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Customer Reviews of our Guatemala with Tikal tour

These reviews are completely unsolicited, and they were not paid for in any way. These are simply the kind words of some of our satisfied customers.

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“The hotels were very good. This was my third trip to Guatemala, my first being with Caravan Tours and I did not realize they had such nice hotels.”

Mr. G.C., Hudson, Wisconsin

“Enclosed is a copy of my food column for a small newspaper in Montana, close to Kalispell, Montana ( Bigfork, Montana). I thought you might be interested in reading one of my favorite impressions of Guatemala. We also had an outstanding tour guide. It was a great trip! Thanks!”

Ms. M.S., Sun City West, Arizona

“Our tour director was truly the heart of Guatemala! He was very knowledgeable, caring, entertaining and accommodating. He truly represents the BEST of his country. We loved him! Keep him, he’s a jewel!”

Ms. D.B., Albuquerque, New Mexico

“We thought it was a great tour. Costa Rica with Caravan Tours was good but this one was better. Are there any thoughts about doing Panama or Honduras in more depth? We would love to see both countries by tour.”

Mr. & Mrs. J.S., Bloomfield, Ontario Canada

“It was a wonderful tour! It was my very first trip out of the country. I plan to go with Caravan Tours next year.”

Ms. C.T., Albuquerque, New Mexico

“I LOVED the meals at all the hotels. Delicious when the choice was given as well as when we could choose. There was always enough to eat and drink. I especially enjoyed the fruits, vegetables and soups. You have our confidence! We will take another Caravan Tour. We may even go back to Guatemala again just to see our tour guide! We most certainly will tell friends and family about Caravan Tours and pass on the catalogs to interested folks. I am going to try to organize a group of our friends to join us on the Copper Canyon Tour! Happy Trails! See you around!”

Mr. & Mrs. G.W., South Glastonbury, Connecticut

“I owned a travel agency for years and conducted tours all over the world. Our tour director was the best, caring and most knowledgeable ever. She was so well organized in every aspect. She kept friends together and made such an effort to pre-order meals, rooms, etc. I would do this very tour again with her!”

Mrs. R.S., Sacramento, California

“The food was great, but different from my home. It was very interesting having black beans and tamales for breakfast. The tour and the people more than met our expectations. As for my wife, she says it was the best vacation of her life.”

Mr. & Mrs. J. J., Sweeney, Texas

“This was the best vacation that I have had anywhere. Would love to return to this beautiful country. Lovely memories.”

Mr. & Mrs. B.B., Boise, Idaho

“Thank you so much for a wonderful experience! Everything was delightful, and was planned so very well down to the very last detail. Everything was superb!! This trip far exceeded our best expectations. We would travel with Caravan Tours again.”

Mr. & Mrs. M.P., Nibley, Utah

“I have been with Caravan Tours for three trips now. We did Costa Rica, the Canadian Rockies and Guatemala. I would recommend Caravan to anyone who is interested in tours. You guys do an excellent job.”

Mr. & Mrs. P.K., Grass Valley, California

“This is an outstanding tour far beyond my expectations. We have learned so much about Central America and Mexico from all of the trips with Caravan Tours. Keep up the fantastic work!”

Mr. & Mrs. W.K.C., Los Altos, California

“The tour was a very good value for the money with no hidden charges and great shopping! I look forward to another Caravan tour in the future.”

Ms. C.M., Carlsbad, California

“I am glad I discovered Caravan Tours. It was an unforgettable vacation.”

Mrs. C.D., Bridgeton, New Jersey

“The meals were fabulous! It was truly impressive how each location was very careful to address the gastric “concerns” (i.e. bacteria) of the area for the average tourist while also demonstrating great local flavor. I found the food to be quite wonderful! This was my first tour with Caravan and I will most certainly take this tour again! When I returned home, I was so excited and impressed by them; I recommended it to my friends. My dear friend with whom I work has already booked the Caravan Costa Rica tour just from hearing about the Guatemala tour.”

