Overview

Flight - 1 night

San José - 1 night

Arenal - 2 nights

Carara - 1 night

Concepción de Ataco - 1 night

San Salvador - 2 nights

Perquin - 1 night

Suchitoto - 2 nights

Copán - 2 nights

Río Dulce - 1 night

Flores/El Remate - 1 night

Antigua - 1 night

Panajachel - 2 nights

Guatemala City - 1 night

Flight - 1 night

GRAND TOUR OF CENTRAL AMERICA

From Costa Rican tropical forests to Guatemala's Caribbean coast and the pyramids of Tikal

This fascinating tour of five Central American countries includes the smoking volcanoes and azure crater lakes of Nicaragua, rich Mayan heritage of Honduras, plus El Salvador. With its turbulent past now consigned to history, the Ruta de La Paz explores the guerrilla outposts and the role women played in the revolution. El Salvador is also the location of Joyas de Cerén where excavations have provided a unique insight into daily Maya life.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
7 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Small Group Size: 5 - 14

 

Special Event

The Aztec Potters Wheel

Visit a family of artisans dedicated to the tradition of pottery making to learn the unique techniques used by the Nahuatl people, more commonly associated with the Aztecs.

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow via Colombia to San José, Costa Rica.

Day 2 Morning arrival and transfer to the Aurola Holiday Inn Hotel for overnight.

Day 3 Sightseeing of San José. Visit a coffee plantation, Grecia, Sarchi and a botanical garden. Two nights at Arenal Paraiso Hotel or similar. (B, L)

Day 4 Morning tour of the Arenal Volcano National Park. (B)

Day 5 Drive to Carara National Park and stay at the Hotel Punta Leona for overnight. Pre-tour extension guests join this evening. (B)

Day 6 Fly to El Salvador. Transfer to Concepción de Ataco for overnight at the Hotel Misión de los Angeles. (B)

Day 7 Visit of Concepción de Ataco including the El Carmen Coffee estate.  Visit the Gastro Festival in Juayúa. Visit Cerro Verde National Park. Continue to San Salvador for two nights at the Hotel Mirador Plaza. (B)

Day 8 Panoramic tour of San Salvador including the Cathedral of the crypt of Bishop Romero, Church of El Rosario, Plaza Salvador del Mundo (B)

Day 9 Visit El Boquerón Park. Continue to the mountain town of Perquin en route visiting the mountain town of of Guatajiagua, home of the black clay pottery. Visit the Museo de la Revolución and the sombre village of El Mozote (guided in part by a former guerrilla).Overnight at the Hotel Perkin Lenka. (B)

Day 10 Travel to Suchitoto for two nights at the Hotel El Tejado, enjoy a walking tour including an indigo workshop. (B)

Day 11 Enjoy a boat tour on Lake Suchitlán or Lake Ilopango. Visit Cinquera village and take a walk through the ecological park of Cinquera Rain Forest park, with the option to swim at El Saltón. (B)

Day 12 Visit of the site of Joya del Ceren. Continue to Honduras for two nights at Hotel Marina Copán. (B)

Day 13 Visit Mayan Copán and the Sculpture Museum. (B)

Day 14 Depart for Río Dulce with a short stop at Maya Quirigua. Overnight at the Catamaran Island Hotel. (B)

Day 15 Take a boat from Río Dulce, passing the 'canyon' to Livingston, through the jungle with its exotic birds and colourful fauna, and pass by San Felipe fort. Transfer by road from Rio Dulce to the 3-star Camino Real Tikal (3½ hrs) for overnight. (B)

Day 16 Visit Tikal, a Maya masterpiece. Fly to Guatemala City and short transfer to Antigua. Overnight at Hotel Las Farolas. (B)

Day 17 City tour of colonial Antigua, the previous capital. Continue to Panajachel. Two nights at the Hotel Regis. (B)

Day 18 Sail on Lake Atitlán visiting the villages of the living Maya. (B)

Day 19 Drive to the highland market of Chichicastenango. Panoramic Guatemala City (3 hrs) tour and overnight at the Holiday Inn Hotel. (B)

Day 20 Guatemala city tour including the main square and Museum of Archaeology. Return flight to London via Colombia. (B)

Day 21 Afternoon arrival at Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a full itinerary with temple visits on foot with steps and uneven surfaces. A level of agility is needed to embark small boats. 

On occasion hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.

 

2019

Sundays
per person in a twin/double room
Avianca from Heathrow

Date Price
February 10 £3695

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £745

Flight Options

Avianca Business Class from £1995

Extension Options

Pre-tour extension - Panama to Costa Rica 
5 nights £1295 
Single supplement £645

Independent Arrival

Save £750 
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £12

Price Includes
Air travel and UK departure taxes, transfers, 18 nights' accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels (Hotel Perkin Lenka 2-star), breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, overseas departure taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

 

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