This 10-day journey combines the best of both land and water. This exclusive journey is designed to provide an experience of rarely seen locations and sites in Mexico. Begin the day at Tulum Archaeological Site, one of the best-preserved coastal Mayan cities, and then delve into the cultures of Campeche. Discover the secrets of ancient civilizations on this dichotomous journey.
Explore the Tulum Archaeological Site.
Visit the breathtaking views at Costa Maya.
Enjoy the glittering waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Discover the magnificent collection of artifacts at Gran Museo del Mundo.
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. For your convenience, the Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and the friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Representatives from American Queen Voyages and our local port/city partner will be available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.
Today you’ll explore the Tulum Archaeological Site on our premium tour of one of the best-preserved coastal Mayan cities. You will travel about 80 miles south of Cancún to this well-known destination known for its spiritual history. Tulum is protected on one side by four-story cliffs and on the other by a 12-foot wall. The ruins sit along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula overlooking the glittering Caribbean Sea.
Another day on the Ocean – a day to rise with the sun and meet with friends in the restaurant of your choosing over breakfast...or sleep in and order room service. Gather in the Compass Lounge for snacks and games...or take in the view from the deck with your favorite cocktail in hand. This day is yours to craft as you desire
The colors of the rainbow adorn this fortified city on the Yucatán Peninsula’s western edge, in the restored façades of the historic buildings lining this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s cobblestone streets. Today, you will enjoy an included trolly tour of the city with stops at cultural hotspots: Puerta de Tierra, El Palacio de Centro Cultural and the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral. And in the evening, you’ll be astounded by an exclusive 45-min authentic Folkloric Show and performance at the city’s historic theatre, Francisco de Paula Toro.
The second day of Campeche exploration presents a completely new experience. Your included tour will provide the chance to delve into the Spanish military architecture of the city at Fort San Miguel. An optical performance comes to life in a fountain show. And you can spend some time finding your piece of the city to bring home during your Tukulna shopping experience. For a more in depth experience, guests may choose the optional premium experience to Edzna, a Mayan civilization that has been preserved to give visitors the opportunity to explore and learn.
Progreso was founded by Don Juan Miguel Castro in 1872. The port was originally developed to export henequen. It started welcoming cruise ships a few years ago and boasts the world’s longest pier: 4 miles. A mixture of white-sand beaches and clear, calm waters make it a popular warm-weather resort. Historic colonial buildings, a bustling marketplace, and lush mangroves are appealing to most visitors. The increase in international tourists is slowly transforming the city, but if you seek a taste of “authentic” Mexico, Progreso will not disappoint. More than half of the Mexican people live in the center of the country, whereas vast areas of the arid north and the tropical south are sparsely settled. Nearly four-fifths of Mexicans live in urban areas. Mexico has experienced economic booms leading to social gains, followed by busts.
The country remains economically fragile despite forging stronger ties with the U.S. and Canada through the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and NAFTA before it. Your included tour visits the Great Museum of the Mayan World in nearby Mérida to learn the civilization’s history, as well as Malecon de Progreso, a boardwalk filled with vendors, shops, and eateries. Optional premium excursions take you to the Uxmal Mayan ruins, where the Pyramid of the Magician was built atop pre-existing pyramids. Or a kayaking adventure to discover the ecosystem and the native wildlife that inhabit it.
HOTEL STAY & LAND TOUR - With your ship docked in the scenic port of Progreso, you travel by motorcoach to spend a night within walking distance of Chichén Itzá. This day includes a city tour of Valladolid, known for its colonial architecture and picturesque beauty — including gorgeous cenotes — Valladolid is a jewel of the Yucatán Peninsula. The streets are colorful and buzzing with life. And unwind in the evening with your accommodations at the Mayaland Hotel to enjoy balconies with garden views, stained glass windows, and pyramid horizons. You may also choose an optional evening premium experience to view the incredible sound and light show on the Pyramid of Kukulkán that tells the story of Chichén Itzá in a most unique way.
Day 9: Valladolid| Disembark Cancun, Mexico - Hotel Stay
Venture into one of Mexico’s ancient Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza dates to 400-500 A.D., and its establishment in close proximity to a cenote helped the city to flourish. Explore the remnants of the city ruled by King Quetzalcoatl that attracts millions each year on a guided tour of the grounds. Here, a local expert will delve into the history behind the ruins and of course, the iconic pyramid structure — the Temple of Kukulkan.
Day 10: Cancun | Home
As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town. Enjoy the city at your leisure prior to your travel home.
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8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
8 Nights Accommodations
Accommodations as listed
Ground transportation as listed
Excursions and activities as listed
Meals as listed
Unlimited Free Wifi
One Night Pre-Cruise Hotel
Open Bars and Lounges
All-Day In-Room Dining
Bicycles & Hiking Sticks equipment if needed
Live, Daily Onboard Entertainment & Enrichment
Unlimited Included Expedition Adventures by Zodiac or Kayak (For Expedition Cruises Only)
Flight costs (please request a quote)
Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
Arrival & Departure Transfers
Optional Premium Shore Excursions - highly recommend booking these in advance. If interested, ask us for a detailed list of premium excursions for your cruise as these vary depending on your departure date.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!