7-Days Guatemala & Tikal, a Quick Look Around – From $1,479 Adults / $759 Kids
ARRIVALS ON WEDNESDAYS OR SATURDAYS IN GUATEMALA CITY UNTIL DEC 15, 2017
Get a grand view of Guatemala, from an ancient civilization site, colonial places, Mayan culture, historical monuments and today’s modern city. This journey on seven days spans from east to west, then north to south to show you glimpses of Guatemala’s nature and history. Head west to Chichicastenango, a site of traditional Maya culture, where you can witness ancient rituals, and enjoy a visit the colorful open-air native market. Continue on an adventure to the deepest lake in Central America, Lake Atitlan, for more culture and beauty to feel nature at its best. Then follow east to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua Guatemala, a place full of colonial history, tradition, and unique surroundings, where you can admire the architectural landmarks and colonial charm. Head north and visit one of the largest Maya civilization cities, Tikal, another World Heritage Site, to absorb its history from the 4th century BC’s structures still standing. The expedition ends south in Guatemala City, an active, vibrant, populated city that comprises history and modernity.
Our Guatemala & Tikal, a Quick Look Around Expedition features guided visits to Colonial Antigua, traditional Chichicastenango, beautiful Lake Atitlan, and to the off-the-beaten-path ancient Maya site of Yaxha. Spend an overnight stay in the Flores area before an exploration of the Tikal Archeological Park in the jungles of the Petén.
- 2 nights hotel accommodations in Guatemala City at the hotel of your choice with breakfast and applicable taxes on your first and last night of the tour program
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Lake Atitlan at the hotel of your choice with breakfast and applicable taxes
- 2 nights hotel accommodations in Antigua at the hotel of your choice with breakfast and applicable taxes
- 1 night hotel accommodations in the Flores, Petén area of the Tikal Archaeological Park at the hotel of your choice with breakfast and applicable taxes
- 10 meals (6 breakfasts, 4 lunches)
- Private transfers from Aurora International Airport to your hotel in Guatemala City
- Private guided ride from Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan with stop en-route at the Open-Air Chichicastenango Native Market
- Observation of Ancient Maya rituals in Chichicastenango
- Visit to the village of Santiago de Atitlan and ride across Lake Atitlan
- Private transfer from Lake Atitlan to Antigua
- Private Tour of the historic Colonial sites in Antigua
- Transfer from Antigua to Guatemala City airport for your flight to Flores, Petén
- Local round trip flight; Guatemala City- Flores/Tikal- Guatemala City
- Shared transfer Flores Airport—Flores area hotel- Flores Airport
- Entrance fees to Yaxhá Maya site and the Tikal Archaeological Park
- Shared Excursion of Yaxhá Maya site
- Shared Excursion of Tikal Maya site
- Private transfer from your Guatemala City hotel to Aurora International Airport
- Services of English-speaking guides
- All transfers and sightseeing in A/C vehicles
- Personalized services from our Guatemala based partners
DAY 1 | WEDNESDAY OR SATURDAY | Welcome to Guatemala City.
Meet and greet service at the Aurora International Airport of Guatemala City. Transfer to the hotel of your choice for an overnight stay. Balance of the day to enjoy the city at your own pace.
- Standard Class: Stofella Hotel
- First Class: Barcelo Guatemala City Hotel
- Deluxe Class: Camino Real Westin
DAY 2 | THURSDAY OR SUNDAY | Witness Ancient Rituals in Chichicastenango and view the Open-air Market / Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan | B.L.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. At the appropriate time, meet your private guide for today’s adventure: A scenic ride to the village of Chichicastenango, also known as Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, a town in El Quiché, known for its traditional K’iche’ Maya culture. The Spanish conquistadors gave the town its name from the Nahuatl name used by their soldiers from Tlaxcala: Tzitzicaztenanco, or City of Nettles. Its original name was Chaviar.
In its famous market is where vendors sell handicrafts, food, flowers, pottery, wooden boxes, condiments, medicinal plants, candles, pom and copal (traditional incense), cal (lime stones for preparing tortillas), grindstones, pigs and chickens, machetes, and other tools. Next to the market is the 400-year old church of Santo Tomás. It is built atop a Pre-Columbian temple platform, and the steps originally leading to a temple of the pre-Hispanic Maya civilization remain venerated. K’iche’ Maya priests still use the church for their rituals, burning incense and candles. Each of the 18 stairs that lead up to the church stands for one month of the Maya calendar year. Enjoy lunch at a local Inn.