Mr. & Mrs. A.P., Houston, Texas

“I have traveled for years and felt like a traitor when I booked Caravan. I don’t anymore. I had such a wonderful time. I have booked Mexico Ancient Civilizations for next year. I talked to others on tour that booked with Caravan before and loved it.”

Ms. K.M., Sacramento, California

“I appreciate the flexible dinnertime during the tour. It was wonderful that we were able to have dinner at our own time without ‘tour’ group. Thank you!”

Mr. & Mrs. J.S., Raleigh, North Carolina

“I am strongly recommending that my travel agent send her customers on this trip. You should be seeing more business from central Pennsylvania. I plan to take two Caravan trips next year.”

Ms. G.A., Lemoyne, Pennsylvania

“Before I booked my trip, I compared prices and itinerary with other available tours. One other tour looked identical, but it was over $500 more. They did not include all meals or water. Since Caravan Tours appeared to have the better deal, I went with them even though I had never heard of them before finding the tour on the Internet. It was wonderful knowing that everything was taken care of which left me with lots of spending money for souvenirs and tips. The tips were well deserved by our tour guide and driver. I have nothing but praises for Caravan. Now how about doing Europe please?”

Ms. S.W.E., Modesto, California

“The ruins, sights and tours were wonderful, but it is the Guatemalan people I remember best. I think I left a little piece of my heart in Guatemala.”

Ms. P.F., Oceanside, California

“The motor coach was clean and we were supplied with water everyday. It was an adventure and an unforgettable experience.”

Ms. E.W., Miami, Florida

“This was a great tour. This was our very first tour and we met some really great people. We have heard some really great things about Costa Rica, so I think that will be our next tour.”

Ms. L.K., Sacramento, California

“The hotels were wonderful. The hotel that lacked amenities more than made up for it with its charm. My favorite was the Villa Maya at the nature reserve. I would recommend this tour company without reservation to anyone traveling in Central America. I would also travel happily anywhere else Caravan decides to offer tours.”

Mr. & Mrs. D.S., Walnut Creek, California

“The guides at the ruins were really knowledgeable, especially at Copan.”

Ms. L.C., Louisville Kentucky

“The Grand Tikal Futura Hotel was fantastic! The pool was perfect and the restaurant food was excellent. It was convenient having the mail nearby and the Internet service was fast. The marble room and the artwork throughout the hotel were incredible! The Villa Santa Catarina Hotel was incredibly beautiful. We had seen pictures before we left but were stunned by how the Hotel was so pretty. We loved the colorful table settings. The tour director was nice to give us the room with one bed for our honeymoon. The Petenchel Villa Maya Hotel was spectacular! We loved the grounds including the nature trails. Sitting near the lagoon while watching the sunset and listening to the howling of monkeys were the highlights of our trip. The mixed drinks were great and we enjoyed seeing the macaws. The Villa Coloniales Hotel was superb! We felt like we were in our own little Antiguan village. The rooms were incredible with carved wooden beams and tiles hanging in the lobby. I can’t imagine better choices.”

Mr. & Mrs. N.B., Santa Monica, California

“Having been in the tour business for many years working as a social director on cruise ships, this was really a great trip! I will certainly recommend Caravan!”

Mrs. S.S., Santa Fe, New Mexico

“This was a great trip!! We tell our friends how good your trips are and how they are of good value. We traveled to Costa Rica with you. It was also really good.”

Mr. J.O., Willits, California

“The drivers were excellent. They were kind, helpful, punctual and highly skilled. I have been on two of your tours and I am planning for more. I am drawn to your format; all inclusive and reasonable price. Also, your itineraries were well planned.”

