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22 Day Cuba & Mexico 2021

  • Embrace the unique beauty & passion of 2 countries
  • Visit Mexico City, Havana, Chichen Itza, Trinidad & More
Includes Return International Flights

The crumbling beauty of Havana, the sun-kissed beaches of Cancun, the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza, emerald mountains and waterfalls in Escambray - and so much in between! This 22 day bucket list tour will showcase all the hidden gems and well-known wonders you’ve longed to discover.

Two countries, one unforgettable journey. Experience the best of Mexico City on a full day guided tour, admire the baroque architecture of beautiful Oaxaca City, explore the Zapotec archaeological site of Mitla, and take a boat trip through the majestic Sumidero Canyon. Enjoy free time in colonial San Cristobal de las Casas, take in the iconic Plaza de la Revolución on a tour of Havana, enjoy the flavours and rhythm of Cuba at Casa de la Trova Music Club, unwind an an all-inclusive seaside resort in Varadero - and a whole lot more! This once-in-a-lifetime tour also includes return international flights, 19 nights quality hotel accommodation, English speaking tour leader and guides, and all airport transfers. The only thing that’d make it better is you. Make 2021 your year of discovery.

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth for Cancun, Mexico! Fly with Virgin Australia, United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, Fiji Airways, Aero Mexico or airline partners to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative and be transferred to the hotel. 

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation approx. 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites Cancún or similar, Cancun
Meals included: In-Flight

Enjoy the day exploring or relaxing on the stunning Caribbean beaches of Cancun.

Overnight: Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites Cancún or similar, Cancun
Meals included: Breakfast

Spend a free morning today in Cancun, known for its gorgeous Caribbean beaches, Maya culture and local flavour. In the afternoon transfer to Valladolid, a colonial city in the Yucátan Peninsula.  Upon arrival spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: El Mesón del Marqués Hotel or similar, Valladolid
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning travel onwards to Chichen Itza, Mexico’s most famous archaeological site. This sacred site was one of the greatest Mayan centres of the Yucatan Peninsula. Throughout its nearly 1,000-year history, different peoples have left their mark on the city.

The fusion of Mayan construction techniques and newer elements from central Mexico make Chichen Itza one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatan. Several buildings have survived, such as the Warriors’ Temple, El Castillo and the circular observatory known as El Caracol reminds us of a snail shell. The observatory was used by the Maya, among other things, for observing Venus and its orbit. Here enjoy a guided tour of the site, climb El Castillo, check the acoustics of the Ball Court, and wonder about the sacrificed virgins while looking into the Sacred Well. After visiting Chichen Itza continue to Merida, on the way stop at Kabah one of the most spectacular cities in Puuc style (Maya architectural style). Probably it was an affiliate city of Uxmal, which was connected by a sacbé (Maya road).

The city is particularly famous for its Palace of the Masks, (entrance not included), which is also called Codz Poop (“rolled-up mat”). The facade and the sides of the building are completely covered by 260 Chac masks (the number of days in a holy year).

In the late afternoon arrive in Campeche. The city of Campeche is surrounded by a wall that was necessary to defend the rich city against pirates. Enjoy a tour where you will visit the narrow streets of the major port city with its restored colonial buildings, the Zócalo and the Cathedral of La Concepción. Go back to the era of the Spanish conquistadores.

Overnight: Castelmar Hotel or similar, Campeche
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning enjoy a tour of the city of Campeche, Mexico’s only walled city. On tour you will visit the narrow streets of the major port city with its restored colonial buildings, the Zócalo (main square) and the Cathedral of La Concepción.

Late morning depart to Palenque, where you will enjoy an excursion to the Palenque Archaeological zone. Swathed in morning jungle mists and echoing to a dawn chorus of howler monkeys and parrots, the mighty Maya temples of Palenque are deservedly one of the top destinations of Chiapas Region and one of the best examples of Mayan architecture in all of Mexico. Founded around 300 BC, Palenque flourished in the 7th and 8th centuries AD. All buildings that are still visible date from this period, e.g., the Temple of Inscriptions with more than 620 hieroglyphs that tell King Pacal’s history, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Sun, and the North Temple with its stucco remains and military scenes.

