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Mexico & Playa del Carmen with Day of the Dead Festival

16 Days  |  Departing Saturday 31st October 2020 and returning Saturday 14th November 2020

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Visit Mexico during one their famous festivals - Day of the Dead

Highlights

  • Visit Mexico during one of the most festive times of year - Day of the Dead Festival
  • Mexico City Tour including UNESCO "Great Tenochitlan" of the Aztec Empire built in 1325
  • Taco Walk, Talk & Taste tour
  • Guided Tour to Tlatelolco the largest archaeological site in Mexico City
  • Visit to the Basilica of Guadalupe
  • Visit to Teotihuacan "City of the Gods" including Pyarmids of the Sun and Moon
  • City tour of Puebla - City of the Angels
  • Visit to a Handicraft Market
  • Visit to Calle de Los Dulces (Candy Street) for shopping
  • 2 Night stay in the vibrant seaside resort town of Oaxaca - One of the most popular celebratory towns for the annual Day of the Dead festival
  • Visit to Mitla "The Place of the Dead" with it's beautiful mosaic fretwork
  • Vist to the Tree of Tule considered to be the tree with world's most voluminous trunk
  • Boat trip to the geological wonder - Sumidero Canyon
  • Stay in the old Spanish colonial town of San Cristobal de Las Casas
  • Visit the indgenous Communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan
  • Visit to the beautiful Agua Azul Waterfalls (with the opportunity to swim)
  • Visit to the ruins of Palenque the best preserved examples of Mayan architecture
  • Visit to the ancient Mayan town of Uxmal a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Chichen Itza one of the Seven New Wonders of the World
  • 3 Night All Inclusive Beachside Resort Stay in Playa del Carmen  





 

Inclusions

  • Fully Escorted by a Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on Hand to Ensure your Holiday is a Memorable one
  • Return Economy Airfares and Taxes ex Melbourne (Other Cities and Classes of Travel available on request)
  • Specialist Guides at Each Destination
  • All Transportation as Detailed in our Itinerary
  • All Sightseeing and Activities as Detailed in our Itinerary
  • All Meals as Detailed in our Itinerary
  • Willing to Share Option
  • Meet and Greet Documentation Distribution Day (Subject to Minimum Numbers Attending)
  • Friends for Company!

Notice

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween. Though related, the two annual events differ greatly in traditions and tone. Whereas Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy in Mexico. Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revelers don funky makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make offerings to lost loved ones.

The rituals are rife with symbolic meaning. The more you understand about this feast for the senses, the more you will appreciate it. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 31 October 2020

Melbourne - Mexico (Meals Inflight)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Meet your Sisterhood Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport for your flight to Mexico.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of your airline as you head towards your next adventure.

An early evening arrival into Mexico City.  Upon arrival into Mexico City, clear Immigration & Customs before meeting your English speaking representative in the arrivals area. Transfer to your hotel and settle in. Today the "Day of the Dead" festival has begun in Mexico so don’t be surprised if you hear the sounds of festivities coming from the streets throughout your stay.
 
Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, sprawls across the Valley of Mexico. Originally the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, the city was constructed over the ancient Lake Texcoco. The arrival of the Spanish saw the demolishment of most structures. However, some centuries-old canals and ruins can still be found. In the historic centre there are a host of architectural and cultural attractions including the Plaza de la Constitucion, the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Templo Mayor, the Palace of Fine Arts and the scenic Central Alameda Park. Top attractions such as Chapultepec Castle, the Modern Art Museum and the National Museum of Anthropology can be found in Chapultepec Park.

After a long flight dinner will be by own arrangements and early to bed to adapt to our new time zone.

Overnight - Barcelo Mexico Reforma (or similar)
 

Day 2 - Sunday 1 November 2020

Mexico City Sightseeing (B,L)

After breakfast, you'll explore the main streets of Mexico on a city tour. Starting in the Historic Center, the "Great Tenochtitlan" of the Aztec empire, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  You will visit the Zocalo (main square), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace and the Palace of Fine Arts among others landmarks.

Along Reforma Avenue you will find various monuments that have given shape and identity to the city, such as the Angel of Independence, the Diana Huntress & the recent Bicentennial Column creation.

Later, transfer to the Anthropology Museum, one of the most important in the world that brings together the vast archaeological collection of Mesoamerican cultures, with pieces such as: "Piedra del Sol "or Aztec Calendar & the "Coatlicue". Through its 23 room exhibition, you can learn more about the thinking, life and culture of the different civilizations that developed in ancient Mexico. At the end of your tour, return to the hotel for some time at leisure.

Later, a special ´treat´ has been included.

Tacos are the lifeblood of Mexico City & its locals. Tacos are known as "chilangos" and are eaten day & night. Enjoy a guided excursion where you will enjoy the local taco scene (how tacos are categorised, how to eat them & where/when specific things are sold) as we walk through Mexico City’s hip Condesa & Roma neighbourhoods. You’ll be offered several types of iconic tacos: guisados, campechanos, tacos al pastor from the taquería that claims to have invented it & cochinita pibil. You’ll learn the stories behind these famous tacos that represent styles of cooking from all over the country. You’ll also visit the local Medellín Market which boasts an incredible variety of fresh produce & try fresh “nixtamal” tortillas from a local tortillería. After your tasting experience, you’ll know the history & preparation of some stellar tacos in Mexico City, as well as understanding why a taco isn’t just a local dish, it’s a way of eating & a way of Mexican life.

