Vail, Breckenridge and Cancun ski itinerary

Get your snowy ski fix in two of North Americas best ski resorts before heading to the sun, sea and sand of Cancun in Mexico where you can relax on the white sands as the crystal clear waters lap at your sun-drenched feet. 

At a glance:

- Ski the powder-filled bowls of Vail's huge ski area
- Soak in the old mining town character of Breckenridge
- Ride the highest lift in North America to its lofty 3,960m summit and seriously snow sure slopes
- Vail and Breckenridge are both on the same lift pass
- Fly down to Cancun to enjoy the white sands, turquoise water and vibrant parties (or Mayan temples and otherworldly cenotes)

All of our itineraries are based around what you want, so we can chop and change anything or create a holiday completely bespoke to you. Give us a call on 02089 390 862 or enquire online.

endless snowy ski bowls of vail
old mining town, Breckenridge ski resort
Cancun multi centre, ski break

Vail, Breckenridge and Cancun ski itinerary:

  • Fly into Denver international airport and catch a two and a half hour transfer out to Vail ski resort.
  • Vail - stay here for around 5 nights, try the 4* Hotel Talisa for ski in, ski out convenience (it has its own chairlift). Make sure to explore Vail's huge back-country bowls, hire a guide to get the most out of the experience.
  • Transfer to Breckenridge, it takes around an hour to get between the two.
  • Breckenridge - stay here for a further 5 nights, 3* Beaver Run Resort is a great option if you like your own space, with large ski in, ski out self-catering apartments. You'll be a 10 minute walk from the town centre so you can easily explore the old mining towns bars, restaurants and shops.
  • Both Vail and Breckenridge are included on the same lift pass (epic pass) as are nearby Beaver Creek and Keystone. The resorts are all linked by bus so it's easy to take day trips out to the other two resorts if you fancy.
  • Transfer back to Denver airport for your flight down to Cancun in Mexico and onto your accommodation of choice.
  • Stay for 7 nights in Cancun or down the coast on Playa del Carmen or the Mayan Riviera. There's a wide range of accommodation to choose from. All inclusive resorts to B&B hotels in town. You can relax on the beach, party all night or visit the Mayan temples or the alluring cenotes (thought to be gateways to the underworld).
  • Fly home from Cancun, the flight time is around 12 hours 15 minutes, return skied out and tanned up.

From around £2,500 per person based on two sharing. Each itinerary is completely tailor-made. Give us a call on 0208 939 0862 and we can tweak any or all of this to be completely bespoke to you.

Vail Breckenridge and Cancun multi centre ski holiday
cancun multi centre ski holiday

Cancun, the Mayan Riviera and Playa del Carmen

A direct flight from Denver to Cancun takes around 3 hours 50 minutes, flying 4 to 8 times a day. It makes it simple to catch a bit of sun after your ski holiday.

Cancun has miles of fantastic beaches. White sands as far as the eye can see flanked by rich coral reefs and road-less islands just off the coast. There's plenty to do in the day including various water sports, beach walks and island hopping. When evening comes around, the nightlife is vibrant with plenty of opportunities to let your hair down and dance.There are some spectacular clubs with a thriving live music scene, or, if it's a quieter time your after, then the food scene is exquisite. From fine dining to the nightly street food taco tours for a tasty bite.

Along the coast are Playa del Carmen and the Mayan Riviera with luxury beach resorts and plenty of all-inclusive offerings if that's more your cup of tea. 

There's plenty to do besides the obvious and below are our 5 recommendations for things to do besides sunbath on the beach and drink margaritas all day.

5 experiences worth a look at in and around Cancun:

1. Explore the Mayan ruins

There are plenty around depending on how far you want to travel. Coba, Chichen Itza and Tulum are all an easy day trip away and offer some spectacular sites. However, there is also a site much closer to home. El Rey is in Cancun's hotel zone so you may be able to walk there depending on where you're staying. It's named after a skeleton that was unearthed here and comes complete with 47 stone statues Showing a Mayan heritage dating back to 1250AD.

An added bonus is that the ruins have been occupied by hundreds of iguanas which makes for some novel photo opportunities.

Mayan ruins, extend your stay in Cancun

2. Swim in the cenotes

A cenote is a natural swimming hole formed by the collapse of a limestone cave. The vast majority are freshwater pools where the water has been extensively filtered through the rocks making it so clear and pure you can see everything in the water with utmost clarity, quite remarkable.

The Mayans believed they were gateways through which to speak to the gods and when you're swimming through turquoise waters flanked by towering cliffs and giant tropical trees, it's not hard to imagine that is the case.

The Ik Kil cenote is one of the most well known and around a two hour drive from Cancun. Though with around 7,000 naturally occurring cenotes in Mexico, there's plenty to choose from. 

Cacun city add on to ski break

3. Take a ferry to Isla Mujeres

It's a quick 15 minute ferry ride from bustling Cancun to enjoy a much more relaxed island life. There are no roads so everyone gets around on golf carts to the various delightful beaches. The water seems even more turquoise here though that could just be the quiet. It's prime time to relax into your holiday read or try something slightly more adventurous by checking out the turtle farm or going for a snorkel.

Come evening the dining and nightlife are once again at a much more relaxed pace than Cancun, we'd highly recommend spending plenty of time here.

Ferries run from around 5am till 9pm or you can stay over on the island if you fancy.

Cenotes near Cancun, city add on

4. MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte)

This is a contemporary museum of art in the waters around Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizac. English Sculptor Jason deCaires was hired to create 500 individual sculptures to be placed under the water to demonstrate the interaction between art and the environment. 

The sculptures are made from materials designed to promote coral growth so not only are they bringing tourists away from the underpressure reefs they're actually promoting new reef growth in otherwise barren areas.

You can see the sculptures by snorkling, in a glass bottom boat or by scuba diving. Most a re life size human figures than create an eerie forgotton world under the ocean. Well worth a day exploring.

MUSA, city add on to ski break

5. Xcarat and Xel-ha

These parks are part of a group of eco-friendly offerings. Xsenses is a sister park offering a slightly different experience, with Xensus (as you can probably guess) offering an immersive experience for the senses.

Xcarat like Xel-ha is a sort of natural outdoor aquarium offering a range of activities from relaxing in cenotes to underground rivers and Mexican history. Snorkle with hundreds of colourful fish or relax in the hammocks, there's plenty to explore and entertain the entire family.

 

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