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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.
- 3- & 4-star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
- Average group size -14 people (max 26)
- International & internal flights
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Experienced local tour guide in each country
- 17 breakfasts & 5 lunches
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Porterage at airports
- Navigate through the locks of the Panama Canal
- Spot wildlife in the Monteverde cloud forest
- Take a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua
- Explore colonial towns & fascinating Mayan ruins, including Tikal & Copán
- Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
- Small group size - average 14 people (max 26)
Day 1: Fly to Panama City, Panama via the US
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City, via the US, with United Airlines. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2: Panama City
Morning city tour, including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district.
Day 3: Panama Canal
Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal.
Day 4: Fly to San José, Costa Rica
Fly to Costa Rica’s capital and visit a coffee plantation on the slopes of the active Poás volcano. Overnight at the Hotel Presidente.
Day 5: Monteverde
Transfer to Monteverde and stay for 2 nights at the Monteverde Country Lodge. Afternoon visit to the Selvatura’s hummingbird garden and hanging walkways.
Day 6: Monteverde
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.
Day 7: Granada, Nicaragua
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).
Day 8: Granada
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.
Day 9: Fly to San Salvador • Suchitoto
Transfer to Managua and fly to San Salvador. Continue to the charming town of Suchitoto for 1 night at Posada de Suchitlán.
Day 10: Route of the Flowers
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.
Day 11: Copán, Honduras
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.
Day 12: Copán
In the morning, tour the fascinating Mayan ruins of Copán with its intricate and wellpreserved sculptures. Optional afternoon tour to a bird sanctuary.
Day 13: Livingston, Guatemala
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.
Day 14: Flores
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.
Day 15: Tikal
Morning tour of Tikal, one of the most spectacular Mayan ruins, located in the heart of the jungle. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 16: Fly to Guatemala City • Antigua
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.
Days 18-19: Fly to London via the US
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.
Camino Real Tikal, Flores
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.
Crown Plaza Panama City Hotel
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, Granada (Nicaragua)
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, Antigua
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.
Hotel Marina Copan, Copan
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, Concepción de Ataco
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.
Hotel Presidente, San Jose (Costa Rica)
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.
Hotel Villa Caribe, Livingston
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.
Monteverde Country Lodge, Monteverde
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.
Posada de Suchitlán, Suchitoto
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, Flores
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.
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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