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  1. Day 1
    Mexico City to Puebla
    Before arriving World Heritage Puebla, we visit historic Cholula, once second only to the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City). The great city stood at the foot of what appears to be an earthen hill that is, in fact, the largest pyramid ever built, covering over 46 acres and spanning an incredible 405 meters on each side! In addition to this great construction dedicated to Quetzalcoatl, the city had a reported 365 temples. We explore the archaeological site and then head to Puebla, where we have lunch (not included). Afterwards we enjoy a walking tour and dinner.

    From January 2015 we we expect the itinerary to change back to the below: MEXICO CITY TO MORELIA
    Meet up with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager in Mexico’s sprawling capital, before we hit the road and travel to Spanish flavored Morelia.
    This gorgeous town is all about colonial heritage. Packed with 16th and 17th century buildings, archways and cute little plazas, Morelia’s picturesque center comes with plenty of character and charm. Learn about its background as one of Mexico’s first Spanish cities on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed centre.
    You’ll also see the birthplace of the Mexican revolutionary, Morelos, after whom the town is named. We check out Morelia’s sweets and handicraft market, where there’s a chance to pick up some of its famous candy as a tasty souvenir. Tonight, we’ll see the stunning cathedral lit up under night lights and watch the pretty fireworks display. Your Tour Manager will give you the background on the building’s mix of styles and intricate decorations.
    Later, get to know the group and your Tour Manager over dinner in a local restaurant that overlooks the central plaza. Try out the tasty specialties of this region, like the famous fruit gazpacho (a cold soup made up of fruits like pineapple, mango and watermelon, topped off with lime juice).
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 2
    Puebla to Cuernavaca
    We depart Puebla for Cuernavaca for the Pueblo Magico of Tepoztlan, a longtime home base among precipitous cliffs and temples of the Nahua people. The town is venerated as the birthplace of Aztec serpent god Quetzalcoatl. We explore the town center on foot and then continue onward to Cuernavaca, established by the Olmec over three thousand years ago. We visit the cathedral and then it is time to explore on your own, optionally you can visit the fortress that Cortes built atop an ancient pyramid before a night out in this college town “of the eternal spring.”

    From January 2015 the itinerary will change back to the below: MORELIA TO IXTAPA VIA ZIHUATANEJO
    Head out West to the Mexican Riviera, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. We stop for lunch on one of Mexico’s most stunning beaches, Playa la Ropa. It’s dotted with palm trees and is a perfect spot for water sports like parasailing and jet-skiing.
    Walk off your lunch in low-key Zihuatanejo and explore this charming fishing village where local restaurants, artisan studios and interesting boutiques line the cobblestone streets.
    Tonight, we stay in the modern resort town of Ixtapa.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 3
    Cuernavaca to Acapulco
    Today, we head to the popular resort and Mexico’s original party town, Acapulco. With its gorgeous bay and stunning villas, you’ll soon understand why this is a traditional stomping ground for the rich and famous and why people like Sinatra, Elvis and JFK used to come here. After the sun goes down, watch the famous daredevil cliff divers. They’ll jump a heart-stopping 25 or 35 meters from the sheer cliffs surrounding the bay into a tiny cove. Tonight, honor Acapulco’s reputation and dive into the nightlife action. With salsa clubs, meringue bars, discos and nightclubs, there’s something for everybody here

