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Tikal Tour

16 Night Itinerary from £3,4063,016$3,768

Escorted Group Tour

 

The Mayan Civilisation self-destructed before the arrival of the Conquistadores. Today, we visit their legacy, massive pyramids and jungle strongholds, colourful markets and colonial heritage.

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  • Experience traditional local life and remote Mayan ruins in Guatemala and enjoy the tropical jungle and wildlife of Belize
  • Explore the colonial centre of charming Antigua, backed by surrounding volcanoes
  • Browse the colourful weavings at the indigenous market at Chichicastenango
  • Travel to beguiling Lake Atitlan and take a boat trip to visit traditional communities
  • Discover the mighty Mayan ruins of Tikal, buried deep in dense jungle
  • Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of tropical San Ignacio and Lamanai in Belize

This itinerary can be modified and adapted to your preference with a specialst advisor, who can provide a guaranteed price, based on hotels, transport, excursions and flights.

Tikal Tour
Tour Itinerary

Antigua - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Antigua

Day 2 - City tour Antigua

Day 1

Antigua

Departure flight to Guatemala City arriving in the evening. You will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. We conduct an introductory briefing and there is the opportunity for a short walk in Antigua. 


Day 2

City tour Antigua

We have a walking tour of the city, visiting the market with colourful weavings, the coffee museum, the Mayan music Museum with a collection of Mayan musical instruments and a gallery of art.

Chichicastenango - 1 Night

Day 3 - Chichicastenango

Day 3

Chichicastenango

Journey to Chichicastenango known for its traditional K'iche' Maya culture. We will visit the Sunday market, a riotous cacophony of colourful tectiles, local dialects and wood carvings, you will also have time to explore on your own.

Lake Atitlan - 2 Nights

Day 4 - Santo Tomas church & travel to Lake Atitlan

Day 5 - Full day excursion across Lake Atitlan

Day 4

Santo Tomas church & travel to Lake Atitlan

Visit the 400-year old church of Santo Tomas, which Pagan Shamans still use for rituals, burning incense and candles. Next we drive to Lake Atitlan, staying for two nights.


Day 5

Full day excursion across Lake Atitlan

Today we explore the area around lake Atitlan, the magnificent indigenous village of Santiago Atitlan to find the home of the maya God Maximon. We walk the streets, visit the market and church, and learn about the local history, their distincitive textiles and primitive art. Next we visit the small village of Palopo.

Antigua - 2 Nights

Day 6 - Shore of Lake Atitlan & travel to Antigua

Day 7 - Excursion to weaver village

Day 6

Shore of Lake Atitlan & travel to Antigua

Time to explore the shore of Lake Atitlan, before driving to Antigua for 2 nights.

 


Day 7

Excursion to weaver village

One day to enjoy Antigua and visit a family of local weavers to learn about the textiles and traditions of their villages.

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Guatemala City - 1 Night

Day 8 - Guatemala City tour

Day 8

Guatemala City tour

We drive to Guatemala City for one night. In the afternoon we will explore the town centre.

Tikal - 2 Nights

Day 9 - Transfer to Tikal

Day 10 - Tour of Tikal

Day 9

Transfer to Tikal

Early flight to the Flores in the northern rainforest, and on to the magnificent Mayan archaeological site at Tikal, staying for two nights.

 


Day 10

Tour of Tikal

Full day to explore the site with pyramids that extend high above the tree canopy and the numerous Mayan ruins spreadout within the forest. At sunrise troops of monkeys are active in the tree canopy, together with many birds and wildlife finding refuge within the national park.

San Ignacio, Belize - 2 Nights

Day 11 - Travel to San Ignacio, Belize

Day 12 - Mountain Pine Ridge

Day 11

Travel to San Ignacio, Belize

Today we travel to San Ignasio in Belize, staying two nights in comfortable palm-thatched cottages with a spectacular panorama of the Macal River Valley with many Maya ceremonial caves.


Day 12

Mountain Pine Ridge

Full day trip to Mountain Pine Ridge, a pine forest with an exuberant undergrowth of ferns next to a contrasting tropical rainforest, ending at the Rio Hondo waterfalls where we have the opportunity to go for a swim.

Lamanai, Belize - 4 Nights

Day 13 - Orange Walk district

Day 14 - Lamanai ruins

Day 15 - Departure from Belize City

Day 16 - Arrive in the UK

Day 13

Orange Walk district

Drive to the Orange Walk district, where jaguars are a possible sighting, as are toucans, iguanas and Baird's tapir. It is the ideal place for birdwatching, with over 400 species of birds recorded in swamps, lagoons and waterways. We stay two nights at the Lamanai lodge.


Day 14

Lamanai ruins

One full day to explore and visit the spectacular Mayan ruins of the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

 


Day 15

Departure from Belize City

Short visit Belize City and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back home, arriving on day 16. Or extend your travel to unwind at one of Belize's beach hotels and resorts, ideal to snorkel and dive in the second largest barrier Reef in the world.


Day 16

Arrive in the UK

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Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £3,405

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 16 Days / 14 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Transfers to and from accommodation
  • Transport and meals as shown

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