Guatemala with Tikal10 Days Tour from USD $1395#1 In Value

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2021 Daily Tour Itinerary

Day 1 • Guatemala City, Guatemala

Caravan welcomes you to a breathtaking land of magnificent lakes, towering volcanoes and ancient ruins. With its near perfect climate and Caravan’s spectacular hotels, Guatemala, “the land of eternal spring,” is an ideal vacation destination. This is a more active itinerary. Caravan provides transfers from Guatemala City airport to your centrally located hotel, the Barcelo, for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check-in after 4:00 p.m. Dinner is served until 9:30 p.m. at your hotel.

  • Meals: Dinner
Bienvenidos

Day 2 • Guatemala City

After breakfast, join Caravan for an 8:00 a.m. welcome briefing. Then visit an archaeology museum. Learn about Guatemala’s pre-Columbian cultures and extensive archaeological sites. See a priceless collection of Mayan pottery and jewelry. Lunch. Next, a sightseeing drive of the historic center. See the Metropolitan Cathedral dating from 1782 and the French influence on the dramatic National Palace. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy the Barcelo’s large outdoor pool, jacuzzi, spa and racquet club. Dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 • Quiriguá, Tikal Area

Your great Tikal adventure begins! An early start for a full day's drive east to Guatemala’s Caribbean region. Visit Quiriguá, the impressive and remarkably preserved Mayan archaeological site. Walk among fantastical carved stone animal figures and some of the world’s largest stelae. The huge monoliths are inscribed with ancient writings recording Mayan history. Enjoy lunch overlooking the scenic Rio Dulce, 'sweet river,' which flows into the Caribbean Sea. Arrive in time for dinner at your lodge located in a 67 acre nature preserve on the wild shores of Petenchel Laguna. Enjoy a two night stay. Villa Maya, has two pools, a jacuzzi and nature walking trails.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tikal

Day 4 • Tikal Ruins

Today, an unforgettable visit to the ruins of Tikal. Settled in 700 B.C., Tikal was the grandest of all Mayan cities. Long protected by the jungle in the remote Peten Peninsula, Tikal is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, see towering pyramids rise above the rainforest canopy while the sounds of tropical birds fill the air. Look for spider and howler monkeys. Visit Tikal’s great plaza. See the Temple of the Grand Jaguar and Temple II. Visit the Plaza of the Seven Temples and El Mundo Perdido, the Lost World. Enjoy lunch in Tikal. Late afternoon return to your resort. Enjoy dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 • Tikal Area, Antigua

This morning drive through jungle draped hills. Enjoy lunch. Continue to romantic Antigua. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at the elegant Porta Hotel. Your hotel is two blocks from the main plaza with its fine stores offering jade pieces and exotic native artwork. Dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 • Antigua

Morning exploration of Antigua, Guatemala’s capital for more than two centuries. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the best preserved colonial cities in all of Latin America. On a walking tour visit the Main Plaza, see the Cathedral and Fountain of the Sirens. Visit Las Capuchinas Convent, with its 18 circular living quarters. Enjoy lunch. Then, free time in Antigua. Shop in the artisan markets for elaborately carved dance masks and richly embroidered hand weavings. Stroll cobblestone streets and marvel at Antigua’s colonial churches and historic buildings. Enjoy dinner at the Porta Hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Antigua

Day 7 • Coffee Tour, Lake Atitlán

This morning drive into the picturesque and world-famous coffee growing region of Guatemala. Visit a coffee plantation and sample fresh Guatemalan coffee. Learn why many consider Guatemala coffee the best tasting coffee in the world. After lunch, visit a museum highlighting Guatemala’s unique musical instruments, including the Marimba. Then, to Hotel Atitlán for a two night stay overlooking Lake Atitlán, 5,000 feet above sea level. Dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 • Lake Atitlán, Panajachel

Morning visit to the nearby Mayan village of Panajachel where Mayans still wear traditional dress. Visit the colorful artisan market. Return to Hotel Atitlán. Lunch. The rest of the day is at leisure. Explore your hotel’s beautiful botanical gardens and pools. Enjoy the dramatic scenery. Dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 • Lake Atitlán Boat Cruise

Morning cruise across Lake Atitlán. Flanked by three dormant volcanoes, Lake Atitlán is one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. Then gorgeous scenery unfolds as you descend from the Guatemala highlands to the central valley. Pass Indian villages where crops are still hand-tilled and grown on impossibly steep hillside terraces. Lunch. Continue to Guatemala City. Enjoy a farewell dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 • Guatemala City

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast at the Barcelo in Guatemala City. Breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m. Caravan provides transfers throughout the day to the Guatemala City airport. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. ¡Hasta la vista!

  • Meals: Breakfast
Tikal
Antigua

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2021 Hotels

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.


Barcelo Guatemala City

Days 1, 2, 9, 10 • Guatemala City

Barcelo Guatemala City

Barcelo Guatemala City

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. Free WiFi.


Villa Maya

Days 3, 4 • Tikal, Petenchel

Villa Maya

Villa Maya

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. WiFi available.


Porta Hotel Antigua

Days 5, 6 • Antigua

Porta Hotel Antigua

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. Free internet access.


