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Full-Day Expedition To Uxmal & Ride In A Vintage Land Rover - Gray Line Yucatan

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    What to Expect
    When you’ll board an air-conditioned Mercedes Benz destined for the archeological site of Uxmal. Following a 1-hour drive, you’ll arrive at Uxmal, considered one of Mexico’s best-preserved Mayan sites.

    During a guided 2-hour tour, you’ll visit significant monuments such as The Magician’s Pyramid, the Nun’s Quadrangle, and the Governor’s Palace while learning about the former city’s rich history.

    Then, you’ll take the tour into your own hands as you drive a 4x4 Land Rover Defender through the rugged landscapes that surround Uxmal. Travel through the rife plantations of Hacienda Uxmal before spending free time at the aforementioned hotel.

    Choose to purchase a Mexican meal, take a dip in the pool, or sip an ice-cold cocktail.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: San Juan Park, Calle 67A 529, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
    2: Gran Hotel, Calle 60 496, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
    3: McDonald's, Paseo de Montejo 454, Itzimná, 97100 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
    4: Mayan World Museum of Mérida, Calle 60 299 E, Unidad Revolución, 97110 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Transportation from a meeting point in Merida
    • 1 hour self driven tour in a renewed vintage Land Rover Defender
    • Fuel and insurance
    • Knowledgeable, certified guided tour of the temples at Uxmal.
    • Iced Bottled Water and soft drinks in expedition.
    • Free access to Uxmal’s First Explorers Gallery located at the main house of the Hotel Hacienda Uxmal, favorite of royalty and dignitaries.
    • Entrance fee to Uxmal site
    • Lunch
    • Local activities
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Driver must be over 21 years old and capable to driving sick shift vehicles. A brief test drive and valid driver license may be required.
    • Not recommended for participants with back problems, pregnant woman or anyone with severe movements restraints or previous spinal injuries.
    • Please wear light, comfortable clothing & walking/hiking shoes. Bring your sunglasses, hat, bathing suit, biodegradable sunblock, and a camera.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult (only option shared).
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    By: Gray Line Cancun
    937 Reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Jamie A
    Excellent Service!
    What a great way to start and end a vacation! Our driver concierge was Samuel Aburto and he was FANTASTIC! He was so friendly and engaging and went out of his way to make us feel comfortable. I would highly recommend this company and Samual to anyone looking for the very best of service! Thank you!!
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    San Diego, California
    Mérida, 2019
    My husband & I had the opportunity to travel & selected Yucatán Merida. Without a doubt, an amazing, beautiful & fascinating city. Part of our stay while in Merida, a must see is Uxmal! We truly enjoyed our visit to the ruin site & luckily for us, Rosendo Pech was our tour guide for our day. He is a very knowledgeable, professional & very detail orientated person making our tour even more memorable than ever. We highly recommend having him as your guide. Happy travels! Myrna & David, San Diego Ca 💗
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    Andree G
    Calgary, Alberta
    Great service!
    Booked this through trip advisor. The tour company when you arrive at the airport is known as "Mayaland". Very nice people. I booked a shared transfer, but Erik at the airport didn't want me to have to wait for the other guests, so he arranges a private transfer for me, at no extra cost. Return trip went smoothly as well, and again, a private transfer. Great service, will book again and highly recommend!
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    I was told to pay an extra $20 when I got to the van. I told them that I already paid online and was then told that was a mistake and I would not be refunded. I spoke to the supervisor and some other collaborating company called Viatore for an hr on the phone at the airport parking. No one could explain why I had to pay the extra amt and no was willing to take responsibility for the so called system error. Terrible customer service!!! Only the driver that drove me was reasonable but couldn’t do much about the situation. Beware of this company and book elsewhere.
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    Deja A
    Phoenix, Arizona, United States
    Great airport shuttle!
    We booked Gray Line as a shuttle to and from the airport and our resort. Both times the drivers were very friendly and the vehicles were spotless! On the way back they even had an attendant who assisted us in getting our boarding passes, checking our luggage, etc. Would definitely book them again!
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    1 day tour of chichen itza from riviera maya
    This is one of the best tours you can take in Mexico picked up by a Mercedes people carrier had it all to our selves for the hole day first went to a cenote where we only had to share it with four other people on private trips then to chichen itza for a private tour starting from the hotel entrance where we would stay for the rest of the day the tour was amazing the guide new everything about the site and was able to answer any questions we returned to the hotel to visit the planetarium to watch a show about the site then to the buffet meal in the hotel all included in the price along with all entrances fees to all sites we then had time to relax and use the facilities at the hotel later we went to the sound and light show which is something you must not miss then our driver for the day Samuel Aburto who looked after us all day and went out of his way to make sure that we had an amazing day returned us to our hotel a packed lunch was supplied for our return trip it was a long day but the vehicle was comfy with air conditioning and the service you receive is better than any trip i have booked before and i believe excellent value for money only sorry they don’t do other trips
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    They got the info wrong where I wanted to go.
    After I arrived, they told me they did not know I wanted to go to the ferry, they thought I wanted to go to Cancun. So because the ferry is a different zone, I had to pay double, this is BECAUSE they got the info wrong! Your stuck there, so what can you do?Want to give the driver back to airport a huge compliment. He was friendly and very supportive and said he did not understand it. His name is Samuel Aburto. He was great and then there was a gray lines employee waiting for me at airport and helped me check in and carried my baggage to the check in and then to the security check point. That was wonderful!
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    Amber B
    Wonderful Experience at Chichen itza
    My sister, niece and I choose the small group with Rosendo and I'm glad we did! Rosendo was very knowledgeable and informative about the Mayan history and the architecture of the Mayan is jaw dropping and amazing. I learned so much about their astrological practices too. Stopping at the Cenote was amazing and best way to cool off during the height of the day. I highly recommend this trip to an amazing wonder of the world. Thank you Rosendo!
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    Excellent transportation to and from airport
    Gray Line was on time and even waited on us when we were6 hours late arriving to Mexico. I would recommend for reliable and clean transportation. Ricardo was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of good information and tips
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    Very satisfied with trip and driver
    My boyfriend and I did the Chichén Itzá private tour. We were picked up on time by our driver, Samuel Aburto. He was very friendly and shared a lot of knowledge about the area: the history of Yucatán and surrounding states, well-known and less well-known tourist attractions, etc. He gave a lot of advice as to how to make the most of our time in Mexico. We arrived at our destination in a timely manner. We appreciated his professionalism and he made us feel very welcome and comfortable!
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    Incredible Day in Chichen Itza with Mauricio and Rosenberg
    Mauricio and Rosenberg were excellent guide/driver for our excursion to chichen itza. Pickup was prompt and the smaller “tour” size was just right for us. During the two hour drive to chichen itza Mauricio explained what our particular package included and what it did not (because people had different packages within our “group”). This is a great option if you are a more self directed traveler, because it allowed us to explore the temples at our own pace. The add on of swimming at the cenote ($20US for entrance and a locker) is a GREAT value and perfect way to cool down after a warm day of exploring the past. Rosenbergs driving was great and Mauricio’s presentations throughout the drive were entertaining and informative because it’s clear Mauricio is passionate about Mayan culture and shares that passion with us, his familia. We would absolutely recommend this tour for those wishing to go to chichen itza and ending their day with a refreshing cenote swim.
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    Amazing small group tour to Chichen Itza via Mayaland luxury vehicles with lunch and Cenote visit
    Excellent small group by Mercedes Car and Mercedes Van tour of Chichen Itza and Cenote. The vehicles were comfortable, the driver safe and friendly, and the guide very knowledgable. We truly enjoyed the private entrance at Chichen Itza, small group tour (it felt private) and the fact that we did the Cenote first beforehand when it was almost empty. I highly recommend this tour.
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    Tupelo, Mississippi
    Cancún to Chichén Itzá by Grayline: Open the Gate
    Hilda and Hilario made this a fantastic option for our family! If you have the chance to visit this amazing archaeological site, DO IT! Because of the unforgiving heat in the Yucatan area, I planned for an early morning visit through Grayline to miss both the heat and the crowds, AND was it the highlight of our family trip! Hilario picked us opt promptly at 5:30 am, and offered us smiles with exquisite service in a pristine 6-passenger Mercedes-Benz van. We picked up 2 more passengers, and were on our way to a memorable experience! At around 7:40 am, we arrived, purchased our admission tickets (roughly $25 pp- Pay in pesos to save a few $$), and started our tour with Hilda around 8ish. She was knowledgeable & thorough. The group included 6 other people who accompanied our 5 in the walking tour of the grounds. If I could offer one tip for the tour companies, I would start with the great temple of Chichén Itzá because that’s the reason I opted for an early morning visit. Although the other archaeological sites were interesting and informative for the backdrop history, by the time we reached the temple (roughly 9:15 am), the sun was beginning her unforgiving trek across the sky. Had it not been for a cooling breeze, we would have been sweltering. I know the history builds to the great temple, but my heart was set on the massive structure that epitomizes the our mental image of Chichén. We had about an hour after Hilda finished her final informative stop to explore on our own. Our meeting spot was 10:50. My son opted to use the time to search for a momento to carry back home from one of the merchants set up around the great temple. Don’t be afraid to negotiate prices. A $30 pyramid was haggled down to $10. ☺️ After our group reunited, we headed toward the planetarium to watch a “Mayan” retelling of Chichén’s history. It’s nice and refreshing in the planetarium after a hot stroll around the grounds. Afterwards, we had an amazing buffet lunch with several options. I’m quite the foodie, folks. So here’s how I rate food: I rate it based on what it is, not unrealistic expectations and a Michelin 5-Star status. This is a buffet set-up. Mayaland’s Quality of food is impeccable for a buffet-style lunch. This is included in the “Open the Gate” Package we selected. Otherwise, you’ll drop around $30 pp. Drinks are included: Cokes, Juices, Beer, etc. I think only the tequila isn’t included, and I discovered this from the other two guests in our group. My only hitch about the buffet wasn’t from the food, but from the guide timeline. I like to sample everything, but really didn’t get to because we were herded toward another final activity before departing. 😒 The final stop was with a Mayan “medicine-man”. I love the continuity of traditions, and for this, I respect the inclusion. However, I’d rather been offered the choice to be left out of this experience so I could enjoy the buffet dessert options a little longer. Note for Grayline: maybe you should give your guests the option to participate or remain at the buffet. Just a thought. I thought the Mayan recognition of generational responsibility to community and heritage was beautiful, but I didn’t exactly appreciate being ushered in the “blessing” and then “tips” expected from participants. For me, give me the history and “option”. I don’t mind making contributions to keep local history alive, but it really cheapens the experience when you’re part of an “act” IMO. This doesn’t diminish my 5-star rating. Why? Because I believe all of it was worth the $98/adult & $78/child deal! We had an amazing driver, a nice breakfast snack to hold us over until lunch, a terrific guide, beat the annoying crowds, phenomenal buffet lunch, and excellent means of transport. We got to sit back and enjoy a fully catered day by Grayline! We left Chichén Itzá around 1:10 pm and arrived at our resort at 3:30 pm. It was a spectacular day, and I’d recommend this package for any family looking to get the best of and informational and culturally exquisite tour! Things to consider: 1) Purchase early because this is a small-group tour. Usually discounts are offered through Grayline’s site. 2) Go early morning if possible to beat both crowds and merchants. If you’re easily annoyed by being confronted to purchase something, remember Grayline can’t control this, and this happens to be the sellers only means of income. They’re just trying to provide for families at home, so if it bothers you, remember it’s supply and demand: Chichén supplies tourists in a centrally located area and their family needs demand they capitalize on the opportunity. It’s the nature of the beast. 3) Wear bug repellent. I use peppermint essential oil on my clothes/shoes and this prevented sunburn and bug bites. 4) Wear sunscreen and appropriate attire. High-heels May look cute, but those blisters won’t. The terrain is basically dirt paths. There’s moderate walking along these to the archaeological sites, and there are also uneven brick walkways to the buffet area. It gets hot as the day wears on too. Wear comfortable, light clothing and tennis shoes if possible. If you’re like my perfectly shaped-headed husband (bald), then a cap or head-covering isn’t a bad idea. 5) Although the package offered the use of the Mayaland facilities like a pool, etc, We didn’t get to take advantage of this. I had brought swimming stuff in the hopes of this, but I could have lightened my load had I left it at the hotel. The van is secured, so you may leave items in the protective care of your driver with no worries. 6) The drive to Chichén from Cancun gets COLD 🥶 Bring a light blanket or sweater for the trip to Chichén Itzá (This is where my beach gear worked out-I gave a beach towel to my son, and I luckily brought a light sweater thinking about this ahead of time). 7) If you’re diabetic or get hangry easily, have a snack on hand. You start the tour around 7:45 am, and you won’t see the light of lunch until 11:45ish. I have to eat every 3 hours, soooo.... I was starving by lunch... Walking and the heat only intensified my hunger. ;-) 8) Carry Water and Stay hydrated. Bathroom facilities are at the beginning where entrance tickets are purchased. You won’t see another until 1.5 hours later near the temple. 9) Be at the pickup 15 minutes before your scheduled time (They arrive early!). Have your mobile pass or printed pass on hand because you won’t be allowed on the van until your reservation is verified with the driver. 10) The guide and driver are great! Gratuities are appreciated, and I recommend at minimum an 10% tip of what your tour cost for both driver & guide. 11) I can almost guarantee if a reviewer had a bad experience it wasn’t because of Grayline. It’s probably because they had unrealistic expectations or a horrible attitude. Grayline goes above and beyond on the Open the Gate tour. The group is small and personal, and Hilario and Hilda go above and beyond to bring you the most amazing experience! 12) Prepare for an amazing time! Enjoy! 😉
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    San Antonio, Texas
    Way to Go
    ROBERTO at Mayaland GrayLine Tours guided us carefully through the airport private chauffeur service to and from our hotel - Hilton Playa del Carmen. Our drivers of the Mercedes Bentz well air conditioned vehicles were pleasant and accommodating.
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    Comfortable transportation from airport
    We were booked for shared round trip transportation from the airport to our hotel in Riviera Maya. Once we arrived to Cancun and made it through the crazy busy airport, we found the Gay Line staff member to take us to the van. We were given cold water bottles and a carnation for my wife. After waiting a few minutes for the rest of the passengers, the staff informed us we would be having a private transfer instead. The van was newer, clean, and cool. On our trip back to the airport, every seat was full, which was expected. The driver was very friendly and talkative, but only when my wife asked questions, which was appreciated. The only issue we had was the driver accidentally gave one of our suitcases to another couple at the first terminal drop off. We should have been able to see this happen from inside the van but we didn't think to look. The other couple should have noticed they were given two suitcases instead of their one, and they didn't. After a quick ride from our terminal back to the first drop off point we were able to get our suitcase. Not all fault to the driver and all was good. We would choose to ride with Gray Line again.
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