Mexico’s Ancient Civilizations

Dear Traveler, Welcome to a great vacation at an affordable price. Your Mexico’s Ancient Civilizations tour is fully guided and includes all meals, all hotels, and all activities. Happy Travels! Caravan
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Chichen Itza Tours Included with Mexico Vacations

One of Caravan’s more popular Mexico Trips is an all-inclusive, fully escorted ancient civilizations tour where you’ll see ancient archeological ruins like Teotihuacán or Chichén Itzá and visit ancient cities like Palenque and Uxmal.

Colonial Cities Visited On Our Teotihuacan-Chichen Itza Mexico Trips

  • Mexico City with the ruins of Teotihuacán
  • Colonial Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Oaxaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Veracruz
  • Palenque
  • Mérida, with the ruins of Chichén Itzá

Ancient Cultures Explored On Our Teotihuacan-Chichen Itza Mexico Trips

  • Nahua who built Teotihuacán
  • Aztec, who later occupied Teotihuacán
  • Zapotec who build the hill-top ruins at Monte Alban
  • Olmec who created the colossal 12 foot Olmec Heads at Villa Hermosa
  • Toltec
  • Mayan who built Chichén Itzá

Ancient Ruins, Pyramids, Temples, And Other Sites Visited On Our Teotihuacan-Chichen Itza Mexico Trips

  • Ruins of Teotihuacan
  • Maya ruins of Uxmal
  • Monte Alban, hill-top ruins of the Zapotec
  • Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá
  • Cholula’s Great Pyramid
  • Great Pyramid of the Magicians
  • Colossal Olmec heads at Villa Hermosa

Since 1952 Caravan Tours has offered fully escorted tours with a standard of excellence second to none. Ask for your Free Caravan Tours Brochure.

To make Reservations or for more information about Caravan’s Ancient Ruins of Mexico Tours (or any of our escorted Mexico trips) please call Caravan Tours Toll-Free at 1-800 227-2826 or 312-321-9800.

Caravan Also Offers The Following All-Inclusive, Fully Escorted Mexico Trips

Colonial Cities of Mexico Tours – visit the grand colonial cities and famous arts and crafts centers of old Mexico!

Copper Canyon Train Tours - considered to be one of the world’s best scenic rail car tours!

Palenque
Arts and Crafts Shopping
Mariachi

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2023 Hotels

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds.


Barcelo Mexico Reforma

Days 1, 2 • Mexico City

Barcelo Mexico Reforma

Barcelo Mexico Reforma

Located on the Paseo de la Reforma, the Barcelo offers a fitness center, spa, currency exchange and indoor heated pool. Each room includes free wifi, safe, iron, hairdryer and coffee machine.


Gran Hotel Diligencias

Day 3 • Veracruz

Gran Hotel Diligencias

Gran Hotel Diligencias

Located in the Historic District of Veracruz, this hotel is a 10-minute walk from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It offers an outdoor pool, spa and 24 hour fitness center. Each room includes free wifi, safe, iron, hairdryer and coffee maker.


Hotel y Spa Mision Palenque

Days 4, 5 • Palenque

Hotel y Spa Mision Palenque

Hotel y Spa Mision Palenque

Perfectly blended with the landscape, the Mision Palenque hotel architecture melts with the green exuberance of the tropical rainforest. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, its 210 rooms all have telephone, air conditioning, television, hair dryer, and all the comfort needed to relax. Enjoy tennis, the heated outdoor swimming pool, or the outdoor jacuzzi beside the *temazcal* steam bath, a prehispanic bath to purify mind and body, plus natural clay beauty treatments, just right at the spring that rises at the hotel.


Courtyard by Marriott Mérida

Days 6, 7 • Mérida

Courtyard by Marriott Mérida

Courtyard by Marriott Mérida

Enjoy spacious rooms just steps away from the Paseo de Montejo at the Courtyard by Marriott. This contemporary hotel also offers a fitness center and outdoor pool. Rooms include hairdryers and free wi-fi.


Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Cancún Airport

Day 8 • Cancún

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Cancún Airport

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Cancún Airport

The new Fairfield Inn includes an outdoor pool, fitness center and free wi-fi throughout. Your room includes a microwave, coffeemaker, iron and hairdryer.

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Airport Transfers

arrival Transfers

Transfer on your own to the Barcelo Reforma Hotel (Av. Paseo de la Reforma 1) in the Centro Historico using the airport's taxi service. Rates are fixed based on city zones. Pay for your taxi ticket in advance at the booth inside the airport terminal and proceed outside to wait in line for your official verified taxi. Depending on traffic, the ride to your hotel should take approximately 30-45 minutes. See Travel Tips for more details.

departure Transfers

Transfer by hotel courtesy shuttle to Cancún International Airport (CUN) in Cancún. Your Tour Director will help you arrange your transfer to the airport with the Fairfield Inn shuttle desk. See Travel Tips for more details.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan.

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Passports & Visas

To enter Mexico, you will need a U.S. passport valid for 6 additional months after the date of your arrival into Mexico. Non U.S. citizens, please check passport and visa requirements. Note: If you are travelling with children under 18 years old without both parents or legal guardians, you should carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent’s death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Weather & Clothing

Temperature °F (high/low) Rainfall (inches)

Mexico CityMérida
TempRainTempRain
Jan71/440.385/651.0
Feb74/460.287/660.9
Mar77/490.292/690.7
Apr79/530.595/720.9
May80/561.597/752.0
Jun77/574.594/754.2
Jul74/564.993/753.8
Aug74/564.793/744.2
Sep73/564.692/745.4
Oct73/522.089/723.6
Nov72/470.487/691.7
Dec71/440.185/661.1

Temperature °F (high/low) Rainfall (inches)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mexico City
temp71/4474/4677/4979/5380/5677/5774/5674/5673/5673/5272/4771/44
rainfall0.30.20.20.51.54.54.94.74.62.00.40.1
Mérida
temp85/6587/6692/6995/7297/7594/7593/7593/7492/7489/7287/6985/66
rainfall1.00.90.70.92.04.23.84.25.43.61.71.1

Clothing Tips

This is a casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for evenings is casual. Suit jackets for men and dresses for women are not required. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Travel Tips & FAQs

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My Tour Price Includes

Virtually everything! Hotels, all meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation. They are fluent in English, experienced and fun, ensuring a worry-free vacation.

Preparing for the Tropics

It is recommended to bring at least one pair of quick-dry pants and one quick-dry shirt. The quick-dry pants that zip at the knee to convert into shorts are particularly popular. Be sure to also bring a sweater or jacket for the cooler night temperatures. Caravan does not make product endorsements, but many feel that Avon Skin So Soft oil (not cream), or Avon's Expedition anti-mosquito spray is effective protection against mosquito bites in the jungle. Caravan does not endorse any vitamin, but please note that Central American pharmacies sell 500 milligram Vitamin B-1 tablets, a non-prescription vitamin, as "anti-mosquito" pills. Many people take Vitamin B-1 pills and eat garlic for about two weeks prior to and during their visits to the jungle because they believe that the smell of Vitamin B-1 and garlic repels mosquitoes. If you believe this may be of value, consult your doctor for further information on Vitamin B-1 and garlic. Many also avoid eating bananas in the rainforest, as it is believed that this smell attracts mosquitoes. Also, it is wise to wear light-weight quick-dry long-sleeved pants and shirts in these tropical areas.

What is included in the tour price?

Virtually everything! Hotels, all meals listed in the itinerary, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation. They are fluent in English, experienced and fun, ensuring a worry-free vacation.

Are meals included?

Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.

Children on Tour

Children age 5 and over are welcome on tour when accompanied by an adult. Usually, children travel during the school vacation months of June, July and August, and also during spring and winter school breaks.

