Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Valladolid & Playa del Carmen
This tour has it all: history, culture, food, and beaches! From the thriving metropolis of Mexico City to historic Oaxaca, and from the World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza to the beaches of Playa del Carmen. With no more than 20 guests along for the journey, your trip starts at our hotel located in the heart of downtown Mexico City. In addition to feasting on traditional Mexican dishes, we’ll visit the Valle de Bravo Waterfalls and the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, and explore the Frida Kahlo Museum in the house where Frida Kahlo lived. We’ll stop in the colonial city of Puebla on our way to Oaxaca, a center for Mexican gastronomy which has been declared an Intangible Cultural World Heritage by UNESCO. A tour of the historic city center, a food tour, and a visit to bucket-list worthy Monte Alban are among the many activities we’ll enjoy in this city. Next, head to the Caribbean coast to explore Valladolid and Playa del Carmen. Visit Chichen Itza, a Wonder of the World and the best-preserved archaeological site in Mexico. Then visit one of the most famous underground cenotes in the area. We end our trip in Playa del Carmen where you’ll take part in cultural experiences including a sacred Mayan ritual and a purification ceremony before enjoying an incredible gastronomic experience. Take your last day of the trip to delight in the beach and amenities at your resort.
Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our Wonders of Mexico with Cancún tour which includes 3 nights in Cancún with free time to rest and relax so you return home rejuvenated!
Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 15 or more travelers.
2023 Tour Itinerary:
- 3 nights Mexico City
- 3 nights Oaxaca
- 2 nights Valladolid
- 2 nights Playa del Carmen
- Mexico City Tour
- Frida Kahlo House and Museum
- Canals of Xochimilco
- Colonial City of Puebla
- Eat & Drink Tour of Oaxaca
- Monte Alban
- Chichen Itza
- Mayan Night and Cenote
Your Tour Includes
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- Porterage service at hotels
- Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motor coach
- Internal Air Oaxaca-Cancun
- 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners plus food and drink tastings
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Top-rated, professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
What to Expect
Max Group Size: 20 travelers
Activity Level: Advanced
Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods of up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature hikes, stairs, and/or climbs which may be on hilly and/or uneven terrain at potentially high altitudes. Learn More
Pacing Level: Fast
Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect early mornings and/or long travel days by bus, and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 1-3 nights. Learn More
No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders
A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.
Please note that Mexico City, Puebla, and Oaxaca are cities that have an altitude between 6560–7218 feet (2000-2200 meters) above sea level.
For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.
2023 Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Mexico City
Welcome to Mexico City! Proceed to our hotel where we can explore the resort before meeting our guide for orientation and check-in. This evening, we'll visit Garibaldi Plaza, the go-to spot for live local music in Mexico City. To get the full experience, we'll have dinner at one of the iconic restaurants in the area, where we'll enjoy typical Mexican dishes like tacos, guacamole, pozole, and more. During dinner, we'll see a folkloric show with mariachi bands playing traditional tunes.Accommodations: Hotel Histórico Central or similar
Day 2: Teotihuacán & Mexico City Excursion
Today we'll begin at la Plaza de las Tres Culturas (Three Cultures Plaza) where we can find buildings that reflect the pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and modern eras. Afterward, we'll drive to Teotihuacán and admire the Religious Center, also known as the City of the Gods, which dates back to between 600 and 200 years BCE. We'll explore the Temple of Quetzalcóatl in the Citadel and the Temple of the Butterflies before we walk along the Calzada de los Muertos and ascend the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon (if conditions allow). After some free time for lunch, we'll return to Mexico City where we'll spend time walking around the Zocalo and exploring the city's highlights at the main plaza like the cathedral, National Palace, and more!Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Xochimilco & the Frida Kahlo Museum
After breakfast, we'll travel south to the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco. The Aztecs built their artificial Chinampa Islands in the shallow waters of the lake to gain land for agriculture. We'll step on a typical Trajinera boat and enjoy a fascinating ride on the ancient canals. Next, we'll visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House. Once Frida Kahlo's home, Frida's husband Diego Rivera donated the house and its contents after her death so that it may be turned into a museum in Frida's honor. Today, we can enjoy a collection of artwork by Kahlo, Rivera, and other artists along with the couple's Mexican folk art, pre-Hispanic artifacts, and more. This evening, consider an optional Tacos and Mezcal foodie tour of Mexico City.Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Mexico City – Puebla – Oaxaca
Today we leave Mexico City for Oaxaca. On the way, we'll stop in Puebla. In this colonial city, we'll see buildings decorated with tiles and beautifully sculpted freestones. We'll see the majestic cathedral at the main square where Rosario Chapel, considered the eighth wonder of the art world, is located. We'll have some free time to enjoy Puebla's famous cuisine from their mole to their Cemitas plus some time for shopping! We can continue to the first craft market in the city which has more than one hundred stores offering handicrafts produced in different regions of the state. Later, we'll continue to Oaxaca.Accommodations: Hotel Misión Oaxaca or similar
