11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras

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11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras
Barcelo Guatemala City Guatemala City
Hotel Atitlan Lake Atitlan, Panajachel
Porta Del Lago Lake Atitlan, Panajachel
Camino Real Antigua Antigua Guatemala
Hotel Marina Copan Copan
Catamaran Island Hotel Rio Dulce
Villa Maya Flores
Camino Real Tikal, Lago de Peten Itza

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Flores-Guatemala City.

Passport information for all passengers traveling to Tikal must be submitted 30 days prior to departure.


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Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. Some hotels in Panajachel are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable. There is an early wake-up for the flight to Guatemala City. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, cobblestone streets, stairs, steps and significant slope. Due to the varied elevations, travel in Guatemala may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Miami-Guatemala City, Guatemala City-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Flores-Guatemala City
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Guatemala City
    • 2 nights Panajachel (Lake Atilan)
    • 2 nights Antigua
    • 1 night Copán
    • 1 night Rio Dulce
    • 2 nights Tikal
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 18 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
 

Special Features

  • Tour of Antigua, a beautiful blend of ruins and restored colonial buildings
  • Tour of Santiago, the largest of the lake communities, with a strong indigenous identity
  • Visit to Lake Atitlan, a beautiful volcanic lake, ringed by small towns
  • Enjoy a visit to the Church of Santo Tomas and Market in Chichicastenango
  • Tour of archaeological site of Copán, Honduras, one of the most impressive cities of the ancient Maya Civilization
  • Visit the Mayan ruins of Quirigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Launch excursion to San Felipe Castle
  • Tour of Tikal, one of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization
  • Tour of the Mayan archaeological sites of Yaxha, Topoxte, Tikal and Quirigua in Guatemala and Copan in Honduras
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. Some hotels in Panajachel are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable. There is an early wake-up for the flight to Guatemala City. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, cobblestone streets, stairs, steps and significant slope. Due to the varied elevations, travel in Guatemala may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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

DAY 2, Saturday - Guatemala City Tour, Lake Atitlan
This morning, depart for a panoramic tour of Guatemala City and discover the unique blend of old and new in Central America's largest metropolis. Begin 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 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. Afterward, head to Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful in the world, with its crystalline-azure waters. Atitlán is the ideal place to come in contact with Guatemalan folklore. Twelve Indian villages surround the lake which are inhabited by descendants from the great Quiché, Cakchiquel, and Tzutujil nations. This evening attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Panajachel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Market in Chichicastenago, Church of Santo Tomas
Today, depart for Chichicastenango to visit the most picturesque and colorful Indian Market in the country. 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, head 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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before spending the afternoon at leisure. This evening, dine together at the hotel
Overnight: Panajachel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Lake Atitlan, Tour of Santiago
This morning, you will board the motor launch to cross Lake Atitlán to the picturesque Indian village of Santiago Atitlán, one of the twelve lake-shore villages surrounding the Lake. Enjoy this bustling Indian community, where weavers work the colorful textiles before continuing on to Antigua for overnight
Overnight: Antigua
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - City Tour of Antigua
After breakfast, begin a full day city tour of Antigua, 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 Central Plaza, in the heart of the city, surrounded by the Palace of the Captains General, colonial churches, monasteries, and a jade factory. Marvel at the amazing beauty and atmosphere of the city. Evening is at leisure to explore on your own
Overnight: Antigua
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Copán Ruins
A very early morning departure for Copan, Honduras. After clearing immigration formalities, depart for a tour of the Copán Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that is considered to be one of the most impressive cities of the ancient Maya Civilization. Be amazed by the huge complex, which flourished from the 5th to 9th centuries AD, and consists of temples and plazas built on multiple levels. Explore the site before continuing to your hotel for dinner
Overnight: Copan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Visit Quiriguá
This morning, visit the Mayan site of Quirigua, located at the crossroads of several ancient trade routes. Originally built in the image of the Mayan area of Copán, Quirigua now lies in ruins, leaving a mere 21 monuments. Ponder the ancient mysteries of this small city before heading to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Rio Dulce
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Launch Excursion to San Felipe Castle
Early morning transfer to Rio Dulce. Board a launch bound for "Castillo de San Felipe" on Lake Izabal at the entrance to the Rio Dulce. Built in 1652, the San Felipe Castle was a Spanish colonial fort designed to prevent pirates from entering the lake from the Caribbean and keeping them from looting the villages. Later, continue on to the town of Livingston, at the mouth of the Rio Dulce (time and weather permitting). Once Guatemala's main port on the Caribbean Sea, it is still known today for its cultural mix. Afterward, continue to Tikal for overnight
Overnight: Tikal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Excursion to Yaxha and Topoxte
Depart for Yaxha, a pre-Columbian city and ceremonial site for the Maya civilization. Spend the morning exploring the site, which contains over 500 structures, including the only twin-pyramid complex found outside of Tikal. Continue on to Topoxte, an outpost of Yaxha, located on a cluster of 5 islands in Yaxha Lake. Afterwards, return to your hotel in Tikal for a festive farewell dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Tikal
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Sightseeing Tour of Tikal, Fly to Guatemala City
This morning travel to the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, one of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, 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, as you visit 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. Opportunity to climb to the top of Pyramid IV, the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from which you will have a panoramic view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle. After your tour of the ruins of what was once considered the most powerful kingdom of the ancient Maya, enjoy lunch. Afterward, head to Flores for your flight to Guatemala City
Overnight: Guatemala City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Monday - Depart Guatemala
Today transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, March 2019
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The trip was great with only 16 people in the group. The tour director Tony was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information on Mayan civilization. Also the tour guide in Copan, Honduras was very good. We were lucky with weather and accommodation was good. Overall we like the tour and would recommend our friends and relatives to take this trip with Gate 1.

