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Itinerary

The Guatemala portion of the program is led by a shared tour manager and may include passengers from other tour companies.

DAY 1, Friday - Depart the USA, Arrive in Guatemala City
Depart the USA for Guatemala. Upon arrival in Guatemala, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Guatemala City

DAY 2, Saturday - Tour of Antigua Guatemala
This morning, meet with your tour manager for an orientation before departing 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, restored colonial buildings, and modern colonial-style buildings. Visit the heart of the city, Central Plaza, surrounded by the Palace of the Captains-General, colonial churches, monasteries, and even a jade factory. Take in the amazing beauty and atmosphere of the city before transfering to Chichicastenango in the afternoon. Balance of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Chichicastenango
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Sunday - Market in Chichicastenango, Church of Santo Tomas, and Lake Atitlan
Depart this morning to visit the most picturesque and colorful guatemalan Market in the country, located in Chichicastenango. 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, move on 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. After the excursion, transfer back to Guatemala City. Balance of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Guatemala City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Full Day in Guatemala City
Today enjoy a full day at leisure in Guatemala City. Spend the day in "The Land of Eternal Spring" by exploring the many sights of Guatemala's capital city. Guatemala City is the largest city in Central America. View the city's museums or take time to explore Kaminaljuyu, an ancient Mayan City around which Guatemala City was built. Please note that optionals Full Day Tikal and Half Day Guatemala City Tour cannot be done together. Passenger must choose one or the other when booking.
Optional: Half Day Guatemala City Tour (AM)
Optional: Full Day Tikal
Optional: Dinner at Local Guatemala City Restaurant
Overnight: Guatemala City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Depart for Panama City
Today transfer to the airport for your flight to Panama City. Arrive in Panama City and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Full Day Panama City
Spend a day at leisure in historic Panama City. Perhaps explore the city on your own or join the optional tour to see the indigenous Embera Tribe in the Panamanian rain forest. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation with your Tour Manager.
Optional: Emebera Indigenous Tour
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Panama City Tour & Miraflores Locks
he day begins with a tour of Panama City's "3 cities", Old Panama, Casco Antiguo, and Modern Panama. Old Panama, also known as Panama La Vieja, is the site of the original city founded by Pedro Arias de Avila in 1519. Tour the archaeological site of the settlement, which finally met its end in 1671 after an attack by the infamous pirate Henry Morgan. From here, continue to the historic center of Panama City, Casco Viejo, the location to which the settlement was moved after the destruction of the original location. In 2003, Casco Antiguo was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and with its mix of architectural styles, including Caribbean, Republican, Art Deco, French, and Colonial, this area has become the second most popular destination in Panama. Take in the atmosphere of this important section of Panama City which houses the majority of the city's monuments such as the Catedral Metropolitana and the National Theater before your tour takes you to Modern Panama, where skyscrapers dominate the skyline. In the afternoon, complete your tour of the city with a visit to the Miraflores Locks, the first set of locks located on the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Here you have the opportunity to view the lock in operation and watch in amazement as over 20 million gallons of water are transferred in less than 10 minutes. Balance of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Excursion to the Anton Valley
In the morning depart for a tour of Panama's scenic Anton Valley. The Anton Valley is located within the crater of the second-largest inhabited dormant volcano in the world. Visit the Macho Cascade, where the 114-foot waterfall tumbles down over ancient rocks and stones. Continue to El Nispero Zoo, where you can see animals and birds endemic to the area. During the tour, view the mysterious petroglyphs of the Anton Valley, whose true meaning still puzzles archaeologists. The day concludes with a visit to the thermal waters where you can enjoy a relaxing soak before returning to Panama City. Balance of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Full Day Panama City
Spend the day at leisure in Panama City. Take the day to do any last-minute shopping and sight-seeing in this capital city or sample the cuisine at one of its world-class restaurants.
Optional: Panama Canal Cruise
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Depart for the USA
Today transfer to the airport via hotel shuttle for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.


Optional Tours

Dinner at Local Guatemala City Restaurant Day #4 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2013 $39
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Enjoy a traditional Guatemalan dinner at Kakao Restaurant, famous for its delicious, authentic cuisine. Start with a local beverage and a selection of appetizers. Then choose from four entree selections, one to suit every taste (including a vegetarian option). Finish with a choice of local desserts served with coffee or tea. Don't miss this gastronomic delight! Gate 1 provides your transportation to and from the restaurant.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2-3 hours.

Full Day Tikal Day #4 01 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2013 $339
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Join an optional tour to Tikal National Park, in the heart of the jungle of northern Guatemala to visit one the greatest Mayan ruins in Central America, You will be picked up early this morning for your flight to Flores, Peten. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the ancient Mayan City of Tikal, 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, visiting 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. Have the opportunity to climb to the top of Pyramid IV, the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from which you will have a complete view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Guatemala City.

Please note: this is a fast-paced tour featuring the highlights of Tikal in a brief visit.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 13-14 hours.

Half Day Guatemala City Tour Day #4 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2013 $27
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This morning join a panoramic tour of Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala and the largest city in Central America. The tour begins 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 the 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. The tour also takes you through the residential and the business districts of the city to gain a full understanding of life in Guatemala City.

**Please note that the order of the above tour may vary

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Full Day Embera Indigenous Tour Day #6 01 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2013 $120
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Depart this morning to begin your excursion to visit the indigenous Embera tribe. Once you are inside Chagres National Park, you will be transported by Piragua, a dug-out canoe, to the tribe's village. Upon arrival, you will be received by a performance of a typical indigenous dance. Throughout the day you will enjoy different presentations of their culture, including dances, art crafts, and body painting; even partake in a traditional lunch of fried fish and plantains served on banana leaves. Later, you will have the opportunity to walk the wild paths through Panama's tropical rain forest and see an incredible waterfall, where you will have the chance to enjoy a swim.

For this tour, it is recommended that you wear closed-toe shoes and bring an extra change of clothing. This tour lasts approximately 7-8 hours.

Panama Canal Cruise Day #9 01 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2013 $155
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Take a cruise on the Panama Canal, one of the most remarkable achievements of the 20th century. Transfer by bus to Gamboa and embark on your cruise. Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the canal is among the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. Take in Panama's beautiful scenery as you cross the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A light lunch will be served on-board.

Please note that the narrator on the cruise will be bilingual, and that the commentary will be in both English and Spanish.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4-5 hours.

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Additional Information:
Please note on Day 4, optionals Full Day Tikal and Half Day Guatemala City Tour cannot be done together. Passenger must choose one or the other when booking.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Entry Fees/Departure taxes are required as follows: Guatemala taxes of up to $3 (20 Quetzales) for international departures. Additional taxes of up to $3 (20 Quetzales) for each domestic flight may also apply.