July 24 – August 3, 2017
Price per person in DBL room: $2,487.00
Price per person in SGL room: $2,757.00
Breakfast and lunch or dinner daily.
Lectures by Dr. Rashidi
The goal of the tour is to see all twenty of the Olmec heads on one visit. To my knowledge this has never been done before. Few people have actually seen all twenty heads. Runoko Rashidi is one of those few.
The Olmec civilization of Mexico is one of the world’s great civilizations and the parent civilization of the Americas. It is the American equivalent to the Nile Valley civilization of Africa and began four-thousand years ago. At the heart of the Olmec civilization are twenty gigantic stone heads–all of them with African features. On this tour, for the first time in history, we intend to visit all twenty of the heads in the course of one tour. This makes the tour historic. In addition to the heads themselves, all of the major Olmec artifacts in Mexico will be viewed. You will visit the site of the first city in the Americas, the first pyramid in the Americas and the largest pyramid in the Americas. And all of this with the noted historian Runoko Rashidi. This is a tour that you don’t want to miss. I invite you to be a part of history and join a tour that has been years in the making and planning. Mexico is a safe and friendly place and we are going to give you an experience like never before. And, of course, there will be time for shopping and time on your own for you to spend as you like! It is a trip of a lifetime! So come to Mexico with me!
Here is your itinerary:
DAY 1 – Monday, July 24 – Arrival Mexico City
Depart New York Kennedy airport via DELTA AIRLINES flight 481 at 915 a.m.
Arrive Mexico City at 1:31 p.m. You will be welcomed by one of our drivers and be brought to your hotel for Check- in. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening welcome dinner, meet and drink. Overnight stay. Hotel Plaza Florencia (Dinner)
DAY 2 – Tuesday, July 25 – Mexico City Tour
After breakfast, you will explore the city. You will visit the historical center to see the Zócalo (the Place of the Constitution), one of the world’s largest city squares, the National Palace and the Black Christ at Cathedral Metropolitan. Driving tour of the major highlights. Furthermore, you will visit the tomb of Vicente Guerrero at Cemetery San Fernando and the National Museum of Anthropology where you will see the first two Olmec heads.
Evening Mariachi cultural performance.
Overnight: Hotel Plaza Florencia (Breakfast/Lunch)
DAY 3 – Wednesday, July 26 – Pyramids of Teotihuacan
After breakfast you will visit the ancient city of Teotihuacán, located about 60 km north of Mexico City. This complex of pyramids was once Mesoamerica’s greatest city. The original name remains a mystery, but the Aztecs named it the “City of Gods” when they found it as they could not believe that humans have built such grand structures. Climbing the pyramids you will have an incredible view over the whole territory.
Shopping in the afternoon.
Overnight: Hotel Plaza Florence (Breakfast/Lunch)
DAY 4, Thursday July 27 – Mexico City – Xalapa
After breakfast, you will be taken to Xalapa (about a 4 hours drive). On the bus Dr. Rashidi will provide an overview of the African presence in the Olmec world. In the afternoon you will have time to visit the Anthropology Museum on a guided tour by Dr. Rashidi. Seven of the Olmec heads are in this one museum alone. Have time if you like for a walk around the beautiful city center.
Overnight: Villa Las Margaritas (Breakfast/Lunch)
DAY 5 – Friday, July 28 – Xalapa – Santiago Tuxtla
After breakfast, you will be taken to the pleasant little town of Santiago Tuxtla (about 3.5 hours drive). Visit the museums in the afternoon. On this day you will see the two Tres Zapotes Olmec heads, including the head with the braids and the first of the heads identified. You will also see the Cobata head–the largest of the Olmec heads. You will also see the Olmec artifact called El Negro. It is one of the most impressive and spectacular of the Olmec artifacts. Enjoy a relaxing evening in the small and picturesque Mexican town.
Overnight: Tuxtla: Gran Santiago Plaza (Breakfast/Dinner)
DAY 6 – Saturday, July 29 Santiago Tuxtla – Villahermosa
Drive to Villahermosa, stopping at village La Venta, Tabasco, to see the archeological area. In La Venta you will see three additional Olmec heads and have the opportunity to climb the first known pyramid in the Americas. These are the least known Olmec heads.
Overnight in Villahermosa: La Venta Inn (Breakfast/Lunch)
DAY 7 – Sunday, July 30 – Villahermosa
City tour of Villahermosa, including La Venta Park and Museum, statue of Vicente Guerrero and anthropology Museum. In La Venta Park you will see three of the La Venta Olmec heads, a rare statue of an Olmec goddess and the statue of the ancient Olmec astronomer called The Watcher. Lunch. Do some shopping. Dinner on your own.
Overnight stay: La Venta Inn (Breakfast/Lunch)
DAY 8 – Monday, July 31 – San Lorenzo
Drive to the town of San Lorenzo–the site of the first city in the Americas–to see the twentieth and final Olmec head!
Return to Villahermosa.
Overnight. : La Venta Inn (Breakfast/ Dinner
DAY 9 – Tuesday, Aug 01 – Villahermosa – Mexico City
Transfer to the airport for Aero Mexico airlines flight 512 at 3:25 p.m
Arrive Mexico City at 5:25p.m. You are met and transferred to hotel.
Rest of evening at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Plaza Florence. (Breakfast)
DAY 10, -Wednesday, Aug. 02, Tula
Day at leisure. OR
OPTIONAL TOUR at additional cost $60.00 – Tour to the mysterious archaeological site of Tula.
Evening: Farewell dinner and round table discussion with Dr. Rashidi.
Overnight: Hotel Plaza Florence (Breakfast/dinner)
DAY 11 – Thursday, Aug. 03
Today transfer to the airport for departure on DELTA AIRLINES flight 948 at 2:25p.m. Arrive New York Kennedy 8:50 p.m. Breakfast
End of Services.
Roundtrip air transportation via Delta Airlines from New York
Travel over land via air conditioned motor coach
5 nights Hotel Plaza Florencia,Mexico City
– 1 night Vila Las Margaritas, Xalapa
– 1 night Gran Santiago Plaza Hotel, Santiago, Tuxtla
– 3 nights La Venta Inn, Villahermosa
*Hotel taxes and service fees
* Meals as outlined B =Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
* All transfers to and from the airport
*Certified English speaking local tour guides throughout
*All departure taxes
Tips: to guide(s), drivers and hotel personnel
Baggage: excess baggage – (allowance 2 pieces at 50 pounds per piece)
Travel Insurance: Strongly recommended
Personal expenses: meals and drinks not included in the itinerary, items of personal nature – telephone, laundry, etc
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RUNOKO RASHIDI TOUR TO MEXICO
JULY 24 – AUGUST 3, 2017
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