Mexico & Cuba

  • days: 30
  • from $12,026

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Mexico
  • Cuba

Description

Escorted by Marion Bunnik

Special Departure, March 7 2015

Marion-Bunnik

Come and share Marion Bunnik’s passion for travel! The founder of Bunnik Tours, Marion has travelled to over 80 countries and all 7 continents. We know you’ll find her passion for travel contagious - so why not join Marion and let her share her experiences with you as she escorts you on this unique tour of Mexico & Cuba. These fill fast, so book early to secure your place!

This mind-blowing tour combines the best of Cuba and Mexico to give you a unique look into the lives and traditions of these colourful countries. From the rich Mayan history of Mexico to the salsa clubs and beautiful beaches of Cuba, this tour has it all.

The adventure begins...

Our Mexico and Cuba tour starts in Mexico City. Here we visit the archaeological site of Teotihuacán with its impressive Temple of the Sun and the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, arguably the most important Christian site in Latin America. From here our tour continues to Oaxaca where we tour the surrounding region including Monte Alban, spiritual home of the ancient Zapotecan people.

Explore the charming towns of Mexico

Our next stop is the charming town of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Here we visit several of the small indigenous communities and have a chance to bargain at the colourful local markets full of authentic Mexican handicrafts. From San Cristóbal our tour continues to the ancient site of Palenque, which boasts several magnificent pyramids and temples.

Discover the ancient site of Chichen Itza

Mexico is a treasure trove of fascinating ancient sites and no tour of Mexico would be complete without a visit to Chichen Itza. The most famous of all the Mayan sites, it is home to the Kukulkan Pyramid, which was recently voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The beautiful beach resort of Playa del Carmen is our last stop on the Mexico part of our tour before we continue to Cuba.

Experience colourful Cuba

Our Cuban portion of the tour starts in the colourful capital of Havana, where we explore the old town and enjoy a ride in a classic American car. The coastal city of Santiago de Cuba is our next stop, the site where Castro & Che Guevara’s revolution commenced. Other highlights in Cuba include a visit to the province of Pinar del Rio home of the Cuban cigar, a visit to the beautiful colonial town of Baracoa and a fun day exploring the Escambaraye Mountain region where we have the chance to swim in the refreshing El Nicho waterfalls.

This Mexico and Cuba tour is the holiday of a lifetime!

Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN MEXICO CITY

On arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

DAY 2 MEXICO CITY

This morning we take a visit to Zocalo, the heart of Mexico City. The afternoon is at leisure before tonight's group welcome dinner. [B,L,D]

DAY 3 MEXICO CITY

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: Today we visit the archaeological site of Teotihuacan with its impressive Temples of the Sun and Moon. Later we continue to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. [B,L]

DAY 4 MEXICO CITY - PUEBLA

We depart Mexico City and travel to Puebla. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its Baroque-style churches, local ceramics and delectable dishes including their spicy Mole Poblana sauce. [B,L]

DAY 5 PUEBLA - OAXACA

We depart Puebla and travel to Oaxaca, where we enjoy a tour on arrival. Oaxaca has a sub-tropical climate and is famous for its high peaks, deep caverns, untouched beaches and hidden jungles. [B,L]

DAY 6 OAXACA

Our sightseeing today includes the quaint, colourful narrow streets of Mitla and the impressive temple complex of Monte Alban. [B,L]

DAY 7 OAXACA - TUXTLA

We fly to Tuxtla via Mexico City where the rest of the day is at leisure. [B]

DAY 8 TEHUANTEPEC - SAN CRISTÓBAL

We travel to Chiapa de Corzo and explore the Sumidero Canyon by boat, before arriving at charming San Cristóbal de las Casas. [B]

DAY 9 SAN CRISTÓBAL

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: A captivating day as we visit several of the small indigenous communities in the mountains surrounding San Cristóbal de las Casas. [B,L]

DAY 10 SAN CRISTÓBAL - PALENQUE

We descend to Palenque through lush green valleys and visit the beautiful Agua Azul waterfalls. [B,L]

DAY 11 PALENQUE - CAMPECHE

Today we visit the archaeological site of Palenque. Set in the jungle, it boasts several magnificent pyramids and the well-preserved Bell Tower. Later we visit the old colonial Spanish city of Campeche. [B]

