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Panama, a paradise nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Visit the famous canal combining both oceans, and the modern and historical contrasts of Panama City. Delve into the Maya culture in the best place to explore the Maya ruins in lush jungles: Guatemala. Enjoy the birds and exotic flowers surrounding the volcanic Atitlan Lake, take a boat ride to the little towns at the lakeside, meet the locals and buy some colored handcrafted souvenirs, Try the local food and fruit! The UNESCO colonial town of Antigua is a jewel to be explored, stay at a hotel that used to be an ancient monastery, climb up the highest ancient Maya royal observatory in the historical town of Tikal and explore the carved stones at Copan historical ruins. We also take you to the superb beaches of Roatan, Honduras. Enjoy the various tones of blue in the sea, lie under the palm trees and just relax. Life is wonderful!
Cost of program on base of 2 people travelling:
½ Dbl 3570U$/person
Day 1: Panama City
Transfer in Panama Airport to Le Meridien Hotel Panama City. Overnight at Le Meridien Panama Dbl BB
Day 2: Panama City
City tour Panama
Panama City & Miraflores Locks
Panama City Tour & the Panama Canal starts out with a fascinating visit to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center. You will then continue to the Biodi ersity Museum Continue for lunch to the Casco Viejo historical part of town. End the tour with a historical walking tour through the historic center which is home to beautiful restored colonial houses and interesting architecture, beautiful cathedrals and plazas. One of the most interesting sites on this tour are the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal where you will witness the raising or lowering of a ship as it passes through this impressive engineering feat. Le Meridien BB
Day 3: Panama / Guatemala Antigua
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Guatemala. Arrive into Guatemala City where you will be met by a guide and transferred (approx.1 hour) directly to your hotel in Antigua. Accommodation at the hotel.
Free time to spend enjoying this magical colonial town, considered by some to be the most beautiful in the world. Walk its romantic cobble stone streets and enjoy fine cuisine at one of the many excellent gourmet restaurants in the area.
The old capital of Guatemala-Antigua (Antigua Guatemala), is located in the wide mountain valley of Panchoy, between Agua, Acatenango and Fuego volcanoes.
Founded in 1524, the city became one of the largest cities of the Spanish Empire,and was as the administrative center of Central America. The city reached its prosperity in the middle of the XVIII century. In 1773, Antigua was destroyed by the great Santa Marta earthquake, during which almost all buildings, monasteries and architectural structures were destroyed, many of which are now restored and are museums. In 1979, Antigua was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and now Antigua is the main tourist center of the country.
Hotel Meson de Maria BB
Day 4: Antigua
After breakfast we will enjoy a sightseeing tour in Antigua Guatemala visiting the ruins, museums, monasteries, markets, art galleries and squares of this colonial city. The main attractions of the city are the Central square of the Park Central, the Cathedral de San Jose; the Palace of the Captains-General (1558); Ayuntamiento - Municipality, built in 1740; the ruins of La Capuchinas, the largest and most impressive of the convents of the city; the Santa Catalina arch preserved from the monastery; La Merced Church with a wonderful carved facade.
Must –see places are: the impressive Church of San Francisco, one of the oldest churches in Antigua; the magnificently restored colonial Casa Popeno mansion, the Museo de Santiago in the old city prison building, containing an extensive collection of colonial period objects, the Museo del Libro Antigua, the Museum of Colonial Art in the old University building (collection of religious art), the green Union Park with an open textile market, as well as two churches around its edges-the western church of San Pedro and the eastern Santa Clara, a former convent.
In the afternoon, transfer to Panahachel. (1 hour). Hotel Jardines del Lago.
Day 5: Lake Atitlan
This morning you will take a sightseeing boat tour to the "place where the rainbow takes its colors". So you are heading to Lake Atitlan (30min approx.). Lake Atitlan surrounded by mountains and 3 volcanos: San Pedro, Atitlan, Toliman, is located in the central part of Guatemala. Its area exceeds over 130 square kilometers, and it is 340 m deep, it is the deepest lake in Central America.
Since 1955 the surrounding area of Lake Atitlan has been a national park.
This mountainous region is known for its indigenous traditions and folklore of Mayan people.
You will also go to the village of San Juan La Laguna, where you visit a women's textile cooperative and see the hand weaving and natural dyeing process.
