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Take in the natural and cultural wonders of Central America, from tropical landscapes and volcanoes to colonial heritage and superb Mayan cities. Get an insight into the history of the civil war and colourful indigenous cultures, and learn about the amazing engineering feat that is the Panama Canal.
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City, via the US, with United Airlines. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for 3 nights.
Morning city tour, including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district.
Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal.
Fly to Costa Rica’s capital and visit a coffee plantation on the slopes of the active Poás volcano. Overnight at the Hotel Presidente.
Transfer to Monteverde and stay for 2 nights at the Monteverde Country Lodge. Afternoon visit to the Selvatura’s hummingbird garden and hanging walkways.
Morning visit to Monteverde cloud forest to see its rare flora and fauna. In the evening meet up with one of the early local pioneers for a fascinating conversation.
Full-day journey across the border into Nicaragua to the city of Granada, overlooking Lake Nicaragua (approx 7-8 hours). Stay 2 nights at Dario Hotel (or similar).
Morning tour of the colonial city, including the Franciscan convent. Take a boat ride through the canals formed by the small islands in the lake, which is the tenth largest lake in the world. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions.
Transfer to Managua and fly to San Salvador. Continue to the charming town of Suchitoto for 1 night at Posada de Suchitlán.
Explore the cobbled streets of Suchitoto, then transfer to the archaeological site of Joya de Ceren, known as the ‘Pompeii of the Americas’. Later, explore cloud forest trails and enjoy spectacular volcano views on the picturesque Route of the Flowers. Overnight at Hotel Misi´n de Angeles.
This morning explore the traditional artisan town of Ataco and stop at Santa Ana en route to Honduras (approx 10 hours). Stay at the Hotel Marina Copán for 2 nights.
In the morning, tour the fascinating Mayan ruins of Copán with its intricate and wellpreserved sculptures. Optional afternoon tour to a bird sanctuary.
Cross into Guatemala and on to the Caribbean coast, visiting the impressive carved stelae at Quirigua en route (approx 6 hours). Take a 1.5- hour boat ride along the coast to the town of Livingston, which has a strong Garifuna culture. Stay overnight at the Hotel Villa Caribe.
Morning walking tour of Livingston, before taking a boat trip along the lush gorges of the Dulce river to visit Bird island and an indigenous community. Continue by road to the Flores area for a 2-night stay at the lakeside Camino Real Tikal or Villa Maya.
Morning tour of Tikal, one of the most spectacular Mayan ruins, located in the heart of the jungle. Afternoon at leisure.
Early morning flight to Guatemala City and transfer to colonial Antigua for 2 nights at Mesón de María. Afternoon walking tour.
Day 17: Antigua
Day at leisure or optional excursions.
Transfer to Guatemala City and fly to London via the US, arriving the next day.
Locally escorted tour:
This tour is led in each country by an experienced local tour guide.
This tour includes some long road journeys and is based in 3- and 4-star hotels where rooms may vary. A flexible approach is recommended for travel in Central America
Single supplement: from £745pp.
Private & tailor-made travel:
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 0800 707 6229 speak with a Travel consultant.
In the lush Peten jungle, the Camino Real Tikal provides travellers with an opportunity to explore one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites and relax in an unspoiled natural paradise. The hotel is part of the Bio reserve “Cerro Cahuí” and consists of 72 luxury thatched roof bungalows with air-conditioning and private balconies that overlook Lake Peten Itza.
The Crowne Plaza Panama City Hotel is a modern hotel located just 10 minutes by car from the city centre and 35 minutes from the airport. There are 186 guestrooms and suites, while facilities include a restaurant serving a variety of national and international cuisine, a bar, outdoor pool and gym.
Dario Hotel is a charming colonial property, located in Granada’s historic centre, close to Lake Nicaragua and with views of the cathedral and the Mombacho volcano. The neo-classical building, with a pale green and white facade originating from the early 19th century, has been completely refurbished and features lush, plant-filled courtyards.
El Meson de Maria is a lovely small hotel, located in an old house in the centre of historic Antigua. It offers real local character and traditional furnishings. The rooms and suites are decorated with local crafts, and the suites include a private terrace and jacuzzi. The hotel features a central courtyard and terraces on which to relax and appreciate the views of the old town and surrounding volcanoes. This is a character property and individual room styles and sizes will vary.
Overlooking the Central Plaza in the charming town of Copan Ruinas in Honduras, the Hotel Marina Copan was named in honour of Doña Marina Welchez, and built on the site of her family home in 1945. This was Copan’s original hotel, home for generations of investigators and Maya enthusiasts. Today, the Hotel Marina Copan is the most comfortable and convenient base for exploring the region’s Mayan heritage and diverse natural landscape.
Hotel Misión de Angeles is located on a quiet hillside, a short walk from the centre of the small town of Concepción de Ataco. Rooms feature simple yet stylish decor and private bathrooms, and the restaurant and bar have a delightful outdoor terrace with views of the surrounding coffee plantations and forested hills. Free wireless internet access is available in the public areas.
Situated in the downtown area of San Jose, the Hotel Presidente is conveniently located within walking distance of a range of dining options and shopping facilities, as well as various museums and cultural landmarks. Guestrooms are comfortably appointed and feature dark wooden furnishings.
The Hotel Villa Caribe is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Rio Dulce inlet. This simple hotel has 45 rooms set in tropical gardens, all with a balcony and view of the sea or river. There is also a large pool, outdoor bar with terrace, and restaurant.
Located just 10 minutes from the Monteverde Reserve, the Monteverde Country Lodge is a cosy rustic hotel set across three properties, each having maintained its original style and features. Rooms are simple yet comfortable with modern conveniences and feature tiled floors, natural wood furnishings and colourful fabrics and artwork. The restaurant serves locally sourced Costa Rican cuisine.
Situated close to the centre of Suchitoto, the Posada de Suchitlán is a restored colonial property featuring 12 simple but comfortable air-conditioned rooms. The restaurant has a terrace offering spectacular views over the lake and surroundings. There is also a cosy bar, a peaceful plant-filled courtyard and verdant gardens with fountains and a small swimming pool.
Villa Maya is located amidst the rainforest on the shores of the Petenchel Lagoon, just 15 minutes from Flores airport and 1 hour from the ruins of Tikal. Rooms are situated in two or three-storey white-washed buildings, surrounded by tropical gardens. Relax on the sun terrace, cool off the pool or stroll along the nature trails that wind through the tropical grounds.
Ambergris Caye lies off the coast of Belize, surrounded by the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Relax on white sandy beaches or swim in calm, clear waters.
Day 18 – Fly to Belize via Flores
Fly to Belize City and on to Ambergris Caye. Stay for 3 nights at the Portofino Hotel. Alternatively, upgrade to Victoria House Resort and Spa at a supplement.
Days 19 – 20 – Ambergris Caye
Spend two days at leisure
Day 21 – Fly to LondonFly to Belize City before flying to London via the US
Day 22 – Arrive in London
Extend your tour with a visit to picturesque Lake Atitlán, a sapphire-blue lake surrounded by hills, volcanoes, traditional indigenous Mayan villages and market towns.
Day 18 – Lake Atitlan
Transfer by road to Lake Atitlan. Enjoy an afternoon boat trip to visit some of the local villages. Stay 2 nights at Hotel Atitlan.
Day 19 – Lake Atitlan
Take a morning visit to Chichicastenango Market.
Day 20 – Fly to London via the US
Transfer to Guatemala City and fly to London, via the US.
Day 21 – Arrive in London
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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