Overnight: Villas Kin-Ha Hotel or similar, Palenque
Meals included: Breakfast

Today depart to San Cristóbal de Las Casas. On the way visit the waterfall of Misol-Ha, about 50 km southwest of Palenque. Over a steep rock face, the water falls about 30 metres into a pool surrounded by dense jungle, where you can swim. The vegetation, the play of shadows created by the high treetops, and the many unfamiliar sounds of the jungle are a mystical experience.

Afterwards continue onwards to San Cristobal de las Casas, one of the most beautiful cities in all of Mexico. Cobblestone streets, low tiled roofs, colonial architecture and bright painted walls all add to San Cristobal’s special charm. However, it’s not just another colonial town; as this village is located in the Mayan heartland the many indigenous people give it a very special atmosphere. Indigenous culture is everywhere: you can find it in the handicrafts market, in the dresses worn by the people on the streets.

At an altitude of 2,133 m [6,998 ft.], San Cristóbal de las Casas offers a pleasant climate to its visitors. Since 1844, the name of the city has commemorated the important Father Bartolomé de Las Casas. From the Zócalo, enjoy a walking through the historic centre to the Cathedral and to the most beautiful building of San Cristóbal, the church Iglesia del Convento Santo Domingo. Upon arrival check into the hotel for an afternoon at leisure

Overnight: Casa Mexicana Hotel or similar, San Cristóbal de Las Casas
Meals included: Breakfast

Today visit the Indian village of Chamula – the ceremonial centre of the Chamula and Zinacantán, two indigenous towns. In the church, Catholic and Mayan rituals combine in fascinating ways. The church has no seating; the floor is covered with pine needles and straw. Families with healers invoke spirits while kneeling before the statues of the 12 Apostles.

Continue to Tehuantepec, stopping along the way to enjoy see the gateway to the magnificent Sumidero Canyon. Sumidero Canyon is a narrow and deep canyon surrounded by a national park and located just north of the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez. Enjoy a boat trip through the magnificent Sumidero Canyon. It leads you through the deep gorge carved by the Río Grijalva. Its steep bluffs, rising up to 1,000 m, remind us of Nordic fjords. High waterfalls and rocks copiously overgrown with fern and moss captivate us by their diversity. The Sumidero National Park features tropical vegetation and exotic animals such as little alligators, toucans, pelicans, and herons. In the evening arrive at Tehuantepec, check into hotel for a relaxed evening.

Overnight: Calli Hotel or similar, Tehuantepec
Meals included: Breakfast

Today head Oaxaca. Make a stop in the small village of Santiago Matatlán and visit a mezcal brewery where you will see how this popular drink is prepared and also enjoy a tasting. The famous Mexican liquor from the flesh of agaves, always contains more than 40% alcohol. It is produced from the heart of the plant after it has blossomed for the first time. The leaves are cut, and the “piña” is cooked and ground; the mash thus obtained is fermented and distilled several times. A mezcal tasting is incomplete, of course, without the famous worm (gusano del maguey) – which, strictly speaking, is a caterpillar. Make sure you have some cash on you in case you want to buy this delicious artisan drink to take back home with you.

Afterwards travel onwards to Oaxaca with a quick stop at the gigantic tree of ‘El Tule’ on the way. Between Mitla and Oaxaca lies the peaceful village of Santa María del Tule. Next to the small church in the centre of the village, you will see the enormous ahuehuete tree, which has grown more than 36.2 m round during its about 2,000 years’ lifetime.

Before to arrive to Oaxaca visit the famous ruins of Monte Alban, enjoy a guided tour of the area. Monte Albán, site of ruins of an ancient centre of Zapotec and Mixtec culture, is located in what is now Oaxaca state, Mexico. The initial construction at the site has been placed at circa 8th century BC. It contains great plazas, truncated pyramids, a court for playing the ball game tlachtli, underground passageways and about 170 tombs, the most elaborate uncovered in the Americas to date. The site is located on high ground, probably chosen for its defensibility. The great plaza atop the highest hill is flanked by four platforms; two temples stand on the platform to the south. After this visit, arrive in Oaxaca City for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Conzatti Hotel or similar, Oaxaca City
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a walking tour of Oaxaca’s beautiful city centre. Learn about the history of the city, its architecture and local customs. See Santo Domingo Church, the best example of Mexican baroque architecture, then stroll along some of the picturesque streets of the historical centre as you see more of Oaxaca’s landmarks. Continue to the capital city, Mexico City. Upon arrival check into your hotel and relax for the rest of the day.