    From January 2015 the itinerary will change back to the below: IXTAPA
    A free day in Ixtapa means time to relax. Kick back at the hotel and make the most of its fantastic pool and pool bar. Otherwise, head to the beach and soak up some sun or snorkel in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Your Tour Manager can even help you sort out a boat for hire if you want to get out on the water and do a bit of fishing.
    Turn the energy levels up with an optional horse ride along the beach, then maybe go for a late night stroll through the luxurious hotel district and get a taste of the high life. Dance the night away at one of the nightclubs or grab a quiet drink at a local bar.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 4
    Acapulco
    Today we chill out at the awesome Acapulco beach. There's also the opportunity to see local neighbourhoods of Acapulco on the way to a Borat Ride through Canals at Coyuca Lagoon. Otherwise, why not travel outside of Acapulco and explore some of the natural treasures of the area as well as a visit to a Turtle farm and Botanical Garden.
    Later this afternoon, relax on our included sunset boat cruise, hang out with the group and get another angle on Acapulco from the water.
    From January 2015 the itinerary will change back to the below: IXTAPA TO ACAPULCO
    Today, we head to the popular resort and Mexico’s original party town, Acapulco. With its gorgeous bay and stunning villas, you’ll soon understand why this is a traditional stomping ground for the rich and famous and why people like Sinatra, Elvis and JFK used to come here.
    After the sun goes down, watch the famous daredevil cliff divers. They’ll jump a heart-stopping 25 or 35 meters from the sheer cliffs surrounding the bay into a tiny cove.
    Tonight, honor Acapulco’s reputation and dive into the nightlife action. With salsa clubs, meringue bars, discos and nightclubs, there’s something for everybody here.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 5
    Acapulco
    With a free day, soak up more of Acapulco’s vibes, its 50s glamor and its beach life. Hit the calm waters of Hornos or Papagayo beaches or else watch surfers take to the waves at Playa Revolcadero For a slice of the local lifestyle, head to the open-air market and shaded zocalo (central square). With little, traditional eateries this is a great place to people-watch and to taste different dishes. Try out some pork tacos, chicken mole (chocolate and chilli sauce), garlic shrimp or even some Pacific lobster.
    Acapulco is an adventure lovers paradise - kayak, snorkel or learn to scuba dive.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 6
    Acapulco to Taxco
    Travel through the Sierra Madre Mountains this morning to the pretty, hill-side town of Taxco. With its dramatic backdrop of cliffs and mountains, and its pretty stucco buildings with terracotta roofs, this is the perfect place to wander about in.
    Get lost in the winding cobblestone streets and uncover cute little plazas and flower-filled courtyards. Keep an eye open for VW Beetle taxis and check out the stunning Santa Prisca Cathedral on the central square. Pull up a table at an outside café, where you can sit back with a beer and take in the colonial architecture. Maybe try some pozole (pork and vegetable stew).
    With a tradition in silver going back to before the Spanish Conquest, Taxco is the perfect place to pick up some jewellery. Your Tour Manager will organize a silver demonstration and give you tips on the best places to buy. Then rummage through the many platerias (silver shops) and find some great presents for back home.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 7
    Taxco to Mexico City
    This morning we return to the chaotic capital, Mexico City. This metropolis fuses the festive, the ancient and the quirky. First up: a visit to Xochimilco canals and markets. Board our own brightly colored flat bottom boat and cruise along the canals, past gardens and floating Mariachi bands. Vendors jump from boat to boat with souvenirs, so you can kick back and shop while you ride along the canals.
    Then we head to the historic heart of the city, where ancient civilization, political power and religion combine around the enormous Zocalo (central square). Get inspired as our expert Local Guide uncovers the nation’s core spots and shows off this living time line. Step inside the largest cathedral in Latin America and learn why the tilting Catedral Metropolitana is a spiritual hub for Mexicans. Get up close to Mexico’s Aztec past as you explore the bare ruins around Templo Mayor. Our Local Guide will peel back the layers and explain how a new temple was built here every 52 years, one on top of the other.
    If you’re keen, you can go into the Temple Mayor for a closer look. See the sinking Palacio Nacional (National Palace), home to the Mexican government. Enjoy a crash course in this country’s history by checking-out Diego Rivera’s famous murals that decorate the palace walls. These colorful paintings tell the story of Mexico in a nutshell, from the nation’s mythical beginnings to the early 20th century.
    Tonight, go out and explore and feast on Mexican specialities then wash it all down with some tequila, Mexico’s national drink.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 8
    Mexico City
    We turn back the clock this morning with a trip to Teotihuacan, the largest archaeological city ever to exist on the American continents. Climb the impressive pyramids and imagine how this was once central America’s greatest city.
    Our Local Guide will fill you in on the Teotihuacanos beliefs and rites as you walk around the site and see the Sun and Moon Temples. This afternoon, discover another side of vibrant Mexico City with a visit to the easy-going, old barrio (neighborhood) of Coyoacan. Take in the old colonial mansions, fountains and quiet squares of this cultural quarter. See the paired studios of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and maybe visit Frida Kahlo’s famous Blue House, which is filled with colorful art, pre-Hispanic artifacts and a beautiful garden.
    In your free time, live a slice of the local lifestyle and head to the Coyoacan Markets – the buzzing food stalls are perfect for trying authentic Mexican food, like a torta (Mexican sandwich), enchiladas and tacos. Shopping-wise, this town has it all, from big brands to bargains. Get some tips from your Tour Manager before you splurge. Rummage through the colorful La Merced, the largest market in the city. See piles of dried chillies, tropical fruits and other vibrant food displays as well as local crafts.
    Otherwise, walk the streets and get a feel for the city’s bustling street life, where cafes spill out onto the pavements, pushcart kitchens cook up fantastic food and sidewalk vendors sell anything from t-shirts to jewelery. Take a break and taste Mexican coffee in a traditional coffeehouse or sip on some tropical juice at a jugeria (juice bar). If you’re hungry, try a rosticeria for some crispy roast chicken Mexican style or a hole-in-the-wall taqueria for a burrito. For something different, find out if there is lucha libre (Mexican masked wrestling) on while you’re in town and go check out a match.
    For a dose of culture, walk through Mexican history with a visit to the famous Museo Nacional de Antropologia (Museum of Anthropology). It has an incredible collection of artifacts, starting from pre-historic times. The museum grounds are also great for taking a break from the buzzing down town area, so hang out in the gardens, read beside the lake or check out the zoo.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 9
    Depart Mexico City
    Your tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.
    Accommodations:
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Cholula
    Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl
    Puebla
    Dinner in World Heritage Puebla
    Acapulco
    See the death-defying cliff divers
    Sunset Cruise
    Taxco
    Watch a silver demonstration
    Mexico City
    City sightseeing tour of Centro Historico, including the National Palace, Metroplitan Cathedral & Templo Mayor
    Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo
    Only Contiki: Cruise on a colorful 'trajinera' & discover Xochimilco from a different angle
    Shop the colorful markets of Xochimilco
    Guided tour of the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacan
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  3. Day 1
    Mexico City to Puebla
    Before arriving World Heritage Puebla, we visit historic Cholula, once second only to the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City). The great city stood at the foot of what appears to be an earthen hill that is, in fact, the largest pyramid ever built, covering over 46 acres and spanning an incredible 405 meters on each side! In addition to this great construction dedicated to Quetzalcoatl, the city had a reported 365 temples. We explore the archaeological site and then head to Puebla, where we have lunch (not included). Afterwards we enjoy a walking tour and dinner.

