Mexico Vacation Revised-- july 2017

Iberostar Parisio Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico

July 15- 22

Situated along the beautiful beach of Playa Paraiso, Iberostar Paraiso Maya is the breathtaking expression of splendor, blending soaring Mayan architecture with equally spectacular amenities. Unwind in the lobby bar beneath an exact replica of the famed Chichen Itza pyramid. Swim in the Riviera Maya's only wave pool, splash in the brand new water playground. Relax under towering Mayan statues or enjoy quiet time in one of the 432 elegantly appointed suites. It's a Caribbean resort for families and couples desiring an upscale vacation experience. With a 32,000-square foot spa, lake pools, restaurants and authentic details in every space, this is relaxation on an impressive scale.

Jr. Suite

Junior Suite with 2 double beds or 1 king bed, private balcony with garden view, AC, ceiling fan, mini bar stocked daily with beer, soft drinks and bottled water. 24-hr room service. Concierge service and daily turn down service. Flat screen TV, alarm clock, digital safe, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer. Spacious bathrooms with double vanity sink, bathrobes, bath slippers,shower and separate whirlpool tub.

All Inclusive Iberostar Paraiso Maya Hotel includes: Dining at specialty restaurants and buffet, drinks in all bars and nightclubs, juices, soft drinks, domestic and international alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service with a set menu, minibar in room, free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby, use of deck chairs and beach and pool towels, non-motorized aquatic sports (sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling), daily activities and evening shows, safe, mini-club for children concierge service, gymnastics, tennis courts, and disco for teenagers and a disco for adults. Dining reservations are needed.

Pricing- revised

Standard Jr. Suite, all inclusive, with round trip transfer, and round trip air: $3,719.22 (without trip insurance)-- $400 deposit due at booking.

Final payment due May 30, 2017

Airfare:

7/15 PHL 8:10am - CUN 11:10am

7/22 CUN 2:35pm - PHL 7:10pm

Excursions:

Coral Reef Submarine Tour Cozumel: Tour the Atlantis Submarine in Cozumel , a real submarine that will take you to amazing coral reefs of Cozumel!

  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Introduction: Tour the Atlantis Submarine in Cozumel , a real submarine that will take you to amazing coral reefs of Cozumel!
  • Early in the morning you'll be picked up from your hotel and be taken to Cozumel, first by ground transportation and then by ferry to the Island of Cozumel. Here is where the underwater adventure begins!
  • You will be on-boarded onto the ship "ANA", enjoying a wonderful ride along the beautiful coasts of Cozumel Island, arriving at the immersion point where Submarine Atlantis XII will be waiting for you. After your sub voyage, you may have some free time to see downtown Cozumel before returning. You will be in awe of the wide variety of tropical fish you'll see while you cruise through the Cozumel coral reef that is more than 30 feet deep. As you progress, your guide will keep on giving important information about the seabed, until you reach an approximate depth of 60 feet.
  • The immersion time is about 45 minutes. At the end, you'll come back to land, enjoy free time to walk up and down Cozumel's main strip, and pick up some mementos of your adventure!
  • You don't have to be a certified scuba diver to appreciate this beauty. It is an experience that you must not let pass you by!
  • Includes:
  • Round-trip ground transportation and ferry to Cozumel (if option selected)
  • Boat ride from Cozumel Bay to the reef
  • 100 feet immersion in the Atlantis Submarine XII and free time on the island
  • PRICE: $192.92 Per Person ($117.52 per person without transportation)

Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya: Unlock the mysteries of the ancient Mayan culture on this fascinating full day sightseeing tour from Riviera Maya. Chichen Itza is a famous archaeological site of the mystical Maya-Toltec civilizations. Although excavations have been going on for many years, archaeologists can still only speculate about what happened here and why. Immerse yourself in awe-inspiring archaeological places you are ever likely to visit. Lunch, snacks and all entry fees are also included.

  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Introduction: This famous archaeological sites is one of the most impressive examples of the Maya-Toltec civilizations. The site is dominated by the large central pyramid called El Castillo and the surrounding buildings include the Temple of the Warriors or 1,000 Columns, the Ball-court and the well or cenote from which Chichen Itza takes its name. The archaeological site is surrounded by underground rivers, natural wells and limestone that the Mayans used to construct their magnificent buildings. Discover entire cities that are only just beginning to reveal the secrets of their founders' glorious past!
  • A guided visit to the site usually lasts about 90 minutes followed by 45 minutes of free time to explore on your own or to give the more energetic the opportunity to bargain with the locals for some of the handicraft items for sale.
  • Includes:
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transportation to/from hotel
  • Check in with coffee, juice and pastries
  • Bottled Water, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Excludes:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off for Mayan Palace hotel/ Vidanta hotel in Riviera Maya and Boca Paila/ Cabañas Tulum Hotel zone
  • PRICE: $110.71 Per Person

Xcaret from Riviera Maya: Come and explore this sacred paradise in the heart of the Riviera Maya. See how much you can pack into one day when you visit the botanical garden, aviary, aquarium, stables, butterfly farm and Mayan ruins at this spectacular eco park. You can also swim in the lagoon, snorkel and ride the underground rivers.