Day 5: Santa María el Tule, Yagul & Oaxaca Food Tour
Today, we'll travel to Santa María el Tule to admire the Tule Tree a 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress tree. Next, we'll visit Yagul, where we can admire the striking views over the Tlacolula Valley from these elevated ruins, and explore the elaborate stone palace and courtyards. We'll continue to a Mezcal factory to learn about the distillation process and try the different types of mezcal before we return to Oaxaca for a fantastic food tour of a local market. We can try different kinds of mole, cacao, and more while the braver foodies among us, can try grasshoppers and other insects. At the end of our tour, we'll sit down at one of the food stands and sample some delicious tacos, chiles en nogada, tasajo, chocolate, and some more mezcal!Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Monte Alban & Santo Domingo
After breakfast, we'll visit the archeological site of Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This site is what's left of the former ceremonial center, and the main city of the Zapotec culture. Built with temples, a ball game court, and an observatory on a hill with an artificial plateau, the area also provides nice views over the city of Oaxaca and the central valley. Later, we'll visit Oaxaca's Main Square with a beautiful pavilion in its center, the Governor's Palace with the arcades around Hidalgo Square, the Cathedral, the Alcala Pedestrian Walk Avenue, and the theatre building. Take in the breathtaking architecture of Santo Domingo Church, which is also the regional Museum of Anthropology.Meals: Breakfast
Day 7: Oaxaca – Valladolid
After breakfast, we'll fly to Cancún International Airport where we'll meet our expert guide of the Yucatán outside the arrival hall. From here, we'll travel to Valladolid where we'll check in at our resort and enjoy free time to rest and relax.Accommodations: Ecotel Quinta Regia or similar
Day 8: Valladolid, Chichen Itza & Ik'kil Cenote
This morning we'll enjoy a quick tour of beautiful Valladolid. We'll see the San Bernardino Convent and the church, or we can enjoy some gold and silver shopping. We'll continue to the incredible Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, a Wonder of the World and the most famous and best-preserved archaeological site in Mexico. Highlights of this archaeological site include the imposing Kukulkan Pyramid, the huge ball court, and the observatory "El Caracol." Enjoy a quintessential Yucatecan lunch. As a perfect end to this spectacular visit, refresh in one of the most famous cenotes in the area named Ik'kil before we return to Valladolid.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Valladolid – Playa del Carmen
This morning, we'll visit Xcopek Bee park to learn about the Mayan Melipona bee, a unique stingless species. This afternoon, we'll travel to Playa del Carmen where we'll enjoy a special Mayan night and take part in a sacred Mayan ritual. We'll learn how a small Mayan community lives with a glimpse into their lifestyle and traditions. This evening, we'll join a purification ceremony, the Temazcal, which includes a volcanic stone steam bath to cleanse and renew the mind and body. We'll enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystalline waters of the community cenote and delight ourselves with a gastronomic experience of a simple but delicious dish and hibiscus drink.Accommodations: HOTEL52 or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: At Leisure in Playa del Carmen
Enjoy a day at leisure in Playa del Carmen, home to beautiful beach clubs and picture-perfect places! Explore the area independently or simply relax at the beach. Consider an optional Cozumel catamaran tour. This evening, we'll partake in a farewell dinner at one of the area's most popular restaurants on the well-known 5th Avenue.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Depart Playa del Carmen
Our tour comes to an end today after breakfast.Meals: Breakfast
Guided Tour Pricing
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Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
Tacos & Mezcal Foodie Tour
- $99 per person
On this delicious and unforgettable optional tour, get to know 4 different "taquerias". We'll finish our taco adventure with a Mezcal tasting where we'll learn the secrets of this ancestral Mexican beverage.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Riviera Maya Catamaran
- $129 per person
Take to the open seas and explore breathtaking locations on a 4-hour luxury Riviera Maya Catamaran optional tour. We'll travel in style as we discover the remarkable offshore locations that the Caribbean Sea has to offer. Our professional guide will take us on an unforgettable snorkeling tour where we'll have the chance to see marine wildlife in their natural habitats like stingrays, tropical fish, and even sea turtles. Later, we'll have some time to relax and soak up the sun or go paddleboarding. Along the way, we can quench our thirst with unlimited cocktails and refreshments, and enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch before we return to the marina and then onward to our hotel.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Hotel Histórico Central
Simón Bolívar 28, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Voted Tripadvisor's Travelers' Choice in 2021 Located in the heart of downtown Mexico City, the Hotel Histórico Central is just a few steps from the main historical sites and iconic places of the city.
City Centro Ciudad de México
República de Uruguay No. 45, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México, México. C.P. 06000
Hotel Misión Oaxaca
Jalisco Numero 15, San FELIPE, La Paz San Felipe, 68020 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
Voted Tripadvisor's Travelers' Choice in 2021 Located in the residential area of the city 15 minutes from the historic center, Hotel Misión Oaxaca offers easy travel to spectacular archaeological and tourist sites such as Monte Albán, Mitla, Teotitlán del Valle, Tree of Tule.
Ecotel Quinta Regia
C. 40 No. 160-A-x 27, Sta Lucía, 97780 Valladolid, Yuc., Mexico
Offering an ideal combination of quality, comfort, and location, the Ecotel Quinta Regio also features amenities like free WiFi, a pool, and more!
Calle 52 Nte S/N, Luis Donaldo Colosio, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico