Chichen Itza Pyramid 2

Yucatan Mexico Land & Cruise Safari

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DATES: 2019

Cruise Miami to Campeche

Jan 02V, 21V; Feb 08P, 26P; Mar 16P;  Apr 03V, 21V

Cruise Campeche to Miami

Jan 30P; Mar 07P; Apr 12V

(V=Value Season / P=Peak Season)

 

DURATION: 13 DAYS/12 NIGHTS

 

PROGRAM IS ROUNDTRIP MIAMI-CAMPECHE

Cruise one way, with included flight the other way

 

SHIP: Victory II

 

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All about the Yucatan Mexico Land & Cruise Safari.

EXPLORE THE YUCATAN BY SEA AND BY LAND ON THIS UNIQUE COMBINATION PROGRAM

Experience an unprecedented diversity of natural, cultural, and historical sites in Mexico’s beautiful Yucatan. You’ll visit all three states of the Yucatan Peninsula: Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan. Victory guests will also witness the extraordinary legacy of Mayan civilization at four distinct Maya cities and the mixture of present cultures with the colonial legacy of Spain in the Yucatan’s most beautiful and historic cities. 

Cruise one direction between Miami and Campeche, inlcuding stops at Key West, Porto Morelos, Progreso and Campeche. Included charter flight the other direction between Campeche and Miami.

Visits include –

  • Miami – with overnight
  • Tulum
  • Xcaret
  • Valladolid
  • Ek Balam
  • Chichen Itza – with overnight
  • Izamal
  • Merida
  • Mayapan
  • Dzibilchaltun
  • Xlacah Cenote
  • Hacienda Sotuta de Peón
  • Becal
  • Campeche

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Pre-cruise Miami transfers and Deluxe hotel
  • Charter flight between Campeche and Miami
  • Expert lecturers and group leaders
  • All Shore Ecursions, meals, and hotels during prorgram
  • Inclusive – open bar, shore excursions, wi-fi, port charges
  • Free Air roundtrip to Miami from continental US gateways – (subject to limitations and availability)
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Gratuities to ship crew – $15 per person per day recpommended
  • Travel insurance
  • Incidentals
  1. Day 1 ARRIVE MIAMI

    Arrive Miami and transfer to your overnight accommodations at a boutique South Beach hotel (Cruise Miami to Campeche), or airport hotel (Cruise Campeche to Miami) included in your cruise with Explor Cruises.

  2. Day 2 EMBARK CRUISE IN MIAMI

    This afternoon guests will embark on the Victory II for an iconic multi-modal journey from Miami to the Yucatan. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception as well a highly informative talk of the journey that unfolds in front of us.

  3. Day 3 KEY WEST

    Key West is one of the many small islands located between Miami and Havana, Cuba. It is the southernmost point of the United States, and offers a unique combination of serene vistas, energetic nightlife, and relaxed hospitality. Visit Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum; Mallory Square Historic Waterfront; Duval Street Shopping and Restaurants; Harry S. Truman Little White House; Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters.

  4. Day 4 DAY AT SEA

    Today we sail from Key West and make our way to Puerto Morelos, our first stop on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Enjoy all-inclusive onboard amenities, soak up some sun on the sundeck, and dine al fresco at the Rock Creek Grille as we make our way through the beautiful waters of the Gulf.

  5. Day 5 PUERTO MORELOS, MEXICO – PLAYA DEL CARMEN, XCARET

    Puerto Morelos is a popular port for small ship cruising, and a convenient entry point for travel to Quintana Roo and Riviera Maya destinations. Your first day in the Yucatan includes a visit to Playa del Carmen and the eco-zoological park at Xcaret. Visit the new Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya Museum. Overnight aboard ship at Puerto Morelos.

    Xcaret is an eco-archeological park just south of Playa del Carmen that promotes and preserves the ecological and cultural heritage of Mexico. Tucked up against one of the coastal lagoons, Xcaret presents the richness of the tropical ecology in a diverse array of landscapes and wildlife programs.

    Victory guests will visit the mariposario (Butterfly Garden)—one of the largest in the world—as well as the Aviary and the Turtle Conservation program. In the evening, guests will enjoy the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular—a stunning dinner show that journeys through Mexico’s history from pre-Hispanic times to modern days. More than 300 actors in spectacular settings perform traditional dances and act out the history, legends, and festivals of different cultural regions of Mexico.
  6. Day 6 TULUM

    The Mayan ruins at Tulum are set on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the only Mayan site directly on the sea. Tulum was a walled city, likely functioning as a temple, trading port, and navigational guide through the reefs. From Tulum’s main building, El Castillo, small windows line up perfectly with a gap in the barrier reef offshore. Boatmen could line up their canoes with the windows to provide safe travel through the reef.

    Guests will have a morning tour of the Tulum archaeological site, followed by a waterfront lunch ashore in Tulum.

  7. Day 7 VALLADOLID - CHICHEN ITZA - LIGHT SHOW

    Enjoy a splendid day exploring Mayan and Mexican history. A morning drive from Puerto Morelos takes us to Ek Balam, the “black jaguar” of Mayan civilization, followed by lunch in Spanish colonial Valladolid, one of Mexico’s “magic cities.”

    Valladolid was built by the Spanish in 1545 on the ruins of the old Maya city of Zací, the capital of the Maya Cupules. One year after its founding at Zací, Valladolid was the site of the first Mayan uprising against the Spanish in 1546, with reprises of anti-Spanish sentiment in 1838 and 1847.

    Continue to  Chichen Itza, where our Guests will have overnight accommodation at the Mayaland Hotel, built in 1923. Mayaland is the first resort in the world built within an ancient site.

    Chichen Itza is the most famous of the Mayan temples and an important example of post-classic Mayan architecture. Its name means “the well of the Itzá”, referring to the origin of its original founders from outside of the Yucatan. The site boasts both Mayan and Toltic architecture, and flourished in trade of precious turquoise and gold from 800 to 1000 CE.

    This evening we visit the site for the evening Sound and Light show, considered one of the best in the world.

    Chichen Itza became a significant city in Mesoamerica around 700 CE, after the disintegration of the central Mexican capital of Teotihuacán. The ruins at Chichen Itza reflect several influences in architectural style, including Classic Maya (seen in the Casa Colorada building) and Toltec (seen in the High Priestess Grave pyramid). Though some archeologists speculate Mayas and Toltecs lived on the site at different times, the presence of Maya glyphs in Toltec buildings have led others to suggest that Chichen Itza was a cosmopolitan community. Many Mayan cities on the Yucatan peninsula have images glorifying a single leader, but Chichen Itza is distinctive for its representations of large groups of people, with references to multiple lineages, suggesting it was a cosmopolitan city with shared governance.

  8. Day 8 CHICHEN ITZA - IZAMAL - PROGRESO

    Early this morning, we will have exclusive entry to Chichen Itza before the doors open to the public, followed by a short walk back to the hotel for a sumptuous breakfast.

    After breakfast we will visit Izamal, where guests will tour the city by horse-drawn carriages, stopping at one of the top restaurants in Izamal for a special luncheon experience of the foods of the Yucatan, prepared exclusively for our guests. After lunch, we visit several of the craft markets and museums that have made Izamal a center for folk art.

    Izamal is one of only two “magic towns” in the Yucatan peninsula, a designation that signifies its historic importance, cultural value, and accessibility. The first thing any visitor notices is that the entire town is painted yellow—colonial buildings, the market, the convent, everything! Pope John Paul visited Izamal in 1993, commemorated by a statue of the pope in the convent’s courtyard. The Vatican yellow color of the town is a tribute to the Pope’s visit. Therefore, it is known as the ciudad amarilla or ciudad dorada (the yellow or golden city). It is also known as the ‘City of Three Cultures’: a mixture of the ancient Maya, the colonial Spanish, and the modern Yucatan.

    Izamal was built on top of one of the oldest Maya settlements, established as early as 300 BCE, and the Kinich Kak Mo pyramid remains the largest pyramid platform in the northern Yucatan. The arrival of Spanish Fransiscan monks in 1549 set in motion the construction of the Monastery of San Antonio de Padua.

     This afternoon we will continue to Progreso where we rejoin our ship. Overnight in the port of Progreso, Merida.
  9. Day 9 MAYAPAN - MERIDA

    Mayapan was a capital of the Maya between 1200 and 1440 CE and one of the last sites to be  inhabited prior to the arrival of the Spanish. The architecture at Mayapan is noticeably cruder than at other sites, suggesting that much of the art of stonework had been lost. However, Mayapan does have some of the most colorful and best-preserved of the Maya frescos in the Templo de Nichos Pintados and the Templlo de los Guerreros.

