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Mexico & Cuba Cruise

  • Cruise the Caribbean Islands
  • Visit the stunning Riviera Maya
Includes Return International Flights

Spectacular coastal scenery, sleepy villages and fascinating Mayan ruins - treat yourself with a holiday that experiences the vibrant coastal lifestyle and history of Mexico, Cuba & beyond.

Cruise the Caribbean and enjoy the Mexican and Cuban way of life on this epic 18 Day land and sea package. Kick up your heels on gorgeous coastal Cancun and Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula. Immerse yourself in centuries old history with tours to UNESCO-listed archaeological sites including Tulum, Uxmal and Chichen-Itza, a New 7 Wonders of the World. Discover Mayan pyramids, monasteries and take a dip in a gorgeous natural cenote. Relax in island paradise with a seven night cruise aboard MSC's spectacular Opera ship. Sail stunning destinations including Havana, Isla de Rotan, Belize City, Costa Maya and Isla de la Juventud. Includes return flights, 33 meals and professional English-speaking tour leader.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth for your flight to Cancun, Mexico. Fly with either American Airlines, Delta Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Australia or Air Canada to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival into Cancun a transfer will be arranged to the hotel to relax for the remainder of the evening at leisure. Please note: If departing from PERTH your flight will depart the night before (Day 0)

BeachScape Kin Ha Villas & Suites, Cancun Meals included: In-Flight

Today meet your tour leader and depart to Chichen Itza. It was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan people of the Terminal Classic period. The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza are over 1500 years old. The name Chichen Itza is a Mayan word: CHI (mouth) CHEN (well) and ITZA (of the Itzaes). Some say this is because people were often thrown into the nearby cenote as sacrifices, and those who survived were believed to be seers. Chichen-Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the 'New 7 World Wonders', a unique place to be discovered! Enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure.

Hotel Villas Arqueologicas, Chichen Itza Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza – one of the New 7 Wonders of the World – is the best restored of Yucatan’s Mayan sites. Explore the magnificent ruins set in a dense jungle, including the Pyramid of Kukulcan – its height and striking geometric design dominating the whole site, the Great Ball Court – the largest and most impressive in Mesoamerica, the Sacred Cenote – a natural well used for human sacrifice, and many other beautiful temples. In the afternoon, drive to Merida the ancient Mayan city, via Izamal. In ancient times, Izamal was a centre for the worship of the supreme Mayan god, Itzamna, and the sun god, Kinich-Kakmo. A dozen temple pyramids were devoted to these gods. Perhaps these bold expressions of religion are why the Spanish colonists chose Izamal as the site for an enormous Franciscan monastery – the Convento de San Antonio de Padua - which today stands at the heart of the town. See the impressive monastery, the Mayan ruins, and the streets of this quiet, colonial gem, nicknamed “La Ciudad Amarilla” (the yellow city) for the traditional yellow that most buildings are painted in. Arrive in Merida, the social and economic centre, as well as the capital, of the state of Yucatan. The city’s main boulevard, Paseo Montejo, is home to impressive European-style mansions with pastel shades and elaborate trim, and are reminiscent of lavishly iced wedding cakes. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel Del Gobernador, Merida Meals included: Breakfast

Today visit the archaeological site of Uxmal, a World Heritage Site. Its architecture is characterised by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with a profusion of symbolic motifs and sculptures depicting the long-nosed rain god Chaac. Explore the magnificent buildings, including the House of the Magician – which dominates the site, the Nunnery, and the House of Turtles. In the afternoon, take in a a bit of 1800s history with a drive to Yucatan’s only working henequen (sisal) hacienda (farm) ‘Sotuta de Peon’. During the tour of the hacienda, we will learn about the origins of henequen and details of Yucatan’s enormous henequen boom. We will see the whole transformation process of the henequen (sisal rope), from plant to fibre and from fibre to finished product, all done on centuries old machinery. We then get onto wooden carts pulled by mules, originally used by henequen workers, and take a ride into the henequen fields. At the end of the tour we can go for a refreshing swim in a cenote (water hole).

Hotel Del Gobernador, Merida Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast continue your journey to Riviera Maya via the magic town of Valladolid. Valladolid is the third largest city in Yucatan. Valladolid was built over the ancient Maya ceremonial centre or Zaci. The city centre on the Park Francisco Canton Rosad, where you will find the Church of San Gervasio. There are seven colonial churches and the city is nicknamed the "Sultan of the East" because of its colonial splendour. We keep driving to the archaeological site of Coba, built around a group of lakes, Coba is one of the largest Mayan cities, believed to have been inhabited by up to 40 thousand people. Explore the mostly unrestored temples set deep in tropical jungle, and climb the Great Pyramid of Nohoch Mul, the tallest Mayan structure on the Yucatan Peninsula. Afterwards arrive at your all-inclusive resort for the next three nights!