    From January 2015 we we expect the itinerary to change back to the below: MEXICO CITY TO MORELIA
    Meet up with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager in Mexico’s sprawling capital, before we hit the road and travel to Spanish flavored Morelia.
    This gorgeous town is all about colonial heritage. Packed with 16th and 17th century buildings, archways and cute little plazas, Morelia’s picturesque center comes with plenty of character and charm. Learn about its background as one of Mexico’s first Spanish cities on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed centre.
    You’ll also see the birthplace of the Mexican revolutionary, Morelos, after whom the town is named. We check out Morelia’s sweets and handicraft market, where there’s a chance to pick up some of its famous candy as a tasty souvenir. Tonight, we’ll see the stunning cathedral lit up under night lights and watch the pretty fireworks display. Your Tour Manager will give you the background on the building’s mix of styles and intricate decorations.
    Later, get to know the group and your Tour Manager over dinner in a local restaurant that overlooks the central plaza. Try out the tasty specialties of this region, like the famous fruit gazpacho (a cold soup made up of fruits like pineapple, mango and watermelon, topped off with lime juice).
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 2
    Puebla to Cuernavaca
    We depart Puebla for Cuernavaca for the Pueblo Magico of Tepoztlan, a longtime home base among precipitous cliffs and temples of the Nahua people. The town is venerated as the birthplace of Aztec serpent god Quetzalcoatl. We explore the town center on foot and then continue onward to Cuernavaca, established by the Olmec over three thousand years ago. We visit the cathedral and then it is time to explore on your own, optionally you can visit the fortress that Cortes built atop an ancient pyramid before a night out in this college town “of the eternal spring.”

    From January 2015 the itinerary will change back to the below: MORELIA TO IXTAPA VIA ZIHUATANEJO
    Head out West to the Mexican Riviera, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. We stop for lunch on one of Mexico’s most stunning beaches, Playa la Ropa. It’s dotted with palm trees and is a perfect spot for water sports like parasailing and jet-skiing.
    Walk off your lunch in low-key Zihuatanejo and explore this charming fishing village where local restaurants, artisan studios and interesting boutiques line the cobblestone streets.
    Tonight, we stay in the modern resort town of Ixtapa.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 3
    Cuernavaca to Acapulco
    Today, we head to the popular resort and Mexico’s original party town, Acapulco. With its gorgeous bay and stunning villas, you’ll soon understand why this is a traditional stomping ground for the rich and famous and why people like Sinatra, Elvis and JFK used to come here. After the sun goes down, watch the famous daredevil cliff divers. They’ll jump a heart-stopping 25 or 35 meters from the sheer cliffs surrounding the bay into a tiny cove. Tonight, honor Acapulco’s reputation and dive into the nightlife action. With salsa clubs, meringue bars, discos and nightclubs, there’s something for everybody here

