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18 Day Mexico & Cuba

  • Discover the highlights of Mexico on tour
  • Island hop through the gorgeous Caribbean
Includes Return International Flights

Spellbound, the feeling that overcomes you when you travel the vibrant cities and Mayan ruins of Mexico; dive into the history and passion of Cuba; and soak up the chilled island vibes of the sunny Caribbean. Just like magic, this holiday will captivate your heart, body and soul.

Discover the best of Mexico and Cuba on this amazing 18 day land and sea adventure. Kick off your trip in the coastal hotspot of Cancun, before heading to discover Chichen Itza's famed Mayan pyramids, ruins and sacred cenote well. Take in 18th century history on a drive to a working henequen farm in Yucatan; travel the mesmerising Riviera Maya coastline, and relax with two days at leisure to enjoy white sandy beaches and waters brimming with marine life. Next, board the elegant MSC Opera for your seven night cruise through the Caribbean. Go back in time with two days docked in Havana; discover the intriguing culture of Belize city; visit the diving and snorkelling mecca of Isla de Roatan, as well as Costa Maya and Cozumel. This amazing package includes return international flights, seven night cruise, eight nights hotel accommodation on tour, 34 meals, English speaking tour leader and guides, and more!

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth for your flight to Cancun, Mexico (via the USA). Fly with either American Airlines, Delta Airways, United Airlines or Virgin Australia to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival into Cancun you will be transferred to the hotel. Please note: If departing from Perth your flight may depart the day before (Day 0).

Overnight: Oasis Smart Hotel, Cancun

Meals included: In-Flight

Today meet your tour leader and depart Cancun for Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza 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 Mayan name "Chichen Itza" means "At the mouth of the well of the Itza”. Some say this is because people were often thrown into the nearby cenote as sacrifices and those who survived were believed to be seers (prophets). Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the ‘7 Wonders of the World’, a unique place to be discovered. Once you arrive at the hotel you can enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Villas Arqueologicas, Chichen Itza

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza one of the best restored of Yucatan 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. Also visit 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.

Afterwards, drive to 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 sites of this impressive monastery, the Mayan ruins, and the streets of this quiet, colonial gem, nicknamed “La Ciudad Amarilla” (the yellow city) because of the traditional yellow that most buildings are painted in.

Continue onto Merida, the social and economic centre, and 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, which are reminiscent of lavishly iced wedding cakes. Enjoy a panoramic city tour on the way to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Del Gobernador, Merida

Meals included: Breakfast

Today visit the archaeological site of Uxmal, listed as 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 its 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 bit of 18th century history with a drive to Yucatan’s only working henequen (sisal) hacienda (farm) ‘Sotuta de Peon’.

During the tour of the hacienda, you will learn about the origins of henequen and details of Yucatan’s enormous henequen boom. You 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. You will 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 you can go for a refreshing swim in a local cenote. After your swim you will be transported back to the hotel where you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Del Gobernador, Merida

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, journey to the iconic Riviera Maya coastline via the magical town of Valladolid, the third largest city in Yucatan. Valladolid was built over the ancient Mayan ceremonial centre of Zaci. The city centre is on the Park Francisco Canton Road, which is 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.

The tour continues to the archaeological site of Coba, which is built around a group of lakes. Coba is one of the largest ancient Mayan cities, on the Yucatan Peninsula. The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period (AD 600–900) of Mesoamerican civilisation. 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 with a peak of 42m high, it boasts a remarkable view of Yucatan and non-public areas of Coba including both lagoons, Macanxoc Lagoon to the east and Coba Lagoon to the southwest. Afterwards continue onwards to the resort town of Akumal where you will be transferred to your all-inclusive hotel accommodation for the next three nights.

Overnight: Grand Oasis Tulum Resort, Akumal

Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today spend a day at your own 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, take a swim at Half Moon Bay known for its curved beach, or perhaps a dip in the beautiful blue Yal-ku Lagoon, which teems with colourful tropical fish, stingrays and barracudas.

Overnight: Grand Oasis Tulum Resort, Akumal

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy today at leisure to either relax or explore.

Overnight: Grand Oasis Tulum Resort, Akumal

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning after breakfast, transfer to the nearby island of Cozumel by ferry where you will begin your 7 night Caribbean cruise aboard MSC Cruise Lines ‘Opera’ Ship. The cruise departs at 6:30pm.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - MSC ‘Opera’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

When you disembark 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.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - MSC ‘Opera’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today enjoy a free day in Cuba’s capital, or take advantage of one of MSC’s optional shore excursions (not included).

Overnight: MSC Cruises - MSC ‘Opera’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: MSC Cruises - MSC ‘Opera’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive into Belize City, the largest city in Belize and once the capital of the former British Honduras. The city 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.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - MSC ‘Opera’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Roatan is the largest and most developed of the Bay Islands. Long and thin (50km long, but only 2km to 4km wide), the island is a real diving and snorkelling mecca – virtually its entire coastline is fringed by an astonishingly diverse coral reef teeming with tropical fish. On land, exquisite white-sand beaches like West Bay, a mountainous interior of pine-forested hills and the remote wild east of the island (once a pirate hangout) beg to be explored.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - MSC ‘Opera’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Puerto Costa Maya, where your MSC cruise ships dock, 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.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - MSC ‘Opera’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Arrive back into Cozumel this morning. Here you will be met by a representative and transferred back to Cancun (approx. 3 hours) for one last night in Mexico.

