Mexico Unveiled – 24 Days Escorted Tour – Departing 27 October 2025

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Small group
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Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Mexico on this unforgettable journey.

From the turquoise waters of the Maya Riviera to the ancient wonders of Teotihuacan, we’ll journey through history, culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. Explore Maya ruins kissed by Caribbean breezes, delve into the heart of  colonial cities, and witness the rich traditions of indigenous communities. Great hacienda hotels, delicious food, and a superb itinerary will have you calling Viva Mexico!


October 2025

Mon 27 : Auckland > Cancun

Fly to Cancun via Houston. On arrival transfer to our hotel.

Tue 28 : Cancun > Bacalar

Travel along the Riveria Maya to the impressive Maya ruins of Tulum, perched on a cliff overlooking the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea. Continue to our hotel in Bacalar and this evening get to know your travelling companions at our special welcome dinner.

Wed 29 : Bacalar

This morning enjoy a boat ride on the Bacalar Lagoon, famed for its myriad shades of blue, then explore the historic town centre and the 17th century Spanish fort.

Thu 30 : Bacalar > Chichen Itza

Drive to the picturesque Sayab Kuxtal Cenote Centre for a short nature walk or a cooling dip in the clear waters of the cenote (a natural sinkhole set in limestone). Continue to Chichen Itza to overnight in a hacienda, founded in 1523.

Fri 31 : Chichen Itza > Merida

This morning we tour the famed ruins of Chichen Itza in their jungle setting. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the history of this wonderfully-preserved Maya site is explained as you visit the Sacred Cenote where human sacrifices to the Gods were once made. Continue to the charming colonial city of Merida.

November 2025

Sat 1 : Merida

Established over 450 years ago, Merida is the social and economic centre of the Yucatan, featuring large squares, tree-lined boulevards and European-style mansions. Today is the Mexican “Day of the Dead” festival which honours the lives of loved ones who have passed away. We will visit a cemetery filled with life and colour, as families decorate graves with marigolds, candles and offerings. An interesting and very authentic experience.

Sun 2 : Merida > Campeche

Today we explore the UNESCO Heritage listed Maya ruins at Uxmal. Continue to the delightful seaside city of Campeche.

Mon 3 : Campeche

The fascinating history of this historic walled city unfolds as we explore its Baroque architecture and 17th Century hilltop forts. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Tue 4 : Campeche > Palenque

A scenic drive takes us to the charming town of Palizada with its vibrantly coloured houses. Visit the excellent little museum, take a short cruise on the jungle-fringed river to spot wildlife, then witness traditional craftswomen creating fine cotton blouses. Continue to Palenque where you overnight.

Wed 5 : Palenque > Villahermosa

Perched on a plateau 200m above the savannah, Palenque offers wonderful views across the surrounding landscape. The temples of this UNESCO World Heritage Site feature beautifully painted murals, sculpted stone and stucco panels. Continue to Villahermosa to tour its historic city centre.

Thu 6 : Villahermosa > San Cristobal de las Casas

This morning visit the La Venta Museum and sculpture park which houses artefacts from the ancient Olmec civilization. Continue through lovely countryside to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Fri 7 : San Cristobal de las Casas & local indigenous communities

A walking tour visits the cathedral with its lavish interior, the 16th century Dominican church and the handicraft markets of the Tzotzil poeple. In the scenic highlands visit the colourful indigenous village of San Juan Chamula and nearby Zinacantan with its pretty church and excellent markets, before returning to San Cristobal. Evening at leisure.

Sat 8 : San Cristobal de las Casas > Tehuantepec

Today’s highlight will be the magnificent Sumidero Canyon. Take a boat trip through towering canyon walls, looking for river crocodiles and spider monkeys as we gently glide along. Continue to Tehuantepec.

Sun 9 : Tehuantepec > Mitla > Oaxaca

Visit the Zapotec site of Mitla, then continue to one of the true gems of Mexico, Oaxaca, for three nights at a delightful 16th century hotel oozing charm and atmosphere. This evening enjoy a superb dinner and wonderful cultural show.

Mon 10 : Oaxaca > Monte Alban > Oaxaca

This morning visit the magnificent 2,500 year-old ruins of Monte Alban, an amazing example of Zapotec civilization and construction. After lunch a walking tour of Oaxaca’s historic centre reveals the rich culture of this UNESCO World Heritage listed city. The Gold Museum here offers a stunning display of pre-Columbian treasures.

Tue 11 : Oaxaca

Those interested may take a cooking class to learn how to prepare some local dishes. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Wed 12 : Oaxaca > Puebla

Today visit the botanical cactus reserve at Zapotitlan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, cared for by the local communities and housing over 80 different native cactus species. Continue to Puebla.

Thu 13 : Puebla > Cholula > Mexico City

Puebla is an historic jewel in Mexico’s crown, with its cathedral, artist’s quarter and local market. Leaving Puebla, we stop at the largest pyramid in the world, the Great Pyramid of Cholula, twice as tall as the pyramid of Cheops in Cairo. Continue to Mexico City for four nights in our lovely hotel located right in the historic centre.

Fri 14 : Mexico City

Mexico City was built by the Spanish on the ruins of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Visit the magnificent Cathedral and the Museum of Anthropology, home to some of the finest treasures of Aztec and Maya cultures. Afternoon at leisure.

Sat 15 : Mexico City

This morning visit the local markets to buy fresh ingredients for our cooking class conducted by an expert local chef. Later enjoy a short ride aboard a traditional trajinera along ancient canals then visit Coyoacan, a picturesque neighbourhood of cobblestone streets, historic plazas and markets. Lastly, visit the Frida Kahlo Museum which houses an extensive collection of her artworks. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Sun 16 : Mexico City

This morning visit the magnificent pyramids of the Sun and Moon at Teotihuacan, founded in the 1st century AD. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Mon 17 : Mexico City > Auckland

Transfer to the airport for our flight to Auckland via the USA.

Tue 18 : In flight

Wed 19 : Arrive Auckland

Arrive in Auckland early this morning.


• Small group tour (max 18)
• Economy Class airfares (ex Auckland)
• A World Journeys host
• Accommodation in 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated (B-L-D)
• Transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Gratuities

Not Included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Optional activities
  • USA visa or ESTA visa waiver (required to transit through the USA)

In Mexico tipping is customary. For a hassle-free journey, tipping is included and will be handled by the World Journeys host.


Pricing (per person), NZD
Tour cost including flights NZ$21,195 NZ$26,485
Land cost only NZ$18,195 NZ$23,485
Important Notes
  • A non-refundable deposit of $3,000 per person is required, with the balance due 1 August 2025.
  • It may be necessary to collect the airfare portion of the tour earlier than the final balance date. As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory.
  • As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory
  • Please enquire about health and medical requirements
  • A base level of fitness is required for this tour – you should be able to comfortably walk up to 4km unaided
  • The order of sightseeing may vary in accordance with local conditions

NB: The land only cost is based on joining the tour in Cancun on 27 October and leaving the tour in Mexico City on 17 November 2025.




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