    From January 2015 the itinerary will change back to the below: IXTAPA
    A free day in Ixtapa means time to relax. Kick back at the hotel and make the most of its fantastic pool and pool bar. Otherwise, head to the beach and soak up some sun or snorkel in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Your Tour Manager can even help you sort out a boat for hire if you want to get out on the water and do a bit of fishing.
    Turn the energy levels up with an optional horse ride along the beach, then maybe go for a late night stroll through the luxurious hotel district and get a taste of the high life. Dance the night away at one of the nightclubs or grab a quiet drink at a local bar.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 4
    Acapulco
    Today we chill out at the awesome Acapulco beach. There's also the opportunity to see local neighbourhoods of Acapulco on the way to a Borat Ride through Canals at Coyuca Lagoon. Otherwise, why not travel outside of Acapulco and explore some of the natural treasures of the area as well as a visit to a Turtle farm and Botanical Garden.
    Later this afternoon, relax on our included sunset boat cruise, hang out with the group and get another angle on Acapulco from the water.
    From January 2015 the itinerary will change back to the below: IXTAPA TO ACAPULCO
    Today, we head to the popular resort and Mexico’s original party town, Acapulco. With its gorgeous bay and stunning villas, you’ll soon understand why this is a traditional stomping ground for the rich and famous and why people like Sinatra, Elvis and JFK used to come here.
    After the sun goes down, watch the famous daredevil cliff divers. They’ll jump a heart-stopping 25 or 35 meters from the sheer cliffs surrounding the bay into a tiny cove.
    Tonight, honor Acapulco’s reputation and dive into the nightlife action. With salsa clubs, meringue bars, discos and nightclubs, there’s something for everybody here.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 5
    Acapulco
    With a free day, soak up more of Acapulco’s vibes, its 50s glamor and its beach life. Hit the calm waters of Hornos or Papagayo beaches or else watch surfers take to the waves at Playa Revolcadero For a slice of the local lifestyle, head to the open-air market and shaded zocalo (central square). With little, traditional eateries this is a great place to people-watch and to taste different dishes. Try out some pork tacos, chicken mole (chocolate and chilli sauce), garlic shrimp or even some Pacific lobster.
    Acapulco is an adventure lovers paradise - kayak, snorkel or learn to scuba dive.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 6
    Acapulco to Taxco
    Travel through the Sierra Madre Mountains this morning to the pretty, hill-side town of Taxco. With its dramatic backdrop of cliffs and mountains, and its pretty stucco buildings with terracotta roofs, this is the perfect place to wander about in.
    Get lost in the winding cobblestone streets and uncover cute little plazas and flower-filled courtyards. Keep an eye open for VW Beetle taxis and check out the stunning Santa Prisca Cathedral on the central square. Pull up a table at an outside café, where you can sit back with a beer and take in the colonial architecture. Maybe try some pozole (pork and vegetable stew).
    With a tradition in silver going back to before the Spanish Conquest, Taxco is the perfect place to pick up some jewellery. Your Tour Manager will organize a silver demonstration and give you tips on the best places to buy. Then rummage through the many platerias (silver shops) and find some great presents for back home.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 7
    Taxco to Mexico City
    This morning we return to the chaotic capital, Mexico City. This metropolis fuses the festive, the ancient and the quirky. First up: a visit to Xochimilco canals and markets. Board our own brightly colored flat bottom boat and cruise along the canals, past gardens and floating Mariachi bands. Vendors jump from boat to boat with souvenirs, so you can kick back and shop while you ride along the canals.
    Then we head to the historic heart of the city, where ancient civilization, political power and religion combine around the enormous Zocalo (central square). Get inspired as our expert Local Guide uncovers the nation’s core spots and shows off this living time line. Step inside the largest cathedral in Latin America and learn why the tilting Catedral Metropolitana is a spiritual hub for Mexicans. Get up close to Mexico’s Aztec past as you explore the bare ruins around Templo Mayor. Our Local Guide will peel back the layers and explain how a new temple was built here every 52 years, one on top of the other.
    If you’re keen, you can go into the Temple Mayor for a closer look. See the sinking Palacio Nacional (National Palace), home to the Mexican government. Enjoy a crash course in this country’s history by checking-out Diego Rivera’s famous murals that decorate the palace walls. These colorful paintings tell the story of Mexico in a nutshell, from the nation’s mythical beginnings to the early 20th century.
    Tonight, go out and explore and feast on Mexican specialities then wash it all down with some tequila, Mexico’s national drink.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 8
    Mexico City
    We turn back the clock this morning with a trip to Teotihuacan, the largest archaeological city ever to exist on the American continents. Climb the impressive pyramids and imagine how this was once central America’s greatest city.
    Our Local Guide will fill you in on the Teotihuacanos beliefs and rites as you walk around the site and see the Sun and Moon Temples. This afternoon, discover another side of vibrant Mexico City with a visit to the easy-going, old barrio (neighborhood) of Coyoacan. Take in the old colonial mansions, fountains and quiet squares of this cultural quarter. See the paired studios of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and maybe visit Frida Kahlo’s famous Blue House, which is filled with colorful art, pre-Hispanic artifacts and a beautiful garden.
    In your free time, live a slice of the local lifestyle and head to the Coyoacan Markets – the buzzing food stalls are perfect for trying authentic Mexican food, like a torta (Mexican sandwich), enchiladas and tacos. Shopping-wise, this town has it all, from big brands to bargains. Get some tips from your Tour Manager before you splurge. Rummage through the colorful La Merced, the largest market in the city. See piles of dried chillies, tropical fruits and other vibrant food displays as well as local crafts.
    Otherwise, walk the streets and get a feel for the city’s bustling street life, where cafes spill out onto the pavements, pushcart kitchens cook up fantastic food and sidewalk vendors sell anything from t-shirts to jewelery. Take a break and taste Mexican coffee in a traditional coffeehouse or sip on some tropical juice at a jugeria (juice bar). If you’re hungry, try a rosticeria for some crispy roast chicken Mexican style or a hole-in-the-wall taqueria for a burrito. For something different, find out if there is lucha libre (Mexican masked wrestling) on while you’re in town and go check out a match.
    For a dose of culture, walk through Mexican history with a visit to the famous Museo Nacional de Antropologia (Museum of Anthropology). It has an incredible collection of artifacts, starting from pre-historic times. The museum grounds are also great for taking a break from the buzzing down town area, so hang out in the gardens, read beside the lake or check out the zoo.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 9
    Mexico City to Merida
    Today, it’s a total change of scene when we leave behind Mexico City and fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Laid-back and pretty, it’s perfect for a wind down after the hectic hum of the capital. Get a real feel for this small, stylish town on our walking tour through the center as your Tour Manager gives you the story behind the haciendas, palaces and gorgeous buildings.