Then continue on a short ride to Lake Atitlan for an overnight stay at the hotel of your choice with breakfast included:
- Standard Class: Dos Mundos Hotel
- First Class: Posada de Don Rodrigo
- Deluxe Class: Lake Atitlan Hotel
DAY 3 | FRIDAY OR MONDAY | Lake crossing to Santiago de Atitlan / Lake Atitlan to Antigua | B.L.
After your breakfast at the hotel, your guide will take you on a scenic crossing across Lake Atitlan. Of volcanic origin, the lake is the deepest in Central America. The cultures of the towns and villages surrounding Lake Atitlan are influenced by the Maya people. Afterward, visit one of the largest lakeside communities Santiago de Atitlán and it is noted for its worship of Maximón, an idol formed by the fusion of traditional Mayan deities, Catholic saints, and conquistador legends. The village is famous for its Primitive Art Works, including some of the most beautiful Naïf Paintings. Browse around the many little shops and meet some of the local artists. Have lunch in Santiago Atitlan before crossing back to Panajachel.
Then transfer on a scenic ride to the Spanish colonial city of Antigua Guatemala for a two-night stay at the hotel of your choice with daily breakfast included:
- Standard Class: Posada La Merced
- First Class: Posada de Don Rodrigo
- Deluxe Class: Casa Santo Domingo
DAY 4 | SATURDAY OR TUESDAY | Exploring Colonial Antigua | B.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. At the appropriate time, meet your private guide for today’s adventure: A private visit of Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, which was founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 mts. above sea-level, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. It is also known as “La Antigua Guatemala.” UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.
The city’s 16th-century Renaissance grid pattern and Baroque-style monumental buildings and ruins have survived along with cobblestone streets, plazas with fountains, and domestic architecture. Among the many significant historical buildings, the Palace of the Captains General, the Cathedral, Las Capuchinas, La Merced, Santa Clara, the Cultural Center La Azotea, where you can taste one cup of the best Guatemalan Coffee, and learn all about it. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 5 | SUNDAY OR WEDNESDAY | Antigua to Flores City in the Petén Jungle / Exploration of the Yaxha Maya site | B.L.
Early morning transfer from your hotel in Antigua to the Guatemala City airport for a flight to Flores Airport in the jungle of the Petén (airfare is included) for a guided shared expedition of the archaeological site of Yaxhá, which is considered as a cultural and natural monument. It holds a complex system of wetlands and woods. The site is located over a hill surrounded by the Sacnab and Yaxhá lagoons. The site covers a zone of two square kilometers, where more than 1,700 structures have been identified. The site was inhabited by the Maya civilization since the Pre-classic period (1500 B.C. – 250 A. C.), through the Classic period (250-950 A .C.). From the main temple you can experience an unparalleled view of Yaxhá Lagoon and the city of Topoxté on the other side. Lunch will be served after the shared visit at a local restaurant. After lunch transfer to your hotel in the Flores area to check-in for an overnight stay
- Standard Class: Casona de la Isla Hotel
- First Class: Villa Maya OR Maya Internacional Hotel
- Deluxe Class: Camino Real Westin
DAY 6 | MONDAY OR THURSDAY | Discover the secrets of Tikal, the most beautiful ancient Mayan city | Flores to Guatemala City | B.L.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. At the appropriate time, meet your guide for today’s adventure: A shared guided visit of the Tikal Archeological Park. Enjoy a walking tour of one of the largest of the Classic period Maya cities in the Americas. Named by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, the architecture of the ancient city is built from limestone and includes the remains of temples that tower over 230 ft. high, large royal palaces, in addition to smaller pyramids, palaces, residences, administrative buildings, platforms and inscribed stone monuments.
Also enjoy the tropical forest, nesting place of hundreds of exotic birds and habitat of a wide variety of wildlife. Taste your lunch at a local Inn. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the Flores Airport for the return flight to Guatemala City’s Airport (airfare is included). On arrival, private transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay with breakfast included.
- Standard Class: Stofella Hotel
- First Class: Barcelo Guatemala City Hotel
- Deluxe Class: Camino Real Westin
DAY 7 | TUESDAY OR FRIDAY | Guatemala City / Home or your next destination | B.
