Dates: 2020 | Details: TBA
Exclusive Boutique Tour
This is a trip planned for the discerning traveler who wants to see and experience the best of this fascinating and colorful country. We will discover the natural beauty and culture at a serene pace.
We visit four of the most important and interesting areas of the country;
Antigua is a World heritage Site with a fascinating history and today is a cosmopolitan and sophisticated city in a lovely setting among three volcanoes. Enjoy wonderful museums, fabulous shopping, sophisticated cuisine and unusual sites. Our visit, at this special time of year, gives us the opportunity to see the making of the amazingly beautiful sand carpets and a procession which is part of the world renowned Easter celebration. Our home, for four days, will be a former convent, now a boutique hotel, with a roof top terrace.
Lake Atitlan has been called “The most beautiful lake in the world” and it is magnificent–set among an astounding panorama of volcanoes. From here we travel by boat to visit villages along the lake; seeing a weaving village and a visit to a local deity called Maximon. The town of Panajachel, which lies below, is home to the Maya, and to X-Pats from all over the world. Our hotel sits on the lake with views from each room and is overlooking luscious manicured gardens. This is a wonderful place to relax and soak in the view.
Chichicastenango, is the hub of the heartland of the Maya/ K’iche people, who are known for their adherence to their pre Christian beliefs. Fascinating rituals, ceremonies and processions take place. Vendors and buyers alike, walk for hours to reach the market in their traditional and colorful outfits. The best crafts are incredible bargains, great people watching and a chance to view centuries old customs.
Tikal’s setting deep in the jungle with its temples rising above the jungle canopy, is an astonishing sight. The Maya settled here in 700 BC and built a magnificent city. With wide causeways, many plazas,steep- sided temples and intricate carvings Tikal is a vast and complicated site.
- 10 hotel nights
- Pick up and drop off at the GUA airport
- Comfortable transportation in a mini bus
- Water and snacks on the mini bus
- The services of a local guide throughout the tour
- 10 breakfasts,
- 3 lunches
- 3 Cocktail Receptions
- 3 Celebratory Dinners
- Entrances to all included sites
- Private boat trip on Lake Atitlan
- Tips at all included meals, for hotel personnel and luggage handling
- A private presentation by a renowned expert on the historical buildings in Antigua.
(not included gratuities to our driver and local guide)
Per Person Double Occupancy
Cost per Person- Single
The tour in Guatemala is Level 11 Moderate Plus –walking is is often on uneven pavement and cobblestones and uphill to get to certain sites. It is necessary to be comfortable walking up hills and some distances to some of the sites; such as churches during Easter celebrations, villages at the lake, the archeological site and markets. It is also necessary to be able to get on and off a small boat. We are 5029 ft. There are no elevators except in Guatemala City.
FLIGHTS — flights to and from Guatemala are not included. I have added the extra night in Mex City so that we can take advantage of the very reasonable prices on Interjet. And don’t forget the 20% senior discount. When you have reserved, I will send the flight information.
This tour will not be offered in 2019 but will resume in 2020.