This 9 day holiday combines a visit to the magical ruins of Tikal, with the beautiful and colourful highland towns of Antigua and Lake Atitlan.
Best of Guatemala
Day 1 (Thursday) - Fly from the UK to Antigua Meals included: Meal included on the transatlantic flight.
Fly from the UK to Guatemala City, where you are met and taken to your hotel in Antigua, a beautiful colonial town in the Guatemalan highlands. Founded by the Spanish in 1543 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its colonial architecture is some of the most impressive in all of Latin America. The transfer to Antigua takes approximately one hour by road, and you have the evening free to settle in and soak up the beautiful surroundings.
Day 2 (Friday) - Take the optional Colonial Antigua excursion Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.
Spend the day getting to know this fascinating city. Explore the beautiful cobbled streets and ancient monuments on your own or take our optional Colonial Antigua excursion. This half-day guided tour visits the ruins of the cathedral of Santiago, La Merced church and the iconic Santa Catarina Arch, where you can enjoy the lovely view of the cloud-shrouded volcanoes rising up behind the charming, colourful streets. Day 3 (Saturday) - Transfer to Lake Atitlán and visit local villages. Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included at a restaurant on the way to Lake Atitlán.
Set off early on a beautiful three-hour road journey to picturesque Lake Atitlán. Cross the lake and visit some of the villages on the shore, including San Juan La Laguna and Santiago Atitlán, where you have lunch. See the home of the local saint, Maximón before continuing to your hotel near Panajachel. Day 4 (Sunday) - Take the optional Chichicastenango Market excursion Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Lake Atitlán excursion.
Enjoy a free day on the lake shores or take the optional tour to the Chichicastenango Market, one of the most colourful and vibrant in Latin America. Have a guided tour through the market's cobbled streets, where you can buy anything from food and flowers to textiles and hand crafts. Also visit Santo Tomas church followed by lunch in a local restaurant. There is then freee time to shop in the market before returning to the hotel mid-afternoon. Day 5 (Monday) - Fly to Flores, via Guatemala City Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy a free morning to take in the beautiful views of the lake, or visit one of the other villages around the lake. In the afternoon, take a three-hour drive back to Guatemala City from where you fly to the jungle town of Flores on Lake Petén Itzá. The flight to Flores takes approximately one hour. Day 6 (Tuesday) - Full-day tour of Tikal Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the tour of Tikal.
Tikal is arguably the most impressive of all the Maya sites. The ruins are located in the low lying jungle, giving them a spectacular setting and a tour of Tikal is one of the highlights of a visit to Guatemala. You arrive at the ruins to observe the wildlife, including spider monkeys and howler monkeys that inhabit this magical jungle-clad labyrinth of pyramids, temples, plazas and palace complexes. A guided tour takes you to the Central Plaza, Mundo Perdido (Lost World), the Plaza of the Seven Temples and the Twin Pyramid. It is possible to climb to the top of several of the temples, where you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding jungle. Lunch is included at a restaurant in the park. In the afternoon, further explore the ruins on your own before returning to your hotel. Day 7 (Wednesday) - Take the optional Maya Yaxha excursion, returning to Guatemala City in the evening Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Maya Yaxha excursion.
A free day, perhaps return to Tikal to explore the site further, or take the optional Maya Yaxha excursion to a lesser known and quieter Maya ruin close to the Belizean border. Yaxha was an important site during the Maya Classic Period, and was occupied from 600BC-900AD. Today the site does not attract many visitors; however, the views from the tops of the temples and pyramids are stunning. Explore the impressive pyramids and central complex of the site before lunch at a local restaurant. Catch an evening flight to back to Guatemala City, then transfer to your hotel. Day 8 (Thursday) - Final day in Guatemala. Fly overnight to the UK Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, meal included on the transatlantic flight.
Enjoy your final day in Guatemala. Depending on your flight time, you may have time to visit the excellent National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, with an excellent collection of Maya artifacts. Then transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Day 9 (Friday) - Arrival in the UK
Your flight arrives in the UK.
Date of Departure & Approximate Holiday Prices
Prices are in £ per person
January, 2021 - £1729
February, 2021- £1749
March, 2021- £1749
Nov, 2021- £1749
Single Supplement - £260
Full Excursion Package from £209, please visit our website or contact us for more details
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