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Book excursions prior to or upon arrival?

Herndon, Virginia
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Book excursions prior to or upon arrival?

We will be honeymooning in late September at the Now Sapphire resort. We booked through Delta Vacations, which gave us the option of booking from a list of about 40 different excursions/activities. However, they don't list which tour companies they use nor do they give you options. They just list the type of activity and the price. So this begs the question of "Can I find this cheaper after I arrive?"

My logic is that they'll give you a listing price now, when it's six months down the road, and they don't care to negotiate. But the day of, or a couple of days before, they'll be freaking out trying to fill the bus to pay for gas out to Chichen Itza, etc. Does anyone have experience with this? Are there preferred/reliable tour companies? Are there better priced companies? Our main interest (at a minimum) is getting out to Chichen Itza. I'm an events planner, so I like to have all the facts way ahead of time.

Thanks in advance for the info!

Texas
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1. Re: Book excursions prior to or upon arrival?

I also like to have all of the fact ahead of time. I am a planner.

I would most definitely wait. Not only for the reasons you mentioned but you may also find something else you may want to do between now and then.There will be reputable tour companies at desks at your hotel that can provide information on tours to Chichen Itza and all over the area.

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2. Re: Book excursions prior to or upon arrival?

wait till you get their

It will likely be cheaper

These will likely be big bus tours (pickup at a number of resorts)

Or you can try smaller companies (more $$) like Yucatours, Edventures, etc

Most of the places on the ocean coast are easy for DIY

Read the posts over the next few weeks, use the search feature, or look at the Top Questions

Visit the other forums as well

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3. Re: Book excursions prior to or upon arrival?

We are looking forward to using Yukatreks in 20 days!

1. Chicken Itza, Vallolodid, and Ek Balum

2. Coba, Tulum

We have two private tours scheduled. We are using them because of the knowledge they have, and its a timing thing. We want to come and go as we please, and stop at other things along the way if we so desire. And they came highly recommended by many on TA.

Texas
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We wait until we get there since we like to avoid commitments while on vacation. We do research and start thinking about options a few weeks prior to going, we'll snap a picture of pricing on our phones if we see a good deal online. After we get to the resort we find one of the vendors at the hotel that can answer all of our questions then we negotiate and/or book.

Sometimes we see better packages or stuff we weren't aware of once we're there in person.

Our travelling friends are the exact opposite. They want to book asap, sometimes before we even have a resort picked. They want to do Playacrawl in August and I'm not really sure we want to do it at all, let alone book it 5 months before we'll actually be there. We feel like $70/pp to be escorted to bars that are open to the public is a bit steep, especially when we want to avoid loud/crowded/crazy bars to begin with. I want to do tons more research before spending that much money!! Different strokes for different folks :-)

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I used a travel agent for one trip in 2005 and have booked direct ever since. the only problem with the travel agent is that the excursions we prepaid for over $700, the company had no record when we go there. so now we book through the resort and then book the tours when we want to do them one at at time. i am like one of the previous posts, no need to plan. We do on a whim. We learned the first time, and we have been 6 times now, don't spend all of your time on excursions or you will be more exhausted when you return vs. when you left.

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6. Re: Book excursions prior to or upon arrival?

Just like booking car rentals and airport transfers through your travel agent

Mostly a 3rd party and crap shoot

Book with those recommended via this site

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Do your research in advance and book once you are there. Agree 100% with KelliandDoug. I don't want to commit in advance. Sometimes you arrive at a resort and find there are more than enough things to do there or in the immediate area. Last year while staying at GBP I found a great price for a trip to Xel Ha from the booth at the hotel. This was toward the end of our vacation. At this time we were ready for a little change of scenery.

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I avoid commitments as well. You never know what can happen between now and zen.

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TA needs a LIKE button.

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