Hotel Atitlán

Days 7, 8 • Lake Atitlán

Hotel Atitlán

Hotel Atitlán

The Hotel Atitlán 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 Atitlán Nature Reserve, which has a butterfly reserve, herb gardens, suspension bridges, and spider monkeys. Free internet access.

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Airport Transfers

arrival Transfers

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 U.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. Note: It is recommended that children under 18 years old traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, 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. See Travel Tips for more details.

departure Transfers

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. See Travel Tips for more details.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan.

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Passports & Visas

Guatemala requires a current U.S. passport valid for six months after your date of entry. Non-U.S. citizens ask your Travel Agent or call the local Guatemalan Consulate about necessary documents and visas. It is recommended that children under 18 years old traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, 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. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Weather & Clothing

Temperature °F (high/low) Rainfall (inches)

Guatemala CityTikal
TempRainTempRain
Jan76/630.1578/630.8
Feb76/630.180/640.5
Mar74/610.385/650.6
Apr70/580.989/670.4
May67/554.990/711.8
Jun65/529.888/723.4
Jul63/517.587/713.7
Aug62/527.087/712.6
Sep64/539.786/712.7
Oct66/555.283/692.4
Nov69/580.981/661.4
Dec72/600.278/650.7

Temperature °F (high/low) Rainfall (inches)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Guatemala City
temp76/6376/6374/6170/5867/5565/5263/5162/5264/5366/5569/5872/60
rainfall0.150.10.30.94.99.87.57.09.75.20.90.2
Tikal
temp78/6380/6485/6589/6790/7188/7287/7187/7186/7183/6981/6678/65
rainfall0.80.50.60.41.83.43.72.62.72.41.40.7

Clothing Tips

This is a casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Travel Tips & FAQs

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My Tour Price Includes

Virtually everything! Hotels, all 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. They are fluent in English, experienced and fun, ensuring a worry-free vacation.

My Tour Price Does Not Include

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porters, visas, phone calls, valet, laundry, all items of a personal nature, extra 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.

Caravan’s $99 Protection Plan Offers Peace of Mind

Caravan’s Travel Protection Plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage. The cost is $99.

Age of Travelers on a Caravan Tour

Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Caravan Tour. Children age five (5) and over are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.

A Well-Paced Itinerary

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.

Packing for Guatemala

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 a quick-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.

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. 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.

Meals

Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals in Latin America are included. Many meals are included in the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.

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Customer Reviews

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"This was our 8th Caravan tour, so that should speak to how we feel about Caravan Tours. We recommend it to all our friends. Without a doubt the sightseeing was absolutely beautiful. Mountains, volcanoes, and lakes made for wonderful pictures. Highly enjoyed visiting museums and Mayan ruins. Memory of a lifetime. Outstanding meals, everything was a treat and we could not be more pleased. Thank you so much for every safe and enjoyable voyage."

Mr. & Mrs. C.E., Clarksville, Georgia

"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

"This was a trip of a lifetime. The overwhelming beauty of Lake Atitlan, the splendor 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 hotel. 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

"Overall a very positive and priceless experience with lingering pleasant memories. The hotels can best be described as exceptional. Each presented with a different theme of splendor. The investment in their guests was outstanding with special attention to guests of all ages. All hotel employees were guest-oriented with untiring attention. The meals were a gourmet delight of local cuisines intertwined with conventional receipts. Our activities were well-organized with the traveler’s interest of paramount importance. Our driver can best be remembered as a remarkable individual who developed great admiration and respect from every traveler. He was energetic, industrious, and dedicated to ensuring the safety and comfort of his passengers. And what a magnificent tour director we had. His broad range of knowledge and interest, as related to the Mayan history and country of Guatemala, was presented with intellectual enthusiasm. A gifted guide with a wide range of stellar interests. This writer remains a Caravan supporter for life."

Mr. K.R., Washington, D.C.

"As a first timer with Caravan, I won’t hesitate to recommend that others experience what you offer. Enjoyed everything we saw and experienced. Hotels were excellent, locations were great. I have done quite a lot of travel and tours. Ours was the best director I’ve experienced. An extraordinary communicator, her passion for her country and knowledge is exceptional. She is also very relatable. I will look forward to future travel with you."

Mrs. E.D., Federal, Washington

"Premier first class hotels. Villa Maya was my favorite: unique location, friendly professional staff and the cleanest room I’ve ever occupied. We saw so many wonderful things, dances, museums, boat cruises, ceramics, weavings, festivities. Very knowledgeable director, excellent in current affairs, history, the culture - and appropriately shared it with us. Very good at figuring the logistics and keeping us moving without a hitch. Thank you Caravan, excellent value for money and very fun."

Mr. & Mrs. H.H., Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Why Travel with Caravan?

Excellence Since 1952

You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.

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In 1959, Pan Am invited Caravan to be the very first tour company to fly their clients on its new line of Clipper Jets.
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Caravan is a proud supporter of the Leatherback Turtle National Park and Costa Rica's efforts to protect this endangered giant.
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Caravan Care

For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Update.

Caravan's Proud History

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. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.

Great Hotels

Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.

Meals

In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.

Complete Sightseeing

Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.

Fully Guided by Tour Directors

All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.

All-inclusive

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.

Shopping Freedom

Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

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.

Trade Association Memberships

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).

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