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Von Mexiko nach Guatemala

  • Besichtigung der faszinierenden Ruinen von Teotihuacan
  • Weltkulturerbe Monte Albán
  • Besuch der berühmten Ruinen von Chichén Itzá & Palenque
  • Entspannung in Playa del Carmen
  • Antigua - eine der schönsten Kolonialstädte Zentralamerikas
  • Tikal - eine der bedeutendsten Stätte der Maya
  • Bootstour auf dem Rio Dulce
  • Traumstrände der Koralleninsel Caye Caulker
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22 Tage Mexiko · Belize · Guatemala

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Auf dieser Rundreise von Mexiko City nach Guatemala erwarten dich die einzigartige Kultur und Landschaften Mexikos, die tropische Insel Caye Caulker, imposante Ruinenstätten und koloniale Städte. Erforsche die Ruinen von Palenque, Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza und Tikal, schlendere durch schöne Kolonialstädte wie San Cristobal de las Casas, Merida und Antigua und entdecke wundervolle Natur. Erlebe die Höhepunkte dieser vielseitigsten Region in Mittelamerika bei dieser abwechslungsreichen Rundreise.

1. Tag: Mexico City
2. Tag: Puebla
3. Tag: Oaxaca
4. Tag: Nachtbus nach San Cristóbal
5.-7. Tag: San Cristóbal
8.-9. Tag: Palenque
10.-11. Tag: Mérida
12.-13. Tag: Playa del Carmen
14.-16. Tag: Caye Caulker
17.-18. Tag: San Ignacio
19. Tag: Flores
20. Tag: Rio Dulce
21.-22. Tag: Antigua

Leistungen enthalten

  • Mittelamerika Rundreise lt. Programm
  • Transport, Unterkunft und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Sehenswürdigkeiten wie beschrieben:
    • Geführter Besuch der Ruinen von Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Palenque, Chichen Itza & Tikal
    • San Cristóbal Village Tour
    • Caye Caulker
    • Bootstour Rio Dulce nach Livingston

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Internationale Flüge (gerne über uns buchbar)
  • nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
  • Trinkgelder, persönliche Ausgaben
  • Reiseversicherungen
  • Visumgebühren
  • Flughafen- und Ausreisesteuern
  • Flughafentransfers

Unterbringung

20x Mittelklasse-Hotels
1x Nachtbus

Verpflegung

14x Frühstück

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachige Reiseleitung

Transportarten

Öffentliche / gemietete Busse, Boot, Privatfahrzeug

Zusätzliche Übernachtungen

Tourhotel in Mexiko City
Einzelzimmer: 50 EUR
Doppelzimmer: 27 EUR p.P.
Zweibettzimmer: 27 EUR p.P.

Tourhotel in Antigua
Einzelzimmer: 53 EUR
Doppelzimmer: 33 EUR p.P.
Zweibettzimmer: 33 EUR p.P.

Flughafentransfer

Mexiko City
pro Fahrzeug (maximal 3 Personen): 57 EUR

Antigua
pro Fahrzeug (maximal 3 Personen): 57 EUR

Optionale Ausflüge / Zusatzleistungen

SAN CRISTÓBAL:
Na Bolom Museum (ehemaliges Haus der Anthropologen Frans und Trudy Blom) MXN50
Sumidero Canyon US$25

PALENQUE:
Bootsfahrt Atitlan See US$25
Nima'ya de Atitlan US$5
Dörfer des Atitlan per Fähre US$5

MÉRIDA:
Anthropologisches Museum MXN30
Merida City Tour - kostenfrei
Uxmal Ruinen ca. US$65
Zenoten US$44 (Schwimmen und Schnorcheln)
Hop-on hop-off Bus US$8

CAYE CAULKER:
Schnorcheln halber/ganzer Tag US$45-80
Scuba Diving Blue Hole US$290
Nacht-Schnorchelausflug US$70
Flug über Blue Hole US$200 p.P. (mind. 3 Personen)

SAN IGNACIO:
Tubing US$100
ATM Caves US$95
Kanufahren US$85
Caracol Ruinen US$95
Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve US$85