Mr. R.R., Huntington Beach, California

“The hotels were first rate. My favorite was Villa Santa Catarina. We just loved the beautiful view. Tikal was breathtaking, Lake Atitlan was spiritual and Copan was fantastic. The sightseeing and activities were excellent! The shopping trips to Chichicastenango and Santiago, were all very enjoyable. Likewise, the boat rides on Lago de Atitlan were wonderful. Copan and Tikal were extraordinary, and I learned a lot from the museums and churches. I want to make clear here that my wife and I have had an excellent time and have a very positive impression of Caravan Tours. This has been an excellent tour and a good bargain! Of course we could not have gone if it were more expensive.”

Mr. & Mrs. S.H., Monterey, California

“I have been to all of your other destinations but am looking forward to seeing if you add any others. This was an exceptionally good tour and would unconditionally recommend it to anyone.”

Mrs. R.G., Grand Prairie, Texas

“I would definitely travel with Caravan Tours again and recommend it to anyone. I appreciate not being taken shopping because they were paid to do so.”

Mr. & Mrs. R.U., Lincoln, California

“I was very apprehensive about taking a tour. My wife and I have always traveled on our own. This tour gave me very positive insight for future travel and the tour director was a very important part of this.”

Mr. & Mrs. J.D., Tucson, Arizona

“The tour director was beyond excellent. She was just exceptional, beautiful, educated and friendly. She gave perfect narratives of history, culture, politics and industry of the country. She was our best tour director ever with any company. This was our third time with Caravan Tours. It has excellent and well planned trips. It was nice to have all the meals included at one great price. I would recommend Caravan Tours to anyone. You operate a great tour company.”

Mr. & Mrs. G.H., Evansville, Indiana

“This was a trip of a lifetime. The overwhelming beauty of Lake Atitlan, the splendor of Copan and grandeur of Tikal. Everywhere we went, we were amazed. I give our tour director six stars or even seven. Her knowledge and passion about her country, her energy, her care for us, her sense of humor and storytelling ability was all outstanding. She really made the trip for us. The driver and the local guides were also excellent. We had a good-sized group with a wide range of age and experience. The food was wonderful, the hotels were nice, especially the Villa hotels. Caravan is a class act and this is a wonderful tour.”

Mr. H.E., Arlington, Virginia

“I travel a great deal and have lived overseas. This was my first organized group tour and it exceeded ALL expectations.”

Ms. P.D., Chicago, Illinois

“The entire trip was great. It had really excellent value for the price. Everything was extremely well organized. We could not have seen so much in the same period of time had we tried to do it on our own and therefore it would have probably been more expensive.”

Mr. & Mrs. A.H.N., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

“You always get great value with regards to the property, guides, food and sites visited with your company. The care given to the clients is the best I’ve experienced. I wish you had more trips to other places. Caravan Tours is an affordable tour all the way!”

Ms. C.Q., Paoli, Pennsylvania

“This was my third tour with Caravan. I continue to be impressed by the professional level of service. You have top-knotch tour directors and the trips are of good value.”

Ms. H.S., Austin, Texas

“Your driver was the most proficient motor coach driver we have known. His professionalism made us safe and happy. Your tour was a beautiful experience. The planning was exceptional. We will recommend it to many.”

Mr. & Mrs. E. M., Sebring, Florida

“Caravan Tours continues to impress us with the good quality of everyone working for you! The hotels were clean comfortable and very attractive! Transportation was comfortable and clean. Keep up your good work. We’re telling our friends about Caravan Tours!”

Mr. & Mrs. K. O., Santa Rosa, California

“The hotels were very good to excellent. We were very pleased with the accommodations. Your tour director was absolutely the BEST. He was wonderfully patient. His knowledge of all things Guatemalan was encyclopedic. As an ex-soldier he had a unique insight into the politics and history of the area. We felt the tour provided an excellent overview of the country for a very reasonable price.”

