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Essence of Central America

Guatemala & Belize in 12 Days, 10 Nights in Destination

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Unearth the secrets of the Mayans in Guatemala as you visit the imposing ruins in the heart of its jungle and learn about their fascinating culture before relaxing under the warm sun of paradisiacal Belize.

Trip Highlights

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    Ambergris Caye
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    Belize Barrier Reef
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    Belize city
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    Antigua Guatemala
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    Dulce River
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    Flores
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    Livingston
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    Tikal

Included

  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. Some transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

Availability

  1. Departures available until March 2025

  2. Available Group tours

  3. Solo travelers from + £ 700

  4. Add up to 5 nights to your stay

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  • Accommodation in Charm, Superior and Luxury category hotels.
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Accommodation: 10 Nights

Itinerary

Explore the charms of Antigua Guatemala and admire the glistening waters of Lake Atitlan. Discover Quiriguá's Mayan legacy, cruise on the Rio Dulce and soak up the Caribbean flavours of Livingston. Let Flores charm you and uncover the ruins of majestic Tikal. Cross into vibrant Belize and find complete tranquillity on the earthly paradise of Cayo San Pedro.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Guatemala
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Arrive at your UK departure airport, ready for a flight to Guatemala. Arrive in Antigua Guatemala, a beautifully preserved city with an abundance of colourful colonial architecture, nestled in the central highlands. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Antigua Guatemala.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Camino Real Antigua or similar
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1263 Reviews

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2nd Day: Antigua Guatemala
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a half-day tour of Antigua, considered one of the most beautiful colonial cities of America. During the colonial period, it was the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala and included the provinces of southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. After an earthquake in 1773, the city was uninhabited the population moved to what is now Guatemala City. Visit La Merced church, Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. Afterwards, enjoy free time to go shopping and at the indicated time return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Antigua.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Camino Real Antigua or similar
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1263 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the city of Antigua Guatemala

Moderate

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3rd Day: Antigua Guatemala - Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlán
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Breakfast at the hotel. Seize the day with an early morning visit to Chichicastenango market, located in the central Guatemalan highlands and visit the local Church of Santo Tomas. Transfer to Lake Atitlan, surrounded by three volcanoes Atitlán, Tolimán and San Pedro. Its crystal clear waters are amazingly beautiful. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Panajachel. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Atitlan Lake.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Atitlan or similar
tripadvisor rating

1078 Reviews

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Activities

included
Lake Atitlán: Church of Santo Tomás & panoramic tour of Panajachel

Moderate

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4th Day: Lake Atitlán - Guatemala City
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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, take a boat ride to the indigenous village of Santiago Atitlán, located between the volcanoes Tolimán and San Pedro. Explore the town and visit the church of Santiago Apóstol and the Brotherhood of Maximón, one of the expressions of religious syncretism in our country. Return to Panajachel and transfer to bustling Guatemala City. Overnight stay in Guatemala City.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Clarion Suites Guatemala or similar
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530 Reviews

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Activities

included
Boat ride and visit to the town of San Juan La Laguna, chocolate factory & textile factory.

Moderate

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5th Day: Guatemala City - Quiriguá - Río Dulce
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Breakfast at the hotel. Set off to visit the Quiriguá Archaeological Park, located on the banks of the Motagua River. The park is comprised of a complex of stela slabs, sculpted in sandstone, among which is the tallest stele of the entire Mayan world, as well as zoomorphic figures that date from the classic period of the Mayans. Afterwards, transfer to Rio Dulce, an area of immense natural beauty. Overnight stay in Rio Dulce.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Banana Palms Hotel or similar
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110 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the archaeological site of Quiriguá

Moderate

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6th Day: Río Dulce - Livingston - Flores
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Breakfast at the hotel. Board a boat on the river and head to the town of Livingston, known for its reggae music and coconut bread. Continue up the river and admire the exuberant vegetation and an amazing natural canyon. From the boat enjoy a panoramic tour of the Castle of San Felipe de Lara, a fortress built in the seventeenth century by the Spanish. Afterwards, transfer to Flores, situated on an island on Lake Petén Itzá. Overnight stay in Flores.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Casona del Lago or similar
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304 Reviews

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Activities

included
Boat ride, visit to town, panoramic tour of San Felipe de Lara Castle

Light

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7th Day: Flores - Tikal - Flores
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today explore the most important Archaeological Site of the Mayan world, Tikal, built during the classic Mayan period. Your guide will show you the model of the Temples and Acropolis complex and guide your visit of the Q and R Complex, the Central Acropolis, the Temples I "The Great Jaguar" and the Temple II "of Los Mascarones". Enjoy lunch at Tikal and some time to soak up the atmosphere for heading back to Flores. Overnight stay in Flores. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Casona del Lago or similar
tripadvisor rating

304 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Tikal Archaeological Site

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8th Day: Flores - Belize - Cayo San Pedro
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, transfer by road to Belize. Arrive in vibrant Belize City and catch a Water-Taxi to Cayo San Pedro, on the island of Ambergris Caye,  admiring the beautiful landscapes throughout your journey. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and begin your stay in one of Central America's most beautiful and best kept secrets. Overnight stay in Cayo San Pedro. 

