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Merida City & Shopping Tour

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Merida City & Shopping Tour

See the sights of Merida on this Yucatan tour that will help you appreciate the area's storied past. Merida, the largest Yucatan city, was founded back in 1542, and you'll encounter many historic attractions that date back to that time. You're in for a fun history lesson!

When you arrive in Merida, you'll head over to the centro historico district. Here, you'll find various colonial residences and structures that line the streets; these buildings lie in different states of disrepair and provide a glimpse at the history of the area, which has seen its share of revolts.

Some of the major sites you'll visit include the Cathedral de San IIdefonso, Montejo's House and the Government Palace. These structures date as far back as the late 1500s, so you can see how the city's architecture progress over the centuries. You'll also stop by the Main Square with your guide and hear anecdotes about the city's culture. There will also be some time to do some shopping in the area.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Cultural, Shopping
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Outside the Cruise Terminal. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and footwear (sneakers, walking shoes, etc).
This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
5 Stars5Based On 15 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsFantastic TourNovember 20, 2019

Reviewer: Trish Leachman
My friend and I took this tour on 11/13/19 with Areli. We took the free bus from the pier into town and we’re directed to the tour office. We waited for the other 4 people on our tour then we were off. Our tour guide, Areli Montoya, was fantastic! She told us all about the history of the area and the Colonial settlers. I had no idea this area had so much European influence and had been so wealthy. The mansions were beautiful. We toured the first governors mansion, a cathedral and spent some time in a local handmade market before lunch at a local restaurant, La Parrilla, where they took great care of us. I can’t recommend this tour enough! We left the restaurant and spend some time in the rkbfor pictures then were returned to the pier in plenty of time to shop for souvenirs before boarding. If you are looking for some cultural experience, book this tour with Areli. I will easily recommend this tour to all my clients!

5 StarsGreat Guide and Great ServiceOctober 18, 2019

Reviewer: Gary Black
We didn't complete this tour in the normal fashion, but . . . As we re-boarded the tour van after our first stop, my wife stepped off the curb and into a hole causing her to fall. This resulted in a scrapped knee and sprained ankle. The tour guide (unfortunately I don't remember her name) was wonderful. She enlisted the aid of a nearby police officer and we were escorted to the police station where paramedics attended to my wife's injuries. We were offered the option to have the van return us to the ship, but declined so others could complete their tour while we waited in the van and enjoyed the lovely architecture of center city Merida. Upon return to the ship, our guide arranged a wheel chair and escorted my wife and myself back to the ship where she was also checked by the ship's medical personnel. The service from our tour guide was absolutely outstanding and we will be returning to Merida (already booked the cruise) and hopefully we will be able to successfully complete the tour.

4 StarsMerida tourOctober 11, 2019

Reviewer: Bob
The guide for this tour Areli was exceptional. She has a great knowledge both of the city and it's history. She was willing to answer any question and her english is very good. She was willing to make special requests and even stopped at a Mcdonalds for a restroom stop for some of the elderly on our tour. The office for the tour company was a bit run down but the office staff was very friendly and tried to make everyone feel comfortable. The tour part was excellent. The shopping not so much. We were taken to a small group of shops(arranged by the tour operators) very touristy and way overpriced we were also taken to lunch(place also arranged by the tour operator) which was also expensive and not really authentic. I would have rather visited the central market in Merida and looked about the stalls and ate. Overall the experience was good except for Areli and she was exceptional.

5 StarsGreat TourMay 28, 2019

Reviewer: David Morgan
This was our second stop on our Cruise. Areli, was a great tour guide. Very informative, and patient. Even though I use a cane she didn't rush us through anything, we saw and learned alot about the Mayan tradition and customs. There was a good restaurant that we ate a good lunch at, and shopping was great also. I could have stayed all day. A great tour and I recommend it to anyone.

5 StarsMeridaMay 21, 2019

Nice tour, shopping limited but complete

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