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A Two Week Honeymoon to Guatemala and Belize

Combination of culture and colour in Guatemala with the sparkling Caribbean of Belize

14 days

from £3,925pp (excluding flights)

If for your honeymoon, you are wishing to find the perfect balance between culture and relaxation, then this is trip for you. Guatemala is rich in history and colour and offers a wealth of traditions to explore and unearth. An easy hop overland, or by plane, from the steaming jungles of Guatemala across the border to the glittering Caribbean beaches of Belize rounds off a fascinating journey of Central America.

  • Stay in beautiful boutique hotels throughout your honeymoon
  • Opportunity to have a traditional Shaman matrimonial blessing
  • Explore the beautiful antiquated streets of Antigua
  • Immerse yourselves in the culture of Guatemala and explore colourful markets
  • Enjoy a romantic sunset tour of Yaxha with drinks
  • Visit a coffee plantation and share a meal with a local family
  • Snorkel in a tropical marine underworld along the second largest barrier reef in the world

Begin your Guatemalan adventure in the beautiful town of Antigua.  Immerse yourself in the local culture, visit nearby villages, learn about local trades such as weaving and coffee farming and explore the tasty delights of Guatemala’s street food with a culinary guide. Markets are abundant in Guatemala and one of the most colourful is that of Comalapa.  Traditional Shaman ceremonies can be performed as a blessing for your wedding.

Continue to the staggeringly beautiful Lake Atitlan and stay at the delightful Casa Palopo hotel before flying north to the jungle lowlands for a few days exploring the impressive temples of Tikal and Yaxha for drinks at sunset.

Finally round off your Central American honeymoon by flying to Ambergris Caye off the Belizean coast for three nights R&R. Relax on the white sand beaches, snorkel the second largest barrier reef in the world, laze in a hammock on your veranda and sip cocktails in the light Caribbean breeze.




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 
£ 3925 £ 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 Houston

Fly Houston to Guatemala City

Drive from Guatemala City to Antigua


Depart Guatemala City and drive to the former colonial capital of Antigua, which is approximately an hour away.


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 Posada del Angel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Half Day Historical and Architectural Tour
Spend time visiting the architectural and historical highlights of this colonial city. Have a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents and cathedrals.


You will be staying at Posada del Angel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Half Day Visit to DLG Coffee Cooperative
Your guide will meet you for a short transfer to the small town of San Miguel Escobar, just outside of Antigua. In town you will be met by a local guide from De La Gente (DLG), which 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 organisation 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 it over an open fire and grind by hand on a grindstone before sampling their handiwork. Coffee season is November to March. This tour includes lunch and a donation to DLG.


Half Day Street Food Tour
Today, your guide will take you on a tour of Antigua's street food hot spots, where you'll get to taste some of Guatemala's most authentic cuisine. These are the places where long lines of locals are a fixture and for good reason: The food served is delicious and well-prepared. Items you might try include chuchitos (the Guatemalan take on a tamale), pupusas (cheese-filled corn tortillas), rellenitas (plantain dough that's filled with beans and then fried), and even pigs' feet. You'll learn the cultural and historic significance of the eats on offer and will also visit Antigua's bustling market to explore the colorful array of ingredients used in Guatemalan cuisine. (Please note that this tour is for more adventurous eaters.)


You will be staying at Posada del Angel, 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.


You will be staying at Casa Palopo, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Half Day Trip to Local Textile Cooperative
Head to San Juan La Laguna village. Visit a local textile cooperative to see local people still using back-strap looms and natural dyes. Also meet local naïf painters, who specialise in a style of colourful and ingenious, yet simplistic, indigenous art.


Half Day Visit to the House of the God Maximon
Continue to Santiago village and visit the house of the Maya God Maximon. Each year a different 'brotherhood' has the privilege of taking care of this God, so his location changes. Watch a local shaman performing rituals for local people and have the chance to hire his services for a personal ceremony.

Afterwards, visit the local church and market to learn about the history, textiles and art of this very traditional town.


You will be staying at Casa Palopo, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Day at Leisure
Have the day at leisure to explore this beautiful and mystical lake.


You will be staying at Casa Palopo, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Drive from Lake Atitlan to Guatemala City


Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Guatemala City airport (4 hours).

Fly Guatemala City to Flores


You will be staying at La Lancha, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8



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.


Late Afternoon Visit to Yaxha
Travel to the nearby Maya site of Yaxha, which is around an hour away. Containing over 400 ruined structures, this vast site experienced its heyday during the eighth century and is still being excavated. A highlight among the ruins is 'Templo 216', which perches upon a hilltop and affords fantastic views of the surrounding landscape.
Afterwards, continue to the pre-Columbian Maya site of Topoxte, which sits on an island in the centre of Yaxha Lake. Watch the sunset from this elevated location.


You will be staying at La Lancha, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Full Day Tour of Tikal
Explore with your guide the awe-inspiring Maya metropolis of Tikal where some 3,000 structures rise from the rainforest floor inhabited by a myriad of wildlife. Follow in the footsteps of both royalty and commoner as your guide leads you to the site of the majestic Great Plaza and its Temple of the Jaguar, while experiencing the sights and sounds of the tropical animals and birds that make Tikal home.
The city of Tikal flourished from 800 BC to 900 AD and the site today gives visitors a real reminder of what the Maya empire achieved at its peak.
Lunch is included.


You will be staying at La Lancha, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Fly Flores to Belize City

Fly Belize City to Ambergris Caye


You will be staying at Matachica Beach Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Several Days at Leisure
Days to relax and disconnect by the Caribbean Sea. There are many activities to choose from, including sea kayaking, manatee watching, sailing, windsurfing and parasailing. Fishing, diving and snorkelling are particularly rewarding.Snorkelling highlights include Shark-Ray Alley to mingle with sharks, rays and jackfish. Mexico Rocks is perhaps one of the best snorkelling spots on the Caye.


You will be staying at Matachica Beach Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

You will be staying at Matachica Beach Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Fly Ambergris Caye to Belize City

Fly Belize City to Houston

Fly Houston to London overnight

Accommodation

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

Matachica Beach Resort

Matachica Beach Resort

Matachica has 31 casitas, including a two bedroom villa....

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Posada del Angel

Posada del Angel

In the heart of this legendary town is the beautiful colonial inn Posada del Angel with its seven elegant rooms and suites, each with a large private bath and a wood-burning fireplace....

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Casa Palopo

Casa Palopo

Casa Palopó is stunning....

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La Lancha

La Lancha

La Lancha is a small and secluded jungle lodge immersed in the rainforest on the shores of Lake Peten Itza not far from the site of Tikal....

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