This Guatemala tour will you uncover the classic highlights of this vibrant nation – from the rich colonial heritage of cities such as Antigua and Flores, to the mysterious Mayan ruins of Tikal, volcanic landscapes and lakes, towering mountains and tropical forests teeming with wildlife and birds.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3AntiguaColonial Heritage and Ancient Ruins, Volcanoes and Coffee Plantations, Mayan CommunitiesPalacio de Doña Leonor, Pensativo House Hotel
3 - 5Lake AtitlanScenic Beauty, Volcanic Peaks and Lake, Hiking and TrekkingHotel Atitlan, Casa Palopo
5 - 6Guatemala CitySpanish Colonial Architecture, Buzzing Creative Scene, Shopping and NightlifeRadisson Hotel and Suites Guatemala City, Hilton Guatemala City
6 - 7FloresAncient Mayan History, Lake Peten Itza, Colonial HeritageIsla de Flores, Villa Maya
7 - 8Tikal National ParkPre-Columbian Ruins, Tropical Jungle and Wildlife, Hiking and TrekkingTikal Jungle Lodge
8 - 9FloresAncient Mayan History, Lake Peten Itza, Colonial HeritageIsla de Flores, Villa Maya
9 - 9Guatemala CitySpanish Colonial Architecture, Buzzing Creative Scene, Shopping and Nightlife

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  • Adventure
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Drive from Guatemala City to Antigua with a Guide (48 km, 1 - 1.5 hrs)

Antigua

2 Days

Antigua is the perfect city to travel back in time while staying grounded in the present! Sounds contradictory? That’s Antigua for you!

Included Activities

Treasures of Antigua Walking Tour
Explore the historic ruins and period architecture of the distinctive Guatemalan city of Antigua on this day tour. Discover the many Spanish colonial churches that Antigua is home to. Amble along the old city’s paved streets and alleyways, peeking into stories and legends from bygone ages. Visit the La Merced Church and the Central Park, before stopping by to explore Antigua’s Main Cathedral and its ruins. Drop by the San Francisco El Grande Church, as well as the Convent Capuchinas on this leisurely tour of the city’s old churches and chapels. Spice up your day with a little trip to a local crafts market, admiring the various handcrafted artefacts on display and interacting with local artisans. Wrap up your city tour on a sweet note by dropping into the Chocolate Museum (yes, such a place does exist on this planet!). (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

A Glimpse of Local Life at Chichicastenango Market
After a hearty breakfast in Antigua, set out to explore the real Guatemala. On your way to the highlands, you will pass through spectacular landscapes. You can see the locals dressed in their unique outfits as they herd sheep and cattle. At Chichicastenango market you will get to see a vast variety of crafts and other wares made by the people of the region. Breathe in the fragrance of incense and watch the local people bargaining for souvenirs at this market which is open twice a week. You can also explore a church that is a blend of Catholic and Mayan traditions before ending your journey at Lake Atitlan. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration around 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy; The market is open on Thursdays and Sundays. Lunch is not included)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 3 - 5

Drive from Antigua to Atitlan Lake with a Guide (100 km, 2 - 3 hrs)

Lake Atitlan

2 Days

Lake Atitlan, or Lago de Atitlán, impresses most travelers with its scenic beauty. This city offers lovely views of a volcanic lake hemmed in by velvety green volcanic hills.

Included Activities

Village Tour and Boat Ride on Lake Atitlan
Spend a refreshing day boating on Lake Atitlán and visiting some sites to get to know local cultures and lifestyles a little better. After breakfast at your hotel, set out for a leisurely boat ride of about half an hour across Lake Atitlán. Ride out to the village of San Juan La Laguna to visit a women’s textile cooperative. Watch how colorful fabrics are hand woven and dyed naturally before the traditional handloom is ready for the market. Learn about the local artistic community when you drop by the studio homes of the region’s famous naïf painters. A Mayan encounter awaits you at the town of Santiago, where you learn about the age-old culture and tradition of the T’zutujil Maya. Get to know more about the traditional handicrafts, ancient belief system and spiritualism of the local community, before returning to your hotel. (Half Day; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes and a wind-breaker).

Visit the Archaeological Wonders of Iximche
Start off for Iximche in Tecpán where the marvels of an ancient civilization await you. Tranquil pine forests welcome you to this site where the ancient Mayan Kaqchikel city was situated. The city is known for its role in the Spanish conquest of the region. You will see temples, a ball court, and ceremonial plazas at this site that dates back to 1463. Till date, rituals to please the gods are held here, and you may just get to see one during your visit. Tecpán has some great restaurants if you would like to have lunch before proceeding to your next destination. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration around 5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. Lunch is not included).

