings, which range from private homes to the church and municipal buildings, gives the city an upbeat and happy energy.
Walk along the cobblestone streets that connect the tranquil town’s twelve small hills. Enjoy the romantic and beautiful landscape along the way.
From here move on to your accommodation for the next couple of days - the Chablé Resort & Spa, Merida.
Day-4 – Merida:
Spend the day enjoying the Chablé Resort & Spa. `The resort is one of the newest luxury resorts in Mexico made up of a selection of deluxe villas—all with private pools—in the heart of the Mayan Forest.
Imagined as a private, hedonistic retreat, the hacienda's centre pieces is its incredible spa built beside a cenote, a naturally formed underground reservoir of crystalline water believed to be sacred to the Mayans. Chablé immediately immerses guests in the rich culture and history of the region, creating an authentic experience that harmoniously blends nature and comfort with an unmistakable sense of place. Every aspect of the development of Chablé Resort & Spa has been carefully planned and executed to honour the history of the property and ancient Mayan culture.
Day-5 - Merida:
Continue to enjoy your resort or why not pop in to town centre of Merida and immerse yourself in what it has to offer.
Merida is a quiet paradise. The peacefulness of the town and the beauty of its streets, make it a place of elegance and contrast amid its colonial houses, Mayan ruins, and architecture. Its food, layered with exquisite gastronomic heritage, will take over your taste buds. The Plaza Mayor is a vibrant meeting place where locals enjoy traditional drinks, such as champola or sorbet.
According to The Guardian, Merida has been named among the top places in the world to visit in 2017. Lonely Planet named Merida as the American capital of culture in 2017 for its lively music and cultural flamboyance.
Day-6 – Campeche:
This morning travel to Campeche via Uxmal. Uxmal is an ancient Maya city of the classical period in present-day Mexico. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Mayan culture.
Check-in to your hotel, Hacienda Puerta Campeche, which is surrounded by majestic natural reserves and archaeological gems, this restored 16th century hacienda shows the richness of southeastern Mexico.
Day-7 - Campeche:
Campeche is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful capitals in the country. UNESCO named it as a model of a colonial baroque city planning.
Day-8 – Chichen Itza:
Drive on to one of the most well-recognised Mexico sites - Chichen Itza. First check- in to Hacienda Chichen, which adjoins this ancient site.
Located in Yucatan, appointed by the UNESCO as World Heritage and considered one of the ""New Seven Wonders of the World"". The archaeological site covers an area of 6.5 square kilometres. Composed by the south area that dates back to the VII century and shows the maya Puuc construction style and the central area, built after the arrival of the Toltecs around the 10th century, it shows the fusion of the Puuc architectural styles and the central highlands of Mexico.
The most impressive structures of Chichen Itza are located in the central area. There you will find the ball game, temples, the spectacular Castle (Pyramid of Kukulkan) and the Mayan calendar stone that measures 25 meters. The Toltec warriors are represented in the engravings found around the entrance, at the top of the Castle.
We can arrange a local guide who will provide detailed information about Chichen Itza and even take you to a Sacred Cenote.
Day-9 – Tulum:
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. One of the most important sites in Tulum is its Mayan ruins, located on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea; with warm starry nights and clear turquoise waters lies the only archaeological site that sits on the seashore. It is the most photogenic site in the region and perhaps the whole country.
Under the cliff is Paradise beach, considered one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya, from which excursions are organised to the famous Mesoamerican Reef Barrier. The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve measures half a million hectares and covers all possible scenarios: beaches, coral reefs, rainforest, dunes and natural wells.
After Tulum, it is a short drive to your next hotel - the Rosewood Mayakoba.
Days 10 - 12 – Playa Del Carmen, Mexico:
Surrounded by emerald jungle and pristine white beaches, Rosewood Mayakoba is a Riviera Maya resort that defines a private world of rare luxury and refined beauty.
During your stay your rental car will be collected. The final day includes a private air-conditioned transfer to Cancun International Airport for your flight back home.