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OVERNIGHT STAYS:

- Valladolid 1

- Merida  6

- Playa del Carmen 3

 

 

ALL THIS INCLUDED:

  • Round-trip air transportation with a major airline

  • Travel Medical Insurance (coverage up to $8,000 per participant)

  • Airport transfers and intercity transportation by deluxe motorcoach

  • 10 nights accommodation in comfortable, well- located hotels with private bathrooms

  • Breakfast and dinner daily in carefully selected restaurants

  • A beverage at included dinners

  • Full-time services of a bilingual Tour Director throughout your stay

  • Sightseeing tours and excursions led by licensed local guides

  • Entrance fees to select sights and attractions

  • City walks led by your Tour Director

  • 20 hours of Spanish language courses at the Benjamin Franklin Institute

  • Tour planning assistance from a professional Travel Consultant

  • Full-color Mexico Travel Guides

  • 24-hour emergency service

  • Tips for hotel bell boys, maids and waiters

Spanish Studies in Yucatan Mexico

Days: 11 | Price: from $2,060

* A minimum of 10 paying participants is required

 

Tour Highlights: Study, practice, and perfect your Spanish by joining a Spanish school in Merida, Yucatan which is considered one of the most beautiful and culturally enriched cities in all of Mexico. Add guided tours of the most impressive ancient ruins in Yucatan, underwater adventures in drop-dead gorgeous natural settings, and plenty of beach time in world-famous resort towns. You’ll also participate in unique cultural exchanges with local people and excursions with your language teachers to guarantee you’ll end the tour program with a true insider’s perspective. Sunny beaches, historical colonial towns, ancient pyramids, and fabulous resorts -- you’ll hardly realize how much you’re learning

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1. Fly to Mexico

Upon arrival in Cancun, meet your Tour Director and transfer to Valladolid, a cute little town with Spanish colonial mansions and churches. Check in to the charming colonial-style Meson del Marques hotel. This evening, enjoy an authentic Mayan dinner at the lovely hotel restaurant. Try the specialties Pollo Pibil (chicken marinated in special spices, barbecued in banana leaves) and Poc-Chuc (grilled pork fillets served with a tomato sauce and pickled onions). Later, join a Tour Director-led walking tour of Valladolid, featuring visits to St. Servacio’s Cathedral and the Church of San Bernardino

 

Day 2. Chichen Itza - Cenote Ikil - Merida

Begin the day with a visit to the sacred Mayan city of Chichen Itza (recently named one of the new 7 wonders of the world). Your guided tour will feature views of the Ball Court, Temple of the Jaguars, astronomical Observatory, and the mighty pyramid of El Castillo, whose 365 steps and 52 panels once served as a calendar. Then swim in the deliciously fresh, crystal-clear water of cenote Ik-Kil, with the sunlight filtered through towers of lush vegetation. Enjoy an included buffet-style lunch before continuing to the colonial city of Merida, capital of the state of Yucatan. This evening, enjoy traditional Mexican tacos and fajitas at “Los Trompos”.

 

Day 3. Merida Language School

Spanish classes start this morning at the Benjamin Franklin Institute. Housed in a beautiful colonial building in the historic center of Merida, the Institute´s facilities include air conditioned classrooms, a library, a video viewing room, free internet service, and a snack bar. Classes will be held for 4 hours daily (9am-1pm). The Franklin Institute has had an outstanding reputation of professionalism and personal attention for more than 40 years and is affiliated with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs  

Begin Spanish lessons Students learn to speak the lively Spanish language with lessons that focus on meeting someone for the first time and comprehension in everyday situations, such as dealing with currency or making hotel reservations.

Folkloric Ballet Evening To better understand the soul of the Yucatan, attend a Jarana dance performance this evening at the zocalo (town square). Like so many Mexican traditional dances it is a flirtation dance, but one with an extra delicacy. The man courts rather than teases the woman, and at times the flirtation element is lost within the movement of the dance. Men and women enter in separate ranks, break up into couples and then re-form, in a great variety of set patterns. Also popular are the different ‘prowess’ dances: one involves threading and unthreading ribbons around a kind of maypole; another includes dancing with bottles on a tray on the head

 

Day 4. Merida Language School

Morning language lessons • Today students discuss differences between life in the U.S. and México. They'll also build speaking confidence as they practice giving directions or ordering meals in Spanish.