Hotel Options
Hotel Atitlan – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Casa Palopo – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Pool View
Meals
StyleBoutique
Day 5 - 6

Drive from Atitlan Lake to Guatemala City with a Guide (124 km, 3.5 hrs)

Guatemala City

1 Day

Lose yourself in the effervescent buzz of Guatemala City, or Guate as the locals call it. This Central American capital city is split into multiple zones that are so different from each other that they may as well be separate towns!

Hotel Options
RoomStudio Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomMaster Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 6 - 7

Transfer to the Airport

Flight from Guatemala City to Flores

Transfer to your Hotel with a Guide

Flores

1 Day

Flores is one of the oldest inhabited towns in the Americas. The original island town of Nojpetén was built in the 13th century by the Mayan Itza on Lake Peten Itza (or Lago de Petén Itzá).

Included Activities

Exploratory Tour and Lunch at Yaxha National Park
Soak in the warmth of the early morning sun as you head from Flores for the archaeological site at Yaxha National Park. Learn about this lesser visited ecologically important site from your private guide. Catch glimpses of different species of tropical birds and monkeys as you wander across the ruins nestled in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Take a break from exploring the ancient city while you lunch at El Sombrero Lodge which sits on the banks of the serene Lake Yaxha. Bring an interesting day of discovery to an end by heading on to Tikal National Park. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy).

Canopy Tour or Skywalk at Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Head out of your hotel in Flores for a rainforest adventure at the Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Zoom across the treetops on a sturdy zipline as you take enjoy a bird’s eye view of the beauty of the flora and fauna at this protected forest. Have fun traversing across nine platforms connected with a safe and secure cable system. Saunter along the skywalk if you would rather not swing across the jungle as you enjoy the stunning vistas all around. Walk across spectacular suspension bridges and winding paths surrounded by the dense jungle with its many birds and abundant vegetation. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Isla de Flores – Opt 1
RoomPremium Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Villa Maya – Opt 2
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 7 - 8

Drive from Flores to Tikal National Park with a Guide (65 km, 1.5 hrs)

Tikal National Park

1 Day

Close to Flores, discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tikal National Park (or Parque Nacional Tikal) with its rich treasure trove of Mayan archeological ruins.

Included Activities

Explore the Wonders of Tikal National Park
Head out to explore Tikal National Park accompanied by your local guide. Marvel at the beautiful Mayan temples that make for an interesting contrast against the jungle canopy. As you saunter along, you will be greeted by a variety of tropical birds and animals such as the spider and howler monkeys. Enjoy a delectable lunch at the quaint Restaurante El Mesón. Following a hearty meal, you can set off by yourself to further discover the wonders of the site. This UNESCO Heritage site offers iconic ruins that are considered the tallest pre-Columbian structure in the Americas! (Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomPremium Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 8 - 9

Drive from Tikal National Park to Flores with a Guide (65 km, 1.5 hrs)

Flores

1 Day

Flores is one of the oldest inhabited towns in the Americas. The original island town of Nojpetén was built in the 13th century by the Mayan Itza on Lake Peten Itza (or Lago de Petén Itzá).

Hotel Options
Isla de Flores – Opt 1
RoomPremium Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Villa Maya – Opt 2
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 9 - 9

Transfer to the Airport

Flight from Flores to Guatemala City

Guatemala City

0 Days

Lose yourself in the effervescent buzz of Guatemala City, or Guate as the locals call it. This Central American capital city is split into multiple zones that are so different from each other that they may as well be separate towns!

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,165 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 5,045 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 9 days / 8 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
    • Flight from Guatemala to Flores
    • Flight from Flores to Guatemala
  • All activities as listed :
    • Antigua: Treasures of Antigua Walking Tour
    • Antigua: A Glimpse of Local Life at Chichicastenango Market
    • Lake Atitlan: Village Tour and Boat Ride on Lake Atitlán
    • Lake Atitlan: Visit the Archaeological Wonders of Iximche from Lake Atitlan
    • Flores: Exploratory Tour and Lunch at Yaxha National Park
    • Flores: Canopy Tour or Skywalk at Ixpanpajul Nature Park
    • Tikal National Park: Explore the Wonders of Tikal National Park
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by our tour guide
  • If your itinerary includes self-drive travel then all such travel comes with CDW insurance for an unlimited number of kilometers. For further details about the type of car please speak to your Travel Consultant.
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
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Guatemala’s Gems Uncovered

9 days $ 4,165 / person

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