Overnight: Hampton Inn Suites by Hilton Hotel or similar, Mexico City
Meals included: Breakfast

One of the largest cities in the world is going to leave you in amazement. Mexico City is the political, social and cultural centre of the country and has many universities, museums, and monuments. Enjoy a guided tour with a visit of the presidential palace, the Zócalo (main square) and the cathedral. Surrounded by the twin volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, more than 25 million people are today living in Mexico City. The Museo Nacional de Antropología is the most frequented museum in Mexico. It has 12 exhibition halls, each of which is dedicated to a different pre-Columbian civilisation of Mexico and which total an area of nearly 80,000-m². Designed in 1964 by a team led by architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, the monumental construction impresses its visitors especially with a mighty pillar in the patio that supports a huge concrete umbrella. Discover the civilizations of the Olmec, Toltec, Aztecs and Maya, among many others.

Continue to Xochimilco, a district in the south of Mexico City and known for its floating gardens that the Aztecs created on Lake Texcoco to supply victuals to its capital. The channels of the “Huertos Flotantes” have a total length of more than 150 km. The gardens were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and are popular with both the inhabitants of Mexico City and tourists. On a small boat tour you get to know the gardens.(entrance not included). See The museum Dolores Olmedo Patiño is located south of Mexico City in Xochimilco. Here you find important works of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Angelina Beloff and Fernando Gamboa. Olmedo owned a successful construction company and was a loyal patron of the mentioned artists. In 1992 she handed the hacienda over to the “people of Mexico.” (entrance not included).

Overnight: Hampton Inn Suites by Hilton Hotel or similar, Mexico City
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, be transferred to the airport for your flight to Havana, Cuba. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Melia Cohiba or similar, Havana
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, depart for Cienfuegos, on the southern coast of Cuba. This beautiful, clean and spacious city is known as ‘the Pearl of the South’ for its hospitable locals, abundance of neoclassical architecture, and elegant seafront boulevard. It was founded in the early 19th century – later than the other main cities of Cuba – by French immigrants from both France and Louisiana. This gives the city a different flavour and architectural appearance. In 2005, Cienfuegos’ historic centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Palacio del Valle, a historic villa, and one of the most impressive buildings of Cienfuegos. In the afternoon enjoy boat tour on the beautiful bay of Jagua.

Overnight: Hotel Jagua or similar, Cienfuegos
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, drive to the village of Cumanayagua at the foot of Escambray mountain range. Explore the national park by hiking along the Guanayara Trail. Underground cave systems, lakes and waterfalls are typical for the landscape. The trail will lead along beautiful falls surrounded by tropical forest. For those wishing to get wet, it’s also possible to swim in the falls. In the afternoon, continuing onwards to Trinidad. This evening you will have dinner at the hotel and then your guide will take you out for a stroll in the historic city centre and to visit Casa de al Trova a traditional Cuban open air seating club where many local bands perform for enjoying a flavour of Cuba.

Overnight: Hotel Las Cuevas or similar, Trinidad
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a 4-hour guided tour of Trinidad, nestled between the Escambray Mountains and Caribbean. Trinidad is a unique destination with its colonial baroque architecture and quaint, pastel-coloured houses with red-tiled roofs. Among the handful of museums in Trinidad, Museo Romántico stands out (entrance not included). It overlooks the town’s main square, the Plaza Mayor and features an excellent exhibition of romantic style porcelain, glass, paintings and decorative furniture, dating from 1830. You will also see one of the most photographed buildings in Trinidad, the former 18th century Convento de San Francisco. Continue onwards to the outskirts of Trinidad for an excursion to the Valle de los Ingenios, the Sugar Mill Valley, where the fabulous wealth of Trinidad in the 16th century was generated, with great views from Manaca Iznaga Tower (entrance not included) which was formerly used to oversee slaves labouring in the sugarcane fields.

Overnight: Hotel Las Cuevas or similar, Trinidad
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, head to another highlight of Cuba, Varadero. On the way, you will stop in the city of Santa Clara. Among Santa Clara's original settlers were several families from Remedios, who fled from the pirate attacks besieging the town at the time. Centuries later, Santa Clara was the site of the final battle of the Cuban Revolution. The guerrilla attacks were led by Ernesto Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos. Santa Clara was finally captured on the 31st of December 1958. This victory is considered a decisive moment in the Cuban Revolution. Erected twenty years after his untimely death, the Monumento Ernesto Che Guevara is the city’s main tourist attraction and a pilgrimage site for many. The awe-inspiring mausoleum houses the remains of Che Guevara and sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 in Bolivia. You will also see the Armoured Train, memorial park and museum of the Cuban Revolution (entrances not included). Afterwards, continue to Varadero, a popular Caribbean beach resort town, where you can relax with all-inclusive meals and drinks.

