Discover paradise on this short Guatemalan break. Home to the most picturesque lake in Central America – Lake Atitlan, the country offers incredible opportunities for active excursions in the beautiful outdoors and birdwatching. In vibrant Antigua and picturesque Flores, uncover Guatemala’s centuries old history!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3AntiguaColonial Heritage and Ancient Ruins, Volcanoes and Coffee Plantations, Mayan CommunitiesMeson de Maria, Pensativo House Hotel
3 - 5Lake AtitlanScenic Beauty, Volcanic Peaks and Lake, Hiking and TrekkingHotel Atitlan
5 - 8FloresAncient Mayan History, Lake Peten Itza, Colonial HeritageIsla de Flores, Villa Maya
8 - 8Guatemala 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

Transfer to your Hotel

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).

Mountain Biking Through Almolonga Valley And Highland Villages
Enjoy a day of mountain biking along the picturesque countryside surrounding Antigua on this adventurous excursion. Ride along the spectacular landscape of the Almolonga Valley, before pedalling it over to the beautiful highland villages of Santa Ana, San Juan del Obispo, and San Pedro Las Huertas. Ride over to Guatemala’s former second capital, Ciudad Vieja, which was buried by a mudslide in the 16th century. Visit an experimental, local macadamia farm along the way, before riding back to Antigua. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 4 hrs, 0900-1300 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate. Note: Expect bike with helmets, bottle of purified water, and a bilingual English and Spanish guide).

Hotel Options
Meson de Maria – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 3 - 5

Drive from Antigua to Atitlan Lake with 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 Atitlán
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).

Kayaking Down Lake Atitlán
Enjoy a wonderful kayaking experience across the imposing Lake Atitlán on this day trip. Discover secret nooks and crannies, hidden coves and verdant lakeside vegetation as you kayak along the calm cerulean waters. Soak in the natural beauty of the surrounding highland landscape. Relax, sit back in your kayak, and just enjoy your ride. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring waterproof sandals or shoes).

Hotel Options
Hotel Atitlan – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 5 - 8

Drive from Lake Atitlan to Flores

Flores

3 Days

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

Shared Journey Back In Time And Lunch At Tikal National Park From Flores
Start off early in the morning from your hotel in Flores or from the airport as you head to Tikal National Park. Listen to your local guide explain about the temple complex which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Click some fabulous photographs of the Mayan shrine that breaks through the jungle canopy. The sights and sounds of many tropical birds and animals will keep you company as you imagine life in the region as it was centuries ago. (Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfers; English guide; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy)

Tour Of Yaxha National Park And Lunch From Flores
Set off early in the morning from Flores on your trip to Yaxha National Park. Your guide will lead you across this archaeological site which was a flourishing city thousands of years ago. Learn all about the different structures within this ancient city as you walk around taking in the views. As this is located in an ecologically important region with lakes and wetlands, you will see quite a few bird and animal species during your visit. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the El Sombrero Lodge as you gaze upon the shimmering water of Lake Yaxha. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy).

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

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 $ 2,120 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 2,290 /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 8 days / 7 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
    • Flight from Flores to Guatemala
  • All activities as listed :
    • Antigua: Treasures of Antigua Walking Tour
    • Antigua: Mountain Biking Through Almolonga Valley and Highland Villages
    • Lake Atitlan: Village Tour and Boat Ride on Lake Atitlán
    • Lake Atitlan: Kayaking down Lake Atitlán
    • Flores: Shared Journey Back in Time and Lunch at Tikal National Park from Flores
    • Flores: Tour of Yaxha National Park and Lunch From Flores
  • 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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Lakeside Paradise and Antigua Uncovered

8 days $ 2,120 / person

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