10 Day Customized Vacation to Guatemala A

Central America > Guatemala

Guatemala is the soul of Central America, realm of Maya kings and seat of colonial power. Forgotten cities rise from lowland jungle, echoing with the calls of howler monkeys and toucans. Highland market towns bustle energetically, as ancient prayers rise in the smoke of copal incense. Guatemala borders the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea) between Honduras and Belize. It is home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites.

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Day 1: New York, Guatemala City and Antigua

Upon arrival, airport reception outside the luggage claim area. Private transportation
to your in Antigua. This transfer will take approximately 1 hour.
Check in for a three-night stay at El Convento (one double-occupancy Jr. Suite).
Evening at Leisure in Antigua.
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Day 2: Antigua

Morning departure for a privately guided walking tour of historic Antigua. This charming city of ornate churches and cobblestone streets lies at the base of three majestic volcanoes. In 1773, a series of earthquakes nearly destroyed the city. Soon after, the Spanish regional capital was moved to the north, diminishing Antigua’s economic and administrative importance. Happily, this exodus helped preserve the town. In 1979, UNESCO declared Antigua a World Heritage Center in recognition of its architecture and historic integrity. Recommended stops include the Weapons Museum, the Church of La Merced, jade workshops, the Cathedral San José, the ruins of Old San José, and the Church of San Francisco. This tour has an approximate duration of three hours.
After lunch in town your driver and guide will take you to a nearby coffee hacienda for a coffee tour and tasting. Lunch is included in package price.
Evening at Leisure in Antigua.
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Day 3: Antigua

Morning departure for a private transfer to the Pacaya volcano on the outskirts of Guatemala City. The hike to the viewpoint overlooking the flowing lava fields takes around 1.5-2 hours and is very gentle with a wide trail. From the viewpoint, enjoy views of the volcanoes surrounding Antigua and Lake Atitlan, looking back over your
journey in the highlands. A picnic lunch is included in today’s tour.
Evening at Leisure in Antigua.
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Day 4: Antigua to Lake Atitlan

Private transfer to Chichicastenango.
Chichicastenango is home to what is surely the most colorful native market in the Americas. Market days are held every Sunday and Thursday and draw not only the K'iche' Maya of the surrounding region, but vendors
from all over Guatemala, representing many of Guatemala's linguistic groups such as Mam, Ixil, Kaqchikel and others. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Transfer from Antigua to Chichicastenango takes approximately 3hrs . After lunch, continue to your hotel in Lake Atitlan
Evening at Leisure in Lake Atitlan
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Day 5: Lake Atitlan

Morning departure for a private boat transfer to two of the twelve villages that surrounds Lake Atitlan. San Juan is famous for its naïf art galleries, town murals and natural dyes textiles. This town is set as an example of organization and tourism destination among the highlands. Its beauty and cooperatives have set it as the
perfect village. Then, boat transfer to Santiago, a village located on the south end.
Lunch is in included at a local venue.
Evening at Leisure in Lake Atitlan
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Day 6: Lake Atitlan

After breakfast, take a boat transfer to Santa Cruz for kayak gear pick up. You will paddle for approximate 45 minutes along delightful peninsulas admiring the shore's beautiful gardens. The views are spectacular with three stunning volcanoes, Atitlan, San Pedro, and Toliman. After kayaking you will start the hike to Tzununa. The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you will hike along ancient paths that have been used by the Kaqchikel Maya for centuries.
Evening at Leisure in Lake Atitlan
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Day 7: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City and Flores

Morning at Leisure in Lake Atitlan.
At noon, private transfer to Guatemala City Airport for local flight to Flores.
Upon arrival, airport reception outside the luggage claim area. Private transportation to your hotel. This transfer will take approximately 1 hour.

Check in for a three-night stay at La Lancha - Coppola Hideaways (one double- occupancy Rainforest Jr. suite).
Evening at leisure in Flores

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Day 8: Flores, Lake Atitlan and Flores

Breakfast at La Lancha - Coppola Hideaways
Morning at leisure in Flores
At noon, private transfer to Yaxha archeological site. Yaxha is an archaeological site and ancient ceremonial center of Mayan civilization situated in the northeast of Peten. This site is a mixture of archeology, beautiful landscapes and ecological tourism. With more than 500 structures in the site, including 40 steles, 13 altars and 9 pyramids this site is a must when visiting the area. Your guide will show you the layout and main
temples. Watch an amazing sunset on top of a pyramid.
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Day 9: Flores

Breakfast at La Lancha - Coppola Hideaways
After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to Tikal National Park. Your guide will show you the layout of the temples, architecture, history, some theories of why the Mayans disappeared and if you are lucky a few monkeys, parrots, macaws and toucans will be on site. After the tour,
enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the middle of the jungle. ( lunch is included in package price)
Evening at leisure in Flores
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Day 10: Flores, Guatemala City and New York

Breakfast at La Lancha - Coppola Hideaways
After breakfast, private transfer to Flores airport for local flight back to Guatemala City where you will connect with your flight home. This transfer takes approximately 1hour.

Accommodations

EL CONVENTO BOUTIQUE HOTEL

is located in the heart of the historic yet vibrant city of La Antigua, inscribed by Unesco as Cultural World Heritage since 1979. The hotel is a door to a majestic experience, inside and out, with its contemporary colonial architecture and premises and world class services, surrounded by the spectacle of a diverse community that throbs with activity in 300 year old churches, plazas and markets.

LA LANCHA – COPPOLA HIDEAWAYS

is a boutique hotel in Guatemala, tucked into the rainforest high above the shore of Lago Petén Itza in Guatemala’s largest and most northern department, the Petén. The lodge is located an hour away from the Belize border and only a 45-minute drive from the magnificent Maya ruins of Tikal and the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

  • Land transportation as mentioned
  • Airport services as mentioned
  • Hotels as mentioned
  • Guided touring as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned
  • 24/7 English-language travel support
  • Travel insurance, which is strongly recommended
  • Optional excursions, tours and activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks and other beverages unless otherwise noted above
  • Meals not noted in the itinerary, or meals for which only reservations have been made
  • Early check-in, late check-out, and day use charges not noted above
  • Personal expenses, services, or purchases (e.g. laundry, spa services, and telephone calls)
  • Airfare and related taxes and fees

Pricing starts at:

$3,799

Pricing
FOR 2 PEOPLE

$4,766

per person

Pricing
FOR 4 PEOPLE

$3,799

per person