  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Introduction: A sacred paradise is in the heart of the Riviera Maya, Xcaret (pronounced eesh-carette) is one of the loveliest and most unusual venues in the area. It is said that this was the ancient port of Pole and that the Maya used to come here to bathe in its waters to purify their minds and bodies before sailing to the nearby island of Cozumel to worship the goddess of fertility, Ixchel. Mans ingenuity combined with natures splendor has formed a very interesting park with a variety of attractions. The park has focused on the area's natural flora, fauna and landscape and used these to create a mini-wonderland. There are some small Maya ruins, a botanical garden, aviary, aquarium, stables and butterfly farm. There is an exhibition with scale models of all the major archaeological sites of the Yucatan.
  • There is also an inlet with clear waters for snorkeling, a lagoon for swimming and a beach for relaxing either in the sun or in the shade of the palapas. Or perhaps you would prefer a siesta in a hammock? But the most unique feature of Xcaret is its underground river, which passes through caverns and underground channels, put on a life vest and let the current take you slowly and safely along while you marvel at the beauty of nature.
  • You'll return at 6:00pm, unless you wish to stay for the magical night show, where you'll see the story of the Mayan come to life! This option is included in the tour price, and you'll return by ferry at 9:00pm. If you wish to stay on, please advise your tour guide a the beginning of the tour.
  • Includes:
  • Entrance fee to the park
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Excludes:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional activities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off for Mayan Palace hotel/ Vidanta hotel in Riviera Maya
  • PRICE: $147.92 Per Person with lunch included ($120 per person without lunch)

Experience Mayan Culture: Chichen Itza, Cooking Class and Maya Traditions: immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural wonders of the Mayan civilization on this comprehensive tour in the Yucatan. Observe the universe at a planetarium, learn to speak Mayan – a living language – and cook a regional dish for lunch. Then visit Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World! See the Temple of the Warriors and the Pyramid of Kukulcán before relaxing at Mayaland Resort. Receive personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 25 people.

  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Introduction: After morning pickup from your Cancun or Merida hotel by luxurious Mercedes Benz van, relax in your plush reclining seat and enjoy a light breakfast on board. During your small-group tour, your guide will shed light on the culture of both ancient and modern-day Mayans as you take part in spiritual ceremonies, culinary delights and astronomical observations before a visit to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen Itza.
  • First, witness an authentic Mayan ritual and learn about offerings that only the H’ men, or Mayan priests, can make to the gods. Next, discover the secrets of regional Mayan cuisine as you prepare pibil – one of the most traditional chicken dishes – during a small-group cooking class. For lunch, enjoy delicious Mayan appetizers with your creation, along with agua fresca, a fresh drink made of seasonal fruits. Your guide will offer a Mayan language lesson with the opportunity to speak with local Mayan people.
  • Afterward, receive a lesson in numerology and learn how the ancient Mayas calculated time. You’ll appreciate the contribution of the Mayan civilization to the fields of astronomy, time measurement and mathematics before a trip to the planetarium. Here, watch a digital show produced by the Chabot Space and Science Center, and be transported back in time to the Mayan jungle of the Yucatan.
  • Once you’ve learned about this important scientific and cultural heritage, you’ll be ready for Chichen Itza, considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World! As you tour the sacred city with your small group, your guide will explain the archeological significance of its most important temples and pyramids.
  • During your free time, enjoy the resort's swimming pools, lounge chairs and botanical gardens, or visit to the sacred Xtoloc Cenote (no swimming permitted). With bottled water, beer and soft drinks available aboard the van at all times, you can relax on your return to your hotel.
  • Includes:
  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Light breakfast
  • Light refreshments
  • Bottled water, beer and soda while in transit
  • Use of Mayaland Resort facilities (pool, lounge chairs, botanical gardens)
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Mayaland Resort Fee
  • Excludes:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • PRICE: $127.68 Per Person

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Created with images by diego_torres - "heart rhinestones sand" • ST33VO - "Fish & Coral" • bsabarnowl - "8501 The Mayan Ruins at Tulum" • Rodrigo Accurcio - "2010.08: Xcaret, México" • AudreyLC - "tulum ruins mexico"

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