    We'll ride through town old-style on our included horse & carriage ride. The local driver will show off Merida’s core spots as you sit back and soak up the atmosphere. Use your free time to explore the buzzing market district, where you can pick up handicrafts, hammocks and traditional travel treasures like ponchos and sombreros.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 10
    Merida to Cancun via Chichen Itza
    We kick start the day with a trip to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen Itza – the best preserved and most famous Mayan ruins in Mexico. Hear from our expert Local Guide about the time temples and how the Mayan calendar worked as you explore the spectacular ancient ceremonial center and the fascinating snail-shaped observatory.
    Back on the coach, we continue on to glitzy Cancun, Mexico’s super resort. This party paradise is a high energy destination, loaded with outdoor activities and a buzzing nightlife. Use your free time to relax with an evening siesta. Then head into town to the Mercado 28, a lively market serving up homemade foods. Sit yourself down in a fondita (little café) and order various specialties from throughout Mexico or try the regional Yucatan dish, chicken pibil (chicken in a special marinade).
    For some live, local music, make a move to Parquet de las Palapas with some friends. Grab a cold cerveza (beer) from one of the food stands and take it all in. Then explore what’s on offer party-wise in Cancun.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 11
    Cancun & Playa del Carmen
    Take a trip with the group to the hip, hot beach of Playa del Carmen. A popular spot for snorkeling and diving, Playa del Carmen has underwater caves and mind-blowing offshore coral reefs. Take a swim in the azure waters, chill out on the beach or even jump on a ferry to the Island of Cozumel.
    Back in Cancun, wrap up the day on the beach watching the sun set over the Caribbean Sea. Some ideas for dinner include hitting an open-air restaurant for some fresh seafood or heading to the central plaza for some authentic island specialties.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 12
    Cancun
    Today, your Tour Manager will take you to hidden spots and show off tropical jungle and watering holes. Then with a full free day, make the most of Cancun’s action and crystal clear waters.
    We get away from it all and head to the pint-sized Isla Mujeres. With no cars and little development, this is the place to wind down on pristine beaches and soak up the sun. Experience its fabulous coral reefs on our optional Garrafon Natural Reef Park excursion. You could head to Punta Nizuc for some more snorkeling. For something different have a look through La Casa des Artes Mexicanas (House of Mexican Art), where you’ll see musical instruments, handmade kids’ toys and traditional costumes.
    Opt for a trip to Xcaret Ecopark, where Mayan ruins, a stunning inlet and jungle combine to make this place so special. Have a swim in the underground river and see colorful birdlife and a butterfly farm. Make your last night on tour one to remember with the group. Get into the fun, festive vibes of Cancun and settle in on an open terrace beachside or at a small, local bar. Keep it moving until the sun comes up if you want – Cancun nightlife is the stuff of legends.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 13
    Depart Cancun
    The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.
    Accommodations:
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Cholula
    Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl
    Puebla
    Dinner in World Heritage Puebla
    Acapulco
    See the death-defying cliff divers
    Sunset Cruise
    Taxco
    Watch a silver demonstration
    Mexico City
    City sightseeing tour of Centro Historico, including the National Palace, Metroplitan Cathedral & Templo Mayor
    Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo
    Only Contiki: Cruise on a colorful 'trajinera' & discover Xochimilco from a different angle
    Shop the colorful markets of Xochimilco
    Guided tour of the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacan
    Merida
    Walking tour of Merida's sights
    Horse & carriage ride
    Cancun
    Only Contiki: Turn back the clock at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza
    Swim in a Cenote
    Relax on the white sand beaches
    Experience the legendary nightlife
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  5. Day 1
    ARRIVE PHOENIX
    Welcome to Phoenix! Take your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, relax or perhaps take a swim at the hotel pool.