    Over 4000 buildings have been found on the site of Mayapan, protected by fortifications. It is estimated that about 12,000 people lived inside the walls with an additional 5,000 living outside of the city. Twelve gates allowed access to the interior of the city.

    Victory guests will have a guided tour of this Mayan city, whose location off the beaten path often means we can explore without the crowds experienced at Chichen Itza and other sites.

    Since the Spanish conquest, Mérida has been the cultural capital of the Yucatan peninsula. At times provincial, at times cosmopolitan, it is a town steeped in colonial history, with narrow streets, broad central plazas and the region’s best museums. It is known as La Ciudad Blanca, the white city, and boasts the oldest cathedral on the American mainland, built between 1562 and 1598.

    Though originally settled by the Maya, the site of Mérida was abandoned by the time the Spanish arrived in 1540. It was here that Francisco de Montejo el Sobrino fought back a joint assault by Mayan chiefs in the bloodiest battle of the conquest of the Yucatan. Mérida was subsequently named the capital of the new Spanish colony.
    Guests will spend two days in Mérida, allowing them to explore the historical sights, museums and parks at a relaxed pace. While staying in Mérida, we will take day trips to a famous Hacienda, several archeological sites, and hear presentations on Mexican history and art.
  10. Day 10 NOLO – HACIENDA SOTUTA de PEON

    Sotuta de Peon is the only working hacienda left in the Yucatan, still growing, processing and selling henequen, a product of the agave plant used in making rope. For centuries, Mayan artisans made and exported henequen rope around the world. Sotuta de Peon’s antique machinery is massive and extraordinary witness to the technological innovations of the last century.

    The Sotuta de Peon is surrounded by the largest number of cenotes in the Yucatan, including the Dzul Ha cenote, which runs under the house and offers a quick refreshment after a warm walk through the agave nurseries.

    Tour the estate and visit a reproduction of a Mayan house on the property. We will meet Don Antonio, an 82-year-old resident of the plantation, who will share his story of his life working on the plantation. Afterwards, a luncheon is served on the terrace of the main house.

    in Nolo, meet the family of a famous Mayan Shaman who has received spiritual guidance from the heavens. Victory guests will experience this special place to hear the story. The Dali Lama came here, drawn by the energy that he felt when he was visiting Merida in 1985. Return to ship, as we depart for Campeche this evening.

  11. Day 11 CAMPECHE

    Arrive Campeche and disembark. We begin the discovery of Campeche with a trolley tour of the walled old city for an overview of its colonial history. Our stay includes a special showing of the folkloric ballet at the beautiful Teatro Toro, exclusively for Victory guests. As part of our onshore excursion, you’ll have 3 days and 2 nights to explore the delicate palettes of its terracotta homes, the distinctive cuisine of tropical fruits and seafood, and the seven baluartes (bastions) of the outer walls.

    Step back in time to the colonial Spanish city of Campeche, the first city founded by the Spanish in the Yucatan. Added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites in 1999, Campeche retains its 17th century fortifications. Its cobblestone streets, fortified ramparts, and well-preserved mansions have been painstakingly restored. The Parque Principal froms its central plaza, bordered by the Casa Seis and Campeche’s Cathedral of San Francisco. Outside of the old city lies Campeche’s busy marketplace, the old fishing docks, and a peaceful boardwalk along the opal waters of the Gulf.

    During Spanish rule, Campeche was the only port on the peninsula and rose to prominence as a center of trade in salt and in tropical dyewoods (which produce dyes for textiles). It boasted the first permanent church in the Yucatan, the missionary convent of San Francisco, founded in 1546. Its prosperity drew the attention of pirates in the 1500s and 1600s, finally causing the city’s governors to levy a special tax in 1684 to build Campeche’s protective outer wall. The Museo de la Piratería (Pirate Museum) taps into this raucus history, while the Museo de Cultura Maya in the Fuerte San Miguel presents an astonishing array of Maya art, including the jade Maya funeral masks, the Máscaras de Calakmul.

  12. Day 12 CAMPECHE - BECAL

    Visit the small community of Becal, where almost everyone makes “Panama Hats”, made famous during construction of the Panama Canal. Enjoy personal time and lunch with new friends, compliments of Victory Cruises.