Overnight: Hotel Melia Peninsula Varadero or similar, Varadero
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Enjoy today at leisure, giving you the chance to relax in the wonderful warm waters of the Caribbean.

Overnight: Hotel Melia Peninsula Varadero or similar, Varadero 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning drive back to Havana. On the way stop at Cojimar, a beautiful district on the Caribbean coast. Visit the town and see the famous fortress, Fortaleza de San Carlos (entrance not included). Cojimar was Ernest Hemingway’s home for decades and the inspiration for his famous novel “The Old Man and the Sea". Cojimar Cuba is a tropical haven of protected areas created by the river valley surrounding the town. In the afternoon arrive in Havana, Cuba’s exotic capital city, and enjoy a tour in the modern part of the city. See Plaza de la Revolución, Jose Marti statue, National Library, Hotel Nacional, Che Guevara mural, Columbus Cemetery and the University of Havana.

Overnight: Melia Cohiba Hotel or similar, Havana 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a city tour through the Old Havana passing by the colonial squares and street. Many of the colonial buildings have now been modified into bars and restaurants. See the cathedral, the tobacco factory and the rum museum (entrances not included). See the famous Museum of the City (entrance not included). Relax for the rest of the day.

Overnight: Melia Cohiba Hotel or similar, Havana
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Havana Airport for your return flight back to Cancun, Mexico. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Please note:If your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Overnight: Overnight: Hampton Inn Suites by Hilton Hotel or similar, Mexico City 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, be transferred to Mexico City Airport for your return flight back to Australia.

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

Please note: Some flights may arrive +1 day later due to flight scheduling.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Uncover the highlights of Mexico and Cuba on tour
  • Explore Cancun, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Havana, Trinidad, Varadero and more
  • Visit Palenque, Campeche, Valladolid, San Cristobal de las Casas and more
  • Uncover the best of Mexico City on a full day tour 
  • See the National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Explore the National Museum of Anthropology, the largest in Mexico
  • Marvel at the UNESCO Aztec floating gardens of Xochimilco
  • See the baroque architecture of Santo Domingo Church in Oaxaca City
  • Visit the magnificently ruins of Monte Albán
  • Explore the Zapotec archaeological site of Mitla
  • Stop for a photo stop at the impressive ‘El Tule’
  • Stay in Tehuantepec in the state of Oaxaca
  • Sample traditional Mezcal at a local distillery 
  • Take a boat trip through the magnificent Sumidero Canyon
  • Enjoy free time in colonial San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Visit to the Indian village of Chamula
  • Admire stunning Mayan architecture in Palenque
  • See the exotic waterfall of Misol-Ha
  • Enjoy a walking tour of colourful Campeche
  • See the most spectacular cities in Puuc style, Kabah
  • Stay the night in the beautiful European-style city of Merida
  • Visit the ‘new world wonder’ pyramids and complex of Chichen Itza
  • Stay in the colonial city of Valladolid
  • Enjoy a free day in the Caribbean beaches of Cancun
  • Visit Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Sierra Escambray, Cojimar and more
  • Discover the crumbling beauty of Havana on tour 
  • Take in the iconic Plaza de la Revolución, the Havana Malecon and Prado Boulevard
  • Tour the UNESCO listed city centre of Cienfuegos
  • Discover the national park, at the foot of Escambray mountain range
  • Experience the gorgeous Escambray Mountains and Guanayara Trail
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Trinidad and Sugar Mill Valley 
  • Admire the colonial architecture of trendy Trinidad
  • Enjoy the flavour of Cuba at Casa de la Trova Music Club
  • Learn of the Cuban revolution in historic Santa Clara
  • Stay at all-inclusive resorts in seaside Varadero 
  • Visit the Ernesto Che Guevara Monument, where the remains of Che Guevara are housed
  • See Cojimar the beautiful pearl in the Caribbean coast
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • Return International flights (economy class) from Mexico City, Mexico to Havana, Cuba
  • 19 nights quality hotel accommodation on tour
  • Enjoy 24 meals including daily breakfast
  • English-speaking tour leader and guides
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • All parking and check point charges
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • All airport 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 12th of October 2021.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1390 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2021)
January: 25
February: 15
March: 8
May: 3, 17
*June: 14
*July: 21
October: 12
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $300 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or Perth
 