Grand Oasis Tulum Resort, Akumal Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

From Cancun in the north to the archaeological site of Tulum in the south, stretches a magnificent coastline, peppered with tropical parks, snorkelling and diving havens, small rustic hotels and luxurious resorts on the Riviera Maya. Arrive in Akumal, which means “land of the turtles” in the Mayan language. It owes its enchantment to the fresh waters of its caves and subterranean rivers. More than 200 entrances to subterranean caves, with depths of up to 150 meters, make it a gathering place for divers from around the world. Afterwards take the opportunity to travel to Tulum (Not included), the only walled city the Mayan built and the only one by the edge of the Caribbean when the Spanish first came upon the site in 1518. The major construction is the Castle, a handsome pyramid perched on the edge of a cliff high above the pearl-white beaches below. From here one can see most of the ancient city, as well as a magnificent view of the coastline.

Grand Oasis Tulum Resort, Akumal Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today spend a day at leisure in Riviera Maya, enjoy the Caribbean beaches, white sands, a coral reef and warm waters rich in marine life, including turtles. To the north, Half Moon Bay has a curved beach, while Yal-ku Lagoon teems with colourful tropical fish, stingrays and barracudas.

Grand Oasis Tulum Resort, Akumal Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast transfer to Cancun Airport for your flight to Havana, Cuba to start a marvellous MSC cruise in the Caribbean. Once in Havana transfer to the cruise terminal to start embarkation for your 7-night cruise on board ‘MSC Opera’ ship. The cruise will be docked overnight.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Today spend a day in Cuban capital city. When in Havana you will be immediately struck by the city's sensuality. Its buildings have sinuous lines, and its colours and spiced aromas are intoxicating. The aroma of the city’s famous cigars floats through the air, beaches of sugary hues smoothly transition into transparent waters of the sea, music accompanies the captivating movements of the Caribbean dances, and cars from a different century create a moving exhibit in the streets of the city centre.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

With a low mountain chain crossing it from end to end, Roatán, like the other islands in the bay, has deep coves protected by coral reefs along the coast facing Honduras, which have proved a safe landing place for ships through the centuries.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This town will reveal a distinguished history, several superb sights and fascinating cultural spectacles. The city’s astonishing energy comes from its 76,000-plus inhabitants, who represent every ethnic group in the country, with the Creole descendants of former slaves and British Baymen forming the dominant element and generating an easy-going Caribbean atmosphere.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Puerto Costa Maya is out of sight north of Mahahual, but its influence is felt on cruise-ship days, when the village springs to life with souvenir stands and jet-ski rentals along the slick seafront promenade.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Isla de la Juventud could have served as an inspiration for the perfect deserted island setting for a thousand different adventures thought up by writers such as Stevenson and Barrie. With a shape similar to a giant apostrophe, it has less than 90,000 inhabitants: Nueva Gerona, its biggest city, is home to 15,000 of them.

MSC Cruises - 'MSC Opera' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Arrive back in the port of Havana. Once you have disembarked you will be met by a representative and transferred to Havana airport for your flight back to Cancun, Mexico. At your arrival you will be transferred to your Hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in the marvellous Caribbean city.

BeachScape Kin Ha Villas & Suites, Cancun Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast transfer enjoy the morning at leisure, before transferring to the airport for the return flight home to Australia, after one amazing trip-of-a-lifetime!

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover Mexico, Cuba and the best of the Caribbean Islands
  • Tour the wondrous highlights of Mexico
  • Dock in Cuba, Honduras and Belize
  • Experience the vibrant lifestyle of Cancun, Mexico
  • Visit the pyramids of Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Stop in Izamal and see its impressive monastery, Mayan ruins and more
  • Discover the European-style city of Merida
  • Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal, A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Yucatan’s only working hacienda (farm) 'Sotuta de Peon' and learn how sisal rope is made
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim in the azure waters of a cenote
  • Marvel at the sun-splashed pastel walls of Valladolid
  • Wander through the Mayan ruins of Coba and see the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan
  • Travel the magnificent coastline of the Riviera Maya
  • Stay on the Riviera Maya at the all-inclusive Grand Oasis Tulum Resort offering 5 star services
  • Enjoy a full day and night at leisure in beautiful Havana, Cuba
  • Dock in Roatán; one of Honduras’s diving and snorkeling meccas
  • Visit the fascinating cultural spectacles of Belize City
  • Relax on the beaches of beautiful Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Explore the Cuban island of de la Juventud
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • Return international flight (economy class) from Cancun to Havana
  • 7 night MSC cruise through the Caribbean
  • Sail aboard the spectacular 'MSC Opera' ship
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation on tour
  • Enjoy 33 meals including all meals onboard cruise
  • Professional English-speaking tour leader
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return cruise and airport transfers
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