    Day 2
    PHOENIX – TUCSON – HERMOSILLO – SAN CARLOS (2 NIGHTS)
    Begin your adventure with a short stop in Tucson to pick up joining guests before crossing into Mexico. South of the border, the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti—one of the few places they grow wild. After stopping for lunch in the small town of Santa Ana, travel on to Hermosillo to see the lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez. Relax at your waterfront resort before gathering for a Welcome Reception and dinner.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Welcome Reception

    Day 3
    SAN CARLOS SIGHTSEEING
    Board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez and keep a lookout for  dolphins, seals, and exotic sea birds, such as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. Afterward, take a scenic drive to stunning desert gardens, home to massive cacti.  After a poolside lunch, the afternoon is free to explore the marina and shops. Tonight enjoy a seaside sunset dinner.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 4
    SAN CARLOS – ALAMOS
    This morning, visit the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the Local Speciality of pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colourful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional costumes.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 5
    ALAMOS – EL FUERTE
    Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Expert brings this town's history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos' silver mines were among the richest in the world. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. This evening, the Torres family welcomes you to their beautifully restored 19th century mansion for a Regional Meal and entertainment. Enjoy a performance of traditional folkloric and native dances followed by a sumptuous dinner of delicious local dishes, including black bass caught fresh from the El Fuerte River.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Regional Meal

    Day 6
    EL FUERTE – COPPER CANYON (2 NIGHTS)
    Mexico's Copper Canyon—four times as large as the Grand Canyon of Arizona—looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your rail car and start your journey on the Train in the Sky, travelling from sea level to 7,500 feet (2,285 metres) in less than 150 miles (240 kilometres), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and labourers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain, and now the spectacular views make this one of the world's most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyons as you travel into the heart of Copper Canyon. Disembark at your hotel, situated right on the rim of the canyon. Tonight, attend a Regional Meal and learn all about the culture of the Tarahumara Indians while delighting in traditional Mexican cuisine.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Regional Meal

    Day 7
    COPPER CANYON SIGHTSEEING
    Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as the Copper Canyons or Barrancas del Cobre. Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon's caves for thousands of years. Learn about their natural remedies from a local medicine woman and view the tribe's arts and crafts. Later, board the aerial tram and descend 4,500 feet (1,372 metres) into the canyon to experience its grandeur in a way few have done before.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 8
    COPPER CANYON – GUERRERO – CASAS GRANDES
    Travel to the logging village of Creel via Oteros Canyon. Stop in the small town of Guerrero where restaurant owners Alma Casavantes and her husband Paco Cabrera welcome you for a unique Be My Guest lunch. They will serve an exquisite meal of traditional foods and share stories of the history of their family and of growing up in this part of the Chihuahua Desert, a region known for its apple orchards. This evening, see local artisans who have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style and Local Speciality called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsman design fire pots and the techniques learned over several generations before gathering for a festive Farewell Dinner.Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Farewell Dinner