ANTIGUA:
Aufstieg auf den Pacaya Vulkan US$20
Geführter Stadtrundgang US$30
Kurs zur Schokoladenherstellung US$30
Kaffeefarmtour US$25

Bitte beachte, dass sich die angegebenen Preis jederzeit ändern können.
Day 1 - Arrive Mexico City
The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Mexico City is the world's most populated city with over 20 million people. Founded by Spanish conquerors in 1521, Mexico's capital sits at 2309 metres above sea level and was built on the site of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. The extensive metro system and trolley buses make getting around easy and there is certainly plenty to see and do here.

A good starting point is the main plaza, the enormous Zócalo, where you will find the impressive Catedral y Sagrario Metropolitano, the main cathedral of Mexico City, with a magnificent Latin-Baroque style façade. Remember to look through the glass flooring outside of the church to see the ancient Aztec city beneath. Just behind the cathedral are the Aztec ruins of the ancient Teocali, which were only discovered in 1978. You can also visit the world famous Anthropology Museum and the National Palace where you can see murals depicting the history of Mexico by one of the country's most famous artists Diego Riviera. A museum dedicated to his equally famous wife, Frieda Kahlo, is located in her childhood home in Coyoacán. In the evening you can enjoy a spicy Mexican dinner and maybe a few tequilas in the Zona Rosa while enjoying music performed by a mariachi band.

Accommodation
1 night in  a hotel at Hotel El Salvador or similar.

Day 2 - Puebla
Before heading to Puebla we take a short bus journey from Mexico City to the ancient site of Teotihuacan where we can enjoy a guided tour. Here you will see an amazing abandoned city built around 300 BC by a civilisation now lost in the mists of time. The historic complex is a fascinating combination of ceremonial pyramids, such as the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the Ciudadela, which are connected by the Street of the Dead, palaces, old temples and the Plaza of the Sun. The buildings are decorated with friezes and other ornate artworks. Heading back to Mexico City we board a comfortable bus to Puebla on a two hour journey. In Puebla you can admire the Spanish colonial architecture and try a mole poblano, a rich spicy sauce containing chocolate, cinnamon and nuts.

We continue to one of Mexico's oldest towns, Puebla, which means "City of the Angels". Set in a valley with a dramatic backdrop of volcanoes and snow-topped peaks, Puebla is a fascinating old colonial town founded in 1531. The historic city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site partly due to its impressively preserved Spanish colonial architecture. Puebla is the best place to try mole poblano, a rich, spicy sauce containing chocolate, cinnamon and nuts, as well as different types of hot peppers, often served over chicken.

Included Excursions
Guided tour of Teotihuacán ruins

Accommodation
1 night in a hotel at Hotel Alhondiga or similar.

Day 3 - Oaxaca
Next on our list is Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ka), a beautiful city bordered by mountains and thick forests, with a very pleasant Plaza de la Constitución where you can eat, drink and watch the world go by. After getting taxis to the bus terminal we will spend 4-5 hours travelling in first class to Oaxaca. Sample tasty street food and admire the colourful colonial buildings in this attractive town.

Accommodation
1 night in a hotel at Meson del Rey or similar.

Meals
1 Breakfast

Day 4 - Night Bus to San Cristóbal
From Oaxaca we include a guided excursion of Monte Albán, the holy city of the ancient Zapotecs located 400 metres above the Oaxaca valley. There are many structures to explore around the Grand Plaza including numerous tombs, ceremonial altars, tunnels, pyramids and palaces, many decorated by glyphs, paintings and intricate carvings. After enjoying the charms of Oaxaca we take an overnight bus to San Cristóbal de las Casas.

Included Excursions
Guided tour of Monte Albán ruins

Accommodation
1 night on an overnight sleeper bus.

