MAYA TREASURE OF THE YUCATÁN
8 Days / 7 Nights
Embark on a journey of discovery to Mayan sites in the Yucatan. 2,000 years before our time, this civilisation which stood out due to its great wisdom and expressed itself through sun-worshipping, has left its mark with pyramids which served as tombs for its kings. Next stop the Yucatan, Mexico, and its Mayan remains, in 5 can’t-miss stops. In the far-eastern part of the country, the Yucatan State proudly displays the age-old marks of one of the greatest pre-Columbian civilisations: the Mayans. Even if their territory stretched beyond the current borders of Mexico, it is in the Yucatan where the most impressive remains are preserved, including:
1- Uxmal – intact
2- Calakmul – impenetrable
3- Chichen Itza – emblematic
4- Tulum – turquoise
5- …and the Ruta Puuc
• A journey to the heart of the authentic Yucatán to discover some of the secrets of the pre- Columbian civilisations
• Possibility of visiting many UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzà, the pre-Hispanic city and national park of Palenque, the historic fortified town of Campeche, the pre-Columbian city of Uxmal
• Exceptional architectural heritage, vestige of the colonial era
• From Progreso, visit Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán, renowned for its cultural heritage
• Visit of cocoa plantations
• 7-night cruise aboard Le Champlain in your chosen stateroom
• All meals
• Open bar~
DAY 1 PUERTO MORELOS, MEXICO - EMBARKATION FROM 16:00 TO 17:00. DEPARTURE AT 18:00
Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard Le Champlain to discover the treasures of the Mayan civilisation.
DAY 2 AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
DAY 3 SEYBAPLAYA, MEXICO – 06:00 TO 18:30
Your first port of call at Seybaplaya will be an opportunity to discover the city of Campeche, established by the conquistadors. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it has retained its surrounding wall and fortifications.
DAY 4 DOS BOCAS, MEXICO – 07:30 TO 19:00
You will then make your way to Dos Bocas, not far from the Mayan site of Palenque. This fabulous city, hidden deep in the dense jungle of Chiapas, will reveal to you its incredibly well preserved temples and palaces and their delicate architecture.
DAYS 5-6 PROGRESO, MEXICO - EARLY EVENING ARRIVAL AND LATE AFTERNOON DEPARTURE
Le Champlain will then set sail for Progreso, famous of its immaculate sand beaches, and the gateway to more wonders. First, Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán, offers a pleasant mix of colonial architecture and Mayan heritage. Next, the famous ancient city of Uxmal, whose impressive dimensions reveal the former greatness of the Mayan economic and political capital. Lastly, don’t miss the chance to discover the Chaak Tun cenote, one of the spectacular sinkholes once regarded by the Maya as passageways to the world of the gods.
DAY 7 PUERTO MORELOS, MEXICO – 12:30 TO 00:00
DAY 8 PUERTO MORELOS, MEXICO - DISEMBARKATION AT 08:00
From November 2019 to January 2020
*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share, cruise only and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold out. ~A wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abelé BRUT champagne, spirits, coffee, tea) is served on request and at any time of the day. Certain premium alcoholic beverages on the menu are not included in the Open Bar. Prices correct at August 2018. Discount amount has already been applied to the advertised prices. Offer is only available for new bookings and prices are subject to change without notice due to change in fees, taxes, surcharges or currency fluctuations. Saving amount has already been applied to the advertised prices. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.