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  • Location: Antigua, Guatemala
  • Duration:  8 days (approx.)
Immerse yourself in Guatemala’s fascinating history and beautiful scenery on this 8-day tour. See some of Guatemala’s best-known destinations as you take a city sightseeing tour around Antigua, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Atitlan, visit the Mayan ruins of Yaxha and Tikal, hike up Pacaya Volcano and more. This all-inclusive tour includes transportation and overnight accommodation, making it a convenient way to get the most out of your trip to Guatemala!

Highlights

  • 8-day best of Guatemala sightseeing tour from Guatemala City
  • Take a guided sightseeing tour of the charming colonial city of Antigua
  • Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on Lake Atitlan and explore the lakeside town Panajachel
  • Get a unique insight into local culture at the Tzutujil village of Santiago de Atitlan
  • Visit the ancient Mayan ruin site of Tikal in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park
  • Discover the historical significance of the impressive Mayan ruins of Iximché and Yaxha
  • Learn about the history and culture of Guatemala from your expert English-speaking guide
  • Transportation, entrance fees and overnight accommodation included

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What You Can Expect

8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins

8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour

After pickup from the airport in Guatemala City, enjoy a fully-guided tour around beautiful Guatemala on this 8-day adventure beginning in Antigua. Admire the sights of Antigua as you walk along the cobblestone streets on a city sightseeing tour. Then, take a private boat ride across Lake Atitlan, discover local village life in Tzutuhil, and admire gorgeous views from atop Pacaya Volcano on an moderate, 5-hour walk.

Tour three different Mayan ruins sites -- Yaxha, Iximché and Tikal, which is in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park – and learn about the significance and history of each archeological wonder from your expert guide. With overnight accommodation, all entrance fees, ground and air transportation and an English-speaking guide included, this is the perfect way to explore Guatemala!

For a full itinerary, please see the Itinerary section below.

Seven nights of accommodation are included at 4- and 4.5-star hotels with amenities including room service, business centers and swimming pools. The hotels are subject to change, and if that happens, you will stay at comparable 4- or 4.5-star hotels.

Note: pricing for each accommodation option is per group, not per person

Itinerary

Day 1:
Once you arrive at the La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, enjoy convenient transportation to your hotel in Antigua to gear up for your exciting 8-day guided Guatemala tour.

Overnight: Camino Real Antigua or similar in Antigua

Day 2: (B)
After breakfast, explore the charming colonial city of Antigua on foot with your knowledgeable guide. Visit some of the city’s most beautiful churches, including the Baroque-style La Merced Church, San Francisco Church and Santo Domingo Monastery, which was once the biggest and wealthiest monastery in Guatemala. After lunch (own expense), visit a nearby coffee plantation, where you’ll learn how Guatemalan coffee is made and sample some of the plantation’s fresh coffee. After the coffee plantation tour, enjoy some free time in Antigua, where you can browse local shops or relax in your hotel room.

Overnight: Camino Real Antigua or similar in Antigua

Day 3: (B)
Enjoy breakfast before spending the morning hiking up Pacaya Volcano, the most active volcano in Guatemala. Admire impressive views of the Calderas Lagoon and the three nearby volcanoes -- Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. As you take an easy hike up Pacaya, your guide will tell you about the history of the active volcano and point out unique volcano vegetation. After your 5-hour visit to Pacaya Volcano, the rest of the day is yours to explore Antigua on your own.

Overnight: Camino Real Antigua or similar in Antigua

Day 4: (B)
After breakfast on your fourth day, visit Lake Atitlan, approximately an hour northwest of Antigua. You'll be transported in a comfortable coach to the famous lake. Enjoy a beautiful private sightseeing cruise across the lake to the Tzutujil village of Santiago de Atitlan. Hop ashore here to discover local village life of the Tzutujil Mayan people, and visit the main street filled with shops selling everything from oil paintings to woven baskets. Then, re-board the boat and cruise to the lakeside town of Panajachel. Spend some time in the town exploring Santander Street, the town’s main strip filled with shops, craft stands and restaurants. You'll have time to stop for lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant before heading to your Panajachel hotel. The rest of the night is yours to enjoy!

Overnight: Hotel Atitlán or similar in Panajachel

Day 5: (B)
On your fifth day, have breakfast and head to Chichicastenango, located approximately 30 minutes north of Panajachel. Admire the beautiful landscape as you are transported north by a comfortable car. Walk through the town’s narrow cobblestone streets and past its red-tiled roofs. In the main town plaza, visit the famous Chichicastenango open-air market, filled with locally made products, like ceramic pots, wood carvings and handmade goods, as well as fruits and vegetables. While you’re in the plaza, visit the Iglesia de Santo Tomas (Church of Santo Tomas), located on the east side of the plaza.

Then, visit Calvary Church, a smaller version of Iglesia Santo Tomas, located on the west side of the plaza. After lunch (own expense), visit the archaeological site of Iximché, which was once a Mayan city. With your guide, explore the ruins’ four ceremonial plazas, which are surrounded by tall temple structures and two ball courts. Learn about the history of this fascinating ancient site as you tour the area. After touring Iximché, you'll be transported to Guatemala City.

Overnight:
Barceló or similar in Guatemala City

Day 6: (B, L)
Start your sixth day early with a flight to Flores, located in the region of Petén, to visit the Mayan ruin site of Tikal in Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Covering an area of more than 341 sq miles (550 sq km), this national park contains thousands of separate ruin structures scattered around, each full of fascinating history.

Explore everything from the Central Acropolis, a maze of courtyards and small temples, to Complex Q and R, where you'll see twin pyramid complexes with altars set in front of the temples. Visit the massive Temple I, the Temple of the Grand Jaguar, and learn about its historical importance from your guide. Take a lunch break at the park before continuing your exploration of the national park. At night, enjoy free time to explore Flores.

Overnight: Camino Real Tikal or similar in Flores

Day 7: (B, L)
After breakfast, visit the Mayan archeological site of Yaxha with your guide. Explore the scenic jungle landscape of this unique area overlooking the Yaxha and Sacnab lakes. As you follow your guide around Yaxha, learn about the history of this ceremonial Mayan site, which features more than 500 ancient structures. Spend time visiting various areas including pyramid temples, ball courts and elevated plazas. After touring Yaxha, you’ll be transferred back to Guatemala City for an overnight accommodation.

Overnight: Barceló or similar in Guatemala City

Day 8: (B)
After your amazing 8-day tour, relax on the drive back to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

It was excellent

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2013

The itinerary is well designed. Every place is worth visiting. All the drivers and guilds always showed up on time. We didn't feel unsafe at all throughout the trip. Camino Real Antigua and Hotel Atitlan are very good accommodation choices. But there are some problems with their trip quality assurance:
1) Our guide didn't take us to Santo Domingo Monastery in Antigua. We spent more time in Azotea Coffee Farm watching video.
2) Our guide didn't take us to Santiago de Atitlan. He took us to Santa Catarina and Santa Antonio.
3) Our guide didn't take to Iximché.
4) Our local guide at Tikal explained a lot about other acropolis, temples...but didn't explain anything at the most seen Grand Plaza.
5) Hotel Peten Esplendido was not as nice as other accommodations.
6) Not agency's issue...it's a nice hike onto the top of Pacaya Volcano, but we didn't get to see any lava flowing.

And I want to say our local guide at Yaxha did a great job. Too bad I forgot his name.

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