After your taco tasting afternoon, dinner at leisure (if you feel like it!)

Overnight - Barcelo Mexico Reforma (or similar)

Day 3 - Monday 2 November 2020

Mexico City Sightseeing (B,L)

Enjoy a guided tour to Tlatelolco & Teotihuacán today.

Tlatelolco is the largest archaeological site in Mexico City that was a part of the capital of the Aztec Empire . Here you will find the Plaza de las Tres Culturas (Square of the three cultures), prehispanic, colonial and present Mexico.

Visit the Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico's most important pilgrimage center, the most important Marian sanctuary in the continent and one of the most visited places in the Catholic world, which annually receives more of twenty million pilgrims.

Later, arrive in Teotihuacán "City of the Gods" where you will see the most outstanding ruins known as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon (with free time to climb up to the top). Explore the Palace of Quetzal-Mariposa, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent and the Causeway of the Dead to see what life was like here in the past.

After lunch, return to Mexico City with dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Barcelo Mexico Reforma (or similar)

Day 4 - Tuesday 3 November 2020

Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca (B,L)

Today after breakfast, we'll travel to Puebla, southeast of Mexico City. Stop on the way at Santa Maria Tonantzintla, with its impressive church that stands out with its interior decorated in gold and the richness of its elements in the indigenous baroque style.

We arrive into Puebla, popularly known as the "City of Angels", where you will visit the Chapel of the Rosario, the Cathedral, the Plaza Mayor and the Historical Centre. There will also be time to stop at a handicraft market & Calle de Los Dulces (Candy street) for some shopping.

After lunch continue your journey to Oaxaca, famous for its traditional Mexican handicrafts and local cuisine.  Oaxaca is also one of the best cities to immerse yourself in the Day of the Dead festivities.

Overnight - Fortín Plaza (or similar)

Day 5 - Wednesday 4 November 2020

Sightseeing Oaxaca (B)

Travel to Monte Alban today, an archaeological site built on top of a mountain. Here you will  find a variety of cultures like  Olmeca, Zapoteca and Mixteca. You will then be transferred to Mitla, the "Place of the Dead", an important archaeological zone made unique by its beautiful decorations of symbolic, elaborate and intricate mosaic fretwork. While Monte Albán was important as the political center, Mitla was the main religious center.

Then, you will visit to the Tree of the Tule, considered to be the tree with the most voluminous trunk in the world.

This afternoon explore the main streets of the beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca. See the Cathedral, the magnificent Temple of Santo Domingo and the Gold Museum before returning to your hotel.  Dinner at leisure tonight and a great opportunity to venture out to enjoy the local cuisine amongst the locals or enjoy dinner at your hotel with plenty of options on offer.

Overnight - Fortín Plaza (or similar)

Day 6 - Thursday 5 November 2020

Oaxaca - San Cristobal de Las Casas (B)

Today you will be picked up early to visit Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the state of Chiapas. Breakfast will be provided en route as you enjoy the hills and flora of the landscape along the way.

Upon arrival you will be transferred to the pier of the Grijalva River, to travel by boat through the astonishing  Sumidero Canyon. The Sumidero Canyon is a geological wonder -  it is a deep natural canyon located just north of the city of Chiapas - whose walls reach their maximum point at 1000 metres high. 

Continue onto San Cristóbal de Las Casas passing through Chiapa de Corzo. 

Known by many as the cultural capital of Chiapas, San Cristobal de las Casas is an old Spanish colonial town set in Mexico’s Central Highlands. The charming town is divided into barrios that are home to specific trades or customs, and the colonial grid layout allows tourists to easily explore these neighbourhoods on foot to discover the old architecture, craft markets and rich cultures in the area. San Cristobal de las Casas also lies in the centre of the country’s most indigenous regions, and curious visitors can venture into the surrounds to experience traditional Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages.

Overnight - Hotel Casavieja (or similar)

Day 7 - Friday 6 November 2020

San Cristobal de Las Casas Sightseeing (B)

Today you'll be picked up and transferred to the area known as Los Altos de Chiapas where you will visit the communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán, nestled in the highlands. See the typical indigenous populations that conserve their traditions, religious beliefs and social organization, with colourful & pisturesque, churches, houses and clothing. 

Later, return to San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where you will have the rest of the day at leisure. We suggest walking through the streets of this beautiful city and visiting sights such as the Mercado, Santo Domingo, the Cathedral or the Jade Museum, where there is a replica of the Tomb of King Pakal. 

We'll regroup for dinner tonight to share the day's experiences.