Overnight: Oasis Smart Hotel or similar, Cancun

Meals included: Breakfast

Today after breakfast, transfer to Cancun Airport for your return flight back to Australia (via the USA). Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover the highlights of Mexico on tour
  • Dock in Havana, Belize, Costa Maya and Honduras
  • Experience the coastal charm of vibrant Cancun
  • Visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza
  • Stop in Izamal and see its impressive monastery, Mayan ruins and more
  • Discover the European-style city of Merida
  • Explore the UNESCO listed Mayan city of Uxmal
  • Visit Yucatan’s only working hacienda (farm) ‘Sotuta de Peon’ and learn how sisal rope is made
  • Swim in the azure waters of a refreshing 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 an all inclusive resort
  • Dock in captivating Havana, Cuba
  • Discover the magic of Belize City, Belize
  • Visit Isla de Roatan, famous for its beautiful reefs
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • 7 night MSC Caribbean Cruise
  • Sail aboard the elegant ‘MSC Opera’ ship
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation on tour
  • Enjoy 34 meals including daily breakfast
  • English speaking tour leader and guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C Vehicles
  • Return airport and cruise transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 18th February 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Interior Cabin: $1200
- Ocean View Cabin: $1500
- Balcony Cabin: $1900
 
Departure Dates (2019)
January: 21
February: 4, 18
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide: $100 per person
*Perth: $200 per person
 


Full Service Airline(s) Used


United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Aero Mexico plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

 

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in Cancun, Mexico
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- Flights cannot depart between 14th December 2018 - 14th January 2019.
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Los Angeles, USA
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee includes an internal flight from Cancun to Los Angeles. If you wish to forfeit this flight please advise our friendly reservations team so we may secure your return flight back to Australia. Please note, by choosing to forfeit your connecting flight the cost does not change.
- Flights cannot depart between 14th December 2018 – 14th January 2019.
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Starting from $3999 per person
- Business Class: Buy now for $8699 per person
Please note: 
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration.
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.





Accommodation Used


3-4 Star (Self-Rated):

- Cancun: Oasis Smart Hotel

- Chichen Itza: Hotel Villas Arqueologicas

- Merida: Hotel Del Gobernador

- Akumal (Tulum Area): Grand Oasis Tulum Resort

- MSC Cruises: MSC ‘Opera’ Ship

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- Cancun, Mexico (Pre Tour): $110 per room including breakfast.
- Los Angeles, USA (Post Tour): Not available.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.


Minimum group size 30, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Please note:
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability).
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).


- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is not required for Mexico but is a strict requirement for Cuba and the USA if travelling on an Australian passport).
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise).
- Gratuities/tipping:
*Recommended Land: $3 USD per person/day payable on tour.
*Mandatory Cruise: $12.50 USD per person/day payable onboard at the end of the cruise.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise).
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance (Mandatory).
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



RIVIERA MAYA HOTEL (3 Night Stay)
Grand Oasis Tulum Resort:
An upscale All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico's breathtaking Riviera Maya. The all-inclusive package offers:
- ALL meals included throughout your stay.
- 12 Restaurants and 11 Bars including 2 swim-up bars.
- UNLIMITED beverages including Domestic Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic.
- Planned activities by resort entertainment staff throughout the day.
- Weekly entertainment includes live Mexican and Caribbean shows and live music.
- Spa including a Temazcal (Additional fees may apply).
- Unlimited access to 2 tennis courts during the day.
- Unlimited access to on-site fitness centre.
- Beautiful beach and infinite gardens.
- 4 swimming pools including 1 oceanfront infinity pool.
- Fully supervised kids club.
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Cuba:
The climate in Cuba is subtropical with cool trade winds providing some relief from the heat and humidity. The average year-round temperature is approximately 26°C and there's plenty of sunshine.
 
Mexico:
Winters are very mild. The temperature in winter averages between 20°C and 24°C and in summer the average temperature is around 28°C. October through May is the city's dry season, which means this period has very little rain.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to. 
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
34 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is $3 USD per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. A mandatory cruise gratuity of $12.50 USD per person per day is payable onboard at the end of the cruise. Please note; additional extras purchased onboard will also have a gratuity of up to 18% charged on to of the normal ship board gratuity.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


MEXICO
For stays in Mexico for 180 days or less on an Australian Passport, you won't need a visa. But you'll need to complete a Multiple Immigration Form (FMM) and make sure your passport is stamped by Mexican immigration officials on arrival. If you fail to complete this form or to have your passport stamped upon entry into Mexico, you could be detained and deported. If you enter Mexico by air, you can either complete the FMM in advance online or on arrival. Present your completed FMM for inspection at immigration.
 
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact an Embassy or Consulate of Mexico for up-to-date information.
 
USA
An ESTA (Visa Waiver) for the USA is a strict requirement when travelling to or flying through the USA. Once a USA ESTA Visa Waiver is issued it is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires (whichever is sooner) and will allow multiple entries into the USA. For information on ESTA eligibility or to apply, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
 
CUBA
A Cuban tourist visa can be purchased onboard for €15 per passenger (adults, children or infants). Please note a passport with 6 months of remaining validity is required.
 
BELIZE & HONDURAS
Australian passport holders are eligible for a tourist visa on arrival, valid for one month. To be eligible for a visa on arrival you must show you have a return ticket and sufficient funds to cover your stay. 
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·       If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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