At the designated time, private transfer to the Aurora International Airport to check-in for your on-ward flight home or your next destination.
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STANDARD CLASS HOTELS
Guatemala City: Best Western Stofella Hotel is located in the heart of the Zona Viva, surrounded by exclusive stores, office buildings, residential areas and an abundance of restaurants and nightclubs. A 5-minute walk from Zona Viva’s shopping and nightlife, this contemporary hotel is also 5.4 km from the National Palace, and 7 km from the airport.
All of the classic rooms are non-smoking and come with free Wi-Fi in each room as well as in public areas of the hotel, LCD TV 32” cable service, desks, minibars, air conditioning, hair dryers, mini bars, electronic safe, telephone, and coffee makers.
There’s complimentary breakfast and all-day coffee, as well as parking. Other amenities include a restaurant with Italian cuisine and a wine bar, plus a fitness room and a business center. While there is an elevator, some rooms are accessible only via stairs Each of the rooms has a small sitting area where you can work, visit or just relax. There is also laundry service.
In Lake Atitlan: Dos Mundos. “Dos Mundos” means “Two Worlds”, and Hotel Dos Mundos is a blend of Italian old-world grace and style while keeping the best of Guatelama’s new-world excitement.
Located right on Panajachel’s main street, combines modern comforts with personal service to make guests feel at home during their stay at Lake Atitlán. 23 rooms are comfortably furnished and have private bath, cable TV and phone. The hotel features a restaurant and a swimming pool.
In Antigua Guatemala: Posada La Merced is located just 650 feet from La Merced square and its church, a 5 minutes’ walk from Antigua Main Square. Free WiFi access is the rooms and public areas. Some rooms como with a desk. The private bathrooms include showers. At Posada La Merced Antigua you will find a 24-hour front desk, a terrace a seating area and a shared kitchen. This property is 600 mts from the Handicraft Market, 700 mtsfrom San José Cathedral and 28 miles from the La Aurora International Airport. This property is also rated for the best value in Antigua Guatemala! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
In Flores, Peten: Casona de la Isla Hotel is located on Flores Island, linked by road to the shore of Lake Peten Itza, Hotel Casona de La Isla offers an outdoor pool and hot tub. All air-conditioned rooms have views towards the hotel patio, the lake or the pool. Each features a TV and private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. The complex has a bar and restaurant. There are also several restaurants and lounge bars in the surrounding area.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Flores! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. This hotel is highly rated for good value! Guests say you get more for your money here than at other properties in Flores.
FIRST CLASS HOTELS
Guatemala City: Barceló Guatemala City Hotel is a 6-minute walk from the nearest metro station, and 3 km from Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora airport. Featuring sliding glass doors and balconies, the laid-back rooms provide Wi-Fi (fee) and cable TV, along with minibars, safes and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms have access to a lounge with free snacks and drinks. Room service is available 24/7.
The Barceló Guatemala City 5 star hotel features 397 elegant rooms, all of them equipped with modern facilities. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’ll get everything you need to enjoy your stay. In this Premium category hotel you will find a business center, a travel agency, and airline or car rental offices. Practice swimming, racquetball or yoga or exercise inside the fitness center. If you’d like, you may also relax in the Natural Spa: featuring massage rooms and a beauty salon.
Panajachel – Lake Atitlan: Posada de Don Rodrigo Hotel located on the shores of Lake Atitlán, with views of Volcán San Pedro, constructed with a Colonial-style exterior, is a 6-minute walk from a ferry terminal is just 2.5 hours away from Guatemala City. It is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, which provides a peaceful setting to travelers that visit Panajachel. In close proximity to the Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo, you will find the Santander Street, the bustle of its ambulatory market and the multicolor craftsmanship shops will open the door for you. After a revitalizing swim in the cold water of the lake Atitlan, renew your energy by immersing yourself in a pleasantly warm pool.
