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Mexico Holidays

Colourful, cultured and filled with treasures natural, ancient and modern, Mexico has even more to offer visitors than beach resorts, fiestas and food filled with the complex spice of a hundred varieties of chili.

Explore a land with a rich and vibrant culture, heritage architecture, outdoor activities and a food scene that will captivate your senses and invigorate your tastebuds.

Sandwiched between the USA and the smaller countries of Central America to the south, Mexico is a larger and more varied land than you might think. Eight times the size of the UK and boasting 10,000 km  of palm-fringed coastline, it's a place of rocky, cactus-studded deserts, dense jungles and misty cloud forests, rushing rivers, rugged volcanoes, sandy beaches and ancient ruins.

No holiday to Mexico is complete without a visit to the vibrant, sprawling national capital - Mexico City. Spread out across a high valley (around 2000m above sea level) smack in the heart of the country, DF or CDMX as it is variously known, is the most populous city in the whole of North America, easily dwarfing LA, Toronto and even New York. Mexico City is also the New World's oldest capital, and pre-Columbian remains of the twin 14th-century cities once known as Tenochtitlan and Tlaltelolco can still be seen alongside its elegant colonial buildings and modern hustle and bustle.

Away from the dazzling distractions of the capital, Mexican holidays come in two broad types: the relaxing, beach-side resort vacation, and the more dynamic cultural exploration of the country’s inland regions.

The all-inclusive resort hotels of Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the island of Cozumel lie dotted along the Atlantic coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, and continue a tradition of beach-hotel relaxation that first emerged in their Pacific cousins, Cabo and Acapulco.

By contrast, a tour of Mexico's interior reveals a world of jungle-clad temples such as Chichen Itza, and cities like Oaxaca where cultural heritage and cuisine are carefully preserved by the locals. Take this path to discover vast cave systems like the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, forests filled with glittering fireflies, and the verdant woodlands of Michoacan's Rosario Sanctuary, where millions of Monarch butterflies end their annual southward migration.

Whatever kind of traveller you consider yourself to be, our Mexican tours offer a vast array of different experiences to cater to your personal idea of a dream holiday. If you’re intrigued by the rich heritage of this one-of-a-kind destination, then you’ll be captivated by a trip through some of  the most stunning Mayan and Aztec ruins found in the heart of Mexico City and southwards along the Pacific coastline where you can walk in the footsteps of the original inhabitants of Mexico.

From colonial treasures to white sandy shores, Mexico’s beaches are some of the most tranquil and picturesque coastal spots in North America. Stroll through balmy forests to palm-fringed coves, feel the soft sand between your toes and dip your feet in the warm azure waters; whether you’re interested in yacht parties and beachside nightlife, or you prefer a tranquil seaside retreat where you can enjoy the Mexican flora and fauna, there’s plenty of different beach experiences to be enjoyed in this unique country.

Classic Mexico – Mayan & Aztec Wonders
Explore Mexico City’s heart, including vast Zócalo square and green Chapultepec Park - Visit fascinating museums and the Aztec Floating Gardens - Take a cruise on Lake Texcoco
  • 15 days from: £2725pp
  • 6 airports
  • 8 dates available
  • Feb 2021 - Nov 2022
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Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise
Discover Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry - Visit Memphis, Tennessee, home to the King - Spend two nights in the Big Easy, New Orleans
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  • 16 days from: £2825pp
  • 2 airports
  • 4 dates available
  • Apr 2021 - Sep 2021
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Classic Mexico – Mayan & Aztec Wonders with Beach Extension
Explore Mexico City’s heart, including vast Zócalo square and green Chapultepec Park - Visit fascinating museums and the Aztec Floating Gardens - Take a cruise on Lake Texcoco
  • 18 days from: £3218pp
  • 6 airports
  • 8 dates available
  • Feb 2021 - Nov 2022
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Things to see

Things to do in Mexico

Mexico is a colourful, vibrant and culturally diverse country that will captivate you from the moment you step off the plane - and will undoubtedly have you planning your next visit as soon as you leave. Mexico holidays offer a wealth of activities, sights and experiences for both casual visitors and discerning frequent travellers, and whether you want to relax and unwind with a cocktail in hand, or you’d rather have a more hands-on adventure with plenty of outdoor fun, you’ll undoubtedly find what you’re looking for with our Mexico tours.