Day 5 to 7 - San Cristóbal

Ascending into the mountainous Chiapas region we arrive at the fascinating colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Situated in the middle of the highlands, here you will find Mexico's richest example of indigenous culture, as it is surrounded by 21 indigenous villages with distinct languages, dress and customs. Red tiled houses painted in brilliant colours dominate the city, maintaining a delightful provincial charm. There are numerous interesting museums to see such as the Amber Museum, the Coffee Museum, the Maya Medicine Museum, and the 'Na Bolom' Cultural Centre.

We can enjoy an included tour of the nearby villages where you can buy beautifully made local handicrafts and get a true feel for how modern descendents of the ancient Maya people live today. The tour gives you a fascinating insight into their pre-Columbian beliefs and their daily struggle to be heard in what is one of Mexico's most isolated regions.

There is also an option to visit the stunning Sumidero Canyon on a guided speedboat tour along a 30 kilometre section of the Grijalva river to the hydro-electric dam. There are plenty of opportunities to photograph local wildlife such as birds, crocodiles and iguanas. The cliffs towering over the river reach 100 metres at the highest point, which will provide a dramatic backdrop to your pictures.

Included Excursions
San Cristóbal village tour

Optional Excursions

Na Bolom Museum, the old house of Frans and Trudy Blom, an anthropologist and archaeologist, who worked with the Lacandon Indians - MXN50 • Canyon Sumidero. A tour to a deep impressive canyon, where you can spot several sun-bathing crocodiles - US$25

Accommodation
3 night(s) in hotels at Palacio de Moctezuma or similar.

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 8 to 9 - Palenque
Next we take a scenic and lengthy bus journey to Palenque. You will pass beautiful views as we travel for nine hours to the town and ruins of Palenque, famous for the tombs found filled with riches in honour of the renowned Lord Pakal and the Red Queen. This archaeological site houses more than 200 structures including a series of hilltop temples, towers, tombs and pyramids surrounded by steamy jungle. The most important constructions, which date back to the Classical period (400-700 AD) are the Temple of the Inscriptions, the Crypt, the Palace complex, the Temple of the Cross, the Temple of the Foliated Cross, and the Temple of the Sun. Decorated with elaborate friezes, sculptures and inscriptions, Palenque is unquestionably one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites. Paths cutting through the jungle lead to various temples and the gorgeous waterfalls, where over time, strange figures have taken shape in the rock formations. A local guide may offer you the extra option of going on a forest walk where you can see unexcavated ruins enveloped in jungle.

Other attractions near Palenque include the fantastic Agua Azul Nature Reserve with more than 200 small waterfalls, and the incredible Misol-Ha waterfall with a 30 metre drop (optional half day tour includes both these falls).

Included Excursions

Guided tour of Palenque ruins

Optional Excursions
Lake Atitlan boat trip - US$25 • Nima'ya de Atitlan, walk the path past waterfalls (in season), across hanging bridges, to a bird observation deck, a monkey rescue centre, a butterfly reserve and a coffee finca - US$5 • Lake Atitlan villages by ferry - US$5

Accommodation
2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Xibalba or similar.

Meals
2 Breakfast

Day 10 to 11 - Mérida
Today we spend a full day on buses as we head from Palenque to Merida. After a short walk to the bus terminal, we board a first class bus and the journey will take the whole day. Capital of the Yucatan province, the 'white city' of Mérida is a pleasant mixture of colonial buildings, churches and plazas. The markets simply overflow with beautiful weavings, hammocks and batiks, making this a great place to buy handmade crafts and souvenirs. At night the city comes alive with live theatre and concerts. There are many city excursions on offer here, from a comprehensive hop on/hop off bus tour exploring the greater city area to a relaxing horse-drawn carriage tour around the cobbled streets of El Centro and Pasaje Montejo Boulevard. If you want to explore the region near Mérida you could visit the small fishing town of Celestún with its large flamingo population. You could also take a swim in the local 'cenotes' (sen-o-tays), fresh-water swimming holes connected by spectacular limestone caverns and deep underwater rivers once sacred to the ancient Maya, covering the entire Yucatan peninsula.