Please note that accommodation in Belize does not include meals. If you wish, you can add 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and/or 3 dinners in the next step of the reservation.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Sunbreeze or similar
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1488 Reviews

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Activities

included
Water taxi hacia Cayo San Pedro

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9th Day: Cayo San Pedro
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Enjoy a day at your leisure in Cayo San Pedro. Explore the idyllic beaches that are said to have inspired Madonna's hit song 'La Isla Bonita'. Overnight stay in Cayo San Pedro.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Sunbreeze or similar
tripadvisor rating

1488 Reviews

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10th Day: Cayo San Pedro
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Free day at your leisure. This part of Belize is world-renowned for its ultra-diverse Barrier Reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef. We recommend snorkelling or scuba-diving to discover the colourful underwater world and abundant marine life. Overnight stay in Cayo San Pedro.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Sunbreeze or similar
tripadvisor rating

1488 Reviews

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11th Day: Cayo San Pedro - Belize - Night on board
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At the indicated time, take a water taxi back to Belize and transfer to Belize airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

12th Day: UK/Ireland
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Arrive back in the UK/Ireland and end your trip. 

Included activities

Included

Visit to the city of Antigua Guatemala

Included activity for day 2 in Antigua Guatemala

Walk through the Central Square, the Town Hall and the Captain General Palace. Visit a jade factory, the Union Tank, the Arch of Santa Catarina and some churches. Free time during the afternoon.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Lake Atitlán: Church of Santo Tomás & panoramic tour of Panajachel

Included activity for day 3 in Panajachel

Discover the scenic area surrounding Lake Atitlán. First head north to Chichicastenago, where you'll see the historic Santo Tomas church dating back to the colonial period. Then, head to a full tour of the charming town of Panajachel, located right on the

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Boat ride and visit to the town of San Juan La Laguna, chocolate factory & textile factory.

Included activity for day 4 in Panajachel

Enjoy a scenic boat ride to San Juan La Laguna in Guatemala, followed by a visit to a chocolate factory and a textile factory. Immerse yourself in the local culture and craftsmanship of this charming town.

Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Visit to the archaeological site of Quiriguá

Included activity for day 5 in Antigua Guatemala

Discover the archaeological site of Quiriguá in Guatemala, home to ancient Maya ruins including impressive stelae. Explore the rich history and cultural significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The price includes

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    Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland departure airports.
  • International Flights: UK/Ireland - Guatemala, Belize - UK/Ireland. *
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  • 10 nights accommodation in Charm, Superior and Luxury category hotels.
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  • 7 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles. **
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Water Taxis: Belize - Cayo San Pedro - Belize.
  • Private Motorboat in Panajachel & Río Dulce.
  • ATOL Protection. ****
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*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Lodging in Belize does not include meals. You can add 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and/or 3 dinners in the next step.

Extra nights do not include meals.

Hotels reserve the right to charge a property fee at check-in (not included), usually between USD 2 and USD 10 per stay and per room.

Please note: if your departure day is Wednesday or Saturday the order of the itinerary may differ.

* If your destination is in the USA or Canada, or if your selected flights to a different destination have connections in the USA or Canada, it is mandatory to have an ESTA (for USA) or an eTA (for Canada) before travelling.

ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

eTA: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html 

** The transfer to the Sunbreeze hotel in Belize is not included. If you arrive by water taxi, you can walk to the hotel which is close by. If not, it is possible to take a taxi which costs approximately $10.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

  • Guatemala
  • Belize
    • Entry requirements

      Passport with a minimum of six months validity.

    • Visa

      No visa is required for stays of up to 30 days.

    • Currency

      Guatemalan Quetzal

    • Language

      Spanish

    • Electricity

      120V, 60 Hz.

    • Health

      Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.

    • Time zone

      UTC - 06:00.

    • Other useful information

      Inches are used to measure small objects in Guatemala. One inch equals 2.54cm

    • Tourist Office website

      http://www.visitguatemala.com/

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

    Children: 2 - 11 years.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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