Travel to Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan Peninsula. Your private guide will take you to various cultural sites around the city while explaining local customs and tradition. Make a stop at the famous Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza to observe some of the finest examples of Mayan architecture. The city, once revered by priests and nobles for its prestigious cultural and religious significance, exists today as a testament to the success of the Mayan civilization.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver.
Graced by beautiful gardens and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, the Casa Magna Marriott Cancun Resort is a great choice amoung premier hotels. A Mexico vacation at the Cancun CasaMagna Hotel will recharge the spirit and reinvigorate the senses. This Cancun hotel offers 452 spacious guestrooms, each appointed with a 32" flat-panel LCD television, wireless Internet and Marriott's renowned Revive Bedding. Positioned in one of Cancun's most romantic locations, the CasaMagna is the only hotel in Cancun authorized to conduct Catholic weddings in front of the sea, making it an ideal location for your Cancun wedding.
Enjoy your private transfer today from Cancun to Akumal.
You will be picked up at 9:00 AM in the hotel lobby for a private guided full day tour of the imposing ruins of Dzibilchaltun (6-8:00 hrs), which was a major city for the early Maya as Archaeologists estimate there were as many as 200,000 inhabitants and 8,400 buildings during its history. Also visit Progreso; the most important port of Yucatan, key shipping spot for export products.
Hacienda Xcanatun the name is Mayan for 'Tall Stone House' - offers luxury, attention to detail and gracious hospitality. With the help of the best local craftsmen, it took a gruelling 5 years to restore this abandoned 18th-century sisal hacienda well beyond its original grandeur. The result is a beautiful 18-suite hotel where traditional elegance is married with contemporary style and comfort. Hacienda Xcanatun, restored by experts in Mayan and Colonial architecture adds a great mix of historical, traditional and contemporary elements to the visitor looking for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. This hotel was one of 150 hotels worldwide that made National Geographic Traveller´s Stay List for 2008.
Enjoy a day at leisure exploring Merida on your own.
Uxmal is one of the greatest Mayan ceremonial centers. All of the buildings are beautifully carved and decorated. You will have the opportunity to admire the Pyramid of the Magician, Quadrangle of the Nuns and the Governor’s Palace. Uxmal is considered one of the most beautiful pre-Hispanic archaeological sites on the American Continent, due to the proportion of its majestic constructions decorated with fine relief’s, whose precision and elegance astonish us today. A private guided visit to the Mayan site of Kabah is also scheduled as this site is near Uxmal and also belongs to the Puuc route. There you will see the temple with the 250 Chaac masks.
Lunch will be enjoyed in the Mision Uxmal hotel. When the tour is completed you will be returned to your hotel.
Pick up from your hotel in Merida and transfer to Chichen Itza. Private tour of the ruins. Chichen Itza was a major regional center in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic through the Terminal Classic and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period. The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, from what is called “Mexicanized” and reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc Maya of the northern lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion. Archaeological data, such as evidence of burning at a number of important structures and architectural complexes, suggest that Chichen Itza's collapse was violent. Following the decline of Chichen Itza's hegemony, regional power in the Yucatán shifted to a new center at Mayapan.The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the site’s stewardship is maintained by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. Transfer to your hotel in Cancun.
Seated in Cancun's happening area of town, where hotels line the streets, the Beach Palace is a friendly and attractive property to travelers. Guest Rooms are designed with contemporary luxury, promising gleaming fixtures and quality linen. Panoramic views are a stunning sight when waking up. Maintenance is consistent, and friendly staff are always closeby to assist when any queries. Dine at the hotel's many restaurants, which offer a variety of environments in which one may take meals. From casual elegance to poolside lounging, snacks and gourmet cuisine is available to guests. Enjoy Italian, Asian, and Mexican cuisine throughout your visit. Later, spend time at one of the theme shows or parties. For those who need some pampering, there's a spa onsite.
Leisure time in Cancun. Be sure to pre-book your local excursions to ensure that you make the most of your time in Mexico. Options include: Chichen Itza Tour, Coba and Mayan Villages Tour, Tulum Ruins Tour, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing and more!
Depart from international airport. End of itinerary.
Merrel Bowles ,
November 07, 2013
"I would highly recommend this company for overseas travel. We had personal drivers that spoke perfect English and were also very knowledgeable in conversation pertaining to their country. Drivers were always early and eager to please. Your wish was their command!!!Every tour included educated guides who knew how to make our experience fun and exciting! I loved having personal drivers and guides, as well as many inclusive meals. We will definitely use this company for future travels."
