Travel 2 Touring 18/19

CENTRAL AMERICA

Ambergris Caye

4

San Pedro

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

BELIZE

Belize City

1

San Ignacio

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

1

4

Cayo District / Mountain Pine Region

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £1939pp

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the lush rainforest and ancient ruins in the Cayo District • Explore Barton Creek Cave by canoe • Discover the scenic Mountain Pine Ridge National Park • Marvel at the impressive Caracol Mayan Site • Relax on the white sand beaches of Ambergris Caye • Snorkel on the world’s second largest barrier reef LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

9 day Belize Rainforest, Ruins & Reef Belize City • Cayo District • Ambergris Caye

Day 1: Arrive Belize City - Cayo District On arrival at Belize International Airport you will be met and then transferred into the Cayo District rainforest. Check into your hotel/lodge for the next 4 nights and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Standard: Black Rock River Lodge (River View Cabana); Superior: Chaa Creek (Cottage Room) Day 2: Xunantunich & San Ignacio Transfer to the impressive Mayan ruins of Xunantunich dating back to the Maya Classic Era of 300-900 AD and enjoy a private guided tour of the small but fascinating site. Explore the ceremonial centre with its plazas ringed with pyramids including the second tallest in Belize, ‘El Castillo’. Continue to the traditional town of San Ignacio before returning to the hotel for a free afternoon. (B) Day 3: Barton Creek Cave & Canoe Excursion Today enjoy a private soft adventure jungle trip to Barton Creek. Travel through the Mennonite Community of Upper Barton Creek to the river at Barton Creek. Equipped with canoes and high-powered lights you will gently paddle along the river into the cave system. Stalactites and Stalagmites hang high overhead as you float past impressive calcite crystal formations. Guides will explain the significance of this 7.5km limestone cave system to the ancient Mayan people. (B) Day 4: Caracol & Mountain Pine Ridge Travel through the scenic, sub-tropical Mountain Pine Ridge National Park on your way to the famous Mayan Site at Caracol in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Take a private guided tour of this impressive Maya site which is the largest in Belize covering 80 sq. km of canopy jungle and including five plazas, an astronomic observatory and over 35,000 buildings, one over 40 metres high. On your return to the hotel stop to visit the Rio Frio Caves for a dip in its refreshing pools. (BL) We suggest adding an extra day to visit Mayan Tikal in Guatemala.

Day 5: Cayo District - San Ignacio - Belize City - Ambergris Caye Transfer to San Ignacio Airstrip, followed by an hour flight to the Island of Ambergris Caye, famous for its stunning beaches and sparkling Caribbean Sea. Check into your chosen hotel; Ramon’s Village is located on the outskirts of San Pedro, rooms are dotted through the lush gardens up to the seafront and a gorgeous sandy beach. The deluxe Victoria House Hotel is a small and intimate, award-winning beachfront resort with just 42 beautiful rooms and exclusive pool villas, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. (B) Standard: Ramon’s Village (Standard Seaside Cabana); Superior: Victoria House (Plantation Room) Day 6: Snorkel with reef sharks & rays Embark on a half-day shared tour to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley to snorkel and swim with sharks and rays. Other marine life to be discovered could be coral gardens, turtles and schools of colourful fish. Hol Chan is part of the second largest coral reef system in the world which lies 2.5km east of the shoreline and runs the entire length of the coconut palm lined island. (B) Days 7-8: Ambergris Caye at Leisure Spend the next few days lazing on the magnificent beaches of this tropical island paradise. Or why not explore the small settlement of San Pedro Town with its picture postcard setting – small colourfully painted houses set alongside sand streets nestled beside the clear turquoise sea? (B) Day 9: Ambergris Caye - Depart Belize City Transfer to San Pedro airport for your flight to Belize International Airport where your tour ends. (B)

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

TOUR DETAILS

£1939 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 8 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 8 breakfasts and 1 lunch • Mix of private and shared touring with English-speaking guides • Private transfers, and sightseeing as per itinerary

DEPARTURES 2019: Daily

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 Add-on nights are available at all stops on this routing. Please call for details.

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