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Explore the old and new capitals of Guatemala on this full-day sightseeing adventure that combines both vehicle and walking tours of Guatemala City and Antigua. You’ll see major highlights like the Civic Center, Metropolitan Cathedral and the Central Market in Guatemala City, before heading to the World-Heritage listed city of Antigua. Wander the historic streets of this picturesque colonial town and stop at La Merced Church, Central Park and other highlights before enjoying a traditional lunch.

Highlights

  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Guatemala City and Antigua
  • Discover Guatemala City’s top attractions on a driving tour with a local guide
  • See the Civic Center, National Palace of Culture, Metropolitan Cathedral and Central Market
  • Admire urban art by artists Dagoberto Vásquez and Carlos Mérida
  • Take a walking tour of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit La Merced Church, San José Cathedral, Central Park and Santa Catalina Arch
  • Enjoy a Guatemalan lunch at a local restaurant

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What You Can Expect

Guatemala City and Antigua Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Ruins of San Jose Cathedral in Antigua

Kick off your full-day Guatemala City and Antigua sightseeing tour with hotel pick up. Head with your expert guide to Avenue of the Americas—named in 1948—where you’ll venture to the Civic Center. Notice the impressive buildings surrounding this popular destination, which date back to the 1950s and 60s. You’ll wander past City Hall, the National Mortgage Bank and the Supreme Court, as well as other municipal structures.

Your guide will show you murals by artist Dagoberto Vasquez and explain the scenes straight out of Guatemalan history that are showcased in his work. You’ll also see impressive and colorful mosaic work by Carlos Merida.

From the Civic Center you will head to Constitution Plaza (Plaza de la Constitucion). Your guide will point out the famous structures that surround you, like the National Palace of Culture, the National Library and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Once you’ve taken in the beauty and history of Guatemala City, follow your guide through the stalls of the city’s Central Market. You’ll see handicrafts, colorful textiles, leather goods and jewelry that make great gifts and keepsakes to remember this incredible day.

Savor a traditional lunch with your guide and fellow travelers at a local restaurant before heading to Antigua—about 45 minutes west of the capital—in air-conditioned comfort. This stunning city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its Spanish colonial style and charm.

Your guide will lead you on a 3.5-hour walking tour of the old city’s cobble stone streets, past key sites like Central Park, the Palace of the Captain Generals, City Hall and the Archbishop’s Palace. Wander past the iconic Sirens’ Fountain, which was built in the 1930s before making your way to the whitewashed halls of San Jose Cathedral. The Baroque architecture of this iconic church proves a highlight of this memorable tour. Your guide will share insight and information about the underground passageways that cloistered nuns once used to cross the street while you take in the building’s beauty.

Before returning to Guatemala City and your hotel, make a final stop at La Merced Church where you’ll marvel at Antigua’s largest fountain and savor your last bit of colonial beauty.

Customer Reviews

dudleym

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

First I want to start off saying that our tour guide Juan Pablo, and driver Juan were excellent! They were the ones that really made the tour worth it. Juan picked us up from the hotel 10 minutes early and was a safe and skilled driver. We took this tour on our first day during our trip to Guatemala, although the other two couples were on the last day of their trip. In total our tour group had 7 people. I must say that Juan Pablo was one of the best tour guides I have ever had. Not only was he friendly and knowledgable, but he was also extremely accommodating and gracious, especially towards my elderly mother. He even picked up her ring which had to be sized at the jade factory during our lunch! Antigua itself was beautiful and Guatemala City was bustling just like any other city. Would definitely recommend as an introduction to Guatemala!

Juan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great experience

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very nice and complete tour. Antigua is a lovely city and our guide was very professional and knowledgeable telling a lot about the history of the city. Lunch was very tasty. In the afternoon we went to Guatemala City and we walked along the city center. We had plenty of time to do shopping too!! I really recommend this tour. Sandra C.

y_kchin Malaysia

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

Nice tourguide and driver but terrible traffics

Elizabeth K

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Great taste of Guatemala for a short stay. I was the only participant, so it was a private tour! Jose was great with excellent information about Antigua, Guatemala City, and Guatemala as a whole. Highly recommend this tour as a starting point if it is your first time to Guatemala or you are only here for a short business trip.

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