Lev A. Santa Monica, CA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2019
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The trip was great. Very impressive of the boat ride at Marina San Carlos, and the train ride from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas and the two day visit at the Copper Canyon. I learned a lot of Tarahumaras people and their community. The Mexican food was very tasty. It was a very good trip arrangement. Thanks again to Gate 1 for providing high quality, and affordable trips. I really enjoyed it.

Greta L. Tallahassee, FL
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2019
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We had a wonderful trip to Mexico. We have taken about 10 Gate 1 tours and liked them all. Our tour manager, Douglas, made this trip special. He is knowledgeable and careful with details to make sure that all of us were pleased. He has a great personality and went out of his way to get to know all of us on the tour, providing us with little extras to make us feel welcome and valued. I can't say enough to praise Douglas. He is a real asset to Gate 1, which he praises regularly, telling us about his training and how Gate 1 goes to great lengths to make sure the meals and accommodations are the best possible. I want to mention Panchito, our bus driver, also. He is a cheerful person and a highly skilled bus driver. We were all impressed by how he was able to maneuver the bus in tight quarters and keep us all safe.

Kathryn R. Fallon, NV
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2019
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The trip was wonderful. We were so fortunate to have Raul, the perfect guide! He obviously was so pleased to know we were enjoying ourselves, and we could totally depend on him to look after us. Very sincere, so knowledgeable. I’ve been to Mexico many times, but this was the first time I experienced the range of socioeconomic citizens and learned so much about the history of the country.

Judith S. Langley City, Canada
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, February 2019
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This trip was fabulous. I'm really thankful for Gate 1 for providing such an interesting journey.

Valeri V. Richmond Hill, Canada
Mexico's Mayan & Aztec Illumination, January 2019
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Our Mexico trip was our 14th Gate 1 trip and it was perfect as usual. Baccho, our tour manager, was excellent, attentive to our needs, and filled almost every minute with great activities and additional optional walking tours.

Kenneth M. Bay Village, OH
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, January 2019
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The trip was GREAT. The tour guide "Tony" was very knowledgeable and really cared about us. We had a good group of people. The hotels, food, sightseeing was all wonderful.

Lee O. Fort Dodge, IA
9 Day Colonial Mexico, January 2019
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The trip to Mexico was amazing. As were the warm and welcoming people of Mexico. Each & every city we visited offed something unique & delightful. And the Gate 1 hotels, once again, were outstanding. And...once again our tour bus driver was THE BEST - I always felt safe! ...

Susan W. Laguna Beach, CA
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, January 2019
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Our guide Tony was wonderful and knowledgeable. Tony explained the history of each and every place we visited and was able to answer everyone's questions and concerns. I thought the hotels chosen were the best and the restaurants were excellent. Restaurant service was excellent and the food was delicious. Guatemala-Honduras were never on my bucket list. I am very happy I chose to visit there. I made a great choice. Thank you Gate 1 for another great tour!

Susan T. San Francisco, CA
9 Day Colonial Mexico, December 2018
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Colonial Mexico was my 31st trip with Gate 1 and I always love it when a trip exceeds expectations in every way, as this one did! I knew little about Mexico outside of a visit to Cancun and Mexico City, and this exploration of its Colonial Cities was marvelous. Everything started with having a superb tour manager, Bacho, who was personable, extremely kind, knowledgeable, funny and so organized. He was always there for us, whether it be having Pesos for bathroom stops or treating us to candy or prizes for quizzes, and even organizing a special double decker bus tour of Guadalajara, plus so much else - he is one of the very best! Our driver Aurelio was also skilled and safe and very pleasant. The itinerary was perfectly timed, with the right balance between time spent on walking tours of the cities and free time to explore. The hotels were all really lovely and well situated. The restaurants we went to for group meals were uniformly excellent. The dinner at the #1 restaurant in Morelia - San Miguelito was fantastic, as was the farewell dinner at El Sacromonte in Guadalajara. My personal favorite cities were the stops in Queretaro and Guanajuato and favorite city that we stayed in Morelia - I loved it so much that I am looking at spending a week at a language school there later this year! Can't say enough good things about this trip - safe, fun, interesting, cultural and very highly recommended. Thank you again!

