On this private vacation, discover the highlights of Guatemala! Experience the Mayan heritage and colonial charm of Antigua, and stunning Lake Atitlan, hemmed in by verdant hills. Go volcano trekking, take boat rides and canopy walks in Guatemala’s famous national parks, explore the mysterious ruins of Tikal, and unearth the quaint charm of Flores as you unwind by the tranquil Lake Peten.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4AntiguaColonial Heritage and Ancient Ruins, Volcanoes and Coffee Plantations, Mayan CommunitiesMeson de Maria, Pensativo House Hotel
4 - 7Lake AtitlanScenic Beauty, Volcanic Peaks and Lake, Hiking and TrekkingHotel Atitlan, Hotel Atitlan
7 - 11FloresAncient Mayan History, Lake Peten Itza, Colonial HeritageIsla de Flores, Villa Maya
11 - 11Guatemala CitySpanish Colonial Architecture, Buzzing Creative Scene, Shopping and Nightlife

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  • Adventure
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

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

Antigua

3 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).

Volcano Adventure At Pacaya
Explore one of Guatemala’s three active volcanoes on this adventurous excursion to San Vicente Pacaya. Right after an early breakfast at your hotel in Antigua, take an hour’s ride to reach the magnificent Pacaya volcano. From the foothills, enjoy a relatively easy hike of approximately two hours up to the top, passing by breathtaking views of the volcanic landscape all around you. It is also possible to rent a horse from the park entrance for the ascent. Enjoy your hike through the highland pine forests, noting exciting elements like volcanic ash and lava formations, before reaching the top. Admire the splendid panoramic vistas of the volcanic chain before you and the forested valleys below, stretching out all the way to El Salvador and the Pacific coast. Rest a while among your spectacular surroundings and enjoy a packed lunch, before hiking down to the foothills and returning to Antigua. (Full Day Trip; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 6.5 hrs, 0830-1500 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Lunch box included; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable hiking shoes and don’t forget your camera. Note: Bilingual English and Spanish guide will accompany you).

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 4 - 7

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

Lake Atitlan

3 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).

Uncover Secrets Of The Guatemalan Highlands
Enjoy watching the locals engage in cow and sheep herding as you head towards the highlands of Guatemala. As you journey from Lake Atitlan, you can catch glimpses of quaint towns and the colorful hillsides dotted with vegetables and flowers. The fragrance of incense welcomes you to the busy Chichicastenango market where you can find all kinds of wares at a bargain. Open only twice a week, this delightful market offers visitors a number of items to choose from such as local crafts and textiles. Look around a unique church with its mixed Mayan and Catholic traditions before you head back. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration around 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. Lunch is not included).

Hotel Options
Hotel Atitlan – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Hotel Atitlan – Opt 2
RoomJunior Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 7 - 11

Transfer to the Airport

Flight from Guatemala to Flores

Transfer to your hotel

Flores

4 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

Exploring Mayan Mysteries At Tikal
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tikal on this day trip to the national park. After an early breakfast in your hotel, drive off to the fascinating Tikal National Park. Take in your fantastic surroundings of tropical rainforests dense with wildlife and exotic birds, broken by the towering pinnacles of Mayan temples, pyramids and ancient ruins! Enjoy a private guided tour of this spectacular heritage and be prepared to spot a variety of primates and rainbow colored birds. After a long day of sightseeing, relish a delicious lunch at the local eatery, Restaurante El Mesón. Head back to your hotel after lunch. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs, 07:00-14:00; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget your camera or binoculars; trip may start from 05.30 hrs).

Boat Trip To Topoxte And Picnic Lunch At Yaxha
Head out early from Flores for Yaxha National Park with your guide. Take a private boat ride to the small island of Topoxte which is thought to be the last habitation of the Mayan civilization in the country. Return to Yaxha and explore this important archaeological site that was once a bustling city. You’ll also have the opportunity to see colorful tropical birds, native spider species, and howler monkeys at this site, which is situated in an ecologically sensitive area. Savor your lunch box in a quiet spot and later, return to your hotel. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Lunch box included; 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 11 - 11

Transfer to 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 $ 3,590 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,190 /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 11 days / 10 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: Volcano Adventure at Pacaya
    • 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
    • Lake Atitlan: Uncover Secrets of the Guatemalan Highlands
    • Flores: Exploring Mayan Mysteries at Tikal
    • Flores: Boat Trip to Topoxte and Picnic Lunch at Yaxha
    • Flores: Canopy Tour or Skywalk at Ixpanpajul Nature 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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Mayan Mysteries and Adventure in Guatemala

11 days $ 3,590 / person

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