    Day 9
    CASAS GRANDES – PAQUIME – PHOENIX
    Today, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime, a great trading centre in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. See ceremonial mounds; the House of the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory; and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Continue across the Chihuahuan Desert into the U.S. and stop in Tucson for guests leaving on this day before arriving back in Phoenix early this evening.Full Breakfast,Lunch

    Day 10
    DEPART PHOENIX
    Take a transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home or perhaps choose to extend your stay in Phoenix.Full Breakfast

    Sightseeing Highlights
    Cruise on the Sea of Cortez.
    Iconic train journey through Copper Canyon aboard the Train in the Sky.
    Orientation tour of Hermosillo.
    Scenic drive through the Chihuahua Desert.
    View Oteros Canyon.
    Visit historic San Carlos, Alamos and Paquime.
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  7. Day 1
    ARRIVE PHOENIX
    Welcome to Phoenix! Take your complimentary transfer to the hotel. After checking in, relax or perhaps take a swim at the hotel pool.

    Day 2
    PHOENIX – TUCSON – HERMOSILLO – SAN CARLOS
    Begin your adventure with a short stop in Tucson to pick up joining guests before crossing into Mexico. South of the border, the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti—this is the only place on earth they grow wild. After stopping for lunch in the small town of Santa Ana, travel on to Hermosillo to see the lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez. Relax at your waterfront resort before gathering for a Welcome Reception and dinner.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Welcome Reception

    Day 3
    SAN CARLOS – SEA OF CORTEZ – ALAMOS
    Wander among massive cacti at a stunning desert garden and learn about these fascinating plants. Then board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez—keep a lookout for dolphins, seals, and exotic sea birds such as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. After lunch at a waterfront restaurant, visit the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the Local Speciality of pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colourful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional costumes.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 4
    ALAMOS – EL FUERTE
    Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Expert brings this town's history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos' silver mines were among the richest in the world. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. This evening, the Torres family welcomes you to their beautifully restored 19th century mansion for a Highlight Dinner and entertainment. Enjoy a performance of traditional Spanish and native dances followed by a sumptuous dinner of delicious local dishes, including Black Bass caught fresh from the El Fuerte River.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Highlight Dinner

    Day 5
    EL FUERTE – COPPER CANYON – POSADA BARRANCAS (2 NIGHTS)
    Mexico's Copper Canyon—four times as large as the Grand Canyon of Arizona—looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your rail car and start your journey on the "Train in the Sky," travelling from sea level to 7,500 feet (2,286 metres) in less than 150 miles (241 kilometres), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and labourers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain, and now the spectacular views make this one of the world's most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyons as you travel into the heart of Copper Canyon. Disembark in Posada Barrancas situated right on the rim of the Urique Canyon, your home for the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with the Barriga family and learn all about the culture of the Tarahumara Indians while delighting in traditional Mexican cuisine.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Be My Guest Dining

    Day 6
    COPPER CANYON SIGHTSEEING
    Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as Copper Canyon. Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon's caves for thousands of years, and learn about their natural remedies from a local medicine woman. Later, board the aerial tram and descend into the canyon to experience its grandeur in a way few have done before.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 7
    COPPER CANYON – CASAS GRANDES
    Travel to the pleasant village of Creel via Oteros Canyon before descending into the stark Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Casas Grandes. This evening, see the local artisans who have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style and Local Speciality called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsmen design fire pots and learn about the archaeological finds at Paquime that inspired their style. This evening, gather for a festive Farewell Dinner.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Farewell Dinner

    Day 8
    CASAS GRANDES – PAQUIME – PHOENIX
    Today, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime, a great trading centre in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. You can see ceremonial mounds; the House of the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory; and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Travel across the Chihuahuan Desert into the U.S. and stop in Tucson before arriving back in Phoenix late this afternoon.Full Breakfast,Lunch

    Day 9
    DEPART PHOENIX
    Take a complimentary transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Phoenix.Full Breakfast