DAY 12 CAMPECHE - MERIDA

An incredible day as we visit the site of Uxmal, the most important of all Mayan sites. After lunch we continue to Merida for a city tour. [B,L]

DAY 13 MERIDA - PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Another amazing day as we visit Chichen Itza, an archaeological site and home to the Pyramid of Kukulkan. Later we arrive in the resort town of Playa del Carmen. [B,L]

DAY 14 PLAYA DEL CARMEN

A full day at leisure today, then enjoy a group dinner to reminisce on our time in Mexico. [B,D]

DAY 15 PLAYA DEL CARMEN - HAVANA

Enjoy some more free time to relax and unwind before our afternoon flight to Havana. [B]

DAY 16 HAVANA - BARACOA

We fly to Baracoa, the oldest colonial city in the Americas and enjoy a city tour. [B,L]

DAY 17 BARACOA

Today we travel to scenic Yumuri Valley, visiting an Indian village. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Baracoa. [B,L]

DAY 18 BARACOA - SANTIAGO DE CUBA

We depart for Santiago de Cuba, travelling via the notorious Guantanamo Bay before visiting St Ifigenia Cemetery and Plaza de la Revolución. Tonight we visit a Casa de la Trova for some fun live Cuban music. [B,L]

DAY 19 SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Enjoy a city tour including Museo Ambiente Cubano, Museum of Carnaval, Plaza Cespedes and the marina. [B,L]

DAY 20 SANTIAGO DE CUBA - CAMAGUEY

A full day of sightseeing as we travel to Camaguey. Later we discover its narrow, winding streets by bicycle taxis. [B,L]

DAY 21 CAMAGUEY - TRINIDAD

We head to Trinidad with its cobblestone streets, visiting Sancti Spiritus, Valle de los Ingenios and the Manaca Iznaga Tower. [B,L]

DAY 22 TRINIDAD

We visit Plaza Mayor and the Museum of Romance. Later sample the local sugarcane drink at Bar Canchanchara. [B,L]

DAY 23 TRINIDAD - CIENFUEGOS

We take the coast to Cienfuegos, visiting Cumanayagua Topes de Collante, and El Nicho National Park. Enjoy a refreshing swim in one of its many waterfalls before lunch. Later, we visit the historic centre of Cienfuegos and Theatre Tomas Terry. [B,L]

DAY 24 CIENFUEGOS - HAVANA

We travel to Havana via Santa Clara, visiting the impressive Mausoleum of Che Guevara (the hero of the revolution), and the Monument of the Blinded Train. [B,L]

DAY 25 HAVANA

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: Today experience the scenic beauty of Pinar del Rio and learn about the world-famous Cuban cigars and how they are rolled. [B,L]

DAY 26 HAVANA

We explore Havana today with its colourful murals and classic cars. Tonight is all about live music at Gato Tuerto. [B,L,D]

DAY 27 HAVANA - MEXICO CITY

Today we fly to Mexico City. [B]

DAY 28 DEPART MEXICO CITY

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

DAY 29 IN TRANSIT

DAY 30 ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Mexico (Taxes included)
  • Return economy class flights from Mexico to Cuba
  • All internal flights within Mexico & Cuba
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Pre-paid tips - $266pp

Accommodation & Meals

  • 27 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 27 breakfasts, 21 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

A comprehensive sightseeing program is included in the price.

