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Grand tour of Guatemala

12 days from $5,070pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the pretty cobbled streets of colonial Antigua.

  • Admire the scenery around Lake Atitlan with its backdrop of volcanoes.

  • Visit authentic local communities and markets in Guatemala's highlands.

  • Tour the turquoise pools and limestone caves at Semuc Champey.

  • Marvel at the Maya temples of Tikal, towering above El Peten's lush jungle.

Price includes

In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodations
  • Guatemala City
  • Antigua
  • Lake Atitlan
  • Quetzaltenango
  • Antigua
  • Lanquin
  • El Petén
  • Flores
  • Guatemala City

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Antigua

Guatemala City , Antigua

Arrive in Guatemala City today where you will be met and driven to the historic capital of Antigua in private vehicle.

Day 2 Antigua


Today you will have a half day walking tour of beautiful colonial Antigua to get your bearings and visit the many pretty squares and churches.

Day 3 Antigua


Free day to further explore Antigua at your own leisure or perhaps go on a chocolate making tour, visit a coffee plantation or try a volcano hike.

Day 4 Lake Atitlan

Antigua , Lake Atitlan

This morning you will be transferred Lake Atitlan via a colourful indigenous market - gain a fascinating insight into community life as locals barter for their weekly shop.

Day 5 Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

Today you will take to the waters of Lake Atitlan with your private guide, visiting some of the communities dotted around the lake shores.

Day 6 Quetzaltenango

Lake Atitlan , Quetzaltenango

Drive from Lake Atitlan through spectacular scenery and traditional villages until you reach Quetzaltenango, in the heart of the highlands.

Day 7 Antigua

Quetzaltenango , Antigua

Depart early this morning to reach the authentic San Francisco El Alto animal market, held once a week where locals buy and sell livestock of all kinds. After time exploring continue on to Antigua for the night.

Day 8 Lanquin

Antigua , Lanquin

This morning take the long journey between Antigua and Lanquin, passing cloud forests and lush jungle. After a stop at the Biotopo del Quetzal reserve, home to a variety of birds, you will continue on to Lanquin.


Day 9 Lanquin


Full day private guided tour to the beautiful pools at Semuc Champey and nearby caves.


Day 10 El Petén

Lanquin , El Petén

Depart Lanquin this morning for the drive to Flores, gateway city to Tikal.

Day 11 El Petén

El Petén

Today you will take a private tour of Tikal. This really is one of the most outstanding places you can visit in Central America - dramatic Mayan ruins towering in the jungle with monkeys and toucans in the trees above you!

Day 12 Return home

El Petén , Flores , Guatemala City

Transfer back to Flores for your domestic flight to Guatemala City, and onward international connection.

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The specialist who designs your trip to Guatemala will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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When to go

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Lake Atitlan
Western Highlands
Cobán & The Verapaces
Tikal & El Petén

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