April 09, 2013
"Our Costa Rica trip was amazing. The whole family thinks its the best we've ever taken! Kensington did an excellent job of organizing everything. The two hotels they picked were amazing.
Arenal -- The Springs Resort & Spa was almost too good since as soon as the family saw it they wanted to cancel activities so they could take full advantage of all it offered. We ultimately did cancel the safari to give us a free day to spend a day at the spa, pools and Club Rio (riding the river in innertubes!). The activities Kensington setup were excellent and very adventurous. Our favorite was canyoneering (repelling), We were all terrified at the first drop-off! It's more thrilling the zip lining (also lots of fun) and river rafting (a blast as well).
Manuel Antonio -- The Preserve at Los Altos was very nice. It was like staying in a 3 bedroom apartment at a boutique hotel (same feel as Athenum in London but nicer). The drive to get there was a bit long but worth it when our driver made a surprise stop at the the "crodillio bridge". The tour through Manuel Antonio National Park is a must do for nature lovers (3 types of monkeys, sloths, etc). Our guide was excellent. If you go MA NP, try Kapi Kapi for dinner.
I'd highly recommend using Kensington (Brandi was our rep) for a Costa Rica trip. Thanks for hooking us up with them.
L Huber ,
April 03, 2013
We returned yesterday from our wonderful Costa Rican vacation and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. We loved staying at the El Silencio (the kids would have liked to stay even longer so we could have taken some of the nature hikes). Being surrounded by the cloud forest was an amazing sensation that really helped us to feel that we were in a completely different world and was a perfect way to begin the trip. Maria Lucia was a very kind tour guide and showed us the all sites in a huge day (the waterfalls, Poas volcano, the coffee plantation & Sarchi). The staff at El Silencio was wonderful and Jeff and I very much enjoyed the food and the very elaborate wine tasting there.
In La Fortuna the activities ruled. We loved everything, the exhilarating waterfall rappelling, the zip lining (& tiger swing - the kids LOVED IT) the volcano hike and we had a FANTASTIC time on the river safari with Gerald and his friend Tom. Gerald was a great guide and was able to share many stories while letting us see the wildlife. We saw a spectacular Toucan flock and of course the monkeys were a huge hit. Ending up at the farm was a fun end note to the trip. Of course we enjoyed the hot springs at the Tabacon - they are pretty amazing. Jeff and I had a chance to have a massage at the Tabacon spa and it was spectacular. The service at the hotel was lovely and our room did have a beautiful view of the volcano. I think the hot springs & spa are far superior at the Tabacon.
Alex drove us from both El Silencio to La Fortuna and then from La Fortuna to Punta Islita (that is a lot of driving and he did a great job - he was so friendly and made the travelling very enjoyable). On the way to La Fortuna he made a point of showing us the Iguana restaurant and it was a great wayside stop for everyone.
Punta Islita was stunning. Our villa Ilan Ilan was ideal, the view and the setting were spectacular. The kids loved the pool (when they weren't swimming & playing in the ocean), Jeff loved being able to finally drive around a bit like a native (the villa came with a small 4 wheel car), and I enjoyed waking up every morning to see the sunrise over the cliffs at the ocean's edge, and hear the incredible variety of birds (and on the last day even the howler monkeys). We enjoyed so many of the activities the hotel had to offer. Andrey & Hector and the whole staff were so warm and hospitable. They really worked hard and made every effort to make our stay so much fun. Hector helped us plan some more zip lining, surf lessons, a dolphin sighting/fishing boat trip and a sunset horseback ride which was the perfect way to wrap up the trip.
Ronald picked us up and got us to the airport in plenty of time. Ronald was very interested in showing us the wildlife as we drove through the different areas and we really enjoyed that.
Everywhere we went the people were absolutely wonderful, kind, and proud to show us their country and it made our trip spectacular.
Erika, thank you for all you did to help make the trip such a huge success.
Anthony Sokol ,
March 11, 2013
We are home with many good memories from our stay in Panama.
We found your guides and drivers to be always on time and very instructive, especially in David/Bouquette/Amistad. We liked the Panamonte Hotel in Bouquette.
Since the Amistad Park was closed due to rain on the day we arrived, we toured a Race horse breeding farm, Cerre Punte, which was magnificent and might be a consideration for your future guests
Your choice of itinerary in Panama City was quite informative and complete considering the limited time we had.