Highlights include

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • Discover bustling cities and ancient sites in Mexico
  • Enjoy a half day tour of energetic Mexico City
  • Visit the archaeological site of Teotihuacan and the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Visit the historic town of Puebla, famous for its Baroque churches and beautiful ceramics
  • Half day tour of the Oaxaca district including a visit to Monte Alban, spiritual home of the Zapotecan people
  • Spend 2 wonderful nights in the charming town of San Cristóbal de las Casas high in the Chiapas mountains
  • Explore the ancient site of Palenque, home of pyramids and temples set amongst lush tropical rainforest
  • Stay in the colonial city of Campeche which is still surrounded by its ancient city wall and watch towers
  • See the pyramids of Uxmal. One of the most important sites of the ancient Mayan civilisation!
  • Overnight stay in historic Merida, the ‘white city’
  • See the great pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza
  • Enjoy touring Havana including visits to Vedado, the artistic street of Callejon de Hamel and the old city, Habana Vieja, Santa Clara, the Mausoleum of Che Guevara and the Monument of the Blinded Train
  • Cruise around Havana in classic cars for an evening tour
  • Visit Museo Ambiente Cubano (the house where Diego Velazquez lived), the Museum of Carnaval and Plaza Cespedes
  • Catamaran trip to Cayo Granma, a small island in the Bay of Santiago, and visit el Morro Fortress
  • Visit Sta Ifignenia cemetery, with the remains of Cuba's national hero Jose Marti, and the Plaza de la Revolucion, the site of Fidel Castro’s speeches
  • Spend 2 nights in Baracoa, Cuba’s first settlement and capital, famous for its cobbled streets and colourful buildings
  • Spend 1 night in Camaguey, Cuba’s largest province
  • Visit the small seaside town of Moa, in the province of Holguin
  • Explore the romantic city of Trinidad on a morning tour including the Plaza Mayor, the Museum of Romance, and the Bar Canchanchara
  • Enjoy evening visits to the Casa de la Trova in Trinidad
  • Visit the beautiful El Nicho Falls enjoying free time to explore

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Starts Ends Save Total Cost* Status Book
07/02/15 08/03/15   $12,026 On Request  
07/03/15 05/04/15   $12,026 Fully Booked  
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
Other departure cities: Clients ex from Adelaide add $264pp, from Perth add $440pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy amount of $266pp
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes of $1,272pp
Single supplement: From $1,450 (subject to seasonality)
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Optional Excursions

MEXICO

FROM MEXICO CITY:

Garibaldi Show - 3hrs - USD$58pp (May not be available on Sundays
Visit the Zocalo to admire its illuminated monuments, the National Palace and the Cathedral. Your evening continues as you travel to the famous Plaza Garibaldi, the meeting place of the Mariachis, to enjoy a traditional Mexican show with live music and dancing.

Garibaldi Show with dinner - 5hrs - USD$110pp (May not be available on Sundays)
Travel to the Hotel Bellini for a delicious evening meal before continuing to the Plaza Garibaldi, meeting place of the Mariachis, to enjoy a traditional Mexican show with live music and dancing. Afterwards, be taken to enjoy an evening panoramic view of downtown Mexico City.

Please Note:
All tours are based on minimum participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised are an approximate only and can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Payment must be made to your Tour Director with cash. 

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Hotel Geneve, Mexico City

Elegance, innovation and excellent service are values which the Hotel Geneve has aspired to for more than 100 years. The hotel’s architecture and decor evoke a classic European style and you will discover works of art and antiquities within the halls which have played a part in the Hotel’s history and have for all practical purposes converted the Geneve into a Hotel Museum. Originally built in 1907, Hotel Geneve features a variety of modern conveniences, including wi-fi, a business centre fitness centre and spa. Air-conditioned guest rooms include: satellite TV, pay-per-view movies, Wi-fi, safe, coffee maker, hair dryer, mini bar and iron. Guests can also enjoy on-site dining at the hotel's 2 restaurants, Cafe Jardin and Sanborn or have a drink at the Phone Bar where you will find an amazing collection of old phones ranging from 1880 to 1934! This historic hotel is conveniently placed in Juarez, Mexico's Pink Zone (shopping district) just moments from shops, restaurants and attractions.

Casa Conzatti Hotel, Oaxaca

The Casa Conzatti Hotel offers 45 guest rooms and has been adapted from a lovely colonial-style house located in a peaceful residential area in Oaxaca’s historic Centre. It is conveniently located within walking distance of the Santo Domingo Church and Cultural complex. While dining in ‘Magnolias’ restaurant, you can sample various traditional dishes, as well as a selection of international specialties. Casa Conzatti is a wonderful place from which to explore Oaxaca’s fascinating history and culture.

Iberostar Parque Central, Havana

The Iberostar Parque Central Hotel is nestled in the heart of Havana and is close to iconic sites such as the Capitol Building, the Paseo del Prado and the Havana Pier. Its 427 rooms are decorated in a cosy, classic style and are distributed among two buildings connected by an enclosed walkway, a unique feature of the hotel. Amenities include: satellite TV, safe, air conditioning, and hair dryer. Choose from 3 dining options - the Buffet Restaurant specialising in local and international cuisine, an Italian restaurant or the Steakhouse. Relax in one of their bars where you can sip on an ice-cold mojito or a hot Cuban-style coffee - they even have a cigar lounge! After a day's sightseeing you can take a dip in the stunning rooftop pool which provides an amazing view of the city below.

