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Countries Visited

Belize , Guatemala

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Guatemala
Depart for Guatemala. Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer to Antigua, nestled in the forested hills of southern Guatemala. Tonight, join your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM for an orientation meeting. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Antigua

DAY 2, Sunday - Coffee Tour, Antigua's Indigenous Communities, Casa Santo Domingo
Today, get a glimpse into the history of coffee, its production, and what makes the perfect brew during a tour of a coffee farm. At the conclusion of the visit, taste a fresh cup of coffee. Then, visit indigenous communities outside Antigua, including Jocotenango, Ciudad Vieja and San Antonio Augas Calientes. Learn about their history, culture and traditions, and savor a home hosted lunch. Return to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Casa Santo Domingo. At dinner tonight, celebrate your arrival in Guatemala
Overnight: Antigua
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Travel to Rio Dulce, Castle of San Felipe de Lara
Departing Antigua this morning, head east towards Rio Dulce. Arrive at your hotel in time for lunch. Afterward, walk to Castle of San Felipe de Lara, a 17th century Spanish colonial fort. Take a tour of the castle, built by the Spanish to defend against attacks from pirates. Return to the hotel. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Rio Dulce
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Discover Livingston
Begin the day with a boat ride down the river to Livingston, an Afro-Caribbean town with a unique blend of culture. Stop to visit Ak' Tenamit, a Cultural and Educational Center for indigenous Q'eqchi' Maya people. After, continue to Livingston, located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Savor lunch prepared by the community Maya Q'eqchi'. Learn the secrets of making Tapado, a traditional Guatemalan seafood soup. Then, take an orientation tour of the town. Later, return by boat to Rio Dulce with time at leisure
Overnight: Rio Dulce
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Wednesday - Flores, Lake Peten Itza
Depart Rio Dulce this morning and travel to Flores, located on Lake Peten Itza. Board a boat to reach the small island. Then, take a walking tour of the town with its pastel-colored buildings, cobblestone streets and Central Plaza. Browse the shops for local handicrafts. Later, check into the hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Flores
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Tikal National Park
A thrilling day of exploration awaits! Journey to the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, a large archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located at the center of a 222-square-mile national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An exhilarating jungle hike leads you through the ruins. View the impressive structures of this ancient civilization, as you visit sites that include the Twin-Pyramid complex, the Lost World Complex (where the Great Pyramid is located), and the Great Plaza. After lunch at the park, free time to explore on your own. Perhaps 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. Afterward, return to your hotel
Overnight: Flores
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Yaxha National Park, Border Crossing to Belize, San Ignacio
Explore the ancient city of Yaxha, a former Maya ceremonial center, perched on a ridge overlooking Yaxha Lake. This impressive archaeological site encompasses ball courts, several plazas, multiple pyramids, stelae and altars. Opportunity to climb one of the temples for panoramic views of the area. Following lunch, travel to Melchor de Mencos. After border formalities, you cross from Guatemala into Belize, continuing on to San Ignacio. Arrive at the hotel with time to relax before dinner
Overnight: San Ignacio
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing
Depart for Jaguar Paw Cave. On arrival, take a short hike along a jungle trail to reach the waters and embark on a tubing excursion. Float down the river though a series of underground caves and explore limestone stalactite formations. The ancient Mayans used this subterranean system to reach Xibalba, their sacred underworld. After a picnic lunch, return to the hotel, followed by an evening at leisure
Overnight: San Ignacio
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Sunday - Belize Zoo, Ferry to Caye Caulker Island
Morning departure from San Ignacio towards Belize City. On arrival, visit the Belize Zoo. Later, board a ferry to the island of Caye Caulker. This Caribbean island is surrounded by the biodiverse Belize Barrier Reef. Arrive at your resort hotel in time for a lunch of Belizean dishes. Spend the afternoon at leisure
Overnight: Caye Caulker
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Monday - Enchanting Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Today, take a catamaran tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, known for its coral reefs and abundant marine life. Come face to face with docile nurse sharks and southern stingrays at the feeding grounds of Shark Ray Alley. Afterward, head to Coral Gardens for snorkeling. View a maze of colorful hard and soft corals along with a variety of bright-colored fish. Continue to Sunken Barge, where you view coral and many species of fish. Lunch is included during the tour. Return to Caye Caulker. Spend time at leisure, before dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Caye Caulker
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Discover Belize City
After a leisurely morning, transfer by ferry in the afternoon to Belize City with its Caribbean charm. This historic city boasts a blend of Mayan ruins and old colonial buildings. Embark on a city tour and learn about the former capital city of Belize, founded in the 1600s by the British. View St. John's Cathedral and the Museum of Belize. Afterward, check into your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your Tour Manager and share wonderful memories of your journey
Overnight: Belize City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart Belize
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Miami-Guatemala City, Belize City-Miami
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Antigua
  • 2 nights Rio Dulce
  • 2 nights Flores
  • 2 nights San Ignacio
  • 2 nights Caye Caulker
  • 1 night Belize City
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Get a glimpse into the history of coffee and its production, followed by a tasting
  • Tour Guatemala's indigenous communities around Antigua
  • Savor a home hosted lunch with a local family and hear about their values and traditions
  • Visit Casa Santo Domingo, a cultural complex housing two of Antigua's best museums
  • Take a peaceful boat ride through the canyon of the Rio Dulce and hear the sounds of nature around you
  • Explore the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, an archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization
  • Enjoy a tubing excursion at Jaguar Paw Cave, a sacred underground world to the Maya
  • Take a catamaran tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, known for its impressive coral reefs and abundant marine life
  • Discover Belize City with its unique blend of Mayan ruins and old colonial buildings

