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Guatemala with Tikal, Atitlán and Antigua

Starting at $1,195


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Guatemala City, Guatemala
Travel in Guatemala is fun and exciting. Caravan welcomes you to a breathtaking land of magnificent lakes, towering volcanoes and ancient ruins. With its near perfect climate and Caravan’s spectacular hotels, Guatemala, “the land of eternal spring,” is an ideal vacation destination. Caravan provides a transfer from Guatemala City airport to your centrally located hotel, the Barcelo, for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 4:00 p.m. Dine at your hotel. D

Day 2 – Museum of Archaeology
After breakfast, join Caravan for a 9:00 a.m. welcome briefing. Then visit the National Museum of Archaeology. Learn about Guatemala’s pre-Columbian cultures and extensive archaeological sites. See a priceless collection of Mayan pottery and jewelry. Lunch. Next, a sightseeing drive of the historic center. See the Metropolitan Cathedral dating from 1782 and the French influence on the dramatic National Palace. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy the Barcelo’s large outdoor pool, jacuzzi, spa and scenic grounds. Dinner. BLD

Day 3 – Chichicástenango, Lake Atitlán
Gorgeous scenery unfolds this morning as you ascend from the central valley into the Guatemala highlands. Drive by friendly Indian villages where crops are still hand-tilled and grown on impossibly steep hillside terraces. Enjoy lunch in the peaceful highlands. Next, immerse yourself in the colorful pageantry of Chichicástenango. Visit Santo Tomas Church where rose petals and candles cover the floor and copal incense fills the air. Here Mayan and Catholic rituals are blended together. Shop for elaborately carved dance masks and richly embroidered hand weavings. Then, to Hotel Atitlán for a two night stay overlooking Lake Atitlán, 5,000 feet above sea level. Dinner. BLD

Day 4 – Lake Atitlán
Boat Cruise Morning cruise across Lake Atitlán, one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. Lake Atitlan is dominated by three dormant volcanoes and ringed by Indian villages where Mayans still wear traditional dress. Visit Santiago Atitlán. Return to the Hotel Atitlan for lunch. The rest of the day is at leisure. Explore your hotel’s beautiful botanical gardens and pools. Enjoy the dramatic scenery. Dinner. BLD

Day 5 – Coffee Tour, Antigua
This morning drive into the picturesque and world-famous coffee growing region of Guatemala. Visit a coffee plantation. Learn why many consider Guatemala coffee the best tasting coffee in the world. Sample fresh Guatemalan coffee. After lunch, visit a museum highlighting Guatemala’s unique musical instruments, including the Marimba. Continue to romantic Antigua. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at the elegant Porta Hotel. Dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Antigua
Morning exploration of Antigua, Guatemala’s capital for more than two centuries. Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the best preserved colonial cities in all of Latin America. On a walking tour visit the Main Plaza. See the Cathedral and Fountain of the Sirens. Visit the Las Capuchinas Convent, with its 18 circular living quarters. Enjoy lunch. Then, free time in Antigua. Your hotel is two blocks from the main plaza with its fine stores offering exquisite jade pieces and exotic native artwork. Stroll the cobblestone streets and marvel at the large number of Antigua’s colonial churches and historic buildings. Enjoy dinner at the Porta Hotel. BLD

Day 7 – Antigua, Tikal Area
This morning travel east to Guatemala’s Caribbean region. Enjoy lunch overlooking the scenic Rio Dulce, "sweet river," which flows into the Caribbean Sea. Next, drive through soft rolling hills covered with jungle. Afternoon arrival in Petenchel. Enjoy a two night stay at your lodge located in a 67 acre nature preserve and on the shores of Lake Peten Itza. Your lodge, Villa Maya, has two pools, a jacuzzi and beautiful nature walking trails. Dinner. BLD

Day 8 – Tikal Ruins
Today, an unforgettable visit to the ruins of Tikal. Settled in 700 B.C., Tikal was the grandest of all Mayan cities. Long protected by the jungle in the remote Peten Peninsula, Tikal is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, see towering pyramids rise above the rainforest canopy while the sounds of tropical birds fill the air. Look for spider and howler monkeys. Visit Tikal’s great plaza. See the Temple of the Grand Jaguar and Temple II. Visit the Plaza of the Seven Temples and El Mundo Perdido, the Lost World. Enjoy lunch in Tikal. Late afternoon return to your resort. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 9 – Quiriguá, Guatemala City
Head south this morning. Visit Quiriguá, the impressive and remarkably preserved Mayan archaeological site. See fantastical carved stone animal figures and some of the world’s largest stelae. These massive stone monoliths are inscribed with ancient writings recording Mayan history. Then enjoy lunch. Continue to Guatemala City. Farewell dinner. BLD

Day 10 – Guatemala City
Your tour ends this morning after breakfast at the Barcelo in Guatemala City. Breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m. Caravan provides transfers throughout the day to the Guatemala City airport. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. ¡Hasta la vista! B

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