Next visit is to the workshops of local Naif artists. Then the tour will continue to the town of Santiago. Jardines de Lago Hotel Dbl BB
Day at rest at the beautiful Atitlan Lake. Jardines de Lago Hotel Dbl BB
Day 7: Panajchel / Guatemala City Tour
Transfer to Guatemala City.
Breakfast, our driver will pick up you at your hotel at 11:00 a.m. and will take you to Guatemala City. You have a free day to visit attractions or museums to get a picture of today’s life in the largest city of Central America.
Accommodation in Guatemala City, Hotel Barceló
Day 8: Tikal Tour
This day our driver will pick you up at very early at 4:00 am and take you to international airport for your flight at 06:20 am, upon arrival in Flores Petén our guide and driver will waiting for you then will take you to explore Tikal, one of the largest and most magnificent Mayan archeological cities in existence, which in its heyday (c. 700 AD,) was the capital of a vast Mayan empire. Your guide will share many insights on this Mayan city and provide a feel for the mysteries of this ancient culture, in the late afternoon at 15:30 will be transferred to Flores your flight back to Guatemala at 18:30, upon arrival in Guatemala City our driver will be waiting for you and immediately be transferred your hotel in Guatemala City.
The capital of El Peten Flores was built on a small island on the lake Lago de Peten Itza, and is connected with a half-kilometer bridge with the town of Santa Elena on the shore. In Mayan times, on the site of Flores was the capital of the imperial province of Tayasal, which was later completely destroyed. During the colonial period, no one knew about the city, until Tikal was discovered.
Today, you will enjoy a guided tour along the trails and main squares of the most important Mayan city in the world. Here you will notice how perfectly nature and archeology are combined. You will be able to see the rich wildlife, the Mayan forest, the thousand-year-old temples that are mute witnesses of the birth and splendor, as well as the collapse of one of the most ancient civilizations on the planet.
Accommodation in Guatemala City, Hotel Barceló Dbl BB
Day 9: Guatemala City / Copan Honduras
After breakfast, our driver will pick you up at 08:30 am at your hotel and take you to the border of Honduras, upon arrival time for immigration procedures, then we continue to the lovely colonial town of Copán. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in your hotel or take a walk on the streets of this charming town; visit its many shops and lovely restaurants and side walk cafes Accommodation in Copan, Hotel Marina Copan
Day 10: Copan Honduras Tour
After breakfast, our driver will pick you up at 09am and take you to the Ruins Copan. we will start your tour to the Main Archaeological Site, which includes the acropolis, the ball court, the hieroglyphic stairway and the great plaza of the stelae, as well as the Museum of Mayan Sculpture, acclaimed by experts as unique in the Mayan World. A masterpiece within the museum is the exact size replica of the famed Rosalila Temple, discovered in 1989. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in your deluxe hotel or walk the charming town of Copan, visit its many shops and lovely restaurants and side walk cafes.
Overnight in Copan, Hotel Marina Copan
Day 11-14: Copan / San Pedro Sula/Roatan
This day our driver will pick you up at 08:30 am at your hotel and take you to San Pedro Sula airport for your flight at 15:30h to Roatan. Enjoy your stay at Las Varandas Hotel & Villas Golf Camp View (no meals)
Day 15: Roatan / San Pedro Sula
This day in the morning transfer to Airport Roatan, (please Double confirm your transfer with your hotel) for your flight
• Accommodation Hotels 3*/4*/5*
• Daily breakfast except Roatan
• English guide each place
• Entrance fees Panama canal Transportation in car with aircon all trip
• Lunch in Tikal
• Flight Flores R/T
• Flight Roatan R/T
• Transfer Copan to San Pedro Sula
• International Flights
• Flights Panama-Guatemala City and onward flight from San Pedro Sula- Visas
• Laundry services
• Personal expenses
• All extras in hotels
• All meals not mentioned
• Tip for driver and guide
• Entrances to Museums
• tax border
• Hotels can be substituted by similar ones maintaining the level
• The final price of the tour is confirmed upon request with concrete dates
• Above rates are not valid during holidays in any of the countries
• There is no substitution for lost breakfasts because of the tour schedule
• The order of the tours can be changed maintaining all the visits