Take a step back in time to pre-Colonial Mexico by exploring the original heart of Tulum, where you’ll find the well-preserved remains of the Mayan civilisation dating from as far back as 1,800 BC. Set between the fronds of giant palm trees, the ancient structure is almost other-wordly in its glory and visitors can enjoy a stunning view of the blue Caribbean sea from its summit. 

Head north along the coastline for an exciting day out at the independent theme park Xcaret Park, and further north still to visit Coba, an Ancient Mayan city in Quintana Roo with a climbable pyramid.

If you’re visiting Mexico City, and we strongly recommend you do if you’re seeking an urban Mexican holiday, then you can spend hours enjoying the historical city centre of the capital. A sprawling metropolis filled with museums and galleries, beautiful restaurants, bars and casual eateries, Mexico City has a gorgeous historic heart. Explore Zócalo’s stunning architecture, some of which dates back to the 16th Century, all the way through the pre-Hispanic period, through the Viceroy period and after the country’s Independence.

Discover the diversity and unique energy of the capital with its numerous cultural hotspots, including the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes, where various arts and music events are held throughout the year. The old centre of the capital is also home to the Museo Nacional de Arte where visitors can discover a wealth of artifacts and fascinating information about Mexico’s colourful history.

Seeking a more dynamic Mexico tour experience? Head to one of the country’s breathtaking islands to discover a vibrant culture of beachside life, where green turtles swim just below the surf and the sun sets over open-air cafes and bars. Marietas Island is located just off Banderas Bay and boasts striking rock formations and an archipelago of rock pools and lagoons to explore, while Espiritu Santo in Southern Baja offers uninhabited bliss complete with sand dunes and crystal-clear waters. 

Alternatively, stay within continental Mexico and head to the unspoilt east coast to Cabo Pulmo, where you can enjoy days of snorkelling, scuba diving and a host of other watersports.

For those who want a getaway of drinking ice cold punch under the hot Pacific sun, there are dozens of incredible seaside resorts where you can relax during the day and enjoy Mexico’s world famous bars and parties at night in the best resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and in those scattered across the country’s 100 islands.

Food and Drink in Mexico

Mexico’s food scene is an explosion of flavours and aromas, where fiery chilli and paprika is balanced with refreshing lime and avocado, hearty spiced beans are topped with fragrant coriander, and where beautifully marinated meat and fish is cooked to tender perfection.

Mexican food is so much more than the Tex-Mex fusion many of us are familiar with; from tacos to tortas, chilaquiles to enchiladas, the best and most enjoyable way to explore Mexican holidays is to try as much of their authentic cuisine as possible.

If you’re a heat fiend, you’ll adore the endless array of chilli-spiced dishes, although there are plenty of less spicy foods for those who have a more sensitive palate. Tuck into the inimitable breakfast dish chilaquiles, which comprises toasted tortilla chips topped with salsa (choose red if you like heat, green if you prefer it mild), scrambled eggs or tender pulled chicken and topped with indulgent cheese and sour cream. Finished with a sprinkling of fresh herbs, chilaquiles is the perfect dish to start your day in the Mexican sunshine.

Chiles en nogada is another traditional Mexican dish that captures the heart of the country: a delicately balanced dish of chillies and nuts smothered in walnut cream and jewel-like pomegranate seeds, it’s the ideal dish both for invigorating your tastebuds while cleansing your palate.

For those with a sweet tooth, Mexico has a delicious array of desserts and sweet treats, including sticky corn cakes, chocolate chilli tarts and nieve de garrafa, a delightfully refreshing alternative to ice cream made from crushed fruit, ice, sugar and a pinch of salt.

Our Mexico tours take you through some astonishing destinations where you can enjoy everything from fresh street food to the most high end restaurants serving traditional Mexican dishes with a refined edge.

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