The Hotel only has 39 rooms, rustic-chic, with carved wood furniture and ceramic-tile floors, free Wi-Fi and cable TVs, private bath, hot water, A/C, cable TV and a telephone line, and some have fireplaces. Suites with lake views include bathtubs and private gardens. Room service is available. Breakfast is served in a casual restaurant with shaded terrace seating, lake views and live entertainment. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a water slide, and a garden with hammocks, plus a sauna and an archaeological museum. Additionally: Safe (in the reception area), airport transfers, international call packages, free Wi-Fi in public areas, laundry service, outdoor pool with slide, solarium, children’s play area, temazcal sauna/bathhouse, massage service (by appointment), business Center, free parking, Museo Lacustre live folk music every Saturday night at the onsite restaurant, room service, wake up calls.
In Antigua Guatemala: Posada de Don Rodrigo. One of La Antigua Guatemala’s most enchanting hotels has been family owned and operated for generations. Consisting of three lovingly restored colonial residences, of which one is the three-hundred-year-old “Casa de Los Leones”– a national historic monument. The hotel perfectly captures the essence of old-world Antigua. This charming hotel has a view of Volcán de Agua, is a 6-minute walk from both the Catedral de San José and Choco Museo. Hotel Posada De Don Rodrigo has been renovated to offer you all the facilities expected of a first class hostelry, providing excellent quality, food and services for the discerning traveler.
Cozy rooms are individually decorated with Colonial-style furnishings, original artwork, and hand-painted ceilings. Each a luxury experience with a unique history and ambience. All rooms have furniture hand-carved by local artisans, come with garden views, free Wi-Fi, and cable TV. Upgraded quarters add fireplaces, volcano views and/or balconies. Room service is available. The hotel’s romantic restaurant features enticing Guatemalan cuisine, along with live Marimba music and Baile de los Moros folk dancing EVERY NIGHT AT 8 P.M. Parking is complimentary. There’s also a serene courtyard garden with fountains.
In Tikal: Villa Maya Hotel is an open invitation to adventure! This relaxed hotel, set in a nature reserve on the shore of Petenchel lagoon, lies 6 km from Zoologico Petencito, 10 km from Mundo Maya International Airport and 13 km from Flores. The hotel is located in a vast natural private reserve, and the shores of Petenchel and Monifata lagoons, where a wide variety of birds inhabit, as well as unique flowers and trees. In its private reserve the hotel boasts a refugee for conservation and breeding of white-tailed deer, paca (tepezcuintle), scarlet macaw and pecari. Nature trails, bicycle and binocular rental, horseback riding and a variety of tours are available for clients to explore this fascinating surrounding.
Each one of the 56 airy, eco-chic rooms offers private bathroom, hot water, AC, minibar, and private balcony to enjoy magnificent views of the lagoon, tropical forest and exotic gardens. Wi-Fi and room service are available.
There’s an international restaurant with outdoor seating, as well as 2 outdoor pools and a hot tub. Other amenities include tropical gardens and nature trails. Bike rentals are offered
In Tikal: Maya Internacional Hotel Nestled on a private beach, this Flores hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mundo Maya International Mall and Central Park. Flores Dock and Cathedral of Flores are also within 1 mile. The hotel offers you all the comfort that you expect after a day of adventure in the jungle and in beautiful archaeological sites like Tikal.
The 28 rooms at Hotel Maya Internacional provide balconies, room service, cable TV, ceiling fans, phones, and free toiletries all with beautiful views of the Flores Island & Petén Itzá Lake.
Hotel Maya Internacional has an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Business amenities include a business center and small meeting rooms. Additional amenities this beach hotel offers are a restaurant and a bar/lounge, free Wi-Fi in the public areas, free self-parking, gift shops/newsstands, laundry facilities, and a garden.
DELUXE CLASS HOTELS
Guatemala City: The Westin Camino Real Hotel. This chic hotel, in a modern building, is a 6-minute walk from the Zona Viva upscale shopping and entertainment district. Offering free airport transportation, guests will enjoy the location, convenient to business and local culture. Offering a variety of services to make your stay more relaxing, guests will leave The Westin Camino Real, Guatemala feeling refreshed and reinvigorated. Spend the day by the outdoor heated pool, enjoy a game of tennis or squash, or renew your body and mind in the state-of-the-art fitness center.
The 271 guest rooms at The Westin Camino Real, Guatemala boast a classical European look and magnificent views. Each luxurious room features remote-control satellite television, dual-line telephones and fax/data ports, hair dryers, minibars, Wi-Fi (fee), personal safes and refreshment centers. Upgraded rooms offer access to a club lounge, while suites include living rooms and extra bathrooms. A chic 1-bedroom apartment adds extra space and free perks. Room service is offered.