    Sightseeing Highlights
    Alamos Walk through colonial Alamos; visit beautifully restored colonial mansions; enjoy a colourful folkloric show.
    Casas Grandes Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime.
    Copper Canyon Train Ride the "Train in the Sky" into the vast Copper Canyon by First Class rail car.
    Hermosillo See the cathedral and murals at the Government Palace.
    Posada Barrancas Spend two nights at the Copper Canyon; walk on easy mountain paths along the canyon's rim; meet the Tarahumara Indians and experience their timeless culture; visit with a local medicine woman and learn about local natural remedies; descend into the canyon aboard the new aerial tram.
    San Carlos Visit a cactus garden and find out more about these unique plants; cruise the Sea of Cortez on a private boat.
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  9. Day 1
    TUCSON – HERMOSILLO – SAN CARLOS
    Begin your adventure with a short stop in Tucson to pick up joining guests before crossing into Mexico. South of the border, the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti—this is the only place on earth they grow wild. After stopping for lunch in the small town of Santa Ana, travel on to Hermosillo to see the lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez. Relax at your waterfront resort before gathering for a Welcome Reception and dinner.Lunch,Welcome Reception

    Day 2
    SAN CARLOS SIGHTSEEING
    Board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez and keep a lookout for dolphins, seals, and exotic sea birds, such as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. Afterward, take a scenic drive to stunning desert gardens, home to massive cacti. After a poolside lunch, the afternoon is free to explore the marina and shops. Tonight enjoy a seaside sunset dinner.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 3
    SAN CARLOS – SEA OF CORTEZ – ALAMOS
    Wander among massive cacti at a stunning desert garden and learn about these fascinating plants. Then board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez—keep a lookout for dolphins, seals, and exotic sea birds such as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. After lunch at a waterfront restaurant, visit the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the Local Speciality of pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colourful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional costumes.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 4
    ALAMOS – EL FUERTE
    Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Expert brings this town's history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos' silver mines were among the richest in the world. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. This evening, the Torres family welcomes you to their beautifully restored 19th century mansion for a Highlight Dinner and entertainment. Enjoy a performance of traditional Spanish and native dances followed by a sumptuous dinner of delicious local dishes, including Black Bass caught fresh from the El Fuerte River.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Highlight Dinner

    Day 5
    EL FUERTE – COPPER CANYON (2 NIGHTS)
    Mexico's Copper Canyon—four times as large as the Grand Canyon of Arizona—looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your rail car and start your journey on the "Train in the Sky," travelling from sea level to 7,500 feet (2,286 metres) in less than 150 miles (241 kilometres), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and labourers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain, and now the spectacular views make this one of the world's most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyons as you travel into the heart of Copper Canyon. Disembark at your hotel, situated right on the rim of the canyon. Tonight, attend a Regional Meal and learn about the culture of the Tarahumara Indians while delighting in traditional Mexican cuisine.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Regional Meal

    Day 6
    COPPER CANYON SIGHTSEEING
    Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as Copper Canyon. Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon's caves for thousands of years, and learn about their natural remedies from a local medicine woman. Later, board the aerial tram and descend into the canyon to experience its grandeur in a way few have done before.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 7
    COPPER CANYON – CASAS GRANDES
    Travel to the pleasant village of Creel via Oteros Canyon before descending into the stark Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Casas Grandes. This evening, see the local artisans who have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style and Local Speciality called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsmen design fire pots and learn about the archaeological finds at Paquime that inspired their style. This evening, gather for a festive Farewell Dinner.Full Breakfast,Lunch,Farewell Dinner

    Day 8
    CASAS GRANDES – PAQUIME – TUCSON
    Today, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime, a great trading centre in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. You can see ceremonial mounds; the House of the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory; and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Travel across the Chihuahuan Desert into the U.S. and then depart from Tucson.Full Breakfast,Lunch

    Sightseeing Highlights
    Alamos Walk through colonial Alamos; visit beautifully restored colonial mansions; enjoy a colourful folkloric show.
    Casas Grandes Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime.
    Copper Canyon Train Ride the "Train in the Sky" into the vast Copper Canyon by First Class rail car.
    Hermosillo See the cathedral and murals at the Government Palace.
    Posada Barrancas Spend two nights at the Copper Canyon; walk on easy mountain paths along the canyon's rim; meet the Tarahumara Indians and experience their timeless culture; visit with a local medicine woman and learn about local natural remedies; descend into the canyon aboard the new aerial tram.
    San Carlos Visit a cactus garden and find out more about these unique plants; cruise the Sea of Cortez on a private boat.
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