Optional Excursions
Anthropological Museum - MXN30 • Mérida city tour - free • Uxmal ruins - US$65 (approx) • Cenotes, it is possible to swim and snorkel in various cenotes which often resemble small, circular lakes or lagoons with vertical edges - US$ 44 • Hop-on hop-off bus - US$8

Accommodation
2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Colonial or similar.

Meals
2 Breakfast

Day 12 to 13 - Playa del Carmen
Before going to Playa del Carmen, we travel to Chichén Itzá, an impressive Maya/Toltec site recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Constructed between the 7th and 10th century AD, Chichén Itzá was a centre of pilgrimage for the Maya for over 1000 years. The most famous attraction is the great Pyramid of Kukulkan, dedicated to the feathered serpent god Kukulkan and built with such precision that a shadow serpent descends down the steps during the equinox. After soaking up the beauty of Chichén Itzá, we will take the bus for approximately three hours to Playa del Carmen.

Playa del Carmen is the perfect place for relaxation. The beaches are coated with sugar-white sand with shimmering turquoise waters to swim in. You can also take advantage of one of the several interesting optional activities available in the area such as visiting the island of Cozumel or the amazingly located Maya/Toltec ruins of Tulúm. There are also many 'cenotes' in the area. Cenotes (se-note-tays) are fresh water swimming holes connected to underground limestone cave systems once sacred to the ancient Maya.

Included Excursions

Guided tour of Chichén Itzá

Accommodation
2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Playa del Carmen or similar.

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 14 to 16 - Caye Caulker

After breakfast in Playa del Carmen, we take a short walk to the terminal we begin our full day journey to beautiful Belize using a combination of buses, taxis and a ferry. When leaving Mexico you will have to pay a small departure fee of approximately MXN500. Belizeans know how to relax, and hopefully the locals' expertise on relaxation will be contagious during your stay on Caye Caulker. If not, there are signs to remind you to "Go Slow", "Take it easy", and even "No shirt, no shoes, no problem". We spend a couple of very laid back nights on Caye Caulker, where you can throw away your shoes to wander the sand filled streets, spend the evenings eating seafood, drinking cocktails, and listening to reggae music in one of the bars.

During the day we can organise a range of different optional snorkelling trips for you, such as to Shark and Ray Alley, where you can swim within a few feet of nurse sharks and majestic sting rays, or weather dependent, you may have the opportunity to swim with sea-cows! Another optional snorkelling tour takes you out to Hol-Chan Marine Reserve where you are guaranteed to see lots of colourful fish and interesting reef formations. Qualified divers can explore the so-called bottomless "Blue Hole", made famous by the explorer Jacques Cousteau (please note: this optional excursion does not go every day, check locally for availability). Other options include sunning yourself, riding a bike around the island, or trying your luck at fishing. If you are lucky, you can take your catch to one of the local restaurants so they can BBQ it for you.

Included Excursions
Caye Caulker

Optional Excursions

Half/full day Caye Caulker snorkelling - US$45-80 • Scuba diving in the Blue Hole - US$290 • Night Snorkelling - US$70 • Flight over the Blue Hole - US$200pp (min 3 people)

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hotels at Hotel China Town or similar.

Meals
1 Breakfast

Day 17 to 18 - San Ignacio

We continue on to San Ignacio referred to as "Cayo" by the locals, this agricultural centre is also known to be the 'adventure' and 'nature' capital of Belize. The surrounding jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, rivers and caves, have created the ideal location for the numerous optional excursions that are available, from canoeing downriver and tubing through caves, to visiting the famous caves Actun Tunichil Muknal, where they found untouched Mayan ceremonial and sacrificial remains.

Optional Excursions
Tubing - US$100 • ATM Caves - US$95 • Canoeing - US$85 • Caracol Ruins, the largest and most important Mayan ruin site in Belize - US$95 • Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve - US$85

Accommodation
2 night(s) in hotels at The Aguada Hotel or similar.

