Day 1: Guatemala City

On arrival at La Aurora International Airport, after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met and transferred to the Westin Camino Real for overnight. With four million inhabitants, Guatemala City is the most modern and cosmopolitan in Central America. Vibrant and fast paced, Guatemala City (or Guate as the locals called it) is a blend between the old and the new with a Latin charm.

Westin Camino Real

Overnight at the Westin Camino Real. No meals.

Day 2: Lake Atitlan - Helicopter Transfer

This morning rest up from your travels and enjoy breakfast at the hotel before your noon transfer to Lake Atitlan. If time allows we can arrange (at additional cost) a museum visit in Guatemala City. You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the helicopter hangar at the airport for your exciting and scenic helicopter transfer to Lake Atitlan, located 144 km west of Guatemala City.

With three stunning volcanoes rising above its emerald surface, Lake Atitlan is characterized by its natural beauty surrounded by gorgeous views of the volcanoes and traditional indigenous Maya villages. The famous writer Aldous Huxley considered it “the most beautiful lake in the world.”

Soak up the stunning views and the swimming pool, or perhaps have a spa treatment (additional cost) at your hotel this afternoon before dinner, which can be served in your room or enjoyed at the hotel’s restaurant.

Casa Palopo

Two nights at Casa Palopo. Breakfast, dinner included.

Day 3: Lake Atitlan - Private Village Tour

After breakfast, your guide and a private boat will meet you at your hotel before you embark on a half-day private village tour. Small Maya villages line the shores of Lake Atitlan, each of these villages is named after one of the Twelve Apostles and each focuses on specific traditional handicrafts. Visit two of the most scenic villages, interacting with locals, craftspeople and experiencing a slice of life in a Maya village. In the village of Santa Catarina Palopo, you'll witness the intricate details of the traditional Mayan clothing, specific and unique to this town, and how the textiles are made.

Continue on to San Juan la Laguna, famous for its naïf art galleries, town murals and natural dyes textiles. This town is used as a model of sustainable tourism throughout the Guatemalan Highlands. Its beauty, cleanliness and co-op craft markets set the village apart. After lunch at a local lake-side restaurant, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for time to relax. Dinner is on your own tonight, and you can either dine at your hotel or we can pre-arrange a transfer into Panajachel for dinner at the famous Circus Bar (transfer dependent on hotel location as boat transfers do not run on the Lake at night, transfer and dinner at additional cost).

Day 4: Antigua - Chocolate Making Class

Enjoy coffee and breakfast overlooking the lake before transferring by helicopter to the colonial town of Antigua. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the best preserved colonial cities in the Americas. It is a magical and captivating place with its colonial architecture, scenic setting and crumbling ruins. Strolling through town on the cobblestone streets, you will find are art galleries, craft boutiques, coffee shops, gourmet restaurants, quaint bars and more.

This afternoon try your hand at chocolate making in an interactive class where you’ll learn about this important seed and work with the kernel, brew, toast and grind it to form elaborate chocolates as we know them. The tour includes a visit to the chocolate museum. Dinner is on your own tonight and we can assist with restaurant recommendations and reservations.

El Convento Boutique Hotel

Three nights at El Convento Boutique Hotel El Convento Boutique Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 5: Antigua - Guided Walking Tour

After breakfast enjoy a guided walking tour of Antigua. You will visit breathtaking colonial monuments and find out why this city was the bustling center of the region for the Spaniards. Discover the secrets of Antigua’s traditional history and art. Admire the colonial architecture of the XVI century churches, buildings, fine arts, terracotta ceramics, wooden sculptures and a great variety of traditional weavings. After lunch in town (on your own account), enjoy an afternoon at leisure further exploring the sights, markets and shops of Antigua. Our guide will provide recommendations on the best of Antigua's dining scene. Dinner reservations are recommended and we can assist with those in advance.

Day 6: Antigua

Explore Antigua on your own today. Shop in the best boutiques for handmade textiles, carefully made handicrafts and jade jewelry. There are many options to visit with local coffee farmers, families and craft makers to learn about the farming process of coffee, or learn to cook a traditional Guatemalan meal, make peanut butter or learns a handicraft. If you are looking for adventure, glide through the nearby forest canopy on a zip line tour. Please discuss your preferences with us for this day should any tours need to be pre-arranged.

Day 7: San Pedro, Belize

An early transfer will take you to the La Aurora airport for your first flight to Flores, Guatemala where you will connect to your onward flight to Belize International Airport. At the international airport, meet your local hop to San Pedro airport on Ambergris Caye. On arrival, you will be met and transferred your to the Victoria House Hotel. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or exploring the village.

With its pristine waters and beautiful beaches, Belize is the perfect destination for watersports - kayaking, SUP, snorkeling or scuba diving. Of the 22 cayes (islands) in the Belizean barrier reef, Ambergris Caye is the most famous. It is located in the Caribbean Sea at only 20 minutes flying from Belize City. Explore the mangroves with their unique wildlife and birds, swim in the second largest reef in the western hemisphere or enjoy the island’s nightlife. restaurants, hotels and coffee houses.

Victoria House Resort

Four nights at Victoria House Resort. Breakfast included.

Day 8: San Pedro - Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley snorkel

Hol Chan is the oldest marine reserve located on the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. The marine reserve covers approximately three square miles and its divided into four zones. At D zone you will find Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays. The Shark- Ray Alley it’s a popular dive site since these creatures seem to enjoy human interaction.

On this tour you will make two stops to enjoy the amazing underwater landscape of the Barrier Reef to its fullest. You will see corals of all shapes, sizes and colors, as well as myriad tropical fish. The second stop is Shark Ray Alley, a shallow area where you can feed and pet Nurse sharks and stingrays and, if you are brave enough, you may even swim with them.

Photos courtesy Victoria House Resort

Day 9 & 10: San Pedro

Spend your days relaxing on the beach, by the pool or snorkeling. Stroll the sandy streets of San Pedro and dine on the freshest seafood and conch.

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the San Pedro airstrip for your short, but scenic flight back to Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) to connect with your flight home or onto your next adventure. Breakfast included.

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
June 1-Dec 21 $6,369.00 Please call.
Jan 3-May 31 $6,481.00 Please call.
Prices based on two travelers sharing. Cost of International airfare not included. Please call for a quote from our air partners!
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