8 days in Chicago & Riviera Maya Itinerary

8 days in Chicago & Riviera Maya Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Krakow, Poland
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Chicago, United States
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  7 h 30 min
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  19 h
End: Krakow, Poland

3
nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, and pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chicago day trip app.

Krakow, Poland to Chicago is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Krakow to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Krakow in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Chicago: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

2
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Tulum Archaeological Site). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip planning site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Playa del Carmen in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in September; daily highs in Playa del Carmen reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tulum
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling

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