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

    Not Included:
    Gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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    Accommodations

    Porta Hotel Antigua
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Antigua Guatemala.

    Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina
    This tourist class hotel is ideally located on the shores of Lake Izabal.

    Hotel Villa Maya
    This first class hotel is located in a private nature reserve on the shores of the Petenchel and Monifata Lagoons.

    Midas Belize
    This tourist class hotel is located in San Ignacio, within walking distance to the town center.

    Island Magic Beach Resort
    This tourist class hotel is located on the beach in Caye Caulker Island.

    Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina
    This first class hotel is located in Belize City, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Discovery By Gate1 Tours Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.3
    Accommodations
    4.2
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.6
    Repeat with Operator
    4.3
    Value for Money
    4.2

    Ratings based off 278 reviews about Discovery By Gate1 Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

    This was a fantastic trip with varied activities and a superb tour guide.

    Exalent trip we are so pleased with the service we will call you to plan the next trip

    The Gate1 tour guide/managers were very knowledgeable, courteous, professional and entertaining.

    Gate 1's tour operators are very good. It is organized and follows the published itinerary. The hotels are nice and as described.

    Trip was great experience. Enjoyed the itinerary and tour manager.

    Great experience. Our personal guide very experienced and personal. First class hotels and great excursions.

    Our accommodations were excellent. The tour was fabulous. The logistics for booking and traveling were clear and easy.

    Everyone from our agent (Trena) to our our guide (Fred) were awesome. Would highly recommend gate 1 to any and all. Went above and beyond our expectations..JOB WELL DONE!!! Thanks for a great vacation..

    This was a great tour. All the places we visited were worth seeing, and the combination of activities was very good.

    The rooms, the meals, the bus, and the tour guide were superior. The tour was more than expected. All our questions and needs were met. The whole operation was well managed and smooth.

    The itinerary, scenic country, food, tour guide and accommodations were all wonderful. We had an amazing time and enjoyed it very much.

    The tour was very well organized, the tour director was very knowledgeable and courteous. Hotels were very nice and were conveniently located near City centers.

    Fabulous scenery everywhere; WONDERFULLY helpful and knowledgeable tour guide and bus driver!! Loved tbis itinerary!

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