All in all, we were quite pleased with Kensington Tours in general.
Anthony and Barbara
Karen Werner ,
February 12, 2013
P and I want to thank you so much for all of your help in setting up our trip! It was a wonderful week in Panama--we loved every minute. And we especially appreciated you taking care of the hotel reservation glitch. Your partner in Panama was really great to work with--they did a wonderful job and were very professional. Everything worked like clockwork with them. We look forward to working with you again!
K and P Werner "
January 13, 2013
"My husband and I are "Boomers" and veteran world-wide travelers, from our early days with Eurail passes and VW Vans to the present! As such, we are not content with the group tours that "herd" you around and show you the tourist photo-op sites. However, as a busy medical professional I don't have time to carefully put together the type of trip that we want to have in places we have never been before. What a delight and relief to have discovered Kensington tours! Our trip to Costa Rica was the epitome of personalized, professional, and exceptional service. All our drivers and guides were wonderful - Barbara Franz, our naturalist guide in Manuel Antonio National Park was a standout. Our hotels and lodges in San Jose, Tortuguero, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were unique, lovely, and very comfortable. We are recommending Kensington to all our friends and are already trying to decide where we will go next. Maybe Africa, maybe New Zealand! We cannot say enough about Kensington's commitment to excellence! When it can be hard to wade through the mediocre, such professionalism is refreshing. Thank you Brandi for all you did to make our trip memorable!"
jack Lester ,
February 06, 2013
"Had a wonderful experience with Kensington and our agent Nella. Everything went very smoothly and we loved the accommodations. The trip was an adventure we will never forget and Kensington made it a worry free trip.
Kimberly Dellinger ,
August 22, 2012
Ariana & I absolutely LOVED our trip to Costa Rica. This trip was even better than we had hoped or expected. The quality of the different hotels was excellent, and I was quite frankly surprised at how "deluxe" our rooms were when I was expecting more "average" type of lodging. We were thrilled & loved each place we stayed and we have told all our friends & family about this exceptional customer service. The tour guides were AMAZING, so knowledgable, friendly, spoke great English, & were willing to help us learn Spanish & the culture. We were so happy that we were able to do the different activities-- Canyon Rappelling in Arenal, Venado Cave Tour near Arenal, ziplining in Monteverde, The Springs, and the different rainforest tours. All these activities-- and the other activities along the way-- were WONDERFUL, and we felt very safe and well-cared for during our excursions. The travel arrangements & private vehicles were great- we were very comfortable & the drivers were very professional & prompt. We were treated so well that we felt like royalty!
I am telling all my friends, co-workers, family members and my patients ( I work in a dental office) about how wonderful the Costa Rica trip was with my daughter & how great the service & planning was with Kensington Tours. I have given your name to several people & hope that you'll get referrals from those I've talked with! I am definitely planning on traveling abroad again and plan to go through you and Kensington Tours when I do. My next goal is to plan a trip (maybe Europe or return to Costa Rica?) for my teenage son & I to do together in the next year or so.
My sincerest gratitude to you for making our Costa Rica trip SPECTACULAR! Well done! Below, you will see my responses to the survey (as you can see, I'm not very prompt about checking email, but eventually I get around to it!) you sent a few days after we arrived back home. Let me know if there's any problems reading my responses-- I rated everything "excellent" because that's what it was/is!
Kimberly (& Ariana) Dellinger
Dana H ,
July 09, 2012
"The trip was excellent and everything was very smooth. The hotels & guides were all great. I would definitely travel with Kensington Tours again & recommend it to family & friends! Additionally, I would like to start thinking about planning my Africa trip. I am interested in Kenya & Tanzania."
M. T.S. ,
June 27, 2012
"Erika, I wanted to let you know how much the boys and I enjoyed our trip to Costa Rica. You did an excellent job setting up our lodging and activities. Everything ran smoothly and all the people that we had contact with were very friendly and professional.
The boys and I loved the rafting trip. Your team in Costa Rica was exceptional. We particularly liked Edgar.
Another highlight was our walking tour in Monteverde. Roberta was a very interesting and knowledgeable guide. We saw some very rare birds. I would highly recommend him to any future travelers.
All the hotels were great. Our favorite was the Springs Resort and next the Monteverde Lodge. The Four Seasons was nice. I would definitely use Kensington Tours again and return to Costa Rica.
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