    Imagine a town where everyone works the same job! The people of Becal (the Becalenos) manufactured the famous straw hats (jipis) worn by migrant workers who built the Panama Canal. These “Panama Hats” (actually made in Mexico) are crafted from a delicate palm called jipijapa, whose slim fronds can be woven into nearly 25 strands per square inch, making the Panama Hats resilient as well as beautiful pieces of craftsmanship. Since the jipijapa fronds become brittle if they are allowed to dry, Becalenos weave their jipis in special limestone basements that maintain a constant humidity, keeping the fronds supple.

    Becal sits on the northern border of Campeche, a state known for its extraordinary Mayan ruins, opal beaches, and nuanced cuisine. The old Camino Real (Royal Road) passes through Becal on its way from the port of Campeche to the provincial capital of Mérida, making this famous little city an excellent stopping place to experience Campeche hospitality, cuisine, and handicrafts.
  13. Day 13 CAMPECHE - FLIGHT TO MIAMI

    Your luggage will be transferred directly to the airport while you enjoy one last opportunity for craft shopping at the Tuklna handicraft hall.

    Take included flight to Miami, where you will either connect to your homeward bound flight, or overnight at a deluxe Miami airport hotel, depending on flight schedules.

Victory I and II

Introducing the Victory I and Victory II –  Agile and Elegant Small Ships, Perfectly Suited to Coastal Cruising

REFINED, SMALL SHIP EXPERIENCES
The indisputable joy of sailing is brought to life on the Victory I and II, agile small ships that easily navigate canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. Onboard, fresh, modern design tips its hat to our maritime past as spacious, open-air lounges, inviting dining venues, and generous windows ensure you never miss a chance to savor the view.

INTUITIVE & ATTENTIVE SERVICE
With a caring crew of 90 pampering no more than 210 guests, you’ll feel at home  from the moment you step on board. Whether it’s a favorite cocktail served to you on deck, hot coffee delivered to your room, an iPad® offered for use in the lounge, or the delicate chocolate on your pillow ensuring sweet dreams, serving you is our pleasure. Throughout the ship, “free flowing” beverages are available 24 hours a day and 24-hour room service is just a phone call away.

ONBOARD SPECIALISTS & INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
Aboard the VICTORY I and II, you’ll often travel in the company of engaging specialists focusing on areas such as: marine biology, naval history, ornithology and geology who share their expertise freely in presentations and impromptu discussions throughout your journey. In port, shore excursions with knowledgeable local guides provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history, unique wildlife, and fascinating cultures of the destinations you visit.

Fast Facts

  • Dare Launched/Rebuilt: 1995/2015
  • Length: 286 ft
  • Beam: 50 ft
  • Draft: 13.5 ft
  • Tonnage: 4954 t
  • Cruise Speed: 12 knots
  • Total Staff: 90
  • Passenger Capacity: 210
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • Mast Height: 197 ft

Onboard Amenities

  • Spa quality robes & slippers
  • L’Occitane® bath amenities
  • Pillow menu
  • Premium mattresses | 100% Egyptian cotton bedding
  • In-room electronic safe
  • Individual climate control
  • LCD flat-screen television (satellite)
  • Hair dryer and make-up mirror
  • Alarm clock
  • En suite telephone with outside line
  • 24-hour room service
  • Bottled mineral water, replenished daily
  • “Free flow” beverage service
  • Complimentary WiFi package
  • Daily housekeeping, nightly turndown
  • Certified medical doctor on board
  • Salon on board

DECK PLANS and CABINS

All accommodations are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.

OWNER’S SUITE: Ocean view suite boasting sweeping views, interior and exterior entrances, a private terrace, a complimentary minibar (restocked daily), one queen bed and one sofa bed, sitting area, in-room safe, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, and the services of a dedicated butler, fresh fruit upon arrival (Deck 3)

Category AA Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom with direct access to the open-air promenade. Added amenities include: two twin or one queen bed, armoire, minibar, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, and the services of a dedicated butler, fresh fruit upon arrival (Deck 4)

Category A Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed (Deck 3)

Category B Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, sweeping views, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)

Category C Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)

Category D Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 2)

Category E Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 2)

Category F Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 1)

Category G Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 1)

Category H Stateroom: 1 Interior stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)