Meals
1 Breakfast

Day 19 - Flores
Waving goodbye to Belize we cross into Guatemala to the charming island-town of Flores. When departing Belize you will be required to pay a small fee of $40,00BZD, and on arrival in Guatemala another small payment of 10q is required. Flores was the last town to be conquered by the Spanish and situated in the centre of Lake Peten Itzá. On the way to Flores we stop at the breathtaking Maya site of Tikal, it is regarded as the greatest city of the Maya world and is nestled deep in the jungle. This complex is one of the biggest Maya sites discovered, and you will have most of the day to explore and learn about the flora, fauna, and amazing Mayan history with our knowledgeable local guide.

The area around Tikal has been declared as the Tikal National Park and the preserved area covers 570 square kilometres. The ancient city has been completely mapped and at its height covered an area greater than 16 square kilometres, with more than 3000 structures. Today the main centre covers an area of approximately two and a half square kilometres, as you wander the site, you will see several tall mounds which are temples that have not yet been excavated, and you will have the opportunity to climb some of the tallest Mayan temples.

The emphasis was on height when creating these imposing structures because the Maya believed the higher the building, the closer they were to the gods. Around Tikal there is a lot of animal life, and if you're lucky, you will have the chance to spot the noisy howler monkeys, pizotes (a racoon-like animal), exotic birds such as toucans, and much more!

Included Excursions
Guided tour of Tikal ruins

Accommodation
1 night in hotel at Hotel Sabana or similar

Meals
1 Breakfast

Day 20 - Rio Dulce
We carry on to the river town of Rio Dulce where we overnight in cabins right on the water. In the afternoon the boat tour along the 23 kilometre stretch of waterway to Livingston allows you to experience one of the most scenic areas of Guatemala. Livingston is situated at the mouth of the Rio Dulce, where it joins the Bay of Amatique, and is inhabited by the Garifuna people. This lively little town has a Caribbean atmosphere different to the rest of Guatemala and is a great place to try the delicious local specialty tapado (seafood coconut soup) and listen to the local African-style punta music.

Included Excursions
Rio Dulce boat tour to Livingston

Accommodation

1 night in hotel at Hotel Catamaran or similar.

Day 21 - Antigua
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua is one of the most delightful colonial towns in Central America. To fully explore this beautiful town, we recommend booking post-tour accommodation at the end of your tour.

The local indigenous can be seen throughout the cobbled streets and plazas of the city in their colourful costumes, selling their crafts and textiles. As the cultural centre of Guatemala, Antigua is an ideal place to experience the traditional music, architecture and art of the country. Rich in ornate churches, convents, parks, plazas, cafés, restaurants, bars and colourful street markets and surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes, Antigua is one place you will never forget.

Optional Excursions
Pacaya volcano climb - US$20 • Walking tour - US$30 • Chocolate making class - US$30 • Coffee farm tour - US$25

Accommodation
1 night in hotel at Hotel Posada Los Bucaros or similar.

Meals
1 Breakfast

Day 22 - Depart Antigua
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals
1 Breakfast
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M. Jundt 2017-11-18

Sehr geehrte Frau Hils,

seit Montag bin ich wieder von meiner faszinierenden Reise durch Mexiko, Belize und Guatemala zurückgekehrt.
In diesen drei Wochen hatte ich zu viele tolle Erlebnisse, um diese hier im einzelnen zu schildern. Sonst würde diese E-Mail gefühlt eher ein Buch werden.
Angefangen hat es mit Ihrer top Beratung! Sie waren immer erreichbar, freundlich und haben jede Frage bzw. Wunsch zeitnah zu meiner vollsten Zufriedenheit erfüllt. Dafür nochmals vielen Dank! Ohne das Vertrauen zu Ihnen, hätte ich diese englischsprachige Tour wahrscheinlich nicht angetreten (die sehr schnell zu einer sehr guten Entscheidung wurde).

Mit Ihrem Partner vor Ort funktionierte ebenfalls alles super! Auch mit unserem Tourguide Gina Clarkson lief alles bestens! Mit ihr hatten wir viel Spaß und fühlten uns in guten Händen. Wodurch die Reise von uns noch außergewöhnlicher und intensiver erlebt wurde!

