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Begins and Ends: Guatemala City
Walk the ancient Mayan city of Tikal and explore Guatemala Tikal ruins, including ancient temples and other Mayan Tikal structures, during our fully escorted Caravan Guatemala Tour.
Tikal, which archaeologists believe dates back to as early as 700 BC, is the largest known ancient Mayan city that flourished for over 1500 years. Tikal is distinctly different from Chichén Itzá and Uxmal (two other ancient Guatemalan Mayan sites), mainly because the Tikal ruins are surrounded by dense jungle.
On the strength of its military and active trade economy, the Mayan city of Tikal prospered and at its height boasted an estimated population of perhaps 100,000 Mayan people or more. Then mysteriously, around 900 AD, this ancient Mayan city was virtually deserted and over the ensuing centuries, the Guatemalan jungle overran its magnificent temples and other ancient Mayan Tikal structures.
In the 1840's the lost Mayan ruins of Tikal were found by European explorers and has since become one of the world's busiest and most important archaeological research sites. Many of the Tikal ruins remain unexplored; who knows what secrets are left to be excavated, and what else we will learn about this ancient and amazing Mayan culture of Guatemala.
Caravan's line up of top rated nature tourist attractions and archaeological destinations on this Guatemala tour make our Mayan Tikal vacations legendary. Come experience the gorgeous scenery as you climb from the Central Valley into the Guatemala highlands, pass by Indian villages, lodge in waterfront Lake Atitlan hotels, and tour a Guatemalan coffee plantation.
Along with ancient Mayan Tikal ruins, travellers also get to enjoy a walking tour of the Main Plaza at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua, perhaps the best preserved colonial city in Latin America. Rio Dulce (the Sweet River), soft rolling jungle hills, and Petenchel, a 67-acre nature reserve, are also included in the Guatemala nature tour by Caravan.
The highlight of Caravan Guatemala Tours for most guests is an unforgettable visit to the ancient Mayan city of Tikal and of course, the Tikal ruins. Known as the grandest of all Mayan cities, Tikal is located in the remote Peten Basin of northern Guatemala.
Caravan Guatemala tours include a full day at the Mayan Tikal ruins where Guatemala Tour Operators help you explore the historic and ancient Mayan Tikal, a city that had remained hidden for centuries below Tikal's rainforest canopy.
Since 1952, Caravan has operated quality All Inclusive Tours under the same family ownership and management, delivering an unrivalled standard of excellence like our fully guided Guatemala Tikal ruins tour.
Vacations with Caravan Tours include only the best Guatemala hotel and resort accommodations including the Barcelo in Guatemala City and Porta Hotel in Antigua.
For more information on our fully guided Guatemala tours including the Mayan Tikal ruins and the colonial city of Antigua, or to make your Guatemala City Tour Reservation, please:
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Caravan Guatemala Tikal Tours
|Jan||6, 13, 20, 24, 27, 31|
|Feb||3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28|
|Mar||3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31|
|Apr||14, 21, 28|
|Jul||14, 21, 28|
|Nov||3, 10, 17|
|Dec||1, 8, 19, 22|
|Room Type||Super Value|
Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $226; Triple $205; Single $296
Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.
In Latin America, Caravan transfers you between the airport and hotel on the starting and ending dates of your tour.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.
All Meals Included
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
1, 2, 9
Tikal area, Petenchel
Porta Hotel Antigua
Master Card, Visa, or check.
Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.
The Barcelo Guatemala City hotel is located in the heart of Guatemala City. This full service hotel features shops, a sports center, sauna, jacuzzi, large outdoor swimming pool, beauty shop and other facilities. Wireless internet is available for a fee.
The Villa Maya Hotel is located in the middle of a large, private nature reserve, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. This beautiful resort is perched between two natural lagoons which feed into nearby Lake Petén, Guatemala's third largest lake. The lagoons, grounds and nearby forests, make for great wildlife viewing and birdwatching. From your room's balcony and the resort's walkways you can see toucans, woodpeckers, fly catchers, colorful red and blue macaw parrots, playful monkeys (you'll have to close your balcony windows, so the monkeys don't get in), white tail deer and alligators in the lagoons. The Villa Maya Hotel has a swimming pool with a small waterfall and an open air restaurant with sweeping natural views.
Porta Hotel Antigua
The elegant Porta Hotel is located just two blocks from the main plaza of 16th century Antigua. Features include a spa, gym, two solar heated swimming pools, wireless internet in all public areas and rooms etc. The hotel incorporates the classic colonial architecture, handmade crafts and colorful textiles of Guatemala. The Porta Hotel Antigua has been chosen by Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers as one of the Top 5 hotels in Central America. Wi-Fi internet is available.