Freebies include parking and a breakfast buffet served in a refined restaurant. There’s a modern cafe and an elegant bar with live music. Amenities also include sports courts, a gym and a spa, as well as an outdoor pool, a steam bath and a hot tub.
In Lake Atitlan: Hotel Atitlan is a 61-room Hotel and Botanical Garden set on a former coffee plantation next to Lake Atitlán. It is 1 km from the main Panajachel water taxi terminal and 2 km from the Museo Lacustre Atitlán. The Hotel is located at the northern edge of Lake Atitlan on Finca San Buenaventura, near Panajachel in the Guatemalan highlands. It has a full-service restaurant and bar offering international cuisine prepared from fresh produce purchased in local markets. The Hotel design is patterned after Spanish-Colonial haciendas favored by Guatemala plantation owners in the 18th Century. It is accented by hand-crafted furniture and hand-woven fabrics. The Hotel was built over a 21-year period by skilled, local laborers and craftsmen. The garden is a collection of different gardens, each with their own identity. They are broadly divided into luscious tropical gardens, formal rose gardens and a mixture of Hibiscus, Heliconias, Passion Flower and Bougainvillea. The garden has more than 500 different species representing 250 plant families.
Featuring local art and terracotta tile floors, the refined, eclectic rooms include free Wi-Fi, cable TV and balconies with lake or garden views. Suites add fireplaces and room service. Breakfast is served in a casual restaurant with colorful, Mayan-style tablecloths and a striking mahogany bar. The grounds feature botanical gardens, along with an infinity pool, a hot tub and private beach access. Other amenities include a fitness center and free outdoor parking.
In Antigua Guatemala: Casa Santo Domingo Hotel is without a doubt Antigua Guatemala’s premier hotel; it has successfully integrated all the comforts and amenities of our time with one of the grandest convents of America: a sanctuary that sheltered the followers of the order of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. Today, the hotel stands as an important monument, housing and preserving the treasures from the baroque era of ancestral America. Each corner of this house, each stone, each image and each piece that composes this hotel museum is a chapter in the story of our beautiful hotel. This colonial-style hotel is a 10-minute walk from Antigua Guatemala Cathedral and an 11-minute walk from Santa Catalina Arch. Casa Santo Domingo is an integral part of the beautiful Colonial city of Antigua, preserving treasures from the baroque period of ancestral America. The Casa Santo Domingo is located 28 miles (45 km) from Guatemala City and 5 minutes walking distance from the center of the city of La Antigua Guatemala. The hotel includes one of the finest gourmet restaurants in Guatemala and is very close to other restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. There’s also an exercise room, an outdoor pool and an ancient Americas cultural museum. Parking is included.
Each one of the 130 rooms are updated with the finest amenities: LCD Cable TV, telephone with voicemail, minibar, safe, hair dryer, hypo-allergenic pillows (on request), bathrobes, twice-daily housekeeping service, fireplace, free Wi-Fi, terrace/balcony, Jacuzzi or sauna (in select rooms). Many of the decorations throughout the hotel’s public spaces, as well as in the rooms, are real colonial treasures.
In Tikal: Camino Real Tikal Hotel is a landmark hotel overlooking Lake Peten Itza and located halfway in between the Mayan Ruins of Tikal and the city of Flores. It is situated within the Cerro Cahui Nature Reserve and consists of 72 spacious rooms. The lush Peten jungle which surrounds the Hotel Camino Real provides travelers with a unique opportunity to explore one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites and relax in an unspoiled nature paradise. And the immediate proximity of the hotel to Lake Peten Itza even permits tourists to practice some water sports.
Camino Real Tikal offers 72 luxurious rooms with a balcony, all with a view to Lake Peten Itza, equipped with cable TV, telephone, AC, minibar and safety deposit boxes. Within its grounds, guests will enjoy the convenience of a swimming pool, gym, gift shop, and a full service gourmet restaurant, health club, airport shuttle, business center, Wi-Fi in the lobby, rooftop terrace.
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- The prices do not include: personal expenses, additional activities, international and local airfares (except Tikal flight, which is included) as well as airports departure taxes, tips to guides, drivers, porters, bell and wait staff.
- Meal Codes: B = Breakfast. L = Lunch.
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