Guided sightseeing of Merida, including a visit to the Museum of Mayan culture • Today’s guided sightseeing covers the amazing history, art and architecture of Merida, a colonial city founded by the Spaniards in 1542. See St. Ildefonso's Cathedral, partially built from the stones of Mayan temples; the Montejo House, historic residence of Merida´s founder; the Government Palace, with its murals depicting Mayan history; and the Montejo Avenue, Merida's version of the Champs-Elysees. Your tour includes a visit to the 19th-century European-style Canton Palace, home to the Museum of Mayan culture. Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. You may want to browse the local shops and markets for items made by local artists and craftsmen, tour the city by horse-drawn carriage, or simply relax by your hotel pool
 

Day 5. Merida Language School

Morning language lessons • Students learn about Mexican festivals and events, as well as useful phrases for specific situations—such as asking a policeman for directions or telling a dentist about a toothache.

Excursion to Progreso Beach • Join a half-day excursion to Progreso, a port located on the Gulf of Mexico, less than an hour's drive north of Merida. Progreso offers clean, white beaches with small shells and very shallow, emerald-green waters. Spend the day swimming, sunning yourself on the beach, shelling, waterskiing, banana boating, or simply relaxing under the palms. Afterwards, return to Merida.

Walking tour of Merida • Experience the spirit and romance of Merida on a walking tour. Your Tour Director takes you down the grand main square, most commonly known as the “Plaza Grande”. Wander among the newspaper kiosks, handicraft stalls, sidewalk vendors, street performers and musicians. Restaurants, cafés and hotels abound, as do tourists and locals alike.

 

Day 6. Merida Language School

Morning language lessons • Students explore the life of a typical Mexican teenager. Later, after a discussion of Mexican foods, students head to the market in the old town to use their newly acquired vegetable vocabulary!Excursion to Uxmal & Mayan Village • Journey to the south of the state of Yucatan. First stop will be the present-day Mayan village of Santa Elena, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample daily life in a traditional Maya house. Here, you will learn about the art of making hammocks and tortillas. You will also see an old Mayan man making twine and sandals from the fibrous leaves of the henequen plant, a member of the agave family. The excursion then leads to Uxmal, featuring the legendary Pyramid of the Magician (allegedly built overnight by a dwarf borne by a witch), the impressive Nunnery Quadrangle (decorated with figures of the Mayan rain god, owls and serpents) and the state-of-the-art Governor’s Palace. Dinner is included at a nearby hotel, where you will also have some free time for swimming. You’ll then attend a 45-minute sound-and-light show, presented nightly from a vantage point overlooking the Nunnery Quadrangle. Colored lights, recorded symphonic music under the stars and melodramatic narration provide an appropriate backdrop for Maya legends. Afterwards, return to Merida.

 

Day 7. Merida Language School

Morning language lessons • Students discover the traditional way of life in the Mexican countryside and then discuss how to keep practicing their Spanish once they return home.

Volunteer visit to Orphanage • Participate in productive tourism by volunteering at a local orphanage. It’s a great way to give something back to the people and communities who have hosted you during your trip. It’s also a perfect opportunity to practice your Spanish.

Farewell dinner • Join your Tour Director and the language teachers for a special dinner, where students will be presented with a Benjamin Franklin Language Certificate for all their hard work!

 

Day 8. Tulum - Playa del Carmen

Say adios to Merida this morning as you journey to Tulum, Mayan pyramids overlooking the pristine turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. See El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes and the Temple of the Descending God. Your photographs will be mesmerizing! Bring a swimsuit to swim or sun at Tulum’s gorgeous beach. Shop for local crafts at one of the many shops at the entrance to the ruins and eat lunch at one of the many restaurants. Continue to Playa del Carmen, known for its sandy white beaches and crystal blue waters.

 

Day 9 - 10. Free days in Playa del Carmen

Two free days are yours for enjoying the sun and sea of Playa del Carmen. A wide range of activities and services are available at your all-inclusive hotel, including windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, boogie boards, water polo, water aerobics, ping-pong tables, tennis courts, flying trapeze, poolside bingo, beach volleyball tournaments, salsa lessons, archery, bicycling, gymnasium with trainer, aerobics and stretching classes, mini soccer and bocce ball on the beach, Renova Spa (surcharge), theater with nightly live entertainment and a disco. You’ll also have a free afternoon to join your Tour Director for a city sightseeeing tour, which includes a stroll along the bustling Av 5, a pedestrian strip that is set back a block from the ocean offering interesting shops and cafés. On your last evening, opt to attend a Mayan Ball Game and a spectacular Ballet Folklorico show at Xcaret park.

 

Day 11. Return home

Transfer to Cancun’s airport to board your flight home.

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