Mr. R. B., Richmond, Virginia

“All the sightseeing and activities were excellent. The rest and photo stops were good stops at clean facilities. The photo stop at Lake Atitlan was beautiful! Your tour director was the best! This was my 9th tour with Caravan and on each trip I have had excellent tour directors and think that they can’t be beat - and each time it gets better and better. This Guatemala tour director is the best I ever had. She was very knowledgeable, informative, friendly, patient, and went above and beyond to make sure we all felt special and had what we needed at all times. The local guides were excellent, very informative. Your driver was very skilled. He was courteous and helpful, cautious and alert. The motor coaches were clean and comfortable. As usual, a well run and organized trip with added treats to make it special. Caravan is my first choice in touring, and I have been on many of the tours offered.”

Ms. R.M., Williston Park, New York

“The hotels were outstanding. They were always spotlessly cleaned, comfortable, and in lovely settings. The tour director was outstanding - energetic with unflagging good spirits. She went way beyond reasonable expectations in her services. We learned more about Guatemala in a week than we could have from a semester of study. Fantastic driver! Our bus was great. Once I saw the make was Mercedes I had great confidence that both its brakes and power would always be there when needed.”

Mr. & Mrs. G.F., Salt Lake City, Utah

“Hotels were excellent. Tour director was superb, the best I ever had. Great trip!”

Ms. R.P., Fort Lee, New Jersey

“Since I began traveling in 1985, I’ve never encountered anyone who came close to your tour director-caring, considerate, thoughtful. The motor coach was comfortable, nice, roomy seats.”

Ms. R.L., Seattle, Washington

“Meals were very good. Your tour director taught us so much about the history and culture of indigenous people and the country of Guatemala. We could not have asked for a better director. Overall, an excellent trip.”

Mr. & Mrs. M.C., Downingtown, Pennsylvania

“The Grand Tikal Futura Hotel in Guatemala City was first rate in accommodations, surroundings and dining. The hotels that followed were clean, very picturesque and comfortable. The meals were always good. Sightseeing and activities were great, well thought out. There was a good balance between the sightseeing of archaeological sites, cultural events, shopping and free time. We liked the breaks on the travel days. The rest and photo stops were fine, always clean and timely. The tour guide was the best I have ever had - knowledgeable, informative, caring, and was there to help when you needed her...We really enjoyed this trip!”

Mr. & Mrs. A.P., Richmond, Virginia

“I enjoyed my first trip with Caravan. We missed connections to Guatemala due to a delayed plane, but your tour director had someone at the airport to pick us up.”

Mrs. M.T., Kaukauna, Wisconsin

“Your tour director was outstanding, always friendly and in control! Your driver was excellent - the best I've ever had; as a former tour director I had many! We will use Caravan again in December on a Mexico tour. Thank you!”

Mr. H.G., Palm Bay, Florida

“Sightseeing and activities were excellent. The sights were amazing and well explained. The tour was well planned and organized. I came home with 600+ pictures. Your tour director was wonderful! She is a concerned person who saw to our every need. The knowledge she possesses is amazing, and her ability to present information is incredible. She dedicated herself to making the trip pleasant and satisfying for each person. I have recommended this tour to our travel agent and to family and friends.”

Ms. H.G., Laramie, Wyoming

“Our 5th trip with Caravan was a success.”

Mr. D. C., New Holstein, Wisconsin

“All the meals were tasty and of good quality. Your tour director was very knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed lecturing on Guatemala and Mayan history. She was also sweet and eager to please.”

Ms. H.H., Minneapolis, Minnesota

“I enjoyed all the hotels but preferred the Villa hotels. They all had so much charm. The meals were all great. Your tour director knew history, legends and plenty of information to complete the trip. She treated everyone with genuine interest. She's a great asset to Caravan. Your driver had a great sense of humor and was an excellent driver. The motor coach was very comfortable. It was a very enjoyable trip.”

Ms. D.W., Valle Crucis, North Carolina

“Everything on the tour was A or A+. Your tour director is first class. Thank you for a wonderful trip!”