Lorraine P. Stamford, CT
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, October 2018
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The trip to the Copper Canyon was wonderful. The trip by bus showed us an extensive area of Sonora and Chihuahua. The vast canyon was beautiful to see in the varying light from morning to evening. The train ride from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas was spectacular with the mountains and changing vegetation as we climbed higher. Douglas was an excellent tour leader. On the long bus rides, he told us about the economies of the states, the history of the areas and the history of Mexico ..... He kept us informed about the daily schedules and helped to make sure that everyone was having a good time.

Loretta G. Minneapolis, MN
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson with Chihuahua, October 2018
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We had the best time...The tour guide Edel was very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and overall a great guy...The bus driver Panchito as well was a real professional..We felt very safe traveling through Mexico with him as our driver...Visiting the Copper Canyon is truly a highlight of this vacation..We made new friends, enjoyed the food we ate and took lots of pictures to enhance our memories of this fabulous trip...Thank you for making this excursion possible Gate 1!

Joyce O. Carmichael, CA
9 Day Colonial Mexico, October 2018
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We had a fantastic trip, the tour included very beautiful cities in Mexico and our tour manager, Ivan, was excellent. I would definitely recommend this trip.

Samuel B. New Iberia, LA
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, May 2018
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Very nice! We had a good time and learned a lot about Mayan civilization. Our tour guide Sergio was very knowledgeable and friendly. The size of 16 people was ideal for visiting Guatemala.

Stanley K. Landenberg, PA
5 Day Classic Guatemala, May 2018
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The trip was great! The combination of a plush hotel and a historic one was was special. I learned so much on the excursions. The guide, Sergio Garcia was really special. He greeted us with a welcoming smile that one would expect from a close friend or special family member, and he was especially helpful with our problems.

Frances C. Thousand Oaks, CA
5 Day Classic Guatemala, May 2018
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The trip was fantastic! Sergio was awesome, the sites were everything I've read about in books, and the logistics were spot on as usual. My sister and I enjoyed everything we saw especially Tikal and Lake Atitlan. The Guatemalan people were warm and we truly felt their love for the Mayan heritage and history. Another great trip! Why we always go with Gate 1.

Terry C. Waldorf, MD
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, May 2018
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It was absolutely incredible. It's a trip I have wanted to take for decades and glad I never made it until Gate 1 offered this tour. I always expect good tours from when I travel with you but this one really exceeded our expectations. The activities and programs were educational as well as just plain enjoyable. Our guide Edel and driver were excellent. Thanks for offering such fantastic tours.

Barbara H. Rochester, IN
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, April 2018
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The Copper Canyon trip was very rewarding. During the trip our guide Juan kept us informed about history, geography, culture, and the many birds and plants we saw during the bus rides. The restaurants were very clean and the food was delicious. Hotels were the best and had great views. Juan made sure we had a wonderful trip.

Frank R. Derwood, MD
5 Day Classic Guatemala, April 2018
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We had a great time in Guatemala! It’s a beautiful country. We felt very safe. Our guide, Marco Antonio Garrido, is one of the best, very knowledgeable and with a very good sense of humor. We learned a lot about the history of the country in such a short trip. Thank you Gate 1 for this awesome experience!

Rosemarie E. Bronx, NY
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, April 2018
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I had a wonderful time during my trip. It was sunny most of the time, Accommodations were very good and our tour manager Estuardo was excellent. We had equal time of touring and time to explore on our own or just to rest.

Arthur N. Fontana, CA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, March 2018
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Excellent! Great tour director/guide and very good driver. Interesting venues, and unique accommodations. Good food. We had a wonderful time. And we had a good group of interesting and nice people with us.

John D. La Honda, CA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, March 2018
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It was great. Most comprehensive tour yet. Informational videos, meals. Locations for meals. Quality of Hotels. Bay tour in San Carlos. Pearl hatchery. The menonite museum visit and lunch The tour guide was outstanding. He went above and beyond Best tour yet. I highly recommend it.

Bernardo S. Pasadena, CA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, March 2018
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Our trip was wonderful! My wife and I enjoyed every aspect of our journey, from the excellent service provided by our guide Juan to the great food and spectacular sights we visited along the way. We had a large and greatly diversified group that made for great conversation. We especially enjoyed our visit to the boarding school and mixing with the children. Your dedication to helping local people should be commended. Again, great trip and looking forward to our next Gate 1 tour in June.

Robert P. Nashua, NH
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, March 2018
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Excellent. Accommodations, tours, pacing were fine. Carlos, the guide, was very good in terms of information, friendliness, helpfulness, and the dispensing of needed information at the right time. Good planning, Gate 1.

Marcia H. Greensboro, NC
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2018
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The trip was excellent. Our tour guide Sergio could not have done more for us. All in all, we will recommend the trip to our friends.

Allan E. Washington, DC
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, February 2018
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It was a great trip. The guide, Tony, was wonderful. Drivers were safe and professional. Tony was very helpful, knowledgeable and very precise in all his instructions. I had been to Guatemala before with a group...but I learned so much more about the country on this trip.

Eileen T. Brooklyn, NY

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