Guatemala: ancient ruins, beautiful landscapes, mayan villages, and?chocolate. Chocolate, really? That's right chocolate fans; cacao is endemic to Guatemala, and Guatemalans were the first to invent hot chocolate! While chocolate alone is enough reason to visit Guatemala, this vacation offers even more, and Monograms made it easy for you! On this 6-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, transportation between cities, and daily buffet breakfast. Plus, we've arranged for you to have a Local Host in Guatemala City, Antigua, & Lake Atitlan. This is a one-of-a-kind service offered by Monograms to make sure you have someone in each city who can answer your questions, offer suggestions, help you navigate your vacation, and be there for you to make sure your vacation runs smoothly. When you arrive in Guatemala City, your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and transport you to Antigua, Guatemala's capital from 1543 to 1776. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we'll pick you up at your hotel for your private sightseeing with a local expert. Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Americas' oldest cities. Among other places, we'll show you the Catedral of San Jose and the ruins of churches and monasteries. Guatemala is the world's leading producer of jade, and we'll take you to a jade factory for a tour. The next day, we've arranged private transportation to Lake Atitlan, a beautiful lake surrounded by twelve Indian villages. On the way, we'll stop in Chichicastenango to visit the Church of Santo Tomas, where you'll witness ancient Mayan ceremonies, and the open-air Indian market, where you can barter with the locals for goods and souvenirs. In Lake Atitlan, we've arranged a cruise across the lake to visit the Indian village of Santiago Atitlan, where you'll meet the Tzutuhil people. After your Lake Atitlan adventure, we've arranged private transportation back to Guatemala City, where we'll provide a city tour. And did we mention we've arranged all your private transportation for you, so you can just sit back and relax as your guide takes you from place to place? Add the time saved and the comfort of knowing you'll have a local there to assist you throughout your vacation, and you're a lucky traveler!
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 8 Days
- Escorted - No
|Day 1||Antigua||Upon arrival, meet your Local Host and transfer to Antigua, Guatemala's capital from 1543 until a devastating earthquake in 1776 when it was moved to Guatemala City. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua is one of the Americas' oldest and most beautiful cities, with pastel-colored buildings, wide cobblestone streets, and a beautiful natural setting ringed by three volcanoes.|
|Day 2||Antigua||This morning, our PRIVATE TOUR of this magnificent highlands city, known for its 16th-century Spanish Colonial architecture, includes lively Plaza Mayor, flanked by the impressive Catedral de San Jose and Palace of the Capitanes Generales. We also see the ruins of churches and monasteries, some with hidden underground passages destroyed by the earthquake of 1776, and take a tour of a JADE FACTORY. (B)|
|Day 3||Lake Atitlan||Today, with your Local Host, reach the whitewashed highland town of Chichicastenango to visit the colorful, open-air INDIAN MARKET, where hundreds of Indians from the surrounding countryside gather to barter their goods and products. Also, visit the Catholic CHURCH OF SANTO TOMAS to witness ancient Mayan ceremonies that have long been practiced there. Continue to the shores of Lake Atitlan, surrounded by volcanoes and indigenous villages. Lake Atitlan is the ideal place to come in contact with native Guatemalans. Twelve Indian villages surround the lake, and their inhabitants are descendants from the great Quiche, Cackchiquel, and Tzutuhil Nations. (B)|
|Day 4||Lake Atitlan||This morning, CRUISE across Lake Atitlan to visit the Indian village of SANTIAGO ATITLAN, and meet the Tzutuhil people, one of Guatemala's indigenous tribes. This afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B)|
|Day 5||Guatemala City||Head back to Guatemala City for your included city TOUR. (B)|
|Day 6||Tikal||Fly to Flores, where you will be transferred to the site of YAXHA, which was one of the largest Mayan cities dating back to 250 AD. During your visit, see the ball courts, residential and religious areas, as well as the Acropolis. A short boat ride brings you to the ancient Mayan city of TOPOXTE, located on an island on Lake Yaxha. Its buildings are similar to those of Tulum in the Yucatan, and it was inhabited from 700-1200 AD. (B)|
|Day 7||Guatemala City||Today, enjoy an included TOUR of the mystical archaeological site of TIKAL, located in the middle of the rainforest. Your guided tour showcases this Mayan city that was inhabited from 600-900 AD and at its height supported a population of 90,000 people. Explore the complex and its temples, main plazas, palaces, and pyramids. Also visit the MUSEUM, which houses many of the Pre-Columbian statues found during excavations. Later today, depart for Flores and your return flight to Guatemala City. (B)|
|Day 8||Guatemala City||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $242. Required intra-vacation air segments are Guatemala City/Flores; Flores/Guatemala City. Air prices were effective on July 12, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher. 2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.