Mr. R.B.W., Amarillo, Texas

“Your tour director was absolutely first class. Your driver was a great and safe driver, terrific, always polite and helpful. Having previously been very independent in our vacation adventures, we were pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed our first Caravan tour. It was one of our best vacations ever. Perhaps we were fortunate that we had a great and well traveled group, but nevertheless the experience will encourage us to take another Caravan tour soon.”

Mr. & Mrs. C. S., Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

“The Grand Tikal Futura Hotel was world class, Lake Atitlan hotel was charming, Copan beautiful, Petenchel magnificent, Antigua hotel was unbelievable. Meals, unfailingly excellent! Your tour director is the best tour guide I’ve ever known - warm, caring, very knowledgeable, funny and speaks beautiful English. She couldn’t do enough for us. She made the tour wonderful for everyone. Local guides were excellent. Your motor coach driver was a great driver, warm and friendly. An excellent tour!”

Mr. R.T., Oxnard, California

“All hotels met or exceeded my expectations. Sightseeing and activities were all around excellent in every way. Whatever day it was seemed to be the highlight of the trip. Your tour director was very knowledgeable and upbeat with an obvious concern for those in her care. Your driver was very good.”

Mr. N.M., Carson City, Nevada

“Hotels were excellent, very quiet, with lots of character. Food was always well prepared and efforts were made to present it in an eye-pleasing way. The menu was somewhat limited, but that was acceptable in a country not known for gourmet cuisine. The highlights were Copán, Tikal, Quiriguá, Chichicastenango, and Antigua. There was plenty of time to see major places. Shopping was fun. The rest stops were well timed. Facilities were better than expected. We can’t say enough good things about your tour director. She was not only very knowledgeable, but she had so much energy and was always pleasant. Our local guides were excellent. Your driver was more than competent and the bus was always clean and very comfortable. Wonderful trip! Great value! We would be interested in other Caravan tours to Central and South America.”

Mr. & Mrs. R. L., Santa Fe, New Mexico

“The hotels were all top notch. At each one we would say ‘Wish we had more time here.’ Your tour director was Great! Splendid! Terrific! Her knowledge of the history, geography and culture of Guatemala is encyclopedic. Your driver was perfect in every way and the coach was comfortable and clean. Thank you for an excellent trip.”

Ms. A. A., Fremont, Nebraska

“My impression is that the hotels were the best available and well chosen. It was a very enjoyable tour with lots of interesting visits and sights and helpful insights from your tour director and the local guides into many aspects of Guatemalan life. The order of the visits was good and the pace about right. Your tour director was very well organized, well informed, lively, caring, helpful and interesting. Your driver was excellent.”

Mr. R. H., Washington, DC.

“Hotel service good, friendly people, large clean rooms, excellent prompt room service. Sightseeing and activities were all excellent. Your rest and photo stops were wonderful! You stopped often enough at good places. Never had a better tour director! Prompt, friendly, a really nice lady who made us all very comfortable and tried very hard, excellent English, proud of her country. Your local guides were very nice, friendly and prompt. Your driver was always smiling, helped everyone on and off the bus, excellent driver. Your motor coach was good, clean, and comfortable. Probably the best trip that I’ve ever taken, and I have traveled a lot. Thank you very much!”

Ms. A. L., Seaford, Virginia

“Sightseeing and activities could not have been better. It was a grand experience. I will use Caravan again! Keep up your fine work. Thank you for a great vacation.”

Mr. D. J., Hudson, Ohio

“The hotels were clean, accommodating and located in beautiful surroundings. Your hotels were always located over a square (garden) or overlooking a lake (Lake Atitlan). The view from the Grand Tikal Futura hotel balcony during morning sunrise and evening sunset was spectacular and peaceful. The fact that we did not need to search for places to eat made the trip very enjoyable. Your rest and photo stops were great areas to stop. Your tour director was more than accommodating for any of our needs, very pleasant. She was very informative and gave us great information on all the areas. All the local guides were excellent. Your driver was always a gentleman and very pleasant. I found the people of Guatemala to be very nice and accommodating. Please send me your brochures.”