Family Trips

Families are always welcome on any of our tours, but we do not have any programs specifically for or limited to families. Families can make specific requests for connecting, adjacent, triple or quad rooms, when available. Children must be at least 5 years old.

My Tour Price Does Not Include

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porters, visas, phone calls, valet, laundry, all items of a personal nature, extra food and beverages not on the regular menu, and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

Age of Travelers on a Caravan Tour

Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Caravan Tour. Children age five (5) and over are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.

Forms of Payment

Caravan accepts payment (in U.S. funds only) via MasterCard, Visa, or Discover.

Many Tours Sell Out Each Year

The farther in advance that you book, the more likely it is that your preferred tour will be open. Late bookings are welcome if the space is still available.

Fully Guided Tours Since 1952

Caravan has been offering fully guided tours worldwide under the same family ownership and management since 1952. Caravan understands and truly cares about your great expectations.

Size of Tour Group

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and the capacity of the boats and motorcoaches used. Usually, group sizes range from 30 to 44 passengers.

A Well-Paced Itinerary

A well-paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.

Caravan’s $129 Protection Plan Offers Peace of Mind

Caravan Travel Protection offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage. The cost is $129.

Caravan Travel Protection

Caravan Travel Protection offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage. The cost is $129.

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Customer Reviews

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"We had a wonderful time! This was our first experience with “group travel” and it was fantastic. The hotels, the food, the staff at the hotels, entertainment at lunch were all very good. We would travel with Caravan again and probably soon!"

Mr. & Mrs. D.S., Oshkosh, Wisconsin

"The meals were delicious and well presented, and we enjoyed every bite. Often there were entertainers giving us an opportunity to sample the delightful Mexican music. Breakfasts, with lots of fruit, lunches and dinners with tasty desserts were all great!"

Mr. & Mrs. T.B., Belgrade, Montana

"The price of hotels was a good value! They were in great locations, near city centers. The ruins, markets and music were all beyond expectation. We will be back for other tours. Palenque was incredible!"

Mr. M.D., Cape Elizabeth, Maine

"This is our second tour with Caravan. We went to Costa Rica last summer. We plan to go to Guatemala with Caravan next summer. You have an excellent company. I highly recommend your tours."

Mr. & Mrs. M.S., Chula Vista, California

"I will recommend Caravan Tours to anyone. They do a great job and offer the most to their customers. I was never dissatisfied on my vacation in Mexico. Thank you for a wonderful vacation. It was an excellent trip. For the value of the trip, we never expected such a great service. You got us hooked and we will travel with Caravan Tours again. We just loved it. Thank you for a great trip."

Mr. & Mrs. D.T., Winter Springs, Florida

"I enjoyed the whole trip. I will be back for others, Costa Rica perhaps or Copper Canyon maybe. Thanks for a great trip."

Mr. J.W., Vacaville, California

"Bravo Caravan! I don’t know how you manage to offer such great tours at a great price. The sightseeing and activities were excellent. The guides were also wonderful. The tour director was excellent, far beyond our expectations. It was like having a walking encyclopedia with us."

Mr. & Mrs. N.P., Clear Lake Shores, Texas

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Why Travel with Caravan?

Excellence Since 1952

You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.

PanAm Jet
In 1959, Pan Am invited Caravan to be the very first tour company to fly their clients on its new line of Clipper Jets.
Vintage Motorcoach
In 1964, Caravan introduced the very first fleet of air conditioned motorcoaches in all of Europe.
Leather Back Turtle Park
Caravan is a proud supporter of the Leatherback Turtle National Park and Costa Rica's efforts to protect this endangered giant.
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Caravan Care

For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Terms of Travel.

Caravan's Proud History

In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.

Great Hotels

Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.

Meals

In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.

Complete Sightseeing

Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.

Fully Guided by Tour Directors

All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.

All-inclusive

Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.

Shopping Freedom

Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.

Trade Association Memberships

Caravan is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Catalog Association).

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