Overnight - Hotel Casavieja (or similar)

Day 8 - Saturday 7 November 2020

San Cristóbal de Las Casas - Palenque (B,D)

After breakfast, you'll travel to the Agua Azul Waterfalls. Formed by the tributaries of the Shumuljá, Otulún and Tulijá rivers, these waterfalls with crystal clear waters, are also a refuge for abundant vegetation and wildlife. Explore the little canyons coverted into natural pools where you will be able to cool down should you wish to enjoy a swim. 

Continue to Palenque, situated in the jungle.  Considered one of the best-preserved examples of Mayan architecture, the ruins of Palenque can be found in the dense jungle of Mexico’s Chiapas state. The city flourished between 500 AD and 700 AD, after which it disappeared into the rainforest until its rediscovery in 1746. Spread over 15 square kilometres, the area is home to hundreds of temples and palaces that were constructed without the help of metal tools, wheels or animals. Adorning the structures are relief carvings illustrating Mayan mythology, and the site is dotted with sacred cieba trees which the Mayans believed to connect the underworld, the earth and the heavens.

On arrival dinner will be included tonight at your hotel.

Overnight - Villa Mercedes Palenque Hotel (or similar)

Day 9 - Sunday 8 November 2020

Palenque - Campeche (B,D)

Visit the archaeological zone of Palenque today, one of the most important of the Mayan World because of its historical findings and for its beauty.  Around 90% of the site still remains hidden in the forest making it all the more interesting to imagine what it must have looked like in the past.  

You will also visit the Palace, the Temple of the Foliated Cross and the Temple of the Sun. Then, transfer to Campeche, a port city located on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Experience a panoramic tour of this charming walled city, once the most important seaport for the Spanish conquerors.

Dinner is included tonight.

Overnight - Gamma Campeche Malecón (or similar)

Day 10 - Monday 9 November 2020

Campeche - Uxmal - Merida (B,L)

Today you'll travel to Uxmal where you will visit this archaeological zone considered one of the most representative ancient cities of the Puuc region with its dominant architectural style.

Among its buildings highlights include: the Pyramid of the Fortune teller, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Palace of the Governor and the Ball Game.  After lunch you will be transferred to Mérida, "La Ciudad Blanca" where you will enjoy a panoramic tour through the main streets of the city, visiting the Paseo de Montejo, the Monument to the Fatherland, the Main Square with the Cathedral and the Government Palaces.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Merida.

Merida is the second-largest historic centre in Mexico, after Mexico City itself, and has a host of trendy museums, art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. Don’t miss a visit to the famous avenue Paseo de Montejo to view the beautiful sculptures which line the road. The sculpture installation changes every year.  

Dinner at leisure tonight - a great chance to explore and enjoy mingling with the locals.

Overnight - Hotel El Conquistador (or similar)


 

Day 11 - Tuesday 10 November 2020

Merida - Playa del Carmen (B,D)

Today enjoy a full day tour to visit Chichen Itza, considered the most important Mayan archaeological site in Yucatan, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the "Seven New Wonders of the World". Visit numerous sites including the Castle or Pyramid of Kukulkan (a mesoamerican step pyramid),the Temple of the Warriors, the Group of the Thousand Columns and the Platform of Venus; as well as the Sacred Cenote (natural swimming pool) that is believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes. You will then have an opportunity to swim at Ik-Kil, a majestic cenote, in its fresh clear waters.

Afterwards continue to the Caribbean coast and your hotel in Playa del Carmen, a popular resort town. Spend three nights relaxing and enjoying your resorts facilities at the end of your trip.

Dinner tonight is included.

Overnight - Hotel Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda (or similar)

Day 12 - Wednesday 11 November 2020

Free Day in Playa del Carmen (B,L,D)

A day to relax and explore your surrounds.  Our hotel offers a 5 star experience in the Caribbean surrounded by lush jungle, mangrove swamps and outstanding views of the sea. An all-inclusive stay at the BlueBay Grand Esmeralda, with our private beach, outstanding food and full spa, really is a stay in paradise.

The facilities at the BlueBay Grand Esmeralda Hotel in Playa del Carmen includes a full spa, three swimming pools, private beach, golf club and a gym. BlueBay Grand Esmeralda also has several restaurants and bars to enjoy world cuisine and a cocktail whilst watching the sun go down. The highly trained chefs at BlueBay Grand Esmeralda serve some of the finest French, Italian, Mexican & oriental food.

Tonight we'll regroup after our leisure day and enjoy dinner together.

Overnight - Hotel Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda (or similar)

Day 13 - Thursday 12 November 2020

Day at Leisure (B,L,D)

Another day to explore or relax - the choice is yours!

Tonight we'll regroup after our leisure day and enjoy dinner together.

Overnight - Hotel Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda (or similar)

Day 14 - Friday 13 November 2020

Farewell Mexico (B)

After a relaxed morning, you'll check out of your resort and spend the day at leisure.

This afternoon you will be transferred to the Airport for your flight back home, via Los Angeles. Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight hospitality of your airline.

Day 15 - Saturday 14 November 2020

In Transit (Meals Inflight)

You are in transit.

Day 16 - Sunday 15 November 2020

Welcome Home!

Welcome Home!  Arriving into Melbourne at approximately 9.30am. 

Thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcoming you back!

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