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10 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras

10 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Guatemala
Depart for Guatemala. Arrive in Guatemala City. Balance of the day is at leisure.

DAY 2, Saturday - Guatemala City Tour
This morning, depart for a panoramic tour of Guatemala City and discover the unique blend of old and new in Central America's largest metropolis. Begin with the city's civic center complex, home to the Guatemala Supreme Court, Ministry of Public Finance, and City Hall. Continue on to Central Plaza, also known as Constitution Plaza, at the heart of Guatemala City. Here, view the National Palace, one of the most important Guatemalan architectural achievements of the last century. Formerly the seat of government, it is now a museum and venue for government affairs. From here, you will continue on to the cathedral, built between 1782 and 1815. The cathedral houses some of the most important artistic treasures in the country. After lunch on your own, visit the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, where you learn about Guatemala’s cultural heritage and history. The museum houses over 20,000 pieces, including many of the greatest Mayan treasures. Afterward, return to the hotel. This evening attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 3, Sunday - Copán Ruins
Depart early in the morning for Copán, Honduras. After clearing immigration formalities, arrive at the hotel and check-in. After lunch at the hotel, embark on a tour of the Copán Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, discovered in 1570 by Diego Garcia de Palacio. Copán is considered to be one of the most impressive cities of the ancient Maya Civilization. Be amazed by the huge complex, which flourished from the 5th to 9th centuries AD, and consists of temples and plazas built on multiple levels. Explore the site before returning to your hotel late in the afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 4, Monday - Travel to Tikal
This morning after breakfast, depart for your long drive back to Guatemala. After border crossing formalities and immigration, continue your journey. Along the way, stop for lunch on your own. Afterward, resume the drive towards Tikal. Arrive at the hotel in time for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5, Tuesday - Sightseeing Tour of Tikal
Early this morning, join the optional Bird-watching in Tikal National Park. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some of the more than 300 species of birds among the jungles and awe-inspiring monuments of the ancient Maya. After, return back to the hotel. Morning departure to the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, one of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located at the center of the 222-square-mile park. An exhilarating jungle hike leads you through the ruins. Marvel at the impressive structures of this ancient civilization, as you visit sites such as the Twin-Pyramid complex, the Lost World Complex, where the Great Pyramid is located, Temple III, the Palace of the Windows, the Great Plaza, the Pyramid of the Grand Jaguar, the Pyramid of the Masks, and the Palace of the Nobles. Opportunity to climb to the top of Pyramid IV, the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from which you will have a panoramic view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle. After your tour of the ruins of what was once considered the most powerful kingdom of the ancient Maya, enjoy a picnic lunch. Free time to explore the site on your own before returning to your hotel. Along the way, make a short stop at El Remate, known for its wood carving and browse the artisan workshops selling beautiful wooden handicrafts. This evening, participated in the optional Lake Peten Itza Cruise with Dinner. Enjoy dinner as you sail on board a catamaran on Lake Petén Itzá, the second largest lake in Guatemala. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Optional: Bird-watching in Tikal National Park (AM-early wake-up call)
Optional: Lake Peten Itza Cruise with Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Flight to Guatemala City, Boat Excursion to San Juan La Laguna
Morning departure to Flores for your flight to Guatemala City. Upon arrival, transfer to San Juan La Laguna this morning, an authentic Mayan style town, located on the west shore of Lake Atitlan. Take a tour of the town with its colorful murals depicting aspects of Tz’utujil life and legend. Stop at the main church to admire the stunning interior and intricate stained-glass windows. Later, visit the women’s weaving cooperative, producing beautiful textiles using methods passed down through generations. Free time to browse for souvenirs and explore on your own. Return by boat to Panajachel and spend the balance of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7, Thursday - Market in Chichicastenango, Church of Santo Tomas
Begin the day with a visit to the Chichicastenango Market, one of the largest and most well-known markets in Central America. Hundreds of vendors from the surrounding countryside gather here to sell handicrafts, textiles, candles, food, flowers, and pottery. Spend time browsing the market for unique items that cannot be found elsewhere. Next, head to the 400-hundred year old Church of Santo Tomas, built on a pre-Columbian temple platform, and witness the captivating religious ceremonies that take place right on the steps. Later, continue on to Lake Atitlan, arguably one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Formerly a volcano, water now covers the caldera to create the deepest lake in Central America. The banks of Lake Atitlan are home to many villages in which Mayan culture is still practiced. Explore the site before continuing to your hotel. This afternoon, join the optional Santa Catarina Palopó Village Visit with lunch. Transfer by boat to the village of Santa Catarina Palopó, one of twelve villages located around Lake Atitlan. Its residents are indigenous descendants of the Kaqchikel Maya. After lunch, take a guided tour around the small town to learn more about the traditions of the local people. (Breakfast)

Optional: Santa Catarina Palopó Village Visit with lunch (PM)

DAY 8, Friday - Travel to Antigua Guatemala, Cultural Center La Azotea
Morning departure for Antigua Guatemala. Visit La Azotea cultural center & museum complex, that encompasses a coffee plantation and museums. At the Coffee Museum, learn about the history of coffee, as well as the methods used in producing this world famous export. Proceed to the Casa Ko’jom Mayan Music Museum, where you can view a collection of Mayan musical instruments, paintings and artifacts from pre-Columbian times to the present. Conclude your visit at the Rincon de Sacatepéquez Museum, housing colorful textiles and items related to traditional Guatemalan clothing. Later, transfer to your hotel and after check-in, spend free time for individual discoveries. Perhaps, join the optional Guatemalan Cooking Class with dinner. Take a guided tour of one of Antigua’s uniquely restored colonial era houses. After, a local chef will lead a cooking class and teach you everything you need to know about the culinary heritage and modern traditions of Guatemala. Later, enjoy the food you helped prepare. (Breakfast)

Optional: Guatemalan Cooking Class with dinner (PM)

DAY 9, Saturday - Tour of Antigua Guatemala
This morning, depart for an exciting tour of Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1543 by the Spaniards, today Antigua is a beautiful blend of ruins and restored colonial buildings. Visit Central Plaza, the heart of the city, surrounded by the Palace of the Captains General, and the cathedral. View the church of La Merced with its baroque style façade and continue to the church of San Francisco El Grande. At the conclusion of the tour, there will be time for individual explorations. Tonight, bid adios to your newfound friends and Tour Manager at the Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10, Sunday - Depart Guatemala
Today, transfer independently to the Guatemala City airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)

All This Included
  • Intra-flight Flores-Guatemala City
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • In Guatemala City, discover the unique blend of old and new in Central America's largest metropolis
  • Tour the archaeological site of Copán, Honduras, one of the most impressive cities of the ancient Maya Civilization
  • Explore Tikal, one of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a visit to the Church of Santo Tomas and Chichicastenango Market
  • Visit to Lake Atitlan, a beautiful volcanic lake, ringed by small towns
  • Boat excursion to San Juan La Laguna, famous for its colorful murals
  • Tour of Antigua, a beautiful blend of ruins and restored colonial buildings

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Guatemala City: Barcelo Guatemala City
Copan: Hotel Clarion Posada Real Copan
Tikal: Camino Real
Panajachel: Hotel Atitlan
Antigua: Porta Del Lago or Camino Real Antigua
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Flores-Guatemala City. Passport information for all passengers traveling to Tikal must be submitted 30 days prior to departure.
  • This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. Some hotels in Panajachel are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable. There is an early wake-up for the flight to Guatemala City. The pace is fast, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, cobblestone streets, stairs, steps and significant slope. Due to the varied elevations, travel in Guatemala may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. This is a Classic program. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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