Ms. R. R., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

“The hotels were all exceptional, especially Villa Maya and Villa Coloniales. Your tour director was the best we’ve ever had. Your driver was excellent.”

Mr. & Mrs. D. E., Newark, California

“Your hotels were all very good, the hotel in Antigua was especially charming. The Grand Tikal Futura Hotel was an oasis in Guatemala City. Your sightseeing and activities were excellent, especially Tikal. Your tour director is perfect. She is a virtual scholar on all matters of Guatemala, as well as exceedingly pleasant. She has a keen sense of commitment to Guatemala and is exceedingly responsible, very accommodating and provided us with help and assistance above and beyond the call of duty. Your local guides were knowledgeable. Your driver was excellent and unflappable. The boat ride on Lake Atitlan was memorable. I would highly recommend this tour to others, noting the incomparable price, and what was included.”

Ms. J. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Your hotels were excellent. Your tour director was a jewel, fabulous. Everything she did for us was special. She never stopped teaching us about Guatemala, which was wonderful. Your driver was excellent. It was our first tour with Caravan. We would go with you again.”

Mr. & Mrs. K. H., Wilmette, Illinois

“All the hotels were beautiful and we enjoyed staying in each of them. The pace was slow enough so that we could rest and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Your tour director told us about the things we were to see and do each day, very knowledgeable and we learned a great deal from her. Your local guides were very knowledgeable about Mayan culture. Your driver was excellent. This was a wonderful tour with a great group of people and a good tour guide. We loved every minute of it!”

Mr. And Mrs. E. B., Rio Rancho, New Mexico

“The hotels were very good, especially in Guatemala City. In all the hotels on this trip the service was always great and the hotel staff was warm and friendly. The meals were good. I am a vegetarian, but your tour director took care of us. Your tour director was excellent, informed, conscientious, and a sincere guide as well as a friendly person. I am interested in your trip to Costa Rica next year.”

Mrs. N. L., Verplanck, New York

“Everything and everybody was very good, but what made the tour an unforgettable success was your tour director. I would not hesitate to go on another tour with her anytime, anywhere.”

Mr. T. H., Glendale, California

“The meals overall were good to very good. Breakfasts were especially good. Your tour director was excellent. In addition to knowledgeable, her enthusiasm was contagious and contributed to the enjoyment of the trip. Your local guides at Copán and Tikal were both very good. Your driver was excellent. He made you feel confident that it would be a safe trip, and it was. This was our first trip with Caravan, and we were pleased with the experience. The tour was a very good value!”

Mr. & Mrs. J. L., Arlington, Virginia

“Your meals were not gourmet, but always quite good - plenty to eat without being overstuffed. Your sightseeing and activities were excellent, well paced. We had early starts to our days but ended early enough to have a break and cleanup before supper. This is much appreciated by a traveler. Your tour director was fantastic. Your driver was excellent, careful and also very polite. Your local guides were very knowledgeable and had a good command of English so that they were easy to understand. The entire trip was a joy. We came home full of wonderful images, lots of new knowledge and even felt rested! We’ll definitely be back for more, perhaps Costa Rica next time.”

Mr. & Mrs. J. R. N., Norwalk, Connecticut

“We had good food the entire trip. I enjoyed the fish and crisp veggies. We could not have asked for a better guide, so helpful, took care of individual concerns, went out of her way to please, to give small remembrances. This is my second Caravan trip, Copper Canyon one and one half years ago. I would highly recommend your trips. I like the two night stays in places, also that free time is included to shop, explore, relax - not always rush, rush. Great value. Five stars, top in my book!”

Ms. K. P., Newport News, Virginia

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