Part land, part sea: This cruise tour provides the best of both worlds. Experience Mexico’s distinctive culture on this exclusive voyage specially crafted to provide exploration into regions and sites that are rarely seen. Colour and culture burst from each magical escapade along Mexico’s storied coastline. Lush rainforests, prehistoric ruins, mythical vestiges of Mesoamerican tradition … you will walk in the footsteps of indigenous peoples who advanced civilization itself. Bask in the balmy beauty of beachside oases, spot wild pink flamingos in their natural habitat, and sample the signature spice of the region’s carefully crafted cuisines. Greet the morning at the awe-inspiring Mayan city of Chichén Itzá, which is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, and dive into the cultures of Campeche, once a flourishing site of Mayan civilization. History and nature meet splendour on this outstanding cruise and land tour while you enjoy discovering the secrets of civilizations past.
11- day Cancún Roundtrip aboard Victory I
2022: January 4, 12, 20 & 28; February 5 & 13; November 22 & 30; December 8, 16 & 24
2023: January 1, 17 & 25; February 2 & 10; November 21 & 29; December 7, 15 & 23
Day 1 - Hotel Stay in Cancún
Enjoy a complimentary stay at your pre-cruise hotel which includes your airport transfers. The evening allows for time at the resort where you can relax after your journey and before the big adventure begins. For your convenience, a Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and Victory’s friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about the upcoming voyage to reservation of premium experiences. Representatives will be available to provide suggestions for dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.
Day 2 – Tulum & Embarkation in Cozumel
Today you’ll explore the Tulum Archaeological Site on an included tour of one of the best-preserved coastal Mayan cities. You will travel about 130 kilometers south of Cancún to Tulum, known for its spiritual history. This pre-Columbian Mayan port city is protected on one side by four-story cliffs and on the other by almost a 4 meter tall wall. The ruins sit along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula overlooking the glittering Caribbean Sea.
Day 3 - Costa Maya
Enclosed within the borders of the Caribbean Sea and a jungle, Costa Maya offers the retreat that most tourists long to experience. Opportunities for relaxation, adventure and everything in between lie just beyond the ship’s port, the Mahahual village. Discover old-world Mexico town with scenic beaches, and lots of shops and restaurants where traditional Mexican cuisine is accompanied by local chocolate and tequila. The world’s second largest coral reef helps keep the water clean, calm and safe to swim in. Whether wandering the ruins of the ancient civilizations that once thrived in the area, enjoying water sports or indulging in the pleasantries of the lively markets, a once-in-a-lifetime experience can be guaranteed when visiting Costa Maya.
Day 4 - Scenic Cruising on the Gulf of Mexico
Revel in the swell of gentle waves and an unhurried day of exploring the decks, taking in the view from different perspectives and sharing time with your family and new-found friends.
Day 5 - Progreso
This day is filled with an included experience to Mérida, the vibrant capital of the Yucatán. While there you’ll visit the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Mérida to see a magnificent collection of artifacts, including textiles, engravings, ceramics and religious works, and learn about the Mayan culture and the civilization’s history. The museum will set the stage for the ancient Mayan civilizations that will be seen throughout this cultural voyage.
Day 6 - Campeche
A colonial-era harbour city on the Yucatán Peninsula’s western edge with baroque Spanish architecture and a walled historic district. The colours of the rainbow adorn this fortified city, in the restored façades of the historic buildings lining this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s cobblestone streets. 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 enjoy an exclusive 45-min authentic Folkloric Show and performance at the city’s historic theatre, Francisco de Paula Toro, built in 1834.
Day 7 - Campeche
The second day of Campeche exploration presents a completely new experience. Your included tour will give you the chance to delve into the Spanish military architecture at Fuerte de San Miguel, a 19th century fort which houses many Mayan relics found at the Calakmul archeological zone such as large masks, necklaces of jade, jars, censers, glasses and so much more. Also not to be missed is a spectacular daily fountain show on the Malecon promenade. 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 Edzná, a must-see Mayan archeological site discovered in 1907, with a layout that mimics Teotihuacán near Mexico City.
Day 8 - Scenic Cruising on the Gulf of Mexico
After a few busy days filled with explorations, enjoy a relaxing day on board sailing through the Gulf of Mexico. Laze on the lounge chairs, read a good book and don’t forget to sample the many delicious options available to you at mealtimes.
Day 9 – Disembarkation in Progreso/transfer to hotel in Valladolid
With the ship docked back in the scenic port of Progreso, you will travel by motorcoach to spend a night in Valladolid, a jewel of the Yucatán Peninsula, and within walking distance of Chichén Itzá, a complex of Mayan ruins. Your day includes a city tour of Valladolid, known for its colonial architecture and picturesque beauty, including its gorgeous cenotes (underground chambers) and colourful streets buzzing with life. In the evening unwind in your accommodations at the historic Mayaland Hotel, located in the heart of Chichén Itzá Archeological Park. You may also choose an optional evening experience to view the spectacular light and sound show projected on the Pyramid of Kukulkán that tells the story of Chichén Itzá in a most unique way.
Day 10 - Valladolid/transfer to Cancun
Awake to the rare and precious opportunity to greet the sun as it rises over the mystical ruins of Chichén Itzá and the fascinating El Castillo – the Temple of Kukulkan. Later, enjoy an authentic breakfast at the Mayaland Hotel, explore the architectural wonders of Ek Balam, dine at the Hacienda Selva Maya restaurant and end your day with a transfer to your included hotel in Cancún.
Day 11 - Cancún (Hotel Checkout)
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.
LIFE ON BOARD
• All-inclusive boutique experience
• Relaxed resort casual onboard atmosphere
• Intimate ambiance perfect for congenial camaraderie and quiet relaxation
• Intuitive service by friendly professional staff
• Fine dining with meals prepared by professional chefs and served by attentive staff in the Coastal Dining Room
• Alternative dining option available in the Grill
• English style tavern on board
• Internationally themed high teas – A delectable Viennese High Tea and a delicious Maharaja High Tea
• Daily Cocktail Hour with the Cruise Director – all cocktails are complimentary
• Lectures and shore excursions included
• All meals on board
• Non-premium beer, wine, liquors, tea, coffee, filtered water and soft drinks
• All standard shore excursions in each port of call
• Wi-Fi access
• All onboard entertainment and enrichment
• Hotel stays with meals, shore excursions and transfers as described