Departure City Surcharges
Adelaide: $150 per person
Perth: $250 per person 



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Virgin Australia, United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, Fiji Airways, Aero Mexico and airline 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 Mexico City
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- 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.
- Blackout Dates:
* 10 December 2020 - 20 January 2021
* 25 March 2021 - 19 April 2021
* 22 June 2021 - 19 July 2021
* 9 September 2021 - 4 October 2021 
 
Stay behind in Mexico City
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- 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 is not permitted during and including the following dates:
- Blackout Dates:
* 10 December 2020 - 20 January 2021
* 25 March 2021 - 19 April 2021
* 22 June 2021 - 19 July 2021
* 9 September 2021 - 4 October 2021 
 
Stopover Packages
Not Available
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy (Aus - Mexico City and return): Starting from $2499 per person
- Business Class (Aus - Mexico City and return): Starting from: $6599 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.



Accommodation Used


3 - 4 Star (self-rated)

- Cancun, Mexico: Beachscape Kin-Ha Hotel Cancun or similar

- Valladolid, Mexico: El Mesón del Marqués Hotel, or similar

- Campeche, Mexico: Castelmar Hotel or similar

- Palenque, Mexico: Villas Kin-Ha Hotel, or similar

- San Cristobál de las Casas, Mexico: Casa Mexicana Hotel or similar

- Tehuantepec, Mexico: Calli Hotel or similar

- Oaxaca, Mexico: Casa Conzatti Hotel, or similar

- Mexico City, Mexico: Hampton Inn Suites by Hilton Hotel or similar

- Havana, Cuba: Melia Cohiba Hotel or similar

- Cienfuegos, Cuba: Jagua Hotel or similar

- Trinidad, Cuba: Hotel Las Cuevas or similar

- Varadero: Melia Peninsula Varadero or similar (all inclusive)

Please note: Accommodation/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 (Pre Tour): $430 per room including breakfast.
- Mexico City (Post Tour): $325 per room including breakfast.
Please note: extra nights are based on room only and 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 (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 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
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 32 per vehicle.



- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is not required for Mexico but is a strict requirement for Cuba and USA or Canada if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Optional gratuities/tipping 
-- $3 USD per person per day payable to the Tour Leader (Mexican part)
-- 3 CUC (Cuban Peso) per person, per day payable to the Tour Leader
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)



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
Mexico City:
Mexico City has a subtropical highland climate, due to its tropical location but high elevation. The average annual temperature varies from 12°C to 16°C, depending on the altitude of the borough.
 
Oaxaca City:
Oaxaca has a tropical savannah climate, closely bordering on a humid subtropical climate, due to its high altitude. During the dry season, temperatures during the day remain warm with an average high of 27°C in the coolest month, December, and an average high of 33°C (in April, just before the beginning of the wet season.) Although daytime temperatures are warm, night time temperatures are cool with an average low of 9°C in January. Due to its altitude of 1,555m the climate of Oaxaca is cooler than lowland areas at the same latitude. 
 
Cancun, Cuba and Caribbean:
Cuba: Cuba and the Caribbean both have a tropical climate. The average temperature during the day throughout the year in Cuba is between 25 and 35°C. There almost always blows a breeze from the North-East to help cool you off in the hot weather.
 
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.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is 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:
Land
- 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 is $3USD per person per day for the Mexico tour and 3 CUC (Cuban Peso) per person per day for the Cuba tour. This covers the guide/leader and the driver, and will be collected whilst on tour. 
- Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
 
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.



Cuba


A Tourist Card visa is required for entry into Cuba if travelling on an Australian Passport. The visa is valid for 30 days for one entry and one exit only. You must apply for this visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure from Australia. Please click below to contact your nearest Cuban Embassy or Consulate for instructions on how to apply in person or via post. The Cuba Consular Services Web Page is http://misiones.minrex.gob.cu/en/australia/consular-services.

 

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.
 
United States (connecting flights)
A 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/
 
Canada (connecting flights)
If your flights are ticketed with Air Canada you will be required to obtain an ETA visa waiver. You can apply via this link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp Flight information will be provided in your travel pack which you will receive 4 - 6 weeks prior to your departure
 
Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
 
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 as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



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.
 
Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event, TripADeal is unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.