Tailor-Made Holiday

A Family Holiday to Guatemala

Learn about the Maya history, make chocolate and explore the jungle

9 days

from £1,745pp (excluding flights)

Prepare to be dazzled. Guatemala is a country full of colour, passion, culture and history. We think it makes a fabulous family destination and this holiday idea includes some ideas to give you a little taste of Maya magic.

  • Be Indiana Jones for the day and explore jungle clad ruins of ancient cities
  • Have a go at making your own chocolate
  • Discover life above the tree tops on a canopy tour
  • Learn about Maya history full of tales of human sacrifice and shaman rituals
  • Experience Antigua’s colonial charm, markets, street life and towering volcanoes

 Antigua

Begin your Guatemala travels with a few nights in Antigua bursting with markets, street artists and cake. Cakes are used in almost every celebration in Guatemala and you will find an overwhelming choice in every coffee shop. Explore the highland farms by mule, take in breath-taking scenery and learn about fair trade farming. 

Spend a day making your own chocolate from the world’s most sought after cacao beans before exploring the coffee plantations by mule and a tour of the treetops on a canopy tour.

Lake Atitlan

Journey from Antigua to Lake Atitlan and fill your hours on the water by renting kayaks or taking a boat to a nearby village. Witness Shaman rituals and observe traditional weaving techniques still used today.

Tikal

Finally explore the jungle lowlands of Tikal. Pretend to be a pioneering archaeologist for the day with scenes from The Mummy or Indiana Jones passing through your mind as the Howler Monkeys call from the tree tops and you decipher the hieroglyphic writing of ancient kings on soaring temples.

Camping, homestays and, for the more active; mountain biking can also be arranged, as well as extensions to Belize.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 1745 £ 850
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid

Fly Madrid to Guatemala City


Guatemala City is home to over 25% of the country's population - this sprawling megalopolis clings to the sides of a highland plateau, overlooked by active volcanoes. It is the country's commercial, financial and cultural centre and main transport hub. It offers a wide range of facilities, and highlights include the historical district and several national museums.


You will be staying at El Convento, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Full Day AGAIG & Chocolate Making Tour
This morning you will be met by your guide at your hotel and driven a short distance to the small town of San Miguel Escobar, just outside Antigua to see the As Green As It Gets project.

AGAIG is a charity working to support small independent coffee producers and promotes environmentally responsible agriculture in Guatemala. This tour takes you to visit some of the families supported by this organization where you can work side-by-side with small coffee farmers in their daily coffee processing, pick, pulp, ferment, wash, dry, trilla, sort, and grade the coffee (depending on the season), roast coffee over an open fire and by hand on a grindstone before sampling their handiwork.

After the coffee tour a traditional lunch in a local home is included before transferring back to Antigua. Coffee Season is Nov to Mar. This tour includes a donation to AGAIG.

Later this afternoon you will have the chance to visit a Chocolate making workshop. This is great fun for all the family and is an opportunity to learn about the indulgent art of chocolate making! A little of the history is explained; from the Mayan discovery of the Cacao bean to the mass production of chocolate throughout the world. However the real fun starts when you can try your hand at making Cacao tea, Mayan hot chocolate and European Hot Chocolate, followed by traditional chocolate bars, where you can use your creativity and add ingredients like ginger, sea salt and almonds or coffee beans!!

Yes the samples can be tasted and you will be able to collect your own chocolate bars!

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the grand colonial city of Antigua was once one of the regional capitals of the vast Spanish Empire. Peaceful and well-organised, the city is awash with elegant colonial architecture enlivened with pastel facades and clumps of colourful bougainvillea.

Squeezed between three towering volcanic peaks, Antigua's picturesque location comes at a price. Steam and gas are often visible rising from the so-called 'Volcano of Fire', whilst a series of earthquakes devastated the city in the 18th century.


