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Mexico & the Maya
Commences Mexico City 16 Oct and ends Playa del Carmen 30 Oct 2017

  • Chichen Itza
    Chichen Itza
  • Old Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico City
    Old Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico City
  • Mexican Masks
    Mexican Masks
  • Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan
    Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan
  • Church of Our Lady of Remedies at the top of Cholula pyramid
    Church of Our Lady of Remedies at the top of Cholula pyramid
  • Puebla
  • traditional Mayan Headdress
    traditional Mayan Headdress
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $ 11,190
  • Program Code GCTMEX17
  • Single Supplement $ 1,568
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader To be advised

Tour Itinerary

  • 14 Nights
    • 4 - City 
    • 2 - Puebla 
    • 2 - Merida 
    • 2 - Uxmal 
    • 2 - Chichen-Itza 
    • 1 - Valladolid 
    • 1 - Playa del Carmen

Commences Mexico City 16 October and ends Playa del Carmen 30 October 2017

 Tour Highlights

  • Trace the history of Mexico City with local historians
  • Explore the vast and influential archaeological site of Teotihuacan
  • In museums and exhibitions, study the life and work of Frida Kahlo
  • Visit the colonial City of Angels – Puebla with its distinctive history and food
  • Observe the spectacular ruins at Chichen-Itza
  • The White City of Merida and the Golden City of Izamal in Yucatan

Tour Overview

Few destinations in the world offer the variety of cultural and natural landscape of Mexico. From its vast volcanic mountain range, to its Central Plateau where Mexico City lies, to the coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula, it is a country of great cultural diversity and ancient history. Dating back over 3,000 years, we learn about the ancient civilisations which originally inhabited this land: the Olmec, Zapotec Maya and, later, the Aztec. All were highly sophisticated cultures with great achievements in art, architecture, mathematics and astronomy. In Mexico City, we explore one of the world's most vibrant, cosmopolitan and dynamic urban centres. We visit the halls of the renowned National Museum of Anthropology to learn of Mexico’s ancient past, and we also explore the art of the Mexican Muralists, who painted this history on the public walls of Mexico’s cultural institutions between the 1920s and 1950s, a period following the Mexican Revolution. 

We continue to the neighbouring colonial city of Puebla, City of the Angels. Puebla is known for its important role in Mexico's Colonial Period (1500-1800), where architecture, art and cuisine developed singular expressions. We visit 'talavera' artisans (Majolica tile) and savour unique regional dishes. We also visit extraordinary churches that are unlike any you have seen before, blending Mexico’s ancient indigenous past with Catholic traditions. 

Leaving the Central Plateau of Mexico, we travel to Merida and the completely different world of the Yucatecan Maya. We explore the vast Maya ruins of Uxmal and World Heritage listed Chichen-Itza, where we not only realise the complexity of these civilisations, but also meet the living Maya, who are part of this 3,000 year legacy.

Tour Inclusions

    • Incliding return economy class international airfare
    • 14 nights in en-suite  4 star or better hotel accommodation
    • Typical local breakfast daily, 11 lunches and 6 dinners
    • Local flights: Mexico City – Merida
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet

This is our first 2017 tour announcement. Combinations will be advised soon.

To be advised


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.

Detailed itinerary to follow shortly