Hotel Atitlán The Hotel Atitlan is a boutique hotel overlooking Late Atitlán, just 10 minutes from the town of Panajachel. The decor features hand-carved furnishings, ornate ceramic tiles, and hand-woven area rugs in the Spanish colonial-hacienda style of the 18th century. The hotel offers a wide range of services in a dramatic natural setting. Nestled within the forest on the hotel property are special locations for bird watching. A short walk from the hotel is the Atitlan Nature Reserve, which has a butterfly reserve, herb gardens, suspension bridges, and spider monkeys.
Caravan's vacation packages include arrival transfers from La Aurora Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, Guatemala to the Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City on the day the tour begins. After you clear customs your Caravan representative will greet and transfer you to your hotel. Please use your Caravan luggage tags to help our representatives identify you. Transfers are not provided for earlier pre-tour arrivals; expect to pay around $10.00U.S. and allow 15 minutes travel by taxi.
To enter Guatemala, you will need a U.S. passport valid for 6 additional months after the date of your arrival into Guatemala. Non U.S. citizens, please check passport and visa requirements.
Children under 18 years old, traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, should carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent’s death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws.
Caravan provides departure transfers from the Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City to La Aurora Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Transfers are provided throughout the day on the day the tour ends.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:
|American Airlines, Continental, Copa, Delta, Lberia, Mexicana, Taca, Tikal Jets, Tropic Air, United Airlines, US Airways|
This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual.
What is included in the tour price?
Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.
What is not included in the tour price?
Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.
How long will each day be?
A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.
What clothing should I pack for my Guatemala trip?
Caravan suggests clothing for warm and hot weather during the day: 2 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of shorts, 3 changes of shirts, a rain poncho, a swimsuit, and a sweater or jacket for the air conditioned bus. Caravan recommends footwear that has a bit of a tread and will not slip on wet surfaces. Walking shoes, hiking boots, sneakers and sandals are all acceptable. Caravan also recommends packing a sweater or light jacket to wear at night in the higher elevations (around 5,000 feet high ) of Guatemala City, Antigua and Lake Atitlan. Quick dry clothing (especially a pair of convertible pants that zip at the knee to convert into shorts) is recommended for your visit to the tropical areas. A pair of convertible quick-dry pants and aquick-dry shirt can be purchased from clothing manufacturers such as Travelsmith.com (1-800-950-1600) and ExOfficio.com (1-800-644-7303), and Columbia (at Sportmart). And for all tropical tours, don't forget the sun block, bug spray, a flashlight, a sun hat, a lightweight packable raincoat or poncho, anti-diarrheal medicine, plenty of wet wipes and a travel alarm clock.
How large will my group be?
Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.
What vaccinations are required to enter Guatemala?
No vaccinations are required to enter Guatemala.Caravan does not have any doctors on staff and cannot give medical advice, so please consult your doctor before deciding whether or not to receive a vaccination. You may also check the Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/travel for Guatemala travel advisories and disease updates. Please note that many Central American pharmacies sell the 500 mg. Vitamin B-1 pill as an anit-mosquito pill, and these pharmacies suggest that people take the pill daily starting two weeks before arrival in the tropical areas. Caravan does not endorse any products, but most Caravan staff take the Avon Expedition repellent to the tropical areas. Caravan staff also avoid eating bananas, because this smell attracts mosquitoes.
Preparing for the Tropics
It is recommended to bring at least one pair of quick-dry pants and one quick-dry shirt. The quick-dry pants that zip at the knee to convert into shorts are particularly popular. Be sure to also bring a sweater or jacket for the cooler night temperatures in Guatemala City and Antigua. It is also recommended to prepare for the mosquitoes that are sometimes present in the tropical low lands of Copan and Tikal. Caravan does not make product endorsements, but many Central Americans feel that Avon Skin So Soft oil (not cream), or Avon's Expedition anti-mosquito spray is effective protection against mosquito bites in the jungle. Caravan does not endorse any vitamin, but please note that Central American pharmacies sell 500 milligram Vitamin B-1 tablets, a non-prescription vitamin, as "anti-mosquito" pills. Many Guatemalans take Vitamin B-1 pills and eat garlic for about two weeks prior to and during their visits to the jungle because they believe that the smell of Vitamin B-1 and garlic repels mosquitoes. If you believe this may be of value, consult your doctor for further information on Vitamin B-1 and garlic. Guatemalans also avoid eating bananas in the rainforest, as it is believed that this smell attracts mosquitoes. Also, it is wise to wear light-weight quick-dry long-sleeved pants and shirts in these tropical areas.
“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
Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel.
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.