You will be staying at El Convento, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Canopy tour and Mountain Mule Tour Finca Filadelfia
Drive to Filadelfia Coffee farm en route visiting the village of San Felipe and its gothic Catholic Church. Once at the farm, take a mule trek through the coffee plantation to a mirador at 7,000 feet where you can see Antigua Guatemala, San Juan del Obispo, San Felipe de Jesus, Ciudad Vieja and other villages. Here, enjoy a canopy tour above the treetops of the reserve.


You will be staying at El Convento, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Antigua to Lake Atitlan via Comolapa and Ixmiche


It will be around a three hour drive from Antigua to lake Atitlan.


Lake Atitlan is a stunning lake set against a backdrop of three volcanoes. Aldous Huxley once called it 'the most beautiful lake in the world' and it is difficult to disagree. Not only is it beautiful, the area is also interesting for the traditional communities that live on its shores, each with distinct languages, costumes and cultures.


Comalapa Market and surrounding area
Visit the famous mural that the school children of the town painted depicting major events in Guatemala’s history up to the signing of the peace accords in 1996. Visit some local painters who continue the tradition of naïve paintings that the town is famous for and a local bakery to see how they make the small, rock hard biscuits known as roscas that sell by the thousands each day in Guatemala. Wander around the wonderful market and also the small museum dedicated to the composer who wrote Guatemala’s national anthem who came from Comalapa.


You will be staying at Atitlan Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Full Day Boat Tour of Lake Atitlan
Transfer by boat across the lake to San Juan La Laguna Village to visit a local textile cooperative to see the back strap loom in use and to see how local people still use natural dyes. Also visit the home and workshop of local naïf painters before boarding the boat to Santiago Village.
After lunch, walk with the guide to find the house where the Maya God Maximon is living. Each year a different 'brotherhood' has the privilege of taking care of this deity and so his location changes. Once with Maximon you may see a shaman performing rituals for local people and if you wish you can ask your guide to help you hire the services of a shaman for you to have a personal ceremony performed.
After Maximon there is an opportunity to visit the local church and learn about the history of this very traditional town. Transfer back across the lake to the hotel.


You will be staying at Atitlan Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Day at leisure in Lake Peten Itza


Sitting in the far north of Guatemala, Lake Petén Itzá is the second largest lake in the country. Surrounded by dense tropical rainforest, the encompassing area is rich in wildlife and vegetation. More than 100 species are indigenous to the lake, whilst cacoa, sugarcane, grains and tropical fruits are all cultivated nearby.

Lake Péten Itzá is also rich in archaeological remains, and the ruined city of Tikal lies close by. One of the greatest ancient cities of the powerful Maya dynasty, Tikal is a stunning ensemble of monumental pyramids, stone plazas and carved stelae.


You will be staying at Camino Real Tikal, Bed & Breakfast


You will be staying at Atitlan Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7



One of the greatest ancient cities of the powerful Maya dynasty, Tikal is a highlight on any visit to Latin America. Emerging from the jungle canopy and shrouded in mystery, the monumental pyramids, plazas and stelae of Tikal tell of an astutely developed group of people, irrevocably linked to their environment - an environment of tangled jungle and exotic wildlife.


You will be staying at Camino Real Tikal, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Full day tour of Tikal
Full day tour of Tikal departing early in the morning in order to catch the ruins at their most mysterious and hear the sounds of the jungle before the heat of day sends the animals to sleep.
The tour will take you through complex ’Q’, the North and Central Acropolis, the Main Square and Temple IV.

Fly Tikal to Guatemala City


You will be staying at Westin Camino Real, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Fly Guatemala City to Madrid overnight

Day 10

Fly Madrid to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

El Convento

El Convento

El Convento offers a collection of 26 suites arranged over three elegantly columned levels....

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Camino Real Tikal

Camino Real Tikal

The Westin Camino Real Tikal Hotel is located on the edge of Lake Peten Itza, in the lush jungle of the Peten region....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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