Overview & Highlights
This small group escorted tour visits two countries with contrasting cultures and landscapes: Spanish and Mayan Guatemala, with volcanoes and traditional villages and British Caribbean influenced Belize, with coral beaches and rainforest adventures.
- Antigua: Guided walking tour of Antigua
- Lake Atitlán: excursion by boat
- Chichicastenango: exploring the market
- Tikal: guided tour of the ruins
- Yaxha: guided tour of the ruins
- Chaa Creek: outdoor activities
This variety-packed escorted group journey combines two countries which couldn’t be more different. Guatemala is steeped in native Mayan indian and Spanish colonial tradition plus religious mysticism. Belize, a truly Caribbean country, is English speaking, utterly laid-back, and a popular destination for some outdoor adventure. It’s a real treat to be able to combine the two into one experience-packed holiday.
Start off in Antigua, Guatemala’s colonial masterpiece, and continue to the serene setting of Lake Atitlán, encircled by volcanoes, – pocket handkerchief sized fields and time-warped indigenous villages.
Continue to Tikal, the vast Mayan city where ancient temples and pyramids penetrate the rainforest canopy. Crossing the border into Belize, stay at a remote countryside lodge surrounded by tropical foliage rich in wildlife; enjoy the thrills and spills of outdoor activities, or just relax. Overall, you'll be enchanted by the friendly people, extraordinary architecture and diverse flora and fauna.
UK clients depart, arriving in Guatemala the same day.
Transfer to colonial Antigua.
Explore the city, with guided walks.
By road to Lake Atitlán via the market at Chichicastenango.
Excursion on Lake Atitlán.
At leisure to further explore the lakeside.
Drive to Guatemala City; fly to Flores.
Guided exploration of the Mayan archaeological site Tikal.
Drive across the Belize border to Chaa Creek.
Outdoor activities and excursions.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
The colourful people of Guatemala, the beautiful scenery at Lake Atitlan and the wonderful atmosphere of Antigua City.JR, Prudhoe
This trip exceeded our expectations. A thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing insight into the history, culture and scenery of Guatemala and Belize and its ancient Mayan civilisation. And great fun too. Well judged, well balanced and really well executed. Well done JLA!WB, Steyning
Everyday was exhilarating and exciting. Guatemala was so colourful - the scenery, the markets, the food, the traditional dress, the flowers and birdlife. Delicious coffee! The itinerary enabled me to take in spectacular views of volcanoes, such as in Antigua and Lake Atitlan, of the Mayan ruins at Tikal and Yaxha.JH, Weybridge
Everywhere we stayed the local staff were particularly helpful and cheerful. As an older member of the group I particularly appreciated we stayed 2-3 nights giving me time to relax and enjoy local amenities.RI, Shrewsbury
Guatemala is a very beautiful and interesting country which deserves to be better known. The history of the Maya and their ancient sites is fascinating, much enhanced by the fact that the Maya people are still there and their customs and traditions can be observed. The scenery, colonial architecture and birdlife: outstanding.JE, Ware
Being Guatemalan I may be biased but for me nothing beats the Mayan ruins of Tikal. The way the temples emerge from the dense jungle is awe inspiring and this tour offers plenty of time to explore its hidden secrets.
César Pineda - Tour Leader
Born and raised in Guatemala, César’s passion for travel inspired his journeys across the globe and eventually a career in tour leading.
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