Meine erste Gruppe (von Mexiko City bis Playa del Carmen) wuchs in wenigen Tagen zu einer sehr engen Gruppe zusammen. Das ich in diesem Ausmaß noch nicht erlebte. So erlebten wir alles noch viel intensiver und waren am Ende auch sehr traurig darüber, dass die Zeit so schnell vorbei ging! Wir sind aber alle froh, diese Zeit gehabt zu haben! Im Dezember besuche ich zwei in England und eine besucht mich in Köln. Also der Kontakt besteht auch über die Reise hinaus und mit einer aus der Gruppe, plane ich demnächst in England unsere weiteren Touren. Wie ich schon erwähnte, gibt es zu viele einzigartige Momente um alle zu erzählen, wobei ich die schönste und intensivste Zeit in der ersten Gruppe in Mexiko erlebte! Auch weil es die längste Zeit mit der Gruppe war und wir super zusammenpassten. Am letzten Abend erzählte jeder seine drei Highlights und dabei kam heraus, dass wir alle unseren besten Tag in Palenque hatten. Dort waren wir morgens im Dschungel, anschließend in der Maya Ruine von Palenque und abschließend und zugleich die Krönung des Tages bei den Wasserfällen. Dieser Tag war sehr erlebnisreich und schweißte die Gruppe auch nochmals viel enger zusammen! Wir hatten sehr viel Spaß und sprangen auch von einem kleinen Wasserfall (wir hatten davor getestet, ob es tief genug bzw. sicher ist)! Dann waren natürlich Teotihuacan und Chichen Itza sehr faszinierend! Mit diesen zwei Ruinen erfüllte ich mir einen lang gehegten Wunsch!! Was uns auch immer in Erinnerung bleiben wird, sind die zwei letzten Abende in Playa del Carmen! Diese erlebten wir sehr intensiv, da es die letzten gemeinsamen Stunden einer wirklich tollen Reise war!

Natürlich war auch der zweite Teil meiner Reise in Belize und Guatemala mit der Gruppe einzigartig. Jedoch lange nicht so intensiv wie mit der ersten Gruppe. Die zweite Gruppe machte vieles getrennt (das es in der ersten Gruppe nur einmal gab und da waren wir traurig) und ich habe auch in Belize und Guatemala eher das Gefühl, durchgefahren zu sein als wirklich dort gewesen zu sein. Vielleicht weil wir nur ein paar Tage jeweils in dem jeweiligen Land waren und davon viel im Bus bzw. in Belize auf der Insel Caye Caulker. Wobei ich mich auch hier nicht beklage. Wir sahen schöne Landschaften, sammelten viele Eindrücke und das Hotel in Rio Dulce und die Bootsfahrt nach Livingston war wirklich einzigartig!! Ich denke, dass unsere beste Zeit von Playa del Carmen bis Antigua (mein Ende) die ATM Caves waren. Das war für alle ein kleines Abenteuer! Trotzdem bin ich sehr früh darüber, dass ich bis Guatemala dabei war und finde es schade, dass es für mich in Antigua endete und ein Teil der Gruppe noch bis Panama City zusammen weiter reist.

Auf zwei Fotos sind manche von uns noch geschmickt und auf einem alle, dass war wegen Halloween. Ich hoffe, nächstes oder übernächstes Jahr bei der neuen Tour von Gina in Süd-Amerika dabei zu sein oder bei einer anderen Tour mit einer sehr guten und neu gewonnenen Freundin (aus der ersten Gruppe). Wir schreiben seit dem jeden Tag.

Ich bedanke mich für drei wirklich faszinierende und erlebnisreiche Wochen!!! Ich freue mich sehr über die Erfahrungen, Freundschaften und mit den anderen gemeinsam erlebten Erlebnisse und habe meine Urlaubsform gefunden!! Teilweise war es ein bisschen nach Hobby/Anfänger-Bear-Grylls-Art und das war großartig!! Wenn es die Zeit erlaubt, werde ich auf jeden Fall wieder bei Ihnen bzw. Moja Travel eine Reise buchen!

Nochmals vielen Dank und die besten Grüße,