Melia Santiago de Cuba Hotel, Santiago de Cuba

The Meliá Santiago Hotel is strategically located near the historical quarter of the city. Situated right on the busy Avenida de las Americas you will be close to shopping, restaurants and the historical city centre. There are several cafes, bars and restaurants within the hotel itself that offer a variety of International dishes. They have a beautiful swimming pool where you can take a refreshing dip as you unwind after your day's sightseeing.

El Castillo, Baracoa

This modern hotel was built on the site of Seburoco Castle a colonial fort which was built in 1739. It is located at the top of a steep elevation with splendid views of the mountains, the city and the bays surrounding it. Parts of the castle walls, including a turret still remain. The famous El Yunque of Baracoa can be clearly seen from the hotel. Guest rooms are simple with colonial-style furnishings, and are set around the pool. All rooms have air-conditioning, a fridge, satellite TV, telephone and safe. Hotel facilities include a bar with a great view of the bay, a restaurant, shop and a lovely swimming pool.

Grand Hotel Iberostar, Trinidad

Located in the heart of the town of Trinidad the Grand Hotel Iberostar is a jewel of colonial architecture founded in the 16th century and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. The local architectural touches, carefully decorated spaces, and modern accents impart comfort and create a truly unique atmosphere. Satellite TV, phone, mini-bar, ironing board, safe, free wi-fi, ipod dock and pillow menu. The hotel also has a main restaurant for dinner (including vegetarian menu), lobby bar, games room, smokers’ lounge and meeting room.

Weather

Weather

Mexico City

At sea level the weather in Mexico remains hot and warm all year round making this a great destination for any time of the year, although the months between October to May tend to be the most popular.

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Cuba has a subtropical climate with warm, sunny weather all year round. There are two seasons, wet and dry. The dry season runs from November to April and these months tend to be the most popular for travel.

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Currency

Currency

Mexico, Mexican Peso

The local currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (CM$)

  • 1 Mexican Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of M$1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20
  • Coins are in denominations of M$100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centavos

Cuba, Peso

The local currency in Cuba is the Convertible Peso (CUC$)

  • 1 Convertible Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 3 and 1
  • Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1 centavos
  • No USD dollars accepted in Cuba, not Credit cards issued by USA banks

Levels of Fitness

Levels of Fitness

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Our tours have been designed for the ‘not too young & not too old’ and while we do not discriminate on age, you do need to have a good level of fitness and mobility. Sightseeing includes lots of walking, getting into and out of boats and other forms of transport and extended periods at high altitude. You should be able to carry your own bags, as porter services are not always available at all hotels, and you should be able to walk apx. 3.5km on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

Reviews for Mexico & Cuba

This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 3 reviews.

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Mexico & Cuba It's the 4th Bunnik tour I have travelled on 5
I always enjoy them, I come back completely satisfied that I seen and done as much as I can in the time allocated. It was a bonus to have Marion & Frank travelling with us. Thanks Marion & Frank - you are the greatest!!! Bronwen Lambert - November 2012
Mexico & Cuba Overall a good cross section in both countries 4
The cars in Havana were fun, in fact, I loved Havana could have had more time here. Sheila Reynolds - October 2013
Mexico & Cuba Very Good 4
Great group of fellow travellers on the tour. Bunnik appears to attract like minded and experienced travellers which makes for a good cohesive group. Richard Baldwin - October 2013

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Unique Experiences!

  • Tour bustling Mexico City
  • Visit the archaeological site of Teotihuacán and the Church of Our Lady Of Guadalupe
  • Explore the ancient site of Palenque
  • See the great pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza
  • Tour the colourful city of Havana, the Cuban Capital.
  • Tour the western province of Pinar del Rio, home to the famous Cuban cigar
  • Swim in the refreshing waters of the El Nicho waterfalls 

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 6 | Max: 25

Transportation

Plane, Boat, Coach, Catamaran, Classic Car

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy amount of $266pp

Tour Highlights

Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Tuxtla, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Palenque, Campeche, Uxmal, Merida, Playa del Carmen, Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Camaguey, Trinidad, El Nicho waterfalls, Cienfuegos, Pinar del Rio & Havana

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This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 3 reviews.