Oct 25 - Nov 11, 2019
18 days
$8,840per person, twin share (land content only). $1,950 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Chloë Sayer
Oct 25 - Nov 11, 2019

Tour Leader

Chloë Sayer$8,840per person, twin share (land content only). $1,950 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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Discover the history and culture of Mexico, from ancient civilisations to colourful folk traditions and the birth of a modern culture, epitomised by Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera. This new 18-day tour begins in Mexico City and then travels through Oaxaca and on to the Yucatan Peninsula. It explores the multiple layers of Mexico’s history, taking you to the ancient sites of the Aztecs and Mayans, the fusion of cultures following Spanish colonisation at Puebla, and the survival of folk culture in Mexico’s villages. The tour is timed to coincide with the spectacular Days of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca.


  • The archaeology of Mesoamerica and its peoples: Aztecs, Maya, Mixtec and Zapotecs
  • The origins of Mexico City, once a thriving Aztec lakeside metropolis called Tenochtitlan
  • The profound impact of Spanish colonialism, from the 16th century onwards
  • Days of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca, with elaborate rituals and flower-laden shrines
  • The compelling story of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and their involvement in the Mexican and Russian Revolutions


  • Teotihuacan’s vast and mysterious pyramids, dating from the 1st century BC
  • The UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Monte Alban and Chichen Itza
  • Stay in the heart of Oaxaca city, during the Days of the Dead celebrations
  • Colourful colonial architecture in Puebla and its exquisite tile-covered churches
  • A boat trip through the jungle to the remote pyramids of Yaxhilan
  • The contrasts of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, in life and art
  • The natural beauty of Mexico’s highlands, Popocatepetl Volcano and Celestun’s Flamingos

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–4: Mexico City and the Aztec precinct. Diego Rivera’s murals in Coyoacan, Teotihuacan’s pyramids.

Days 5–10: Travel to picturesque Puebla and on to flower-festooned Oaxaca for the Days of the Dead. Archaeology at Mitla and Monte Alban; the market town of Ocotlan de Morelos.

Days 11–14: Mountainous San Cristobal de las Casas and surrounding indigenous communities. Ancient Palenque, Bonampak and Yaxchilan in the jungle. Coastal Campeche.

Days 15–18: The Yucatan Peninsula from a historic hacienda, the Maya at Uxmal and Chichen Itza, a boat trip to view flamingos and colonial Merida.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

Qantas, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights to and from Mexico City, with connections through the USA. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Detailed Itinerary

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming months. Bookings are open for this tour, however if you would like to receive the detailed itinerary booklet once available, please register your interest below and we will send you a copy.

Chloë Sayer

Is a specialist in the art and culture of Mexico. She has curated exhibitions and published numerous books about Mexico.

She regularly lectures for the Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), and has led several cultural tours to Mexico.

Chloë studied languages at Trinity College, Dublin. A fluent Spanish-speaker, she has made ethnographic collections and carried out fieldwork in Mexico for the British Museum. In 2015 she guest-curated the exhibition ¡Viva México! Clothing and Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, where she is a Research Associate. Based in London, she is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain.

Chloë has lectured for galleries, museums and cultural institutions in Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Ireland, Mexico and New Zealand. She has also worked on television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. Her many books include Arts and Crafts of Mexico (1990), Textiles from Mexico (2002), and Fiesta: Days of the Dead and other Mexican Festivals (2009). In 2016 the Mexican government awarded her the prestigious Ohtli medal to thank her for her commitment to Mexican culture.

Chloë led her first Mexican tour for Academy Travel in 2013. Visits to ancient archaeological sites and splendid colonial cities are combined with trips to small villages where craft and festive traditions endure. She remains fascinated by Mexico’s strong and enduring visual culture, and enjoys sharing her passion for Mexico with like-minded travellers.

We asked Chloë, what can we expect on a tour to Mexico?

“Modern Mexico has been shaped by well over 3,000 years of history. It’s wonderful to peel back the cultural layers, and see how much remains. On this trip we will enjoy Mexico’s dramatic landscapes, fine art and folk art, buildings and street markets, food and music — all the things that the artist Frida Kahlo loved. But we will also meet Mexicans in their homes and workshops.”

“The highlight will surely be the Day of the Dead, when Mexicans welcome back the souls of the departed. It is this fusion of artistic expression with human warmth and wit that makes Mexico so special. Past travellers have commented on my enthusiasm. Most have ended up sharing my affection and admiration for Mexican culture.” 

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Hotels will be selected principally for their central location, often within walking distance to the museums, galleries and performance venues visited on tour. We generally use a range of 4-star hotels, suitable to group stays, throughout all our tours.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

Fitness rating

Grade 2

A Grade 2 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:
Hannah Kleboe (02) 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
(outside Sydney)

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