Travel 2 Touring 18/19

CENTRAL AMERICA

MEXICO

Belize City

Tikal

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

2 El Remate (Dlx)

3

Cayo District

2

Flores (Sup)

BELIZE

1

GUATEMALA

Chichicastenango

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

Lake Atitlán

3

1

2

Antigua

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

1

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £3189pp

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Spend 3 nights in Antigua with its colonial buildings • Visit the traditional market at Comalapa • Cruise on Lake Atitlán • Tour Mayan ruins at Tikal to the sound of howler monkeys • Visit lush rainforest and the ancient ruins of Belize’s Cayo district • Discover the Mountain Pine Ridge National Park LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

11 day Spirit of Central America Guatemala City • Antigua • Lake Atitlán • Tikal • Cayo District

Day 1: Arrive Guatemala City - Antigua Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer to Antigua. Founded in 1543, the country’s cultural capital is crammed full of colonial buildings. Its pretty cobbled streets are lined with colourful houses, and the town is overlooked by 3 dramatic volcanoes. Standard: Mesón de María; Superior: El Convento (3 nights) Days 2 & 3: Antigua Sightseeing & Fair Trade Coffee Tour Enjoy a half-day private walking tour of Antigua and discover some of its many churches and monasteries, including San Francisco Church, La Merced Church and the Cathedral. During your afternoon at leisure, explore the shops selling artworks, restaurants and trendy bars. On day 3, visit a small coffee farm for an authentic, behind the scenes tour. Learn how the coffee is processed, dried, roasted and ground before enjoying a cup of coffee with the farmer and his family. (B) Day 4: Antigua - Lake Atitlán Visit Comalapa market and take a short tour of the small Mayan archaeological site at Iximche before a private transfer to beautiful Lake Atitlán. The afternoon will be at leisure to relax in the surroundings of this magical lake. (BL) Standard: Posada de Don Take a private boat tour across Lake Atitlán enjoying spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding volcanoes to San Juan La Laguna Village to visit a local textile cooperative. Continue to the interesting town of Santiago, where the local Mayan community still follow their traditional religion and produce beautiful woven goods. (BL) Rodrigo; Superior: Hotel Atitlan (2 nights) Day 5: Lake Atitlán - Santiago Village

Day 6: Lake Atitlán - Chichicastenango Market – El Remate Visit the famous craft market at ‘Chichi’ and see Mayan rituals performed in the Catholic Church. Enjoy lunch in the town before continuing to Guatemala City for a flight to Flores and transfer to your hotel in the El Remate area. (BL) Standard: Villa Maya; Superior: La Lancha (2 nights) Day 7: Tikal National Park In the morning, visit the largest excavated site in the Americas, Tikal. Enjoy a tour of this magical Mayan temple complex, where steep-sided pyramids poke out through the jungle canopy. Climb some of the huge pyramids, visit the royal palace and the Plaza of the Lost World. (BL) Days 8 - 10: Cayo District Rainforest Visit Yaxha National Park and the impressive Mayan ruins of Xunantunich dating back to the Mayan Classic Era of 300-900 AD before continuing to the Belize border and crossing to the Cayo District for a 3-night stay. On day 9 you’ll enjoy a soft adventure jungle trip to Barton Creek, which includes canoeing and lunch. The following day you will journey through the scenic, subtropical Mountain Pine Ridge National Park to the famous Mayan Site at Caracol in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, then visit the Rio Frio Caves for a dip in its refreshing pools. (BL,B,BL) Standard: Black Rock Lodge; Superior: Chaa Creek (3 nights) Day 11: Depart Belize Tour ends on day 11 with a transfer to Belize International Airport or perhaps you’ll extend your trip with a few days relaxing on the white sands of Ambergris Caye. Please ask for details. (B)

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

TOUR DETAILS

1

£3189 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 10 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 10 breakfasts and 6 lunches • Mix of private and shared touring with English-speaking guides • Private transfers, internal flight and sightseeing as per itinerary

DEPARTURES 2019: Tuesday & Saturday

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 1+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

Optional Pre/Post Stay Why not extend your stay in Belize with a few days of relaxation on Ambergris Caye? Enjoy the wonderful white-sand beaches and crystal blue waters as well as fantastic opportunities for diving and snorkelling in the second largest barrier reef in the world.

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